The Northern Lights Tea Company
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Recent Tasting Notes
For a non green tea drinker, this is a very pleasant tea. The taste is very delicate and had no astringency whatsoever while maintaining an obvious herbaceous flavor. Very relaxing and refreshing.
I was hesitant to steep this one at the recommended 212’F due to my experience with other Japanese green teas, but I did and everyone I’ve served it to has enjoyed it as well as myself.
The first thing that struck me about this tea is it’s AMAZING smell. It smells just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. It brews a delightful cup with very light notes of chocolate (which are not sweet, but instead more akin to cocoa) and a soothing mint aftertaste. The aroma is strong, but the tea itself is delicate, yet remains flavorful. It holds up well to steamed milk and a touch of sugar, making it a delightful treat. I have been brewing a pot of this each day at work just for myself! Would make a great gift for the occasional tea drinker or coffee drinker, especially around the holidays.
This black tea differs from other chai types in that it has a bit more of a fruity profile to it. Despite the unusual notes from the rose and safflower, the tea still makes a great latte with steamed milk and a touch of sugar. The black pepper is hardly noticeable at all, giving the tea an overall subtle taste. Highly aromatic.
The pomegranate flavor in this white tea is very light, but obvious nonetheless. The aroma, however, is quite strongly scented and pleasant. I enjoyed it iced. As with most white teas, steeping for more than 6 minutes maximum results in a bitter and unpleasant flavor. Overall I was more than pleased with the tea and drink it with some regularity.
First tasting note, so please bear with me. :)
Today I paid a visit to Northern Lights’ retail store, tucked away in the skyways of downtown Minneapolis. I spent some time browsing through their considerable collection of teas, and came away with a few to sample. This was one that caught my eye, and was recommended to me, but I couldn’t help but be wary – rose? I haven’t yet come across a black tea with rose that I’ve truly enjoyed, and I’m not a huge fan of overtly floral teas in general. However, not being one to refuse a chai blend, I brought it home and brewed myself a cup. Added some honey (this is probably not a tea you want to add milk to), and noted how amazing it smelled – slightly spicy, but the main scent was of sweet rose syrup (more foody than floral, i guess, if that makes sense). And it tasted pretty much the same way it smelled; mild rose syrup-y chai, no bitterness whatsoever. I really like this – it managed to far exceed my expectations, and it’s something I’ll be stocking up on regularly.