Monday, May 28, 2012
Handmade Tea Chase-Mallow
Leaf Appearance: dark black, with greenish brown and red mixed throughout
Ingredients: black tea, St. John's Wort, hibiscus
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor: reddish brown
This tea was herbaceous and citrusy with a woodsy sweet finish. The black tea base was mild and provided and excellent stage for the other ingredients to really stand out. I was hesitant about the hibiscus since I'm usual not a fan but it worked well here. The lower water temperature may be the secret to that. I've never encountered St. John's Wort in a tea before but it had a really nice lemony flavor. There was some astringency but just enough to give it a pleasant crispness. I would definitely recommend this tea. Caleb, the owner of Handmade Tea, does awesome tasting videos for each month's blend and I've included the video for this one below.
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