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Dear Verdant Tea,
I know you are experts at what you do and have all manner of precise equipment for measuring your product in grams. However, this uncultured buffoon uses measuring spoons and has better things to do than go to your website to look up “detailed instructions,” I really think it would be better to put the more mainstream measures for average folk on the package and direct the more dedicated connoisseurs to your website for the specialized information, rather than torment poor common slobs like myself with the sort of fru fru methods meant for gourmet kitchens and mad scientist labs.
— Rant over.

“To hell with it,” I muttered and measured a tablespoon into a quart mason jar, filled said jar with water and stuck it in the fridge.

My first observation upon tasting this tea some hours later is that pouring this through a sieve is insufficient to filter out all the little bits of herb. It really needs to be strained through a coffee filter. Fortunately, I keep those around.

The resulting brew tasted wild and weedy but oddly savory as well. Kind of basil-y and mint-y. It was certainly a change from the sweet floral and fruit blends I’m used to and most unusual.

Maybe too unusual. I like basil in a number of foods but not so sure I like it in my teacup. Maybe I’m just not thinking outside the box very well…or maybe this just isn’t that great. It’s not bad….It’s just not that good. I have one more measure left and will likely have a sip down in the near future. I’ll drink it, mostly because it’s there and I don’t like to waste things. Can’t get very excited about this one though. I’m just not feeling the love.

Of course, it’s a Spa Blend, which suggests it’s therapeutic in some way. I don’t guess medicine is supposed to be tasty. But it’s probably good for you. Hey, let’s get Mikey to try it…

gmathis

That made me laugh! Score one for the common kitchen schlub with nothing but teaspoons and Mason jars!

gmathis

Tulsi is an acquired taste. You might like it blended with something to tone down the sharpness. Chamomile is a good foil for it. Or lavender.

ashmanra

I like it with lavender, but I didn’t mind it plain, actually!

Terri HarpLady

Not one I really cared much for either, although I like the taste of Burdock root. I’m not much of a fan of Tulsi (holy basil) or mints in tea.

MsWhatsit

I may try it with lavender, or I may experiment with it in my gaiwan, now that I have one. Haven’t really decided yet. It’s in the back of the cue so I won’t be encountering it again for awhile.

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gmathis

That made me laugh! Score one for the common kitchen schlub with nothing but teaspoons and Mason jars!

gmathis

Tulsi is an acquired taste. You might like it blended with something to tone down the sharpness. Chamomile is a good foil for it. Or lavender.

ashmanra

I like it with lavender, but I didn’t mind it plain, actually!

Terri HarpLady

Not one I really cared much for either, although I like the taste of Burdock root. I’m not much of a fan of Tulsi (holy basil) or mints in tea.

MsWhatsit

I may try it with lavender, or I may experiment with it in my gaiwan, now that I have one. Haven’t really decided yet. It’s in the back of the cue so I won’t be encountering it again for awhile.

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