Anyone remember Koosh balls? This tea makes it look like I’ve put a mini-Koosh ball in my teapot. Which sounds like a negative but I really liked Koosh balls a lot so I’m in favor of the similarity.
One minute isn’t a whole lot of steep time for a tied up tea (is it just me or do flowers and balls seem to take a bit to ‘wake up’?) but that’s what I went with. It turned out fairly light which was unsurprising, but I like it. It reminds me quite a bit of Rishi’s Jade Cloud, my go-to grocery store tea whenever I am out of green teas (which, considering how much tea I bought in Hawaii, won’t be for years now). It’s got the same sweet and vegetal thing going on but this LMD lacks the mineral edge that Jade Cloud can have (though that could be because of understeeping?).
Interestingly enough, when I poured the tea into my cup I got a whiff of something white wine-like. Sticking my nose in the cup, I didn’t get anything wine-like so I figured it was just some weird house-al smell but then at the end of each sip of tea, I got a little aftertaste – sweet with a little pucker – that made me think of eating a white grape. So yeah, the tasting notes say sweet/smoky endnote and apparently sweet/smoky in my world equals white grapes. Who knew?
Anyway, the second steep (1:00) was a little stronger but had all the same notes as the first – even the grape bit – just a little intensity. Light but nice. I’ll see how it goes next time with a longer steep.