Review: Samovar Lemon Yunnan Black

Black Tea, Lemon Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Organic Tea, Samovar, Yunnan Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"The cup goes down with the lemongrass dominating, but offers a mild, peppery finish that combines in a way that reminds me a bit of the the marinade on lemon pepper dishes."
Laura’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 7.5/10, Lynn gave it 6.5/10, Vanessa gave it 7.5/10
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samovarlemonyunnan" The clean taste of lemongrass, lemon zest and lemon balm are reminiscent of a lemon-juice-spiked Yunnan black, but clearer, mellower and less puckery. A slight crème fraiche tartness rounds out the taste of this revitalizing tea." ---Samovar website.

I happen to love, love, love a good Yunnan black tea. I love it when I find a good one that has the right combination of malt, smoothness, cocoa notes and a nice peppery finish. Samovar is a company that has a great reputation amongst my tea peeps and I have wanted to try a number of their blends for some time now. If you happen to follow along on Teaviews, then you have probably heard my rants about great flavor profiles getting ruined by low quality tea bases over and over. However, I always find myself at odds with myself when I come across blends like this----ones that have a quality tea base and are flavored. Of course, the argument is that if the tea base is genuinely good, then it needs no flavoring, which is also true. You see my dilemma, no?

Samovar sells samples of most of their blends and when they say they are enough for one cup, they aren't kidding. Don't order them thinking that it is enough for 3-4 servings. The aroma coming from the dry sample is very, very lemony. Samovar lists the ingredients in this blend as organic, fair trade Yunnan black tea blended with organic lemongrass. I prepared my sample using water brought to a full boil and allowed to cool just a bit and infused the blend for close to 4 min. The aroma coming from the prepared cup also alludes to the lemongrass taking centerstage. It does dominate the cup and largely masks much of the flavor of the Yunnan black. The Yunnan characteristics that did present themselves in the cup were a bit of zip (maltiness), a relatively smooth tea base, and a spicy finish. The cup goes down with the lemongrass dominating, but offers a mild, peppery finish that combines in a way that reminds me a bit of the the marinade on lemon pepper dishes. I enjoyed the hot portion of my sample best, but also iced the final bit of cup and found it enjoyable prepared that way too. I suspect that this could take a splash of dairy nicely.

Overall, while I did enjoy the quality of the tea base and the freshness of the the lemongrass, I found that the lemongrass dominated the finished cup and overpowered the black tea a bit too much. I found myself missing those earthy, cocoa notes. If they were to tweak this blend to suit my personal taste preferences, then this one would have a little less lemongrass in the mix so as to unleash a bit more of the flavor of the Yunnan black. However, I would definitely take another cup of this if you offered it to me.

— 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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