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Earl Grey White has a musty smell right out of the tin and the Lavender in the Lavender Dream is very strong after it is opened. But when I put them together they make such a beautiful tea.

The bergamot in the Earl Grey White really compliments the lavender and since they are both white teas and have the same measurements and steeping temps and times, it makes brewing this tea in the morning a cinch. I used three tsps of each and some rock sugar for a four cup brew. (Four cups is my usual morning tea consumption) It’s important not to over steep this one, because it can turn bitter rather quickly, but when brewed at the right temperature for the right time, the reward is a fabulous flavor.

The flavor is a complex on first sip. At the beginning of the taste, the white tea’s muskiness hits the tongue and at the back of the swallow, the mouth is met with a very floral aftertaste. I used this brew as my ‘good morning’ tea. There isn’t a ton of caffeine in this blend, but just enough to get the day started off smoothly.

Most to the teas I drink in the morning are tried and true blends for me, so while this isn’t the first time that I’ve had this blend, it is the first time I’ve dipped into this month. Unlike my Dragon Phoenix Pearls with Rooibos Tropica, I store these two teas separately since they are good blenders with other teas.

Looooved this in my cup yesterday morning!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking loose leaf teas for about four years and bagged teas since I could digest it. I live in the southern United States where ice cold sweet tea is called “The Table Wine of the South”. Even though it might not be as refined as some of the more exotic teas that I sample, I love brewing it, drinking it and sharing it.

I am always exploring new teas and new flavors. I have discovered some fun ones over the years, but my location has really prevented me from sampling some of the greater opportunities out there.

So joining this site is a step towards new teas, new friends and new tastes.

Current Tea Shops:
I have experience with very few tea retailers but I hope that this space will soon have more names

Mrs. Rosemarie’s Special Teas (Sadly, a tea house that has closed)

The English Tea Room Teas (http://www.englishtearoom.com/)
This is a fabulous teahouse in Covington, LA.

Teavana

Tea Forte: They were really nice and sent me some samples to review! I look forward to shopping at their online shop sometime soon!
(More forthcoming!)

Tea Ratings:
1-25: Bleck! Never again! See, I have to really, really dislike a tea to give it a rating this low. It has to be gross. I probably won’t even finish the cup.

26-50: Meh. It was not the best. I might drink it down if I bought it, or finish it off, but I won’t purchase it again or recommend it to anyone.

51-75: Pretty Tasty! I would try this one again! I might also buy it. And tell people to try it. And move it around and blend it with other teas because its so good I can’t imagine it being bad!

76-100: GET IN MA BELLY! I own this tea. I will never not have this tea. This tea is my best friend and the companion to my soul

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Alabama, USA

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