This morning a coworker reached out to me to ask my thoughts on tea stuffed citrus (I love them) like tangerine/mandarin, and that was my inspiration for digging through my tea stash to find this to drink over my lunch break today!
I find this tea so enjoyable with it’s bright, sweet and fresh citrus/tangerine notes and the almost honeyed malt and fruit notes from the black tea based. With these stuffed citrus fruits, there’s a spectrum that exists between really sweet and lively citrus/chenpi and the much more medicinal aged chenpi that lingers on the palate and coats the throat. Both are really good, but such drastically different experiences – you can tell that the citrus used here really isn’t that old/hasn’t aged.
Five solid steeps, one less solid one at the end – long steep times are key IMO because you get such a rich orange flavour, but the black tea also isn’t lost. It’s pretty forgiving to harsher brewing conditions. As with all of these types of stuffed citrus fruits, I broke the peel up and used it with my brewing – around a 1/2 orange for my little glass pot.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeukjhDekRg