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drank Heart Mender by Rowan + Sage
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This one surprised me with how good it is! Sometimes herbal tisanes can be bitter or dusty or just not very flavorful. I enjoyed this one a lot. It’s been a minute since I drank this, but I think I remember tasting sweet orange and cinnamon in the mix.

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drank Magic Mint Tisane by Rowan + Sage
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I brewed the rest today as family tea, so SIPDOWN 80.

Honestly, brewing in larger pot was a key to this tea. It was steeped for intended 10 minutes, and it was wonderful.

It gets herbal tasting profile with floral note, mostly from the rose, but not overpowering the base herbal taste. I could notice the cinnamon, orange not that much. My family members thought it’s light black tea for some reason. I haven’t noticed any of those notes though, but I think it coulkd be that light florality there.

It calmed me a bit as well: Easter is coming and I would need to study all the holidays it seems. On Friday after I have my very first exam of term and it just popped up in calendar and no, I am not happy with it. At least, my thesis seems to be on good path, though it’s a bit hard to get proper — worth data. I really hope I will be better and better.

Shae, thank you I could give this tea a try! It is truly something unique and local… I have only a few teas from you left.

And as last tea of March… statistics time!

Tea types:
Black 39
Green 11
Herbal 11
Rooibos 7
Oolong 5
White 5
Puerh 4
Fruit 1

Loose teas:
Y 56
N 27

Y 36
N 47 (apparently much less active and less writing here)

No. sipdowns
19 (80 in total) (I finished many of “last session teas” already)

No. teas
83 (in Februrary 91, I guess it was during the week I was drinking two in day only)

Average rating 76,53 (everytime higher and higher…)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Herbaceous, Rose

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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Shae’s Advent Calendar, December 16
Again a word I don’t understand. Mender. Nada. Do you meant “to mend”? Maybe. Ah, that seems to be right. I don’t think I need to mend my heart, but it is interesting name of blend.

I went for two teaspoons and 300 ml, as usual. I saw there is lots of rose petals, which I am not that big fan of; but lots of green there as well.

The aroma of dry blend is interesting battle between cinnamon and rose. Both ingredients are pretty much obvious there. When brewed, and I have tried to make it in ratio I see in pouch — not just rose with few greens, but rather viceversa.

The taste is interesting, I notice rose, but it’s quite hidden by herbals, which are quite strong. They suggest brewing for 10 minutes, I haven’t checked the time, but it was surely more than 8 minutes, available here. It was bit rough and I notice some tingling throat after drinking it; but overall I liked it. The rose wasn’t overpowering, but I can’t point some flavours nor scents. Maybe it reminded me a bit basil. Trying Hawthorn was fun. I don’t think I tried some tea with it before. I can be wrong though.

Won’t rate as I need to try this more. Currently somewhere arorund 65-75.

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
White Antlers

I think you got it right, Martin. To mend is to sew/repair/fix. Like you mend a tear in your shirt, you mend a broken fence (or heart), you mend a misunderstanding between yourself and another person. So-one who mends is a mender. But you knew all this… : )


I think Rowan + Sage released this one earlier in the year, so the name is perhaps for those who might be feeling heartbroken because of all that’s happened in the world this year.

Martin Bednář

That’s an interesting thought Shae. And this was as I wanted: something local, unique or other way interesting.
Luckily I don’t feel heartbroken, but unfortunately it isn’t a case for all.

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Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 11
I am pretty much feeling same as Shae did exactly 8 months ago. Next week an exam period starts, I feel I know nothing, as distant learning isn’t my jam, I have to finish many things, we are baking Christmas goodies and overall preparing for them. So much to do, so little time.

I wans’t really sure what to expect from this herbal tisane. I notice mostly mint when dry with kind of musty note. But don’t want to rate tea based on its smell.

I prepared two teaspoons grandpa in 300 ml (not pictured today) mug. It was a very comforting blend, while mints prevail but I think I get some other, though bit generic, herbal note. It coated my throat well anyway and it was smooth.

Overall, an interesting blend of violets (don’t recognize them in), galium aparine is a herb I haven’t seen in tea blends yet. Also known as velcro plant or cleavers. We call it Svízel přítula, which means something like Cuddly Trouble-plant. A mint combination with lemon balm worked well.


Song pairing: and lyrics are here: I can suggest copying them to Google Translate and reading it translated.

Flavors: Herbs, Mint, Smooth

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

Cuddly Trouble-plant is the best name ever.


I love the sheen of the green thread in your photo. The song reminds me a little of the mellow bits of That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be by Carly Simon. :)

White Antlers

That tea blend looks very interesting. That plant/weed grows here and I can attest to the fact that it sticks to things! It’s pretty and lacey looking but it clings to gardening gloves and clothing. In the ‘old days,’ it used to be used to stuff mattresses. lol

Nice photo composition!

Martin Bednář

Cameron B. it is honestly translated way too literally, but I liked it that way.
ashmanra: I liked it as well; that hint of detail that was missing yesterday. I listened to that song and indeed it got some similar parts :)
White Antlers: yep, it is really common here as well and yes, it sticks a lot on everything. I can’t imagine filling an mattress with it though!

White Antlers

Martin I think the reasons it was used for mattresses were #1 it was plentiful and #2 most important, unlike hay, which slides around and gets lumpy, this sticks to itself so it made a more uniform stuffing.


I hope you’re feeling better today, Martin. Mint tea has been very comforting to me lately too. I’m glad this one showed up on a day that you needed it.

Also, this has been quite an informative thread!

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A sipdown (4) brewed as a family tea.

Agastache foeniculum is probably a very interesting herb. The tea is thick, silky and bit oily. But as it isn’t a minty way too much, it’s good; as it is not a Mint only. Lemon balm isn’t much present a lemon twist too. But it’s a bit lemony for sure. And then there is Agastache foeniculum which makes me feel it a bit like anise. And honestly, I like that!

Shame I ran out of this tea. A wonderful experience. Thank you Shae!

Flavors: Anise, Herbaceous, Lemon, Mint

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
White Antlers

The agastache IS anise hyssop, so you definitely are on the mark with your tasting. I plant it to attract bees and hummingbirds.

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I rather used the tea bag instead of brewing covered and strain.

I went for this tea after heavy lunch I had. It was great, the spearmint always comforts my tummy. I did 15 minutes long steep; as suggested.

The taste is very pleasant, it seems fresh to me, there aren’t musty notes and it’s bit earthy from lemon balm. Not a really a lemon twist in this blend, which is bit lacking though. I don’t have any idea about Agastache foeniculum which seems like an interesting plant to be found in northern US and Canada. Seems like related to anise (in smell at least, and taste). Pleasant. But not really sure how to rate it :D

Intersting blend and good to drink after heavy food. Thank you Shae :)

Flavors: Earth, Herbs

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

Mint after heavy meals is so nice.

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I’m feeling off today – headache, unsettled stomach. Could be nerves, I don’t know. We have some storms coming through tomorrow, which always puts me on edge here in Dixie Alley. So I’m having a nice mint tea to hopefully settle things down a bit. This tisane was part of an herbal CSA I joined last month through the Rowan + Sage Patreon. The blend consists of violet flowers, cleaver greens, stinging nettle, spearmint, and lemon balm, though I’m really only tasting the mint right now. I’m good with that. Not wanting anything complicated today.

Flavors: Mint

Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

Stay safe! We have the same front coming here tomorrow night. Supposed to be a doozie.

Martin Bednář

I had to look what do you mean with “Dixie Alley”, but then I completely understood your feelings.

Yesterday was a productive day, but today I just woke up and I am over-thinking everything. I need to settle my nerves a bit as well.


From Tornado Alley in SW Missouri, I totally understand the unsettlement! Great peace be with you today.


mrmopar, be safe tonight! It definitely does look like a doozie. Hopefully it will calm down a bit before it gets to your area. It’s just coming into Alabama now.

Martin, I hope you’re feeling better! I can sympathize with you on the overthinking. Especially lately with all that’s been going on, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed. Do you have tornadoes where you are? Trying to find a new location without so many natural disasters, lol. :)

gmathis, oh goodness I know you understand!! I hope you’re staying safe today without any weather craziness.

Martin Bednář

Shae: then Czech Republic is wonderful place to live in. Unless you want to be interested in politics – that is just sooooo baaaad here. So, almost no tornados (very, but really very rare here – one per year, if even), no floods, but few last years were really dry. Where are spring showers? They aren’t anymore. Sometimes some wildfires, but nothing like California or Australia.

I have to say, it’s quite nice place to live in. Unless some other things. And we have great beers! Haha.

And yes, in the afternoon something broke and I was able to finish my semester thesis. Now I just need to do a slideshow and this wil be over. I will have to do something else too, unfortunately. I am somehow overwhelmed with stuff to do.

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