Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Handmade Tea November Bouquet

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: potpourri with small and twisted black tea mixed in
Ingredients: Fujian black tea, rose petals, jasmine flowers, lemon balm
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: reddish brown

This tea certainly was a bouquet as the name implies. Some of the rose petals were quite large and when I looked closely, I realized that they were actually entire flowers. The smell of the dry leaves was very strong, reminiscent of potpourri. This gave me some hesitation since I'm not a big fan of floral teas. Thankfully the floral element was much more subtle in the taste of the tea. The black tea provided an earthy and somewhat fruity background that tempered the sweetness of the jasmine and rose. I thought that lemon balm added a pleasant citrus bite in the finish. Handmade Tea never fails to surprise me every month. Their hand crafted blends make me step outside of my comfort zone and explore ingredients that I might otherwise avoid. I definitely suggest subscribing, especially if you are new to tea.

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