|"Given that it was one of the truly sunniest days we'd had in awhile, the title for this tea was apt."|
I requested the Warm Your Heart blend because of the name. Usually, with vaguely named blends such as this, the chances that they are tisanes are quite good. When I finally looked at the mix, I was surprised to find small, light-green, fur-covered downy leaves in the fray. It looked like white tea. I asked SOG what the ingredients were, and they promptly listed off "linden flower, white tea, rose, and lemon grass".
That sounded like a wonderful combination. The floral-citrus scent was definitely there. It reminded me of a dainty aromatherapy candle or a high-class hotel soap. Something along those lines. Either that or a lemon-twisted cocktail drink. I couldn't wait to try it.
Since there was no profile on the blend, likewise, there weren't any brewing instructions. The white tea in the fray looked to be Silver Needle-ish, and botanical blends tend to work out okay on the light side. I took a generous teaspoon of the menagerie and steeped it in 8oz of 165F water for three minutes.
The liquor brewed to an understated, faint yellow-green. The aroma had a slight melon lean with a lemongrass-dominated citrus presence. No sign of the flowers emerged until the taste. Rose and linden took point on the tongue when the flavor hit. Lemongrass held strong in the middle, whereas the grape-'n-grass bend from the white tea base raised its hand on the finish. Given that it was one of the truly sunniest days we'd had in awhile, the title for this tea was quite apt. One of the most refreshing white tea blends to have graced my afternoon glass.
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