So, this was my first tea of 2019!
It’s not so much that I picked this specifically for my first tea – but I know I wanted to have something compressed and drink it Gong Fu because I usually like my “firsts” to have some sort of symbolic meaning. In this case, I’d like it to hopefully be representative of more of a shift towards drinking larger amounts of straight and traditional teas at home instead of just at work.
Apart from that, I chose this because I’ve owned this cake for like three years and never touched it & based on reviews it seemed like it would be acceptably with the champagne infused cheddar I had also purchased to start the year off with.
Around nine or ten steeps in total; and a hefty amount of cheese also consumed throughout the session. I did find that the tea wasn’t super “stand out” in terms of flavour; not anything wrong with it but I feel like I’ve also just had far better offerings from White2Tea in terms of the white teas that they carry. I found it fairly sweet and floral, with some stonefruit-like fruity elements in the undertones becoming more prominent throughout the session. I think I just wanted more “life” and brightness to the tea’s profile overall.
Cheese was also really good, though I didn’t find that the “champagne” in it was all too strong/clear. As tasty as it was, I felt like maybe it was more gimmicky and meant to rope people into buying it specifically for the thematic tie ins for NYE – just like it did for me.
I’m a sucker for a well put together symbolic gesture/theme.