You know, my spoon has been dipping a little enthusiastically into my teas today. What does that mean? It means I’m using more leaf than I normally do but am too lazy to take leaf back out after I’ve spooned it onto the scale. And yet, heavy spooning or not, I still have some of this tea left. Just a tiny, tiny bit but still. I want to be able to unclick the “In Your Cupboard” button. It’s very fulfilling to do that, don’t you think?
Anyway, today (just like yesterday and the day before) is rainy and cold. Sigh. At least my irises seem to be enjoying it, even if I’m not. So I’ve not been all that happy and thus not been in all that tea-y of a mood. So I’ve been trying encourage myself by focusing on either some of my not-yet-tasted teas or by trying to unclick that little button. And option number two is what lead me to this tea (although it didn’t work).
I would just like to officially state for the record: this tea suffers from MPD. Sometimes it is Yunnan-y, sometimes it is Darjeeling-y, sometimes it is very-bad-Assam-y. I realize it is probably the brewer (yes, that would be me) that is at fault for such inconsistencies, however I’m totally going to blame the tea. When this is good, it is quite good (and that’s what I’ve rated it on for the most part), but when it is bad, I just want to drop it in a hole and cover it up like my cats try to do when they smell something funny.
Today (with the heavy spooning and the short steeping and the no additives-ing), it’s sort of bringing to mind a stout but slightly thin Yunnan with a hint of a Darjeeling-esque end. I’m not exactly sure how something can be both stout and thin but apparently it can. In my world. Today. Maybe my tongue is broken because now I’m 2 for 2 with ‘thin’ teas even with my heavy spooning. There is a hint of what might end up as bitterness at the end but it isn’t there yet so I should be safe (which is good because I can’t add milk to kill that bitter off if it shows up since it also kills pretty much all flavor in this tea making it taste like I’m eating construction paper).
I do wish that I had managed to use up all of this tea today. Not only to unclick that little button but because today a nice tea personality is coming out and I would really like to tend this relationship on a happy note. Sadly, looks like I’ll have one more chance to get this wrong.