Yesterday, after the 16-inches of snow had been plowed and the cars de-iced, I settled in with a pot of Gyokuro Imperial from Teavana.
I had been putting off trying this green tea since October, the day I purchased it at the Teavana store at the Mall of America, simply because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it.
I realize that the above may sound quite absurd, but I tend to not be a big fan of green tea. Yet, I really do want to like it.
Of course, my familiarity with green tea is quite limited. I’ve only had two loose green teas my entire life, both of which I surprisingly liked: English Tea Store’s Jasmine with Flowers and Pinhead Gunpowder.
Despite this agreeable encounter, however, my aversion to green tea continued to linger. I’m not sure of the primary cause, but I seem to dread the greens.
Although, my recent scare (drove to work in a bizzard and almost went into the ditch several times) seemed to have given me the chutzpah to finally give the Gyokuro Imperial a try.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the flavor in my cup; it was quite vegetal tasting. But then the flavor started to grow on me, the creamy finish certainly helped.
The color of the liquor was a beautiful greenish-yellowish hue, which I attempted to capture via my digital camera. While I was doing this, my pot of green tea went cold and turned a dark, piss yellow. This wasn’t very appetizing, so I ended up throwing the rest away.
I could have done a second infusion with the leaves, but decided against it because it was getting late.
Hopefully, someday I will start to appreciate green tea more fully and stop dreading them!
For now, I think I’ll stick with my robust black tea and venture every so often in green territory.
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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.
Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.
Are there any types of teas that you dread or are afraid to try?