Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Tavalon
the health benefits of green tea combine with a soft fruit flavor for an instant classic
This tea is another example of a tea I ordered some time ago, stashed away in one of my canisters, and forgot all about it until I recently went through my stash. I am glad to report though that it has not lost its flavor! It tastes just as fresh as fresh can taste!
Bright, crisp green tea flavor with a vegetative note … but not overly grassy. It is not bitter and while there is a little bit of astringency, it does not interfere at all with the enjoyment of this tea.
The apricot flavor is sweet and luscious, tasting very much like the soft, juicy flesh of a sun-ripened apricot … but it isn’t overly sweet or nectar-y. This is a tea with fruit flavor, not a fruity beverage with a hint of tea.
There is also a floral tone to this tea that is slightly sharp … sunflower! It is a very distinct flavor, and no other flower petal brews to taste quite like a sunflower. It is delicate, but it’s there.
As summer draws to a close here in the Pacific Northwest, this tea is a delightful representation of the sweetness that the summer offers. This is awesome hot or iced!
Leaf Type: Pouchong
Where to Buy: Tavalon
A lightly oxidized oolong tea with a subtle, sweet aroma and complex flavor.
This is a sample that I received with a recent order from Tavalon. Quite smart on Tavalon’s part – luring me in to yet another tea that I love!
You might be wondering what a Pouchong tea is. It’s actually an Oolong, but I like to make the distinction between Pouchong vs. Oolong because, even though this is an Oolong tea, it has some significant differences in taste from, say, a greener Oolong or even a dark Oolong. I have often heard that Pouchong is somewhere between green tea and Oolong tea, and I would agree with that assessment.
I have really enjoyed the Pouchong teas that I’ve tried and this Grand Pouchong from Tavalon is no exception: it is absolutely delightful. It has a roasted nut flavor to it that is sweet and even lightly caramel-y. Toasty! There is a distant fruit-like flavor that vaguely resembles one might get if they were to cross a peach and a cantaloupe! There are also hints of flower in the taste – honeysuckle, perhaps?
It is truly an intriguing, complex cup that keeps me sipping to see what else I might uncover in the layers of flavor.
I prefer Pouchong teas served hot, and this is generally true for most teas that I would categorize as complex, because those complexities are more distinguishable when the tea is hot. As the tea cools, some of the complex nuances of the tea tends to become muted as a result of the chilling process. So, when you really want to enjoy a tea for its many layers of flavor, drink it hot. When you’re looking for cool, thirst-quenching refreshment, drink it iced!
This has a natural sweetness to it that I compared to caramel – and it does! So, I do recommend tasting it before you sweeten it. Sweetener, in my opinion, would really overwhelm this tea. Enjoy it in it’s pristine perfection!