Trying out a new tea

We stopped at the Boise Co-op over the weekend. This is one of the best places in town for new beers, and tea. It's about the only place I can buy my Russian Caravan tea, and I picked up a box. I also bought a cool beer I want to try, but haven't opened it yet. I spotted something interesting, and grabbed a new tea, and it's the subject of this post.

It comes in these strange, pressed, half-balls. Each is individually wrapped in paper. They look like this.

The instructions say each pellet will steep three times, so that was my test. It also has to pass the “grandfather” test. This is where I make it directly in the cup. They said one pellet per eight ounces of water.

I grabbed my 11 ounce Lisa Burton Mug and tried it out.

This one is a little bit strange. It passes the grandfather test, and does not go acrid if it's left in the water. It's that first cup I'm having a hard time getting over. It has a funky after-taste that I can only describe as fishy. It's very slight, but it isn't what I expect from tea.

The surprise is in the second steeping. It qualifies as one of the best teas I've ever had. It has a natural sweetness, and the odd taste is completely gone. The third steeping is equally good. Every cup is very black, and no light passes through it. It's more like coffee in that regard.

I have a theory that it might come across better in a tea pot using more water on the first round. I'll drink all of it, but don't know if I'll buy it again. The strange taste could even be an additive of some kind. Just because it says organic on the tin, doesn't mean they didn't add a preservative to the wrapper.

I'm going to open one before bed and let it air out. That might make a difference too. It's very good – on the second and third steeping. Maybe after I go through half of it, I'll feel differently.

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In other news, tomorrow is my flex day. I want to do a bunch of reading, and cleared some projects tonight to make it easier. I got one Lisa Burton Radio post exchanged with the guest author, and worked through critiques of The Yak Guy Project. I also added a half dozen index cards to an outline I'm dabbling with.

I may wake up Tituba, the sourdough starter tomorrow. I haven't felt much like baking, but it's good to freshen her up and not leave her refrigerated for too long.

Aside from that, I may work on one of my short stories. That project is winding down too, and after I've accomplished my reading I may have an hour.

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29 responses to “Trying out a new tea

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  2. I like that you’re willing to experiment with teas. My palate needs shaking up from time to time and I go for exotic foods or drinks, much to my husband’s dismay. But he’s learned to like a lot of things thanks to my encouragement for him to give new things a try.

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  3. Oo, cute tea. I wonder if the leaves are any good for reading? What did you see?

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  4. Yay for Tituba!!! 🙂

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  5. I’ve seen that in Chinatown before, but never tried. Looked it up though and it does seem like fishiness is a sign of ‘bad fermentation’. My best guess is that the first cup gets the gross stuff out and the second and third only have the good.

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    • Good to know. I’ve never heard of it before, and Joey said she had some like it once too. Made it before I logged on this morning, from one I aired out. No fish today.

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      • Sounds like that’s the way to go. The ‘fish’ smell might come from the wrapping then. I can’t help, but think about the time I tried to make miso soup at home. That was a fish smell to beat all fish smells. Glad to hear yours can be fixed.

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  6. I had a fishy tea once when I visited someone’s house. It turned me right off, I couldn’t even finish the cup. Didn’t feel well after, either. I wonder if you’re onto something with the wrapper, and I want to know if airing it out solves it. It’d be a shame to pour out the first cup every time, even if the second cup is delicious.

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  7. Those second and third cups sound good but I don’t think I could get through the first cup. I’m off today and headed out with hubby to run errands (I’ve got to visit the Apple store for a problem with the bluetooth sync on my iPhone). It’s about 40 minutes away in a nice mall…and it has a tea store. I’ll have to check out the selections after reading this post. Enjoy your flex day!

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  8. Fishy? Oh God no. I’m way too particular with my tea to deal with an after-taste, especially one that’s “fishy.” Yuck.

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  9. As a tea connoisseur (my drug of choice) I’m fascinated … please report further on your experiments. 😀

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  10. I love teas of all kind and I have to say that I’ve never seen tea in pellets like that one. Glad the second and third steeping tasted better than the first.

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  11. Sounds like somebody wrapped your tea after a sushi lunch. I would use the first cup to water the plants. If the second and third are okay you’re good.

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  12. I’d follow John’s advice!

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  13. Wow! nice article 🙂 If you are interested in the art of tea check out my blog 🙂 https://infuzed.net/2017/05/03/essential-guide-for-tea-brewing/

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