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.