review: refreshing sencha from my tea shelf
My Tea Shelf is a Seattle based one-woman business. Cristina Pulido has a background in design, but had a passion for flavors and aromas, which prompted her to pursue this venture. She designs and hand stamps all the packaging herself. The packaging and the presentation of the tea is very aesthetically pleasing. One of the unique qualities of My Tea Shelf is the incorporation of Latin American flavors and non-traditional ingredients in the blends (penela, cloves, carrot bits, basil etc.). The majority of the blends are herbal infusions, though there are a few tea blends, such as Refreshing Sencha.
Refreshing Sencha, like all of the blends at My Tea Shelf, is a beautiful blend to look at. The dry leaf smells herbaceous and citrusy. The blend consists of organic lemon verbena, dried mango, organic peppermint and spearmint and vanilla sencha green tea.
The infusion comes out a fantastic bright yellow and has a strong minty-lemon aroma which is quite nice. Although I am generally more a fan of pure, unadulterated teas, I do enjoy some blended teas very much. For instance, sometimes Earl Grey is just the only thing that can satisfy me. Also, a creamy Masala Chai or a good Moroccan Mint tea can’t be beat. This blend sort of reminds me of Moroccan Mint, with a fruity, citrus kick.
The flavors are very bright and slightly sweet. It has good body and a nice green tea base of flavor. The sencha does take a backseat to the mango, mint and lemon verbena, but it gives the infusion balance.
I iced some of this tea, and added a bit of lime and fresh mint and it was fantastic!