Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Hampstead Tea
Delicate and fresh tasting, our biodynamic green tea is valued for its detoxifying and antioxidant properties. Its unfermented leaves are only lightly steamed before being dried.
Learn more about this tea here.
I am drinking the bagged version of this tea (it is also available loose leaf), and I am pleasantly surprised by the delicious flavor of this bagged tea. Generally, my automatic response to a tea bag is “ugh” as I would prefer loose tea to bagged tea 9.9 times out of ten. (Note: for that rare, .1 moment, I generally want a bagged tea because I’m in a bit of a rush and don’t have time to do all the fuss and mess of loose leaf, nor do I have a lot of time to really savor the flavor of a loose leaf, but I still NEED tea).
But, really, the “ugh” response to Hampstead Tea’s bagged teas is unwarranted, because I’ve really been very impressed with the bagged offerings that I’ve tried from them. This tea is no exception.
It has a sweet, strongly vegetal flavor. The vegetative flavor has a grassy undertone and an overtone that is a bit like mildly flavored, steamed vegetables with a touch of melted butter. There is even a hint of kelp in there somewhere, complete with a savory salty tone in the distance. Fortunately, the kelp tone is rather subtle and does not overpower the cup, as I am not a big fan of seaweed-y flavors. With this tea, that kelp-ish note seems to work well, as I am finding this tea to be quite enjoyable.
A very pleasant green tea, and really, I expected nothing less from Hampstead Tea!
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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