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Green Herbal Blend
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Anise, Pepper, Spinach, Stems, Vanilla
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 226 ml

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  • “This is my favorite tea from The Persimmon Tree. The other reviews run the full range from hate it to love it and all points in between. The base green is a strong vegetal tea bordering on bitter...” Read full tasting note
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    ks6 1305 tasting notes
  • “OMG I LOVE This and I for one hate anise! So let me tell you the first impression I got from this is flowery black pepper! Then a creamy sensation took over. Then a floral after taste - but wait...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “Wow, this is really good cold steeped. I kinda forgot this in the fridge, so it has been steeping for 2 days. Very little bitterness compared to it hot, and lots of smooth, creamy vanilla and...” Read full tasting note
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    awkwardsoul 1037 tasting notes
  • “I'm on a tea-buying hiatus in order to control the massive amount of space my tea cupboard takes up. I bought over 100 types (not including any samples) in only 3 months. ;~; So, no more tea...” Read full tasting note
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    Alphakitty 470 tasting notes

From The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

A unique combination of hand-harvested fresh lotus blossoms blended with green loose leaf tea in an ancient scenting method comprises our Lotus Green tea. Prepared in small batches by Vietnamese traditional artisans, the unique essence of these spring-harvested flowers is released and absorbed directly into the tea. The Lotus green tea brews a pleasant, slightly sharp flavor similar to star anise, with a subtle vanilla finish. Be sure to steep multiple times to fully appreciate the flavor of these sweet, aromatic lotus blossoms infused in our Lotus Flower tea.

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30 Tasting Notes

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1305 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea from The Persimmon Tree. The other reviews run the full range from hate it to love it and all points in between. The base green is a strong vegetal tea bordering on bitter but it is the good kind. The lotus is light. Mixing with the green base it takes on anise and vanilla notes. Unlike anything else I’ve had. Nothing like Tazo Lotus which is decaf bagged with a wimpy green base. That one is a lovely simple floral tea. This one is full bodied and complex with the base standing along side the floral. Love.

K S

I just read through my log on this tea. I amused myself. I think I have seven reviews and they are all a scrambling of the same ideas. Sounds like I haven’t changed my opinion in the last year at all.(cute thumbs up emoticon would go here if I knew how)

gmathis

Funny…I notice that about some of mine (twelve ways to say the same thing), and on others I’m all over the map. Consistent I ain’t.

K S

Its all about how you feel at the time.

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OMG I LOVE This and I for one hate anise! So let me tell you the first impression I got from this is flowery black pepper! Then a creamy sensation took over. Then a floral after taste – but wait THEN it developed back into the pepper. I took agree, I don’t know what is going on with this tea but I am in LOVE here!
I am absolutely getting some of this!
I am surprised it took me so long to give this one a try!
It has me rethinking several other teas from The Persimmon Tree that I have passed by!
Regarding the other two tasting notes I really never thought I would have liked this.
So glad they sent me a sample!
:)

K S

Is this an actual Lotus tea or is that just the name. It sounds good either way.

tunes&tea

Second time I’ve seen your lotus interest K S.I know what to get you for Christmas…a lotus tree!

Alphakitty

You make me want to try this again but I sent away my sample haha. Flowery black pepper?! I didn’t get that at all!

Azzrian

All I know is what the description says KS…
Alphakitty – If I get an order in for a tin I will send some your way! :)

Alphakitty

Aww why thank you! I feel like if you loved it I must have done something wrong when I brewed it up.

Azzrian

Aweee don’t feel that way we all have different palates – we shall unravel this mystery sooner or later!
:)

K S

@T&T: Tazo makes a Lotus tea I like but I would love to find a quality loose version.

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1037 tasting notes

Wow, this is really good cold steeped. I kinda forgot this in the fridge, so it has been steeping for 2 days.

Very little bitterness compared to it hot, and lots of smooth, creamy vanilla and nutty flavor. Yum! Last of my sample though.
I’d love to see this tea in a blend, maybe with some chocolate.

Preparation
Iced
K S

Cold steeped – really? Must try. When my ounce is gone this is one that needs replaced.

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I’m on a tea-buying hiatus in order to control the massive amount of space my tea cupboard takes up. I bought over 100 types (not including any samples) in only 3 months. ;~; So, no more tea buying! Even samples! But somehow, a small (5 sample) order from The Persimmon Tree snuck in. At $1 a sample + free shipping I couldn’t really resist since there were a few flavors I’d really been meaning to try. This was not one of them, but I’ve never had lotus flavored tea so I was curious.

I’ve had a lot of lotus-flavored snacks: one of my favorite things to pick up in Chinatown is candied lotus root (even if it does trigger a bit of my tryophobia). It’s got this juicy, crisp quality very reminiscent of watermelon with a nice earthiness too. So I foolishly hoped this tea would taste like that, despite it being stated as anise-like with a hint of vanilla. Well, those flavors are definitely there and quite pleasant actually, but the base green… oh my god. Mushy canned peas. I HATE peas, and this tea is all steamed veggies. Not nice, fresh from the garden veggies (I’ll even eat peas if they are very fresh)… canned veggies that have been sitting in a grocery store for 2 years. I had 2 sips and had to pour it out, it was making me nauseous. If it weren’t for the anise/vanilla at the end, this would get a big fat rating of 1. But really, you don’t want vanilla in your canned peas. It might actually make it worse!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

good luck with the hiatus… :)

Alphakitty

It’s going pretty well so far! My debit card is currently not working due to some idiocy on my bank’s end and I am confined to only using sites that take Paypal. That’s pretty much the only reason why I haven’t purchased any more tea… I almost made an order at ESP Emporium today before I remembered they only take cards!

TeaBrat

I pretty much have no self control, I’ve just decided to allocate a monthly budget to tea (which is a lot less than what I’ve been spending) and try to stick to it!

Dorothy

Omg that is a lot of tea!

Alphakitty

It is a lot! I get worried about it going stale before I actually manage to drink all of it ^^; I am very bad about self-control… if I have the money and I want it, I buy it, regardless of how feasible it is to actually drink through my cupboard!

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Thanks to Alphakitty for this one.
It tastes like flowers and Anise. It’s SO not like the other Lotus Teas I have tried…in any way, shape, or form. This one…is…strange. It’s not bad tasting…just really DIFFERENT. I can’t say I like it but it’s not a cup I wouldn’t poor down the sink…I WOULD finish the cup, but…I’m rather confused by this one. Perhaps one day…we will find a happy medium…this tea…and I????

Madeline Alyce

Oh no, I have a sample of this waiting to be drank…

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’m going to have to get my hands on a lotus tea at some point. This one doesn’t sound like the one to try first, huh?

Alphakitty

This is definitely a weird one, I debated sending it but I thought someone with more tea experience would appreciate the flavors a bit better (or at least be able to pick them out!).

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Any particular lotus you’d suggest?

TeaEqualsBliss

In Nature had a pretty good Lotus if I recall :)

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Backlog:

A delightfully floral tea. It’s really quite lovely, with a pleasant sweetness. I tasted licorice notes as well as vanilla tones. Really good. It seems like … based on the other tasting notes, this one is either a love or a hate kind of tea. I, for one, love it.

Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/11/lotus-green-tea-from-the-persimmon-tree/

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Loose
Appearance: black grey dark curls
Aroma when Dry: bright, sweet lotus notes, peppery
After water is first poured: salty bright lotus floral notes
At end of first steep: bright lotus floral bittersweet notes
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: clear
Staple? yes
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first?: sharp, slightly fuzzy sour floral lotus
As it cools?:sour nutty tangy notes open up, tea gets fuzzier, deeper, thicker
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Softly, crisp floral lotus, slight hints of grass

Second Steep (5min):
Light, floral brothy, drying notes in close

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I don’t really get this tea. I’ve had lotus before as like a sweet paste in moon cake or similar Asian desserts, and this tea does not taste like that at all. The tea tastes more savory and less floral than I expected. It somehow also reminds me of some kind of ointment. Not really my cup of tea. Really interesting, though!

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First Sip Thought: “Ahhh…awakening my senses!”

Smell: A bright, and quite peppery scent at first. As it steeped, I felt the scent becoming much soother.

Taste: Keep in mind, I have not tried other lotus teas before this one. Thus, my thoughts will be very different from anyone who has because I won’t be comparing. I dove into this tea with no thoughts in my mind so I was surprised a lot with the flavours that were appearing in my mouth. As my first sip thought state, it was definitely very strong but not in a bad way. The first sip took my mind away to a flower bed where I started trimming bushes and planting flowers of all sorts. Very floral, but very welcoming. However, the taste started to get softer with each sips and I started getting hints of maybe a vanilla grassy taste that lingered until I saw the bottom of my teacup. This may be a tea I would have an interesting relationship with. I’ve read other reviews that it was much more enjoyable cold, so I will try that next time. I will also be infusing this for a second time to get a softer, yet creamy taste from it.

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Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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Finally, I have finished the pile of Toshie’s Jewels for my planned garland. Though finishing my garland I think it is too big for my Tea Lair and I will put it in the bedroom instead. If I am lucky Espeon will not take up acrobatics to attack it, if not, well it will be entertaining to watch. The paper I used is probably some of the prettiest origami paper I have used, the detail on the patterns is just spectacular, I want more but it is obnoxiously hard to find and really expensive. It was luck and ebay that got me the paper in the first place.

Today’s tea is Lotus from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, a Vietnamese green tea scented in the traditional way with lotus blossoms giving this tea an ancient feel. The process of scenting a tea is really quite neat, for Lotus scent, the green tea is stuffed into a lotus blossom overnight or the stamens are taken from the lotus flowers and placed in a jar overnight with the tea, there they absorb its aroma and lends a floral taste to the tea. The website advises multiple steeps, so you know what that means, gaiwan time! The aroma of the dry leaves is pretty intense, very strong anise aroma with touches of honey, yeasty bread, green stems, and just the faintest hint of pepper. It is strange to call such a spicy aroma heady, but it is like sniffing a spicy flower.

After a nice visit with some warm water in the gaiwan, the now wet leaves’s aroma fills my tea lair with anise and pepper. The aroma is a paradox, it manages to be both heavy and light, it is one of the few times I have a hard time explaining the effect. The intensity gives it weight, but the notes in the aroma make it seem light, it is a pretty cool sniffing experience. The liquid has notes of cream, anise, honey, pepper, and a touch of refreshing green at the finish.

The first steep starts off quite sweet and rich, like honey drizzled yeasty bread that was baked with loads of anise. This initial spicy sweetness fades to a mildly peppery and cooked spinach finish. The mouthfeel starts out smooth then fades to just a tiny bit dry at the end.

Second steeping time! The aroma is not as strong, the anise and pepper notes are very delicate and there is an aroma of fresh vegetation, very reminiscent of walking through a garden after a rain storm. The taste is also more green than the previous, it starts with fresh vegetation and spinach. This fades to anise and pepper and then finished with a fairly potent honey aftertaste.

And now it is time for the final dance with this scented tea, the aroma of the third steep has gone around to being anise heavy, with accompaniment of raw honey and fresh vegetation. The mouthfeel starts a bit dry, almost sharp, but that changes to smooth fairly quickly. All that is left of this tea is anise and a touch of pepper, the blend of just anise and pepper this time around reminds me more of spicebush than actual anise. There is a hint of raw honey at the aftertaste that lingers for a bit. This is truly a unique tea, if you have never experienced Lotus scented tea I would definitely recommend it.

For photos (including origami! woo!) and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-persimmon-tree-tea-company-lotus.html

Flavors: Anise, Pepper, Spinach, Stems

K S

You captured the essence of this tea beautifully!

ashmanra

Beautiful origami! And I love your teaware. Is that the bat pattern from Teavivre?

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Oh hey, it does look like the same pattern :) I got this set off ebay actually. And thank you :)

Lion Repshire

I ordered samples of this tea recently. It is sooooo good. It is definitely very heady up-front, but the way it finishes in this sweet, creamy, more delicate floral finish is so awesome!

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