Purple Tea (Kenya)
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So first of all, this varietal of tea leaf looks purple, and when you steep it, you get a greenish-purple tea, and it's really cool! The purple comes from the high levels of anthocyanins, natural pigments that also give blueberries their color. This varietal of tea is growing exclusively in Kenya and engineered to be extra high in antioxidants.
Purple tea is a project 25 years in the making -- and it really is being classified as its own category of "Purple Tea" -- but within the category of Purple Tea, farmers are processing the leaves in a variety of methods, including the style of black tea, oolong tea, white tea, and green tea.
This one is processed in the style of green tea, being steamed and rolled, giving it a creamy, fresh, vegetal, steamed artichoke, even a sea-salt taste. It is comparable to a top shelf quality green tea from Asia. The mouth-feel is buttery smooth, and there are floral and citrus notes to the aroma. It leaves a clean taste in your mouth. The leaves can be successfully steeped a second time for a second mug.
Using water over 175 degrees will cause the bitter tannins to be released, and essentially ruin this tea. To appreciate this tea, do not oversteep, and do not use too hot of water.
Tasting Notes: Vegetal, Buttery, Sweet, Salty
Steep: 2 tsp of tea for 8oz water. Water temperature: 170. Steep time 2-3 minutes. Sweetener: None
Approximately 28 tsp in a 1 ounce package.