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drank After Ate by Epicure
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Stole a sample of this from my mom’s stash and just as quickly as it was stolen it was finished off as a cold brew. To be blunt, I’ve had both better and worse mint chocolate cold brews (and teas just in general). There’s nothing specifically bad about this blend, other than perhaps a very slight metallic kind of taste but none of the flavours pop because none of them are really rich. They’re just… there.

I don’t care which flavour, but something in this blend has to be kicked up a notch for it to really do its job and appeal to me. It could be the mint, chocolate or maybe even a third flavour like vanilla but if none of the flavors step up this tea just taste flat.

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drank Soothing by Epicure
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I haven’t posted on Steepster in a while because I am now on a self-inflicted caffeine hiatus until further notice, hopefully at least a month. This weekend I very much over-did it with two grande tea lattes from Sbux and kept the teabag in both of them for the duration of drinking them…let’s just say the result was a massive panic attack (also from missing the bf, who has been out of town for over a week) and insomnia from 2 am until around 5:45 am that night. Worse is that I know how caffeine sensitive I am, and it just was not a great choice on my behalf to have that much in one day. Not the best time I’ve had haha, ended up skipping Monday morning from work to sleep ugh. So now I am off caffeine and on herbal teas only, cold turkey. I have also been making some lifestyle changes this week in terms of what I have been eating and it has been positive as well, not as many carbs and many more greens ftw!

This is the tea I chose for today to help me deal with caffeine withdrawal (pounding headache, general crankiness) and a weather change headache on top of that one. This tea is still quite good, I am running low in the tin and might restock at one point. It is a relaxing ginger blend with lots of spice. Now to sit and fester with my caffeine withdrawal and keep on working on a computer screen, very good for headaches. Sigh. At least it’s sunny outside. I miss actual tea :( see previous notes on this tea!

Kristal

I can totally understand about the caffeine thing as well. I find I am caffeine sensitive, and my older brother has had to cut caffeine out of his life entirely for jitters/anxiety attacks as well. Personally I am down to only 8oz-OCCASIONALLY 16 oz of a caffeine tea a day (almost always a green tea), followed by herbals teas for the rest of the day (I’ve even had to cut out wine in the evenings due to stomach problems/acid reflux). Hope you get through the withdrawals quickly!

MissLena

I also get acid reflux :( probably also caffeine and wine/beer related, maybe it will get better with less caffeine too! I am on day 3 of withdrawal so I’m hoping this is the last day! Hit the stage where I feel super sad so hoping that’s the final stage and it will be clear sailing after today. It’s crazy how caffeine can affect a person, I really don’t drink that much of it I didn’t think but now even pretty small amounts bother me. It’s unfortunate because I love my teas oh so much, but my health needs to come first. Thanks for the encouraging words! Happy to know I’m not the only crazy tea addict who has caffeine problems :)

Kristal

Oh yes, it’s amazing how many people don’t count it as a “real” drug. I find for me by stomach can handle green tea and occasionally a mate or guayusa tea, but blacks and oolongs are a little harsh (never mind coffee…). It sucks because I have my DAVIDs tea advent calendar (also known as 24 days of tea) and many of them are black and oolong so they’ll end up going to my husband. I might be able to handle a sip or two to do a tasting note but that’s it.

MissLena

Ah yes, black and oolong have more tannins too I think which I find hard on the stomach along with the caffeine. Oolong gives me the most jitters, I re-seasoned a yixing pot because I really couldn’t drink oolong anymore :( unfortunately DavidsTea seems to have a lot of black teas, but luckily a lot of herbals in store at least!

Kristal

Yeah, a agree with the tannins! DAVIDs does have a lot of herbals, but I find most are fruit/hibiscus based and I’m not as big of a fan of those. I prefer more “medicinal herbals” (like peppermint, lemongrass, etc…) so I’ve been exploring more companies for my herbals

MissLena

Ah yes they do have a lot of fruity ones, I also like the ginger/mint/medicinal ones too, I will keep an eye on your notes for some new options! :)

Kristal

Sounds great :)

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drank Soothing by Epicure
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Haven’t logged a note in a while..the yard is keeping me busy and went to the lake this weekend with no internet..and I really didn’t drink much tea this weekend either haha. Well now it’s Monday and tea is in order..had a cup of this in the morning as I had a terribly upset stomach last night, no idea what it was from, but it was short lived and so far no after effects are present today. It was very spicy and clogged up my steeper, but worth it. Now onto peppermint tea, as my head is feeling strange (probably from my allergies lol) so I will try to straighten it out with tea before resorting to a darn allergy pill. Happy Monday! See previous notes on this tea.

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drank Soothing by Epicure
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After a sleepless night and slogging through 3 and a half hrs of work with my head feeling triple its size (sinuses are quite inflamed) I am at home taking the rest of the day off to recuperate. My sinuses are finally beginning to clear (I think) so I will continue downing tea until I can breathe normally again lol. This tea seems to help a lot with its ginger and lemon. Hoping I am improved by tomorrow as I tried to go to a walk in clinic today but they are all packed and I don’t want to give anyone there my sickness, or catch something worse. Fingers crossed! I hate feeling like crap. Ugh. See previous notes on this tea (as this note isn’t really a review lol).

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drank Soothing by Epicure
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Le sigh. I caught a terrible cold from my bf this weekend..luckily his is subsiding, and mine is about 2 days behind, so I should be out of the worst of it by Thursday. Today wasn’t the best day though. Hacking up my lungs at work=not fun. So now I have been guzzling tea and am ready for bed from good ol Tylenol cold/flu. And my cough has slightly subsided from this tea with tons of honey and the tylenol lol. Also had some Sichuan Caravan earlier and it was stellar as usual, but am too tired to write a note on it. Off to bed to fight this terrible cough! See previous notes on this tea, it’s really quite good with honey :)

Courtney

Worst. I do hope you feel better soon. :)

MissLena

Thanks! I’ve gotten sick far too often this winter :( must be the crazy weather, hot one day, snowing the next..my body can’t figure it out! And I stopped taking my vitamins for a week..that seems to have an impact lol :(

Courtney

Eep. The weather does wreck havoc on that sort of thing. J gets everything like that too. Thankfully I seem to have the immune system of a Viking or something haha.

Kaylee

Feel better!

MissLena

I used to have a better immune system haha but I have been pretty run down lately with work and other commitments, so that could have contributed lol, my cough seems to be getting a bit better today at least!

@Kaylee – thanks, hoping it’s gone by the weekend at least!

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drank Soothing by Epicure
1121 tasting notes

Another Epicure tea from my order :) I had to try this one, ginger herbals tend to draw my attention, mostly because I love ginger! I am almost heading to bed, so this note will be short tonight haha. Basically this tea can be very strong if you use too much leaf, and can also clog fine strainers such as my Finium. But by using a metal brew basket or in this case a fillable bag tonight, it is much better, actually a lot better with the bag than a basket. The bag keeps the fine floaties contained and tones down the crazy spiciness this tea has going on. Gingery, spicy, strong. Some peppery flavor from the lemongrass, a lot of ginger. However with honey added it turns into a milder, more friendly brew, and while I like ginger, this one without sweetener has a LOT of spice. Tumeric could also be the culprit, I think this is my first tumeric tea haha. Anyways, with honey, it is awesome. Soothing, if you will. Haha :D anyways, enough babbling for one night, tasty tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog – I sipped this down last night when it was soo hot in my house lol, about 29.5 C according to the T-stat. Gahh it was much too hot for hot tea, but I had this anyways, mostly to help with my heartburn that randomly showed up last night. And it did help a bit :) and it was a tasty sipdown too! I will consider getting a bit more of this at some point, as it’s a nice not-too-floral tasting herbal, and it was a good choice for guests that come over and want a relaxing herbal that also looks nice. See previous notes on this tea!

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Happy long weekend!! After working two extra hours at work the past 2 days (on projects that were not really mine as well, very aggravating), I finally can relax for 3 whole days. Worked on the raspberry cane pruning tonight after a nap, and was going to have a nice hot toddy but had to take an allergy pill after working outside lol so that won’t be happening…instead, I made a nice cup of this caffeine free tea for before bed.

This is a refreshing and relaxing cup, like Mother’s Little Helper by DavidsTea but without the valerian and a bit more floral. Perfect tea to unwind from the stressful week and hopefully help clear up the final vestiges of my cough, which is still kicking around a little bit haha. See previous notes!

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I finally picked up my Epicure order from my cousin at a surprise birthday party for him last night! Been looking forward to trying the 3 teas I ordered back in January :D this is actually the second one I’m trying, I tried Soothing earlier today but was not at my best to review it (bad headache) and I think I oversteeped it. Hopefully will review that one later tonight!

Anyways, this tea! I actually tried a sample of this at the Epicure party and quite liked it, so I ordered about 80g of it or something. It came in a little bag in a nice tin, so I dumped it into the tin immediately. The dry leaves are a colorful blend of flowers, so pretty! It smells minty and a bit floral.

I steeped it for around 5 to 6 minutes with boiling water, it’s recommended to brew for 5-7 minutes by the company. The liquor turns a nice light pink color from the hibiscus, and it smells again like mint and a variety of flowers again.

As for the flavor, this is quite a nice mild tea. The mint is present but not overpowering, and I taste some chamomile and yes, it’s a bit tart from the hibiscus. This actually reminds me a lot of Mother’s Little Helper, but not as much mint and more flowers and no valerian. It’s relaxing and summery and perfect for this ridiculously warm day we are having FINALLY! It actually feels like spring! Only sad part is that it will probably snow and be -30 again in a few weeks :( oh well, that’s AB! A tasty tea and I think I will have no trouble getting through this tin!

Fjellrev

What? -30? My mom just said it was +8 yesterday. That’s insane.

MissLena

No in a few weeks it probably will be haha, yesterday it was around 10 :D I’m just referring to Alberta weather, I am hoping it stays warm (5 to +10 is lovely) but it probably won’t at some point :(

Fjellrev

Yeah I know what you meant. You’d think that if it warmed up to +8 it would stay somewhere around there, or at least not dip down any colder than -10 or something, not plummet back to -30 in late March. My mom is in the Edmonton area so that’s why I’m shocked.

MissLena

I sure hope it doesn’t go back!! Haha weird my last comment underlined randomly? I only know how to bold on here haha sorry about that!

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