Trail Lodge Tea

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This is a really nice fruit tea. The strawberry is sweeter than I expected, almost like cotton candy, which might be the influence of the mango. The mango flavor itself is more subtle and comes through more in the aftertaste, but it’s definitely present. That must be because—surprise—there are actual chunks of mango in this tea! That’s a rarity in the mango teas I’ve tried and I’m impressed. The base is nice and smooth and allows the fruit to be the star, but as the cup cools down it takes over a little more and balances out the strong strawberry note. This is a great summer tea that I would consider restocking when it’s gone.

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I’m happy to announce that my front porch rehab project is coming along nicely!
I’ve been slapping primer around for a week, in between other activities like gardening, students, food, & sleep, and today I put on the final coat of white paint, so now the ceiling & all the columns & hand rails are painted, except for the stair rail, which still needs more primer. Tomorrow I plan to do the accent color, which I’m very excited about (if you only knew how difficult it is for me to select colors, you’d be excited too). I’m also hoping to put down the first coat of primer on the floor.

I’m rewarding myself with 2 cups of yum & a hot bath. This is the first one, one of those rare rooibos that I actually like. A creamy dreamy lemony concoction, not particularly tart, but tasty & soothing like a sweet lemon pudding in a graham cracker crust.

Sil

this one! i can has a taste?

Terri HarpLady

We had it last year, and I will put some in your birthday box, cuz you’re a good girl :)

Sil

Weird….I had it already? Steepster ate my n ote then :(

Terri HarpLady

BTW, I ordered samples from whispering pines to share with you also :)

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drank Peach Melba by Trail Lodge Tea
271 tasting notes

Thanks for sharing TerriHarpLady! I loved the scent as soon as I opened it. Very peach-y! I was a bit disappointed to not see any actual peach in the ingredients. I guess that’s the ‘and natural flavorings’. Still it is a very nice cuppa tea. The peach is the prominent flavor and it doesn’t seem artificial to me. I can taste a touch of raspberry. It really is lovely. But i seem to say that of most fruity dessert teas. I like that this is a rooibos/honeybush blend since I can drink it in the evenings. Many fruity teas seem to have other tea bases. This is a nice dessert. I wonder if it will resteep at all?

Flavors: Fruity, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Terri HarpLady

Glad you enjoyed it. I doubt the resteep, but then one never knows until one tries.

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Thank you thank you TerriHarplady! The first tea from the lovely teas I received in a swap today! I am only allowing myself a tea after a get one of the cleaning type jobs completed! Otherwise I’d sit and drink tea and read all day! Tea has a gentle lemon and graham cracker taste. Did I under leaf ? Allergies blocking the nose? Still yummy, even though the flavor is not as pronounced as I might have liked.
Now! On to more cleaning! It’s amazing how dusty/dirty/messy a house can get with only two fairly neat people in it!

Flavors: Cream, Lemon Zest

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Yesterday evening I dumped the rest of this tea into a qt jar, filled with water, & put in the fridge. Today I’ve been sipping it all afternoon. It’s a very refreshing blend of green & white teas from a local tea vender, with freeze dried black raspberries mixed in. It’s not something I’d crave, but I’ve enjoyed drinking it & sharing it with a few friends! That’s all she wrote!
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I’m ending the day with this Rooibos blend. It’s nicely spiced, like a chai.

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Enjoying a cup of this creamy mellow lemon tea.
The baseball game has deteriorated, IMO anyway. It is now tied 2 – 2 in the 8th…sigh…

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What an awesome day! First off, I didn’t start teaching until 1:30, so I got a bunch of stuff done in my garden! I taught all afternoon, then went to the farmers market. There is a local chick making homemade coconut butter, & I love coconut butter. I usually get Artisana’s, but I think from now on I’ll be getting it from this gal. She has plain, but she also has naturally flavored ones, the lemon vanilla is heavenly…ahhh

Trail lodge tea, a local company, was also there today, so I stocked back up on this lemon rooibos, which is tasty, the peach Melba, & the ginger rooibos. I’ve been needing a few more non-caffeine teas for the evening, & this Lenin is especially nice.

gmathis

I think you told me once—but where is the farmers’ market you frequent? It sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon.

Terri HarpLady

There are several in St. Louis, but the one I like is on wednesdays from 4 – 7pm in the parking lot of the schlafly bottleworks restaurant & brewery. The close of a section of the parking lot & set up the market there. It’s 5 minutes from my house in Maplewood.

Terri HarpLady

Take a roadtrip to StL, GG, & we’ll hang out!

gmathis

Not sure when Life and All will allow that, but I would love to. It has been too long since we took off to have a Strictly Frivolous Day.

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Trail Lodge Tea
4831 tasting notes

Another one from terri. Sadly, now that i’ve had the pumpkin ginger tea that she shared with me, all others fail in comparison. This is a nice ennough tea…a little heavy on the clove but still good. I’d put this as more of a pumpkin spice tea than i get anything out of it that is pie like. That being said, it just can’t compare to the other one…that i’ve hidden away with my anxi shou. it must hide! for a no good very bad day when i need a smile.

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This is actually a pretty tasty root beer rooibos blend. Much better than I expected it to be. The base is rooibos and honeybush, and this might be one of the reasons why I liked it, because I tend to prefer it when these two herbs are combined rather than have just one or the other. I think that they really complement each other in a good way.

A really good interpretation of “root beer” … here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/08/root-beer-rooibos-from-trail-lodge-tea/

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drank Blackberry Custard by Trail Lodge Tea
4831 tasting notes

sipdown on this one! This is the last of the tes for this morning as i need to go out and run some errands…more to come when i get back though as i have a few things on my list i want to drink up today if time allows and i’m in the mood :) I am a fan of this one…it’s creamy and fruity. I think i need to give terri an excuse to pick up a few more from this company so i can try some more and maybe make a small purchase haha

Terri HarpLady

Here’s her page:
http://www.traillodgetea.com/category_s/63.htm
Look around & see what you’d like to try. She still has more of the Blackberry Custard. I usually look for her at the farmer’s market, where I can buy small samples. Otherwise, the package is 2 or 4 oz. Most of her flavored teas have little candies in them, which grosses me out, so I haven’t tried a lot of them. But I did enjoy this one, & I still have plenty of the black raspberry, BTW. Let me know if you want some more of that. Here’s another local company: http://www.traveling-tea.com/
They are minutes from my house, so if you see anything in their list you want to try, I can get the smaller sizes.

Josie Jade

Terri, is this shop located in St. Louis?

Terri HarpLady

Josie, both of these are located here. I’m not sure where Trail Lodge is…the Fenton area I think. She has a booth at the various farmer’s markets around town. Traveling tea is literally 3 minutes from my house.

Josie Jade

Oh wow! I will have to remember these for the next time that I am in St. Louis. :)

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drank Blackberry Custard by Trail Lodge Tea
4831 tasting notes

terri…this is so good! seriously. green teas? not my favourite but this is totally custardy and delicious without being overly sweet or too “green” YUM!
Thank you so much for sharing!

QueenOfTarts

I’ve been looking for a custardy tea! Does this really taste like a creamy custard?

Sil

I think it does. Terri could likely give you her opinion too. I’m not a fan of custard but this is like a mouthful of creamy deliciousness.. :)

Terri HarpLady

Not sure if it tastes like custard, but it was pretty nice!

JustJames

yum! added to shopping list!

gmathis

Mercy, that sounds good!

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Another Sipdown! 205!
I’m not gonna go into a long description, because I’m tired & I should be practicing right now. Let’s just say this is delicious, ok?
Cuz right now, it is.

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Sipdown! 206!
Yum! That’s all I can say.
I’m back to trying to cut out caffeine after 5 or so, & this is a lovely cup of Delicious.

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Now that the weather is cooling down, the boys are drinking more tea again, reminiscing about our past Adagio fandom orders, & all that. Drew has all of his classes on Mon, Wed, & Fri. Leif’s classes are on Tues & Thurs. Everyone has been fending for themselves for breakfasts lately (we have a rule in my house, which I call, “Find it, Kill it, Cook it, & Eat it”. Of course, nobody in this house is killing anything, but we have had that rule for a long time, & all of my kids know how to fix food because of it). Leif is on ‘Fall Break’ from his college, so the 3 of us had a nice breakfast together, which included a huge sweet potato that I dug up yesterday! Leif selected this tea & brewed a big pot, which we all enjoyed. It’s a light tasting cup, with a very bright, tart, & fruity flavor. I still haven’t tried it iced, but I bet it would be tasty that way.

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drank Lemon Meringue by Trail Lodge Tea
4366 tasting notes

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Totally yummilicious! (Yes, it’s a word, I just made it up.)

I love the base of this tisane, it’s oxidized rooibos (red rooibos), un-oxidized rooibos (green rooibos) and honeybush! It’s a great combination, because the flavor is sweet, honey-like, with notes of nut and fruit. A really nice complement to the lemon meringue pie flavors we’ve got going on with this tisane. Mmm!

The lemon-y notes are sweet, like lemon curd. Notes of vanilla, and every once in a while, I taste hints of butter. It works very well in tricking the palate into thinking that it’s drinking a slice of lemon meringue pie.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/29/lemon-meringue-tisane-from-trail-lodge-tea/

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My sons Drew & Leif asked me to report that they drank the last of this tea, & they both love it. I guess I’ll have to get more, the next time I see Annette at the Farmer’s Market.

Sipdown!

gmathis

Oh, my goodness—the just the name makes me drool.

Terri HarpLady

You’ll like it…& it’s a local (st louis) company!

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For some reason tonight this is not as lemony as I want it to be. I think maybe my taste buds are still jaded from my sipdown competition with Sil.

Sil

hey don’t be blaming me!

Terri HarpLady

no blame! :)

Sil

i’m worried..i think i have mail to pick up tomorrow..which might be tea…

Terri HarpLady

LOL! BTW, I finally successfully paid for my order from TTC. I’m not sure what the problem was, but I swapped a few emails with guy & we worked it out.

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This was the 2nd of my bathtub teas today!
I’m not usually much of a fan of flavored greens, but I have to admit, this is pretty tasty, especially with a pinch of sweet added.
There are real freeze dried blackberries in this!

Sil

i wanna bathtub….

Terri HarpLady

What? No bathtub? You poor child!
Hey, did I send you some of this?

Sil

NO MORE TEA!

i have a bathtub…but it’s not one that is good for soaking and relaxing. That was the one amazing thing about china…giant bathtub that i used every night. Here it’s more like a half sized tub that is just there to catch the water when you take a shower…or bath a child…

Sil

(and no…you haven’t sent this one my way…)

Cavocorax

I don’t even have a bathtub at our new place! Just a shower stall! Good thing TK likes splashing in the shower! :D

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A nice blend of white and green tea leaves (although, I admit that I was a little confused by the name of this tea, since it seems to imply that this could be a black tea blend … right? Right?!?) I do like the base though, because it’s soft, smooth and creamy. It melds beautifully with the sweet-tart fruit notes.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/23/black-raspberry-tea-blend-from-trail-lodge-tea/

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One final cup this evening, something sans caffeine (cuz lets face it, I’ve had way too much caffeine today!).

This is a very nice creamy lemony tea from a local tea company. For more info about Trail Lodge Teas, here’s the link:
http://www.traillodgetea.com/

Tealizzy

I was looking at their website, and everything looks yummy. Not that I need another company to be tempted by! ;)

Terri HarpLady

The owner is really nice. I see her at the farmer’s market, & usually end up buying something.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got this, the peach melba, black raspberry white, & a few others. Let me know if you’d like to try samples of them, I’d be glad to send them your way. :)

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Trail Lodge tea is a local (St. Louis) company owned by Annette Hopkins. She has a booth at the Maplewood Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, & it’s really nice to stop by & visit with her, enjoy checking out her newest teas, & talk tea! Most of her teas are fair trade, & she donates to local causes, like the Wild Bird Sanctuary. I love that she offers .5 oz sample sizes of most of her teas, as I don’t really want to buy 4oz unless I’m absolutely sure I love something. How many of us have 4oz tins of tea that we tried once or twice, just taking up space in our cupboards?

So this is one of her newest blends. I smelled it, and the aroma is heavenly! I made a cup earlier this morning to enjoy in my bubble bath, & it was SO tasty: a rich dark cup, with an almost coffee-like essence, creamy real caramel squares that melt into a sweet buttery taste. It was perfectly tasty plain, but I added a pinch of stevia because I was in the mood for sweet, & it really reminded me of an ice cream I used to get long ago at baskin robbins…the kind that is coffee flavored, with swirls of caramel. Yum!
If you’d like to check out Trail Lodge Teas, here’s the link:
http://www.traillodgetea.com/default.asp

Sil

I want some! Lol.

Terri HarpLady

Of course you do! Don’t worry, I’ll set some aside for your next box, LOL!

Sil

Hahaha

Tealizzy

That sounds fabulous! On the shopping list it goes!

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drank Black Raspberry by Trail Lodge Tea
4831 tasting notes

Sip down! Last of this cup from Terri….enjoying a bunch of my single cup servings to get them out of my cupboard before I reorganize this weekend :). Enjoy this even though its slightly weak in terms of the strength of flavour. But it’s still really tasty!

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drank Black Raspberry by Trail Lodge Tea
4831 tasting notes

I cold brewed this the other night to see how it worked out. Seems that this is a tea better suited to hot brewing and then maybe cooling it off to drink cold. It’s not bad this way, but i prefer the hot brew i made the other day. good to know though as i do like this one from terri :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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