Sunday, June 19, 2016

Writerly Bundle #20: Telluric, The Hidden Valley, & Rivendell + Giveaway!

Welcome to this week's Writerly Bundle! A post where I hope to inspire you with three of the world's greatest things: music, words, and tea.

Since this tea was blended after the Imladris I just had to theme this post after the Hobbit!

The Word:

1.) of or relating to the earth; terrestrial.
2.) of or proceeding from the earth or soil.

Example Sentence: Unlike Lothlorien elves, Rivendell culture is far more telluric.

The Song:
"The Hidden Valley"
from the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack
by Howard Shore

In the Hobbit soundtracks, much of the music alludes to the original Lord of the Ring's score. This piece very much alludes to "Many Meetings" from the Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack, but this piece has some added sections tying into the Durin music themes. This piece is soothing if not a bit pensive at some points with gorgeous Elvish vocals and strong strings and even some tolling bells. At the end it picks up a bit as the Elves greet the dwarves in the film. This piece would go well for a fantasy for a reverent scene with perhaps an unexpected twist.

The Tea:


Rivendell is a majestic Elven outpost in Middle Earth, filled with lush vegetation, towering waterfalls, and clean, pure air. Our Rivendell blend was inspired by this ethereal place. With a base of top-grade Anxi Ben Shan, roasted cedar leaves, and hand-cut Tahitian vanilla, this tea is the essence of purity.

How I found it: Sara Letourneau introduced me to Whispering Pines Tea Company with this blend actually. Since I love fandom-inspired blends, I knew I had to check out their site. I've bought several teas from them and they've become my second favorite tea company. I love their simply, but quality teas. As a perk, I love that they include inspiring quotes from people such as Winston Churchill and E.E. Cummings with every purchase!

The Tea: I have always enjoyed the scent of cedar. I have a carved cedar box I like to steal a sniff of every once in a while, but I never thought it could be made into a tea! So when I saw this blend was a reality I had to snap it up.

This tea is very visually pleasing. It looks like one just scooped up a handful of a deep wood and decided to brew it into a tea. It's green from the Anxi Ben Shan Oolong with Roasted Cedar Leaves throughout. The tea smells strongly of the Hand-Cut Tahitian Vanilla with a slight fruity scent and a hint of cedar.  Without sugar the oolong stands out prominently with a cedar after taste. If you add sugar, the vanilla flavor comes out more. 

This tea is very refined like the elves of Rivendell. It makes me thing of trees and flowers and luxurious elvish architecture. I believe this tea definitely fits Rivendell well. I could see Elrond or Arwen drinking this.

A satisfying tea.
Serving Recommendations: I brewed this tea at 190 F for three minutes and added a bit of sugar.

How much is it and where can you get it? You can purchase this tea online at the Whispering Pines Tea Company website for $16 USD. However, this tea is limited and only available at certain times, but you can sign up for notifications for when it goes in stock again.

So how good is it? I really enjoyed this tea. It's very unique and very fitting for what it was blended after. Four stars!

Bonus! Since this tea is so limited, I'm going to giveaway some of what I have! Enter below to get a sample of this delicious tea! This is for USA entrants only. Stupid shipping costs.

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Have you seen or used this word before? Have you heard this piece before? Have you seen or read The Hobbit? Have you tried this tea?

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If you liked this post, come back every other Tuesday for book reviews; Friday for tags, character interviews, and link-ups; Saturdays for writing advice and life updates; and Sundays for the Writerly Bundle which includes a new soundtrack piece, vocabulary word, and tea review!

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