Our newest tea partner, Phuc Long supplies fine, whole-leaf green tea from Vietnam. Minimally processed; you can click on the pictures of the leaves below and see they are still slightly silvery. The silvering is what makes white tea "white", and is an indication of the youth of the baby leaves and the minimal handling. The packaging is both beautiful and convenient: inside, the tea is packed in a foil bag for freshness.
Personally, we love a low-astringency green tea, so this is a relatively non-astringent brand. However, really fresh green tea is always a little astringent, so we like to brew this at a lower temperature (170°ree;) and re-use the leaves. The second brew is incredibly smooth. We recommend trying this at least once to see if you love it, too.
This tea is available in three varieties.
Lotus Green Tea
Like jasmine green tea, lotus tea is regular green tea that has been scented with lotus blossoms. You can tell this is a natural scent because a few lotus petals remain in the mix as proof (they enhance the aroma, too!). As is traditional for lotus tea, this is a "sticks and leaves" tea, meaning it contains both the top leaves and the tip of their stem, to complement the lotus flavor.
If you've never tried lotus tea, you've been missing out! It's always a smash hit when we taste-test it at markets and parties. The lotus aroma is difficult to describe, but it has hints of chamomile and a subtle richness. It's also a bit naturally sweet. Particularly refreshing when iced!
Classic Green Tea
Pure, fresh green tea. Nothing added. Clean, bright flavor and delicate aroma. Lightly astringent on the first brew, smooth on the second brew.
Jasmine Green Tea
Pure green tea, scented with jasmine petals. The jasmine aroma is distinct but not overpowering. This is a very balanced tea, and very fresh-tasting. A few natural jasmine petals remain in the tea, enhancing the aroma and demonstrating its authenticity.
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