About 95% of the time I am not interested in reviewing flavoured teas, but this blend perked my interest because I enjoy these flavours (especially in Thai cuisine). Additionally, since this tea was blended by Phil Mumby, the Rare Tea Hunter, I knew it was worth trying.
Green Dragon has an attractive dry leaf: it consists of large, flat green leaves and visible bits of spices. The dry leaf smells refreshing and bright, and I most notice the aroma of the lemon peel and oil. When infused, the liquor is alive with aroma – the lemongrass, lemon and licorice root shine. And the flavour of the liquor is very well balanced: whilst lemongrass and lemon are the predominate flavours, the licorice root provides a sweet undertone and the ginger provides a little tingle on the tongue. The licorice root and the ginger flavours are subtle, but they give the tea an additional layer of complexity.
With this tea being so flavourful, it can be paired nicely with some Asian food. Its refreshing spices also make it a great tea for the summer months, as it can be made into a great cold brew treat. As always, the Rare Tea Hunter blended a winner.
Retail price: 50 gram bag for £4 / 250 gram bag for £16