Friday, July 25, 2014

Handmade Tea Along the River

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green with lots of lemongrass and huge pieces of fruit
Ingredients: Mao Feng green tea, cantaloupe pieces, lemongrass
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker
Liquor: pale greenish yellow

I'm terribly behind on tea reviews which means that I have not been able to indulge in my +Handmade Tea shipments in a timely fashion. This particular blend was sent out in April. Oy vey! Cantaloupe is one of my favorite fruits to eat in this summer so it appealed to me before before tasting. The base was a pre-qingming Mao Feng green teas. I was a bit worried about what the balance would be like because this tea tends to lean very much on the mellow side. The cantaloupe pieces were gigantic. I had to did for some since they didn't quite fit onto my measuring teaspoon. Lemongrass isn't my favorite but Caleb is a flavor combination master so I trusted that he would not lead me astray. The tea was mildly vegetal with a bit of a lemon pepper kick. As it cooled, a sweet melony aftertaste became more and more apparent. It was delicious! My ever skeptical boyfriend even enjoyed it. I can't wait to try it as an iced tea. I have a feel that will help it to really come into its own.

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