Firstly, thank you so much to my dear friends who got all of this cool tea stuff for me while they were travelling in Korea. And since one of them is anxious to know if it is "good enough" for me: Yes, it is an excellent tea. But I am not a tea snob :(
*cue terrible smartphone camera shots* (Yes my brother has practically moved out, so no camera for me)
Although in general, Asians need to chill the **** out when it comes to packaging things like biscuits. Come on guys. Individual wrapping is so unnecessary XD
This tea is so, so asian in my opinion. In fact, I would describe it as a wonderful fusion of the best elements of chinese-style (pan-fried) and japanese-style (steamed) teas! It is a very fruity and sweet cup of tea, and yet also a little bitter and soupy. My friend chose... wisely :P
Bonus: Today happens to be the perfect spring day. Warm and sunny with a light breeze. Nothing could possibly go wrong in this tea session :P
|Yay a tiny tea scoop! Perfect for solo tea sessions!|
|I should get used to using the scoop/s. It's a nice standard|
measure to stick with when I change my teaware (volume, etc.)
Out of the packet, the tea gives off an interesting mix of corn, mint, pineapple... and also durian! Interesting... I am very eager to brew this one!
In terms of taste, the most noteworthy elements are seaweed, wheat/sesame, durian, apricot and chinese almond tea. That last one is very new for me, and falls under the same 'qualia' category as the apricot-y aftertaste I've referred to in the past. The bitterness and thicker mouthfeel that are so characteristic of sencha definitely come through after steeping for 10+ seconds.
All in all, a very enjoyable green tea. I wish there were more online tea stores selling Korean tea because this would add a bit more variety to my rotation. Nevertheless, this is a great introduction to what Korea has to offer in the tea world! I'll keep an eye out for those in the future. :)
And blimey, this bottle is the coolest bottle I've ever seen.
What's that funny thing at the bottom? It holds tea leaves! So it allows me to take tea to uni, and it's really easy to clean later on! :D
And come on - I am not a posh Brit, okay? ;__;