About This Tea
Supplier: Mighty Leaf UK
Ingredients: Black Tea, Mint, Verbena, Lime Leaf, Lavender, Citrus Fruits, Rose Leaf, Dried Fruit Pieces, Orange Peel, Vanilla Pieces, White Tea, Natural Flavours and Cornflower Petals.
Brewing Technique: 100°C, 3 Minutes
Leaves of Provence smells like a herbal blend, with its many contributors in the form of fruits, flowers and herbs, but in actual fact this is a refreshing black tea blend that carries a honeyed lavender note, combined with mint. A smell that whisks you away to a foreign coast with a backdrop of grassy wild flower meadows.
Mighty Leaf describes this blend as being created from Provencal herbs, to create a modern twist on the classic earl grey, which is certainly reflected in the backing notes of mild lavender and citrus. These are combined with a strong finish of mint and, more unusually, a herby basil flavour. An oddball mix that somehow works to create a relaxing, yet refreshing, savoury tea.
Original recipes for “Herbes de Provence” originate in southern France and are actually a particular mixture of dried herbs, that usually contain a variation of thyme, rosemary, fennel, tarragon, marjoram and basil. Whilst, this tea blend doesn’t actually contain any of these herbs, it does well to recreate a light herb note through the use of verbena, lime and white tea. Surprisingly, despite the mass growth of lavender in Provence, original recipes don’t contain lavender, which generally seems to be accepted as a North American addition to the herb blend. Either way, the inclusion of lavender in this blend adds a differential element, allowing it to closer relate to the area of Provence.
As a black blend, Leaves of Provence is somewhat compatible with milk, extending the lavender flavours to create a heavier floral cup, with a basil finish. The refreshing mint note become somewhat depleted until about 10-20 seconds after each sip, when a cooling feeling can be felt on the tongue. If you’re feeling adventurous, making this iced flatters the mint notes to make an extra cooling cup.
Leaves of Provence by Mighty Leaf is a powerful blend, having the ability to energise with caffeine and mint, yet calm and relax through the properties of lavender, which is known to be a dominating flavour. Fortunately, its inclusion in Leaves of Provence is just right, providing a soothing scent and subtle flavours. Whenever I drank this, I would daydream of laying in European sun, closing my eyes and letting the aromas dilute my actual surroundings. However, the taste doesn’t quite narrate the south of France for me, the crisp, herby notes navigating my senses a little further afield, to the likes of Italy. Then again, I have yet to visit Provence, so perhaps I just need to be more travelled to make the connection! Who knows!? Have you been to Provence? What would your Provencal mix contain?