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After two pretty disappointing tea experiences in one day, it was time to fall back on something I know I love. I have a whole bunch of new teas sitting there waiting to be tried, but oh well! Sometimes you just need a familiar cup.

This is one of the teas I got with my $100 certificate. I bought a lot of teas with it that I wasn’t familiar with or even sure that I’d like, and this was definitely one of them! I’ve never tried anything osmanthus flavored, and descriptions I looked up seemed pretty vague (peachy? floral? vegetal? malty?)—but hey, it’s free tea, I might as well take a chance! Boy, am I happy I did. Osmanthus is a flower, and it’s certainly quite floral, but in a deeper way than some other floral blends (jasmine, rose, etc). It’s a rich, almost juicy taste, and underneath the floral tones is a bright, tasty citrus. I was not expecting that at all, but it’s fabulous! It’s like the love child of jasmine and mandarin orange. The green base is very nice too—not too vegetal, but with some sweet and lingering woodsy flavors.

This has quickly become a staple in my cupboard, and the fact that you can get 4+ good steeps out of it certainly helps. It seems like it would be fantastic iced, but I can never seem to wait long enough to cool it down—I just want to drink it right away whenever I take the leaves out!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Nice congrats on the win as well! :)

Alphakitty

Thanks. I actually won 2 days before my birthday, so it was like a big present from the tea gods! Plus I got to try out a bunch of stuff I never would have bought on my own, and some of them ended up being absolutely amazing (like this and the White Cream Earl Grey).

Barb

This review is fascinating! I keep coming across the ingredient “osmanthus” on various sites and assumed it was an intensely floral, perfume-y element. Love bucket listyour phrase “the love child of jasmine and mandarin orange” and now I’m not nearly as wary of it as I had been! about to add #62 to my “shopping list,” which is turning into a bucket list…

Barb

Why does my keyboard cause my words to leap about within a paragraph like fleas on meth?

Alphakitty

“Fleas on meth” is the best description of wonky keyboards that I’ve ever seen. XD I have quite a bit of this so if you’d like to try out some I can send a sample!

Barb

That is extremely generous of you! But I don’t have anything of comparable interest to trade. I’m assembling lists of teas to sample from assorted places, and I just added Culinary Teas to THAT list. I’m on an Earl Grey kick and their Traditional Teas just reeled me right in.

Alphakitty

Well if you change your mind, feel free to message me! I love trying new teas so I’d be fine with swapping for pretty much anything I haven’t tried~

Barb

Thank you!

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Azzrian

Nice congrats on the win as well! :)

Alphakitty

Thanks. I actually won 2 days before my birthday, so it was like a big present from the tea gods! Plus I got to try out a bunch of stuff I never would have bought on my own, and some of them ended up being absolutely amazing (like this and the White Cream Earl Grey).

Barb

This review is fascinating! I keep coming across the ingredient “osmanthus” on various sites and assumed it was an intensely floral, perfume-y element. Love bucket listyour phrase “the love child of jasmine and mandarin orange” and now I’m not nearly as wary of it as I had been! about to add #62 to my “shopping list,” which is turning into a bucket list…

Barb

Why does my keyboard cause my words to leap about within a paragraph like fleas on meth?

Alphakitty

“Fleas on meth” is the best description of wonky keyboards that I’ve ever seen. XD I have quite a bit of this so if you’d like to try out some I can send a sample!

Barb

That is extremely generous of you! But I don’t have anything of comparable interest to trade. I’m assembling lists of teas to sample from assorted places, and I just added Culinary Teas to THAT list. I’m on an Earl Grey kick and their Traditional Teas just reeled me right in.

Alphakitty

Well if you change your mind, feel free to message me! I love trying new teas so I’d be fine with swapping for pretty much anything I haven’t tried~

Barb

Thank you!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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