Tuesday Tea - July Selection Club - Simple Loose Leaf

Plan Description:

When you join Simple Loose Leaf you will tour the world and explore the wonders of tea. Our members embrace the discovery of new passions and rekindle their forgotten loves through our carefully curated menu of teas. Select a plan, make tea selection, and get a package!

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July Selections:

Yin Gou Mei Green
Kenilworth Ceylon Black
Plum Blossom White
Ginseng Oolong
Tropical Sunshine Herbal

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Yin Gou Mei Green

Review:

The green selection from the July box, Yin Gou Mei, has a very unusual shape compared to most teas. The leaves are rolled tightly and are slightly curved, giving them the shape of an eyebrow. Eyebrow tea first hit my radar about a year ago, but I've fallen in love with it's quirky shape and love to pull it out for guests. The unique shape is so unlike the tea most of my friends are familiar with so it always sparks a lively conversation.

While I love green teas in any shape or form I am more particular about the type I select for summer. As the weather heats up and I spend more time outside I want a tea that leaves me feeling hydrated, not thirsting for more. This means that I typically save the dry mouth producing teas like this Yin Gou Mei for the cooler seasons. From the first sip this tea gives you an immediate dry mouth which only increases as you drink more. During the cooler weather I don't mind this as much, although it isn't something I specifically seek out.

Overall the flavor of this green tea is mild with a slight astringency and slightly vegetal flavor. This is the sort of uncomplicated green tea that I like to seek out for everyday drinking because I don't feel the need to dissect what different flavors I taste, I can simply sit back and enjoy it. While it isn't what I prefer for the hot days of summer it will be something I can enjoy the rest of the year.

Would I order this again? Possibly. This is a nice every day green, but the dry mouth feeling keep me from enjoying it this time of year.

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Tropical Sunshine Herbal

Review:

The description of this tea says Tropical Sunshine Herbal is an explosion of flavor and I can't think of a more apt description for a tea. The citrus flavors do seem to explode on your tongue every time you take a sip. The first thing I notice about this blend is the combination of lemongrass, orange peel, and grapefruit. They give this herbal tisane an strong citrus flavor that contrasts perfectly with the spicy additions of cardamom, red peppercorn, and cinnamon chips. The addition of these spicy ingredients may feel odd at first, but when combined with the citrus flavors and slight sweetness from the apples and papaya flavoring we're left with an incredibly well balanced blend that just screams summer.

What is perhaps the most surprising aspect of this tisane is that it truly is just as delicious hot as it is iced. I find that I seldom feel this way about tea, I either enjoy it hot or I enjoy it iced, seldom do I enjoy it both ways. When prepared hot the flavor from the rooibos tends to come across slightly more giving the blend a somewhat woodsy flavor under the sweetness, citrus, and spice. I find that I don't notice it as much when this is cold steeped for iced tea. This blend was such a surprising find, I don't typically enjoy citrus teas, but I could see myself enjoying this one all summer long.

My Rating: 90/100

Would I order this again? Yes! This easily makes the list for favorite teas I've sampled from Simple Loose Leaf since starting my subscription. 

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with free subscription to their service. As always, all opinions are my own.