drank Sakura Vert by Lupicia
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I was making soup when the doorbell rang. I was surprised because I wasn’t expecting a package and no one else ever rings the doorbell. I set down my spoon and hurried to the door where the dogs (I am keeping my grandpup for two weeks) were enthusiastically announcing the presence of the postal carrier and there was indeed a box by the door! A surprise box from White Antlers!

I read the nicest letter and then dug into the box of goodies. Everything looks so good! I picked this to be the first I try.

About the soup – I was inundated with cucumbers from the garden. I have given away cucumbers. Made cucumber sandwiches and cucumber salad. Some cucumbers were about to get away from me, looking a little sad in the fridge but still edible. They are not a sort suitable for pickles.

So I cooked some onion, added broth, tossed in chopped cucumber, lots of dill, garlic, evap milk because I don’t usually keep cream on hand, blended it….and it was really delicious. But I really didn’t taste cucumber. It could easily have been cream of zucchini. I decided to make it go a little further and added finely diced carrot and potato. Topped it with mozzarella. Yes! We will have this for a couple of days for supper.

All that added to say that when I saw the instructions for this tea, I was a little leery of sencha with boiling water. I looked at other reviews and decided to go with a lower temp and short time. And when the water hit the leaves…it smelled a lot like the soup on the stove!

A short steep of two minutes and…This tea is THICK. Or as the young whippersnappers like to say THICC.

The name would imply the taste of cherries, but it is not cherry. It is salted cherry leaves, such as the brined leaves wrapped around mochi. There is nothing fruity about this tea. It is savory through and through!

This is like drinking a broth, nice and salty, something that would take the edge off your hunger when you are sick and can’t really eat anything but you are hungry nevertheless.

And what was really cool was that it smelled so similar to my soup that was still simmering on the stove. This would be an excellent addition to the base for a fresh vegetable soup, especially a cucumber, zucchini, or turnip soup. YUM.

Thank you, White Antlers! There are so many teas in the box that I can not wait to try!

White Antlers

You are most welcome. Thank YOU for all your lovely reviews over the years. I don’t really have family so it’s been nice to get Steepster window peeps at yours. : ) And that soup sounds fantastic! YUM!

Martin Bednář

Well… nice idea for that soup :D And enjoy the teas!

derk

Your soup sounds good. Glad to hear you’re having success with cucumbers. Ours are slow-growing this year.

ashmanra

Derk: We grew burpless this year and they are so big! Not good for pickles so using them up in recipes. For tomorrow, “Youngest” has convinced me to make shakshouka!

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White Antlers

You are most welcome. Thank YOU for all your lovely reviews over the years. I don’t really have family so it’s been nice to get Steepster window peeps at yours. : ) And that soup sounds fantastic! YUM!

Martin Bednář

Well… nice idea for that soup :D And enjoy the teas!

derk

Your soup sounds good. Glad to hear you’re having success with cucumbers. Ours are slow-growing this year.

ashmanra

Derk: We grew burpless this year and they are so big! Not good for pickles so using them up in recipes. For tomorrow, “Youngest” has convinced me to make shakshouka!

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about twelve years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

I am also reviewing for Sororitea Sisters now!

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