My daughter just started her first day of 4th grade today in a new school. The really cool thing about that is the school is a block from our house so we were able to walk her there and she will be able to walk home. Pretty neat and exciting.
To celebrate this event, I decided I needed a complex and possibly special tea. I chose this one. I was really torn on whether to gong fu or western brew this. I went with gong fu.
8g is more than I would normally use but there was a large pecan in there so I figured I should put a little more in to balance it out. The first steep went 30 seconds. I decided not to do a rinse because I didn’t want to wash out any of the flavors. The first steep is a light hazelnut brown. The liquid is slightly thin but creamy with hints of vanilla and… is that… raisins? Almost reminds me of a very light/faint custard. There is also hints of nut as well. Really good preview of what will hopefully come out more in the next few steeps.
Before the second steep (30 seconds) I put my nose in the leaves and the brewed liquid and took a sniff. The leaves smelled like a perfect blend of puerh and an earthy black tea. The liquid was a bit more puerh but with some vanilla notes. The flavor of the liquid on this steep is much more puerh with earthiness and a hint of vanilla.
3rd steep, 45 seconds The leaves are… woodsy. Wet wood is what comes to mind. Maybe like a vanilla oak. I’m not 100% sure but that is what popped in my mind. The liquid is a bit thinner so perhaps I should have upped that time but the good news is that it is smooth and more vanilla and nut has returned.
4th steep, 1 minute. Talk about your rookie mistakes. I didn’t see until after I poured the water from my electric kettle that it had shut off and the water was reading out at about 190 degrees. Weeellll… let’s see what happened, shall we? Interestingly, the black tea flavor seems to stand out a bit more alongside the vanilla and nut.
I’ll stop the review here because I need to attend to other things however, I can say that this is a fun and flavorful tea.
I actually am going to use it as one of my tea pairings for this months book club. We are reading Furiously Happy. It is a woman’s take on her different mental conditions by using humor. It has both very real and heartfelt entries and also very humorous entries. I think the Dark Kitchen Sink will go well with some of the darker sides of mental illness addressed in the book.
Flavors: Custard, Earth, Nuts, Raisins, Vanilla, Wet Wood