drank Laurel by Chroma Tea
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I have found Laurel to be particularly refreshing and grounding the past several days, especially now that we’re in the midst of heavy winter rain. It’s going well with the tail end of COVID, mostly as a blend to gently help break up mucus. My sense of smell exists only if I bury my face in something, so it’s nice to drink a tea I can feel. Strangely, given the circumstance, I’m able to differentiate the flavor better than when I first tried this several months ago. The spearmint is clearest, the peppermint is soft. Neither tastes musty or stewed. Sweet fennel seed, earthy burdock root. I still can’t find tulsi. Simple but good for this moment.

Edit: turns out all the tulsi was at the bottom of bag. Tastes like clove cigarettes and not in a bad way.

Flavors: Clove, Earthy, Fennel Seed, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet, Tulsi

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Personal Rating Scale:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s pu’er, I likely think it needs more age.

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