Ingredients: Schisandra Berries, Holy Basil Leaf, Suma Root, Lemon Verbena Leaf, Orange Peel, Rosehips, Hibiscus Flowers, Linden Leaf & Flower
Good for: Chi, elevating the spirit, harmony & balance, youth & vitality
Tastes like: An exotic, tart, & sour mix
Makes you feel like: A cat wandering around a Turkish art museum.
Parental Advisory: Be cautious if you have a severe peanut allergy - hibiscus is intercropped with peanuts, so fragments of peanut shells are occasionally present.
The Cat's Out of the Bag!
As far as flavor is concerned, Class Cat is the most unique tea in the catalog. That’s because the main element, shizandra, has all five flavors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (which is pretty rare). In TCM, different areas of your tongue correspond to specific organs. If you were to eat a balanced meal – sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and bitter – your organs would be balanced, too. Schizandra has all five flavors, therefore it is considered soul medicine.
I like to pair the pungent berry with holy basil to give your soul a buzz. These two flavors guide the mix, while hibiscus, rose hips, orange peel, and linden blossoms act as a tight backing band. The last addition to the tea is suma root, an adaptogen from the Amazonian region. Suma restores vital energy and its powers are enhanced when combined with schizandra. Chi, zen - whatever you wanna call it - this tea makes you feel lifted and grounded at the same time!
Vinyl Pairing: Ravi Shankar & London Symphony Orchestra – Concerto for Sitar & Orchestra (1971)
There’s plenty of Ravi records out there and quite a few are “East Meets West” type collaborations. Here’s one that’s inna-restin’… Ravi and his sitar backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. This album is a perfect fit for Class Cat – worldly, meditative, and wild!