Raven’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Much subtler than expected from the ingredients, if effective, the tea’s light root tinged herbaceousness may be more persistent for the mind than it persists in one’s memory. "|
Fortunately, I make it out with socks on and I still remember the greek alphabet for I have had to check three times that the oven was off or my door is locked and my grocery list invariably gets left in the car or on the kitchen table and plants….foooourgeddabout it. So Hari’s Treasure’s blends were a marvel to find. Hari’s Treasure seems to value a thought and thinking with a number of teas celebrating Yogic and Ayurvedic sensibilities. Although they don’t sell teas from their website (http://www.haritea.com/), it is an enchanting realm of a site and their teas are available through Amazon. Amongst their herbal, spice and tea blends with meditative names, as a Dali fan (whose paintings I do remember), the Persistence of Memory was clever for a mind bending brew that is naturally organic for full mental prowess. Featuring gingko to kickstart your cerebral circuits in a Sencha green tea, the tea also brings in lemongrass, turmeric root and black pepper with rose petals, linden and elderflowers.
All the teas come in cloth woven sachets which are naturally endearing in a homey way as if hand sown. You don’t see the magic they hold which isn’t as exciting but they are easy and portable. Drawing them near, you can’t see inside the close knit and their scent reveals few clues. Their aroma is medium and a bit indecisive, pulsing with a dry mix of herbal root spiciness, that is more mineral and savoury than sweet but it does have some lift. It brings to mind dry ginseng and bay or marjoram with a hint of dried pear but knowing the ingredients helps. There’s a faint petally rose that flickers through light earthy notes of the turmeric and black pepper with the dry herbal ones of the other flowers and sencha. Yet, the aroma doesn’t really pull in one direction so it would be hard to distinguish without knowing. Subtle but curious, it does get the mind ticking..hmmm.
Fortunately, there’s no thought necessary to brew, as the steeping suggestions are kindly included on the tab of the bag. Hari’s Treasure suggests brewing for three to five minutes with 80°C which ushers in a brightly lit cup. The golden umber brew has a tint of green, charged like mind waves, yet its bouquet calms its alertness with an herbal tone slightly more mineral than the dry sachet. It is mellow reedy scent pulsing with more drier leafy scents from the sencha than vegetal ones to have a subtle herbal bouillion aroma like touches of saltiness, dried parsley and petals. The bouquet is a tad more mineral than the dry aroma with a tinny note, while some waxy grassiness of the lemongrass comes through more so than lemon. While the aroma has a certain ease, it doesn’t have much distinction to wind one’s wheels. The flavour is also reserved, bringing a pleasing warmth to the medium body, more than a whole bunch to ponder. With a light root herbaceousness, the tea has just a slight sense of broth or vegetable oil with tugs of a ginseng-like flavour. It isn’t papery flavoured but there is a soaked dry herb tone to the flavour as subtle as it is. A mild astringency aids the tea’s definition, although it isn’t too dry or bitter as it finishes with a faint aftertaste. Yet, depending on the bag, in some tries, the black pepper also nicely speckled the feel with a light spiciness. However, considering the array of ingredients, the flavour is surprisingly uncomplicated but it does have a mild calm.
A second infusion of the sachet bursts out with a visually teasing, nuclear chartreuse-like coloured brew. As bold as the hue, the tea remains lightly fragrant. The sencha mainly illuminates the bouquet, yet it seems a bit sweeter with a hardy grassiness rimmed with canned honey with help from the linden. There’s also some heat to the scent with flashes of twiggy, earthiness for a grounding hum. Happily, the flavour has more presence, although it is still mellow. The flavour is pleasant enough though, if not flashy, with a light herbal quality from a dry root grounding, reminiscent of ginseng or ginger without a strong spiciness. A slight astringency still wires a lightly waxy feel and tingles on one’s tongue with a touch of sweetness on the finish.
Ingenious marketing plan, beautiful irony or coincidence Hari’s Treasure’s Persistence of Memory doesn’t make as much of an imprint as expected and could indeed have one scouring mental recesses with “What did that tea taste like?”. But, kidding aside, although the sencha does seem on the mature side, some of the ingredients do peek through the tea and it is as easy going down as it is easy to forget with a mild flavour that isn’t bitter. Its colour is a memory keeper though, and if the tea does have some efficacy in booting one’s recall, it’s certainly easy medicine.
— To purchase Hari’s Treasure Persistence of Memory, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.