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This tea isn’t for the faint of heart when it comes to lavender. The contents smell very fresh with the lavender dominating.

I’ve prepared this a multitude of ways.

Following the recommended parameters of 2 bags to a mug, boiling water, steeped for 10-15 minutes, It’s weirdly thick and stewy. I don’t like cooked flowers. Even with 1 bag and brewed for a shorter amount of time (between 2 and 5 minutes), I couldn’t really enjoy it. I did find it tastier when brewed in glass over ceramic for whatever reason.

By far the best preparation has been cold-brewed with 2 bags to a liter of water overnight in the fridge. The taste is just right, cool, clean and light with neither flavor dominating. There is also a little bit of bitterness and sweetness which makes the brew less one-dimensional than when hot. I’m not sure I can taste the lemon balm besides as part of a lightly citric aftertaste that is partnered with some sweetness and lavender. I could see myself sipping this while sitting on a porch on a sticky summer night with the crickets and tree frogs chirping away.

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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Sonoma County, California, USA

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