I’m a green tea drinker for the most part. When I do drink black tea, it’s usually Chai, or some other spiced/flavored black tea. I guess for the most part I just find plain black tea a little flat and boring.
I tried this tea two different ways. One cup was plain, with a little coconut sugar. It’s a lightweight black tea, and the floral notes are very subtle, but they’re there. I actually enjoyed this cup more than I expected, and would drink it that way again. It also has a slight sweetness to it, so I used less than a teaspoon of coconut sugar. If you don’t like very sweet tea, you’d probably love it alone!
The second cup I tried was with the same amount of coconut sugar, and a splash of coconut milk. Now this is what I need in the morning! It was sweet and creamy and just really pleasant. I feel like not only did it give me a little morning pick me up, but it also put a smile on my face.
Think Earl Grey, with a little less floral aftertaste. Very nice for a crisp morning!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tocha Tea
The fragrance of purifying Osmanthus flowers is the perfect complement to the subtle sweetness of whole leaf black tea. Quench your thirst and revitalize your spirit with this smooth, full-bodied blend; ideal for kick-starting your morning or uplifting your afternoon.
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This is a lovely blend, with leaves of black, gold, and green, tiny rosebuds, and lavender flowers. The dry blend smells lovely and displays beautifully on a leaf holder.
Oh, the dilemma of what to do when a tea is a black tea/green tea blend! Boiling water to draw out the flavor and robustness of the black tea or cooler to prevent scalding of the green? Many green teas are hardy and require near boiling water so I compromised a bit and used 200F for three minutes.
When I taste it, I am instantly reminded of Christmas. This puzzles me at first. Then I remember my spicy roses that have a clove scent. These rosebuds have the clove scent! This tea tastes every so lightly of clove and the lavender is more subdued than the rose to me.
Since it is a drying tea, this means “goes well with food” in my book! I help myself to a thin and crispy cinnamon sugar cookie and take another sip. Ah yes, I can still taste all the flavors in the tea! This will be a good pairing to remember for the future. As drying as it is, I would not drink it by itself much, but I will definitely be pairing it with light sweets when guests are here. A guest who really only loves black tea tried it without knowing what was in it, took a sip, and said, “Oh, that’s a good one!”
I got a pretty nice second steep from the leaves, too. Bonus!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black/Green Tea
Where to Buy: Full Leaf Tea C
A tea for a Queen! Vibrant colors and rich aroma come together to create a beautiful loose leaf tea with a sweet floral flavor.
Black tea, green tea, lavender flowers, rose petals, and vanilla both look and taste like “royalty”.