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This one comes from Ms. OMGsrsly and I’m super stoked since I love cold brewing these kinds of blends. Thanks for the sample!

I cold brewed about three glasses worth, and already done one. I can totally taste the strawberries and blackberries separately. It’s blends like this that don’t make me miss juice at all. So thirst-quenching and popping with flavour.

If I had the opportunity to pick some of this up, I wouldn’t hesitate to stock up.

Anna

I seriously need some of this, it’s been 30+ degrees Celsius in Rome today and now it’s pouring down, which usually helps… but today, for some reason, the rain doesn’t really do it, so it’s just like being rolled into a wet blanket in a sauna. PLEASE come here and make me some ice tea. (This sounds SO good.)

Fjellrev

Aww! I would totally send you some if I had more. That weather sounds awful. Any berry blend is awesome cold steeped, plus it’s nice that they’re caffeine-free.

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Tea to help me relax. :)

Lots of ginger, lots of tulsi, some lemon. Best with honey. And make sure you steep it with a lid on, or else the flavours tend to disappear.

Not bad, but I’ll be glad once I’ve use it up.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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A mug of this to help me chill out after overcaffeinating with an oolong at 7:30pm. :)

Very herbal. Very tasty. Sadly not AS tasty as the delicious fruity tulsi I have, but still tasty.

Ooh. Maybe I’ll add some plain tulsi to Nana’s Fruit Garden. Hmm…

(A lot of tea in a big mug with hot water for the length of time it took to prep my pasta. So. This tea is pretty invincible.)

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This one smells so so good, but I’m a little disappointed by the flavour. Might be the lemon myrtle. Hmm. And how many teas with lemon myrtle do I have now? 3? 4? Oops.

Anyways, it smells deliciously lemony and spicy and just yum. Taste-wise, the lemon falls apart a little bit. Ginger comes out, which is delicious, and it goes really well with the tulsi. I think I prefer a fruity tulsi blend, though. That one I had from Georgie’s on the island was just SO good. This one is good, but isn’t SO good. :)

I added a little honey to see if that rescued the flavour a bit, and it does. Yay! This one is also apparently good iced, so I’ll have to try that tomorrow afternoon.

My initial impression is that I probably won’t buy more, but that could change!

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

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87

OMGsrsly brought me a sample of this when she came by to snag her H&S order and man, I am really enjoying this. Thanks for sharing!

It really tastes like fruit juice. Sweet, vibrant and just slightly tart but not unpleasantly so. I iced the entire sample in a pitcher and don’t expect it to last the weekend! This is one that you need to buy by the tin in the summer. Maybe I’ll snag more before I go East.

Preparation
Iced
Sil

I should totally get you to go buy things in places that are out there and make you move them here lol

Cavocorax

We could probably arrange something! THe last half of August I’ll be off work and home alone (except for the child), so going out to visit tea stores might make a nice adventure.

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92

I iced this, but I didn’t have enough ice to cool it all so it’s actually a little lukewarm. Ahh well, it’s delicious anyways.

I made it in this jug (http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-makers-infusers/p/blue-infusion-tea-pitcher-large) which they erroneously list as being 1.9 litres. Umm. No. I used 1L hot tea, 1L cool water, and an ice cube tray of ice and it still wasn’t full. The strainer is nice, though, since it fits really well for a hot steep in a canning jar. I can then combine everything into the jug without steeping in the jug, mix, lid, and lay it on its side in the fridge if it’s room temperature or cooler. Pretty awesome, right? (PS. It’s a Takeya unit, with the Teavana name on the top.)

The tea is berry juice. It’s good on its own, or with a little sweetener. I’m almost out, too. Definitely something to restock when it gets warmer out!

(2 big tbsp tea, 1 litre hot water, 1 litre cool water, ice. Steeped 10 minutes at 195F.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Starfevre

I have both the one quart and 2 quart takeya and the 2 quart fits in the bottom of the door of my fridge and nowhere else except on it’s side. I just made iced tea in it today. I don’t add ice to the pitcher, just to the glass when I pour it. Saves on space so I can make a full 2qt of tea. :)

OMGsrsly

I have a very small apartment size fridge. The pitcher only fits on its side! I also don’t have room for more than one tray of ice unless I play tetris with my freezer. :) I have a feeling I’ll use it more for cold-brewing, but it’s nice to have the option!

Starfevre

I cold brew so it’s cold beforehand and then the added ice to the cup keeps it so. Works well when I don’t screw up the tea. Which happens often. I am not gifted at iced tea.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I know that feeling. :)

TheTeaFairy

I love this pitcher in the summer, when I can’t seem to get enough of iced tea!! I have the large one with the longer filter, it does fit well in the fidge door…

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, that was the first thing I tried, TeaFairy. :) It does seal, and Takeya says you can leave it on its side! So far, so good.

OMGsrsly

If Teavana or DavidsTea are selling accessories like the “infuser” part, I will see about picking some up this summer. Iced tea lemonade is pretty much my favourite drink when it’s hot. :)

Fjellrev

I’m so glad you found a way around the size! I’m impressed that it doesn’t leak.

OMGsrsly

Although it’s branded “Teavana”, it IS Takeya. Everything I’ve heard about their product has been rave reviews. :)

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92

:( Now I’m sick! I could have sworn that people couldn’t be infected through the internet! (Actually, I’m blaming my brother.)

This is delightful, and my throat isn’t sore enough yet for the acid to hurt it yet. Yay! Next up I’m having a hot honey and lemon. When it hurts to breathe and swallow, the honey definitely makes its way back into my food repertoire.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
VariaTEA

Feel better soon!!

OMGsrsly

My boss sent me home from work today with a bag of paperwork, but I got home, had food, and slept! Oops. There’s a bunch of stuff due tomorrow, too.

Veronica

So sorry you’re sick. Get well soon!

caile

Hoping you feel well soon! Honey is always good!

TheTeaFairy

So sorry you got sick…
Lol at «I could have sworn that people couldn’t be infected through the internet!» …those darn Internet viruses!!!! Feel better soon :-)

NofarS

Hope you feel better soon

OMGsrsly

It seems like everyone on Steepster is recovering from some illness! :)

MissB

Feel better soon! Grapefruit seed oil is what got me through my last nasty cold…

TheTeaFairy

You’re right OMGsrsly, we’re a bunch of sickos! I can just imagine the high energy level if we’d arrange for a meat up right now, lol!

TeaBrat

there are a lot of things going around at my office too, feel better soon!

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92

Cold steeped over night. Brought to work in a travel mug. Mug just cracked open now.

So delicious. Sweet berry juice. Definitely need to stock up on more of this one for the summer, ESPECIALLY if I can find a nice cold brewing jug (with infuser. and lid.) at a reasonable price. :)

(1 tbsp per 1 litre water)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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92

I just made up a litre of this iced, and I’ve chugged 3/4 of it. I think I was thirsty.

Nothing added this time. A slightly tart, delicious berry juice. I do like a little sweetener (honey!) in it, I was just lazy this time… didn’t want to deal with the 3kg bucket of honey sitting on my dining room sewing table. (I’m sharing the honey with my brother, so I have to weight out half for me. Too lazy right now.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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92

I’ve been out of this tea for a week, and I’ve really missed it. Yum, berry juice! I got a tin stuffed full, so hopefully this will last me a little longer…

(Hot brewed, poured over ice.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Mmmm… it smelled so good too!

OMGsrsly

This is one seriously addictive fruit tea.

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92

2 tbsp in 2 cups water, then poured over ice, water added to make it 1 litre.

This is delicious berry juice when made this way. Add a little sugar or honey if you need to, but it is just so good. If you prefer to be stingy with your heavy fruit teas, 1 tbsp in 1 cup hot water done this way is also good. I just wanted the thick juice flavour and texture tonight.

I’m almost out, and I’ve had it 8 days. I think I need to bring my tin in and get more!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lilysmom

This sounds very good….going to try to visit herbal republic this week….

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92

This is pretty good hot, but I prefer it over ice. Hot, I find it needs a bit of sugar for the flavours to come out. Cold, it’s just goodness all on its own.

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92

I received a sample of this one in store, iced. I thought it tasted like berry juice, even unsweetened, so I bought a package.

So, so, so good. It’s sweet, a tiny bit tart (the hibiscus is OK for me in this one!), and thick and juicy and amazing.

I used 1 tbsp in 1 cup of boiling water, steeped 5 minutes, poured it over ice into my $1 sbux cup, then topped with cold water. OMG, amazing. I’m going to have to bring in a tin for filling, because this is an amazing summer tea for me.

Just too bad it has raspberries – my BFF can’t have it. :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

So, I got a “teazer” sampler pack of this, which I think is the only option for purchase at herbal republic other than buying a full tin/big bag (100 gram minimum? Unless you get the teazers, I think.) Not sure, as I only dashed in there on lunch break, not much time to chatter. It was about 5+ tablespoons in the sample teazer pack.

I think I have been using too little tea in my iced blends so I dumped the whole teazer into my takeya, steeped for about ?10 mins in boiling water then added cold water and ice to make about 1.5 – 1.75 litres, then chilled in the fridge. I even tossed in some frozen berries to the mix.

Having a big glass now over ice with a tiny bit of Sonoma simple syrup. It’s good. Very fruity, very berry, very juicey. The more I drink it the more I like it. I think I taste more sweet strawberry, than tart berry, but it is nice. Will definitely go back for a tin ( or bag, however they sell it ) and add this one to my summer iced tea rotation!

OMGsrsly

They will sell my weight if you bring in a tin, as far as I’m aware. Or you can get the bags on the shelf. I need to refill my tin this week. Totally out. I usually use 2 tbsp per litre of finished iced tea, so what you did sounds really good. :)

OMGsrsly

Err. By weight. I don’t think there’s enough tea in the store to sell my weight of it. ;)

Lilysmom

LOLOL….you must LOVe that tea if your buying your weight! ( I am sure you are a fine weight, but it’s still a lot of tea!)……what do you want to bet there is someone who has done that on steepster?….."er, yes….I’d like about 140 lbs of that fruity tea…..yes, I have, 400 tins with me…..what? ….I don’t have a problem, just stocking up!) …..lol….
( Well, if you do buy your weight…..leave a little in the store for me? )

OMGsrsly

Haha! I will try! :)

Lilysmom

Made a full takeya pitcher of this today, iced with some frozen berries added. Yum – so good and refreshing. Kicking my rating up and tempted to make another pitcher right now…..so berry tasty!

OMGsrsly

I’m drinking this one right now too, and I’m also researching how much “other stuff” I need to put into it in order to get my Zoku pop maker to release the finished product. :)

Lilysmom

Now I want a Nana’s Berry Garden zoku Popsicle too….

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drank Cleansing Tea by Herbal Republic
1586 tasting notes

I’m not sure why I decided to get this particular tea, I think it just caught my eye when I was rambling through the Teaz Tea (Herbal Republic is their brand) shop on Granville St in Vancouver last year. Any how, I found it tucked away in the back of my cupboard today and decided to give it a try.

The dry tea smells quite spicy almost as if chili pepper had been added to it, though I guess that might be partly due to the ginger. Interestingly the flavour itself wasn’t spicy at all. Instead the tea tasted lightly sweet and herbal with a hay-like note – from the clover maybe? Not sure if it’ll cure all my ills but it’s a pleasant tisane to drink late at night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Mokka Rooibos by Herbal Republic
35 tasting notes

Aaaaahhhhhhhh this stuff is to die for! My friend swapped this with me via snail mail with the instructions to boil with soymilk. What a treat! So creamy and rich and smooth and mmmmmm…

LOVE.

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100

My favourite tea. It never disappoints! Lovely subtle creamy vanilla rooibos with floral notes and light fruit. Beautiful rose and cornflower petals make look delightful, light floral and warm vanilla aroma is always inviting.

This was the tea that inspired me to venture out and try new teas, but it still remains my go-to treat in the afternoon.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80

First…thank you LiberTEAs for sending this my way!

2nd…every assumption and thought I had holding me back from having a cup I am now completely throwing out the window! This was a complete surprise and in a good way! It proved me wrong in every way and I’m happy about that!!!!

I was so worried this was going to be TOO Gingery for me…it wasn’t…

The Lemongrass totally evened that out…both the lemon grass AND the ginger are gentle yet flavorful and pair well together! I wouldn’t change the ratio any…it’s good the way it is!

I can’t really smell the licorice but I can taste it a little bit and with the licorice and the pepper pairing they also work nicely together and are subtle…again, thanks to the lemongrass.

I can smell the peppermint but the taste of the peppermint really isn’t the flavor in the forefront…it’s just enough to be there – in comparison I would say a little less than the licorice. Maybe moreso in the aftertaste, however.

This is very different yet quite good and I am so pleased it’s NOT ‘run of the mill’ and even more so excited that it’s more than just ginger!

This is nice!

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drank Ginger Fresh by Herbal Republic
4366 tasting notes

Just finishing up a cup of this now. I am finding this tea to be particularly comforting and soothing after a spicy meal at dinner time. Tummy was starting to feel a little upset, but this tisane calmed it right down… Because of that, I have to give it a few more points!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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82
drank Ginger Fresh by Herbal Republic
4366 tasting notes

This is a very interesting herbal – all the flavors are very well represented in my cup, and it makes for a very unusual yet tasty tea.

The ginger and licorice seem to be the strongest flavors here, and I like how they taste together. The sweetness of the licorice seems to accent the peppery notes of the ginger (the pepper also highlights this quality of the ginger), while the warmth of the ginger really plays to the sharp notes of the licorice. It’s very interesting and deliciously different.

The lemongrass offers a sweet, smooth lemony flavor that adds a bright, fresh taste to the cup. And the peppermint sneaks up and kicks in right at the finish – very crisp and clean tasting.

I am really enjoying this – much more than I thought I would. It’s tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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81

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81

Fairly good for a EG…I’m liking the Darjeeling twist tho!

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84

I am finishing off the last that I have of this tea. I forgot to set my timer, so I oversteeped it, but it is still good. It has a little more astringency than I would be experiencing if I had steeped it at the right time. But it doesn’t have a bitter taste to it. Just a little more astringency.

It is still pleasantly flavorful. Not the best Earl Grey that I’ve tried, but it’s delicious.

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