Greek Mountain Tea - Klio
"Klio was created to bring the unique herbal teas of Greece to people everywhere. Our 100% organic teas are hand-picked, and unrefined without any added ingredients, colorings or flavorings. Truly natural, they are hand packed with all of their natural oils, extracts and antioxidants that are typically degraded with mechanical processing. Brewing Klio teas brings to life the warm, earthy and savory aroma of Greek tea that is unlike any other on earth. Healthy, delicious and wonderfully soothing, sipping our teas will transport you to the beautiful Greek countryside and remind you why these teas have been enjoyed through the ages."
Ingredients: Dried flowers, leaves and stems of the native Sideritis plant
Steep Time: 8 minutes
First Sip Thought: "Flower power."
Smell: It reminds me most of a lemon herbal tea but with flowery essences. I would have to say that the dried leaves' scent smelled pretty much the same as the steeped leaves. It is suggested to steep this tisane by putting a small handful of herbs in a small saucepan. Cover and bring to boil, and allow it to boil for approximately 3-5 minutes. Then remove from heat and let it steep for about 3-5 minutes, depending on the desired strength.
Taste: To explain my first sip thought, the taste is very flower-like, but not too overpowering. What peaked my interest about this tisane, and is why I say "power", was the health benefits it is known for. Research has shown Greek Mountain Tea to be rich in antioxidants. It is said a Greek grandmother would tell you to "drink a cup a day!" Klio's Greek Mountain Tea comes from Mount Othrys. According to Klio, this tisane is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, ancient wisdom says it has a positive effect on colds, respiratory problems, digestion, the immune system and mild anxiety. In addition, all of Klio's tisanes are EU and USDA Certified Organic.
Taking a closer look at the dried tisane, it somewhat reminds me of a sage plant. I think it is best to describe the taste as a cross between chamomile and lemon. It is not bitter at all, so I didn't use any sweetener however, Klio recommends drizzling a bit of honey into the warm liquid for an extra flavour. I especially like that Klio's Greek Mountain Tea seems to be high quality--hand picked, hand packed and unprocessed. I have heard of other brands that basically fill the packaging with mainly stems, but Klio seems to have a fair amount of the dried flowers, leaves and stems. Overall, this tisane is pleasant and calming with fresh flavours.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 tea leaves
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