2023 An Ode to Tea – A
Since I have mostly finished the prompts for February, yet feel I’m behind on sipdowns so far for the year, I thought I’d do an alphabet challenge for a lightning round of sipdowns (despite needing to get other things done, but oh well.) I’m also behind on reading tasting notes again. Here we go!
I received this in a teabox long ago. So I THOUGHT this would be a sipdown but I’m very happy I didn’t shove all of the leaves into the infuser because WOW these leaves are like sugar! They really mean to only use a couple leaves! They look like a wiry oolong but the flavor is simply sugar. Almost cloying. No, definitely cloying. But that was from using more than the recommended amount. The second steep was also very sweet, with a touch of “green” flavor to the leaves. Supposedly no caffeine in these leaves. I wish tea companies would use this to sweeten their tea once in a while, rather than fake sugars. Honestly, it would only need probably one leaf in a teaspoon, though I’m not sure if the issue would then be the even dispersal of ingredients in a pouch of tea. (How about these big leaves finely chopped to get an even dispersal? hmm.) I’m glad I got to try this weird leaf!
Steep #1 // around 1 teaspoon for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min steep