Purpose Purple Super Tea. . .

Who doesn’t love the idea of fresh brewed tea in a convenient bottle-ready to go whenever you need it? And to boot being purple tea. . . I was all in.

Purpose Tea has created ready to go Purple Tea to enjoy any time. . .the first of its kind actually.  When the tea arrived at my doorstep, I quickly put the tea in my fridge to cool to enjoy on one of my commutes taking the kiddos to school.   The next day, I took the tea along with my hot tea to enjoy during the 50 minute or so drive.

My first instinct was that this had sugar in it and the thought of I wish this tea didn’t have that added sweetness.  Thank goodness the sugar is cane sugar and not added stevia so the sweetness didn’t have that odd after taste.  For a ready to go tea drink, the tea is really good but not one that I would drink everyday-which I will explain in a bit. All in all, this tea is refreshing and the taste is quite nice and light. I do drink purple tea and you can definitely get that remarkable flavor that only purple tea can deliver.

I will say that for me personally, the sugar is a bit overwhelming but I don’t drink a lot of sugar in my tea or really in any kind of beverage so my taste buds find that taste sharper than my husband did who drinks full leaded soda.  My husband absolutely adored this tea and ended up finishing the rest of it off.

If this tea was offered in a non sweetened version, I think I would have been head over heels.  But because of the sugar, it just wasn’t for me.  A wonderful idea and I hope to try more of their varieties soon and to learn more about the company.   Even though the first variety wasn’t a complete win for me, with how much my husband enjoyed this tea, I know its a winner for others!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Purple
Where to Buy: Purpose Tea

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Power Up with Purple Tea from Kenya. . . .

Just when you think you’ve tried every kind of tea you can think of, you stumble across something new.  Not black tea or green tea but, Purple Tea?  I had to give it a try.  

This batch of tea had enormous, voluminous leaves that puffed up the sample bag.  The leaves were long and dark, tightly curled, and exceptionally elegant.  

Though the leaves were beautiful, they weren’t purple in color, but instead looked like traditional black tea.  Would the brewed leaves be any different?  

Black teas brew up dark sienna brown, rooibos teas are reddish amber, and green and white teas brew up golden or melon green.  Does this Purple Tea actually turn the water purple?  

Not exactly, though I will say that the brewed tea is a notable cooler color than most brews.  The Purple Tea brews up a muddy, blue-green.  It’s far from traditional grape juice purple, as far as the tea color wheel is concerned, brewing up blue-green still pretty unusual.  

With all this thought about the beautiful appearance of the leaves and the brew, we finally get to the taste.  This Purple Tea tasted surprisingly light and juicy, like green grapes and white wine.  There was also a flash of black currant tartness at the back of each sip that reminds you that this has a flavor palette beyond a typical green tea or an oolong.  As the tea cooled, I noticed more of a muscatel, earthy, grape flavor that helped flesh out the forward, bright fruit notes.  
Purple tea is grown near the equator in a sunny environment with lots of ultraviolet rays.  To survive, this tea is high in antioxidants, like blueberries and pomegranates.  When you want to expand your palette and get a health-boost, brew up some Purple Tea and feel the purple power!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Purple tea
Where to Buy: Kenya Purple Tea
Description: Recent studies on Kenyan purple tea indicate that this new tea has high levels of anthocyanins which are known to have powerful antioxidant properties.

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Purple Needle Black Tea of Jing Mai Mountain * Spring 2016

Had to open up the aroma wheel for this one. There are some black teas that I have such a hard time finding descriptors for.

This is a very pleasant tea. No harsh after taste. An intriguing liquid color. Golden brown perhaps? The flavor profile is so amazing. Slightly citrus but the more I sip it the more I am tasting woodsy notes at the end.  Flashes of walking through a slightly damp Washington state forest come to mind. Keep spinning the aroma wheel we aren’t through yet.

Even with the citrus and woodsy flavors it can also be defined as sweet. Almost like honey. The sweetness gathers all the flavors in a way that makes you feel as if you are drinking a royal cup of tea. Something truly unique.

Something must also be said about the leaves. Look at how tightly rolled they are!

From the pain-staking process of picking only the young tender buds from the purple trees (See the web page below for more details!), to the processing, and up to the end where it is packaged- all care is taken with this tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea/Purple Tea
Where to Buy: Yunnan Sourcing
Description

Purple leaf “Zi Cha” was harvested in Late April from the Jing Mai mountainous area in Lancang county of Simao.  The fresh purple leaves were then processed into a flat needle style tea.  The processed tea leaves are black with tiny golden shoots on some.

The brewed tea is citrus fruity sweet and very vibrant in the mouth.  The smell is floral and grapefruit.  The tea soup is a deep red-orange with hints of purple and vert clear.

A unique tea from “Zi Cha” purple tea leaves which is quite different from “Wild Purple / Ye Sheng” varietal black tea.

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Purple Tea of Kenya from Butiki Teas

Tea Type:
Purple Tea

Where To Buy:
Butiki Teas

Product Description:

Purple tea is rich in anthocyanin (a flavonoid), which pigments the leaves a purplish color. This purple species has been in development for 25 years in Kenya and is more resistant to frost, disease, drought, and pests. Purple Tea of Kenya is a very rare tea that has sweet woodsy notes with a pleasant lingering astringency. The recommended brewing time is 3 minutes which will produce a mellow flavor; however, this tea can be brewed as long as 5 minutes for a more flavorful and astringent brew. One ounce makes approximately 24 servings.

Recommended Brew Time: 3 to 5 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1/2 teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 160 F

Tasters Review:

The Sororitea Sisters are STOKED to be one of the first Tea Review Websites to review PURPLE TEA!  Yes!  Purple Tea!

We thank Stacy from Butiki Teas for the samples and the Tea Farmers in Kenya for Purple Tea, itself!

Purple Tea has higher medicinal properties than green and black tea and its seeds produce oil suitable for cooking, cosmetics and the pharmaceutical industries.  The variety has been used to develop products on experimental basis whose value is four times that of the ordinary black teas.  For more info on Purple Tea please visit The Tea Research Foundation of Kenya HERE.

I’m very excited to see the popularity of this tea grow!  I’m hoping many tea companies will start supporting this as well as their customer base.  Kudos to Butiki Teas for leading the way!

As for this specific Purple Tea…

At first glance it looks like a finely slivered black tea but after infusion I inspected the leaves and they were reminiscent of a darker green!

At first sniff I could pick up on a savory or food like aroma prior to infusing.  After infusing it reminded me of a green and black blend!  It ‘brews’ dark much like a black tea with a bit of a cloud texture to the color…NOT an actual texture to the liquid (like some greens) but the color if that makes sense.

At first taste it reminded me of a few grassier senchas I have tried…but then it changed up to a slightly astringent black tea taste. There is an interesting maltiness to it too – not your stereotypical maltiness like you would find in a black tea tho. The aftertaste has more stereotypical traits of a green tho.

I love the conflicts here.  I love the change-up.  I like how it morphs back and forth.

The aftertaste of the aftertaste is more of a combo between the woodsy and the grassy but it’s a neat happy-medium that I am appreciating!

I’m excited to try more PURPLE TEAS and am looking forward to their popularity growing!