There are two things in life I refuse to discuss with anyone, religion and politics, but since today is the presidential election I thought at the very least I’d mark the occasion with a special tea grown in the US—Organic Hawaii Premium Green Tea from Arbor Teas. I've been fascinated by the handful of teas I've seen grown in America, but because they're grown in small amounts and have a limited availability I've only managed to sample a few—most of which have been from Arbor Teas. This one in particular is a green tea, grown on the Mauna Kea Tea Farm in Honokaa, Hawaii. The volcanic soil of this region produces a tea that's nothing like the more widely available green teas from China or Japan. The flavor is brisk and astringent, with hints of hay and a mild floral finish. Because the level of astringency is so high it has a tendency to leave behind a dry mouth, so it's not a tea I would enjoy during the summer when I'm constantly parched, but it's very well suited the cooler months of the year.
Would I order this again? Yes, but I'd consider it more of a special occasion teas due to the high price of hawaiian-grown teas (two ounces currently costs around $56.)
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1.5 tablespoons per 8 ounces
Water Temp: 180°F
Steep Time: 2 - 3 minutes