Mar. 7th, 2016

okrablossom: jasmine tea blossom open in mug (tea blossom)
Taking a leaf [get it? leaf?] from Yoon's tea reports, I thought I'd let you know how all that tea buying went.

So far, the most wonderful surprise has been the Thai Tea from MarketSpice. It's amazing. It does not taste like take-out Thai Tea to me but it has an amazing aroma and a wonderful, warm taste. I have mostly drunk it hot, with a tablespoon of sweetened, condensed milk stirred in.

The most disappointing is Adagio's Decaf Raspberry. The scent is wonderful but the tea tastes tepid even when hot. Perhaps all decaf black teas are this way—I haven't noticed it with the Ministry of Tea's ginger peach decaf—so I should stick with green and tisanes when I want less caffeine.

My last leaf comment is this: do you know what sunflowers, potatoes, coffee, and mint are currently all having in common? The first flower from their lineage has been found in Mid-Tertiary Dominican amber. I can't get access to the paper itself, sadly, so it won't be going up as a poem for my Patreons, but I wanted to share it nonetheless.

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