This week's tea blogathon topic (from Gracious Hospitality) is a favorite brew - white, green, black or herbal. My tea favorite changes with the day. I'm a very moody drinker, meaning that my mood dictates my choice.Today spring is in my heart and I feel like something light and special. I choose coconut pouchong. Pouchong is an interesting tea, not much talked about but one that I really appreciate. Pouchong tea is similar to an ever-so-slightly oxidized green tea. On the spectrum of teas, it would generally fall between a green and an oolong, tho there are always exceptions. Think of it as a mellow green (tho it is technically its own category).
This particular tea is scented and flavored with coconut. The tea took home an award at the 2007 World Tea Expo in the Green Tea category. I have a pound of this tea, so if anyone would like to purchase a sample or a few ounces, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're not a fan of coconut, this tea is not for you.
For coconut lovers, this tea is heaven. The dry leaf is a deep forest green with a super-intense coconut aroma.
During steeping, the leaves open nicely and create a lovely, flat presentation. The aroma softens as it steeps and becomes so alluring. (The aroma of the dry leaf is intense, but as it steeps, it becomes incredibly enticing.)
The liquor is a light yellow. Can you see the heart-shaped reflection in the tea cup? It must be from one of the daffodils above it. :-) A perfect summary to how I experience this tea - I simply love it!