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I wanted to start off by taking the opportunity to thank Wild Asparagus Teas for sending me this great new tea! It’s so rare to find an herbal tea I haven’t heard of before and I was so excited to try this truly unique tisane.

I know what you’re thinking, “asparagus tea!? Is this guy crazy!” Although the words asparagus and tea rarely meet, if you think about it the concept makes great sense. With fine Japanese green teas, people often compare the taste to that of vegetables and asparagus is one of the more common ones. I had also gotten a new found appreciation for wild asparagus ever since the beginning of the summer. My parents live right by the ocean, so wild asparagus is quite common there. We have enjoyed exploring different parts of Long Island sound and searching for this humble yet delicious plant and although I have eaten quite a bit, I had never thought about making a tea out of wild asparagus. Then these Slovenian geniuses came along and the rest is history.

This tea comes to us from the Istrian forest in Slovenia, where the young shoots of the wild asparagus are harvested by hand. They are only picked once a year in small quantities. The organic spring vegetable is picked in very specific parts of the world between May and March. Given the level of care they take in harvesting this plant, I knew the tea would be great. The dried herb smells very salty and vegetal, just as you might expect it to smell. It definitely smells more like a food than a tea in the dry form. Once you add the water, you begin to pick up on the strong vegetal aroma coming off of the tea. Some of the notes in the aroma are similar to what you might experience with a fine Japanese green tea.

The taste of the tea is smooth and vegetal. I am very surprised at how sweet the taste of this is. You would expect an asparagus tea to be quite bitter, but the taste is actually surprisingly mild. It is quite nice. I actually really taste a distinct note of peas and carrots. The whole tea reminds you of a nice warm vegetable soup. I could really see enjoying this tea on a cold winter day.

I have been getting so into Japanese green teas in the past month but the caffeine is really starting to keep me awake some nights. I think this is a good tea to have because it has that sweet vegetal taste without the caffeine. I would say if you have an appreciation for Japanese green teas, you will like this tea as an herbal substitute. If you are more into black teas and oolongs, you may not enjoy this tea as much, but you should try it just to check out something new. I really enjoyed tasting this tea, and I am grateful for the opportunity to try it out.

If people want to find out more about this tea, you can check out their website:
www.wild-asparagus.com

Enjoy!

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