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This tea is quite beautiful. It’s all purple and cream and various shades of soft green. The tea leaves are long and mostly straight. Many have a soft down covering the leaves. The lavender is shaped like little bells and is perfumy and very fragrant. I’ve never had a tea with lavender before so my first thought is of the natural soaps we tend to find at the farmers’ market. I love that smell but I’m honestly not sure how much I’ll love having that fragrance in my tea.

I was worried about the steeping parameters since they suggest using boiling water for a full 4-5 minute steep, but I do like trying the recommendation from the tea shop first so we’ll see how it works here. After steeping, the tea leaves have swelled and now look very much like green bean snaps. They still smell of lavender, as does the liquid which is now a pale golden color. It carries somewhat of a minty aroma and even tastes like mint. I’m also getting something like pine in each sip. Once cooled, it becomes a bit metallic tasting in a good way. There’s a sense of drinking fresh spring water – it’s very clean and crisp. Surprisingly enough, this isn’t bitter and is a nice one on its own without sweetener.

This isn’t a tea that I would find myself wanting to gulp down quickly because it’s just that good. Instead, it’s more of a sipping tea. It’s one that I would drink slowly in order to experience all of its nuances. It’s certainly very unique.

Flavors: Lavender, Metallic, Mint, Perfume, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, bergamot, chai spices, cinnamon, cream, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, stone fruits, coconut, valerian root

Not a fan
Lime, white teas (someone tell me what I’m doing wrong with these!), most green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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