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Thanks to Stacy at Butiki for this sample!

I drink flowery tea only when I’m in the MOOD for them. The mood strikes me fairly infrequently.

This afternoon, there was (and is) a forest fire in Poudre Canyon. I noticed the air was smelling strongly of smoke. The wind had kicked up and the fire had doubled, making me concerned for the people needing to evacuate. I called my daughter to find out how the air was at her house…“Dirty, dark and soot in the air”, which I had seen from 10 miles away. She was closer to the fire, although not in the hills. Her home and 8 kids are only a few blocks from a reservoir. I felt relief.

I wanted to wipe the smoke away and bring back the Springtime. I had a sample tea that had the promise of flowers. Rose Violet Calendula Oolong. What better time to drink this tea than now.

I steeped the Oolong 4 minutes letting the fragrant buds fill me with the most beautiful heady floral bouquet. The sipping from beginning to end was a delight.

My first impression was of candied violets, not overly sweet or cloying but delicate and very juicy. The taste turned to crenshaw melon and became buttercream…almost no astringency at all present. The floral bouquet filled my mouth and the scent was surrounding me creating a complete experience. My glass cup of the light yellow liquor was filled again and I delighted in the tea. Violet stood out as the distinct floral up front but, I can’t say that there was a primary rose flavor, a jasmine flavor, a calendula flavor…but a harmony of the other floral flavors.

I added a little sugar at the end…trying to imagine a tea party…and the sugar was such a great addition for a dessert tea. I think this is a perfect, perfect tea party tea!

If you would please say a prayer for all the people in the path of fires going on in Arizona and Colorado please and the firefighters too. Thanks!

Violet

I want to try this simply because it has my name in it. Lol

Bonnie

I don’t blame you…but it’s really good too! 1/2 oz. is $5.25 and you can multiple steep. I think it it a tea worth the price. Another tea that is special is the Blue Nettle $4.00 oz. and is interesting looking.

Butiki Teas

Geez, sorry to hear about the fires near you.

Indigobloom

stay safe Bonnie!
Candied violets sound amazing.

Bonnie

The fire is still going with a windy day but not too near me. I got about 32 oz out of those 1tsp of leaves and I think it could go even further! Great taste!

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Violet

I want to try this simply because it has my name in it. Lol

Bonnie

I don’t blame you…but it’s really good too! 1/2 oz. is $5.25 and you can multiple steep. I think it it a tea worth the price. Another tea that is special is the Blue Nettle $4.00 oz. and is interesting looking.

Butiki Teas

Geez, sorry to hear about the fires near you.

Indigobloom

stay safe Bonnie!
Candied violets sound amazing.

Bonnie

The fire is still going with a windy day but not too near me. I got about 32 oz out of those 1tsp of leaves and I think it could go even further! Great taste!

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There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
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My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
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