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This is a Lexitus-tea that I got for Christmas. It’s one that I saw on AC Perch’s site and wanted to try and he remembered that, so yay him.

It’s a very interesting tea for me, this one. My first ever tea from the South American continent so I have little clue as to what to expect taste- and quality-wise. AC Perch’s say it’s similar in flavour to Japanese greens, but I have little experience with them, so it doesn’t help me much.

The leaves are large and very dark, so at first glance it looks like an average non-jade oolong. A fair amount of twigs in there too. The aroma of the dry leaves is fairly typical green. Not overwhelming in strength and sort of leafy sweet, a hint of nuttyness. Due to the leaf size it’s a bit difficult to scoop so I’ve fallen back on the same way I scoop my Pai Mu Tan. For one small pot with farm animals on it: Plenty.

AC Perch’s recommend a steeping time of six minutes, which I thought was rather a lot for a first go, so I’ve given it a little less, and since I can’t empty the whole pot into this cup in one go, I’ll get a second cup with a longer steeping time so I can compare there.

The colour is very light, and it’s one of those funky coloured once that makes you wonder if it might actually be mildly radioactive. A pale yellow greenish sort of glow-in-the-dark colour. You know those white stars? It’s nearly that colour. It has a very special smell too. There is an extremely sweet note to it that if I didn’t know any better, I’d think there was a lot of sugar in it. It’s kind of vanillaish, and maybe just a touch, the slightest little bit of something salty or seaweedish. It’s very very very little though, and the primary aroma note is the vanillaish sweetness.

It tastes nothing like it smells. There’s a typical green sort of nuttyness and not really any vanillaish sweetness. It’s got a good kick to the flavour, a bit more woody than grassy. It’s actually rather nice, but it’s not a tea that you can keep on discovering. What you see is what you get.

The second cup, which had a longer steeping time (longer, probably, than the recommended six minutes) is darker and much more yellow in colour. The aroma is pretty much the same, but strangely enough it’s not even remotely as strong as the aroma in the shorter steeped cup. The flavour has lost much of the nuttyness and gained quite a bit of astringency instead, and a sourish note too. I definitely liked the shorter steep better, but I feel that this bodes well for another couple of steeps.

ETA: Interesting. Second steep, although nearly forgotten and therefore severely oversteeped is actually still quite nice. It’s got a bit of a bite, but nothing like the second round of the first steep. Mostly it’s pretty smooth, I think.

takgoti

Good for him for remembering, indeed! This sounds interesting, I haven’t had Bolivian tea before. I have seen that light-green-almost-neon color before, though – reading that made my brain immediately go to Adagio’s citron green.

Angrboda

I’ve seen that colour before too, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in as radioactive a shade as this one though. :)

takgoti

You should test it in the dark!

Angrboda

tests Oh poot! It doesn’t glow. But it’s the sort of colour where I actually surprised myself with being surprised. (yes, I tested the glow-in-the-dark-factor in my bathroom for realz)

EvaPeva

Lots of Japanese Teas have that radio-active looking color…..always freaks me out initially…especially if its steeping in a clear pot as I glare at it from across the kitchen :-p. . . .gotta try this Bolivian one out.

Angrboda

EvaPeva, perhaps that’s one of the reasons they say it’s similar to Japanese green teas. I really must broaden my horizon with Japan. It might be fun to do some more direct comparison.

EvaPeva

I have lots I can send you. . . most will not have any English on them…but I can send you a variety!

Angrboda

Thanks, Eva, I’d like that. Just clue me in on what type it is, I can live with all the other text being in foreign. :) Note though, that you’d be sending to Europe. Shoot me an email at [email protected] if that doesn’t matter and let me know what you would like some off in return. My Steepster cupboard should be up to date. :)

takgoti

@Angrboda That is awesome.

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takgoti

Good for him for remembering, indeed! This sounds interesting, I haven’t had Bolivian tea before. I have seen that light-green-almost-neon color before, though – reading that made my brain immediately go to Adagio’s citron green.

Angrboda

I’ve seen that colour before too, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in as radioactive a shade as this one though. :)

takgoti

You should test it in the dark!

Angrboda

tests Oh poot! It doesn’t glow. But it’s the sort of colour where I actually surprised myself with being surprised. (yes, I tested the glow-in-the-dark-factor in my bathroom for realz)

EvaPeva

Lots of Japanese Teas have that radio-active looking color…..always freaks me out initially…especially if its steeping in a clear pot as I glare at it from across the kitchen :-p. . . .gotta try this Bolivian one out.

Angrboda

EvaPeva, perhaps that’s one of the reasons they say it’s similar to Japanese green teas. I really must broaden my horizon with Japan. It might be fun to do some more direct comparison.

EvaPeva

I have lots I can send you. . . most will not have any English on them…but I can send you a variety!

Angrboda

Thanks, Eva, I’d like that. Just clue me in on what type it is, I can live with all the other text being in foreign. :) Note though, that you’d be sending to Europe. Shoot me an email at [email protected] if that doesn’t matter and let me know what you would like some off in return. My Steepster cupboard should be up to date. :)

takgoti

@Angrboda That is awesome.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

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