First try of this sample sent by Jessica – thank you! The leaf looks light and grassy/woody, with green and golden brown flakes. It smells generically sweet and fruity, with no strongly identifiable aromas standing out. The recommendation is for 5 or 6 minutes steeping time, which gives us a golden liquor with a very sweet aroma. The taste is a somewhat odd compendium of flavors, not unpleasant though it may take some getting used to. Although I’m not noticing any stimulant effects, I’m not really getting any relaxing or soporific effects like I tend to from chamomile for example. Still, not a bad flavor and I won’t mind finishing off the rest of the sample.

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!


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