drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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I really want to like this tea. The title is cool, the ingredients sound good. I know all of the ingredients are top quality. I followed all the instructions. It smells wonderful, & is visually appealing.

The first steep, which I shared with my son Drew, was nice, with flavors & aromas of Tieguanyin, jasmine, & orange peel, but after I drank it my tummy felt funky. Drew enjoyed it.

The 2nd steeping (a few hours later), which was mostly served to my daughter Arianna & her friend, also gave me a quasi-nausea, even though I only took a few sips. They both loved it, saying things like, “This tea is so mysterious! I taste the jasmine, but I don’t know what these other flavors are.”

The 3rd steeping is when the Frankincense really comes out. I have ‘real’ frankincense resin here, which I burn on occasion (I also burn sweet grass & sage on other occasions), & I love the smell, but the taste isn’t really doing it for me. Also, I think my body is saying “no”, because after a sip, I could feel that Quasi sensation again. Ari & her friend really loved it! They totally grooved on the incense smell & taste.

I will put this away for a few weeks, & then try again… If it doesn’t work for me, I can use it as ‘tea currency’ on a trade.

Azzrian

Haha indeed – I have yet to try mine.

Autumn Hearth

Quasi queezey? I have yet to order mine. Yea currency indeed, though I do hope you have a better reaction next time.

BoxerMama

Now I’m torn. I’m always so nervous to try new things. I planned to order some of this with my next order. Bonnie made it sound so good, now I’m nervous. lol

Terri HarpLady

Boxer, want me to send you a sample?

Terri HarpLady

Autumn, I can send you one too

Terri HarpLady

I just have to say this: Everyone else here who tried it loved it. Keep in mind, I have a lot of wierd allergies & sensitivities, so you guys will probably love it. I’m just posting my experience.

BoxerMama

I certainly wouldn’t object! I love earl grey, but I have no idea what frankincense is. lol

Terri HarpLady

Frankincense is a resin (sap) of the Boswellia tree, which was basically the first incense people burned, or at least one of them. It’s quite different from stick incense. Anyway, send me a message with your address, & I’ll send you a sample.

BoxerMama

I feel the same way about this tea.

Terri HarpLady

Not everybody is going to like everything…

BoxerMama

The second steep seemed to overpower me with ginger. It was beautiful to look at and it smelled great though.

Terri HarpLady

The ginger part I love, I grate up ginger & make a to sane with it often. I haven’t given this tea a second chance yet, there are just too many others to try out. I will get back around to it eventually!

Terri HarpLady

hmmm….just realized, the earl doesn’t have any ginger in it. I hope I didn’t mix the labels up on your samples…

BoxerMama

Maybe it just reminded me of ginger… lol

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Azzrian

Haha indeed – I have yet to try mine.

Autumn Hearth

Quasi queezey? I have yet to order mine. Yea currency indeed, though I do hope you have a better reaction next time.

BoxerMama

Now I’m torn. I’m always so nervous to try new things. I planned to order some of this with my next order. Bonnie made it sound so good, now I’m nervous. lol

Terri HarpLady

Boxer, want me to send you a sample?

Terri HarpLady

Autumn, I can send you one too

Terri HarpLady

I just have to say this: Everyone else here who tried it loved it. Keep in mind, I have a lot of wierd allergies & sensitivities, so you guys will probably love it. I’m just posting my experience.

BoxerMama

I certainly wouldn’t object! I love earl grey, but I have no idea what frankincense is. lol

Terri HarpLady

Frankincense is a resin (sap) of the Boswellia tree, which was basically the first incense people burned, or at least one of them. It’s quite different from stick incense. Anyway, send me a message with your address, & I’ll send you a sample.

BoxerMama

I feel the same way about this tea.

Terri HarpLady

Not everybody is going to like everything…

BoxerMama

The second steep seemed to overpower me with ginger. It was beautiful to look at and it smelled great though.

Terri HarpLady

The ginger part I love, I grate up ginger & make a to sane with it often. I haven’t given this tea a second chance yet, there are just too many others to try out. I will get back around to it eventually!

Terri HarpLady

hmmm….just realized, the earl doesn’t have any ginger in it. I hope I didn’t mix the labels up on your samples…

BoxerMama

Maybe it just reminded me of ginger… lol

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