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drank English Breakfast by Basilur
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drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
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Tulsi is my go-to when I need a de-stress brew; but I generally steep loose leaves. This is a nice portable version, and the lemon/ginger is a perfect complement to tulsi’s natural lemony taste—more of that in this little bag than the tulsi flavor itself. Good for what ails ya.

ashmanra

I bought some because of you reviews. I like it! I often mix it with lavender.

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drank Raspberry & Strawberry by Loyd Tea
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Confounded blood pressure. Had to do an unwelcome run to urgent care for a nasty ear infection last week and got spoken to very crisply about the need for follow up with my regular doc. (Yes, I listened. Yes, I have an appointment scheduled.)

In the meantime, I understand that hibiscus is a good natural catalyst for BP reduction. That’d be great, if I liked hibiscus. So if I’m going to imbibe it, I’ll have to disguise it.

I tried a cup of this fruity stuff last night—another Tuesday Morning impulse grab—and it wasn’t bad. More raspberry than strawberry, still more tart than I prefer, but not so much that it makes your eyebrows sweat. It’s finally warming up to ice tea weather—I have learned that hibiscus is a little mellower when you cold steep it, so we may give that a go as well.

tea-sipper

Hope you feel better now, or soon!

gmathis

Thank you kindly. I can hear and my left ear is no longer swelling like Dumbo :) The BP is an issue caused largely by, um, no longer being 25.

Kittenna

Here’s hoping you can manage to drink some hibiscus, and that it helps! I know that sweetening it works well for me, but of course, adding sweetener brings along its own issues.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you will feel better soon. High blood pressure is scary stuff.

ashmanra

I have white coat anxiety, and my doctor made me start taking mine at home and writing it down. I was there today and they raised their eyebrows. It dropped twenty points when I got home.

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drank ToasTEA by Adagio by Teaware
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Belated and unexpected birthday surprise from a dear friend! (We used to honor the “two weeks either way and it still counts” rule; now it’s been extended to six months either way. Sometimes Christmas packages get mailed in September.)

Physical properties: Normally, I steep my go-to-work tea in a Tervis tumbler, and leave the leaves at home. But this ToasTEA thing is the bees’ knees, in that it has a steeping basket that screws into the lid. Since the tumbler is tall, you aren’t stewing your brew, and there’s a sipping filter that keeps you from swallowing leaves and allows you to re-steep at will. Add new hot water, flip it upside down, and there you go.

Thermal properties: I’ve been sipping at mine for an hour and a half, and it’s still fresh-cup warm.

Visibility properties: The flippy push-button lid, helpful for maintaining the thermal properties described above, gets in the way a bit when I’m driving. Guess I’ll have to take the route that has more stoplights.

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Yeah, I’m a sucker for clearance sales—but this was $1.75 at our Natural Grocers. You would’ve bought it, too!

And I’m glad I did … the whole bundle of ingredients together make a wonderful, soft, mellow, peachy cup. It leads with the peach and rooibos, nothing gingery or “pie-y” about it. Just good ripe fruit.

ashmanra

Oooo! I wonder how it would be iced?

gmathis

I’m thinking delicious…if our weather cooperates.

gmathis

Update: what I didn’t spill on myself was very good iced!

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drank Autumn Tea by Basilur
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Isn’t it funny that maple is generally considered to be a fall flavor, but the sap actually starts running in the early spring? Thus, I was actually a little seasonally late trying this one.

Even with sloppy steeping and work water, this was very good. I oversteeped, so the black base was a little stiffer than I intended, but the maple is maple-y without being cloyingly sweet. Looking forward to a better-supervised rerun!

Mastress Alita

As far as I’m concerned, maple and pumpkin are “anytime” flavors, and society will not convince me otherwise.

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drank Autumn Tea by Basilur
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drank Sweet Cherry by Basilur
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I think if you were to fish for Steepster reviews of flavored cherry teas of any kind, the most common denominator would be that you just can’t replicate cherries straight off the tree. I concur. I spent most of third and fourth grade sitting in our cherry tree with a book and my transistor radio. Some things only God can do, and cherries appears to be one of them :)

This is, however, a pleasant second-best. Not cherry cough syrup…think Cherry Life Savers, or maybe maraschinos. The scent is as good as the flavor as you sip. This is one my fifth and sixth graders would love.

ashmanra

I have had a few Basilur teas. I wish this had been one of them!

derk

Where do you all personally buy this brand of bagged tea? I might have seen it at TJ Maxx/Home Goods but can’t recall.

gmathis

Have found all our Basilur bags at a Tuesday Morning store (we’re in SW Missouri).

derk

Ah, I see there are a few near me. I’ll have to check it for this brand of tea. Thanks!

gmathis

Beware…Tuesday Morning stores are lethal on the recreational income :)

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drank Guoyin Jingpin by Unknown
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OK, experts: here’s the closest online picture I can find of a gift originating from Chinatown in Chicago. This is from a Kazakhstani source; mine’s in Chinese, otherwise it’s identical. Leaves are rolled thin, close to an inch long. I don’t have gongfu gear, so no doubt improper steeping isn’t helping…but even so, it has a really nice, bready scent and flavor. What do we have here?

derk

Google translate say Guoyin Jingpin means Enjoyable Boutique, so name brand of sorts? Xihu means West Lake, an area ‘famous’ for its dragon well green tea. Is it a black tea? Based on breadiness, that’s my guess.

gmathis

It’s a black tea. Having fun experimenting with it!

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drank Darjeeling by Choice Organic Teas
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Of late, convenience trumps elegance, so I have been swigging away at bagged teas. Found this Darjeeling at my sister’s house when we were cleaning (more on that in a minute). I’ve had Darjeelings that are so dry they shrivel your tongue, which is why they don’t get much airplay at my house. This one doesn’t fit that pattern. It’s got that fruity grape peel thing happening, but it’s round instead of sharp and squiggly. (I’ll let you figure that analogy out yourselves :) Incidentally, Choice does a great bagged kukicha as well.

Sister’s house. I mentioned elsewhere that she passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly last month. It’s been a hard loss; it has taken a while to even want to handle the words aloud. However, my brother pointed out that her piano had been recently played and the hymnbook was open to “I Know Whom I Have Believed.” She did, and I do, so all will be well. I brought home a carload of her recipe boxes (priceless), exquisitely appliqued quilts (even more so), her Pillsbury Doughboy t-shirt, and several boxes of tea to sip in her honor.

ashmanra

I am having a nice cry now…the piano and the hymnbook…precious….the recipes…perfect….so glad you have great memories of her and these moments to hold. My husband is going to wonder why I am ugly crying on the couch when he gets home for lunch…

gmathis

Doesn’t take much for me these days :)

Kawaii433

:( gmathis hugs

Maddy Barone

I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad that you can find some comfort in that small indication of where her heart was. Hugs.

mrmopar

Prayers for you. A sibling is such a big loss.

tea-sipper

See, us Steepsterers need tasting notes like these. Thank you for posting it.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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