drank Youthberry by Teavana
89 tasting notes

Today being earth day, it was nice that Starbucks was giving out free brewed coffees and teas if you brought in a reusable mug! I got this but as I suspected, it was bitter. The baristas know it is white tea but they don’t seem trained on the fact that it should be brewed at a lower temperature. Or perhaps they don’t have access to water less than boiling temperature? Furthermore, the tea menu is so inaccessible – you have to get the baristas to rattle off everything they have. Wouldn’t it make more sense to list the choices out on the menu board above? But still much more friendly approachable atmosphere than Teavana – I HATE the Teavana retail store experience with a passion.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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finding myself in hot water again and again…

I grew up in a tea drinking culture, but my parents were seriously hung up on jasmine tea and oolong tea, so I never really had much exposure to other teas. My horizons expanded when I moved to Japan and discovered genmaicha (roasted rice tea aka popcorn tea). after that, I discovered black teas, red teas, and flavoured teas, how different teas could be by the region, processing methods, water used.

Now I can’t get enough of it!

I experiment with different teas, blending them sometimes to see what the outcome would be. I find my tastes to be quite diverse, but run away from the more floral side of things. Tie Kwan Yin is probably the only one that most people seem to enjoy, that I don’t. Otherwise I am game for most teas. Fruity? love it. Smoky? Mmm. Earthy? bring it on! Light and vegetal? keep pouring!


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