Handmade Tea Chase-Mallow

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
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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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.