Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Gorreana Tea
A rare premium grade lightly steamed green tea that stands in a class of it’s own for over a century.
Gorreana’s organic green tea is grown hundreds of miles away from industrial pollution and plucked fresh annually during the summer months of June and July on Europe’s mid-Atlantic volcanic islands known as the Azores.
Noted for it’s long twisted full leafs, sweet flavor and delicate smooth notes this organic green tea is plucked from the bush using only the finest summer leaves then is lightly steamed and sealed immediately all at our eco-friendly estate for optimal freshness.
Like my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss, I too had a pretty terrible experience with Hysson in the past. (Perhaps it was with the same tea!) It tasted dusty and downright disgusting. So, I didn’t really have high hopes for this Hysson from Gorreana. Imagine my surprise when I found it really delightful!
The aroma from my cup is vegetative, smelling a bit like a combination of freshly cut grass and roasted vegetables. Yes, there is a hint of roasted goodness in there too.
The flavor is sweet and not nearly as vegetative as the fragrance suggests. Mere hints of grassy tones, but more of what I would describe as a fresh taste. What do I mean by “fresh taste”? Well, think of the air on a bright spring morning following a light rain, when the plants are showing signs of new growth… that sort of light yet vibrant experience… now imagine that as a flavor. That is kind of what I’m tasting from this Hysson right now.
There is also a nutty tone to this tea as well as a fruit note to this that reminds me a bit of green apple. Crisp and sweet, but with a hint of sour too. Not a pucker-y sour, but the refreshing sour you experience when you bite into a granny smith apple.
This is a delicious Hysson, one good enough to change my impression of Hysson tea!
Where To Buy: Gorreana
Plantações de Chá Gorreana is a tea plantation in the Azores, Portugal.
Gorreana’s single estate organic green tea, grown on the island of Sao Miguel (known as the green island) off the European coast, is a unique premium green tea that indulges even the most sophisticated palates. Green tea can be enjoyed as an afternoon tea up to a evening tea, since it is naturally low in caffeine and rich in both amino acids and antioxidants. So, enjoy a cup of Gorreana’s single estate green tea today, and taste why it’s the only place in Europe green tea has been grown for over 125 years!
It seems I have a lot to say about this tea. For many different reasons. One being…the last Hysson Tea I tried from a different company was down right awful. This one from Gorreana was breath of fresh air (which I will get to in a moment!) Another reason I have quite a bit to say about this one is that I tried Googling it and there weren’t a lot of Tea Review Sites that have reviewed it as of yet. Here at SororiTEA Sisters we are very excited to be one of the first! I will say that our friends at Steepster have a few people sipping on this one – in case you were interested.
Like I said above…I was surprised, happy, and satisfied with this one. Maybe the word “Satisfied” down plays it a bit…maybe “delighted” would be a better word. Regardless…this was tasty and different…here’s how it struck me…
Dry – this smells fresh and airy. It also smells slightly of herbs but also of veggies. Not overly-so but there are notes present. After infusion was complete this smelled mellow but refreshing or spring-like even.
The taste was wonderful. Very pure, quite crisp for a green, although it had hints of herb and vegetal flavors as well as being a little nutty – yet sweet – and slightly juicy but also a little chewy, even! This was the surprise for me! I was surprised but totally stoked that this had a slight chewy quality to it. You don’t get “chewy” often in a green…not this kind of chewy, that is. This is really special!
The after taste is a little floral and a little vegetal and herbally. The more I drink this one the more I like it! Very nice, indeed!