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Love this tea! Floral and fruity without tasting of perfume. It can be strong, and when it is it can be bitter, as others have stated. Use less and brew for less time, or if necessary add a bit of hot water to dilute if you brewed it too strong. I prefer it slightly sweet, and it is also nice with a few drops of cream

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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75

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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This tea is much pinker than I remember. It looks like strawberry jello. I haven’t been writing much lately. I’ve been drinking a lot of the same teas. In this one, I can taste the carrot.

Flavors: Carrot

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I haven’t had this in a while, but I like it. To me, it tastes wholesome and healthy. I like that it has carrots in the mix, though I’m not sure I can taste them.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

The dizziness is bothering me again today. The headaches too. My husband told me I was grinding my teeth in my sleep last night. I’ve expected it, or at least the clenching, but this is the first time he’s ever heard or seen me do it. I think I’m just anxious. I have an MRI scheduled for this afternoon to determine the cause of the dizziness and the tingling in my arm. I hate tight spaces. I asked the tech if there was anything they could do and she said they could throw a washcloth over my face. Reassuring. Hopefully it helps.

I enjoy this tea. Whether or not it helps with allergies I do not know, but it tastes good. I can actually taste the carrot today, something I’m not sure I’ve noticed before. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll reorder this one. I enjoy the flavor and drinking it makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my body, but it isn’t a favorite.

Flavors: Carrot

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I just got over a stomach bug and now I think I’m trying to catch a cold. This tea seemed like a good fit for what’s ailing me with all its healthful ingredients – nettle and eucalyptus most of all.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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75

I stumbled across a new-to-me blog today that I’m really enjoying. It’s called Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach. The subtitle is “Food, Photography and My Creative Life” which seems to sum it up nicely. The reason I mention this here is that the author has a section called Chocolate & Tea which, along with cookies, she says are her primary “food obsessions”. She has posted some in this category over the past few months and I’m really loving what she’s written there. The way she describes the teas makes me instantly want to try them. Does anyone else follow along with this blog?

I’m working through my tea cupboard, trying each tea in my stash that I haven’t yet tasted. Today’s tea is one of several that we bought on our anniversary trip to Saint Simons Island last year. I remember choosing this one specifically because it has nettle and eucalyptus. My husband tends to suffer from seasonal allergies (though less so since we started drinking tea!) and I’ve heard that these, especially nettle, have the potential to really help.

This herbal blend has quite a few ingredients, and I can see the lemongrass, citrus peel, goji berries, and carrots to name a few. The aroma is somewhat herbaceous but also sweet and fruity. It’s really a beautiful mix, full of all sorts of colors – sage green, royal blue, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. It’s lovely.

The fragrance is both relaxing and uplifting at once. I can especially smell the citrus as it steeps. I don’t see hibiscus listed on the list of ingredients, but the liquid has turned a deep pink so there must be something here that is staining it red. Perhaps the blackberry, carrot, or goji berries? It’s just really nice to have an herbal tea that doesn’t include the tart hibiscus for once.

The flavor is citrus but without any of the tartness or bitterness. I can taste the berries too. It feels very healthful.

Flavors: Berry, Citrus, Fruity, Herbaceous, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58

Backlog from December 1st:

There isn’t really anything new I can say about this tea. It’s always bitter and tastes like peach candy instead of roses. It’s surprisingly not as bitter today, even with the longer steep.

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Too bad, such a pretty name.

Shae

Since I wrote this note in December, I’ve finally found a way to steep this so that it tastes really nice. A lower temperature (175°) with a five minute steep time seems to do the trick. None of my Saint Simons teas have steeping recommendations so it just took me a while to figure it out.

Evol Ving Ness

It pays to play around.

Shae

Definitely!

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58

Using less honey than usual today and it’s nice.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 175 degrees + 15 minutes

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58

Today’s is the most enjoyable cup of this tea that I’ve had. I was only planning to steep this for 3 minutes but had to step away from my desk. It was a happy accident that the 5-minute mark turned out to be nearly perfect. Now that I’ve found what seem to be the right parameters for me, I’ll gladly up my rating on this one. It’s now only slightly astringent, the tiniest bit bitter. With added honey, it’s sweet and fruity. I still taste peaches, not roses, but it’s working today. I might even attempt a re-steep since I’m enjoying it. I’ll have to look back on my previous notes to see if this will still be somewhat flavorful. I might try this with a 4.5 minutes steep next time (or 4 minutes, 45 seconds maybe) just to test it, but the temperature seems right.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 175 degrees

Past notes have shown that this has the potential to re-steep well so I’m trying it. There is a lone chamomile flower, a whole one, floating at the top. It’s quite pretty actually, like a cream-colored jellyfish or one of those pouf cushions. Perfectly round, each petal easily distinguished. The tea itself is broken and torn, varying shades of hunger green and brown. The color of the liquid is dark enough but there really isn’t much flavor here. Maybe I should have let it steep longer. It’s still a bit drying.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Drying, Fruity, Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58

I’m not sure how long this steeped, maybe 3-4 minutes, and the temperature I’m also unsure of. It was definitely under 175°-185° so I let it steep a little longer than I normally would have. The result is bitter tea. Again. I can’t seem to get this one right. There are no instructions on the bag so I’m not sure how it is intended to be made. My husband loves this one best of all our Saint Simons teas, but I never can seem to get it right. As usual, it tastes like peaches to me, or peach candy, with maybe small floral leanings.

Second Steep
6 ounces water + 175 degrees

I asked my husband how he normally steeps his and he said that he steeps with boiling water for around 12 minutes. He said that it’s not bitter at all, just sweet. I’m not sure how, but it works for him. He loves it. This cup is much better, though I’m not sure why it would be. There’s still a small amount of bitterness and astringency but it’s much, much better than the first cup. Maybe this one should be rinsed? But maybe not since it’s flavored. I don’t know.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Candy, Floral, Peach

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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58

This blend is very fragrant. It doesn’t smell like roses to me though. Instead, both the dry leaf and the steeped liquid smell like peaches or peach candy.

I took a guess on the steeping parameters with this one since it didn’t come with recommendations. It brewed up a little bitter so I may drop the temperature next time. It’s also a bit dry, but this may be because I steeped it wrong.

Second Steep
7 ounces water + 170 degrees + 5 minutes

I accidentally added too much water for this cup so it isn’t as strong as it could be. The taste is still peach candy, no roses or anything floral really.

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Drying, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

This blend is fragrant and sweet. I can see bits of pineapple mixed in with rose buds and other flowers. These flowers are large and fuzzy, but I’m not sure what they are without looking at the bag. Maybe chamomile?

Nope, the description says rose blossom leaves and rose buds. The green tea itself is long and thin and flat. I noticed also that this has papaya listed as an ingredient. I’m not a fan of the fresh fruit but maybe I’ll like it here. This cup is fruity, sweet, and a bit tropical.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 8 minutes

I was hoping this would be as flavorful as my first cup and it is. The color didn’t quite get as dark this time around, even after eight minutes, but it’s still fruity and very similar in taste to the first cup. This is also a good one cold.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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