I've been saving a special herbal tea for just the right occasion (or more like putting it off until I was ready to try it), and I think it's time. I don't usually drink tisanes, as they aren't officially tea and I don't usually like an herbal or floral tasting brew. But I'm trying to keep an open mind, so I took out a special box sent to me by a fellow tea lover.
The leaves smell like dried grass and herbs, but I can't pinpoint anything specific. I wasn't sure how to brew the tea since I didn't see any instructions. But I just added a bunch of the mixture to a cup with a strainer, and poured in the hot water. The brew smells very grassy, which I assume is from the alfalfa and dandelion. There is also a hint of lemon and ginger. It has a very pleasant taste. Gently grassy, a bit lemony and a slight taste of ginger. It has a nice calming effect. It is very soft and smooth on the tongue. I've had a sore throat for a few days, and this tisane is definitely soothing my throat a bit. On this damp and gloomy day, it is warming and cheerful. The grassy flavor makes me hopeful for sunny days out in the park.
The Matri tea contains everything I dislike in an herbal tea, but I'm glad I decided to try it. It has made me pause a bit and re-think. While I won't reach for this tea (or any other of its kind) on a daily basis, it's good to have around when I'm feeling under the weather, or just need a bit of warming up on a chilly day. Perhaps next time I'm offered an herbal tea I will not be so quick to dismiss it. Or at least I'll try to be a bit more open minded.