My box from teabento arrived a while ago, but since I was between homes, while staying at a friend’s house in her absence, I was a bit here and there, so I wanted to wait to open my box of samples until I was firmly established back at home. And so, here I am.
First of all, I must say that I adore teabento’s website: really nicely designed, great images and tea descriptions, and easy to navigate.
Also, I’d like to mention that my interaction with my teabento person was delightful. If that continues to be the flavour of their customer service, they are most definitely on the right path.
This tea is the first packet I’ve opened. My packet contained enough tea for two efforts at steeping and sampling on two separate occasions.
The scent of the leaf in the packet is plum and earth. Intoxicating. The plum scent continues with steeping.
The dry leaf is long, spindly, and quite beautiful. It is wiry leaf, so it tends to leap out of your measuring spoon. I measured likely more than half of the packet into my western style steeper and steeped briefly.
My first sip, though I had let the tea sit a short while after steeping, was a bit astringent, to my surprise. The plum and earth flavours became richer as the tea cooled, adding a gentle sweetness. The closer to the bottom of my cup I get, the more enjoyable this tea becomes with more stone fruit emerging.
The second and third steeps continue the plum, honey, and stone fruit.
All in all, a nice enjoyable tea.
Thank you, teabento, for generously sharing this with me to sample.
Flavors: Earth, Honey, Plum