To create our Lotus green tea, green loose-leaf tea leaves are blended with hand-harvested fresh lotus blossoms in an ancient scenting method. Prepared in small batches by Vietnamese traditional artisans, the unique essence of these spring-harvested flowers is released and absorbed directly into the tea. Lotus 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.
Ingredients: Green Loose-Leaf Tea, Lotus Blossoms
Leaf Type: Green (scented)
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Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1-2 teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 180°F
Steep Time: 1-3 minutes
This is the second tea that the Persimmon Tree Tea Company sent me for review. As I was exploring their website trying to make up my mind about which two teas I wanted to share with you, it's description caught my eye. The green tea is created in small batches by Vietnamese artisans that scent it with fresh hand-harvested lotus blossoms. I've never had lotus blossoms before, but I love scented teas in general. My cupboard if full of teas scented with peach blossoms, jasmine, and osmanthus. They've always been among my favorites so I was quite excited to find a tea scented with something I'd never tried before.
One thing I found surprising was how much the flavor of this tea varies depending on the preparation method. The first two cups I prepared according the the suggested brewing instructions using water that was 180°F and steeping the leaves for 1 minute. If you take a sip just as the tea has finished steeping it tastes very strongly of steamed vegetables, but as the tea cools towards room temperature a variety of other flavors start to make themselves known. There is still a hint of vegetal flavor, but a sweet vanilla bean flavor starts to take over. Every once-in-awhile I get a hint of something else. I'm not sure that I would call it star anise as they do in the description. That has more of a licorice-like flavor, this is more of a spicy bite that is more akin to black pepper. It makes for a very interesting contrast with the sweet vanilla flavor.
When I used slightly warmer water or left the tea leaves to steep for 2 minutes or more the shift in flavor was remarkable. The tea took on a much stronger vegetal flavor and the vanilla notes that were so prominent before now hid in the background. Taking their place was the star anise flavor that I had been missing before. It was subtle, but much easier to pick out from the other flavors. While I find that I prefer my original preparation method since I'm not a fan of strongly vegetal flavored tea, it's great to know that the preparation method of this tea can be tweaked to accommodate a wide variety of tastes.
My Rating: 72/100
Would I order this again? Possibly. This is one of those teas that tastes even better once it has cooled off. It takes on a sweet vanilla flavor that makes a nice naturally flavored iced tea that doesn't need sugar.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that The Persimmon Tree Tea Company has provided me with two tins of tea for review. As always, all opinions are my own.