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I dug this one out a cookie tin filled with random teas that is probably several years old (at least). When I added the water the tea instantly turned bright, pinkish-red – Y halo thar Hibiscus (again).
Not that it’s really a big deal with this tea as it really needs something to balance out the perfumed sweetness of the rose. The rose, by the way, is just on the near side of making the tisane too perfumed – but the other, more tart ingredients mostly make up for that. Not bad for something that’s been gathering dust for awhile.
This was the last of this tea and all that was left were the tiny broken bits at the bottom and most of those were small enough to get out through the holes in my strainer. I feel like I need one of those special yerba mate straws (bombillas?) to drink this, practically.
I doubt I’ll get more of this tea, it was a good intro to green teas when I first started drinking loose-leaf tea, but I’ve moved on to better things.
Does this count as adding to the ‘Vanilla Vogue’? I added some honey to the tea and that improved the flavour slightly from the last time I drank this tea – I’m actually getting a bit of vanilla now, though it’s still pretty weak.
I’m also, incidently, eating a bowl of Vanilla-Almond Honey Crisp cereal. XD
The problem with getting down to the bottom of a bag of tea is that you get all the little bits that escape the strainer and they slosh around in the bottom of your cup and get stuck in your teeth.
BTW I think I finally found the only dried red current present in my entire supply.
I steeped this a bit longer than maybe recommended with a white tea but it didn’t seem to hurt it, maybe because the delicate whites are mixed with a few different and possibly more resilient greens in this blend. The apricot flavour is quite strong but there’s a perfumy flavour present aswell, possibly from the the jasmine blossoms.
It’s been awhile since I’ve drunk this so I decided to give it a go for something different today. The taste is very vegetal as I’ve said before but it has a richness to it that’s nice enough. I am noticing that I feel more awake and energetic, which is a point in this drink’s favour.
This tea used to be my favorite but now that I’ve tasted the really good quality stuff I’m not as enamoured with it. The mix of green teas tends to get very bitter very easily and the strawberry flavour could stand to be a bit stronger. It’s still much better than the bagged stuff, and the flavour of the Genmaicha is particularly prominent.
This is my second time sampling yerba mate and it tastes…green (though not unpleasently so) and there’s a hint of nuttiness. It doesn’t give me the energy jolt that a black tea would, but this late in the day that’s probably a good thing. I don’t have much experience drinking yerba mate but this one seems pretty decent to me.