I got this tea in a swap with Angrboda , and, to be honest, wasn’t in any hurry to taste it. I have not had good experiences with green tea. I know that many people love them, but most of the ones I’ve had before, both flavored and unflavored, never impressed me. So I figured I was simply not the green tea kind. So this tea sat in my sample basket waiting for that day when I was feeling adventurous enough to try this in spite of my (so I thought) certainty that I would not like it.
I took it to work with me today, to make in my new heavy cast-iron teapot. I steeped with less than boiling water (it’s a water dispenser, so Ive no idea how hot it is, just that it is not boiling), with a short steep time – about 2 minutes.
This is really good! and I mean REALLY good. I assume it smells like rhubarb, although I will admit that I have never smelled rhubarb in my life, but It’s a pleasant sweet aroma. The green base is smooth and mellow with a slight (rhubarb?) sweetness to it. Not overwhelmingly fruity (a good thing), but the flavor is there.
This has actually made me think that maybe I need to give green tea a second chance.