593 Tasting Notes
Backlog from a few nights ago.
Many thanks to LiberTEAS for hosting a giveaway of this tea on her blog! I was one of the winners, and I was astonished by the size of the prize pack I got from Klio. Two bags of tea plus a beautiful Bodum mug.
Now, I may love tea, but even 150g of tea in one go (especially one so fluffy) is a lot for me. And I have a lot of travel mugs. So I’m keeping one bag of this tea for myself and giving the other bag plus the mug to my sister as a birthday present. Her birthday is one month from today, so it’s perfect timing!
As for the tea itself? I’ve had Mountain Tea before – it’s a common drink in Macedonia, where my parents are from, as well as Greece. However, the mountain tea we have in the house is several years old and somewhat stale. In comparison, this is fresh, fresh fresh!
When you open the bag, it smells beautiful. There’s a green sharpness underneath that reminds me of fresh cut grass, but there’s also the brightness of lemon and the earthiness of chamomile. I’m not a big chamomile fan, but I don’t mind the hint here.
When I brewed this a few nights ago I oversteeped it, but it wasn’t that bitter. I will definitely be holding onto this.
Flavors: Grass, Lemon, Sage
I know this is heresy, but I’m finding that while Teavivre’s black teas are or high quality, they’re just not ringing my bell. It turns out I’m not a huge fan of the sweet potato note found in teas like this – and while this one does smell and taste somewhat chocolaty, I really want something a bit smoky (but not LS smoky). Hmm….
I’ve had this a few times, but it just does’t have the same warm comfort I remember from Simple Loose Leaf’s Kenilworth tea. Glad I only have 50g of this – I bought 100g and gave my aunt half of it in a special tin for Xmas.
However, it is a good no-fuss tea for the mornings when you’re not sure what you want.
Backlog from whenever.
Thanks very much to VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this in our swap! Oh my god, it’s so vanilla-y. I had this with a bit of agave and that was nice. I also noticed that the sprinkles dissolved into the drink even with the use of the paper filter, and gave the tea a bit of sparkle. Interesting!