Friday, April 19, 2013

Minecraft Creeper Tea, A Review

I swear this blog entry is not just me tooting my own horn on blending skills, I would review this tea and blog about it happily even if I didn't come up with the blend because...you guessed it...it is a tea devoted to one of my favorite Minecraft Mob. The Creeper
Ssssure is a nice tea you've got there
Presented by one of my favorite tea companies Adagio Tea and their great 'design your own blend' ability, the Creeper tea is my dedication to two beloved things, Minecraft and tea. It is a blend of Gunpowder Green for the explosive quality of the Creeper and the unfurling leaves (plus it drops Gunpowder!) Hojicha for the 'dry leaf' texture that Notch said a Creeper would have it touched, and lastly Kukicha for the glorious bright green of the Creep. The colors look great together and the dry leaves smell delightful.
Who wants to pet the Creeper?
It smells like a blend of smokey, roasted, floral leaves. Perhaps this is what the air smells like after a Creeper goes boom, though I imagine that there is more of a sulfur smell which I do not want in a tea! The most prominent aroma would have to be the Gunpowder, which smells like a spring field with a slightly smokey undertone. After the leaves have been steeped they still retain their beautiful green color and the aroma mellows out to an almost honey like orchid.
And the leaves are so pretty!
Have you ever tasted a tea that seemed to have layers of flavor, not a typical Green that tastes floral then vegetal, but that you can actually taste the different teas in a blend? Usually when drinking blends like English Breakfast it tastes almost like you are drinking a whole different tea rather than a blend. With the Creeper tea you taste all the different teas separately. First you get a delicate slightly floral slightly vegetal taste, like drinking spring time. Next you get the taste of the roasted Hojicha that always reminds me of laying on the ground in a summer sun-warmed pine forest. I know it is an odd way to describe roasted tea, especially since it does not taste like pine it is just what the taste evokes to me. Lastly is the raw honey-esque smokiness you get from the Gunpowder.

The straw colored tea tastes slightly sweetened, but not enough so to be called a dessert tea. No bitterness to speak of, just flowers, smokiness, and springtime all the way though. It also is good for many infusions, I am on my third and it seems to be ready for more.

On an amusing note, Ben who is not a fan of Greens (or Oolongs, or Whites...he prefers his teas very Black and to be honest with enough Bergamot to kill a normal person) actually liked this tea and said it was perfect for Creepers.

Now if I can just find a Creeper teapot I will be set to sit while gaming.

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