I have always been a fan of tea but never had the drive to drink anything more than the bagged tea I could buy at the store. Cheap bag of Earl Gray, splash of milk, pinch of sugar, and I was happy as could be. It was the way for years. My addiction to whole leaf began just days before I was to jump on a C-130 with my unit and deploy to Afghanistan. We were posted at Joint Base Lewis Mcchord for MOB training and we were given a 4 day pass into Seattle to enjoy the last few days we had left in country. Long story short, I visited a Teavana out of boredom while waiting for a friend and that was it. I left for the sandbox with 2 lbs of tea and an electric teapot in my rucksack. No regrets.

Since then I have addicted my mother, and to some extend my dad, to the pleasures of a pot of steeped whole leaf. Now we can’t go back. We’ve tried. Whole leaf can be an expensive habit.

Allergies: Cinnamon (I miss chai tea)

Likes: Ginger, Elderflower, Citrus,Lemon/Lemon verbena, Umami, Toasted, Smoke, Earthy, Floral, Grassy/Hay/Herbal, Tangy (think hibiscus), Peach, It would seriously be quicker to say which flavors I DON’T like

Dislikes: Apples, grapes, grapefruit, most berries


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