This tea from The Forest Witch is ~amazing~ Seriously you guys, get some!
When I saw that her shop was offering sample sizes, I got almost every kind I found without ginger and coconut. This particular tea has, green tea, rose, jasmine, lavender, apple, and cloves. Floral flavors have historically been hit or miss for me. Jasmine especially has beeb a main ingredient in many teas that I can’t stand, but it’s also been in some of the good ones.
If sample sizes weren’t available, I probably wouldn’t have tried this tea. Not only because I was wary of the ingredients, but also because Frigg isn’t currently part of my personal pantheon. Last summer, when I was trying to sort out my pantheon and performing multiple divinations to confirm or make sense of my intuitions, Frigg was a goddess I was drawn to. I had my eye on a small portable shrine to her from Beth Wodandis’ shop for a while and many pieces of Frigg devotional jewelry were on my favorites list.
I performed most of my divinations during the “workings” portion of my ADF-style rituals to make sure that the Powers were really there to respond. I also asked about the results of previous divinations several times to make sure I was getting consistent results. When I asked about Frigg, I got a neutral response. No strong indication that she has any particular interest in working with me, but also no indication that I shouldn’t attempt to forge a relationship if I wanted to. Because I wanted to keep my personal pantheon small for the time being, I wanted to work on relationships with the deities who really had particular interest in working with me. When Woden indicated interest, I freaked out thinking I wasn’t ready for that relationship and thought that I might feel more comfortable working my way to him through Frigg. My divinations suggested I don’t do this. So I didn’t. And I survived, haha. Woden has a way of telling it like it is. No sugar coating. But I know he does so for my own good, so it’s cool.
But this tea has rekindled my interest in getting to know Frigg. It tastes like a hug in a cup. Like a mother’s love, but also like something mysterious and powerful, as one should expect from a cup of tea made for a goddess. Perhaps since I’ve gotten over my Woden fears, I can try again with Frigg. I’ll keep you all posted.
In other news – I thought of the perfect name for my shop! I don’t exactly have a shop yet, but I will, soon, hopefully. I don’t have much money at the moment to spend on supplies and I’d like to practice some of my not-recently-used skills as well as one or two new ones before opening shop. I’m really really hoping it can happen before the end of the year. I don’t want to share the shop name just yet, but I am so happy that I thought of it and that it seems be available (not trademarked and the domain is available too so I got it just to have for now). Yay for small steps in the direction I want to go 🙂
I finally got try some tea from The Forest Witch on Etsy. XD
I ordered the Full Moon tea and the Ancestors tea. A lot of her current teas have coconut or ginger, both of which I don’t like. Actually, I love coconut, I just can’t stand it in a tea. I’m the odd one out, though, because it is one of the most popular flavors in dessert-teas.
Never mind specific flavors, I tend not to like a lot of flavored teas in general. But it’s been a long time since my last tea-exploration phase, so I decided to sample outside my comfort zone and glad I did!
The ancestors tea is pretty good! I shared a cup with my ancestors, of course, and posted a review on Steepster.com, where I log all my teas.
I haven’t tried the Full Moon tea yet, but I’m optimistic! I can always reserve it exclusively for ritual offering if it’s not my cuppa.
“Tea! That’s all I needed. A good cup of tea. A superheated infusion of free radicals and tannin. Just the thing for heating the synapses.” — the Tenth Doctor
Why exactly the doctor refers to tea as containing free radicals – I really don’t know. Perhaps his brain was still regenerating 😮 Moving on then – Tea! I love tea! I used to drink coffee everyday, throwing in the occasional cup of bagged green tea from time to time, Eventually, I started replacing my evening coffee with green tea. Sometime towards the end of 2012 I thought I’d see about loose leaf tea. several teapots and 400+ different teas later, I’m still learning more about wonderful Camellia Sinensis and coffee has taken the back seat. Yes, I have tried over 400 different teas. I keep them all logged in a spreadsheet so that I don’t lose track of what I like or don’t like (good tea is too expensive to accidentally repurchase a nope) I don’t drink herbal tea often, but I like peppermint, bamboo, and hibiscus teas sometimes. I don’t like chamomile at all, which is sad since it’s in so many herbal tea blends. I’m also not a huge fan of “dessert teas” (heavily flavored teas from places such as Teavana, Della Terra, or David’s Tea), but there are exceptions. I love window-shopping for pretty tea-wares, but I try to keep my own collection small and practical (I don’t have enough space to collect too much stuff). Here are some of my tea-wares: