drank Gunpowder by thepuriTea
862 tasting notes

Entire sample steeped in 500 ml. of water in the Breville at below parameters.

This was a free sample that thePuritea included with my last order. I really liked the smell of this until the boyfriend mentioned it smelled like hamster food and then that was all I smelled, grrr. Once steeped the smell still lingers, but there is an additional hay-ish note in the taste. This is quite a brothy and savory tea.

It’s not necessarily minty, but its’ after taste is. By that I mean the mouth-cooling you get when you inhale after having mint is there, but the taste of mint is not. I can see why this is the base for Moroccan Mint – it exaggerates the cooling effects of the spearmint.

Honestly, I’m not too much of a fan of the tricks being played on my palate. It probably doesn’t help matters that I’m not the biggest fan of mint, either. It was nice to try, but I won’t be ordering more of it.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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