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This herbal tisane comes from my favorite herb store which is Lhasa Karnak in Berkeley. They have an amazing selection of bulk herbs, aromatherapy oils, tinctures and of course, teas.

I’ve been trying to focus on ditching caffeine late in the day and it’s nice to have a few tisanes around to choose from. I picked this up thinking it would be a nice brew for afternoon and evenings. It contains several relaxing herbs including catnip, scullcap and passionflower. The flavor is quite earthy with some mint tones and brightness. It doesn’t really need sweetener but it was ever so good with a tiny bit. I think I’ll be trying some of their other herbal blends in the near future, this was really good and exceeded my expectations.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I received a sample of this with a gluten free box I ordered a while ago. It stands to reason that mint is gluten free, but anyway I digress.

This comes in a pyramid sachet and is 100% peppermint. It’s difficult to rate a thing like that, I mean you either like mint or you don’t. I enjoy it after meal times. I would say that I slightly prefer the peppermint tisanes I’ve tried that grow in the Pacific Northwest – both Silk Road teas and Steven Smith have nice ones. This is a nice strong mint though and tastes nice & fresh.

p.s. also resteeps well

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mate Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
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Backlog, had this with breakfast yesterday at the Saturn Cafe in Berkeley with a Southwestern tofu scramble. I’ve decided I really don’t like mate unless it’s roasted but the lemon in here drowns out the bitter mate flavor somewhat. Refreshing but I definitely don’t love this one. Maybe I should look for a plain green tea with lemon myrtle or make my own.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This blend is growing on me for some reason, I didn’t think much of it when I first got it but now I really like it for breakfast. I did accidentally add too much stevia to mine this morning so it got a bit on the sweet overkill side. The sweetness helps to bring out the cake notes and I am getting a lot of apple and cinnamon today. Upped the rating a few points.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pau D' Arco by Alvita
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I bought a box of this when I was sick. I’ve read a lot about Pau D’Arco and how it’s supposed to be used for infections like the cold and flu. It’s from a tree bark and the flavor is pretty earthy with a bitter aftertaste and hurts my stomach. I cannot recommend it for the flavor at all! The woman I spoke with at the herb store yesterday told me the bitter flavor is good and I shouldn’t adulterate it but I couldn’t get it down without sweetener. Today I tried mixing it with some ginger root and that seems okay. Hopefully it is healthy, but after I finish the box I think I’ll try this in capsule form!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better soon!

TeaBrat

Mrmopar – thanks I am better now, just drinking it more as a preventative measure while the cold & flu season is still around.

MissB

Oh yes, this is a difficult brew. Do try the capsules, and feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

This is aka lapacho, isn’t it? Be careful you don’t take too much, it can affect blood clotting.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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Thanks to Nicole for sending a sample of this my way.

My experience with Kenyan teas generally is they can be kind of astringent and brisk, but this really surprised me. It’s fairly mellow and has a nice maltiness with some brown sugar notes. Very fragrant in the cup as well. I managed to sip on it plain a bit but it was also heavenly with bit of soymilk and coconut sugar. I sense an underlying orange note in the finish. Definitely will consider picking this up for the permanent collection as I’ve been looking for a good tea from Africa and this is the best I’ve found yet, at least to my taste. thanks Nicole!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Nicole

Glad you liked it!

TeaBrat

shipping to the US is expensive though. oh well!

Nicole

It is, compared to the cost of the tea especially.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I felt like I haven’t had nearly enough caffeine today and needed an energy boost so I pulled this out of the fridge. It’s been a while since I’ve had matcha and I really need to finish this off soon. I tried it latte form with some soymilk and ended up making a mess all over my microwave. This is pretty tasty as a latte though i doubt I’d drink it plain, made the traditional way with a whisk.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Detox by Pukka
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Here’s a new (to me) herbal tea from Pukka I haven’t tried. I don’t really know if I need to detox anything but the combination of fennel, licorice, aniseed and cardamom seemed like it would be a really good digestif.

This tisane steeps up to be a golden yellow and tastes about as I was expecting it would. Not really something I would drink for the sheer joy of it, but it isn’t too bad. Smells and tastes very strongly of fennel and licorice which drowns out the cardamom a bit. I can’t say that I love the flavor but I think this will be very handy to have around in case of a stomach ache. If you hate the flavor of licorice, be sure to skip this!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Giving this one a whirl again, the Steven Smith mesh teabags are packed with tea and I was a little afraid of overleafing this cup. I decided to leave it in for only 3 minutes instead of the recommended 5. Smells like caramel and tastes bright and citrusy. I bet this would be really good with a squeeze of lemon but I still don’t love it and I’m off to go find some sugar. I think it will be good for a resteep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this tea. I believe there’s a Spice and tea Exchange in San Francisco but I’ve never been there. Shocking, isn’t it???

Anyway this has a nice cocoa type aroma after steeping. I did sip on some plain and it has the sort of winey/mud aftertaste that I associate with keemuns and I’m not a big fan. I guess this is some kind of a keemun assam blend with a bit of ceylon thrown in? there is also maltiness and chocolate. I liked this better as a breakfast tea after I added soymilk but decided it didn’t need any sweetener.

Overall, not bad but I won’t be clamoring to get this. I’m really glad I had a chance to try it though. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Anna

There is, and I have walked past numerous times, but never gone in. I seriously have no idea why.

Indigobloom

I’m not a Keemum girl either. It had a very interesting profile though! lol

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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