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I had a few problems getting this April tea, so Caleb from Handmade tea sent it to me again with May’s tea. It was well worth the wait!

The dry tea is a mix of green tea leaves, large pieces of hops and small chopped up dried apricot. The smell is divine. It smells like sweet, fruity, buttery, green tea with malty hops. The tea tastes like smooth, buttery, green tea, there is a very gentle sweetness from the apricots. It is perfectly proportioned so that the sweetness doesn’t overpower the subtleties of the green tea, but it is also not fake tasting. The hops taste medium strong underneath the buttery green tea. The tea is thick but not strong. There is a very slight bitter aftertaste, that I find to be similar when drinking hop-py beer.

This tea blend is excellent.

I love hops!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JustJames

never had hops before, but this tea sounds quite intriguing!

Lala

JustJame – all I can tell you is hops are mostly used in beer. Butiki also makes a tea with hops called Peach Hoppitea. To me, hops have a malty, grassy, hay-like, slightly bitter flavour. I can send you a sample of this one if you like.

JustJames

hops are also known as a sleep aid, if memory serves, it affected the harvesters in the early 1900’s. do you find it helpful to take before bed?

Lala

You know, I am not sure, have never noticed it before. This specific tea has black tea in it, so that will keep me awake all night. I will maybe have to have a beer or two and see what happens.

JustJames

LOL… the syndrome was so pronounced that that was the reason they began to make pillows with hops in them…. argh, lemme see if i can the name… nope, sorry, saw it in a documentary a few years back and it’s defying my data mining (grrr), but hops are listed as ‘a mild sedative’ because of the methylbutanol content.

momo

I know there’s some sleepy time tea with hops in it, I think from Marketspice?

I love hops. When I get a really hoppy beer I start to taste the floral notes of them. That’s why I found it incredibly funny when Slate wrote an article about how hoppy beers are terrible and ruining beer, like everyone’s taste buds are the same!

JustJames

in human brains the senses mingle, as well… everything from good and bad memories, to a good palate, good sense of smell… i’m not a beer drinker, but i’d certainly be willing to try this tea… different beverage = different effect!

hops ruin beer? without hops there would be no beer. everything else comes down to personal preference.

momo

They were claiming that IPAs especially are going “too far” and breweries need to tone it back. I don’t know where they’re getting beer, but when I go to growler shops here, there are maybe two really hoppy IPAs and the rest are pretty average, I don’t think the places where these crazy ones are being made are even available on a mass scale.

I know there’s also a site that sells malts meant for infusing as tea. I think it’s just malt-tea.com and they’re REALLY cheap for something else different.

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JustJames

never had hops before, but this tea sounds quite intriguing!

Lala

JustJame – all I can tell you is hops are mostly used in beer. Butiki also makes a tea with hops called Peach Hoppitea. To me, hops have a malty, grassy, hay-like, slightly bitter flavour. I can send you a sample of this one if you like.

JustJames

hops are also known as a sleep aid, if memory serves, it affected the harvesters in the early 1900’s. do you find it helpful to take before bed?

Lala

You know, I am not sure, have never noticed it before. This specific tea has black tea in it, so that will keep me awake all night. I will maybe have to have a beer or two and see what happens.

JustJames

LOL… the syndrome was so pronounced that that was the reason they began to make pillows with hops in them…. argh, lemme see if i can the name… nope, sorry, saw it in a documentary a few years back and it’s defying my data mining (grrr), but hops are listed as ‘a mild sedative’ because of the methylbutanol content.

momo

I know there’s some sleepy time tea with hops in it, I think from Marketspice?

I love hops. When I get a really hoppy beer I start to taste the floral notes of them. That’s why I found it incredibly funny when Slate wrote an article about how hoppy beers are terrible and ruining beer, like everyone’s taste buds are the same!

JustJames

in human brains the senses mingle, as well… everything from good and bad memories, to a good palate, good sense of smell… i’m not a beer drinker, but i’d certainly be willing to try this tea… different beverage = different effect!

hops ruin beer? without hops there would be no beer. everything else comes down to personal preference.

momo

They were claiming that IPAs especially are going “too far” and breweries need to tone it back. I don’t know where they’re getting beer, but when I go to growler shops here, there are maybe two really hoppy IPAs and the rest are pretty average, I don’t think the places where these crazy ones are being made are even available on a mass scale.

I know there’s also a site that sells malts meant for infusing as tea. I think it’s just malt-tea.com and they’re REALLY cheap for something else different.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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Saskatchewan, CANADA

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