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Eighth tea for March Mad(Hatter)ness! This is for the herbal tea round, going against Lupicia’s Apple Barley Tea. I reviewed it previously here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/374606

This is the lavender tea that gave birth to other lavender teas. It has such a strong yet pleasing lavender aroma from the dry leaf. I brewed two heaping teaspoons to 450ml 205F water, and steeped it for somewhere around 8-10 minutes before straining. Most herbals I just “leave the bag in” but I have found lavender has a tendency toward bitterness so I try to remember to steep and strain those teas.

This is strongly lavender, but it is very natural sort of flavor and aroma; I suppose those that aren’t too keen on lavender may find it perfumy or soapy, but I don’t find either quality in this tea. The base of the tea is a mix of blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry leaf, which leaves a sort of “garden fresh” herbaceous undertone to the tea, while also adding a slight natural sweetness that balances those bitter notes that can happen from too much lavender. It is a very smooth and soothing lavender tea. The lavender itself is just the slightest bit minty.

I do think, as far as a lavender-forward tea, this is probably the best one I’ve ever had. That said, I certainly have to be in the mood for it; it isn’t the sort of tea I find myself reaching for very often. I’m more likely to grab lavender blends, like a coconut lavender or chocolate lavender or lemon lavender tea when I get a lavender-itch. Occassionally, the itch is strong enough that none of those options have strong enough lavender, and then this hits the spot. (It is also a great mixer in lemonade, smoothies, lattes, etc.!)

When I compare something like this to Lupicia’s Apple Barley Tea, while the flavors are complete opposites, I do find the functionality of them similar for me; they are relaxing and comforting night sippers or refreshing cold brews. But, when it comes down to it, I’d likely find myself reaching for the mugicha more often, considering I have to be in just the right “mood” for this tea. For that reason, Lupicia’s Apple Barley Tea moves on!

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Lavender, Mint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
AJRimmer

After reading your note, I went to save this on my wishlist and saw that it was already there! Definitely planning to make an order later this year!

tea-sipper

whoa, I thought you’d go with the lavender! And also this: “coconut lavender or chocolate lavender or lemon lavender” — why are all of these combinations so GOOOODD?

Mastress Alita

Lavender pairs so well! I’ve been digging Lavender Berry smoothies, too!

tea-sipper

oh yum. Didn’t think of that!

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AJRimmer

After reading your note, I went to save this on my wishlist and saw that it was already there! Definitely planning to make an order later this year!

tea-sipper

whoa, I thought you’d go with the lavender! And also this: “coconut lavender or chocolate lavender or lemon lavender” — why are all of these combinations so GOOOODD?

Mastress Alita

Lavender pairs so well! I’ve been digging Lavender Berry smoothies, too!

tea-sipper

oh yum. Didn’t think of that!

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

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90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

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