|"The flavour is rich - All roasted green vegetables balanced by a subtle smokiness."|
Once upon a time, my husband worked at Starbucks. As anyone who works there knows, you’re allowed to take a product home once a week: A pound of coffee or tin of tea or box of Keurig pods. We don’t drink a lot of coffee, so aside from the occasional pound to give away, he mostly brought home boxes of tea. Tazo’s China Green Tips, to be precise. A mid-grade Chinese green tea that came in silken pyramid bags, each of which would give me two steeps, I kept it in my locker at work and went through almost a box of week. Then Starbucks bought Teavana tea and switched out all their Tazo teas for Teavana, which means I could get my China Tips fix any more. At least not for free, and while it was perfect, it wasn’t perfect at $9 a box. So I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement.
I brew my bag in 6 ounces of 180° for two minutes. The flavour is rich – All roasted green vegetables balanced by a subtle smokiness. The aftertaste is mostly cooked artichoke with a mild lemon acidity. I steep again for three minutes and get a cup that’s more lemon than veggies and much smokier. It’s a richer green tea, but it isn’t harsh, and it doesn’t have any bitterness or too much smokiness. It’s a quality, solid, everyday green tea.
Like the Tazo, this is still $9 a box, and it’s similar in all the other ways I want, too. It’s got depth, but it’s not complex enough to be difficult to drink or brew. It’s simple and easy to drink and good for two steeps, all things I want from a bagged tea. The one thing it isn’t, and the one big reason it doesn’t get a higher rating, is that it isn’t very accessible. I would absolutely buy it if I found it in a grocery store, and I’d think long and hard about buying it if it had free shipping for me, but the cart estimate says it’ll cost me $15 to send it to Canada. That’s not unreasonable, but it does make it less practical. Still, it’s nice to know replacements are out there, and I look forward to following Terrace Bloom as they grow as a company.
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