It's nice when we train our friends to be on the lookout for new teas while abroad. It's even better, though, when we've even managed to train the *husbands* to be on the lookout for teas while abroad. A dear friend's husband works for a well-known aircraft manufacturer and recently traveled to Russia. When he got back, she sent me a picture of these tea packets and asked if I'd tried this Kioko brand of tea before. Nope. Within days, I had some of this tea waiting in my mailbox. And what I find so intriguing is, this White Spiral tea was given to First Class passengers on Aeroflot.
I assumed tea bags were inside until I felt of the Kioko package and it was clearly loose tea.
According to the package, "Uniting all the best from a tea-tree, this blend of green tea and magnificent silver tips, collected in the early spring, grants you a flavor of floral aromas with soft tints of honey and caramel."
The first time I made this tea, I think I steeped it too long because it was very astringent, but I steeped the same tea leaves again for just about two minutes and very much enjoyed it! It's fun to try new teas from afar. Have you ever received a tea sample from a friend who'd been on a trip?