Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing Chariteas – Purple Rain green tea. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now I’m sure, you’ll all know that I’ve loved all the teas I’ve tried from Chariteas so far. So, it’s safe to say that I went into trying this green tea with very high expectations. This green tea hails from Vietnam, it’s wild-grown and get its name from the purple hue of the young tea leaves and the heavy rains that befall the mountainous region of Lai Cao. This is the first Vietnamese green tea I’ve ever tried so I was intrigued to see what it had to offer taste wise, one thing I love about Chariteas is that all their teas are unique and from areas of the world that I didn’t even know tea was sourced. They have opened my eyes to a whole new world of teas from the road less travelled and I’m incredibly thankful for that.
Vegetal – Slight Smokey – Slightly Woody – Fruity (Peach/Apricot)This tea has a unique aroma its vegetal and fruity for the most part put it has some underlying smoky and woody notes that really intrigued me. When you look at the dry leaves of this blend you don’t expect it to have notes like and it reminds me a little bit of a young sheng aroma wise. When dry its aroma is quite light but once you rinse it, it becomes much stronger, so I would always suggest rinsing the leaves you are using for your tasting session as seeing if you notice any changes in the aroma. For the most part the aroma of this tea didn’t change after the rinse it just got stronger and an ever so slight steamed carrot like note came forward that sounds weird but that’s the only way I can describe it.
For this tasting session I used my 150ml Teapot & Tumbler – 3.5g of leaves and 150ml of 80-85 degrees(c) water (for each steep) | I did 3 full steeps during this tasting session | Looking back I wish I had steeped this gongfu style and used my glass gaiwan I think I would have gotten much more out of it but at least I know now for the next time I drink this tea.
Tea Tasting Notes
Strong Vegetal Notes – Fruity (Peach/Apricot) – Slight Smokey Notes – Slight Floral Note – Very Light Wood Note
Like I said at the start of this post this is the very first Vietnamese tea I have ever tried so taste wise I wasn’t sure what to expect and after loving its intriguing aroma so much I wanted to see if it would be just as unique taste wise and it’s safe to say that it’s that it definitely is. My first steep was mostly strong vegetal notes and a slight fruitiness until it got to the back of my mouth and those delicious smoky/woody notes I found in the aroma came through they were very light be they were there and finished each mouthful off with a savoury bite. The sheer change in flavour from the front to the back of my mouth is what made me love this tea. I can honestly say this is one of the most unique green teas I’ve ever had, and I love how vast it’s flavour profile truly is.In the second steep everything was much more well balanced and the fruity notes from the aroma were able to come through much stronger they have a delightful peach/apricot feel to them that also gave a hint of natural sweetness. The smoky and woody notes were still present and again didn’t come forward until the tea got to the back of my mouth they were much stronger this time around through which put a huge smile on my face. What I didn’t expect from my second steep though is a slight floral note in the aftertaste it well and truly took me by surprise but made me love this tea even more. My third steep was much lighter than the second and a little flatter, but it still made for a great cup and somehow even though most of it’s notes were much lighter than pervious steep that slight fruity note still stood its ground and was a perfect way to finish this tasting session off. ‘m very glad I have some of this left because I’m really looking forward to sipping it throughout the frosty winter months it’s incredibly heart warming and quite thick for a green tea, so it will be perfect for fighting the cold front that’s already hitting the UK.
A huge thank you to Chariteas for introducing me to another amazing tea that I never would have tried if it hadn’t have been for this collaboration. I’m so glad they chose to include this tea in the package they sent after this I’ll be on the lookout for more Vietnamese teas to feature throughout this series over the next few months and beyond if the rest out there are anywhere near as amazing as this one my bank account it set to see a huge shock and my collection is about to get a lot bigger.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Chariteas and all their teas from the road less travelled head to their website and spend a little bit of time reading through everything they have to offer. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley