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Holy Red Zinger! This is some tart stuff!!
So I know most everybody on steepster dislikes Hibiscus. It’s been a long time since I drank anything with hibiscus in it, & they had it in the bulk section, so I figured, what the heck? I brewed up some, sweetened it with stevia, iced it down, & it is Tart! It’s like cranberry juice, which I actually like unsweetened (real cranberry, not the cocktail kind). Anyway, it’s not something I’ll drink often, but I’m gardening today (& yesterday & the day before, things are starting to take shape out there!), & I thought it might be refreshing. It is, but I think I need to dilute it more & add more ice. It’s pretty intense stuff!

My Friend Rashad

I love hibiscus. How could anyone dislike it?

whatshesaid

Really funny, the other day I was out grocery shopping and they had some summer scented candles on display, creamsicle, pineapple…hibiscus.

I’m kind of bad with identifying certain notes in tea, since there’s no real context for some of that stuff for me. I’d never smelled hibiscus flowers before so when people rant about it I can kind of figure out which note it is by sniffing teas that it appears in, but I didn’t have that much of an idea. Anyhow. I jumped at the chance to sniff this candle, and it was like a cartoon lightbulb appeared over my head. I realized that I don’t hate hibiscus, but it sure is used in a lot of teas! I have one that came from a ToTM club my hubby signed me up for, haven’t reviewed it but it’s basically hibiscus and roses. I made it iced and it was good, but now I’m hyper aware of the intense hibiscus smell and taste.

It’s no exaggeration, this connection of smell and taste!!

Terri HarpLady

Definitely refreshing! I stuck the rest in the frig, & I’ll probably drink it tomorrow while gardening (or possibly doing housework/deskwork if it rains). I was thinking of making some popcycles with some of it (I made a pretty big batch).

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My Friend Rashad

I love hibiscus. How could anyone dislike it?

whatshesaid

Really funny, the other day I was out grocery shopping and they had some summer scented candles on display, creamsicle, pineapple…hibiscus.

I’m kind of bad with identifying certain notes in tea, since there’s no real context for some of that stuff for me. I’d never smelled hibiscus flowers before so when people rant about it I can kind of figure out which note it is by sniffing teas that it appears in, but I didn’t have that much of an idea. Anyhow. I jumped at the chance to sniff this candle, and it was like a cartoon lightbulb appeared over my head. I realized that I don’t hate hibiscus, but it sure is used in a lot of teas! I have one that came from a ToTM club my hubby signed me up for, haven’t reviewed it but it’s basically hibiscus and roses. I made it iced and it was good, but now I’m hyper aware of the intense hibiscus smell and taste.

It’s no exaggeration, this connection of smell and taste!!

Terri HarpLady

Definitely refreshing! I stuck the rest in the frig, & I’ll probably drink it tomorrow while gardening (or possibly doing housework/deskwork if it rains). I was thinking of making some popcycles with some of it (I made a pretty big batch).

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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