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Yay, last tea of the evening here. The bag itself smells strongly of celery salt and garlic, which I didn’t expect. I brewed it for 10 minutes in boiling water, as per the package directions.

Brewed, it smells like broccoli, celery salt, and onion salt. Like a nice vegetable broth! :) The flavor is quite good too. The broccoli is definitely the base of this tea, and the cilantro pops out and says halloo! It has a nice little herbaceous, spicy kick. I can definitely taste the celery and onion salt as well in here, especially near the end. This one would probably be quite good with a bit of salt added, but I’m enjoying it plain right now. A lovely bedtime tea!

Daily Summary: 4 sipdowns, 146 teas remaining in cupboard

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
apt

at this point just eat some broccoli

apt

or drink some broth

TeaBrat

what’s in it, soup? :)

yyz

That sounds like it would be soothing. I like spice as well and that comment made me think Of the conversation I had with one of the chefs when I was in isolation on the cruise ship. My manager kept on forgetting to order me food ( which was supposed to be her responsibility while one of her team was sick) so the nurse would direct me to call room service. The first day I asked for consommé and the chef kept on trying to talk me out of it because he couldn’t imagine wanting spicy food when sick. When I’m sick that’s all I crave.

Mandy

Actually customer service told me that there’s no added salt (: I guess just powdered onion and powdered celery. But yes, it’s great with a dash of salt. This one is my favorite, and the one I get from amazon subscribe ad save since I used it in cooking so much.

Apt: yeah you could just eat broccoli but what broccoli can you store in the cabinet for a month? And most broth has a whole crap ton of sodium, especially instant kinds.

Cameron B.

Mandy, I think I like the Carrot Curry best so far. :D But I still have three more to try!

yyz, it’s mostly the celery and onion powder but this one also has garlic and pepper in it. :D

TeaBrat

Cameron, did you get the sampler pack? I should look for it!

Cameron B.

TeaBrat, yes I did. It got it on Amazon. :P

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apt

at this point just eat some broccoli

apt

or drink some broth

TeaBrat

what’s in it, soup? :)

yyz

That sounds like it would be soothing. I like spice as well and that comment made me think Of the conversation I had with one of the chefs when I was in isolation on the cruise ship. My manager kept on forgetting to order me food ( which was supposed to be her responsibility while one of her team was sick) so the nurse would direct me to call room service. The first day I asked for consommé and the chef kept on trying to talk me out of it because he couldn’t imagine wanting spicy food when sick. When I’m sick that’s all I crave.

Mandy

Actually customer service told me that there’s no added salt (: I guess just powdered onion and powdered celery. But yes, it’s great with a dash of salt. This one is my favorite, and the one I get from amazon subscribe ad save since I used it in cooking so much.

Apt: yeah you could just eat broccoli but what broccoli can you store in the cabinet for a month? And most broth has a whole crap ton of sodium, especially instant kinds.

Cameron B.

Mandy, I think I like the Carrot Curry best so far. :D But I still have three more to try!

yyz, it’s mostly the celery and onion powder but this one also has garlic and pepper in it. :D

TeaBrat

Cameron, did you get the sampler pack? I should look for it!

Cameron B.

TeaBrat, yes I did. It got it on Amazon. :P

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

~ 2021 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
~ October Sipdowns: 30
~ Total 2021 Sipdowns: 439

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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