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A Tasting Note from 05/09/2016
This was part of a tea gift/tea swap from fellow Steepster R.F. Hill. I’m not normally an herbal tea guy but this was enjoyable. Sweet, fruity, with leafy vegetals once the fruit waned. Beautiful leaf both dry and wet. I could not resist the gong when steeping this initially but I did succumb to western parameters later on. 8g of leaf/fruit, 180ml porcelain beginning at 190F for 15-30s then just under boiling for 2-3m in later infusions. I might just have to dabble every now and again in the herbal world.
I found this hidden in the back of the tea cupboard, so I decided to have a couple of cups before bed. I’m brewing this in a Gaiwan, which seems to be working out well with this tea. However, this review may be incoherent, due to my inability to mentally and physically function after 9 P.M. My bedtime’s usually around 9-9:30 during the week, since I have to be at work by 6 A.M. on a daily basis, and I get up at 4:45-5ish depending on how well I sleep; thus leaving at 5:30 to make the 30 minute drive to work. This is late for me (11 P.M.), but it’s the weekend, so I’m trying to live a little….Heh.
Anyway, this tea is pretty good. I like to have it when I’m trying not to munch before bed, or whenever I rediscover it in the back of the cupboard. My wife purchased this about a year ago, whilst exploring the Discount Outlet. I think she got a pound of it for roughly $5-6 which is a pretty great deal. It’s very fruity, and the mulberry comes out nicely. There’s zero astringency, and unlike other Green teas (which this tea is labeled as), you can leave it to steep around 5-6 minutes—there seems to be zero effects to the tea as far as astringency goes.
I’m nearly 3/4 of the way through, but I keep it far back in the cupboard for nights when I want to go to sleep, but can’t. However, now I must go to sleep.
P.S. This is a super sweet tea on its own; therefore, there is no need to add sugar. I think when the sun comes out again, I might make this as a sun tea.
P.S.S. Here’s the wet leaf (https://www.instagram.com/p/BE2TDwUg-6j/?taken-by=s.g_sanders1). It reminds me of cooked spinach.
Another tea I drink at work. I like greens but a lot of bagged versions taste like dust. This would probably not be an exception if not for the spices…they are a bit much and somewhat unbalanced. A lot of allspice maybe? Stash does a decent job with their black chais so I imagine the green base just isn’t strong enough to balance the other flavors. Maybe this was formulated for use with milk and sugar. I’m almost threw my box but I think I’ll look for a herbal version to replace it with.
I am glad to be finishing up this box. I confess I generally make a pot of chai, and blend at least two different chai blend teas together, in order to average out any extreme flavors from one end of the taste spectrum to another.
This tea has what I call an ‘angular’ taste: too much ginger, too much anise, too much of a ‘cool’ distant set of flavors in what I want to have ‘warm’ flavors. The cinnamon gets lost amid all the ginger, which I normally would love—but not here. This blend tastes ‘unbalanced’ to me, for want of another phrase. I don’t like this tea by itself.
However—when blended with another chai, like Celestial Seasonings’ India Spice CHAI TEA, it harmonizes beautifully, fills those chai flavors out.
So: By itself, I don’t recommend this one. BUT TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER CHAI? YES!
Flavors: Anise, Artificial, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger