Tuesday, April 30, 2013

bellocq teas

IMG_3691 I'm not too sure when I heard about Bellocq teas, but have been wanting to try them for awhile now.

Luckily, Dean & Deluca Japan started selling samplers online.

I picked up the Bellocq Blends line. 8 different teas, 10 grams each.

DSC03912 On the inside cover of the box, they note optimal brewing times and water temperatures for each tea.

DSC03902 I like the packaging.

DSC03903 They also give you these unbleached tea bags to brew your tea in.

DSC03911 We first tried No 01, Bellocq Breakfast.

Nothing out of the ordinary.

DSC03906 Next No 20, Kikuya.

A green tea base with rose petals and a rose essence. The rose essence is delicate and doesn't overpower the green tea, a nice combination.

DSC03910 No 35, The Earl Grey was no different from other Earl Greys I've tried.

DSC03909 No. 47 The Queen's Guard, had a delicate floral fragrance.

And when brewed the lavender stands out the most. A good tea when you want to sit and relax.

DSC03907 No. 52, Etoile de l'Inde, is made with Dragonwell (a pan fried green), Jasmine silver needles, flower petals and a natural essence.

To me it had a bit too much floral fragrance when first brewed, but by the second brewing the flavor reminded me more of a Yunnan tea.

DSC03908 Majorelle Mint, No 38, is perfect after dinner.

It combines Chinese gunpowder, green tea, mint, marigold petals and citrus essence.

DSC03905 No 29 White Nixon, white tea, lavender, flower petals and natural essence.

Is also a nice blend to sit and relax with.

DSC03904 And lastly, we tried No 12, Le Hammeau, a blend of lemongrass, lemon verbena, chamomile, lavender, rose petal, mint, sage, and a natural essence. This is also perfect after dinner.

I'm glad we got to try these teas and now that Dean & Deluca has opened a shop in Osaka, it should be easier to get.

Are you enjoying any teas lately?


Kathy YL Chan said...

So pretty -the packaging is my favorite thing about Bellocq :)

K and S said...

their packaging is lovely Kathy :)

Take care.

Rowena... said...

I'm liking Pukka teas right now and only learned about them when I checked out an organic grocery store a couple months ago. Will write about them when I pick up one more that I've been wanting to try.

K and S said...

I've tried some Pukka teas in the past, Rowena, will be looking forward to the ones you are into :)

Take care.

KirkK said...

Nice variety Kat. That should keep you busy for a while!

K said...

OOh, I love the packaging too!

K and S said...

indeed Kirk :)

very pretty, K :)

Take care you two.