A few months ago my husband forwarded an email to me from his office. A lady in another division found out that I like tea (overlook the fact that I didn’t say “am obsessed with”) and was asking what companies I like. She sent a list of companies from whom she orders, and this was one of the few on the list I was unfamiliar with.

Their website is gorgeous. Their Facebook feed makes my newsfeed pretty every day. The owners of the company were stylists for Martha Stewart Living, and the husband of one owner was a stylist for Anthropologie, so you can guess how gorgeous everything is.

I ordered this one because I was curious about the unusual flavors they have combined here. I chose the two ounce bag to make it more affordable, though I think their tins are heavenly looking. (You can choose for it to come in a box instead of a bag for three dollars extra.)

The dry leaf is positively beautiful. Serving this at a tea party, I would definitely want to display the leaf in a pretty container prior to making the tea. The aroma is mostly spearmint.

The steeped tea is pale gold in color and now smells primarily of star anise, though as it cools the spearmint steps forward a bit again. At no time is it powerfully minty like a Moroccan Mint, but rather it is a nice refreshing breeze blowing through softly.

A guest joined me, and she said she really dislikes licorice and thought she would not enjoy this tea, but she ended up liking it.

My tea came in a pretty bag with brown paper tape with blue pattern. The instructions are handwritten on the label and it was tied up with a pretty ribbon. They also included a generous sample of White Nixon, another of their white tea line. Everything was packed in lots and LOTS of brilliant yellow/gold tissue paper.

Their tins are amazingly beautiful, but I am curious why adding a tin to your order adds a different price depending which tea you are ordering. If the tin is worth $18, why does the addition of the same tin add $17 to one tea order, but $22 to another?

As pretty as the tins are, I will save that splurge for when I am rich as Croesus and can have a whole row of them. For now the bags are pretty enough!

CrowKettle

I haven’t ordered tea in a while but the combination of ingredients sounds amazing. Is the cedar very pronounced?

cteresa

Their tins are on my wishlist – not a realistic wishlist, ever, but gosh they hit all my taste notes. I am not sure I could justify those so I totally understand. I am sort of working myself to pay 20 euros for a Thé-o-dor tea caddy when I could get the loose leaf tea for around 7 euros but I expect once again I will pick to buy more tea rather than the caddy.7
I am glad this tea is decent, the packaging is so awesome that due to taste-fellowship feelings I was hoping they had not screwed up on the tea (tea being halfway good is a much harder thing than most brands seem to realize!)

Nicole

That is a fantastic looking site. The pictures of the teas look like art photos instead of simply sales photos. Beautiful teas.

ashmanra

As the tea cooled a little I sipped several times paying close attention. The first taste I found was spearmint, but right on the heels of the spearmint the anise began to bloom and swell. I don’t think I would consider the cedar pronounced at all. I think I detect mostly s an aftertaste, rising quickly at the end of the sip.

JustJames

i love companies that add a personal touch….

Sil

I’ll have to check this company out!

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CrowKettle

I haven’t ordered tea in a while but the combination of ingredients sounds amazing. Is the cedar very pronounced?

cteresa

Their tins are on my wishlist – not a realistic wishlist, ever, but gosh they hit all my taste notes. I am not sure I could justify those so I totally understand. I am sort of working myself to pay 20 euros for a Thé-o-dor tea caddy when I could get the loose leaf tea for around 7 euros but I expect once again I will pick to buy more tea rather than the caddy.7
I am glad this tea is decent, the packaging is so awesome that due to taste-fellowship feelings I was hoping they had not screwed up on the tea (tea being halfway good is a much harder thing than most brands seem to realize!)

Nicole

That is a fantastic looking site. The pictures of the teas look like art photos instead of simply sales photos. Beautiful teas.

ashmanra

As the tea cooled a little I sipped several times paying close attention. The first taste I found was spearmint, but right on the heels of the spearmint the anise began to bloom and swell. I don’t think I would consider the cedar pronounced at all. I think I detect mostly s an aftertaste, rising quickly at the end of the sip.

JustJames

i love companies that add a personal touch….

Sil

I’ll have to check this company out!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

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