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I chose this one today because the moment I’ve been waiting for for three years has come!!! My lavender plant that I raised from seed IS READY TO FLOWER!!!! Yaaay!!!!!!

I wanted to drink this one without milk (I’m at work, plus I thought lavender and milk would be…not so good. I think this is where I screwed up the rose tea and made Rose Milk Lotion – shudder! Anyway!) so I brewed it slightly under boiling and for only 3 minutes.

It’s really nice! The black tea base has no bitterness brewed like this, and the lavender with the bergamot is not overpowering – just a good old fashioned fruit and floral. This is one of those teas that I would probably only want to have every now and again, when I’m in my nostalgic moods. Since this is the first I’ve tasted, I’d like to taste around a little… if you’ve tasted one from another company that you thought was stellar, I’d love to hear your recommendation!

I did a second steep at 5 minutes and it’s very similar to the first. Mmmm! I also think this would be spectacular iced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Kudos on your plant-raising savvy. I envy green thumbs, but am too lazy to cultivate my own!

LadyLondonderry

Congrats to the proud mama of Baby Lavender Plant!

I have a similar blend in my cupboard — Buckingham Palace Garden Party — but I confess I’ve drunk it only once so far. I tried it with milk, and have to agree that these flowery blends are usually better without it. In fact, I ended up giving my bag of China Rose Congou to a rose-loving friend after realizing it would never taste quite right with milk.

Rabs

Hooray for some joyful plant life when you’ve had some recent plant sorrow!

I’m glad that you enjoyed this tea (whereas I had a totally different experience). I have a sample of the Buckingham Palace Garden Party that I’m dying to try. I’ll have to do that tomorrow!

And my favorite Earl Grey so far is my “Ultimate Girlie Fou-Fou” Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc. But I’m such an Earl Grey noob that I don’t know if I’m the best to recommend an EG.

__Morgana__

Congrats on your impending new addition!

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gmathis

Kudos on your plant-raising savvy. I envy green thumbs, but am too lazy to cultivate my own!

LadyLondonderry

Congrats to the proud mama of Baby Lavender Plant!

I have a similar blend in my cupboard — Buckingham Palace Garden Party — but I confess I’ve drunk it only once so far. I tried it with milk, and have to agree that these flowery blends are usually better without it. In fact, I ended up giving my bag of China Rose Congou to a rose-loving friend after realizing it would never taste quite right with milk.

Rabs

Hooray for some joyful plant life when you’ve had some recent plant sorrow!

I’m glad that you enjoyed this tea (whereas I had a totally different experience). I have a sample of the Buckingham Palace Garden Party that I’m dying to try. I’ll have to do that tomorrow!

And my favorite Earl Grey so far is my “Ultimate Girlie Fou-Fou” Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc. But I’m such an Earl Grey noob that I don’t know if I’m the best to recommend an EG.

__Morgana__

Congrats on your impending new addition!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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