Occasionally I hear from tea vendors asking if they may send me some samples of a new tea, and I am always happy to try something new. I was curious, though, to see what this Republic of Tea Hibiscus "Superflower" Tea was all about. Have you heard of it? I had not.
The familiar shaped tin arrived in the mail, and I eagerly removed the lid and got a nice whiff of Key Lime, the flavor I received. (The others in this line are Natural Hibiscus flavor and then Hibiscus Blueberry, Hibiscus Vanilla Apple and Hibiscus Pineapple Lychee.) The company quotes a report presented at the 2008 American Heart Association annual conference which found that "drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults." I am always very intrigued by the large number of studies touting the health benefits of camellia sinensis, but since this is an herbal tea I can see I need to start collecting information on herbal teas' benefits as well!
That said, I wouldn't bother mentioning the tea if I didn't like the taste of it, and I have to say I *love* this one! The herbal/fruity teas that turn a deep red in the cup often seem to have a tart or sour taste to me, but this one did not and featured just the right touch of lime. It had a rich and almost brothy taste with such a sweet finish that it made this seem like a good dessert tea, or a nice treat anytime. For any of you dealing with high blood pressure, this could be a delicious way of helping manage that challenge!