drank Earl Lavender by Samovar
237 tasting notes

One more from the Samovar black tea sampler pack. I’ve been a little shy of lavender as a flavor rather than a scent, so I’m not expecting miracles from this blend. The dry leaf does have a noticeable proportion of lavender blossoms in it, and the aroma of the leaf and the tea reflects that – no mistaking that presence!

I think this works out better than Golden Moon’s Earl Grey/Lavender blend, as the herb portion tastes fresher, but I still don’t feel like I’m being won over to the ingestion of lavender. The two flavors work together well, but it’s not for the faint of heart; even after 3.5 minutes it is a strong drink that actually imparts a little bit of burn to the back of the throat.

Interesting to try, but I won’t be going back for more.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!


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