New Tasting Notes
When I was growing up, my family drank tea and coffee, both with milk, about 50-50, but I only ever drank coffee. A few years ago, I gave up coffee almost completely and found white tea, and then green tea. I still don’t go in for black teas all that much, and I hardly ever drink tea with milk.
This tea is an exception. Steep in boiling water for at least five minutes, add milk and honey, and on days like today when the cold fingers of winter first reach out to touch us I don’t miss the flavoured lattes that used to be my favourite during the colder months.
I bought this on a whim, initially finding the concept a bit strange, as Vanilla Bean was something I had always associated with coffee beverages. I found it a different and interesting experience, but overall a pleasurable drink. I was a bit disappointed by how few times I could re-steep, but this certainly did not detract from the novelty of this tea.
Brewed a cup this morning with a splash of milk and a two teaspoons of sugar. I really should be more generous with tea leaves, I’m always too stingy with them.
It’s loose leaf tea (of questionable quality) that I bought a while ago from a grocery store, and I’m pretty sure it’s ancient. Always a gold bag, and always masala chai, it’s kind of funny.
The first time I bought Gunpowder from The Tea Place, it tasted so smoky that I had to let the dry leaf sit for a couple of months before it wasn’t overwhelming. I’m told that Gunpowder isn’t supposed to be smoky, and when I tried Acquired Taste’s version, it wasn’t. This time, the Tea Place Gunpowder has only a mild smokiness. Not sure if that’s because it had been hanging around at the shop for a while. In any case, it’s good!