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Yesterday I found myself in the neighborhood of Rainbow Grocery, which is a huge worker owned co-op grocery store. It’s an all vegetarian place and one of the things they are noted for is their large bulk food selection. I have not been there in years. I was happy to find they have quite a large selection of tea in bulk from Silk Road and some other companies. I’ve always wanted to try this one but didn’t want to fork over the price for 1/4 lb. that Silk Road has it for on their website.

Anyway on to the tea…

This was prepared in a glass teapot and I steeped it for 175F at 3 minutes. Based on my experience with Chinese greens I felt it was a safe assumption.

The tea liquor is a medium yellow in color. The first thing I notice about it is how very vegetal it is. The flavor reminds me a bit of artichokes and cooked peas. After sipping it has a nice sweet aftertaste without a lot of astringency. I am not terribly thrilled by it, but it would make a good everyday tea and I will certainly finish off what I have.

Now I need to stop posting tasting notes and do something productive for a while! :-P

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Oh wow! I would be so excited to go to a grocery like that! Is that pitiful? LOL! I have to drive over an hour to get neat grocery stores, and we still don’t have one that sells bulk tea, not even Whole Foods up there!

TeaBrat

Yeah, that is one benefit to living in San Francisco, you can find pretty much everything here, all kinds of neat stores I can walk to or take the bus. :)

Roughage

Umm, posting tasting notes is productive, isn’t it? ;)

TeaBrat

Yeah, tell that to this giant pile of laundry I’m ignoring!

Missy

Clothes are over rated. ;)

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ashmanra

Oh wow! I would be so excited to go to a grocery like that! Is that pitiful? LOL! I have to drive over an hour to get neat grocery stores, and we still don’t have one that sells bulk tea, not even Whole Foods up there!

TeaBrat

Yeah, that is one benefit to living in San Francisco, you can find pretty much everything here, all kinds of neat stores I can walk to or take the bus. :)

Roughage

Umm, posting tasting notes is productive, isn’t it? ;)

TeaBrat

Yeah, tell that to this giant pile of laundry I’m ignoring!

Missy

Clothes are over rated. ;)

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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