5 Tasting Notes
Ok, first of all.. I havn’t been here for a while.. Been wanting to come here and update and Share the awesome teas I’ve been having, hoping you’ll try them out too…
This tea, I dnt know if I’ll call this ‘tea’, I’ll say why in just a bit. I accidently bought it while looking for tea tree shampoo(ironic much)? Anyway, while buying shampoo, I got sidetracked, by what exactly? You guessed it. I remember thinking how I’d like some Ginseng tea, but not mass produced. How nearly impossible where I was (in a mall) anyway, Some lady recommended it to me.. When I got home, I opened it, and it was woodsy, bits and pieces. “excellent” I said.. I opened it up, and I smelt, literally rain.. I kid you not. I was instantly in love.. What I had was not just tea but medicine and a snack, finely chopped up Ginseng root. Anyway, I chopped it up futher (the finer, the richer th taste) and placed half a teaspoon of it in a cold water pot, then switched to med heat, just before it boiled, I turned it off and let it simmer till it was cool, then turned th heat at max, brought to boil then turned off again and let it simmer down. Got the tea pot out, strainer. Poured it all in.. And I let it cool down a little further (about 1min). I sat down and poured myself a cup in silence and took a sip. The first thing I noticed was it’s rich woodsy, earthy, very faint spicy flavour and it’s smoothness..It’s quite a potent tea. It is pure Ginseng. Quite nothing like the Ginseng tea farms that mass produce. It’s wild. I was taken away with this tea.. The best way to describe it would honestly be.. Hmmm, let me see.. U know when it rains? And u smell that earthy smell of the soil just after it started raining? Now, imagine having that smell in a cup and drinking it.. Mmmmmm.. Had it not been that I found this tea in a mall along with stacks of others, I would’ve given it a rating well above 92.. None the less, it’s an excellent choice of tea if u want to relax, think and clear your mind. Besides it’s popularity of, you know what…;) I’ll always have a tea like this in my house.. And the best part about ginseng root, you can chew it, like gum.. Like having rain in your mouth on a sunny day.. Yum:) I’ll post a pic of it soon.. Peace peace peace, one love..
There’s an Indian shop just up the road from my nest, it sells all sorts of things, from incense, food & spices. I was making a fish curry stew one day and realised I had run out of chillies to taste with.. So off I went to this mystical shop, I got what I needed and on my way to the till, I got distracted by what I’d call a minor exhibition of randomly selected not so interesting tea, but I saw this little box that cost R12 (R7=1$. So you can do the math) anyway, I said why not? Would be exciting to start off with some chai before my indian dish. Returned to my nest and prepared a cup.. Or two.. Maybe three:)? Can’t remember… I do remember the smell of burning curry though. Haha… I was literally obliviously relaxed.. I mean, I was irie.. Frankly,subtle sedation would describe the state I was in… I felt reawakened and energised to cook again and get to some work.. Not a bad choice at all… Recommend it as a ‘take a break’ kind of tea.. Just don’t add sugar or milk.. Yes, it is tea bagged:( but don’t let that discourage you from trying this spicy tea… Not bad at all:)
At first, I felt rather aloof about this tea when I first tried it out, I had only bought it because it was ‘Green’ and partly because I wanted widen my tea drinking horizons. To me, it was very average I had it with no sugar (never use milk for tea, defeats the entire purpose of drinking tea), after 3 cups it left me feeling rather (sluggish), due to that, it spent a lot of time in my cupboard untouched.. Until I ran out of tea, so it was it and I staring at each other “what th heck!” I boiled some water and prepared it. This time, I addded some sugar… I never regreted buying it… It is one of the smoothest enjoyable teas I’ve ever had. You can hardly taste the health of the green as it is carried away by the sweet scent of berries… One day I left my place rushing to the art studio, I couldn’t take my mind off it. I returned and it was obviously cold now.. I said what the heck, I added a slice of lemon and drank it like ice tea.. Delicious.. Prepared another pot and this time I added some sugar and ginger to spice it up.. I was literally in heaven.. I drank 3 tea pots back to back in a row, that’s how silk, soothing and delicious it was.. And the best part is, it’s also a cooling beverage! What more could one possibly ask for?
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tea!!!
Want to start a party, just add some Ginger root:)
Going to have some now..
Happy tea drinking days
After one cup, I thought ‘’Not a bad replica of the chinese one I bought at a chinese market.’’ It holds a good wulong imitation but somewhat tastes more like green tea.. Does’nt have the authentic rich aroma and taste of wulong.. If you’re interested in trying out ‘oolong’ I recommend not buying this brand, infact, refuse to buy the tea-bagged tea.. Find a chinese shop and get the leaves… Only then will you enjoy this tea… If not, guess you enjoy having 2Dimensional boring tea..