Thursday, February 25, 2010

Key Lime Hibiscus Superflower Tea

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!

9 comments:

Meredith Leigh Knight said...

So much for my surprise - though it's slightly different. :)

parTea lady said...

This tea is new to me too. Don's favorite dessert is key lime pie, so I'm wondering if he might enjoy this tea (although he is a coffee drinker).

That is interesting about the health benefits of this tea. Thanks for the review.

Ginger said...

This sounds like a good summer tea. Hibiscus must be the new "it" tea, I've seen a lot of it popping up lately. I know hibiscus tea has been used in other countries for a long time.

Marlena said...

You always find the best stuff! I love limes. Have you tried using a squeeze of lime juice on green beans - really good. Or in iced tea? I like them better than lemons.

Marilyn said...

I had someone in Norway recently tell me she added lime peel to her green tea. Hibiscus is not one of my favorite flavors, but I do like a lot of other Republic of Tea flavors.

Carol said...

So glad to learn that the Republic of Tea is trying to keep us all healthy with the addition of hibiscus in some of their teas. I had heard of the health benefits of Hibiscus several months ago, but before this, the only teas I knew of that had hibiscus in them were those in Celestial Seasonings "Zinger" teas. The "zinger" being Hibiscus as the main ingredient. Since my oldest sister was recently diagnosed as being mildly hypertensive, I will definitely tell her about the new Key Lime tea by Republic of Tea. Thanks Angela, for keeping us informed!

Carol said...

P.S. Angela, I LOVE that tea cup that you show your hibiscus tea in. I have two from the same series--one in pink and one in yellow. I also got some plates and 2 teapots to match. Did you find yours at Marshall's last year like I did?

Mary Jane said...

Hibiscus and rosehips tea is my favorite herbal infusion and is high in vitamin C in additon to having the heart health benefits. I will have to try this blend too as I love key lime!

Hibiscus Pineapple Lychee sounds intriging and would make a great tea for a Tropical Island Tea Party theme.

Thanks for the information on these new flavors.

Joy said...

A friend made me a cup of this tea recently and I LOVED it! Found your blog while trying to find retailers for the tea, and was interested to read your review. Thanks for the info!