Review: Samovar Lemon Yunnan Black

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Its OK"Lemongrass lovers would do well to check out this tea, especially if you want a caffeine pick-me-up; Yunnan lovers? Not so much. "
Lynn’s Teaview: 6.5/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 7.5/10, Laura gave it 7.5/10, Vanessa gave it 7.5/10
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samovarlemonyunnanSamovar's Lemon Yunnan black tea is made up of what appears to be equal amounts of Yunnan tea and chopped lemongrass (which looks like dry grass clippings initially.) The website also mentions lemon zest, Meyer lemons, and verbena, but these appear to be descriptors, rather than ingredients. Whatever the case, when I opened the sample bag and sniffed I was greeted by the powerful scent of freshly cut lemons.

I infused a teaspoon of dry tea in 8 oz of 208F water for three minutes. When I poured the liquor off, the wet leaves were vibrantly lemon scented, the tea almost sharply so, and the verbena stalks had swelled and turned green. The Yunnan leaves were torn. The tea was a coppery red color, and tasted mostly like lemon, which was clean and natural, but with a very weak tea base.

Not satisfied, I started over again with a four minute steep. The liquor was a darker copper this time, and the lemon scent stronger, masking any scent the tea might have had. The lemon had more of a lemon zest tang, and the tea was still absent for all intents and purposes, except for a hint of it in the finish. Nevertheless, lemon was about all I could taste.

I tried a second four-minute infusion, which turned out weaker in all respects. The tea crept through the lemon, but was weak and watery. The lemon flavor was still pleasant.

Overall I was disappointed in the lack of balance in this tea. I might as well have been drinking a lemongrass tisane—a very good one—rather than a flavored black tea. Lemongrass lovers would do well to check out this tea, especially if you want a caffeine pick-me-up; Yunnan lovers? Not so much.

— To purchase Samovar Lemon Yunnan Black, 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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