Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely morning so far. About a month ago I went to the San Juan Islands on a biking trip, and came back with the tea I’m tackling today, from a brand exclusive to the Islands.
I present to you: Isla Botanica’s Lemon Ginger blend
Background: Isla Botanica was actually started by an alumni of my school! From what I saw of their selection, they most often make herbal teas, although they had some other very intriguing blends…most notably San Juan Sunrise looked really good. Her business is centered on San Juan Island, and as far as I can tell is only available a very few places on the mainland, so visiting the islands is probably your best shot of getting a hold of this company’s stuff, though if you live in Bellingham or near New Westminster (BC) than you’re in luck! As for why lemon and ginger in a blend, it’s pretty simple. They are both very good for you. Ginger is used to improve digestion, settle the stomach (ginger ale anyone?) and improve the immune system among other things. Lemon is good for a whole slew of things, from acne to being a great source of Vitamin C to helping with carrying on in high elevation areas. The first man to scale Mount Everest attributed much of his success to the use of lemons.
First Impression: I found this at an organic grocery store on Lopez Island,and thought that it would make a great souvenir! Something exclusive to the islands as well as disposable so I wouldn’t be adding more clutter to my life. Colton helped me pick out which kind- he has a healthy respect for ginger, having been raised by a half Asian parent who loves to cook, and thought that this blend would be a great healthy mix to drink. If the packaging looks a little ragged, that’s more my fault than anything, since I had this squished in a bag for several days, oops. I love how every ingredient is sourced organically, locally, or, if unavailable in the area, fair trade. Responsible companies make me smile, and I want to say it was only about $8 for 3 oz! Not a bad price considering what organic tea blends like this sometimes cost. (see here for my review of a tea that was $13 for 2 oz!)
The Scent: Fresh, zesty and invigorating! The ginger and the lemon really come through, and the hibiscus adds a bit more depth to the scent.
Ingredients: Ginger root, lemon peel, lemongrass,lemon verbana, hibiscus and lemon oil
The Tea: It brews to a fruity pink, an obvious influence of the hibiscus that reminds me a bit of pink lemonade. However, the sweetness of lemonade is definitely not present at first. The ginger is the more overpowering initial taste, although the lemon is more clear as an aftertaste. The peppery, earthy taste of ginger pairs well with the citrusy, sour flavor of the lemon, and after a few sips, a bit of sweetness does come through. For those who like their tea to be strong and bracing, this is a great option. It’s fresh, it’s herbal and very good for you. The quality of this tea is very nice. Speaking only for myself however, this isn’t really my favorite, the ginger and lemon flavors just aren’t what I enjoy to drink. This is entirely just my personal opinion, I think another person would absolutely adore it. So, although it isn’t my taste, I intend to give it a high rating since it really is a well done blend that most people would be happy to purchase. It would be worth having this with honey for a sore throat I think.
Thank you for reading, I hope you all are doing well. You can find this tea at Isla Botanica’s partner stores, but don’t dismay, they’re working on an Etsy, and you can also email them if you really really want some tea. Some similar teas can be found here or here, or you can make your own. I have other reviews, and if you want to check out my current teas (just updated!), I would welcome suggestions on what to review next! My ask box is always open for feedback, criticism, questions, discussion etc etc, so please feel free to shoot me your opinions. See you next Tuesday!