The Midwest Tea Festival is this weekend and it seems like I have a million and one things I need to do before I can jump in the car and head to Kansas City. My little man is coming with me, which always makes long car trips a little more involved, so I've spent the last two days running around like a mad woman making sure I have everything I need packed and ready to go. As soon as school is out we're going to jump in the car and make our way towards St. Louis. We'll stop in to visit with the grandmas and catch a quick bite to eat before continuing across Missouri. I'm not sure which of us is more excited about this trip, me or my little guy. The three things he loves most in life are road trips, tea, and dinosaurs—since this trip includes two out of the three he's sure to have a blast, especially since he can drink his weight in tea at the festival (a prospect I'm really excited about as well, as you well know I love tea.)
Since I've had my mind on packing the past few days I very nearly forgot about today's Tuesday Tea review, which is a shame because I have something really special to share. Single Origin Teas recently sent me a sample of their Amba Tea Flower Tea from Sri Lanka. It's a fascinating tea that initially caught my eye because it has actual Camellia Sinensis blossoms mixed in. For those of you who aren't quite sure what that means, don't worry, they're merely the blossoms from the tea plants.
I've never actually seen these blossoms included in a tea before, which is somewhat surprising because they add such a wonderful touch to an already unique tea. The flavor is gentle, with a slight kiss of cherry and citrus, and has a slightly sweet undertone. Even when steeped in boiling water this tea doesn't grow astringent, so those of you who prefer a complete lack of bitterness in your tea will enjoy it immensely.
Would I order this again? Absolutely! If you're looking for something just a little bit different to serve this summer (especially to guests) this is the tea you've been looking for as it should appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 level teaspoon per 8 ounces
Water Temp: 208°F
Steep Time: 3 minutes
*Single Origin Teas did not provide steeping instructions with this tea, so I have listed the time and temperature I used for this review.
I am in no way affiliated with The Midwest Tea Festival, it's just a really cool event I'd like to see succeed. Upon my request I have been provided with a press pass for the event, admission for one guest, and samples from several of the vendors.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Single Origin Teas has provided me with a sample for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.