I’ve noticed that this one is actually a Keemum tea, and that I probably could have resteeped this sucker, but the leaves are already in the garbage.
I have company coming over, and it’s been pretty hectic, so I just wanted a no nonsense tea to jumpstart me in the morning.
I don’t know what happened to my water, since I started at around 8 oz, but it looks like it disappeared to around 6 oz. Bizarre. That’s never happened before.
I think I’m actually enjoying this the second time around more than the first. My first whiff of this tea, and I immediately though, cocoa! I have no idea where this comes from but even after several inhales I was still smelling a dark chocolate-y, spicy aroma. It almost reminded me of Yogi’s Stress Relief Kava blend, which has an immensely delicious smell if you’ve never had it.
Drinking this, I’m getting a faint hint of cocoa, mixed with a slightly tart taste that’s altogether delicious. This is all layered under a very delicious, robust taste of tea-ness. It’s a bit astringent, but not in a bad way at all.
After re-drinking the Twinings blend the other day, the two are so different that it’s really hard to compare them. Loose leaf is just completely far superior. I can’t even describe it. I think as I drink more of it, I’m appreciating that bold =/= bitter, and that this just damned tastes better. I find that I’m enjoying the act of sipping more than actually drinking, my face warmed by the steam, the aromas drifting up my nose, the flavor hitting my tongue, and the delicious and content feeling I get after I’ve swallowed.
And this is why tea will always be better than coffee to me.