So, I chose this for my dinner tonight (a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich). The package says “zesty cucumber” on it. I couldn’t have imagined what a “strong” cucumber smell was like before, but the wet leaves had this smell – very earthy and green. It was a little bit off-putting, to be honest. But the brewed tea was fabulous. It’s super-light and subtle and smooth. You do get a little bit of zest in the aroma, but there is no bitterness from tannins. (Somehow I expect zesty nose in the tea to correspond with the bitter flavor of actual citrus zest.) What a nice comforting tea for a chilly evening at home!

ETA: I almost didn’t receive this tea, because someone is stealing mail out of the mailboxes on my street again. Charming. (I would have thought this was so punk back in the day – think Dead Kennedys song.) Anyhow, apparently the thieves weren’t interested in tea and dumped this package on the side of the road somewhere. Thanks, USPS, for finding it and getting it to me!

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

I love to swap, or even just send people samples, so if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message!


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