Here’s one I’ve held on to for a while! I received some samples from Arbor Teas in Michigan. They caught my eye not only because of their tea selection, but also their dedication to the environmental production side of tea creation. All industries have waste. Most tea comes in packaging. It was nice to get these purse-sized packets that I could put in my compost, guilt-free.
Makaibari Estate Silver Tips White from India
This little beauty had a rich, full-bodied vanilla flavour, slight astringency and muscatel character, with an earthy floral suggestion. Very pleasant to drink.
Steeped at 80˚ C for three minutes. Find it here.
High Mountain Oolong from Vietnam
This liquor was smooth and sweet, almost like someone added a little honey. It had that lovely oolong wet floral taste, like peonies in an afternoon greenhouse. Slightly vegetal and reminiscent of fiddleheads.
Steeped at 90˚ C for five minutes. Find it here.
Hawaii Premium Black
Now THIS was a cool one. I’d never tried Hawaiian tea before. Heck, I didn’t even know they had producing tea farms on Hawaii. What struck me first was how ‘fresh’ it seemed. Long, twisted brown and pale yellow leaves. Almost a fruity smell, like tobacco. It was so sweet! Drinking it I tasted a little bit of cherry and malt. Medium body with astringency hitting me in the middle of the tongue.
Steeped at 95˚ C for five minutes. Find it here.