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Welcome, We will explore the delightful world of yarrow tea! If you’ve ever wondered what yarrow tea tastes like and what flavors it has to offer, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re an herbal tea enthusiast or simply curious about trying something new, we’ll uncover the unique taste and flavor profile of this herbal infusion.
I feel there’s a medicinal flavor to it that is pretty unappealing for most people. So it’s not looking good for yarrow tea but with a little bit of lemon or honey, you can certainly make this flower herbal infusion much more palatable. Read on to get an in-depth look at the flavor profile and aroma of yarrow tea.
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Yarrow Tea Is Quite Bitter
The first thing you’re going to notice about Yarrow tea is just how bitter it is. It’s one of the most naturally bitter teas that I’ve ever tried. Typically bitterness in a tea doesn’t really bother me especially if it’s steeped properly and it just happens to be bitter.
But in the case of yarrow tea taste, it is really noticeable and there is not anything you can do about it. I tried steeping a few cups at different temperatures and for different durations and the result was basically the same.
That is just a bitter tea. I think that most people are going to want to put something in their teeth to cut through the bitterness, Honey and lemon are two great things to put in they can make this team much more palatable and much smoother to drink for the majority of people. However, if you like a nice bitter tea then this little herbal flower infusion might just be right up your alley.
Yarrow Tea Flavor Has Little Sweetness
Yarrow tea doesn’t have that natural sweetness you’d find in other herbal flower teas. Usually, those teas have a touch of sweetness to balance out the bitterness, but yarrow tea is different. It doesn’t hold back on the bitterness, so if you’re not a fan of bitter tea, there’s nowhere to hide with a cup of yarrow tea. The bitterness really takes over the yarrow tea taste, and the other flavors end up playing a more subtle role in the background.
Yarrow Tea has Quite An Earthy Flavor
As we’ve seen with a lot of these other herbal flower teas, check out our look at some great examples of flower infusions, there’s a slightly earthy undertone to most of them. And yarrow tea is no exception. The earthiness is not as pronounced as some of the other teas. I think that’s because the bitterness is such a defining flavor in the overall taste of yarrow tea that everything else kind of gets pushed to the background.
Earthy is always a tough one to explain to a reader. It’s not necessarily that it tastes like dirt but it does have that kind of taste of how fresh dirt smells in the air. But again with yarrow tea, it’s not that pronounced and some of you might not even taste it at all due to the overall bitterness.
Yarrow Tea Taste Is A Little Medicinal
The last aspect of the flavor of yarrow tea that I want to talk about is the medicinal quality of yarrow tea. I wouldn’t say it’s quite like taking cough medicine but it’s pretty close to it due to the bitterness and general lack of any really defining flavor. Even when you dab a little bit of Honey or lemon into your yarrow tea it’s still quite bitter and still quite medicinal with its overall flavor.
What Does Yarrow Tea Smell Like?
So the end result is a bitter brew. But what does the yarrow flower smell like in its dry form, in this case, what should it smell like in the tea bags that I used for this taste test? Yarrow is quite pungent and has a very strong aroma to it. A lot of this comes across as well in the steep tea where the yarrow tea has quite a strong smell to it as well.
The best way that I can describe the pungent aroma of yarrow is that it has a very herbal smell. When I say herbal I mean in terms of cooking herbs. I think the closest smell that I could attribute to it is kind of a mix of oregano and rosemary. Oddly enough I didn’t find any of these cooking herb flavors to really come through in the tea itself, just a lot of bitterness.
Can you eat Yarrow? Yarrow has been eaten for centuries as a medicinal supplement. It’s perfectly fine to eat it now although if you plan on using it to treat an element you should check with your physician first.
How Long Does It Take To Steep Yarrow Tea? I recommend the Steep time of 7 to 10 minutes for your yarrow tea. But you should find your own perfect time and run with that, each person will be different.
What Temperature Should Yarrow Tea Be Steeped At? A water temperature of just under boiling is perfectly fine for this flower herbal tea. 95°C/203°F is just about perfect.
Does yarrow grow wild? Yarrow is a fairly common plant that grows in the wild in many places in Europe and the Americas(source). It also grows in Africa and Australia and is considered a weed by many.
Final Thoughts On Yarrow Tea Taste
As I mentioned before this was my first time trying yarrow tea. I’m going, to be honest with you, I am not a huge fan of the taste of it. This is mainly due to the bitterness of yarrow tea. However, if you can get past the bitterness then you have yourself an incredibly beneficial flower herbal tea.
There are plenty of benefits(source) that you can take advantage of from drinking a cup of this tea every so often. It also is reported to have great benefits for skin conditions as well. So whether you’re drinking in or using it as a can treatment yarrow tea is definitely something you should take a look at if you can get past the incredible bitterness of the tea.
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