drank Sencha Ariake by Palais des Thés
2930 tasting notes

One of my Christmas treats from my son was a beautifully boxed tasting set from Palais des Thes—all single-origin teas in little metal tubes that scratch the itch to fidget and play with toys. All of these are ones I want to pay attention to, so I took a little attention break after a morning of post-holiday pitching and organizing.

The dry leaves were a delicious, deep pine green and the fresh scent reminded me of the big bowls of peas and green beans Mom would bring in for us to snap and shell. (Shelling peas is the most satisfying sensory experience—you really need to try it once.) Tasted almost exactly the same as its scent, with the addition of a little sweet, woody aftertaste on the tip of the tongue.

I keep forgetting that un-tampered, fresh, unflavored green teas can be really fine. I think I’ll hang on to the rest for a gloomy, freezing winter day when I need a reminder that spring is out there somewhere.

Leafhopper

Shelling (and eating) peas is surprisingly satisfying.

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. Reminds me of lovely childhood summer times.

ashmanra

Shelling field peas and butterbeans until our thumbnails were sore and green underneath…dad always shelled the fastest as hard as we tried to keep up!

Crowkettle

Nothing beats fresh peas and beans, or a fine green tea that mimics those flavours :)

Evol Ving Ness

Also, gmathis, your son has been paying close attention. Well done.

ashmanra

Well done, son! Sounds like a really neat gift!

gmathis

Considering that he calls tea “water with aftertaste,” I thought he did quite well ;) The one exception is an occasional cup of strong peppermint when he’s feeling lousy.

Evol Ving Ness

Very impressive. I suspect he had been well tutored, without even realizing it.

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Leafhopper

Shelling (and eating) peas is surprisingly satisfying.

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. Reminds me of lovely childhood summer times.

ashmanra

Shelling field peas and butterbeans until our thumbnails were sore and green underneath…dad always shelled the fastest as hard as we tried to keep up!

Crowkettle

Nothing beats fresh peas and beans, or a fine green tea that mimics those flavours :)

Evol Ving Ness

Also, gmathis, your son has been paying close attention. Well done.

ashmanra

Well done, son! Sounds like a really neat gift!

gmathis

Considering that he calls tea “water with aftertaste,” I thought he did quite well ;) The one exception is an occasional cup of strong peppermint when he’s feeling lousy.

Evol Ving Ness

Very impressive. I suspect he had been well tutored, without even realizing it.

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Steepster “geezer;” tea barbarian who has no systematic method for storage, preparation, classification, or rating; lover of strong unleaded builders’ tea. Never quite grew up—I cut and glue, play with Legos, design kids’ curriculum, and play with fifth graders every Sunday.

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