7 Tasting Notes
I had this tea made for me at the DavidsTEA at the mall using the free tea coupon my sister had given me.
I had had this tea before – in the advent calendar – so I was aware of its issue. You have to steep it forever. After 5 minutes it has an aroma, but the flavour is weak until you’ve steeped it for 10+. Luckily, my tea stayed hot for a nice long time and when I finally drank it it had a nice mild flavour I could enjoy.
I don’t think I would ever by this tea though. It’s quite heavily, I feel like I’d end up using a lot of tea per cup and the flavour obtained is mild.
Flavors: banana, Nuts
This is one of my morning staples. I brew it according to directions – 1.25tsp/240mL, 96C, 4-7 minutes and it always comes out great. I drink it with milk but you need to be careful because too much milk waters out the flavours. I will brew the leaves a second time and find that it quite drinkable a second time around.
This witty little creature sits on the edge of your cup and brews away. Definitely best for teas that don’t expand too much as he’s not the voluminous – especially if you’re like me and like to make large cups!
He’s also good for larger tea pots – just throw him in and he’ll float just like a real manatee.
Made out of silicone, he can be tricky to empty into a compost bin but is simple to clean out with water.
What I like about this tea is that you can brew it to match your mood. For work, I would brew this tea with two butterflies to a large coffee mug (probably 12oz). Here at home, I use half the recommended amount – 1.25tsp to 480mL.
The tea is floral and heavily scented upon a first steeping. The second steeping is weak but drinkable.