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Ok..I will admit I sometimes cring when asked to cup or drink flavored teas. I am so in love with the natural flavors that manifest from terrior, translations of unique places, climates, cultures, companion plants, hand-craft and care. This love often causes me to overlook so many modern adaptations to marketing that I admit that perhaps I overlook experiences and miss out on sharing opportunities with a broader range of tea lovers. So instead of using this as a hard demarcation line, I do save the later part of the day to revisit and cup the scented, flavored, and spiced brews that I sometimes instinctually overlook.
So many of the steepsterites that I follow wax so magically about exotic blends of tea, fruit, and flavoring that I feel to honor them that I should share in some of those experiences. Here is one:
Pomegranate scented White tea.
I was first introduced to this tea as a promotional gift that was donated to a charity event that I have done now for 4 years – the Groveport Ladies Spring Tea Fling. Its a community supported fundraiser that is done through a church group each May here in Ohio. I was initially contacted by the pastor, who found me through being a tea nerd at Staufs. She was a regular at the shop and a new member of the Groveport community and thought I might be able to deliver a tea talk and replace the bagged teas the ladies typically shared from thier closets and cupboards. One of my wholesale tea contacts was smitten with my being part of the event and donated a few teas to the cause and the ladies went wild for this one. It was so popular that it became a permanent part of the tea collection and has been for a number of years.
I will admit the first thing that grabs you is the aroma, its intensely fruity and tart, and once the bag is open or the jar is unstopped, the scent will flow around the room looking for a place to flower. Its soon to be added to the Staufs website, but I thought the least I could do is cup it again and share it with all you lovely steepsters, who are inspiring me with your passion and causing me to reconsider my ‘puritianical’ leanings..
Thank you for reminding me, its more than what in the cup..its also the fellowship of sharing…and the passion of the community

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Jenn

Aww, you have a squishy underbelly :) I also have a deep appreciation for anyone and everyone who loves tea despite their preferences. I think it stems from the camaraderie of a shared bond and a firm belief that there is a place for every tea and tisane.
I love that you’re a tea-nerd! I actually think that you may actually cross over into tea- savant or Beautiful Mind territory. I imagine the walls of your home covered with tiny pieces of paper chock-a-block with amazing tea facts, and red strings connecting them all. I’m not calling you mad. I’m calling you brilliant and I look forward to learning more from you.

At least it seems that your Pomegranate scented white tea was infinitely better than the pomegranate oolong train wreck I drank earlier today. Lucky duck!

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Jenn

Aww, you have a squishy underbelly :) I also have a deep appreciation for anyone and everyone who loves tea despite their preferences. I think it stems from the camaraderie of a shared bond and a firm belief that there is a place for every tea and tisane.
I love that you’re a tea-nerd! I actually think that you may actually cross over into tea- savant or Beautiful Mind territory. I imagine the walls of your home covered with tiny pieces of paper chock-a-block with amazing tea facts, and red strings connecting them all. I’m not calling you mad. I’m calling you brilliant and I look forward to learning more from you.

At least it seems that your Pomegranate scented white tea was infinitely better than the pomegranate oolong train wreck I drank earlier today. Lucky duck!

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