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  • “You know there’s that current discussion on the numerical scoring teas going on now (when you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ve seen it pop up several times), where people...” Read full tasting note
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From Comptoir des thés et des épices

Blend of black teas from India and Wu-Long tea with aromas of lavender, mandarin and cinnamon.
Decorated with lemon, orange peel, pieces of cinnamon, lemon balm and lemon verbena and lavender flowers and blueberry.

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You know there’s that current discussion on the numerical scoring teas going on now (when you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ve seen it pop up several times), where people are like, if you know in advance that you don’t like the flavors in a tea, why are you drinking it?

Here’s one reason: I got a free sample of this tea with my Instant Thé order. I am not the biggest fan of lavender in my teas, and have had some truly awful ones, but I will always try a tea out just to see if the flavor is well done by someone. This is an interesting one as well because it’s not just lavender, it’s lavender and orange and lemon and cinnamon. My boyfriend insists it smells altogether like ginger and I can kind of see where he’s coming from, even though there’s no ginger in this tea.

I brewed this a boiling before I realized it was a black/dark oolong blend, but hopefully it’s a robust enough oolong to take it. What an interestingly odd tea! Honestly I think the cinnamon saves it for me. It provides just enough spice to really cut through the lavender and keep it from being soapy. The citrus also provides a bit of an edge to the sip. It’s just an odd mix and hard to really pin down. This is totally not a flavor combo that I will ever go for again, but it’s not as bad as I feared.

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There was fellow so desperately trying to sell stocks of lavender flowers, at the farmers market, that he was actually giving them away. I honestly couldn’t get near him. I like flowers but that stuff is way too bathroom spray for my nose. BUT if I found a sample in my stash, I would brew it up and rate it. Who knows maybe I might find a miracle in a pouch.


Next time I have an envelope headed your way, I’ll put some in it. Wouldn’t recommend it straight up, but is a nice blender-inner.


What do you blender-in? Gonna make me live up to my words eh? lol


Actually, it’s not bad with tulsi or chamomile. Haven’t attempted it with black tea, but now that you mention it….

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That’s a really harsh question – samples need to be drunk and I’ve ordered teas online that sound like they’d blow all the others out of the water and ended up with an insipid cup.
I love lavender but the black/oolong base sounds like an odd pairing with lavender, or perhaps it’s just me. I think I’ve only had it with a white base.

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