1983 Tasting Notes
This was very light (and I mean v-e-r-y; prep recommends a tablespoon and I had to turn the bag inside out to make a full teaspoon) and cereally. First verbal imprint when I tasted was “rice water.” Had I made it properly, though, probably would’ve been a nice variety for those who prefer green tea that tastes less green.
Vintage. Tucked what was left in the storage-tub-o’-tins that survived the Great Unpleasantness, so I have a seasonal bit left to enjoy. This is one flavor permuation ago, so it truly is more pumpkin-y than chai-y. That and the fact that I truly don’t know how old it is. Still mild and nice with a little half and half.
Proof that old teas never die, they just … grow a little less steep?
Friend gave my teenager a bag of this and he asked me to steep it for him; since I’m still trying to win him over to the tea side, I did so with great care to time, temp, and taste. Zen is consistently light and nice, but I wondered if it would be a good first experience with green tea for a newbie.
He drank it all to humor me and the tea-giver, but commented, “It pretty much just tastes like water with an asterisk.”
Oh, well, I’ll keep trying.
My favorite Monk’s Blend is the Metropolitan/Mlesna version from Culinary Teas. This one is still really good, but the vanilla/grenadine flavoring is almost a little … syrupy? (Duh—grenadine is syrup, yes?) Anyway, it was strong enough I could dump in a half teaspoon of mate leaves without much flavor deterioration at at all.
First, there are several Tealiciouses out there; I believe this little sample chased me all over southwest Missouri from … Singapore, maybe? So if I’ve pulled the wrong vendor information into the tea info, apologies.
This is a nice, fruity black tea that, since I’ve never consciously bitten into a fresh papaya (I don’t count dried ones that show up in my trail mix), I’m not sure how accurate it is on flavor. Reminds me of apricots. Pineapple … I’ll just have to take their word for it; I’m not picking up much at all. I have yet to encounter a pinappley tea that was.
No instructions on the little packet I have, so I did your basic flavored black time and temp, and it came out a little bit bitter, but not undrinkable. Thinking this would be good and refreshing iced.
Ever notice that tea just tastes better in the fall, and twice as good from a rocking chair on a Sunday morning when you don’t have to hurry?
I’m aiming to drink up scraps in hope-hope-hope-hope of getting to pack up my tea drawer in a few weeks and move it to a home, not a camping place, but I am going to be sorry to see this one go. I’ve never tasted a tea with such a neat cocoa-fruity balance. Definitely on my order-for-real list. In significant quantities :)
As I posted elsewhere, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12). Here’s to the other side of the comma for all of you today.