drank Organic Wakoucha by Zerama Tea
17 tasting notes

An extremely dynamic tea with a lot of character – some of it brash, some of it charming, like a precocious youth.

The highlight is the dry leaf aroma of cereal milk, Special K Red Berries cereal, strawberry milk, freeze dried raspberries, and Grape Nuts. Malty, fruity, creamy, strong and delicious.

The wet leaf is more floral and spicy: lilies, clover, fresh alfalfa, lily pad, big yellow sunflowers with thick green stalks. The liquor is deep brick red-brown and luminous, with aroma of strawberries, cereal, and milk.

The taste is surprisingly vegetal and floral at first, with less fruit and sweetness than expected. Cooked spinach, bran flakes, yellow sunflowers in a field, lilies, steamed broccoli, Corn Flakes with milk, vanilla pod, lily pad, and mild tobacco. The flavor really mellows out by the 3rd steep and loses its vegetal edge, becoming all malty cereal notes with black pepper: Corn Flakes in whole milk with cracked black pepper, yellow sunflowers, and Grape Nuts. After that rollercoaster of flavors and aromas, we landed somewhere calm and comforting.

This tea has personality, that’s for sure, and its enthusiasm is charming, if not always smooth. In retrospect, I enjoyed the journey.

Flavors: Broccoli, Floral, Lily, Malty, Milk, Raspberry, Spinach, Strawberry, Wheat

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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