|Photo: Tea for Tyrants|
Leaf Appearance: deep dark green, needle-like
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 158 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: pale green
When I saw the Kickstarter for Tea for Tyrants I just knew that I had to jump on the bandwagon. Their innovative concept of pairing tea with music was definitely something that I wanted to explore. The tea itself was everything that I love about Gyokuro. It was vegetal and sweet without any bitterness or astringency. The low steeping temperature made it perfect for a very warm summer morning. Although mellow, it had plenty of umami and I felt a jolt of alertness after drinking several cups. The music paired with this tea was So Far, So Good by Lovely Tyrants. It was a very relaxed song, perfect for sipping tea. I also have a Houjicha Bancha from them waiting in the wings and I can't to give it a try. If you purchase this tea, I highly recommend going for the 4oz package because the art on the collectible cards is lovely. I'll be keeping them long after all of the leaves are used up.
You can find out more about this tea here.