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We’ve fallen a bit behind on the Advent Calendar, Monday we hardly saw each other (I worked the early shift and she worked the late), so the pot of this never got made. We made it last night, and it was enjoyable enough. I’m not a big fan of the stuff, but I won’t protest if it’s available. It was light and refreshing enough to kind of clear out some of the heaviness following a dinner of Citron Oolong risotto with bacon and brussels sprouts.
This was my iced tea for work yesterday. Not bad, but not great either. I picked up a bag of this shortly after Cooking Simplicitea started, wanting to try a few recipes with it. I never did, and I kinda regret that. I might have to experiment with this, but I don’t see myself just drinking it again and when it’s gone, well…I won’t be sad.
Alright. Drinking this before bed to test out the dream claims…
“Most people report vivid, cohesive, realistic dreams the night after drinking it. Guayusa Tea is also used as an admixture in the Sacred Ayahuasca Brew to improve the taste and give the user energy and confidence.”
“The Kichwa people claim that guayusa induces dreams that foretell whether hunting expeditions will be successful.”
“It also has the interesting effect of inducing lucid dreaming. For this reason, it is known as the “watchman’s plant”, as even when sleeping you are aware of your external surroundings. For those interested in shamanic dreaming this is certainly the plant to explore."
It’s also suppose to be an aphrodisiac.
Well, this should be an interesting night… I already have insanely crazy, vivid dreams every night that I can always recall… and I’ve easily lucid dreamed since I was a little girl… so my brain just might explode.
Sweet dreams ;)
Edit. the next morning
I woke up and laid in bed for half an hour scared this morning trying to figure out if one of the dreams I had was real. It was dream within a dream type of stuff. I knew I was dreaming, yet I didn’t. It was really weird. It did seem to help me face things in my mind and give me some good insight, though. Very interesting.
Did I never rate this one, either? What the heck. I must write reviews in my dreams.
Speaking of dreams, guayusa is reported to increase lucid dreams.
It’s also an aphrodisiac.
Definitely ordering more of this. haha.
Thanks, Jenn! c: I think I’ve about worked my way through your generous package of samples. You’re the best.
Sitting on my kitchen floor drinking this.
I just spent the night making a delicious soup and chocolate chip muffins.
And then I collapsed on the floor. And I am sitting here chatting via interwebz and drinking my beloved Luscious Watermelon iced tea.
I am too tired to move. Someone bring me a pillow? zzZzZZZZZZzZzzzzz
What? I swore I already reviewed this one.
I’m obsessed with watermelon. But artificially watermelon flavored things, nope. I always give away the watermelon flavored jolly ranchers. I like the apple ones, and speaking of that I’ve heard that’s what David’s new Apple Pie tea tastes like, so I’m definitely going to have to order that.
I’m also totally stocking up on this tea before it’s gone. It’s different than anything artificially watermelon flavored I’ve ever had. It’s awesome. It reminds me of watermelon juice.. but better. Not to mention it’s the perfect watermelon reddish pink color. Love it!
I’ve been feeling a bit of a scratchy throat and thought I’d try to fight it off with some lemon tea. I found this in my cupboard and brewed up a pot. I under steeped it for silly reasons (I have a new teapot and was using for the first time and excited about the whole process) but it proved to be the right length.
There is a strong lemon scent and flavour to this tea. Almost too strong and I wouldn’t like to over steep like I usually do. However I found it to be a fresh lemon flavour as if I had picked them off the trees myself. After a sip I added some honey as I find that it is a black that definitely needs to be sweetened.
All and all a basic lemon black tea but quite enjoyable.
This is standard tea in my cupboard. I have it for those times when I just want tea, nothing special or fancy. I tend to have it with a hint of soymilk and raw cane sugar.
The tea is nothing particularly special. I find it lacks a little something…sort of empty or hollow tasting. It isn’t particularly full bodied, but it serves its purpose. I think its great to have on hand for those people who expect bagged orange pekoe (I don’t think we have any bagged tea anymore….).
I always refill the tin when it’s empty, but I don’t think I’ve ever craved this tea in an overwhelming way.
Finally a mate I can handle! This tea smells so good when you open it up… I smell chocolate oh heavenly chocolate and then the raspberries yummmm! You can also smell the mate a bit which to me smells like coffee which I don’t really care for…After I brewed it I still smell the raspberries and the a hint of chocolate.
The first taste I get chocolate, mate, then a hint of raspberry at the end, wow this is really good and I can’t wait for the energy to kick in! It is creamy and so good! As it cools I still smell the raspberry but taste banana oh interesting but I love this tea! I could still have more chocolate in it because there is never enough chocolate but oh well! I think next time I might not steep as long.
Agh!! I just wrote a review of this and it disappeared. Grrrrrr.
ok well here’s the quick version: this was rather plain and boring, but pleasant enough. Mildly malty and astringent, and very light (I had the bag in for ten min). It’s crisper and smoother than a Tim’s tea but somehow I think I’d prefer TH if it was done right (often it is not!)
Overall, I will not buy this again unless it’s my last option however I can see how someone may enjoy it.
My rating: 80
The Organic EB had a 72. Just for my reference in case I look back on this!
This started off ok hot. Just ok. but then as it cooled, I got notes of yunnan(I really don’t like yunnan) so I figure the girl gave me the organic and not regular EB
Well… I won’t be doing that again!! all the agave, milk and luck couldn’t save this baby for me.
That said, it was very drinkable for the first five minutes.
EDIT: Now that I’ve tried the regular EB, 80 is the score I gave that one. This one had a 72…
The smell is remarkable, like suntan lotion and those candy necklaces. Let’s hope the taste matches the smell…
Hot: The first thing I taste is the banana, but not fake, medicinal banana—this is the real thing (as it should be, since when I first opened up the pouch there was a HUUGE slice of dried banana on top!). After the banana there is a rush of other flavours, first coconut, then appleraspberryalmondorangecacao. So. Many. Flavours…
Iced: … Mouth ’sploded.
Now to eat the rehydrated mix. Om nom nom.
Okay, as I’m drinking this tea for perhaps the 5th time, I’m noticing more and more about the flavors. The scent is, of course, the most appealing part of this tea. When I first opened the bagged, I was swooned with delight. I LOVE condensed milk! I went around shoving it under everyone’s nose as I waited for the water to boil.
The third steeping might be my favorite. The condensed milk flavor is gone, but there is still a hint of milky smoothness. The mineral flavor has mostly gone as well. What’s left is still floral and earthy and totally oolong-y.
However, upon drinking it, the milky flavor is noticeably marred by the heavy mineral flavor. I hope this means I’m getting lots of minerals from this tea. :D While I can still enjoy this tea and even look forward to drinking it, it’s just not as creamy as I would like and it tastes too much like vitamins. It is also not really too floral with a slight bitter aftertaste that I associate with lesser quality oolongs. There’s also a bit of apple peel in the aftertaste.
This is quite sweet right off the bat. You would have to be a walking cavity to add anything to it (however, to each their own.) And maybe the mango just isn’t my thing. This just doens’t ‘wow’ me like I thought it would. I’m too lazy to try this iced in the fall/winter, so I’ll quietly sip on this tea when I pick it out at random from the overflowing tea cupboard.
Don’t get me wrong, Buttercream tasty and all. It’s just more light and fruity than the title suggests.