The internet can be a truly wonderful place.
One of the things I am fairly regularly grateful for is the people that it has enabled me to meet.
Some truly brilliant friendships have been born there.
Our first giveaway introduced me to a number of wonderful people. Amusingly enough, it turned out that two of them were going to be coming to our area. Over the time between meeting them online and their trek out here, we became friends.
When they began their roadtrip to get here, I was filled with anticipation and anxiety. Perhaps something akin to stage-fright, this issues, where you worry that a relationship will not survive the transition from the digital to the real. And anxiety is one of those things that you never really fully exorcise from your mind, no matter how valiantly your intellect fights against the illogic of it.
At some point in the journey Tea-Ra realized they had forgotten to pick up a particular herbal tea they’d enjoyed in past. I asked what it was, and was granted a view of the label…
… and was reminded again of how different our approach to tea is, compared to most. I am always confused when a tea has a name that indicates a particular flavour, and then there is nothing directly related to that flavour in the ingredients list. I realize that the taste of most teas gets added in the “natural and/or artificial flavours” category – but the longer we do our work, the more it bothers me to see.
Since it was to be a raspberry and lavender tea, I started with the obvious ingredients, and then pondered for a bit on what would be a good base for it. As citrus is a good companion to both of those flavours, but I only wanted a hint of it, I chose Lemon Balm for the foundation of the tea.
I was quite happy with the way it turned out, and it was declared lovely by our friends when they arrived and were able to taste it.
The name was actually decided on while they were still on their way out here. Given the origin point, and how easily ‘Burque fit into a song that referenced that origin point – ‘No Sleep ‘Til ‘Burque’ was almost too easy.
It bears mentioning that my anxiety was unfounded, the initial meeting up went well, and Mister Tea and I are quite glad to have this pair of spectacular humans in our lives.
Organic Ingredients: Freeze Dried Raspberry, Lavender, Lemon Balm
Batch Size: 2.4 ounces, approximately 30-35 servings of tea
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