REVIEW: Blue Lantern Tea – Buddist Tea (Fo Cha)

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Tea: Green tea from Zhejiang Province, China
Sample provided by: Blue Lantern Tea
Link to Buddist Tea on Blue Lantern website

Dry leaf:
– Wiry, curly dry leaf that is dark green in colour and medium-sized- Slight sweet aroma, but the dry leaf is not particularly aromatic

Infused tea:
– When the dry leaf hits the warm porcelain of the teapot, it releases an intoxicating seaweed aroma
– The infused tea cups out a light green liquor that does not darken much with each infusion
– It has a light-bodied and refreshing liquor, with complex sweet and vegetal notes
– The liquor has little astringency and leaves a lingering vegetal aftertaste

Conclusions/tips:
– I suggest infusing this tea for one and half to two minutes in 85C water. It is good for at least three infusions
– For me, this is pretty close to an ideal green tea: a refreshing, complex cup with sweet and vegetal notes. The dry leaf is pretty, but its lack of aroma doesn’t intially give much away. This tea really shines once you put hot water to it.
– Mao Feng and Japanese green tea lovers would really like this tea

Score:
4.5/5

Retail price: 2 ounces for $9.95 / 4 ounces for $19.00 / 8 ounces for $37.00

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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