There’s nothing more British than tea, right? Wrong. The Chinese pipped the British to the tea-introducing post by the small gap of around 3,500 years.
Therefore it would be rude of me not to take LuLin teas up on their offer to try some of their best brews.
I’m not exactly a tea connoisseur, preferring most brews as long as they’re hot and wet, but Earl Grey is the one I am most familiar with so I started there.
Loose leaf “posh” Earl Grey
Loose tea is ok. I don’t think it gives you much more than regular tea bags give you but this recipe stands out. Anything with blue bits in it (where blue bits are usually lacking) will do that. There are also orange bits. These ‘bits’ are really blue corn flowers and orange flowers which makes the tea lovely and light and flowery.
The flowers give the tea a lovely aroma which for me is the highlight. It makes you feel like you’re tucking into something a bit more than “just a cuppa” and the lightness means you can have one more, which is always a bonus as that’s just what I wanted.
It is only in the past few years that I’ve started drinking things other than English Breakfast tea; peppermint, green, camomile, but I was yet to try a ‘Lady Orchid’ brew.
As I tried the tea I was taken aback by the savoury nature of the tea. It wasn’t sweet. It had a deep, musky, woody and smoky flavour instead which makes sense seeing as the tea has been given a treatment usually reserved for fish and meat; smoked over pine needles. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t like it either. The closest I’ve come to describing it is smoky bacon crisps in a mug.
This was the tea I wasn’t looking forward to. Nothing against Mr Ginseng, I know it’s good for your health and all, but I’ve never liked it when I tried it before and it has an added hated ingredient of mine; liquorice grass.
Being the committed reviewer man I am I rolled up my sleeves and steeped that bad boy.
I was wrong. The liquorice grass isn’t there in the flavour of the tea, but slowly builds up in the aftertaste on your tongue and when you breath in (after tasting) there it is, subtly. It was nice and fresh so I happily had another cup. Of the two cubes it was easily my favourite.
Overall, LuLin make some lovely tea. The Earl Grey is the best I’ve had. I don’t think I’m converted to a savoury brew just yet, but I am liking something I didn’t in liquorice grass, so overall they are well worth a try.
The above products were sent to me for an independent review by LuLin Tea. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. You can read my review policy here.