What a terrible thing to waste a cup of tea. I was too busy twittering on the Co-Op Tea Swap twitter page and not paying enough attention to my tea. Before I knew it, my tea that should have steeped for three minutes steeped for six and there went a good cup of tea. Lesson learned… always set your tea timer when twittering and steeping a cup of tea at the same time. Especially when trying a new tea for the first time. Tonight’s choice… Chloe.
Composition: Chloe is green tea grown at an altitude of over 5,000 feet on the organic Pussimbing Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India.
Dry Visual: Various shades of very green twisted tea leaves. A mixture of broken and whole leaves with evidence of stems. Thank you to The Simple Leaf for the picture.
Dry Aroma: Mildly vegetal.
Flavor: Considered delicate by the vendor, Chloe was surprisingly robust. I found Chloe to be quite vegetal almost “grassy” with a mildly bitter and somewhat dry finish. I am sure this sounds like an oxymoron, but there was a hint of sweetness enabling me to enjoy Chloe without sweetener. Nearing the end of the cup, I detected a light fruitiness, not evident at the onset. However, I am contemplating adding lemon and honey to the next cup I brew.
During the second infusion, Chloe had a sweet finish with very little vegetal qualities. In this second cup, Chloe presented itself as delicate.
Liquor: A very rich yellow hue.
Brewing Time: It is recommended that Chloe is steeped for 3 minutes. I steeped the recommended 3 minutes. During the second infusion, I brewed for 5 minutes.
Manufacturer: The Simple Leaf
If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Chloe, please stop by share your experience. Especially green tea lovers, I am interested in how Chloe compares to other quality green teas. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!