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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!
N 47 (apparently much less active and less writing here)
19 (80 in total) (I finished many of “last session teas” already)
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
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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9-pIKZxkVQ and lyrics are here: https://genius.com/Suvi-terasniska-pilvipeiton-alla-lyrics I can suggest copying them to Google Translate and reading it translated.
Flavors: Herbs, Mint, Smooth
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
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
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.