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Good golly Miss Molly, this is delicious! That was my first thought upon the initial sip, and it hasn’t changed much.

The appearance of this tea is very pleasing to the eye. There are the big silvery, fuzzy buds mixed with dried goji berries, green tea leaves, marigold petals, rose petals, citrus peels, and dried elder berries.

The dry smell of this tea is wonderful. It’s fresh and crisp yet creamy, with cedar and pine notes and floral notes. It’s like a forest on the edge of a wonderful flower garden. Wet the leaves smell mostly of cedar, pine and floral; while the infusion smells of cedar, rose and jasmine.

Taste is wonderful. Cedar and pine notes with rose and jasmine floral notes. It’s creamy yet is light. It’s sweet and sparkling. There is a sparkling feeling on the tip of the tongue at the beginning of the sip and moves to the back of the tongue and touches the throat at the end of the sip and lingers for the aftertaste. I get the goji berry and citrus notes mostly in the aftertaste.

In further steepings the tea takes on mostly cedar and pine notes with the sparkling quality and still retains some creaminess. It loses the floral notes by the third steep, being predominant in the first steep. It gains some spiciness in further steepings mostly in the aftertaste.

I steeped this gaiwanish-style. I don’t have a gaiwan, which is why I say gaiwanish. I used a 5 oz cup with a infuser basket with 205F water. The first steep was only about 5 seconds and now I’m up to about a minute.

I can’t recall what steeping I’m currently on, somewhere around 8 I believe, and I don’t intend on stopping. This is one tea that I will definitely be reordering. It is absolutely wonderful and I suggest everyone to try it if it is geared toward their tastes, but don’t ask me for any, I am not sharing this treasure!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

This is interesting, since this is an alchemy blend and is intended for western style brewing or iced tea…that you figured out your own gaiwanish method. Western Style (suggested by Verdant) would be 2tsp for 8oz and 2min steep. I’d be interested in knowing how you compare the two methods…taste difference wise. I also love all the alchemy blends I’ve tried!

Invader Zim

I will have to try that method out tomorrow since I’m STILL steeping…#12 I believe I’m on now! Since I don’t know about the caffeine levels in this tea I should probably call it quits soon so I can sleep tonight. Even though it doesn’t feel like there is any caffeine in it, better safe than sorry.

Bonnie

With all the other ingredients it should be fairly low. Most of the alchemy blends are way way lower than the full blown tea’s.

Kittenna

Another tea I’m intrigued by. If I cave and order Golden Fleece before it sells out I might pick this one up. Bad Krystaleyn, bad.

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Bonnie

This is interesting, since this is an alchemy blend and is intended for western style brewing or iced tea…that you figured out your own gaiwanish method. Western Style (suggested by Verdant) would be 2tsp for 8oz and 2min steep. I’d be interested in knowing how you compare the two methods…taste difference wise. I also love all the alchemy blends I’ve tried!

Invader Zim

I will have to try that method out tomorrow since I’m STILL steeping…#12 I believe I’m on now! Since I don’t know about the caffeine levels in this tea I should probably call it quits soon so I can sleep tonight. Even though it doesn’t feel like there is any caffeine in it, better safe than sorry.

Bonnie

With all the other ingredients it should be fairly low. Most of the alchemy blends are way way lower than the full blown tea’s.

Kittenna

Another tea I’m intrigued by. If I cave and order Golden Fleece before it sells out I might pick this one up. Bad Krystaleyn, bad.

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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