daughteroftheKing wrote:Olivetealover - Is this something you came up with up, or it is a popular herbal tea in particular cultures?
There are a few websites selling and extolling the virtues of olive leaf tea, but it's never been a particularly popular drink in the Mediterranean region. I won't doubt that some peasants will have dried and drunk the leaves, but around France and Spain the common infusions were (and are) Manzanilla and Tila (chamomile and lime leaves). Even during/after the Spanish civil war when food and rations were incredibly scarce, I've not heard of anyone there who would make olive leaf tea.
I'm assuming from olivetealover's handle that s/he's already a convert to olive leaf tea (which is, strictly speaking, not tea but a 'tisane').
Personally, I don't look for a 'smoky' quality in the green tea I drink. I do like some smoky black teas.
olivetealover - if you like tea with a smoky quality to it, perhaps you could try coffee blossom tea. The fragrance is extraordinary, with all the complexity and richness of tobacco (I know the smell of dried olive leaves well... I'm afraid there's just no comparison).
London's postcard teas sell two kinds of tea with coffee blossoms, one blended with a white tea, another with a black Sri Lankan tea.
scroll to bottom here: http://www.postcardteas.com/tealist.htm
I'll look out for olive leaf tisane and give it a try. I'm afraid it would have to be exceptional for me to want to brave mixing it with a perfectly decent sencha though.
Have you tried mixing olive leaves with other teas traditionally more amenable to a smoky taste?
Alternatively, if you mixed in olive leaves because the taste of green tea is too fresh or grassy for you I can earnestly recommend Nokcha from "Middle of a Dream Mountain", Bosong, Korea
It's quite unlike any other green tea I've ever tasted.
I have a packet in front of me which perfectly describes the tea:
has "a natural toasty sweetness and an earthy, biscuity fragrance. Smooth and satisfying, nokcha is grown entirely without any chemicals".
Biscuity is definitely the right word for this tea!