Tea of the Week for July 1, 2019: Alice's Tea!
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Chinese Green Teas (including a Jasmine scented green tea) blended together with apricots, orange peel, orange blossoms & cardamom
Tea Description: If you've read my description of July's themed box, then you probably guessed that one of these 'custom' creations would be for Alice herself. I mean, she is the main character, isn't she? Plus, when the Mad Hatter asked her if she cares for tea, she responded, "Why, yes. I'm very fond of tea." So, it really goes without saying that she NEEDED a tea of her own.
For Alice's tea, I started with a Long Mei green tea grown in the Yunnan province and added apricot, orange peel, orange blossoms & a touch of cardamom. To this delicious, beautiful blend, I added another green tea - a jasmine scented Yunnan grown green tea - to create a unique treat for the senses. A tea that looks and smells just as fantastic as it tastes!
I absolutely ADORE this tea. The jasmine notes are forward but do not overwhelm the palate with perfume - the apricot softens the jasmine just so while tantalizing your taste buds with sweet apricot flavor. There are hints of citrus offered throughout the sip - brought to you by the orange peel & blossoms and of course the cardamom, which also provides a kiss of spice that is just barely there.
It's a beautifully fragrant, delicious experience, this tea. It's also vegan, gluten-free & allergen free!
ingredients: green tea
organic ingredients: jasmine scented green tea, apricots, orange peel, orange blossoms, cardamom & natural flavors
I realize that with most of my teas, I recommend a short cooling time for the tea to allow the flavors to develop. This tea is one that definitely benefits from that cooling time. When I took my first sip, it was just a few moments after pouring it from my teapot and the flavors were just a tad muddled. I was worried, but then I decided to just be patient and wait out the cooling time. Within five minutes of that first sip, I was sipping again and WOW! What a difference those several minutes make.
Now, each of the flavors can be tasted - the jasmine is soft and lightly, beautifully floral. The apricot is sweet and tastes so authentic that if I didn't brew and pour the tea myself, I'd swear that someone added a touch of apricot nectar to my tea. The orange is delicate but brightens the cup with it's sunny citrus-y disposition. The cardamom is also quite delicate - but adds a unique dimension of flavor to this drink.
I am finding this tea so enjoyable - a perfect way to start off the July tea journey!
to brew: use 2 1/2 grams of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 175°F) and allow to steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for 5 minutes. enjoy!