Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Persimmon Tree, Lotus

The Persimmon Tree Description:
A unique combination of hand-harvested fresh lotus blossoms blended with green loose leaf tea in an ancient scenting method comprises our Lotus Green tea. Prepared in small batches by Vietnamese traditional artisans, the unique essence of these spring-harvested flowers is released and absorbed directly into the tea. The Lotus green 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 infused in our Lotus Flower tea.

Price: $10.99/2oz

Sample provided by The Persimmon Tree for review.

My Review:
I opened the tin and took a deep inhale of the leaf. Wow, not what I expected. Not even close. I have had two previous lotus teas. One was an oolong, the other a green tea. Both had a flowery aroma. This is floral but what you really notice is a licorice type scent. The Persimmon Tree calls this a star anise flavor. Having never smelled star anise I will take their word for it.

The leaf is dark gray-ish twisted curls. The picture is far more brown than the actual leaf. I used a scoop of leaf in my press with well below boiling water. The steep was for about 2 1/2 minutes. The scent of the wet leaf was licorice and vegetal. The color of the liquor is yellow.

The sip is at first like the dry leaf. It is licorice/anise. Then I catch floral notes that slide in to the green tea base. The base is smooth and very creamy. I see what they mean about a subtle vanilla finish, however it would never occur to me to refer to it that way.

The second cup is similar with much less creaminess.

This is not what I expected. It is better. The floral licorice is very nice. I quite like this one.

Visit the webpage for Lotus Green tea.

About The Persimmon Tree:
(From their website) The Persimmon Tree® offers our customers some of the world's finest organic teas and botanicals. Not only are most of our fresh high quality teas from around the globe hand-blended and organically grown, some of our teas are also fair trade, ensuring fair working conditions, fair wages, and a better life for tea workers from countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

At The Persimmon Tree®, our mission is simple: to enrich people's lives through the pleasure of tea.

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