My tea of the morning, accompanied by an awkward tea moment:
So I feel a bit guilty taking up so much time with my extensive tea prep… even though it’s only a few minutes here and there, it does add up. Thus, I try to mitigate it as much as possible. This is why I filled up the kettle to boil and returned to my desk for a minute or two. My cubicle is close enough that I can hear the click of the kettle turning off most of the time.
Except this morning my lovely tea friend who I share much of my tea with had already poured it when I walked in! ack! a white tea…
She is a sweetheart so I really did not mind. Especially since the tea didn’t turn out bitter at all. In fact, the berry overshadowed most of the tea! it brewed up a gorgeous purple colour. Much deeper than I expected. and it smelled heavenly!!
The taste? well that was nice to. Very rich in the berryness.
Odd though, I enjoyed the first steep more than the second. Mostly because the second one was so… weak! I could definitely taste the berry, a little more tart and a whole lot lighter this time. and the white part was a little more present.

I think my love affair with white teas is over :(
There was a day when white tea was my amore. The delicate notes, the crisp dryness. I had so much love… but now?? now I don’t get it at all.
In fact, this one reminds me very much of Strawberry White from David’s tea. At one time that was my fave tea of ALL TIME! Now I haven’t had it in ages, but I strongly suspect that it would not get me a tea high at all. :moment of sadness:
Bah, I’ve fallen in love with a whole range of other teas. Can’t have it all, right?
I shan’t rate this one now. I need to try it again when the leaves are cooked up right. I know it has the potential for me to adore it… I know it does!

Daniel Scott

Oh, helpful people. My sister keeps throwing out my jiaogulan on me before I’ve gotten a chance to re-steep it – she’s used to Tetley bags, and even though I carefully set the infuser aside for the next cup, she’s convinced that steeped leaves are automatically “garbage.”

We had to keep having “talks” about it (and the price of it!) before she understood how…not optimal this is. The last time we talked, I think she got it, because she said, “Okay, the stuff that looks like mutant weed? Don’t throw it out, right?” God, finally.

Indigobloom

ahh helpful people indeed! well I’m glad to hear your tea leaves are no longer in jeopardy. Maybe you can make a tea convert outta her yet ;)

Tina S.

A boiling water steep might be why the second steep was so weak. I’m mostly a one-steep kind of girl though.

Indigobloom

yah it is possible. I am hoping that’s why! otherwise drinking all of it will be a chore… or it will be sampled out

TeaBrat

I like white tea, certain ones but others not so much.

Indigobloom

I hear you on that. I’m willing to try them all! :P

Bonnie

Did’nt Berry (BARRY) White sing Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe….

Indigobloom

heh heh yes I believe he did. I’ll forever associate it with this tea!!!

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Daniel Scott

Oh, helpful people. My sister keeps throwing out my jiaogulan on me before I’ve gotten a chance to re-steep it – she’s used to Tetley bags, and even though I carefully set the infuser aside for the next cup, she’s convinced that steeped leaves are automatically “garbage.”

We had to keep having “talks” about it (and the price of it!) before she understood how…not optimal this is. The last time we talked, I think she got it, because she said, “Okay, the stuff that looks like mutant weed? Don’t throw it out, right?” God, finally.

Indigobloom

ahh helpful people indeed! well I’m glad to hear your tea leaves are no longer in jeopardy. Maybe you can make a tea convert outta her yet ;)

Tina S.

A boiling water steep might be why the second steep was so weak. I’m mostly a one-steep kind of girl though.

Indigobloom

yah it is possible. I am hoping that’s why! otherwise drinking all of it will be a chore… or it will be sampled out

TeaBrat

I like white tea, certain ones but others not so much.

Indigobloom

I hear you on that. I’m willing to try them all! :P

Bonnie

Did’nt Berry (BARRY) White sing Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe….

Indigobloom

heh heh yes I believe he did. I’ll forever associate it with this tea!!!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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