So, I brought back the second batch of tea samples. Knowing what I do know about loose leaf, I should have brewed two teaspoons at once, but I’m just using a little bit less water to make up for it. Because I have a french press now, I just dumped in the packet Ashley gave me all at once.
I’ve been a little depressed this afternoon and I am hoping some tea therapy will do the trick. I have a big kettle of hot water and several types of tea at my disposal. All I’ll have to do is watch my water temperature and wash my french press in between tea types. I’m starting with this one for tonight.
I am really having fun watching the leaves steep through my press. The golden bits swirled around the water with the leaves when it was steeping. The steeped tea smells so good. I just ran out to make my roommate smell the tea and her eyes glazed over with envy. It smells just like vanilla cake! The liquid is deeper than the last time I made it, even though I only steeped it five minutes. But the french press got the liquid super clear. No tea particles in this cup.
The taste is smooth and almost silky on my tongue. I can taste the vanilla better and it blends really nicely with the black tea base. I think it has to be a gentle base because it has no bite to it at all. I am drinking this plain like normal, but I bet a little bit of sugar would bring out the sweetness more. Right now, it is more teasing at a dessert drink. I am really glad this is a decaf tea because when I order a tin of this (and there will be an order eventually) I’m going to have my mom try some. She can only drink decaf.