Thank’s to Verdant for this sample tea that came with my Laoshan Black order!
Could not go anywhere today, neither could my daughter because of the rain/floods. Not sleeping well until this is over so my review might be squashy. Apologies.
This is one of the tea blends that I had been wanting to try, and it came at the best of times… weather-wise, this has been the worst of times for thousands here in the Colorado floods.
Yesterday was especially hard. My TV had been bleeping frequent emergency warnings for many days. Three nights with not enough sleep caught up with me.
Because of so many road closures and flooding everywhere… I sat and wrote on my blog about the importance of sharing tea with others and said it’s not good to drink tea alone all the time.
When I finished writing, I checked my Facebook, and had a note from Preston (who works at the tea house) inviting me to come to town…and he’d buy me a free pot of tea.
What great timing! I had just written about how sharing tea with others produces kindness and here I was receiving this exact gift.
I arrived as tea slinger Joe was leaving…off shift for the day at 5 PM. He stopped short with his cool bike helmet still on his head to make me some lovely sea urchin tea that he went and pulled from the back room.This was a tea not for sale…but his gift to me.
Sam was sitting at the bar, having a dinner break. He got up, walked over and brought me a ginger cookie (my favorite) to go with my tea.
Preston made me his custom blend with cocoa nibs and puerh. Very tasty!
Like adopted Grandsons, these young men made sure that Tea Shop Grandmother Bonnie was taken care of, not alone in the storm.
I was humbled by them and truly blessed.
If you have time, you might like to read what I wrote before I was summoned to tea. www.teaandincense.com
For my breakfast tea, I made Sweet Cinnamon Puerh! Perfect rainy weather tea!
I make my own puerh blends using Old Comrade and Laoshan Black with cinnamon chips and cocoa nibs or whatever I want to add…Winter Ginger Blend is good to use with puerh. In the past, some Verdant puerh blends were seasonal and I couldn’t get them so I improvised.
I’ve done pretty well, so I was skeptical about the sweet cinnamon puerh being better than my own blend if I’m being truthful.
I made a small pot of tea and was surprised at the velvety sweetness of the cinnamon.
You can order expensive, sweet ground cinnamon but not chips that are as sweet as Verdant’s…and I’d bet Verdant is producing their own since I remember a conversation about creating spice chips with David Duckler some time ago.
The mint and goji berry add needed complexity but take a back seat to the comforting Cinnabon-like cinnamon.
This is Fall and Winter Puerh! Grandma’s kitchen with baking pies and inviting warmth!
I will purchase this, I can’t replicate the cinnamon and I want it!