After smelling the loose tea, I expected this Live Wire Lemon tea to have the zap of citrus – sour, bright, and lively.
Just a word of warning. This tea blend is made with yaupon tea, which Davids categorizes as a stimulant. While I usually get a bit shaky from drinking coffee, I didn’t get jittery after drinking a cup of this tea. Instead I felt a little hyper, but not in an anxiety-ridden way.
The dry loose tea smells strongly of lemon and lemongrass, while the steeped tea brings out some different notes.
Keep reading this tea review to find out if yaupon tea is something you’d like to try, and whether or not this lemon tea lives up to its name.
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MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION OF LEMON TEA
- made with “wild-grown” yaupon
- gives you a “natural high” due to yaupon
- tea bag and individual wrapper are oxo-biodegradable
- classified as a stimulant
- yaupon is from Southern USA
- each tea bag contains 5 g (which is about 1.5 tablespoons)
- available in tea sachets for a limited time only (then sold in bulk)
HOW TO STEEP
Steep one sachet in 240 mL (1 cup) of near-boiling water for 4-7 minutes.
COLOR OF STEEPED TEA
- cloudy, medium blond/yellow
- fine sediment at bottom (ginger)
AROMA OF DRY LOOSE TEA
- lemon and lemongrass (perhaps a hint of ginger)
STEEPED FOR 7 MINUTES, THEN BAG REMOVED:
- lemongrass and lemon, with hint of ginger
- scent isn’t bursting with lemon
- moderately sweet (this isn’t a sour tea)
- flavor is a a mix of lemon, lemongrass, and ginger
- flavors are obvious, but not strong
- no odd taste from the yaupon tea
- lemongrass and heat from ginger
STEEPED FOR 4 MINUTES, THEN BAG REMOVED:
- mild lemon
- mild lemon with a hint of ginger
- flavors are muddled and dull
- really weak taste
- just a touch of sweetness
- no odd taste from ingredients
- mild ginger
This tea was available in sachets for a limited time, and is now only sold in bulk.
Be sure to use about 1.5 tablespoons of loose tea per cup of hot water to match the quantity of tea in the sachets.
On their website, Davids Tea suggests using 1.25 teaspoons of loose tea per cup, which is much, much less than the 5 g used in the tea sachets.
YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS LEMON TEA IF:
- you aren’t expecting a really juicy, citrus tea
- you want to drink a caffeinated tea without getting the jitters
- you are looking for a natural boost of energy
- don’t mind tea that leaves a bit of dryness/fuzziness on your tongue
NEETZY’S THOUGHTS ON LIVE WIRE LEMON TEA
I was disappointed this tea wasn’t zestier with lemon flavors. I’ve had less expensive lemon teas that were more flavorful.
When picking out this tea, I failed to notice that there’s more ginger in the blend than lemon. So, that’s why this tea has an obvious ginger flavor. Like many Davids Tea shoppers, I get really excited about the clever tea names and often miss what’s really in them (until I taste them at home). Even when steeped for the full 7 minutes, the flavors aren’t bold, though this is a nicely flavored cup of tea.
This tea is best steeped for the full 7 minutes. Steeping for 4 minutes makes a really weak, nearly flavorless cup of tea having almost no recognizable flavor.
I guess live wire refers to the fact this tea contains yaupon tea, which is a stimulant. I definitely did get a happy kick of energy from this tea. Though don’t be scared, this tea doesn’t make you overly excited or loopy – just a little boost. However, perhaps drink one cup a day until you gauge the effects of this tea.
Overall, this tea has a pleasant taste – mild sweetness, lemongrass/ginger flavors, and no strange taste from the yaupon tea. But if you are looking for a strictly lemon tea with big citrus flavor, this tea likely won’t be your first pick.
WHERE TO BUY THIS LEMON TEA
This product is available at Davids Tea retail locations and via their website. The 2016 price for this tea is $9.50 CAD for 50 g (when purchased in Canada), and $10.50 USD for 2 oz. (when purchased in the USA).
Neetzy.com is NOT an affiliate of Davids Tea.
ABOUT DAVIDS TEA
- founded in 2008 by David Segal in Montreal, Quebec
- blends include rooibos, herbal, green, white, black, mate, oolong, pu’erh, and matcha
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS YAUPON TEA?
Apple, ginger, lemongrass, yaupon, lemon peel, natural lemon flavoring.
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