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Got this one thinking that it would donate to the Globe Theater since COVID forced the company into hard times. Well, I was kinda wrong. There was a volunteer donation option that I missed. I feel bad about it, but I also do not feel bad about getting this tea, other than guilty pleasure.

I got this one ‘cause it appealed to my inner BASIC WHITE LITERARY NERD, or BWLN. Not as succinct as BWB, but BWLN is the hipster version of BWB with its scarf, fake glasses, and its giant poster that reads "I’m not like the other girls/boys/them-I READ BOOKS." And yes, I watched the international theatre’s rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream…it was very entertaining.

As for the tea reasons as to why I purchased the tea, my favorite flavors and ingredients were listed. I fell hard especially for the oolong+black tea+rose+currant+orange+ginger. The make up of this tea looked really similar to Paris and the Tower of London Blend, and while it bears a lot of similarities to tower of london, the bergamot is not the strongest note from it. There’s really no one strong note in particular.

All the cups the stage,
And all the teas and fruits merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one tea in its time plays many parts,
It’s acts being seven ages:

Currant, Rose,Vanilla, Caramel, Citrus, Ginger, and then a hint of tannin that sweetens into honey.

Really, it’s a sweet flower power desert-like decadent tea. The ginger can be pretty powerful if you leave it in too long, but the tea is not overpowering in steep 2 for rebrew. I personally like it straight or with honey, though it does take a very small amount of cream well-sweetened condensed milk is likely best.

Either way, I really enjoyed this one. I didn’t expect the tea flavors to balance each other out because it’s highly flavored, but it’s flower power done right. I could have personally used a little bit more oolong for less tannin, or maybe a slightly different black base. It can get flat if you don’t brew it right, but the flavors were very gratifying, especially the currant rose citrus ginger caramel combo.

I also know that I broke my rule about not writing too much for tonight, but a tea based on the feel of the bards works -and nails it-deserves more than a few words praise.

Now, to get ready for what will be a long awaited new year that I am a bit reserved about. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Candy, Caramel, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Ginger, Orange, Rose, Sweet, Tannin, Vanilla

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Jasmine Black Tea
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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