Friday, October 26, 2012
Purple Tea of Kenya
The brew smells like a strong green tea. Earthy and quite vegetal. It reminds me of an over-steeped dragon well, but even more complex. There are many different flavors happening at once! The purple tea is smooth and feels thick on the palate. It has a fall leaf crossed with a roasted Brussels sprout flavor. There is a lingering spiciness that is quite pleasing. It just may be me, but the tea has left a numbing/vibrating feeling on my tongue as if I ate a Szechuan peppercorn! It also has a some bitterness. This tea is very strong, which would make it a good morning tea.
This is definitely a tea I'm going to add to my rotation, and not just because purple is my favorite color. If you prefer a mellow tasting tea, this one may not be for you. I recommend this strong taste for anyone that enjoys slightly bitter green teas, and robust black teas. It would also make a great iced tea, as it would hold up well to the ice.
Have you tried purple tea? Feel free to comment on your experience, or check out the Tea Happiness facebook page and discuss!