The Tea Spot is one of my favorite tea companies. They are a company that is owned and operated out of Boulder, Colorado that puts an emphasis on health and philanthropy. The CEO,Maria Uspenski, formed this B-corp in 2004 after being drawn to the health benefits of whole leaf tea during her recovery from cancer. Besides creating a line of teas that promote health and wellness, The Tea Spot also donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs. So, not only are you getting an awesome product, you're also helping make a difference. The Tea Spot sells lots of tea blends as well as pure teas and herbal teas (they also sell some really great steepware). Besides buying tins of loose leaf tea, you can also buy their tea in biodegradable enviro-friendly pyramid sachets.
"Our best selling green tea! This blend of fine Japanese Sencha and high-grade Chinese Dragonwell combine to create a rich yet refreshing base, while wild strawberries and rhubarb flavors add a subtle twist. This tea yields a bright liquor with a luxurious aroma and brisk, vivid flavor. The ideal accompaniment to dark chocolate. Makes the perfect gourmet iced tea!"
Ingredients: green tea, mallow flowers, cornflowers, and strawberry & rhubarb flavoring
|The packaging has recently been redesigned with these color-coded tins. Boulder Blues is a lime green!|
|Infuse the Goodness!|
|Boulder Blues tea before brewing, look at the pops of blue from the cornflower petals!|
The color after brewing for 3-minutes is a beautiful sunshine-y color, not quite yellow, not quite green (very Spring-like, to continue with that theme). The smell changes a bit after brewing, now it's warmer and makes me think of sunshine on grassy green fields, it's warm and comforting with a slightly sweet underlying scent (mallow or a soft creamy fruit scent perhaps?).
|Looks like Spring!|
I brewed this tea in a disposable filter bag from Tiesta Tea, although I also really like the filter bags from Finum as well. It's very important when brewing loose tea for your tea to have enough room to uncurl and expand for added flavor.
|Boulder Blues after brewing; you can see the way the leaves unfurl and why it's necessary to have enough room in your infuser.|
If you think you might not like green tea or are a little nervous to try it, I'd say The Tea Spot's Boulder Blues is a great one to try out as an introduction to green teas, plus The Tea Spot makes it super convenient to do so, because they sell samples of all of their teas, so you're not stuck with a full tin of something you might end up being ambivalent about. They also have samplers with their most popular varieties to try, which is how I ended up ordering my tea from them the first time.
You can buy Boulder Blues here. A 2.5oz tin is $10.95, but it's also available in bulk, as samples, and as sachets as well.
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