After almost a year away I am going to try to make a go at continuing to share my journey with tea. I haven’t stopped drinking tea and my passion is still there, it is just that after over 12 years my tastes have refined and I don’t do as much experimentation as I once did. I still dabble and will try something new and different but it has slowed down. Each Spring does bring excitement and subtle variation in old favorites but that doesn’t always translate to exciting writing. I’m going to try to cover exactly what I am drinking, both the high-end and the low-end even if it is something I may have covered in the past. We’ll see how it goes!
The unfortunate tea situation in most offices is tragic. A few forlorn Lipton packets of unknown vintage are normally about it, so you can imagine my (slight) delight when this assortment showed up!
Sure, they’re not the finest teas from China or Japan but they are better than nothing when stuck in a meeting. My first selection was the Papaya Green Tea. I was completely happy with it! It was naturally flavored and the papaya is a very mellow undercurrent on top of a passable green tea. The papaya is very well represented and tastes exactly like papaya should, very subtly sweet and a mild peach/pineapple/tomato flavor. Together it works quite well. Bently’s has always been a decent teabag and I regularly stock their Mango White Tea at home which I really enjoy. It seems they have a knack for getting the flavored tea angle right and balanced and while it won’t blow your mind with complexity, it will get you through that next board meeting.
Well, again on the design kick, I found some really innovative tea packaging by a company called WDARU. I’m not sure if it is just a design exercise or if they are really commercially available but the idea is pretty cool. Each tea bag is topped with a character that has it’s arms outstretched like reclining in a hot tub which makes for a neat look to your cuppa. They have packs like a schoolbus full of kids, or a swimming pool filled with people, and even a christmas tree themed pack. Great concept. Click the image to go to WDARU’s page for more.
I know, I know, I’ve been covering a lot of low-quality stuff lately but for one reason or another it has been in my cup. I bought a box of FooJoy Bo Nay, Puer, today as part of a gift to a family member who likes Thai iced tea. I didn’t need the whole box for the gift so I sampled some. I steeped the basic teabag in boiling water for about 2 minutes. The aroma was very reminiscent of quality cooked puer, and amazingly the flavor was also very close! It isn’t as bold or strong and it isn’t overly complex but all of the basics are there and even a bit more. It has a lightly earthy base and some hints of camphor which is a sought-after characteristic of very good puer.
It is very enjoyable on its own and it makes a great Thai iced tea with the addition of some simple syrup and good shot of half and half. Quite possibly the best inexpensive puer you can buy so rather than buying those horrid little mini-tuo cha or even larger $1 Asian market tuos hoping to find a winner this is a sure thing.