Thursday, October 12, 2023

Tea Review: Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve (Smith Teamaker)

Northwest Alder Leaf Reserve
Smith Teamaker
Type: Herbal
Origin: USA
Product Description: 

Crafted by the hands of Mr. Henger, this is a domestic tea like nothing else in the world. The buds and young leaves are harvested from wild Pacific Northwest Alder trees and processed using Chinese black tea techniques. A true micro-batch innovation with notes of rose, pine resin and sun-dried tomatoes. American teamaking at its finest.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 1.5-4 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet and tart aroma reminiscent of grapes, cherries and prunes.

The orange amber infusion has an aroma of baked cherries, pine, and autumn leaves.  The taste is mildly tart with notes of baked cherries and pine or fir needles and a long finish.

This was truly a unique and pleasant tasting experience.  While the fullest flavor is in the first two infusions, there is still plenty of flavor for a few more.  Shorter or longer steeping times will still provide flavorful results.  I was reminded of the tartness of freshly baked cherry pie and the fir needles that made up part of tea blend I've reviewed before. Autumn is currently in full swing at the time of this review and I've collected a variety of dried tree leaves.  Within that collection, I've noticed that oak leaves have a distinct sweet aroma that these alder leaves seem to share. 

This tea was purchased by me.

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