Before we start I’ll clarify that this is a tea review and not some kind of punctuation lesson along the lines of the old ‘eats shoots and leaves’ dilemma. It’s too late in the evening to be focusing on grammar especially after a day of doing just that at work. Instead it’s much more important to be focusing on the new tea I have to try tonight!
It’s a Tuesday night and a cold one at that, so I needed something fun as a little pick me up. There’s always something relaxing and uplifting about the steeping and drinking of tea, but this specific blend included an ingredient I’d never seen before in a tea so I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
The tea in question was from Leaf on Bold St. in Liverpool, an amazing tea shop that I’ve waxed lyrical about since I visited with Gabby a few weeks ago. You can read all about our trip here if you’d like to, and I’d highly recommend you visit too if you ever get the chance!
I was lucky enough to receive a number of incredible sounding samples in the post from Jennie, the manager at Leaf, and included in the package was the one that stood out the most to me this evening; Leaves, Root & Rind. Leaf blend their extensive range of teas themselves in-store and this one was combination of black tea leaves, licorice root and orange rind, and finished with a number of petals to give the tea that floral edge.
I had no idea what to expect with this one but I was looking forward to trying it. Although I know that real licorice comes in root form, the extent of my tasting experience begins and ends with the opinion-dividing, classic confectionery, Licorice Allsorts. What I am aware of though, is that the real thing does not really have very much in common with the tar-black sweet that bears its name.
I boiled the kettle and popped half of the tea into my teapot. Leaf’s sample packs give you enough for a couple of cups and are a great way to try some of the imaginative blends that they have on offer. The dry tea provided an amazing sweet scent that caught me by surprise, I was expecting more of an aniseed aroma but I must admit that after far too many less-than-enjoyable experiences with spirits bearing that flavour, I was quite glad that this wasn’t the case!
The tea needed a few minutes steeping time and the wonderful sweetness strengthened as each minute passed. When it was ready, the tea was a deep but clear red, which looked hugely appetising in my glass teacup. I decided that despite being made with black tea, I wouldn’t add milk to this one like I usually would so as not to inhibit any of the flavours that awaited me in my cup.
So on to the tasting, and what a treat it was. It was a beautifully sweet initial taste, kept in check perfectly by the black tea, and it was followed by a slight warmth, similar to what ginger would provide, only much softer. The orange rind and the petals, as well as looking nice in the infuser, help to lighten the overall taste and provide the tea with an intriguing complexity. To say that I enjoyed it would be an understatement and I think that this was partly down to how different this blend was to anything I had tried before.
If you can get your hands on any of this warming and relaxing brew I would highly recommend doing so! To take a look at this, and all of Leaf’s other teas, you can go to their shop by clicking here.
Have you ever tried any unusual tea blends? Do you have any recommendations for me to try? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.