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This tea is perfect. I am hoping so, so hard that I never get sick of it the way I can with many a tea, because it really is as perfect as its “back story” makes it out to be. I read the back story last night (about how it was part of a project to improve Portugal’s image and is the only Western tea to be featured in the Chinese tea museum) and dreamed really, really big.

Last night was perhaps the first night in a long while that i’ve had decent sleep, and although I’m still feeling a bit tired this morning, I actually slept through the night and woke to the sound of my alarm, and excitedly got out of bed because I’d planned for this tea this morning.

The dry smell of the leaf was actually a bit misleading. It sort of has an earthy, barn-yard-esque quality to it that was reminiscently evocative of the keemun I sampled from art of Tea and didn’t quite like, although the barnyard factor was significantly less pronounced in these leaves. I brewed it up as per keychange, so about five minutes and my usual cream and sugar, and was blown away.

This is perhaps the first tea I’ve ever tried that tastes sort of like a campfire, with sweet hints of maple and a fresh, rain-soaked wind that has whipped through a dense forest. It is not astringent in the slightest, and I can absolutely see what all the fuss is about (which is a relief, let me tell you. I always feel like a bit of a failure when I don’t get what the fuss is about over a beloved tea on steepster).
Seriously, if any of you guys want to try some of this, let me know. It’s amazing. I want it in my collection forever!

Nightshifter

I like this one a lot, too. :)

keychange

Isn’t it so wonderful? I knew upon drinking it that I wouldn’t be able to do it justice in a tasting note, but my god it’s perfect.

ifjuly

Yay! I recently fell in love with the Queen too, and now we hang out regularly. (:

keychange

So do we! She is so graceful and inviting and perfect!

Rosehips

Hooray for the Queen! (beautiful with a teaspoon of the Harney Rose Scented mixed in as well.

Shmiracles

oh man i’m gonna have to try this one soon! your delight is contagious.

keychange

Try it try it try it! Want me to send you some?
and shmiracles, so does that equal two tsp of tea? one of each? it isn’t too strong?

keychange

sorry, that question was to rosehips!

Indigobloom

Hehe I love this one. Glad there are some fellow Queen admirers around now… there was awhile there when nobody was posting about her!

keychange

We should always post about her! she deserves it!

Indigobloom

Right?! Dang I’m craving a cup now lol

keychange

Me too!!

Rosehips

I use one tsp of the queen with one of rose scented for a small pot of tea, and it turns out beautifully.

keychange

That’s good to know! I usually brew a mug at a time, so maybe i’ll do half a tsp of each an see how that goes. I have yet to try rose-scented, but I have it in my cupboard, so it won’t be long!

Rosehips

That sounds like a good ratio. I cant wait to hear what you think of this combo.

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Nightshifter

I like this one a lot, too. :)

keychange

Isn’t it so wonderful? I knew upon drinking it that I wouldn’t be able to do it justice in a tasting note, but my god it’s perfect.

ifjuly

Yay! I recently fell in love with the Queen too, and now we hang out regularly. (:

keychange

So do we! She is so graceful and inviting and perfect!

Rosehips

Hooray for the Queen! (beautiful with a teaspoon of the Harney Rose Scented mixed in as well.

Shmiracles

oh man i’m gonna have to try this one soon! your delight is contagious.

keychange

Try it try it try it! Want me to send you some?
and shmiracles, so does that equal two tsp of tea? one of each? it isn’t too strong?

keychange

sorry, that question was to rosehips!

Indigobloom

Hehe I love this one. Glad there are some fellow Queen admirers around now… there was awhile there when nobody was posting about her!

keychange

We should always post about her! she deserves it!

Indigobloom

Right?! Dang I’m craving a cup now lol

keychange

Me too!!

Rosehips

I use one tsp of the queen with one of rose scented for a small pot of tea, and it turns out beautifully.

keychange

That’s good to know! I usually brew a mug at a time, so maybe i’ll do half a tsp of each an see how that goes. I have yet to try rose-scented, but I have it in my cupboard, so it won’t be long!

Rosehips

That sounds like a good ratio. I cant wait to hear what you think of this combo.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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