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Thank you to Nichole for sending me a few bags of this to try! It had been on my wishlist for some time so I’m pretty excited to be able to try it now.

This smells incredible, very fresh but also woodsy. I’m definitely picking up on some citrus and pine. I was expecting long, green needles but it looks like everything has been ground to a powder inside the bags. I steeped this for a full 10 minutes and when I pulled the bag from the water I was left with a golden liquid, almost honey-colored, but also a pretty thick film on the surface. My husband tried this and said it tasted like pickles (???) but I think it’s pretty nice. I can still smell the citrus and pine and the taste is very light, almost a little watered. While it isn’t as amazing as I thought it might be, I am still enjoying it. I’m sure would be a hit ice-cold so I think I’ll try that next.

Flavors: Citrus, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

Flavors: Pickle

Shae

Yes! We need that one added to the list for sure! I’ve actually had a tea once before that tasted like pickles so I get where he’s coming from. :)

teatortoise

Pine needle is supposed to be very good for you and the immune system. I read that the water should be under boiling to avoid destroying the beneficial ingredients, while longer steep time brings them out more.

I’ve never had Douglas fir, but the local pine tree needles are tasty. I imagine that the vinegar taste is probably the pine acidity, perhaps when coupled with a dill-like fir flavor, reminisces of pickle…

Shae

teatortoise, I will try this next time at a lower temperature. How long of a steep time would you suggest? I’ll have to tell my husband about your explanation for the pickle flavor. He’ll appreciate the reasoning. :)

teatortoise

Just a guess, though!
For pine needles I steep for about ten to fifteen minutes, for more taste and nutrients/vitamins/substances etc. Just lightly simmering it. Depends how broken it is, and a little longer if it is fresh—which it isn’t here.

Shae

Do you simmer over a steady heat for the full 15 minutes or do you only start with barely simmering water and let it rest off the heat? I started with boiling water and let it steep for ten minutes off the heat so maybe that’s where I went wrong here.

teatortoise

I let it get pretty hot first, but below boiling, because it only takes a second of boiling to do away with the good stuff. Then I simmer it low for about ten minutes.

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Liquid Proust

Flavors: Pickle

Shae

Yes! We need that one added to the list for sure! I’ve actually had a tea once before that tasted like pickles so I get where he’s coming from. :)

teatortoise

Pine needle is supposed to be very good for you and the immune system. I read that the water should be under boiling to avoid destroying the beneficial ingredients, while longer steep time brings them out more.

I’ve never had Douglas fir, but the local pine tree needles are tasty. I imagine that the vinegar taste is probably the pine acidity, perhaps when coupled with a dill-like fir flavor, reminisces of pickle…

Shae

teatortoise, I will try this next time at a lower temperature. How long of a steep time would you suggest? I’ll have to tell my husband about your explanation for the pickle flavor. He’ll appreciate the reasoning. :)

teatortoise

Just a guess, though!
For pine needles I steep for about ten to fifteen minutes, for more taste and nutrients/vitamins/substances etc. Just lightly simmering it. Depends how broken it is, and a little longer if it is fresh—which it isn’t here.

Shae

Do you simmer over a steady heat for the full 15 minutes or do you only start with barely simmering water and let it rest off the heat? I started with boiling water and let it steep for ten minutes off the heat so maybe that’s where I went wrong here.

teatortoise

I let it get pretty hot first, but below boiling, because it only takes a second of boiling to do away with the good stuff. Then I simmer it low for about ten minutes.

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I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor, much the way salt enhances certain foods. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

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Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, bergamot, chai spices, cinnamon, cream, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, stone fruits, coconut, valerian root

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Lime, white teas (someone tell me what I’m doing wrong with these!), most green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice

I’m open to tea swaps! Just reach out if you see something I have that you want to try.

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1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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