drank Shizuku Gyokuro by Kettl
7 tasting notes

This is my mood booster of choice. The moment I open the bag, my mouth waters in anticipation. At this point, it really is Pavlovian. The first steep is my favorite, which isn’t always the case with other gyokuro. The green of the liquor is soft and elegant. Tastes of pine and fresh greens (you know, the artisanal stuff Keller prolly has grown at The French Laundry) with a floral finish that lingers. The theanine-caffeine combo is almost instantaneous in effect. I am invariably blissed out after. The spent leaves make an excellent tea leaf salad.

Flavors: Cucumber, Gardenias, Pine, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet

140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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To paraphrase a half-remembered comment I read once on someone’s blog post:

“With all the tea I drink I don’t know where I am most of the time.”

Wuyishan and High Mountain oolongs. Matcha and aged whites. Sheng and shou. Also, bubble tea and rose tisane. Nothing ‘dank.’

My tea brewing methods are flighty and deeply idiosyncratic.

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