Bonnie sent this tea to me a while back, but I absolutely refused to make it until I could make an event of it. Tonight I asked hubby if he would join me for tea. That always means the two of us, at the tea table, and no laptops, no electronics, just us and tea. He said yes, so here we go!

I made a plate of some new cheese I bought to try – Drunken Goat, a 6 year aged cheddar, and an 8 year aged cheddar. These were served with Club crackers, the whole grain version.

I unwrapped the lovely wrapped pillow. I love the texture and weight of the paper so I saved for an “as yet unknown” project! The pillow of tea held together but was loosely packed, which was a surprise. I have only seen the tightly compressed puerhs so that is what I expected, but this pillow was so large it would never do to put that much tightly compressed leaf in a small pot. I love how unique this is!

We steeped five times, beginning with 90 seconds and increasing to 3 minutes by the last. Each steep was flavorful. My husband is not the biggest fan of green and oolong teas but he has a few he really likes. He enjoyed this one!

The liquor is somewhat pale, and I would call this a medium bodied tea. This is very smooth and has no drying effect at all. The flavor is vegetal with a floral note overlaying it.

So I got my wish! I got to try this tea, and it really was an event – a nice, mid-week date for hubby and me! Thank you, Bonnie!

MegWesley

That is so cute. I should talk to my fiancee about doing something like that when we eventually start living together. The tea sounds yummy too.

Bonnie

Kudo’s for time without electronics! A note that this tea is often too big for a basket so you have to have a gaiwan or two pots to pour the water on and then off the tea pillow for steeping(some pillows are 2×2 inches square and some 1×3 inch rectangles…they are handmade and the size varies.).

ashmanra

I read your tasting note first, so that is what I did! I out the pillow in my little glass pot and then poured the tea into my fair cup. We stopped at five steeps. I may go a couple more tomorrow! I am pretty sure it still have some good flavor to give!

Bonnie

Good thing I remembered to write it down. I couldn’t remember if I did. I like having unique shapes for my grandchildren when they come over. It’s interesting. I thought this tea was easy to drink and delicate. Maybe nice with a lighter cake and whipped cream. Don’t know. Bosc Pears?

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MegWesley

That is so cute. I should talk to my fiancee about doing something like that when we eventually start living together. The tea sounds yummy too.

Bonnie

Kudo’s for time without electronics! A note that this tea is often too big for a basket so you have to have a gaiwan or two pots to pour the water on and then off the tea pillow for steeping(some pillows are 2×2 inches square and some 1×3 inch rectangles…they are handmade and the size varies.).

ashmanra

I read your tasting note first, so that is what I did! I out the pillow in my little glass pot and then poured the tea into my fair cup. We stopped at five steeps. I may go a couple more tomorrow! I am pretty sure it still have some good flavor to give!

Bonnie

Good thing I remembered to write it down. I couldn’t remember if I did. I like having unique shapes for my grandchildren when they come over. It’s interesting. I thought this tea was easy to drink and delicate. Maybe nice with a lighter cake and whipped cream. Don’t know. Bosc Pears?

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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