Use this as a guide to help you expand your descriptors and refine your pallet:
Do you recognize the smell or taste of a garden vegetable? If so, could you use any of these vegetables as a descriptor?
Does the smell or taste remind you of walking by a freshly cut lawn or bailed hay?
- Fresh Cut Grass
- Dry Hay
Do you recognize a more "earthy" vegetal taste or smell? does it remind you of a root vegetable?
Does it smell/taste like a stem vegetable?
Does it smell/taste like a brassica?
- Brussels sprouts
Want to take it one step deeper?
- Does it smell/taste like a cooked or raw vegetable?
- Smell your tea leaves before steeping. Does the smell of the dry leaves differ from the smell of the wet leaves?
- Does the smell of the liquor, brewed tea, resemble the smell of the leaves?
- What do the leaves taste like after steeping? That's right! Give them a taste. I would even encourage you to make a nice cold salad out of the steeped whole green tea leaves. It pairs excellently with a spritz of citrus juice and sesame.
Now, consider the above guide to broadening the vegetal descriptor. The same technique may be used with other descriptors. Smoky. Is it a maple smoke, or a toasted BBQ smoke? Fruity. Is it a citrus fruit, a warm peachy sweetness? Earthy. Is it woody or does it have a warm fresh compost bouquet?
Comments and suggestions are always welcome.