Review of Organic Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat®

8 of 104 of 53 of 572 of 100

As medicinal herbals go, this one was OK—not as OK as Oklahoma pronounced itself on 1970s license plates, but OK nonetheless. The dry bag gave off a pronounced licorice aroma, which doesn't bother me, since I'm cool with licorice. But some folks hate licorice, and I predict they won't take a shine to the smell or taste of this product. Licorice still is the most dominant flavor, especially on the back end (finish) and aftertaste. I can pick up the lemon part, but it's minor. The only other among its many herbs I could tease out of the flavor was fennel, which I also enjoy in tea.

The taste could be more potent, but perhaps that also would ratchet up a faint yet noticeable dirty or muddy element to the taste. Some might call it "earthy", but to me that term suggests more of a moist-leaves or pleasant forest-soil scent, whereas a lot of medicinal and complex herbal teas to me give off a vibe of, "Here's a mystery root with some gobs of field dirt still attached...chew on it." Fortunately that element is indeed faint and not in every sip, or I'd rate this tea a lot lower. It just occasionally wafts up the sniffer from cup or mouth, and goes away quickly.

All in all, it's not a bad call for a drinkable, fairly smooth herbal ensemble. I haven't tried it with a sore throat yet, so I can't vouch for its claimed medicinal effects. As with a lot of this company's offerings, it is fairly pricey at 16 bags for $4.50-$8.00 at most of your health stores or Sprouts/Whole Foods type supermarkets, and $5.79 on the website as of Sep. 2021.

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