Review: De Vos Tea Floral Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"It possessed a foretasted similar to a Formosa oolong, a middle that'd make any sheng pu-erh shy, and a finish that was Yunnan Gold sweet."
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The Sepalika Mala flower - or Nyctanthes arbor-tristis - also has another given name; Night-flowering Jasmine. It is native to many parts of Southern Asia, from Pakistan all the way to Thailand. The shrub also goes by the informal name of "tree of sorrow" due to the flowers losing their brightness during the daytime. Many Hindu myths incorporate the plant as a McGuffin of sorts, giving it a divine origin - particularly as a prized item in the garden of Indra. In Ayurvedic practice, the plant is purported to have antiviral and antifungal properties and is used as treatments for sciatica, arthritis, fevers, and (like many flowers) as a laxative. It is not to be confused with the jasmine flower often associated with scented green teas.

De Vos Tea - through their grower, the Handunugoda Tea Estate in Sri Lanka - incorporated the flowers in a green tea blend. This marked only the second time I've sampled a Ceylon green tea. Having approved of more than my fair share of Ceylon blacks and whites, I was quite looking forward to it. The green tea leaves themselves were extremely dark for their type and curled almost in the same way as a Mao Feng. The dried sepalika blossoms were in abundance - brown, flake-like petals with an aroma quite similar to regular jasmine or lotus. Combined, the entire blend smelled like a high-altitude oolong, partially-roasted. This promised to at least be a very fragrant tea.

The De Vos website did provide brewing instructions but also mentioned that drinkers could change them to individual preference. My usual for a green tea was 1 tsp. in 8oz of 170F water, steeped for three minutes. I wasn't in the mood to deviate from that, even with the added botanicals.

This colored like no green tea I'd ever seen. Instead of the usual pale green liquor - or foggy, radioactive elixir of Japanese greens - this infused to an even gold palette. That's right, it looked like an oolong. Given a sight test, and made to identify this without tasting it, I would fail. Miserably. The steam aroma was quite mild, only imparting a faint floral presence - no grassy green tea tilt whatsoever. The flavor added an even stranger dimension. It possessed a foretaste similar to a Formosa oolong, a middle that'd make any sheng pu-erh shy, and a finish that was Yunnan Gold sweet. What kind of green tea was this?!

Put simply, I loved this stuff. There was no vegetal kick-back, no thankless grassy profile to speak of, and it lasted two infusions. While the dry petals smelled a bit like jasmine on first impression, none of that translated to cup. This was the most even-tasting green tea blend I've come across.

— To purchase De Vos Tea Floral Green Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: De Vos Tea Floral Green Tea”

  1. Shaiha Says:

    This sounds like a green tea that I need to check out.

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