(Photo taken from www.kensingtontea.com)
So today, I was going through my box of tea really wanting to get going on my blog, so I wanted something really different to review first. When my eyes fell upon Kensington Tea Company's Green Tea With Wild Fennel I knew that was the tea I was looking for.
I have to admit I did have my reservations. I don't much like liquorice and it smelt very similar to liquorice. I didn't get on with liquorice tea, so I wondered how I'd fare.
I used my trusty Floatea and measured out a perfect spoonful. I like to be very precise!
I really do like the look of this tea. It has a vibrant and bright green colour and within the tea little seeds are mixed in, adding a beige colour within the bright green! It's an appealing looking tea, and the aroma really started to grow on me.
In order to have the perfect cup of tea I boiled the kettle and let the water cool for two minutes before infusing it for around three minutes.
After it had infused I took my first sip. And I was really impressed. It did not taste like liquorice, rather more a aniseed taste.
What is pleasantly perplexing about this tea is that it has a sweet flavour to it, but I feel it would satisfy those with a savory tooth as well. It isn't overly sweet but the balance seems to be just right.
The fennel is very refreshing and dances around your mouth. It's tasty and incredibly moreish. It's also a warming drink, perfect for the cooler weather, which, it seems is now setting in for the winter.
It says on the instructions that you can infuse this tea three times. And I've done just that!
Second infusion: The second infusion was just as tasty as the first. It retains the pang of fennel, and is just as satisfying. The colour, however, is a little paler, but that is not off putting in the least.
Third infusion: The third infusion was quite pleasant but the fennel taste was much reduced. The colour was even paler but the tea was still satisfying.
I would say this tea is perfect for three infusions. I did push my luck and try for a fourth infusion but the tea was, by then, rather bitter so I'd say three infusions with the leaves is perfect.
This was a grand tea, perfect for autumn. Warming and comforting, especially on a wet and dark day like today.
Fennel is often used in digestive tea's so this would be great to serve after a heavy meal, it would make a fantastic after dinner treat!