Ingredients: Young Hyson, Orange Peel, Safflower Petals, N/A Orange Flavours
This tea is kind of peculiar. I have no desire to sweeten it, but I always have something sweet with it when I drink it.
Not at all what I expected from a green tea; it's quite light, only needs a short steep, and has beautifully creamy top notes. There are also hints of cranberries, and of course, the pungent, Chinese green base. It would be excellent in a holiday cocktail with a twist or iced with a bit of lemon.
I'm tempted to add some lemon right now...a very interesting tea indeed! The sort of thing that once you start drinking regularly, you start craving at odd moments. It's not super obviously fruity, but the pleasant fruit notes subtly filter down into your taste buds as you drink it. Very subtle, very pleasant. I may have just talked myself into having another cup!
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The first time I tried chai was in the kitchen of my parent’s house, and served by my younger sister. “You have to taste this—” she insisted, pushing a mug across the countertop to me. She refused to elaborate on its contents. The flavors, she said, would speak for themselves.
The quality of water affects the taste of your tea; this is beyond dispute. The relative quantities of mineral salts, oxygen and trace elements determine the relative "liveliness" or "flatness" of a particular cup. To that simple substance we add the basic flavor of the leaf itself or an herbal substitute.