HopLeaf Tea Citron Black

Bold, citrusy, and bitter, a very unique tea experience.

Intensity:

There was a strong bitterness that came from the hops. It seemed to overpower the other flavors. I got a slight citrus aftertaste coming from the grapefruit and lemon peels. There was also a slight earthy sweetness from the oolong and black teas.

Flavor Profile:

80% hops, 5% black tea, 5% oolong tea, 5% grapefruit peel, 5% lemon peel. I feel like if there was slightly less hops in this, more of the other flavors would come out.

Sweetness:

I got a slight sweetness in the aftertaste coming from the lemon peel and oolong tea. Very mild, and still overpowered by the bitterness of the hops. If you like bitter, this is a good choice.

I added a tsp of honey (fine ground brown rock sugar would work really good for this tea), and it made the initial sip less bitter and a tad sweet. 65% bitter at this point.

Brewing:

I brewed one tsp for 7 minutes at 210°

I would recommend brewing for 3 minutes. This way you’ll get a less harsh bitterness, and taste the other flavors more. That’s what I’m doing from now on.

Ingredients:
Black Tea, Oolong tea, Chinook hops, Simcoe hops, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit peel

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