Today we have a tea that I bought on a whim after I swore up and down I wouldn't be buying more tea for a long long time. I only wanted to buy a new chasen stand after mine died a horrible death against our tile floor. I had the best of intentions, but of course the temptation proved to be too great when faced with ordering from one of my favorite tea companies. I tossed three samples and a pound of my favorite Earl Grey in the cart (because I have absolutely no willpower) and resolved to do better next time. It's so hard to resist buying samples when they're priced so reasonably.
One of the samples that found its way into my order was today's tea, Bamboo Buddha. It's an interesting mix of bamboo, lemongrass, blackberry leaves, pineapple, red currant, strawberry slices, marigold flowers, and mallow. The combination has a sweet yet tart flavor, but there is a very unfamiliar undertone to this tea. It's most likely the bamboo and to be honest I have no idea what bamboo on its own is suppose to taste like. I can't quite describe it—not quite earthy or nutty—it definitely stands out, it isn't unpleasant, but I'm not exactly sure that I enjoy it. This is one of those teas that just continues to mess with my mind because I can't figure out how I feel about it.
Would I order this again? Probably not, but if you're looking for a caffeine free option that isn't chamomile you can't go wrong with this tea.
A touch of pomegranate and a slight sweetness, which are characterized by an aromatic and elegant feel. The fragrance is deceptively mild and sweet, and the bamboo comes through gently. When brewed, most of the fruit notes almost disappear, but as small accents to the bamboo. Altogether it is an incredible blend!
Where to Purchase: Zen Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 2 teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 5 - 10 minutes