Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bellocq White Wolf

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: woodsy, varied shades of green
Ingredients: organic white tea, cedar, vanilla. star anise and mint
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: bright gold

When I visited Bellocq's Brooklyn shop, I felt like I was walking into an enchanted forest. This blend made me feel the exact same way. It was woodsy and earthy with notes of spice and mint. An underlying creaminess tied it all together. The base white tea was floral and sweet with no astringency. I've never seen cedar used in tea before but it was a welcome addition to the flavor palate. The ingredients of this blend are not ones that I would have ever put together on my own but they work amazingly well. Everything is very balanced and while flavorful, still mellow and not as "in your face" as other blends might be. This definitely a tea that I can see myself stocking back up the next time I visit. I'm going to have to try it iced once the weather is on my side.

You can find out more about this tea here.