Having recently started working at Art of Tea, I have embarked upon a tea-sampling journey. For an avid long time tea lover like myself. this is like being a kid in the candy store! A couple of nights ago, I brewed a variety of teas including Jasmine Pearl, Kauai Cocktail, and Assam Gold. Each unique tea brought me to a different place and time. Jasmine Pearl reminded me of waking up in the morning at my grandmother’s house, whereupon I would find her in the kitchen, sipping on premium Jasmine tea. The Kauai Cocktail made me feel as if I was on vacation. This was tangy yet sweet and fruity, like the island itself.
I was overly ambitious in my tea selection that night and so I didn’t get to drink the last cup of tea, which was a sweetened cup of Assam Gold. I ended up refrigerating it before I went to sleep. In the morning I woke up in dire need of a caffeine fix, but I also wanted a refreshing ice cold beverage. The dilemma was palpable. Then I opened my refrigerator and found the solution: the now-cold Assam Gold. I added some nonfat milk to it, and the result was stunning. The rich, yet mild (compared to coffee) flavors made me actually happy to be up at 7AM. What a nice alternative to coffee! I personally love milk tea, and this drink was a treat because it brought me right back to my childhood in Taiwan where street vendors sold milk tea, which sometimes contained boba.
These three cups of tea brought me so many good memories, that I can’t wait to see what my next cup will bring!