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Chilling at home with the dog keeping an eye on all the tornado warnings. So far, none for my county but quite a few around us and several where my kids are. Hubby has to work through the storm, possibly all night if trees come down or we have more flooding, so here I am drinking tea, lighting candles and picking a good book to download.

Tea of the moment is Azalina’s Malaysian Black, paired with Peanut M&M’s cuz I am a grown woman and I can eat what I want. They are the pastel Easter ines which makes them even more delicious because they are cute.

First thought when steeping was, “Whoa! Pumpkin spice!” Then I decided it was much more of a Christmas blend aroma. I really assocaite clove and orange with Christmas. But the hint of lavender is really nice. It is just the barest hint and I could easily mistake it for rosemary.

I steeped it for just three and a half minutes because the leaves are so broken, and I am happy with the strength. It is not bitter or astringent, at least not with food, it might be a different story if I put the candy away.

No milk no sugar, as usual, and I find it very enjoyable. Thank you, derk, for the generous sample!

ETA: well, now WE have a warning! Currently in hall bathroom with dog.

ETA again! All is well!

Xxxxx

Always a happy thing to see you nd your reviews! <3

Kawaii433

Stay safe! <3

tea-sipper

Hope you are okay!

ashmanra

Thank you, we are! Hope all our fellow Steepsterires are well, too!

derk

I don’t miss those green-grey skies of the east, having grown up near a city that got hit twice. Glad to hear your region is safe and you enjoyed the tea. I wouldn’t have thought to compare this to a Christmas tea since I haven’t had many. The combination of clove and star anise made me think of Thai/Viet/Chinese food. Add in the vanilla and I though Thai tea. The lavender was quite strong to my senses.

Kittenna

Eep. Hope it’s just a warning based on rotation, and no actual tornado touching down! Tornadoes scare me…

Roswell Strange

When I was really young, I watched a movie about tornados with my parents. It may have been Twister; but I’m not sure since I was too young to remember clearly. Anyway, it scared the SHIT out of me because my dumb, tiny baby brain couldn’t comprehend that tornadoes were a weather phenomenon that only occured in extreme winds/storms. So, for a long time I was just constantly afraid that I could be just minding my own business doing kid shit like eating boogers, having supper indoors, or out a the beach on a sunny day and a tornado would just swoop in and kill me and my family. It didn’t help that I lived in the heart of the prairies (landlocked) and people would say ALL THE TIME “The only thing you have to worry about here is Tornados!” (in reference to other natural disasters like tsunamis).

ashmanra

Thank you for your well wishes! All is well and there was little damage – a few roofs blew off an hour or two away, some trees fell but really nothing major and I am grateful.

Roswell – I wish I could go back in time and give you a big hug and tell you not to be afraid! I went through a stage of being terrified in every thunder storm, watching the skies for a funnel cloud through the window constantly. I had nightmares about tornadoes. But one day I said to myself that I would pray about it and then what happens, happens. Somehow it made me not obsess about tornadoes appearing any more, although I still respect the warnings and take them seriously. But oh, poor child, being afraid like that! I am sorry you went through that.

Kittenna – I think it must have been mostly based on rotation. There were warnings all over the state, power went out here and there, but overall it was not nearly as bad as we were concerned it might be.

Evol Ving Ness

Glad you all are safe. Scary stuff.

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drank Malaysian Black Tea by Azalina's Tea
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This is a tea I picked up from the co-op in San Francisco. It’s blended by a restaurant called Azalina’s at the edge of both of my old neighborhoods. I had never heard of Azalina’s probably because it’s located in the Twitter headquarters.

Really, this is an incredible blend if you like strong flavors. Crushed/chopped black tea leaf, tons of lavender, huge chunks of orange peel, clove, star anise and vanilla beans. They all meld together seamlessly, creating a smooth, vanilla sweet yet spicy and lavender-cooling bold black tea. The orange peel is sweet and floral compared to a more pungent tangerine peel. A little mineral and oily, doesn’t get bitter or astringent. Leaves a slight tingly spice in the mouth.

I imagine the flavors are strong enough to create a killer latte or milk tea. In my usual fashion, I drank it straight. 2tsp, 8oz, boiling, 2 steeps at 2-3 and 5 minutes. With the second steep, the black tea is pretty much depleted but the other ingredients still make a tasty brew. Very much recommended if you ever come across it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Wow, this sounds like a winner!

Evol Ving Ness

I am always a bit hesitant with several strong flavours going on at once. The result depends on the balance. Sounds like they got it right. Another reason to get to SF one day.

Martin Bednář

It sounds interesting – black tea with lavender (come on, never spell correctly) with spices and orange peel.

derk

If I could easily get more of this I would send it around for the sampling.

mtchyg

I think I found a website for it here: https://www.azalinas.com/products It is listed as an herbal tea which is interesting since it has black tea in it? I wonder if they ship out across the country?

derk

Oh cool, thanks for looking! It’s definitely not an herbal tea — you can see the black tea in the pictures and it is caffeinating. If they didn’t ship across the continental US I’d be surprised.

I’ll be going back to the city within the next month for other purposes. If anybody wants to try this let me know and I’ll stop by the co-op or Azalina’s restaurant, whichever is cheaper.

mtchyg

I would love to try it. Just let me know when you are able to get it and how much it is. When you get it and ship it, I can send you payment through Paypal or Venmo if you do either of those. Looking forward to it.

derk

I will do my best to deliver! I’ll be in contact with you via pm as my excursion draws nearer.

Evol Ving Ness

I’d like to try it as well. However, I am in Canada and shipping costs btwn us troubling now. (And I am way behind in swaps currently, so there’s that too.)

ashmanra

You sent me this one! I have it sitting out to try today,

Mastress Alita

That does sound like a winning flavor combo. But I’ve always been biased towards teas with lavender.

derk

Evol Ving Ness, I’d be happy to send you a modest sample free of charge and nothing in return since I have a huge swap from Togo to work through. Since the tea is mostly crushed would you be ok with a letter-sized envelope so that postage is cheaper to Canada? I will also pm you first week of May.

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