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drank Royal Garland by Samovar
260 tasting notes

I fail to understand how I failed to log this tea. Fail. Fail. FAIL.

Y’all, this tea is good. Like, teen girl squad SOOOO GOOD!

At the higher temperatures it’s a bit dark, and I, like Auggy, much like it in the lower range of water temperature. It’s not bad at the higher ones by any means, but it unlocks these flavor profiles that I love with the cooler water so it’s all about the subjective preference for me.

The scent of the steeping leaves has a vegetal quality about it. At times, I almost smell cornbread. But the tea. The tea is where the magic happens. Walk with me.

This tea is like the embodiment of a specific type of commercial. You know, like shampoo or soap commercials where colorful exotic flowers and/or fruits fall across the screen amidst slow motion splashes of backlit water. Or perhaps washer commercials set in brightly tropical environments where long bolts of colored silk slide, defiant of gravity, through an impossibly transparent underwater environment while softly invigorating Enya-like music plays in the background.

This tea bombards my senses with lush, botanical florals that I can’t identify and nectary fruits, while remaining soft in flavor. It has that sense of denseness and humidity about it – like when you step into the tropical climate exhibit at a zoo, garden, or science museum. And yet the tea is light and smooth.

A very, very light buttery flavor cuts seamlessly in and out of the flavors. There is a hazy yet crystalline sweetness that caresses the tip of my tongue when the liquid is swished around. The overall effect is one of a natural, renewing freshness that radiates outwards until it saturates my consciousness with unfathomably delicious flavor.

It’s a direct line to tropical warmth, and since actually going to Hawaii isn’t at all feasible at the moment, right now [heh, especially now], I’ll take it.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teaplz

CHEERLEADER. SO AND SO. WHAT’S HER FACE. THE UGLY ONNNEEEE!

Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

And, as usual, amazing, mouth-watering descriptions. Very happy that I have some of this to try!

Auggy

You know, like shampoo or soap commercials where colorful exotic flowers and/or fruits fall across the screen amidst slow motion splashes of backlit water. Or perhaps washer commercials set in brightly tropical environments where long bolts of colored silk slide, defiant of gravity, through an impossibly transparent underwater environment while softly invigorating Enya-like music plays in the background.
That? Perfect way to describe it. So many different, gorgeous and tropical flashes of fruit, flowers, nectar and other nummy things. Such a lovely tea. So. Good.

Can I like this log multiple times please?

TeaCast

Beautiful phrasing, makes me want to smell laundry soap hahah

takgoti

@teaplz Ooncha, ooncha, one two three-cha!
Leave me alone, or I’ll tell teacha!
Brush your teeth, comb your hair, I saw Tompkins in his under-
Where are you going? What are you doing?
How do you be so short?

@Auggy Thank you!! I don’t know why, but when I drink this I can close my eyes and imagine that I’m in a whirlpool commercial.
http://bit.ly/9NuI9k

takgoti

@TeaCast Better believe I will be adding “inspired people to huff laundry detergent” to my resume.

sophistre

YES. I read ‘teen girl squad’ and was like…I know that…why do I know that? And then I read teaplz’s comment, and life was right again. I’m obviously overdue to go back and watch them all over again.

Also, I am now going to be seriously put out if this really was one of the teas that they were out of, because between this review and Auggy’s yesterday, I now NEED this tea.

takgoti

Hahaha, I like to go back to Homestar Runner every now and then. They’re stil updating! I don’t know why it makes me so happy, but it does. I’ll cop to downloading one of the Strongbad games from the Wii store. [It was decent. About what you’d expect.]

I hope you got Royal Garland, too! I think you can check your ordered quantities on their site if you signed up for an account with them?

teaplz

ARROW"D!

Ahhh, that brings back memories. But yeah, Royal Garland. I’m probably going to make some this weekend! Yay!

S

What time is it? IT’S VALENTIMES! What time is it? IT’S VALENTIMES! What we gonna get? SEVERAL BOYS! How we gonna get em? Uhm….er…

Happy Vamlumtimes day! And awesome review :)

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teaplz

CHEERLEADER. SO AND SO. WHAT’S HER FACE. THE UGLY ONNNEEEE!

Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

And, as usual, amazing, mouth-watering descriptions. Very happy that I have some of this to try!

Auggy

You know, like shampoo or soap commercials where colorful exotic flowers and/or fruits fall across the screen amidst slow motion splashes of backlit water. Or perhaps washer commercials set in brightly tropical environments where long bolts of colored silk slide, defiant of gravity, through an impossibly transparent underwater environment while softly invigorating Enya-like music plays in the background.
That? Perfect way to describe it. So many different, gorgeous and tropical flashes of fruit, flowers, nectar and other nummy things. Such a lovely tea. So. Good.

Can I like this log multiple times please?

TeaCast

Beautiful phrasing, makes me want to smell laundry soap hahah

takgoti

@teaplz Ooncha, ooncha, one two three-cha!
Leave me alone, or I’ll tell teacha!
Brush your teeth, comb your hair, I saw Tompkins in his under-
Where are you going? What are you doing?
How do you be so short?

@Auggy Thank you!! I don’t know why, but when I drink this I can close my eyes and imagine that I’m in a whirlpool commercial.
http://bit.ly/9NuI9k

takgoti

@TeaCast Better believe I will be adding “inspired people to huff laundry detergent” to my resume.

sophistre

YES. I read ‘teen girl squad’ and was like…I know that…why do I know that? And then I read teaplz’s comment, and life was right again. I’m obviously overdue to go back and watch them all over again.

Also, I am now going to be seriously put out if this really was one of the teas that they were out of, because between this review and Auggy’s yesterday, I now NEED this tea.

takgoti

Hahaha, I like to go back to Homestar Runner every now and then. They’re stil updating! I don’t know why it makes me so happy, but it does. I’ll cop to downloading one of the Strongbad games from the Wii store. [It was decent. About what you’d expect.]

I hope you got Royal Garland, too! I think you can check your ordered quantities on their site if you signed up for an account with them?

teaplz

ARROW"D!

Ahhh, that brings back memories. But yeah, Royal Garland. I’m probably going to make some this weekend! Yay!

S

What time is it? IT’S VALENTIMES! What time is it? IT’S VALENTIMES! What we gonna get? SEVERAL BOYS! How we gonna get em? Uhm….er…

Happy Vamlumtimes day! And awesome review :)

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