Gift of the Gloaming (Organic Kukicha/Lapsang with Lavender Tea)

A small white bowl of tea, set on a green textured stone table.  The bowl is full of a blend of lavender flowers, roasted kukicha, and lapsang souchong.

Gift of the Gloaming started with a very simple combination of desire and need.

I wanted a comforting tea taste, in this case specifically one involving smoke, but I was also aware of how desperately I needed to relax.

As “Into the Dark Woods” combines two of my favourite teas1, I decided I would run a test adding a bit of lavender to that.

It was both a wonderful taste and a soothing cup of tea.  So much so that I had to refill the tin it was in while waiting for a name several times before we finally found the proper nomiker for it.

The image in my mind when I first started trying to approach a name for it was a quiet forest pool, shaded by trees – a place found while wandering a forest both magic and strange. 

The most important element was that this place was filled with a sense of reassurance, safety, and calm.

As if it were saying, “Here, you can rest.  Here, you are safe.”

And unlike many places written about in fantasy stories that claim such, here it was actually true.

Naming suggestions ranged all over the map.2  There was one in particular that came with a myth that has been set aside to become its own tea.

The brainstorming stirred things up in my head, and eventually3Gift of the Gloaming popped up as an option.

It suited the feel of the tea particularly well, because the in between times have always been the most comforting to me – pre-dawn and twilight.  There’s something about those moments when it isn’t quite dark, but it also isn’t quite light, that brings me comfort.

Which this tea also does.

It has become something I drink at least once a day, and it has helped with the background radiation anxiety stirred up by our current timeline.4

Part of that is the lavender, and part of it is that the blend of roasted kukicha and lapsang brings me a sense of deep comfort.

I am hoping that it will bring others a bit of solace as well.

An array of bags and tins of tea, a small rectangular packet with the Desert Sage Natural logo cut-out, and a small bowl of tea.  The labels read "Gift of the Gloaming."

Now for the basics:

Organic Ingredients: Lapsang Souchong, Roasted Kukicha, and Lavender.

Batch Size: 2.3 ounces, approximately 65 grams, and will make at least 30 servings of tea.

Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Tin, LatchTin*), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag, LatchTin)

Purchasing: Personal Shop, Etsy Store

*The LatchTin holds 2 batches. We send refills in a vacuum sealed bag, which is also how we deal with the fact that 2 batches of teabags do not fit in it.

  1. There’s something about the combination of the smoke of the Lapsang and the warmth of the roasted kukicha that soothes me. Resonances from the happiest moments of childhood?
  2. Several maps, really, both real and imagined.
  3. While working on naming a different tea…
  4. Which has ratcheted my baseline up to levels which are not always manageable without help.

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