by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
Howdy, humans! Your fave teapot here reporting on a total of 10 tea samples from our good friends at JAS-eTea.com. They’re “branching out” (har, I am a punny teapot… TOOOOOT!) beyond their usually line-up of such premium teas as ripe pu-erhs and Spring pre-Qing Ming green and white teas into the very popular and every widening area of flavored teas and tea blends. This was quite a marathon tasting session done over the 3-day Memorial Day weekend. And so you don’t get too overwhelmed by it all, I have encouraged my ‘she’ human (who helps me type up and post things) to split it into 3 posts.
The First Batch – Three Teas
#1 – Mountain High Ceylon Tea – A blend of premium Ceylon black teas from the gardens of Sri Lanka. Makes us kinda glad that terrible coffee rust disease made some room for tea plants on that island nation! Well, almost (I never like to celebrate such things but salute the brave humans who soldiered on). This tea is mild in fragrance, pleasant, and that’s true in the cup, too. My humans loved it both straight and with a little milk and sweetener. Seems like a great elevenses tea (a British tradition: stop what you’re doing around 11am and have a bracing cuppa – sounds so civilized!) or even for Afternoon Tea or the modern version of High Tea (the fancy kind, not the workman’s dinner).
#2 – Garden Wonder Black Tea – Assam black orthodox style tea from a small, rather obscure tea garden that seems to be on everyone’s radar all of a sudden (you humans do that a lot where something is suddenly very popular). It’s the Banaspaty garden. Low output but high quality. The folks at JAS-eTea apparently got a hold of some of the best. My humans got that goofy look on their faces (sort of like they were floating on a Cloud 9 of pleasure) when taking that first whiff from the package. And the best thing is that there was no bitterness (the leaves were infused a full 5 minutes using boiling water) and it was strong enough for milk! “Holy teapots, Batman!” (as Robin would say in that old TV series). Almost makes me want to start rating teas again (I had a scale of 1 to 5 teapots, with 5 being best, and would have to give this a “50”!). My guess is this will be a breakfast favorite in our house while the supply lasts.
#3 – Rose Bouquet Black Tea – One of the flavored teas in that batch of 10. This is an orthodox black tea blend (to get those flavors balanced) with real rose petals and natural flavoring. My humans were oohing and aahing all over the house (but thankfully no drooling took place) and even did a bit of a jig. This was a total surprise since they did not react this way to any other rose flavored teas they’d tried over the years. In fact, it was usually the opposite (as in running to hide in a closet).
So far, so good! Looks like JAS-eTea.com is on a winning streak here. We’ll see if that holds up in the next batch.
Thanks for reading and have a great day and remember to be kind to your teapots. TOOOOOT!
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text