I’ll admit, I had never heard of Moringa when I received this tea and had to do a bit of research to understand what I was drinking. Moringa, or more specifically Moringa Oleifera, is a plant which is known to have antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it contains a ridiculous number of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. In short, it is the literal embodiment of a superfood. With all the positives, there must be a negative somewhere, right? Apparently not! At least, not that I could easily find. There have been few enough cases of users reporting side effects that there are no known negative side effects at this time. Sounds like a good deal!
So how does it taste? In this case, expectation and reality are vastly different. Me and ginger teas have always had, at best, an uneasy relationship. I do like ginger, and desperately want to like every ginger tea I come across, but they are almost always overpowering. I want to taste ginger, not be smothered by it! In the case of this tea, I was pleasantly surprised by the subtle, but still quite noticeable, ginger flavor. The more present character is a vaguely earthy flavor that I can’t quite place, but I assume that comes from the Moringa.
At first blush, I wasn’t a huge fan of this tea; I’ve never made it a secret that earthy teas aren’t usually my thing. Most earthy teas tend to make me feel like I’m drinking dirt, and this was no exception… until I gave it a few moments to cool. I don’t like wasting tea (or anything really), so I’ll almost always finish what I receive, love it or not. In fact, to date, I’ve only found one tea that I literally couldn’t stomach. So, after letting it sit for a few minutes, I returned and found that the temperature adjustment had drastically changed the flavor of the tea! Now, the earthy tones were subtler, and the ginger shone through. I can’t say this is the best tea I’ve ever had, but letting it cool definitely moved it from my “no thanks” list to my “on occasion” list.
Sadly, I can’t speak to the purported positive benefits. The nature of a curated service is that you get a chance to try a wide variety, but not usually a significant amount of any one tea. In this case, I’ll have to leave the positive health benefits up to those who drink this tea regularly. I don’t dislike it as much as I thought, but I won’t be buying it any time soon, health benefits or no.