I got the Night Vale fandom sampler and couldn’t decide which one to try first, so I just used random.org and this one came up as my first test.

It’s a bit of an adventure, because I’ve never tried pu-erh and I’m not the hugest fan of greens, but I’m willing to give it a try. I’m not used to being able to see the bottom of my cup through the tea.

On opening the tin, I was overwhelmed by the fruity aroma, mostly peach, and something else I couldn’t quite identify, which I assumed was the pu-erh. On steeping the aroma was toned down quite a bit and brought out more of the green tea smell that I’m used to with teas of this color. Smells very delicate – at least to my black-tea-loving nose.

I tried it straight at first, not wanting to bias my tastebuds with sweetener. To be honest, I can’t really taste much of anything beyond the green tea. It’s also quite dry and I think there may be a layer of dust covering my surroundings… I got up just now to get a cup of water and noticed a dead crow on my porch. Unusual. Usually it’s just dead starlings. Staring at me with their unblinking dead eyes.

I added a drizzle of blue agave to see if that would bring out any more flavor in this airy tea. There’s now a totally unique flavor here that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s not the agave, and it’s certainly not peach, but I’m not sure where it’s coming from. Tastes a little bit like the school board. Hm.

It’s also, confusingly, leaving me with an almost marshmallowy aftertaste. Odd.

I’m considerably upping my initial rating because once it’s cooled down quite a bit, a lot more of the flavors come to head. I’m now getting a citrusy taste on the back of my tongue in addition to the marshmallow.

Flavors: Peach

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I hated tea growing up. Then something wonderful happened.

I was introduced to my first delicious cup of tea in Costa Rica, when my host mother made me a cup of Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason. I was hooked.

Probably because of that first cup, black teas are my favorite. I’ll sometimes go for herbals or fruit teas if they have the right flavor, but usually they feel too weak; I’d rather just eat the fruit itself. A rooibos will almost always get a low rating from me; it’s just not my thing. Green teas are okay if iced or prepared well hot.



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