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Healtheries Lemon Meringue Pie Tea

I love dessert. Nothing fin­ishes off a meal quite like dessert. Imagine dessert without the cal­or­ies and you get this Healtheries Lemon Meringue Pie Tea, one of the first dessert-inspired teas in my col­lec­tion.

Infusing for 4 minutes in 200 ml of just boiled water gives the tea a bright yel­low col­our much like lem­on curd and releases a sweet pastry aroma much like the meringue and pie crust in one bite. The lem­on fla­vour lack­ing in the aroma is cap­tured by the taste of the tea, which reveals an ini­tial sweet lem­on fla­vour in the body that reminds of the meringue eaten togeth­er with a (too sweet) lem­on curd before a slight bit­ter after­taste emerges to remind of an over­baked pie crust.

Overall, the tea is almost too sweet and would be bet­ter enjoyed with a more acid­ic, zesty lem­on fla­vour to cut through the sweet­ness, which is after all what makes a good lem­on meringue pie. The sweeten­er used is stevia and with its sig­na­ture bit­ter after­taste likely accounts for the off-put­ting over­baked fin­ish to the tea. That said, the lem­on fla­vour comes through bet­ter when the tea is con­sumed quickly in large mouth­fuls, rather than slow sips as that accen­tu­ates the bit­ter­ness of the stevia.

This box of Healtheries Lemon Meringue Pie Tea con­tained 20 tea bags. It was packed in New Zealand and pur­chased in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.