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Sipdown shared with my mom’s church friends. I was invited to come brew for a meeting at my mom’s house, part of a search for a new minister. I came armed with over a dozen loose leaf teas. Everyone was impressed with the selection, my mom had no idea how much I had at home until I showed her a picture of my stash “You probably have over a hundred! Well I guess that’s good in this weather” What does the weather have to do with it?

Anywho this proved to be the most popular and got reinfused several times. Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream was also enjoyed along with Verdant’s Dragonwell Style Laoshan Green and Mountain Tea’s Heritage Honey Oolong for two purists :)

I’m a bit sensitive to floral tea but this is definitely my favorite lavender tea, very light, bright and refreshing. And I would love to see it’s return in the spring. I was saving it to share and share I did! See previous note. Now I need to go brew some tea.

Hesper June

Ha! I has a similar comment recently from someone.
She said “Oh, you drink tea? well, thats a nice thing to be interested in at this time” and I was thinking “at this time?” what? This time of year? This time in my life?
People are funny.
This Tea sounds tasty, I have only ever had one Lavender Earl Grey.
But, I liked it:)

ashmanra

Hee hee! One fellow sounded completely bewildered when he asked me why I had so much tea. People who sit down and have a few cups with me now and then figure it out best! :) That was nice of you to do that for your mom and her friends.

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Hesper June

Ha! I has a similar comment recently from someone.
She said “Oh, you drink tea? well, thats a nice thing to be interested in at this time” and I was thinking “at this time?” what? This time of year? This time in my life?
People are funny.
This Tea sounds tasty, I have only ever had one Lavender Earl Grey.
But, I liked it:)

ashmanra

Hee hee! One fellow sounded completely bewildered when he asked me why I had so much tea. People who sit down and have a few cups with me now and then figure it out best! :) That was nice of you to do that for your mom and her friends.

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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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