This is my first experience with this blend, so this tea and I are just getting to know each other.
I will also say that vanilla teas are one of my most favourite things and that being the case, I take every opportunity to drink the ones which I find to be delicious. So yes, I have high hopes that this one is one that I start the day thinking about.
One of my favourite vanilla teas has big hunks of Tahitian vanilla bean in the leaf and this is the scent that I inhale when I plunge my face into that bag and inhale.
This leaf is a far more gentle delicate beast and the scent is more that of vanilla extract. Delicate and thin rather than the deep sensuality of the bean.
My first few sips were quite astringent, but thankfully, the tea mellows as it cools a bit.
Delicious. Not what I had expected or had hoped for, but delicious.
Maybe I have mentioned that I do mindfulness meditation. One of the things is to check into what is rather than what you expect or what you hope for, ie. to let go of the judging mind. It’s been many many many months of practice and it’s hard to shake that habit of well, it’s just not what I thought it was going to be.
Hurray for blenders who experiment with standards that people have pretty fixed ideas about.
And hurray for tea drinkers who experiment and stay open-minded. Flexibility is, after all, good for the brain. And probably good for the rest of us too.
Evol climbs down from soapbox.
Ok, that’s what I’ve got so far. To be continued.