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You know there’s that current discussion on the numerical scoring teas going on now (when you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ve seen it pop up several times), where people are like, if you know in advance that you don’t like the flavors in a tea, why are you drinking it?

Here’s one reason: I got a free sample of this tea with my Instant Thé order. I am not the biggest fan of lavender in my teas, and have had some truly awful ones, but I will always try a tea out just to see if the flavor is well done by someone. This is an interesting one as well because it’s not just lavender, it’s lavender and orange and lemon and cinnamon. My boyfriend insists it smells altogether like ginger and I can kind of see where he’s coming from, even though there’s no ginger in this tea.

I brewed this a boiling before I realized it was a black/dark oolong blend, but hopefully it’s a robust enough oolong to take it. What an interestingly odd tea! Honestly I think the cinnamon saves it for me. It provides just enough spice to really cut through the lavender and keep it from being soapy. The citrus also provides a bit of an edge to the sip. It’s just an odd mix and hard to really pin down. This is totally not a flavor combo that I will ever go for again, but it’s not as bad as I feared.

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K S

There was fellow so desperately trying to sell stocks of lavender flowers, at the farmers market, that he was actually giving them away. I honestly couldn’t get near him. I like flowers but that stuff is way too bathroom spray for my nose. BUT if I found a sample in my stash, I would brew it up and rate it. Who knows maybe I might find a miracle in a pouch.

gmathis

Next time I have an envelope headed your way, I’ll put some in it. Wouldn’t recommend it straight up, but is a nice blender-inner.

K S

What do you blender-in? Gonna make me live up to my words eh? lol

gmathis

Actually, it’s not bad with tulsi or chamomile. Haven’t attempted it with black tea, but now that you mention it….

Ruby Woo Scarlett

That’s a really harsh question – samples need to be drunk and I’ve ordered teas online that sound like they’d blow all the others out of the water and ended up with an insipid cup.
I love lavender but the black/oolong base sounds like an odd pairing with lavender, or perhaps it’s just me. I think I’ve only had it with a white base.

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K S

There was fellow so desperately trying to sell stocks of lavender flowers, at the farmers market, that he was actually giving them away. I honestly couldn’t get near him. I like flowers but that stuff is way too bathroom spray for my nose. BUT if I found a sample in my stash, I would brew it up and rate it. Who knows maybe I might find a miracle in a pouch.

gmathis

Next time I have an envelope headed your way, I’ll put some in it. Wouldn’t recommend it straight up, but is a nice blender-inner.

K S

What do you blender-in? Gonna make me live up to my words eh? lol

gmathis

Actually, it’s not bad with tulsi or chamomile. Haven’t attempted it with black tea, but now that you mention it….

Ruby Woo Scarlett

That’s a really harsh question – samples need to be drunk and I’ve ordered teas online that sound like they’d blow all the others out of the water and ended up with an insipid cup.
I love lavender but the black/oolong base sounds like an odd pairing with lavender, or perhaps it’s just me. I think I’ve only had it with a white base.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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