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Somewhere out in the Wild Piney Woods dwells a Tea Hobbit, Brendenol PinePeaker. He spends his days in his wild piney woods collecting pine needles to roast, picking mushrooms and dreaming up dreamy teas.

One recent morning, he chortled to himself as he mixed:

“O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

I was chortling the same thing as I sipped this tea. The very first thing you notice as you sip is the sweetness. The honey-nectary sweetness rolls around with the warm bready bottom while a wee bit of minty freshness breezes through at the end. The sweet fruity-floral to me is very slightly reminiscent of that bug-bitten/Oriental Beauty sort of flavor. My beloved malt makes an appearance to keep everything reassuringly grounded.

The Lovely Tea Fairy (LTF) and I were given this tea to preview. As is usual for our first try, we followed the steeping instructions Brenden provided to the letter: ½ tablespoon of tea to 8 ounces of 205 degree water , steeped for 3 minutes – no more, no less. LTF and I are both what I call “heapers and steepers” in that we generally use more tea than called for and we frequently steep for a longer bit of time. We agreed Brenden’s parameters for this were perfect. On the first sip, the following conversation ensued:

LTF: “Oh crap, not another one.”
MzP: “yep.”

I don’t know how The Tea Whiz of the Woods keeps dreaming up these amazing teas that demand a permanent place in my cupboard. But he does. When he says he is a Tea Mixologist, he speaks the truth.

I know the base of Jabberwocky is Fujian Black and I know some of the high mountain wild picked purple leaf tea that is in Port is in there as well. This is not a big chocolate fudge bomb – there might be a very light waft of chocolate here and there, but you don’t immediately think chocolate. This is a medium bodied tea that will serve multiple purposes for me – a sweet comfort after a hard work day, a sprightly little wake up or a nice afternoon treat. This could easily be a daily drinker.

As I write this, I’m sipping on my last little bit, but I know I have more on the way (maybe even today or tomorrow) so I’m not sad, but I am savoring every mouthful, rolling it around my tongue and inhaling the malty-sweet updraft and enjoying that fresh little breeze at the end. It makes me hear this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFvXvfUF-Co&feature=kp

And because I think everyone should read The Jabberwocky as often as possible:
http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/jabber/jabberwocky.html

This tea? ‘Tis brillig.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Eucalyptus, Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML
TheTeaFairy

Haha!! Oh crap is right :-) you crack me up!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, and you have all my admiration for doing this on tiny wee iphone!!!

MzPriss

My darling LTF – it was a mofo! And I have to fix stuff when I get home :)

whatshesaid

Another great WP review!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Such a lovely review :)

Sarsonator

Wonderful, as always. You both get to keep your Teacret Agent titles :p

Roughage

Thanks for a superb and entertaining review. You really make me want to try this.

MzPriss

Awwww thanks y’all so much. I love this tea

@Roughage – I’m glad to entertain and I think you will like it very much if you try it. It’s happy face tea for me and Pudding Mouth for the Fairy :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Did I say you crack me up?

Roughage

Happy face and Pudding Mouth? Most excellent. :)

MzPriss

No YOU crack ME up schmoopie!

Sarsonator

Schmoopie is one of my fave pet names LOL. That and PookiePie

TheTeaFairy

Oh! I love being called schmoopie :-)

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TheTeaFairy

Haha!! Oh crap is right :-) you crack me up!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, and you have all my admiration for doing this on tiny wee iphone!!!

MzPriss

My darling LTF – it was a mofo! And I have to fix stuff when I get home :)

whatshesaid

Another great WP review!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Such a lovely review :)

Sarsonator

Wonderful, as always. You both get to keep your Teacret Agent titles :p

Roughage

Thanks for a superb and entertaining review. You really make me want to try this.

MzPriss

Awwww thanks y’all so much. I love this tea

@Roughage – I’m glad to entertain and I think you will like it very much if you try it. It’s happy face tea for me and Pudding Mouth for the Fairy :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Did I say you crack me up?

Roughage

Happy face and Pudding Mouth? Most excellent. :)

MzPriss

No YOU crack ME up schmoopie!

Sarsonator

Schmoopie is one of my fave pet names LOL. That and PookiePie

TheTeaFairy

Oh! I love being called schmoopie :-)

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Love that I’m living in beautiful Central Texas – land of good fun, good friends, good food, good music and good tea (Zhi – word.) Tasting great tea makes me hear music. Very often you will see a link to the song I hear for a particular tea.

I’m now blogging about tea and food at: http://atasteofmzpriss.wordpress.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/atasteofmzpriss

Black/red Chinese teas and pu-erh hold the key to my heart.

I don’t care much for flavored teas, especially the fruity varieties. My exceptions are chai and Earl Grey, and apparently now vanilla. Not much love for lapsang souchong either.

I sit squarely on fence with green and white teas.

If I end up in hell, my punishment will be to drink rooibos.

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