Tea #8 from Traveling Tea Box C

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a cilantro fiend. Love the stuff. In fact, I made a batch of pico de gallo only last weekend! When I saw the pineapple and cilantro combination, I have to admit I was more than a little intrigued.

Dry, this blend looks fantastic and fresh. I can’t pick up any pineapple from the smell, but the white tea and a little hint of the cilantro peeks through.

As soon as this steeped up, I could tell I made a mistake in the preparation. I usually add 2tsp of raw sugar to my teas (well, everything except the unflavored greens) but this… wowza. That’s a lot of in-your-face sweetness!

At this point, I’m only getting pineapple. Little to none of the white tea flavors are coming out, and definitely no cilantro. I tried a re-steep, to see if I could find a better balance, but I think this might be a single-steeper.

While it was very much pineapple, it was a sweet way to wind up the day’s tea drinking. I want to be able to pass on as much of this as possible, so I don’t think I’ll be making another cup. It was fun to try, though!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!


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