Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Kusmi Tea
Green Zoubrovka is the green tea version of the exclusive Zoubrovka blend. It’s a green tea from China flavored with sweetgrass, which adds a subtle texture of honey to this beverage.
Learn more about this tea here.
This has a very strong vegetal aroma. It smells earthy and grassy. The dry leaf looks like a large gunpowder tea.
To brew this tea, I used my Breville tea maker and added 2 bamboo scoops to the basket and 500ml of water to the jug. I set the temperature at 180°F and the steep time for 2 minutes.
The result is a cup of tea that tastes very much like green tea. Gunpowder green, to be specific. But there is a little more to it than that. I also taste the sweetgrass which adds sweetness as well as more of a grassy note. While many green teas taste somewhere between ‘vegetable’ and ‘grassy’ … this tea definitely leans more to the grassy than the vegetable.
There are sweet notes, honey-like flavors, hints of mint, and a clean grassy note. I can see how this tea would not be for everyone. If you tend to like that heavier, buttery quality to a green tea, this one will probably not be one of your favorite greens. On the other hand, if you appreciate the soothing vegetal/brothy qualities of a green tea, this one is going to be right up your alley.
The texture is brothy, reminding me both in taste and texture of sipping a hot broth. This would be a really nice tea to have on hand when feeling under the weather because it has that soothing quality to it – like drinking a hot cup of chicken soup. Only better because it’s tea.
While it is quite soothing, it also has an invigorating quality to it that I find quite appealing. It would be a good tea to drink later in the afternoon when you’re feeling a little drained of energy and need a boost. Sweet, a little bitter (but in a savory sort of way), and enjoyable. It has a moderate astringency that is slightly drying.
Overall, a pleasant cup of 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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