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I love mexican food. Like, it’s my favorite food on earth and I could live off of tacos. Or refried beans. Or cheese dip and guacamole and salsa. Cilantro, consequently, is one of my favorite flavors. Being that pineapple is one of my favorite fruits, this tea is combination of things I love and therefore could not be passed by.

The only thing I’m not sure about is the Bai Mu Dan base. White teas are so gentle that it seems like I miss a lot of their nuances. They are usually just weakly flavored water. I’m hoping that this will be different.

Steep notes: 2.5 g tea, 500 ml water, below parameters in the Breville.

The dry leaf smells FUNKY. There’s pineapple but it smells unnatural somehow. Maybe like candies or dried? Who knows, it may be the cilantro. But someone else mentioned the weird smell and the tea went on to be okay so I’m hoping that will be the case with me.

And it is! The hot water has made the leaf smell much more natural. I mostly get pineapple but there is some cilantro note hovering in the background. Mostly it’s a kind of generic clean herby smell, rather than specifically cilantro.

The flavor is much the same – light and clean. Sweet pineapple, fresh herbs and a light base that I don’t really taste. Thats good though – it doesn’t overwhelm the herb or fruit flavor this way. As it cools more of a creaminess is evident in both the scent and taste, and the cilantro comes to the forefront while the pineapple recedes a bit.

Amazing. A white tea that I really like, and a nice light tea that I could see myself drinking hot in summer, even. I’ll try it iced too, but this really is light enough that it’s cooling even when served warm, if that makes any sense. I have a feeling this one will go fast!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
momo

ugh every time I see a note on this, I want to try it but I’m terrified because cilantro tastes bad to me. It sounds soooo good otherwise.

Kittenna

Haha, I think it might have been me who mentioned a funky smell to the dry leaf. It kind of smelled like feet. But yeah, not in the flavour at all. Beware though, if you’re going to do a second infusion, do it sooner rather than later. Funky smell may return with a vengeance.

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momo

ugh every time I see a note on this, I want to try it but I’m terrified because cilantro tastes bad to me. It sounds soooo good otherwise.

Kittenna

Haha, I think it might have been me who mentioned a funky smell to the dry leaf. It kind of smelled like feet. But yeah, not in the flavour at all. Beware though, if you’re going to do a second infusion, do it sooner rather than later. Funky smell may return with a vengeance.

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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