Surprisingly, I have been drinking a lot of green tea recently. The former, “I’m not a green tea drinker”, has enjoyed a cup everyday this week. Thus my only real variety has been brand and country of origin. Thus, this morning’s review is about Maharani, Sanskrit for Queen, my newest green tea.
Composition: Green tea from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India.
Dry Visual: Broken and twisted tea leaves in various shades of green – light almost lime green, forest green, and olive green, with a few stems. Thanks to The Simple Leaf for the picture.
Dry Aroma: Slightly earthly and mildly vegetal, which is a interesting combination.
Flavor: Every cup of Maharani has been enjoyed without sweetener. I have discovered that my green tea experience is enhanced when drinking pure. Perhaps, I will try a little Sugar-In-The-Raw at a later date. This tea was very enjoyable, not vegetal, but distinct. According to the vendor, Maharani is a delicate green tea. However, I found it to be very flavorful with somewhat of a punch. The vendor calls it “spicy”. During the second infusion, I was able to detect a natural sweetness that wasn’t evident with the first infusion.
Liquor: An unexpected golden color.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 minutes. I brewed the first infusion for 3 minutes and the second infusion for 5 minutes.
Manufacturer: The Simple Leaf
Maharani is a nice cup of green tea. One day this week, through inadvertence, I allowed my cup of Maharani to cool. Never one to leave a cup of tea unfinished, I drank the cool tea and discovered that it was fantastic cold. I think I may enjoy Maharani even better as an iced tea. Summer may be over, but iced is good at anytime.
If you have enjoyed a cup of Maharani, stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!