August 21st, 2012 by batrachoidboggle
This is our blend of organic green and white teas with a hint of bergamot. Creates a smooth, mellow, fresh taste with hints of honey and citrus. Revitalizing at any time of the day.
Organic White Teas, Organic Green Teas, Organic Oil of Bergamot
Caffeine Content: Medium
Temp: 206* F Steep: 3-5 min
Available at theteamerchant.net
Preparation method: Tall aroma glass , 190 F water, one tablespoon to five, five, and four ounces water
A newly launched tea company, The Tea Merchant allowed me two teas to review, Silver Jade and White Monkey Picked. They arrived swiftly with style.
As a lover of disappearing arts who mourns the loss of penmanship and letter writing, the sight of sealing wax gave me a mirthful outlook. Even if the envelope was filled with steel wool, I’ll still be smiling next week.
Trying to ignore the charming packaging, I set up to brew with caution. I’ve seen a few green and white teas with Bergamot oil, but the ones I’ve taste were too strong and seemed to be created for the novelty or just to mark up inferior tea. I’d never had a Bergamot blend of green and white, but The Tea Merchant’s site and proprietor seemed to strive for quality and a clear conscious. Silver Jade breaks the streak of overpowering green Earl Grays. The citron oil is light and natural, well integrated with the tea, with its own lemon zest scent.
- The dry leaf resembles a Bai Mu Dan with plenty of tips.
The brewing liquid is refreshing; floral and mild citrus, perfect for the drizzly, chilly morning. It reminds me of osmanthus and some Bi Lo Chun, fruity with a savory tone from the white tea. This is light and perfect for re-hydrating and relaxing when sensitive to stimulae, especially after the superpowered rush of much matcha! The usual role of my baicha consumption is to take me down a notch from matcha and continue to concentrate; Silver Jade fits perfectly. It kept some Bergamot flavoring in the second steep, the third was a pure tea flavor and very refreshing. This could easily become my daily rainy day re-hydrator!