This week, it’s all about getting outside old tea habits. I never have mild tea in the morning, I need my fix of strong black fuel! Just thought it would be fun to see what I can extract from more “zen teas” early in the morning!
This is the second Wild Arbor pu’erh I try, the first being Mandala’s.
I’m using the glass Test Tube to brew. It’s so beautiful to watch those pinecone shaped buds do their dance.
This is like drinking pine sap. I find a lot more piney notes than in the Mandala version. Also, it’s not as sweet. I remember Mandala’s tasting like sweet maple water.
Because this type of tea it is so light, it requires a lot more leaf to make a flavourful cup.
I had to let it steep much longer on the 3rd steep.
It smells and tastes like steamed asparagus this time around.
It’s one of those that I find very hard to describe cause it’s nature like. A little earthy, and savoury.
A quality I also really appreciate is that fresh finish, like sweet and cool spearmint.
It gave me a good 7 steeps in the Test Tube.
I conclude that this tea requires a much stronger brew than suggested. I am also glad it tastes very different than the other one I own.
And though this will never replace my beloved black morning tea, it did provide a nice energizing warming feeling inside.