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Backlogging. Last Monday night.

A surprise inclusion in a tea swap with LiberTeas. I"m not a chamomile fan, unless it’s a less noticeable flavor in a blend, so I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure if I’d like this one. But the colorful dry tisane and barely there chamomile smell got my hopes up about its drinkability.

Nocturne, as I like to call it, has a happy multi-colored dry tisane, containing small lavender colored seeds, larger purple hued pieces ranging from royal purple to magenta, chamomile flowers, very large sheer flower petals, and golden green honeybush chippies. It smells of the distinct floral scent of lavender foremost, with a bit of chamomile and the sweetness of the honeybush beneath it.

I steeped up a mugful using the steeping parameters in Liberteas tealog for it. Fragrant and inviting, darker than I expected. I taste lavender, only a bit of chamomile, sweetness from the honeybush, and just a hint of tart from the hibiscus. This tea is unique. I was expecting something similar to a sleepytime blend.

I gave it a second steep cause I usually try one for each new tea. Surprisingly for a tisane, it was moderate in strength, compared to the first steep, and flavorful. I enjoyed consuming it.

I’m rating this tisane a 70, right on the border between nice and good (nice = 60-70, good = 70-80).

2nd steep: 9 min 30 sec.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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