No.14 Black Lavender

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Black Tea
Black Currant, Ceylon Black Tea, Lavender, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Rose Petals, Zhenshan Xiaozhong Tea
Black Currant, Lavender, Astringent, Bitter, Leather, Rose, Smoke, Smooth, Soap, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla
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A glorious bouquet of delicate French lavender paired with exquisite black Ceylon and lapsang souchong teas, fruity black currant and sweet vanilla. Handcrafted with great joie de vivre in the Smith atelier.

Crème Brûlée, leather, sweet berry wine

Ceylon and Zheng Shan black teas, French lavender, red rose petals, black currant and vanilla natural flavor.

A tip of the old beret to our friends on Bastille Day.

For best flavor, bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to a boil (212 degrees) and steep five minutes, while letting your mind wander in fields of lavender.

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If you’re on the fence about lavender in tea, this is not the tea for you. The lavender is in your face on this one.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge: a tea that includes a color in its name
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This is okay. Really, really strong lavender with just a touch of fruitiness against the black base.

Flavors: Black Currant, Lavender


Hi there! I was wondering if you might be interested in swapping teas? There are several I am interested in from your cupboard and I see you have participated in past tea swaps so I wanted to see if you might be interested. Please feel free to send me a message if you are. :)

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2917 tasting notes

Oh its been such a long week, full of so many things! And a lot of those things were highly irritating people.
We are going to go to our tasty happy place, in a warm cup of tea.
Yum. May it power me through the end of this tricky week.


Hope you made it through the rest of the day!

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Got this one discounted and have hesitated to get it for a while due to the ceylon, and people either think it’s too strong or too weak. Definitely more of a fall/halloween kind of blend. I don’t really get the creme brule, but the rose+currant + vanilla is really interesting and dense, followed by the thick herbaceous lavender. It bordered on sage, but it was not too overwhelming. I don’t know if the smokiness came from the Chinese or the Ceylon black, but the smokiness with the lavender, currant, and vanilla made the tea taste like I was drinking a candle.

It’s a pretty good tea. While I don’t think the currant or lavender are too strong, and actually remind me of an older Butiki blend I’ve had, the vanilla and smoky tea pushes it in the candle/tobacco/soap category of flavoring. It’s not at all artificial, but it’s just a few packets of cocoa butter away from being sold at a Bed Bath and Beyond. The ceylon also pushes it into a more bitter category, so this one is a sugar, or a cream and sugar brisk morning/afternoon British style tea, or a even Halloween Tea Party tea. It’s too strong for me to get again, but I can see the kind of demographic who’d be into it. Personally, I’m getting some witch dominatrix vibes from it. (I’m probably going to have to delete this comment…)

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Black Currant, Lavender, Leather, Rose, Smoke, Smooth, Soap, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla

Mastress Alita

I have been curious about this one, but was hesitant because of the lapsang souchong in the blend (smoked teas give me migraines). Knowing the smokiness is very present is helpful, despite loving lavender teas I think I’ll give this one a pass!


I’m curious which Butiki tea?

Daylon R Thomas

It had the same kind of vanilla as the vanilla pumpkin pu-erh. I cannot remember what it’s proper name was.

Sierge Krьstъ

Yea, smokiness is almost drying whuch defies teas that fall into category of liquid foods

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