Have you ever had a tea that, as soon as you got a whiff, you just had to steep a cup? That was me the second I smelled The Tea Spot’s Boulder Blues. This green tea is made from Japanese Sencha and Chinese Dragonwell, and it’s a pleasant surprise the moment the strong accompaniments of strawberry and rhubarb hit your senses. For these reasons, when I opened my Tea Spot sampler on Christmas morning, I went straight to the stove: bye bye coffee, hello morning tea!
When the company says this tea has a luxurious aroma, they aren’t kidding. As soon as the lid is off, you smell the fruity flavor. In some instances, this might send me running for the hills, but there was something about the idea of strawberry in my green tea. I’ve had blueberry and pomegranate green teas that were light and tasty, but I’d never had a strawberry flavored tea, period. The smell of Boulder blues alone was enough to make my mouth water and taste buds tingle in anticipation.
My taste test began with my two-cup teapot and a couple of teaspoons.
The color is light, but not too light, like you expect from a green tea, and it smells just as good steeped as it does right from the small can. As you lift it to your mouth, the odor of the strawberries and rhubarb hits your senses, adding to the flavor with that first sip.
Yes, it tastes just as good as it smells.
The fruity flavors are there, but they are hints, nothing more. It works perfectly with the green tea blend. And it doesn’t even matter the strength of the tea; it’s still delicious and not overpowering, even if you make it strong. In fact, make it strong, just once. If you’re like me, it will make you question why you never tried more fruity flavored loose leaf in the first place.
I’m going to just lay it out there: As much as I love Earl Grey and other black teas, Boulder Blues may be my new favorite tea. Period.
I don’t know if I could pay a bigger compliment than that.
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