Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: KTeas
Single-Estate tea: Mountain View – Farm CollectiveGrowing elevation: 2000′, Mountain View, Hawaii USA
East meets West in this refined, pan-fired green tea reminiscent of signature teas of China. Exotic in aroma, pure in flavor, steeped into a pale golden green infusion with a lingering fresh taste. Definitely encouraging in Hawaii’s quest of pioneering a tropical, pure Hawaii-grown tea.
I love this tea. Before I even taste it, I love it. Why? Well, it may sound corny, but I love it because of the name “Ola’s Garden.” My darling gramma – who was mother figure to me and probably the most positive role model I had in my youth – her name was Ola. I miss her terribly. And so this tea is very dear to me because of the name … it reduced me tears when I first read the name.
The leaves are very long and curly, deep green in color with hints of silver streaks. They have a strong “leafy green” scent to them, and they infuse to a very pale yellow-green color. So pale, in fact, that it almost looks like water with a hint of yellow-green tint!
But it certainly doesn’t taste like water. It is incredible. I am in agreement with the above description, it is indeed reminiscent of a Chinese green tea. The flavor is rich and vegetative. It is sweet, but it doesn’t come across as “fruity sweet” or “buttery sweet” like so many green teas do. Instead, this is more like a vegetable sweetness, with a flavor that falls somewhere in between grassy and steamed spinach. It is a very pure, clean taste … a characteristic that follows through to the crisp aftertaste.
As the tea cools slightly, more sweet tones emerge, it still isn’t what I’d categorize as buttery. It is more like a fruit-and-nut kind of sweetness, with the nutty tones presenting themselves strongest.
This tea produces many infusions – I infused it three times with no real loss in flavor. I am sure I could have gotten even more out of those leaves if I tried, but, after three pots of tea, I was ready to move on to something different.
KTeas has recently introduced a full line of Hawaiian-grown teas, including this one. I have been very impressed with the Hawaiian teas I’ve tasted in the past, and this one certainly ranks up there with one of the best ones I’ve tried. It is an incredibly good green tea – one that is sure to please green tea enthusiasts! It is soft, supple and really refreshing. It is even quite nice as an iced tea, although I find that the complexity is more apparent when it’s served hot.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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