5 Tasting Notes
Could it really be? Is my palette getting more refined? I just bought a box of this, and for the first time, I am slightly disappointed with a green tea. Maybe I botched it — I used the hot nozzle on my work’s Sparkletts water cooler. Amateur? Yes. Easy? Fo’ sheezy. Maybe it’s because I’ve had loose tea, though I haven’t had it enough to know the difference for certain. Any ideas?
And is there ANY bagged tea that tastes as good as loose tea?
Regardless, my next purchase will be loose. My jeans may be tight and my women may be proper, but it’s looking like I prefer my tea loose. We’ll see.
I think once a person goes loose they tend to have preconcieved notions (and bad ones at that) about bagged tea either subconciously or intentially. I wonder how we’d do in a blind taste test. There’s good tea and there’s bad tea- most of the time I think has little to do w/ the steeping method and more w/ the quality/flavor profile and steeping parameters… although prepackaged tea can make getting the leaf:water ratio perfect.
Green tea can be good in a bag, too. MUJI japan sells really cheap green tea in bags that is delicious! When brewed correctly, at least. I don’t mean to put down non-asian companies that attempt green tea, but when looking for tasty green, authentic asian more often delivers. And remember to not use boiling water for green tea; it makes it turn brown and bitter.
Finally. This is the first non-bag, non-Bigelow tea I’ve ever tried. It was wonderful! It’s the first tea I had my family try, using the Adagio UtiliTEA Kettle I bought them for Christmas, and I just might have converted these coffee-and-soda-drinkers to a healthier lifestyle. Thank you, Adagio, for potentially extending the lives of my loved ones.
Because of my incredibly satisfying first foray into non-bag tea, I am giving this tea the highest rating possible. Maybe one day I will look back at this tea and scoff at my naivete, with the disdain of a runway model toward her high school yearbook photos, but until that day, ignorance is bliss.