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66

This is an herbal tea with lemon. Since I am still suffering the cough/sore throat affliction I figured lemon tea might help. I brought the sample (3 bags) to work to share a pot with a co-worker. We brewed two bags hot with no sweetener in a larger (32 ounces I believe) pot at work. The first cup I had after it steeped for about five minutes. This was a dark amber honey color. The lemon flavor was mild, but enjoyable. I had the second cup after about 20 minutes. The color was now a deeper amber almost red color. The lemon flavor was much more powerful and had a slight bitter aftertaste.

The two cups did seem to help my throat, but again that could have been the fact that it was warm soothing liquid. Overall a tasty tea, but I would probably enjoy it more in the summer months when I feel better and just want to relax with some tea.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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36

I am going to use up the rest of this (about 10-12 bags) to try to make Thai Iced Tea for a potluck tonight, using this recipe as a guide: http://www.arborteas.com/teablog/tea-preparation/how-to-make-thai-tea-aka-thai-iced-tea-a-thai-tea-recipe-from-arbor-teas/

Will report on the results. Wish me luck!

Preparation
Iced
Rabs

Good luck! :)

Janefan

Thanks! I only had 10 teabags after all, and it needs to be a strong brew in 6c water, so I add 1tsp each of Whittard Chai, and Adagio Cream+vanilla bean. I brewed it all for about 6 min then added the sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Color looks good, now it’s cooling. We’ll see how it tastes over ice w/ a splash of evaporated milk later tonight!

Janefan

Everyone who tried it liked it, but I still took a lot home. Looks like I’ll be drinking iced chai lattes all weekend.

Alchemist's Fire

I bought this tea intending to try it out for Thai Iced tea as well, since it already has the star anise and cardamom in it, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet – was hoping to be able to get away with just adding sweetened condensed milk and sugar to it. Problem is we don’t keep anything other than skim milk at home, so that’s put a stopper in my attempts a few times.

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36

a bit disappointing. The coconut flavor is not very strong. Good with sugar and milk, but the chai spice is not very powerful. I may need to try steeping longer

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91

I love the kick of lemon on this tea and the red color it gets from the hibiscus which also adds a great additional flavor. A mainstay in my cabinet.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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63

light and delicate flavor

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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37

No idea what it is about this tea, but my husband calls it Nightmare Tea as he always has dreams that freak him out when he drinks this before bed. As for me, it’s a decent herbal tea, but not really my thing. This is more floral than I care for. I tend towards spicy or fruity blends.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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40

Rooibos, not my favorite. This is a pretty standard one though, and not bad if it’s what you like or are in the mood for.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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53

Not too bad, not too good.

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34

I had this last night. I used to have fond thoughts of this tea… but does it have an expiration date, because this totally let me down! it wasn’t happy and warm and comforting like it used to be! it was bland… and… boring…

perhaps it expired.

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82

I drank this the other morning, because on a rare occasion- coffee sounds too thick in the morning. But I enjoy caffeine. So I chose this little buddy.

I prepared it the way I prepare everything. Splenda + Creamer.

I have to say, it was a good way to start the day. I didn’t really feel the energizing effectiveness (as I never do) but the taste was pleasantly strong, even with creamer in it. And I kept thinking I smelled campfire… but this was MATE not lapsang souchong… so maybe I imagined it. But I enjoyed it. :)

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
Auggy

And it has a buffalo, so bonus!
Did you get something from LTR that had lapsang souchong in it? If you did and this box was next to the bag, you might actually be smelling campfire. I had a plastic bag of yunnan near another plastic bag of black currant tea and now my yunnan smells like fruit. Boo.

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70

Got this in a swap, not sure of the base tea, but this is very tasty, mild, pleasant, well balanced

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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100

One of my favorite herbal teas.
It helps me get to sleep.

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63

very good, but not better than much of the other darjeelings I’ve had.
the mango is definitely there, just barely… could be because it was 2 days expired
:)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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80

Good blend of peppermint, not to over powering, but still noticeable, easily drinkable without honey.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88

teabag + vitasoy + water + microwave = soy tea latte =]

it didn’t steep fully the first time, but after microwaving again it was very tasty. i need to convince my brother to teach me how to use his espresso machine. foam would make this super yummy.

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