The first brew offered mild creamy notes. Soft, inoffensive, but nothing remarkable. I laid out the leaves to dry overnight, and did a second brew this morning. Wow! First note was a light, bright mintiness. Successive sips brought out hints of rose and lemon balm. I don’t mean that nasty fake lemon balm smell from Pledge, but fresh, wild lemon balm. It’s clean, bright, and redolent of springtime.

Brewed at 195F; 3 minutes for first steeping, 4 minutes for second.

3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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For years I have disdained tea, because my mother drank Lipton Tea every morning, and forced me to drink it when I had a cold. Also, I grew up in KY, which meant that I was expected to lap up that aberration called “sweet tea.”

Then, Coca-Cola changed their formula for Coke Zero, and I was forced to find something else to swig all day long. I ordered sample sizes from various tea companies, and when I tasted Harney & Sons’ Earl Grey Imperial, I discovered that tea did not have to be an ordeal.

Now, I brew three to four pots of tea a day, and am having a blast trying out all sorts of varieties of teas.



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