Tasting Some More Teas This Morning
Returning again for morning teas at the World Tea Expo currently taking place in Long Beach, I was able to try nearly a dozen of teas during the morning “Daily Tea” opportunity, wherein a few vendors were able to set up free tastings of teas in the lobby at the Long Beach Convention Center prior to the opening of the exhibition hall floor.
And just as I did the previous day, I started off tasting three teas provided by Waterfall Teas. I started off with the Bianca Chamomile, which definitely had a pronounced orangey-ness to it and was a nice herbal tea that seems good for the evening or before bedtime. Next, I had their Sencha Lemonade, which was a nice green tea. And, finally, I had their 2nd Flush Darjeeling, which was strong and I enjoyed its strength and its bold flavor.
I then moved on to Teas etc, which had seven different teas from the first day, which were all available in cups with the nifty holder for the leaves, as they had done the previous day. I started off with their Apricot Oolong, which had a very apricotty nose, but, fortunately, the apricot had subsided on the palate, making it pleasant to drink. Next up, I had their Root Beer tea, a rooibos with an interesting mélange of herbs, although I was recommended to have it cold, so I did. Despite it smelling like root beer, and when about to drink it, one’s nose picks up root beer, yet it’s a different feel and flavor than an actual root beer. However, later on, I had it hot and – wow! – what a world of difference having it hot makes! The boldness of the sassafras comes through very solidly in the hot version versus the cold and it’s so much more enjoyable and it also brings a certain sassafrassy sweetness to it.
I then had their Chocolate Mint Fusion, a Pu’erh; I’m still trying to appreciate the taste of Pu’erh teas, but I appreciate their adding in chocolate and mint. Next up, I had the Carmel Macchiato, which was another rooibos, which I found to be quite enjoyable and seems like what it’s called. I then moved on to the Huang Jin Gui, a green tea, which was good. I then wanted to try the Bai Mu Dan Superior Organic, but they had run out of it. And then I was excited to try their Darjeeling, the Darjeeling First Flush, however, that, too, they had used all up.
So, I moved on to The Tea Spot, which had changed up their location, but not their teas. Nevertheless, I had two teas that I had not had the previous day. I started off with Boulder Blues, fresh green teas blended with wild strawberry and rhubarb and I thought the lovely calm flavors of the sweetness of the strawberry were nicely tempered by the rhubarb. I then had the Coconut Cabana, which is a blend of Milky Oolong and coconut shavings, and it had a very different flavor than the Boulder Blues. Finally, I went with the Earl of Grey, just as I had had the previous day, since I enjoyed it 🙂