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I love the mornings I awake thinking about a certain tea that I want to drink.
On this hot, smoky Sunday morning, I awoke thinking about this tea.
Whenever, I drink this tea, I am reminded of a story I saw long ago, in I believe a National Geographic.
I do not even know if the story took place in Kenya, Or Africa or anywhere even close to where there is a Kenya Sunrise, but the article was about a high-end resort that people stayed at, however, there were giraffes everywhere around the place.
There was one photo where there was a nicely dressed couple sharing breakfast/tea and a giraffe had his head stuck through the window checking out what they were doing.
To my young mind, this was just so incredibly awesome.(and apparently to my 29 year old mind as well, if it still is embedded in my brain)
I remember thinking I wanted to be a fancy lady sipping tea with giraffes.
This tea is different the moment you open the tin, because the leaves are not really leaves at all, but instead they are tiny little round tea shaped balls.
The odor of the dry leaf is lovely, bright and with something rather fruit-like maybe?
I agree with the description where it is rather like your assam-y breakfast teas, bright and encouraging awakening, but it lacks that strong astringent
bitterness that some of those teas can have, both in odor as well as taste.
It brews a beautiful dark red cuppa.
The smell of tea also mimics the dry leaf, bright with just a slight fruit and spice note.
Taste again is a little like assam, malty and such, but brighter and lighter.
It lacks the heaviness that assam can have as well (FYI, I am not dissing on Assam, I love me some assam)
I think this is a prefect summer breakfast tea.
I really enjoy sipping it.
I also think it would be perfectly acceptable to drink with giraffes, you know…in case you have some dropping by later for a visit;)

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JustJames

i’m drinking a golden needle assam right now…. lighter and brighter on my side too!

Hesper June

Oh! thats sounds lovely!

JustJames

we could always do a swap… this is a sample i bought from harney and sons but i have enough left to share. =0)

Hesper June

Here is the Giraffe Manor! I still want to go:)
http://www.giraffemanor.com/

Hesper June

Sure, James! Love to do a swap.
Is there anything else that you are interested in that’s in my cupboard?

gmathis

Tea with giraffes…that just has the making of a children’s storybook, doesn’t it?

Hesper June

It does, G! Probably why my child brain fell so madly in love with the idea.
Maybe I should visit and then write a book on my experience:)

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JustJames

i’m drinking a golden needle assam right now…. lighter and brighter on my side too!

Hesper June

Oh! thats sounds lovely!

JustJames

we could always do a swap… this is a sample i bought from harney and sons but i have enough left to share. =0)

Hesper June

Here is the Giraffe Manor! I still want to go:)
http://www.giraffemanor.com/

Hesper June

Sure, James! Love to do a swap.
Is there anything else that you are interested in that’s in my cupboard?

gmathis

Tea with giraffes…that just has the making of a children’s storybook, doesn’t it?

Hesper June

It does, G! Probably why my child brain fell so madly in love with the idea.
Maybe I should visit and then write a book on my experience:)

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A Farmer’s Wife who drinks her tea to forget the din of the world.
Love all tea, from black to herbal concoctions.
Usually start my day with black tea and then move on to Oolong or Green in the afternoon, then finish the day with a tisane.
Loose Leaf teas are my preference, I say “Free the Leaves!” :)
When I am not drinking tea, I enjoy knitting, baking, reading, playing with one of our rescue animals or working along side my husband on our farm.

My rating system is rather relaxed:
50’s or under- Um, is this tea or did I get this from the slop bucket?
60’s- Not really my thing, certainly will not be purchasing again.
70’s- I will give this tea a few more tries to see if it grows on me , right now it is okay but not thrilling me.
80’s- Like this tea a lot. It might be a tea that I have to be in a certain mood for and therefore not a daily drinker, but try to have on hand for those “moods”
90’s and higher- ADORE! Will never be without!

I most always drink my tea plain.
No sweeteners or milk/cream.

Location

Idaho

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