51 Tasting Notes
This is one of my favorite green teas.
I am not a fan of green teas as much as other teas, call it my palate, call it blasphemy from a person who is easily labeled as a tea fanatic, but I simply call it the truth. Yet the tea from the first taste is bittersweet reminding of the world of a family I once read that were faced with the same sweet and bitter battle about their own lives in trying to find the balance between the gain in the lost.
The books recommended for this tea are: The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard (the family I mentioned in the tea note) and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford.
From the sweet bakery smell of this tea to the different ingredients, the reason I picked this tea because it stood out. I had it iced with soy milk and I enjoyed the sweet almost caramel like taste of this tea. I could almost be deceived and take this tea at face value for what it claims to be: a sweet baked treat. If it wasn’t for the ingredients. That’s why I am recommending Diaz’ book, because people and teas are not always as they appear, no matter how sweet they are.
Books recommended for this tea: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.
This has to be one of my absolute favorite teas, from the looks and feeling of drinking flowers and pretending to be a fairy with the flower water in my little cup, to the smell of childhood and near holy nights of peaceful moments in your life that won’t be forgotten as you grow up, but this time must be taken only at a certain time as I would not like to be reminiscing when I go. Ergo my book list.
Books recommended for this tea are: Tales from the Dark Tower by Joseph Vargo, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Everyone seems to have had labeling/following the instructions for this tea, causing a mug of bitterness instead of calming green tea.
I just went with what my kettle said and steep it for only 3 minutes at most, and it came out fine. The green tea just tasted like green tea. I regret not reading to try it iced now that I finished it because apparently that brought out the other flavors.
Books recommended for this tea are: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
Why I chose those books is because the plots come from a bitter place in life, but at the same time, if you’re lucky, or through the hard detective work of finding out the best combo on how to brew/steep this tea, you can find yourself in a good standing.
As far as chai goes, it’s not as strong tasting as I am used to. It is a good warm up. Next time I will let it steep more. I did enjoy it, but it is not the flavor I was looking for. So this would be in the book world a case of the accidental browser. Where you read a book you had expectations for but went in a different direction. It surprise me, especially with the scent of the tea.
Books recommended for this tea are: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
A refreshing taste even while hot. This tea is one that I enjoy on a spring morning. It reminds me of popsicles and hard candy. Can’t wait to try it cool. This tea reminds me of the teas one would serve to non drinking tea guests, making them guess what they are tasting before telling them it’s tea.
Books recommended for this tea are: In the Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan, Once Upon A Quincenera by Julia Alvarez.