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You might have never heard of linden flower tea. It doesn’t have the popularity of many other herbal flower infusions. It doesn’t have the outright beauty of a rose or lavender flower. It is underappreciated and I aim to start remedying that right now. Starting with how it tastes when you pour some hot water over it.
What Does Linden Flower Tea Taste Like? Linden tea has a quite complex overall flavor. It is sweet with a strong but delicate floral taste. The overall infusion is quite refreshing and has a very slight citrusy note to it.
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Linden tea is an interesting infusion because, in my opinion, the smell of the flower and the steeping tea is somewhat different from the overall Taste of the infusion itself. Read on as I go in-depth on each individual flavor profile and how it interacts with the overall Taste of Linden tea.
The Flavor Of Linden Tea
Linden Tea Have quite a few distinct flavor notes to it. Having briefly touched on them in the intro let’s dive into each of these flavors and see how they interact with each other to create one of the better herbal infusions that you were likely to try.
Linden Flower Tea Is Naturally Sweet
The first thing you’re going to notice about Linden tea is it is a semi-sweet tea. Sweetness is natural and quite pronounced summer on the level of a good green tea I would say.
The interesting thing about describing sweetness is that people often confuse sweet with sugary. There’s a huge difference between something this sugary and something that is sweet. The slight sweet honey flavor of Linden tea it’s subtle but there.
Whereas something that sugary is just going to overwhelm the flavor of whatever it is that it’s sweetening. So when you’re testing out these teas you have to kind of separate what we traditionally think of as sugary and something that is just sweet.
Linden Tea Has A Strong Floral Flavor
The next really big flavor note is a floral one. I would say this is the predominant flavor that you’re going to taste when you drink Linden tea.
Unlike some other flower herbal tea, I didn’t really get a sense of a real earthy undertone. So the floral note really makes up the base of the tea. This makes for a very refreshing very nice pleasant tea to drink. It’s hardly any bitterness in it and the floral flavor lingers for quite a while after you’ve taken a sip.
It’s very smooth and when combined with the sweetness the Linden tea naturally has, it makes for a very enjoyable cup of tea.
There Is A Slight Citrus Flavor To Linden Tea
The last big Flavor that I can really detect and Linden tea is the citrusy flavor. It’s somewhere between a lemon and lime if I had to describe it.
It is the Citrus a flavor that really sets Linden tea apart from a lot of the other flower herbal teas, check out our favorites.
The citrus notes blend so well with the floral and slight sweetness of the tea to make this one of the most refreshing and enjoyable herbal infusions you can drink. Especially among flower herbal infusions.
It is like adding lemon to a cup of black tea. It just blends so well with it. Takes away any lingering bitterness, of which there is very little for Linden tea, and makes the entire experience an incredibly unique and rewarding one for anyone who enjoys a good tea.
Linden Tea Is Delicate
I haven’t mentioned in the previous section the flavor is strong but not overwhelming it’s actually quite delicate. In this sense, it is similar to a rose tea which has a really strong floral flavor but still a very delicate Flavor.
It’s always tough to reconcile between something that’s very strong and something that’s very delicate. The floral flavor is very pronounced but it’s not harsh or bitter so it’s strong and delicate. It is quite a combination.
Linden Tea Is Refreshing
When you add the sweetness, the floral flavor, and the citrus notes together you get one of the most refreshing herbal infusions that you can think of. Linden tea is really a treat for any tea lover.
It is really surprising to me that this tea has not become much more popular than it is. I think it tastes better than many of the really popular herbal infusions, like red tea for example. But then again, linden tea doesn’t have the publicity that rooibos or chamomile have.
Nevertheless, this is one of the most refreshing teas you will ever drink. Try it iced on a warm spring day and you may just consider it a replacement for your iced black tea and lemon. Ok, let’s not go overboard but it is still a wonderfully refreshing tea that I urge everyone to give a try.
What Does Linden Smell Like?
The flower actually smells a bit different than the steeped tea. The blossom has a sweet honey-like aroma and an earthy, grassy smell.
The linden flower has a great smell to it but it doesn’t really translate into the tea quite as well as some other herbal infusions. The tea has more floral and less grassy, although those notes are still there, aroma to it. I would say that the taste is different from both the flower and the tea smell.
Basically, there is very little consistency for the herbal infusions from the aroma of the flower and tea to the overall taste of the infusion.
Does Linden Tea Blend Well With Other Teas?
It makes a decent blend for other teas. I don’t think it works as well as lavender or rose tea, however. The floral flavor is strong but not quite up to the level of those two infusions. Still, add a little honey, vanilla, or white tea and you have yourself a great tea blend for linden tea.
Does Linden Tea Have Caffeine?
Linden tea is an infusion of the linden flower and not a true tea. As a result, it does not contain any caffeine. This makes linden tea ideal before bedtime as it won’t interrupt your sleep patterns like regular tea will.
Where Do Linden Flowers Come From?
Linden flowers used in linden tea come from the linden or basswood tree. They are native to North America and grow up to 80 feet high. The flowers are often a yellowish-white color.
The Linden Flower Tea Finish
Linden tea is an incredible and incredibly underrated flower herbal infusion. It has everything you want in good herbal tea.
It’s slightly sweet, floral, and has a great little citrus note. Plus it has a huge amount of great benefits like a lot of other herbal infusions(source).
But for whatever reason, it has just not captured the imagination of the western world just yet. Hopefully, this little look into the flavor profile of this excellent tea will give you the incentive you need to give linden tea a try.
And one by one people will fall in love with this outstanding floral delight and it can take its rightful place as one of the best flower herbal teas on the planet.
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