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drank Cha Cha by Adagio Teas
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Tea of the evening……

I have been having trouble with insomnia lately. I decided it was time to give chamomile a try. This intrigued me because of the addition of lemongrass and peppermint. In theory, it sounds like such a relaxing and comforting tea.

Not bad. I think it will take some getting used to. Chamomile is not a favorite, but this is pleasant enough with the other players. I might even add some tulsi next time.

Teapot method for 7 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Dinah Saur

You mention that you’re not overly fond of chamomile. I find I’m pretty similar in that regard. However, I’ve found that a fantastic substitute flower for an herbal infusion in the evening is chrysanthemum. The flavor is light and sharper than the chamomile, which (in my opinion) seems to coat the mouth. To enhance the chrysanthemum’s natural sweetness, and to help you drift off a little easier, try a very small amount of honey as well (only natural, preferably local honey, or you get that gross processed honey flavor).

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Dinah Saur

You mention that you’re not overly fond of chamomile. I find I’m pretty similar in that regard. However, I’ve found that a fantastic substitute flower for an herbal infusion in the evening is chrysanthemum. The flavor is light and sharper than the chamomile, which (in my opinion) seems to coat the mouth. To enhance the chrysanthemum’s natural sweetness, and to help you drift off a little easier, try a very small amount of honey as well (only natural, preferably local honey, or you get that gross processed honey flavor).

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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