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I’ve been on a spicy tea kick lately as you may have noticed if you follow my tea log. Originally I bought this thinking it would be nice mixed in with other teas to ceate a chai but I figured I should drink it on its’ own at least once.

The package is bursting full of spices including whole cloves. The anise definitely provides a licorice-y note. I’m not sure I even know what Sarsaparilla tastes like so it’s difficult to know what type of a part it is playing in this blend. I

I did not follow the traditional chai making instructions that are on the S+V website, I steeped it the regular way and then added soymilk but it’s still pretty good this way. I’m glad to know I can drink this plain but I think it will be even more awesome mixed with black tea or some rooibos just to tone it down a wee bit…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Sarsaparilla is the precursor to root beer – it’s the natural way of making it basically, as opposed to artificial flavors. So if you’ve had root beer, you know what sarsaparilla tastes like. :)

TeaBrat

ok. thanks!

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This is the 2nd turmeric tea I’ve has from this company and they’re both good. Compared to the Malabar Coast, this is much more on the zesty and citrusy side. The lemongrass is really prominent and kind of overshadows the turmeric but also makes it “pop”. I don’t taste a lot of almond here but I do get lots of ginger and a bit of cardamom. I added a bit of coconut oil to this as well and that actually complements the tea really well. Hmmm, it’s difficult to say which was my favorite but I think Malabar Coast has a slight edge over this one. Very bright and cheerful. I think I will order some more of these turmeric blends at some point.

I’m so happy to have found two turmeric teas that I really like!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

Sounds interesting!

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drank English Breakfast by Tazo
2397 tasting notes

I still don’t have a new tea strainer at the office after mine disappeared so I’m drinking the bagged tea we have here that’s free. This is wholly unremarkable and kind of light on the flavor in my opinion. I put a bit of soymilk in mine and it’s definitely better that way. It’s hard to argue with free but this isn’t something I would buy for myself.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
NofarS

Wouldn’t office life be better if the tea, coffee, paper pads, pens, etc would be a little better? It’s the little things that make or break your day.

TeaBrat

Agreed – That’s why I bring my own tea to work usually… :))

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I’ve had this for a while but haven’t rated it evidently. I’m not going to rate it now because I had a cup of coffee recently and my tastebuds are askew. What I will say is this seems like a vacation in a glass. I’m definitely getting a lovely floral aroma and the creamy taste that coats your mouth. It’s really a treat. I haven’t been buying very many green oolongs this year because it’s difficult for me to finish them off before they go stale. This is lovely and I’m so glad I got some. Cold brew might be coming up too…. I hope to do a really proper tasting soon.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

I did not sleep well last night and when I woke up this morning I wanted something basic and soothing. This is a nice medium bodied tea that’s really flavorful… good with soymilk or also good without it, see previous notes if interested. I hope I survive the day!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank White Ganges by Cardamom & Curry
2397 tasting notes

hmmm. I am not loving this blend. I brewed it in my Teavana glass teamaker which included a mesh strainer, but there is a lot of fine sediment in the tea due to one of the spices being powdered. The overall effect seems muddy to me, both in terms of flavor and appearance. Something seems “off” about this, I’m not sure if it’s the pear or the fact that the white tea can’t stand up to these spices, especially the pepper. I may try cold brewing this or simply mixing it with something else. Honestly I don’t think I would buy this again and I’ve had a few other white chais I’ve liked better in the past. It is better when you add sugar.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
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This is nowhere as good as the hand blended turmeric tea I had yesterday which should come as no surprise to anyone! I might try two teabags next time. I only got a sample tin so I can make myself finish it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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My tea strainer is gone from the office, whether it was stolen or misplaced I have no idea. :(

Anyway I decided I would have a teabag of this today, it has caffeine it it and that’s good but otherwise it is a fairly unremarkable black tea in every respect.

I guess I will be looking for another tea strainer from home to bring in!

Doug F

I keep buying Chatsford mug infusers and putting them everywhere I would possibly have tea: home, work, my parents’ house. They’ve become like reading glasses.

TeaBrat

they are handy things to have!

Terri HarpLady

What a drag that someone took your strainer!

TeaBrat

Terri, yah. It’s not a big deal but It’s still annoying!

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Backlog. This is 1/4 teas I bought at the San Francisco Green Festival yesterday. I’ve been looking for a good turmeric tea for a while now and the ones I’ve found are really not that interesting. I bought two turmeric teas to try from this company Cardamom and Curry which makes chai and other Indian inspired blends.

First of all I’ve been reading a lot about turmeric and how it is fat soluble so it’s best dissolved with something fatty. I decided to add a bit of coconut oil to this as well as soymilk.

I thought this tisane was really nice. Well, you have to like the taste of turmeric, I suppose I am getting used to it. It is a bit like drinking a liquid curry, but I’m really in it for the health benefits more than the flavor. I like the fact that this was mixed with green rooibos and between that and the cayenne and saffron, this is a very warming spicy drink that made me feel like I had a healthy glow for about an hour after I drank it. Definitely the best turmeric tea blend I’ve ever had but it’s still a bit difficult to get used to.

I want to try all of their blends! If I’m ever in Livermore I will definitely check out their chai bar and shop. I love the fact that they use fresh hand ground spices. I’d say there is a definite quality factor here that I haven’t gotten elsewhere. sooo good!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

That sounds really neat!

TeaBrat

I liked it, but it is definitely not for everyone ;-)

OMGsrsly

I mixed up a turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey tea a couple weeks ago. I’ll have to add some coconut oil. :) It’s just in a jar in the fridge. Heh.

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drank Silver Needle by The Tao of Tea
2397 tasting notes

Sipdown – finally!
I’ve had this for over 2 years, it just needed to go. I ended up mixing it with some chai spices which is kind of a sacrilege, I know… I just can’t seem to get that into white teas although they are healthy, there’s only a few I’ve had that capture my imagination.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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