I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately. When I was in China I was able to sample a lot of home brewed teas from visiting Danas’ relatives homes. They drank only loose leaf tea, mostly oolong teas. They would hand me a cup with a lid on it filled with hot water and tea leaves. Some of the teas were good and some not so good, to my tastes.
When we came home Dana’s father tried to load us up with a 5lb brick of black tea. We had to watch our weight so we instead brought home a 1lb brick. I drank that all last winter not knowing if I was making it right or wrong. I was basically making it like they did in China and throw some leaves in the bottom of the cup. The tea was “ok”. It had a subtle seaweed like taste to it. I got used to it and brewed and drank the whole brick.
Over this past summer I was able to keep my apartment a little cooler and I continued to drink tea. I drank only Lipton, hot and iced. I started to think about that funny tasting black tea I brought home from China. Surely, there had to be a better. Right? I turned to Amazon and found an English Breakfast Black Tea. I started by brewing it in my cup and found that it turned very bitter. So, I started using my french press and the 1st cup was good, but the 2nd cup not so much. At that point, I didn’t know if it was the tea or me.
I dug a little deeper and I found a website called teakruthi. They are based in Sri Lanka and sell a variety of loose leaf teas. My first order was the Organic Orange, a Ceylon black tea; Blissful Harmony, an infusion of black and white teas; and they sent me a free sample of Ceylon Gold, a white tea. I also received 40% off my 1st order. Not a bad deal at all.
Tonight’s tea is the Organic Orange. As you can see in the pictures it lives true to it’s name. I brewed this using my brand new Tea Balls. Yep, that’s what they’re called, tea balls and I’m not ashamed of using them either. I’ll get a little more in depth on my brewing process and even write a review or two. For now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening.
Tonight’s pairing- A mix of Purple Punch from State Flower and Do-Sa-Do from 8|Fold. I’ll start posting about my experiences with the local marijuana dispensaries and their products here in Las Vegas in the near future. Listening to- Dana playing the piano.