So this is my first time trying a loose tea from a higher end company. I’ve had Twinings, and Mighty Leaf, and Adagio. Now this.

First impressions – man, I love their sense of design. Just opening the box was a treat. Then to open the tins (I got the set with this and the Mermaid’s tea). An A&D patch, temporary tattoos, and the art on the tins. It’s all so awesome!

This tea itself – the leaves look and smell so good. It reminded me in scent of the Keemun Rhapsody I have, which is my current favorite. I steeped this in my IngenuiTea, for the prescribed 4 minutes, and then immediately added water after decanting it into my little glass teapot for admiration. It’s a beautiful color, a deep golden brown.

Taste – the first sip had a little bitter undertone that worried me, but it doesn’t stick around. I think I’ll try a lower temperature for the next brewing. Still, very enjoyable. I’m drinking this cup straight. I definitely look forward to trying a little milk and cream. I think that will be delicious.

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, I received a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.


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