Scent in package: kind of fruity, oddly enough.
Brewed in: unbleached filter bags
Steeped: 4-5 min.@ boiling
Cup: Café mug
I wanted to try this because it just sounded like the perfect blend of tea for waking up with. Yunnan and Assam teas blended together, simple enough. The scent kind of amused me…I would never have thought those two particular teas would smell “fruity”. But it is a very pleasant smell.
The dry leaves aren’t really anything special to look at – just small, twisted black leaves, with a few golden tips as you might expect with Yunnan tea in the mix. I used around one and a half teaspoons dried leaves to my 12 oz. cup, as I normally do. The scent of the brewed tea is lovely – the two teas complimenting each other well.
The tea itself certainly doesn’t disappoint. And yes, there is a fruity undertone, which I can only think must come from the Assam, as India teas are generally more “fruity” as a whole to my palate. The interesting part of this blend is that the Yunnan really does give that more “solid, peppery” taste to the brew, infusing it with a boldness and strength that the assam might not have had otherwise.
I’ll admit, it’s not the most complex tea I’ve ever had (though I do enjoy the flavors of each tea playing off each other in the brew). But it’s perfect for that sort of “everyday cup” that I drink first thing before I’m really awake enough to be more aware of mingling flavors and such. It’s a good wake-me-up tea, and the flavors are interesting enough to call attention to themselves, albeit in a subtle way.
I like it a lot. And it’s not expensive, at just $6.00 for a quarter pound bag. I’ll definitely consider keeping some of this on hand…it’s really a great breakfast blend, as stated on the Dragonwater web site.