It has been an insanely rainy summer. We have had issues with flooding in our area these last few weeks. So today, I thought this tea would be the perfect tea to chat about. The blend matches our weather perfectly!
Rainy Day Tea from Yokai Tea
Where to buy: Yokai Tea
Info on the tea: Rainy Day Tea- Rainy Day Tea–a bright, citrusy black tea with a hint of crisp French lavender, perfect for waiting out the rain. Contains caffeine.
Ingredients: Earl grey tea*^, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena*, French Lavender*, Cornflowers* *Organic ^Fair trade
~The Good. . . . The Bad. . . .
I have a love hate relationship with Earl Grey teas. I find that sometimes the bergamot oil really overwhelms the tea and that is the only flavor you pick up. When I first took a whiff of this tea, I smelled lavender. I am honestly not a fan of it either, but I thought, lets try it anyway. I was hesitant to try this blend.
Brewed this up like a black tea- 212F-2 1/2 min. As I was waiting for this to steep, I couldn’t help but oooh and awe over the impressive effort that Yokai put into their packaging. I love how the blue from the cornflowers in the blend really pops and creates a vibrant color to the dry leaves. Such a fun sight on a rainy gloomy day.
This tea had only a slight bergamot oil aroma. I was happy about that. There wasn’t going to be a heavily bergamot flavor. Huzzah! But what about the lavender? I could smell hints of the floral ingredient poking thru.
Took my first sip. . .This is one of the better earl greys I have ever had. I actually really love how all the flavors mingle. From the light hand that was used to flavor the tea leaves with the bergamot oil to the lemon verbena to the lavender. That’s right. I actually enjoy the lavender in the blend. Kudos Yokati Tea! This is the first blend that I can think of where I actually thought the lavender added something to the tea. This tea is sweet with a slight citrus twist and a nice floral finish. The black tea is subtle and provides a fabulous backdrop for the blend. Like I said, all the flavors mingle very well. Jason even like this version of an earl grey and said that he enjoyed the sweetness to the cup. I can see why this would be the perfect rainy day tea. This tea would bring a pop of bright flavor to what could be a gloomy dull day.
So while I’m enjoying my Rainy Day tea. . . . I found this ditty. . . . I’m not sure what I think of this but it is like a car crash. . .I can’t stop reading!!!
~Yours in all things Geek-Nichole/CuppaGeek