Review: SerendipiTea Bolivian Green

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Thumbs up!"These leaves smell like a floral sencha, but the final brew is much more delicate-tasting. "
Casey’s Teaview: 7/10
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serendipitea-bolivian-green.jpgI really had no idea what to expect with this one. Almost all the green tea I've ever had has been Japanese, Chinese or Ceylon. I was pleasantly surprised. These thin, dark green leaves present a very interesting and different aroma as soon as you open the package. The fragrance is similar to a sencha, but more buttery and floral. It seems strange to describe a tea as "buttery," but I noticed in some retrospective sencha-tasting that this rich kind of fragrance is present in other greens, just not as strongly as in this one. I've had other teas I might describe as buttery or even oily, which I haven't usually cared for, but I found this smell to be very pleasant. The "floral" aspect of the fragrance reminds me somewhat of jasmine.

The leaves produce a light yellow brew that smells much like they did. The flavor or lack thereof is the one drawback to this green. The fragrance is great, but the flavor is just a little too light and watery for my taste. The fragrance is more like an unusual sencha, but the flavor is more like a weak Chinese green (i.e. quite weak). Still, a refreshing change even for a guy like me who is heavily biased towards Japanese greens over others. The unusual, strong, yet not overpowering fragrance alone makes this one worth a try, in my opinion.

— To purchase SerendipiTea Bolivian Green, 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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