I once knew a person from Burma – we learned German together. Though I can’t remember her first name, I remember that her last name was Laden (she had a hard time traveling internationally). I keep hoping that the flavor of this tea will remind me more about her, or what she told me about Myanmar – but I haven’t had much luck so far.
This tea is one that defies expectations. I expected the dry tea to be dusty and feathery like a bagged tea, but instead found beautiful, tiny tea pellets that reminded me of miniature gunpowder tea. Then, I assumed the brewed liquor would be a dark brown or black, but was surprised by its rich, ruby red. On my first sip, I thought that I had at least predicted the flavor accurately, since I tasted the satisfying bitterness of a Twinings bagged tea, but the further into the cup I drank, the more I tasted an unexpected, fruity complexity.
All in all, this tea has definitely made me curious about the rest of my recently arrived What-Cha order – mostly consisting of a Burma, Nepal, and Darjeeling “Discovery Collection”.