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drank Chamomile by McCormick
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I wanted a caffine free hot drink and McCormick’s Chamomile was the only local option. I think the last time I had chamomile tea was when I was a kid so I can’t compare this brand with any others.
Each tea bag comes wrapped in its own plastic packet for freshness. I abhor plastic packaging but I like that the bags are individually wrapped. T
The tea bags themselves are rather small but there are no staples either in the bag or through the tag. The string appears to be heat sealed in the bag margin but I don’t know if any adhesive is used.
The tea box had no smell due to the individual packages around the tea bags. Once opened the tea smelled fresh and like a combo of hay and apples. The package directions caĺled for 200 ml of boiling water. I don’t recall seeing a recommended brewing time so I brewed the tea for 5 minutes.
The tea while brewing smelled of the same hay and apple aroma that was present in the package. Happily the flavor of the tea was true to the aroma but there was an additional flavor that was slightly spicy and a little floral, similar to the way carnations smell. The infusion also had a honey and bee pollen note.
After tasting the infusion plain I added 1/4 teaspoon of honey. That small amount of sweetener simply enhanced the present flavors.
With nothing to compare this chamomile tea to I don’t know if it’s a good example of chamomile tea. But I like the flavor very much and I will most likely buy it again.

7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Linden Flowers Tea by McCormick
735 tasting notes

So, my mom went out of town on a business trip to the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. She asked if I wanted anything while she was out there, so of course, I asked for tea. Well, she didn’t end up finding anything fancy, so she went with something weird.

The package is almost entirely in Spanish. And it’s by McCormick, the same guys who make steak seasoning and gravy packets. Also, I’ve never had anything with linden flowers in it, so I have no idea what to expect. I have to say, the bag didn’t really smell like anything aside from paper. And the scent as it brewed was strange and mildly unpleasant.

After three minutes, the tea was a pleasant peachy orange color. The flavor, however, was foreign and might take a little getting used to. It’s floral but not bitter, and only a little astringent. There’s something in the flavor that makes me think of spring and fresh cut grass, but sweeter. I know this might be a country thing, but have you ever pulled up a stalk of wheat grass and chewed the white part at the end? It tastes kind of like that.

Not sure I like this. Does anybody else wanna try some? I’ll mail some out if you do. I’d feel bad throwing it away.

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McCormick making tea. That is so weird.


Right? I had no idea they did.


That sounds kinda yummy actually, but I like chewing on the occasional grass. Now I want to make a tea themed steak seasoning :P


This is, in general, an old fashioned tisane in Europe, a very popular one in latin countries I guess – chá de tilia, supposed to be calming and a general all purpose remedy. In this type of teas the freshness and age of the leaves (or blossoms I guess) being used really makes all the difference. I kinda like this one when it is good (though I always dislike orange blossom tea despite loving the scent of fresh orange blossom). I do love the scent when the trees are in bloom, in May, it really is unlike other floral scent, so sweet but grassy, very fresh.

Chi-Town Anglophile

McCormick handling teas isn’t so different from their handling herbs; it’s just different kinds of bulk leaves and packaging, after all. Maybe six years ago I was in a fabulous ethnic grocery and bought a box of their peppermint tea. There were a couple other kinds too (maybe even the linden here), but I wasn’t paying close attention, so can’t remember the others. I’ve seen linden trees in blossom, and sung a German lied with a linden tree in it (“Waldeinsamkeit”, by Max Reger). But I’ve never drank linden tea. Sounds interesting, though!

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