I am pleasantly surprised by this tea! I woke up not knowing what tea I wanted, but I knew to stay away from blacks right now, astringency will only make my throat worse. When I don’t know what I want, I push myself to try some of the new teas I have that I haven’t tried yet. This was a sample in my most recent Red Leaf Teas order (the first of many, I assure you). I dumped the whole sample into my tea-for-one set (that actually makes enough to fill the base cup twice) and let it go for five minutes. After four minutes and 58 seconds, I realized it had hibiscus in it and quickly pulled it out.

Good news, everybody! The hibiscus isn’t overwhelming at all! It blends nicely with the other ingredients, though I can still taste it. This tea is helping my dry throat immensely.

That all being said, this is not a tea I would order. It’s a bit like Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger, but without the hibiscus being as overly harsh. But that comparison is enough to keep me away from it. It’s not a flavor I enjoy, but it is a good cup of tea for those who like such things.

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


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