The flavor is similar to a white tea — medium-bodied, fairly light and vegetal with a well-rounded mouth feel and a subtle sweet finish.
Purple tea is a rare tea variety grown in the Mt. Kenya region, derived from a new crossbred variety of the common tea leaf, Camellia sinensis, from which black, white, and green teas are derived. This new variety of the classic tea plant was only recently developed and is exclusive to Kenya. Purple tea is grown in cooler conditions, at an elevation of between 4,500 and 7,500 feet. This allows the plants to sustain more intense sun rays causing it to produce high levels of protective anthocyanins and higher levels of polyphenols (16.5 %) than other teas, which average 10%, and help protect the leaves from damage.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PURPLE TEA
We all know the healthy benefits of green tea, but did you know purple tea has greater antioxidant activity than green tea and black tea? Purple tea is a new cultivar of Camellia Sinsensis, containing exceptionally high levels of catechins and epigallocatechin galette (EPCG). These have been linked to reducing body fat and fighting diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.