Thanks again, AJRimmer! So I was thinking of pairing this tea with my current book: ‘Walden’. And the day before I was set to drink this, while I was reading, Thoreau DOES go and mention juniper on page 201 “…the creeping juniper covers the ground with wreaths full of fruit…” So I would say the tea fits with ‘Walden’! First, I know there is hardly a leaf of black tea in my sample, which is a shame, but is quite the bushel of other ingredients. The first steep is this lovely fragrant flavor coming from this dusty rose brew. A little tart, fruity, definitely a hint of a fruit that I’m not used to… the juniper, perhaps? I was intrigued by Roswell’s notes when mentioning jammy strawberry and YES I’m noticing the strawberry jam in the second steep! (Hibiscus is the first ingredient listed though, sigh.) Again, in yet another tea, I wouldn’t mind that hibiscus tart to not be there, much like in ‘Walden’, I wanted great NATURE writing and could leave much of the rest.
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 4 min