Sampler Sipdown September! So my best friend sent me a package that arrived from San Jose yesterday… at first I was quite scared, “No Todd, no tea, I’m trying to get rid of some tea right now!” but he assured me it was “tea-related, but not tea.” I thought it must be teaware, then, but he said it wasn’t teaware, either. That just left me stumped. If you know anything about me, I’m a huge otaku (excessive fan) not only of tea, but things related to Japan/Japanese culture, and he found me a doujinshi (indie comic) of cute manga-style girls personifying tea. There is an Earl Grey, Keemun, Orange Pekoe, etc. If you are curious, I’ve found a review with some scans of it located here: https://plastic-pleasures.com/2013/06/27/doujinshi-review-ruellia-tea-garden-by-phanky-berry-beats/
I’ve actually tried all the teas featured in it except a straight Orange Pekoe, so that’s what I’m drinking today! My T2 sampler stash had one, so that is what I put in my work thermos. The leaves were long and full, and I think most of the other Ceylon teas I’ve tried in the past were always CRC and in blends.
This is actually pretty nice. It has a nice malty flavor, but the finish reminds me slightly of autumn leaves and citrus, which goes nicely with the season. It has a nice medium body, and is smoother than I was expecting; there is some slight astringency on the back of the tongue after the sip, but no bitterness while drinking. It’s hitting the spot as a simple black tea after-lunch pick-me-up; I have no complaints.
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Citrus, Malt