drank 2018 Censers by white2tea
70 tasting notes

I had this last night as an attempt to tone down the caffeine intake. I should really try to limit my vespertine pu-erh adventures but mornings and I just don’t get along. But back to tea… and what a tea this is.

Opening my taster pack right off the bat I get blasted by a powerful floral bouquet. For the strength alone I get the analogy with censers. But I guess this is also where I draw the line for this comparison. In my mind incense is inherently tied to smoky and resinous notes which I can’t find in the tea. The liquor has a bright yellow golden straw color which does darken a bit as I go. The taste has the same floral oomph.

A summer meadow with bales of hay, still slightly green. The sun is high in the sky and the heated grass and wild flowers release their intoxicating sweet aroma in the air. You can hear the busy bees buzzing about and can almost taste the wild flower honey – the fruit of their endless dance. It’s summer still and the chestnut trees in the distance are still a pleasant deep green, offering their shadow to the weary traveler. Come autumn the forest will be ablaze in yellow, red and ocher, and you’ll return here treasure hunting for the shiny brown chestnuts. Your mouth waters with the memory of last year’s sablés à la châtaigne fresh out of the oven. Close your eyes and breathe in the warm fragrant air. You are at peace.

Flavors: Chestnut, Floral, Green, Hay, Honey, Nutty, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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