I decided to finish the remainder of the sample of this tea this afternoon. Last time I used water at 195° but, in hopes of getting more of a higher, floral note out of it, I’m doing this batch at 175°.
And oh yes, that was a good decision. Apparently, twenty degrees lower makes this tea rich, heavy and super duper buttery. It’s insanely full-flavor but with an overall very dark flavor profile. There are no high or floral notes like what I was looking for, but the flavor is so full that I just don’t care. There’s some vegetable flavor – something green that I’m pretty sure most kiddies wouldn’t want to eat – but it isn’t a vegetables-boiled-in-water-vegetable. Instead, it’s more pickled vegetable but with no actual pickle flavor, just the fuller, spicy flavor that comes with pickles when compared to the non-pickled vegetable counterpart.
This tea is much more interesting now and so I’m finally feeling confident enough to rate it. Shoot, I might have to go and buy some, too.