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St Dalfours Mandarin Orange Green Tea

The arrival of man­dar­ins at super­mar­kets mark the onset of winter. I love winter and the sweet cit­rus fla­vours of man­dar­ins. For the oth­er sea­sons of the year, D and I con­tin­ue to enjoy the refresh­ing fla­vour of man­dar­ins in juice and teas. This here is St Dalfours Mandarin Orange Green Tea.

Steeping one tea bag in 200 ml of water at 80°C for 90 seconds yields a golden yel­low liquor with a sweet man­dar­in nose. On tast­ing, the nat­ur­al and bright sweet­ness of man­dar­in flesh emerges ahead of the more but­tery and smokey notes of Chinese green tea in the body before the zesty fla­vour of man­dar­in rind fin­ishes the sip and lingers sweetly in the after­taste.

This tea can be com­pared to the Fukujuen Mikan Sencha, a man­dar­in fla­voured Japanese green tea, which has a more veget­al fla­vour that com­ple­ments the bright man­dar­in notes for a fresh­er fla­vour.

This box of St Dalfours Mandarin Orange Green Tea con­tained 20 envel­opes or 50 g. The tea ori­gin­ated in Sri Lanka and was pur­chased online from the United States of America in 2016.