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I must admit that for the entire first cup I gave this tea the ole hairy eyeball. There’s a lot going on and I just didn’t know how to even begin to write a note about it. I always think that I like the idea of lavender, but in reality I always wrinkle my nose at lavender toiletries. And there’s rooibos. Rooibos and I aren’t the best of friends. I waver between thinking “medicinal” and “ooh — flowery meadow.” It walked a very fine line between floral and potpourri (both the dry and steeped leaves fell on the potpourri side of things). Near the end of the first cup I practically had half of my face shoved into the mug trying to get more aroma as I drank. There’s this great little “oh hai — I’m blueberry” trying to come through. It smells like a meadow full of wildflowers. And rooibos.
::hairy eyeball::

Okay, so this is only my second Georgia Tea Company sample (thank you Daniel Mann!), but I’m thinking that there may be a trend here: the second steeps are faaabulouuusss. I added a minute to the steep time and I think I spent most of that steep with my eyes closed. It was like I was drinking a late spring meadow. ::sigh:: Part of the reason I love Lapsang Souchongs is because I feel like a fire breathing monster while I drink them. Well, this tea took me to an alternate universe where I’m a flower breathing monster. I’m actually attempting a third steep (maintained 6 minutes). It’s definitely more watery, but still yummy. I really would love to try this cold brewed. This may be the first time I’ve split my personal ratings: first steep NE, second steep TG.

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Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

ha! My customers in the teashop would always say that tea smelled a looked like potpourri. The regular version of this tea is more floral, you may not like it. In fact, I made the blueberry version for all those people who don’t like floral as much and wanted a more fruitier taste.

Ewa

♥ @ flower breathing dragon!

Rabs

@Daniel: Oh my — I am now incredibly excited to try the regular version (I loves me some floral) but I’ve tried my share of “potporri inna cup.” I loved the berryness that played around in this one and I guess that I didn’t give it much credit in my review. This was truly a unique tea and I had a difficult time writing about it (I keep thinking of things that I could’ve also said like the fact that this lavender was one of the nicest that I’ve experienced). I just know that I’ll be purchasing more in the future unless the original kick’s this one’s hiney :)

@Ewa: I tried to come up with a “Godzilla-esque” monster name such as “Flowerah” but none of them amused me more than the straight-up flower breating monster ;)

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Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

ha! My customers in the teashop would always say that tea smelled a looked like potpourri. The regular version of this tea is more floral, you may not like it. In fact, I made the blueberry version for all those people who don’t like floral as much and wanted a more fruitier taste.

Ewa

♥ @ flower breathing dragon!

Rabs

@Daniel: Oh my — I am now incredibly excited to try the regular version (I loves me some floral) but I’ve tried my share of “potporri inna cup.” I loved the berryness that played around in this one and I guess that I didn’t give it much credit in my review. This was truly a unique tea and I had a difficult time writing about it (I keep thinking of things that I could’ve also said like the fact that this lavender was one of the nicest that I’ve experienced). I just know that I’ll be purchasing more in the future unless the original kick’s this one’s hiney :)

@Ewa: I tried to come up with a “Godzilla-esque” monster name such as “Flowerah” but none of them amused me more than the straight-up flower breating monster ;)

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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