Azalina's TeaEdit Company
Recent Tasting Notes
Chilling at home with the dog keeping an eye on all the tornado warnings. So far, none for my county but quite a few around us and several where my kids are. Hubby has to work through the storm, possibly all night if trees come down or we have more flooding, so here I am drinking tea, lighting candles and picking a good book to download.
Tea of the moment is Azalina’s Malaysian Black, paired with Peanut M&M’s cuz I am a grown woman and I can eat what I want. They are the pastel Easter ines which makes them even more delicious because they are cute.
First thought when steeping was, “Whoa! Pumpkin spice!” Then I decided it was much more of a Christmas blend aroma. I really assocaite clove and orange with Christmas. But the hint of lavender is really nice. It is just the barest hint and I could easily mistake it for rosemary.
I steeped it for just three and a half minutes because the leaves are so broken, and I am happy with the strength. It is not bitter or astringent, at least not with food, it might be a different story if I put the candy away.
No milk no sugar, as usual, and I find it very enjoyable. Thank you, derk, for the generous sample!
ETA: well, now WE have a warning! Currently in hall bathroom with dog.
ETA again! All is well!
This is a tea I picked up from the co-op in San Francisco. It’s blended by a restaurant called Azalina’s at the edge of both of my old neighborhoods. I had never heard of Azalina’s probably because it’s located in the Twitter headquarters.
Really, this is an incredible blend if you like strong flavors. Crushed/chopped black tea leaf, tons of lavender, huge chunks of orange peel, clove, star anise and vanilla beans. They all meld together seamlessly, creating a smooth, vanilla sweet yet spicy and lavender-cooling bold black tea. The orange peel is sweet and floral compared to a more pungent tangerine peel. A little mineral and oily, doesn’t get bitter or astringent. Leaves a slight tingly spice in the mouth.
I imagine the flavors are strong enough to create a killer latte or milk tea. In my usual fashion, I drank it straight. 2tsp, 8oz, boiling, 2 steeps at 2-3 and 5 minutes. With the second steep, the black tea is pretty much depleted but the other ingredients still make a tasty brew. Very much recommended if you ever come across it!