drank Thyme Leaf Tea by Buddha Teas
1411 tasting notes

I’m glad my aunt likes to buy teabags. Every time I come over she has something new in her drawer. I don’t have to think twice about spending $8 on individually sealed bags of herbs in a fancy box ;P Too lazy to figure out dollar per gram and compare it my favorite caffeinated true teas.

I used to hate thyme. And I think that’s because I wasn’t raised eating food prepared with fresh herbs or anything fresh and green at all. The supermarket spice aisle is the unforeseen disappointment to all little herbs and spices that grow up believing they’re destined for something a bit more — grand — like getting cozy inside a meat cave and giving all the oils they can muster to help flavor a birdbrain tied up and arranged on a metal grate to elicit such delighted response when the meat cave is pulled out of a heat cave — What a beautiful bird!

Alright, thyme, you have my attention.

My aunt brewed one bag in a huge coffee mug for me right before I passed out with a belly full of food at my now-normal 7pm. I woke up for today at, what, 2am and downed the cold mug. This little bag is powerful stuff! Absolutely the freshest dried thyme I’ve ever had. That potent thyme mintiness felt great in my chest and sinuses as I’m ridding the remnants of a cold. Savory.

Idk. For a teabag filled with herbs to induce my goofybrain as above, I’m inclined to buy a box. It is cheaper than what I’ve spent on my other favorite tisanes.

Flavors: Mint, Thyme

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

Personal Rating Scale:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s pu’er, I likely think it needs more age.

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