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IT’S HERE!!! Yes, this note is to this tea, but also my anxiously awaited YIXING POT! It’s BEAUTIFUL! I cannot get over the delicateness of it, how small and amazing it looks! I would love to season it tonight, but my darn presentation is tomorrow, and I am definitely not in the mindset for it, I want it to be special and I want to be free of all worries. I will be tomorrow thankfully, so I will season it then! I think I managed to include a picture in the comments.

Anyways, onto this tea review now! The dry smell of these leaves is very heady! I get a lot of the sage and ginger, and definitely a bit of burdock. It’s very spicy smelling. The blend of herbs also look absolutely beautiful, a myriad of petals and colors, it looks as if it has been crafted in a far away land.

The wet smell is at first very rose! Like a lovely perfume of it, with underlying scents of spice. I brewed this between 3 and 4 minutes, don’t know the exact time. The liquor is a light yellow color, and once the leaves are removed, the rose smell has been muted, and the spiciness is replacing it. This smells VERY healthy and like it will destroy any cold virus in its path! Mmm the spiciness is almost intoxicating!

Oh this is SO NICE. Perfect calm. It’s a very light tea, was not expecting quite so light after the aroma. The ginger is there, and I love ginger so this is excellent, I think I’m tasting the basil in there too (never have had Tulsi) and definitely some lemon. And a sage-y aftertaste, and a small hint of sweetness, probably the gogi berries and rose mixing maybe? I am very tempted to add a bit of honey like Bonnie did, just to see what happens. I am going to drink this cup straight first though for a bit, and maybe add it at the end, or have it in the next cup.

Overall, this is very good. Very light, and caffeine free to boot, I can see myself drinking this quite a lot. I’m happy I got 2 ounces haha, as it seems like a good evening tea, and especially good for if my throat is sore or I am sick to my stomach or basically anytime. Also would be interested to try mixing it with some of my Laoshan green or my little bit of Laoshan Black that I have left (might save that though). Thank you Verdant for another wonderful blend, and also for my teapot!!

ETA: Ok, I added a wee bit of honey near the end of the cup – the flavors seemed to come out a little bit more maybe. Hmm, I will have to try adding honey right at the start when the tea’s a bit warmer to see the results.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Veronica

How beautiful! That is a lovely pot.

MissLena

Thanks! I can’t believe how pretty is it :) I can’t wait to try it out!

Bonnie

Oh good grief, you got the beautiful ripple water pot!!! I loved that one!!! Yay for you!

MissLena

I’m sorry I stole it from you Bonnie! I couldn’t resist :) it’s so unique! I’m very happy with it!

Bonnie

Oh dear no! I can’t afford something like that and you should have it. I’m really happy for you! I didn’t bid on it…

MissLena

I really probably shouldn’t have gotten it…hehe, but I will call it an early Christmas present to myself to attempt to justify it! Lol

Terri HarpLady

That is one of the ones I was drooling over too!! By the time I was the page, they were all sold! Congrats, Lena, it is SO beautiful!

MissLena

Ah thank you! I truly have no idea how I nabbed it, it was pure luck and good timing I guess! :)

Bonnie

Hey Terri, get her address, we know who to rob!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, we do! Where’d you say you live, Lena? ;)

MissLena

Haha, somewhere in the wilds of Canada, good luck! Lol :)

Invader Zim

Wow, nice teapot! It’s beautiful! You sounded like me there in the beginning of your post, going on about the new teaware rather than the tea!

MissLena

Haha yeah oops lol i had to rave about it I had been waiting soo long for it! I can’t wait to season it tonight!!

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Veronica

How beautiful! That is a lovely pot.

MissLena

Thanks! I can’t believe how pretty is it :) I can’t wait to try it out!

Bonnie

Oh good grief, you got the beautiful ripple water pot!!! I loved that one!!! Yay for you!

MissLena

I’m sorry I stole it from you Bonnie! I couldn’t resist :) it’s so unique! I’m very happy with it!

Bonnie

Oh dear no! I can’t afford something like that and you should have it. I’m really happy for you! I didn’t bid on it…

MissLena

I really probably shouldn’t have gotten it…hehe, but I will call it an early Christmas present to myself to attempt to justify it! Lol

Terri HarpLady

That is one of the ones I was drooling over too!! By the time I was the page, they were all sold! Congrats, Lena, it is SO beautiful!

MissLena

Ah thank you! I truly have no idea how I nabbed it, it was pure luck and good timing I guess! :)

Bonnie

Hey Terri, get her address, we know who to rob!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, we do! Where’d you say you live, Lena? ;)

MissLena

Haha, somewhere in the wilds of Canada, good luck! Lol :)

Invader Zim

Wow, nice teapot! It’s beautiful! You sounded like me there in the beginning of your post, going on about the new teaware rather than the tea!

MissLena

Haha yeah oops lol i had to rave about it I had been waiting soo long for it! I can’t wait to season it tonight!!

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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