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Staring the New Year off with some serious tea! ;)

Soft mint and licorice-like aroma…slight notes of cardamom. At first sip, the flavor is like fresh moss and mushrooms. Hints of bark and sap. More sips..loamy-clay, black licorice, pine…and more mushrooms. There is a “baked” quality to this which I find very comforting—baked in a savory way—like a favorite quiche or casserole. And the back of my tongue feels slightly numb—may be the combination of the heat and the tea’s latent astringency.

Overall, this has been a very restorative, calming cup. And a wonderful start for this new day and new year. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nathaniel Gruber

i get that slightly numbing effect from this tea as well. :) love it.

Spoonvonstup

Great notes- you’re picking out some really wonderful things!

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Nathaniel Gruber

i get that slightly numbing effect from this tea as well. :) love it.

Spoonvonstup

Great notes- you’re picking out some really wonderful things!

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