Lotus Ancien

Picture of Lotus Ancien
Brand:The Tao of Tea
Style:Flavored Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Vietnam
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: May. 14, 2014

Commercial Description

A delicate green tea with a clear, crisp flavor is paired with the heady, aromatic fragrance of Lotus, reminiscent of anise and vanilla.

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Reviewer pic37 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
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I'm so bummed about this one. The dry leaves have a sharp chemical smell, and the brewed tea just tastes off to me.

When brewed for 30 seconds, the aroma smells like bandaids. Then a little floral, like jasmine. Then minty bandaids. When I taste it after 30 seconds: bandaids

30 more: floral bandaids
3 min: bandaids and pine

I SO wanted to love this. The lotus is the most beautiful flower and I spend my summers at the nearby park whose lake grows American Lotus flowers for as far as the eye can see. They are a creamy yellow and contrast beautifully with the purple loosestrife growing in the lake.

But this tea... a bandaid-like flavor is well-known to home beer brewers, because it indicates that your brew is "off". Some wild yeast or bacteria has infected it. I don't know what it indicates in tea, except that there's something wrong with the tea, or with my taste buds!

I tried this again with one long steep, and this is how every sip goes: chemically start, unidentified floral in the middle, with a bandaid finish.
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