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Huzzah! My package from Angrboda arrived today, thank you so much! Husband brought it in with the mail. I was surprised I didn’t have to sign for it and thus was expecting the bell to ring. This is probably a very good thing today, as the toddler is sick and clingy and has been napping on me most of the day. As such, as much as I want to tear open the packet of Verdant’s Taiwanese Orchid Oolong that I requested the swap for, there is just no way I will be brewing gongfu style tonight.

So other surprise samples! When I saw the back of this packet I immediately thought rooibos, I turned it around and read “black blend”, I opened it up to smell definitely black and rooibos and I noticed little petals of cornflower, perhaps with bergamot then? Now I am not overly fond of rooibos, though my experience with them is really limited to Teavana, I tried a straight red rooibos in their Care in Every Leaf Equal Trade gift set, but mostly it is just overly flavored blends. I have also thought at times that I may be allergic to rooibos, ironic as I want to turn to it for allergy relief, but could be any other number of ingredients Teavana uses in most of their tea.

But anywho this tea, I chose this tea as I have a headache tonight and wanted something slightly desert like, but not fruity, this fits the bill. The leaf itself doesn’t smell all that appealing to me, but I don’t care for the smell of straight rooibos, so I ignored it. I did a shorter steep that I would normally for a black blend, only a minute but it smelled good, actually really really good, hey there is smoke in here and pine/juniper (and this was my reaction before looking up the tea). I had a brief moment of worry that the smoke might be too much for the head, but it actually behaves itself quite well.

Taste wise, I do quite like this despite the rooibos, its my kind of blend actually. I’ve been reading descriptions of pu’erh online and anything that says pine, cedar, smoke etc. gets my attention, my longing attention. It’s the same things I look for in perfume and alcohol. Whatever fruit that is in here is very subtle and hard to distinguish, I think I’ve only had lychee once, in a goji berry white blend, but it rounds things out interestingly with the smoke. There is even a buttery note! So yes, I am enjoying it tonight, but I’m unlikely to ever buy a blend with rooibos in it.

Thank you again Angrboda I look forward to trying the Raspberry Oolong with my son when he feels better. Raspberry and oolong are his favorites and I had actually thought of requesting this one from you, but didn’t notice it on your page until the day you sent out the package, so am very pleased you have the foresight to include it! And of course I’m dying to try the orchid oolong ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

Hope the little guy feels better soon!

Autumn Hearth

Thanks Cheryl, he’s great today, mommy not so much ;/

Angrboda

Ha, raspberry oolong. It’s my favourite one to share when swapping so I almost always include it if I have some. It’s one of those I try to always keep around. With a few exceptions, it has been well received too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it when you both feel better. :)

Autumn Hearth

Darn editing to adjust the score placing this back in my stream (and seemingly others) though I did decide to have a sipdown of this this morning. It evokes nice things, inspires blend ideas, but me thinks I would like more black tea, dash of Lapsang, much less rooibos and maybe a touch or pu’erh along with the juniper, not sure about keeping the goji. It was much stronger this morning than the scent it seemed to rub off on the Sun Moon Lake last night (liked that much better), I’m curious if the other teas that it was near will be effected as well, probably wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Autumn Hearth

Oi and it seems I never logged the Raspberry Oolong, drats! The toddler and I went through it in one day as he wanted some iced. Quite nice, different than the two raspberry teas we have at home (one scented oolong and one flavored green) actually falls nicely between them. It’s not really what I’m into right now per se, but it was very nice to try. Thanks for sharing!

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Cheryl

Hope the little guy feels better soon!

Autumn Hearth

Thanks Cheryl, he’s great today, mommy not so much ;/

Angrboda

Ha, raspberry oolong. It’s my favourite one to share when swapping so I almost always include it if I have some. It’s one of those I try to always keep around. With a few exceptions, it has been well received too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it when you both feel better. :)

Autumn Hearth

Darn editing to adjust the score placing this back in my stream (and seemingly others) though I did decide to have a sipdown of this this morning. It evokes nice things, inspires blend ideas, but me thinks I would like more black tea, dash of Lapsang, much less rooibos and maybe a touch or pu’erh along with the juniper, not sure about keeping the goji. It was much stronger this morning than the scent it seemed to rub off on the Sun Moon Lake last night (liked that much better), I’m curious if the other teas that it was near will be effected as well, probably wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Autumn Hearth

Oi and it seems I never logged the Raspberry Oolong, drats! The toddler and I went through it in one day as he wanted some iced. Quite nice, different than the two raspberry teas we have at home (one scented oolong and one flavored green) actually falls nicely between them. It’s not really what I’m into right now per se, but it was very nice to try. Thanks for sharing!

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Druid, artist, poet, mum, lover of tea, ritual and myth. I grew up on Celestial Seasons herbals but fell in love with straight loose leaf tea working at my local Teavana for a year. I am grateful for the introduction and the experience, but have moved on.

I see tea as an experience for the senses, I like to imagine tasting the land and the weather as well as the effect of sun, air, fire and the human hand. I have a soft spot for shu pu’er, yabao, scented oolongs, wuyi oolongs, taiwanese tea as well as smooth naturally sweet blacks, creamy greens and surprisingly complex whites.

I began ordering lots of samples from Upton to educate myself on different varieties of tea we didn’t have at work and have fallen head over heels for the unique offerings from Verdant Tea. I am learning things I like: buttery mouthfeel, surprising sweet or spice notes, woodiness, mineral notes, depth and complexity and things I don’t: astringency, dry and sour notes.

I collect tea tins and am in danger of collecting pots, though I am trying to restrain the urge due to current lack of space. I brew mostly in a glass infuser mug or a tea maker, only using cast-iron for company now (still need to get a gaiwan) and tend not to sweeten my teas unless they are British or fruity and iced, which is not often.

As far as ratings, I lack a definite system and haven’t been assigning numbers lately, wanting to spend multiple sessions with a tea first. I usually only log a tea once, unless it is a new harvest or I have significantly different observations, but will go back and edit or comment if I find something interesting or new.

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