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.
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.