It’s a beautiful, bright, and warm end to September. Sunshine and sunflakes and blue sky and blueflakes. White wispy clouds and white wispy mist rising out of the ravine. Gorgeous!
This calls for a pure, clean, green tea… something light and sunny.
This Azores ‘Encosta de Bruma’ Premium Green Tea from What-Cha claims to be smooth and delicate with an apricot taste. Perfect! It’s organic and it comes from the Gorreana Estate: Europe’s oldest tea estate. I’ve never had tea from the Azores, so am excited to try this one!
I open the package and inhale… NICE! It has the same warm nuttiness of a Dragon Well, but there is also a fruity apricot-ness to it. It smells really good… like chestnuts, apricots, and cream.
I steep 1 & 1/2 tsp for 45 seconds at 80 deg. The tea is a pretty amber colour. The first sip is sweet, nutty, and a bit woody. I’m searching for fruitiness, but not getting it. It is so clean and delicate, it’s like drinking liquid sunshine. It’s smooth, with no tannins… no bite. Only after several big gulps am I left with a faintly apricot aroma in the mouth. It’s barely there, but it gets stronger as you sip. It’s not as fruity as I expected, but the clarity and smoothness make up for that.
The second cup, steeped for 50 seconds, smells more like apricots. The taste is even more smooth and creamy. Still delicate. Again, there is a tiny hint of apricots at the end.
This is a super clean, super light green tea for a super sunny and super light blue day. It’s making everything all light and misty and rising up… up… into the blue.
BIG THANK YOU to What-Cha for providing this delicate, sunny green tea!