502 Tasting Notes
The dry leaf of this tea is deceptively mild… I dumped a bunch of it into my brewer, thinking that it was gonna be a weak tea. I waited the prescribed 4 minutes, then popped the top of the brewer for a sniff…
And then got WHACKED in the face by the scent of the steeped liquor. It brought tears to my eyes! VERY strong!!
I’m getting mint, mint, more mint, and a dash of earth. Which is then swallowed up by mint.
I let this one go stale, unfortunately… I overleafed to compensate, but I didn’t really get much flavor until it cooled considerably. It’s not a super flavorful and complex tea to begin with, so I guess it doesn’t bother me too much that it’s past its prime. It’s earthy and familiar and vegetal, light and beautiful to watch steep. Chinese teas have a mysterious, quiet, artistic presence. Tea with a purpose other than to caffeinate the drinker. They evoke and awaken certain feelings.
Drinking this particular one makes me sad, although I am 100% certain that that wasn’t the intent of the blendmaster.
I got it on my very last weekend in college, so just opening the bag and inhaling the dry leaf transported me right back to that day, the sadness, fear, and also strange exhilaration of graduating looming over my head as I made the purchase. Maybe that’s why I went so long without drinking it— I didn’t want to be reminded of the cozy little tearoom where I bought it, or of the friend I was with, whom I haven’t seen for a while.
I think my memories associated with this tea flavored my cup today more than the leaves themselves.
Managed to get 25 minutes of cardio in this morning! I hated every minute of it, but MAN do I feel good now.
No need for coffee this morning, thanks to the happy endorphins, so I’m jumping right in with this creamy, nutty, and oddly robust blend. It’s the total package in terms of a morning wakeup tea.
I picked this up at Shaw’s, along with a Ingenui-Tea teapot from Adagio tea.
The teapot is ridiculously convenient and awesome, and this tea is great too! It’s a cheaper version of Tiesta Tea’s Fireberry blend, basically. It is sweet and berrylicious. Tastes like a cup of healthy goodness, and it is both responsible socially (being organic) and hibiscus-wise. ;)
Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos
I always seem to come back to this tea. I love it, in all its crappy corporate glory.
It does actually manage to taste good… Smooth and subtly fruity. Low maintenance. Ideal for work. I more than likely will finish the box, forget about it for a year, and then buy a new box and enjoy it again for its consistency and light, inoffensive flavor.
Today when I made this, I get toasted coconut, sweet plum, and vanilla. Last time I made it, I could taste licorice, but today I gave it a shorter steep time.
Yummmm! This is one blend by Zhena’s that hasn’t let me down. Trying to sip down this sampler set from them.
Flavors: Coconut, Plums, Vanilla