Handmade Tea Hoppiness is Happiness

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: deep green, needle like. lots of apricot pieces
Ingredients: pan fried green tea, apricots, common hops
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: very pale

Each month’s shipment from +Handmade Tea brings an unexpected surprise and April was no different. I have never seen hops (yes, the kind used to make beer) in a tea before. The green tea was mellow and vegetal without no bitterness. Apricots are not usually something I enjoy but they added a fruity sweetness without being overwhelming. I was really glad that each ship includes mini tins of three ingredients because it allowed me to taste the hops on their own. They were grassy with a slightly bitter edge. The aftertaste was rather beerish. All together, the ingredients produced a pleasant and light tea. I could see this blend making a really good iced tea. There are a lot of tea subscription services out there and I’d love to try more of them but I just can’t seem to give this one up. I feel like I’d be missing out on something.

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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.