(Having featured bits and pieces in the background of my photos last week, I decided that this was a trend well worth continuing … so this week in the background we have my latest knitting project: a scarf made from reclaimed yarn. It’s going rather well.)
It’s about time we touched on green tea again … so here I bring you: Clipper’s Green Tea with Lemon.
Source: ‘Product of more than one country’ in terms of where it comes from … (ingredients list: Fairtrade green tea, natural flavouring, lemon peel (1%)). Clipper teas can generally be found in any big supermarket (this one I found in a large Tesco), or you can shop online.
Cost: £1.59 for 25 bags (50g), slightly more for 50 bags (100g) because that’s what I bought – but I can’t find the 50 bag size on their website to get a price for it. I suspect it’s about £2.50. Doesn’t appear to be available as loose-leaf.
Ethics: 92% Fairtrade ingredients. I’m pretty impressed. Look, you can read it for yourself (okay, maybe after clicking through to the big photo):
Brewing instructions: On the box (see picture above) they say “This is how we do it: always use fresh water, pour it over the tea bag while it’s still boiling and allow to infuse for 1-3 minutes. The rest is up to you”.
I’d agree – taking ‘while it’s still boiling’ to mean ‘just before the kettle actually boils and clicks off’ (since this is what you should do with green tea). As I said last time I talked about green tea, I like mine lightish. 2 minutes seems to work pretty well.
Nose: Citrussy, with a tiny hint of spice (I wonder what the ‘natural flavouring’ is?). Quite a ‘full’ scent.
Taste: Mmmmmmmm. My palate has definitely become accustomed to green tea … this tastes smooth and rounded and green (apologies, if anyone can think of a better way to describe the classic green tea taste then please let me know), with a note of lemon, and a slight bitter aftertaste – but somehow I like the aftertaste. I’m not quite sure how that works.
Food match: This tends to be a tea I drink on its own, when I’m at home. However, thinking of places where I’ve had green tea whilst out and about (e.g. Wagamamas), I’d suggest Chinese/Japanese foods such as dim sum, fried noodles/rice or noodle soups. Mmmmm …
To conclude, I would totally recommend this tea, with the caveat that if you hate green tea then you’ll probably hate this (duh). But I think it’s really lovely.
Thoughts? Comments? Tips for how to photograph tea interestingly? Let me know.