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The samples Chi Whole Leaf kindly sent sparked off a fun childhood memory—-Mom would let me make the pitcher of Nestea. Measuring and stirring…why, that was like real cooking to four-year-old!

Fortunately, Chi’s whole leaf powder is much more elegant that the old powdered Lipton stuff that you had to stir forever to blend in—quick whisk in water and you’re good to go! Smooth and silky with no clumpy lumps.

As far as this particular flavor goes, please chalk my remarks up to personal preference and ineptitude with good powdered teas. Did 1/4 teaspoon (high end of the recommended measurement) in a 12-ounce cup. The yerba mate flavor I like—reminds me of “leafy” coffee—came through, but with a serious wallop of licorice, which I prefer in microscopic doses.

Licorice likers, this is for you more than me. But the product itself is quite good, and I still have flavors to try…no doubt I’ll find a favorite!

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drank Decaffeinated Black Tea by Red Rose
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Yep, we’re there. It’s so hot and humid I don’t care about any tea characteristic other than COLD. This is an acceptable cold Mason jar steep when you don’t care about being finicky and are putting away cold drinks by the gallon. Red Rose in general is a little less acidic than U.S. counterparts; the decaf version is milder still.

ashmanra

Heat index 105F here. I think that is about 39C? Maybe 40C? Fortunately, my a/c is chugging along and I can enjoy a cuppa early in the morning and late at night. Just not by day!

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
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As SUMMER has hit with a vengeance—110% humidity and absolutely soupy outside—I couldn’t resist this at the new little gourmet store. Huckleberry. Doesn’t it just sound like a picnic? Made a trial mini-batch of sun tea in a pint jar. I don’t know what makes a berry taste like “huckle,” so I can’t assess the accuracy of the flavor, but it is fruity without being cloying. Maybe like a cousin of a ripe blueberry.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I miss a blend called Wake-Up Call that I couldn’t find on my last run to Savoy tea in Arkansas—-it was a light, pleasant green tea/ginseng/mate blend with a great morning wake-up punch.

So, this morning, rogue inspiration hit and I did two parts of an anonymous early 2014 white tea a friend brought back form a China trip + one part mate leaves. Close! Wasn’t in the blend I was hoping to replicate, but I’m thinking a little mint from the back step wouldn’t be amiss next time.

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drank Cherry Almond by Stash Tea Company
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ashmanra sent me a sample of the Stash version of cherry almond to compare with the Market Spice equivalent. Both are nice, but I think quite different (didn’t do a side-by-side). Stash leads with the almond; I think the Market Spice leads more with the cherry. Either would be nice, I think, chilled on a warmish afternoon. (We haven’t had many of those of late!)

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drank Peach Ambrosia by Market Spice
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Grabbed two ounces when I found this at a local gourmet store (reasonably priced!) because it reminded me of a peach rooibos a friend brought me from a Gatlinburg, TN tea shop. It leads with peach all the way, which is fine with me; sweet with no sugar needed. Makes an excellent sun tea/cold steep.

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A work friend found a two pound canister of this Keemun at TJ Maxx for somewhat-next-to-nothing. (Two pounds. That’s commitment.) So plenty to share, and though I’m not seeking out a tin of my own, I enjoyed it. I love the burgundy-rich, grain-and-burlap taste of Keemun; in this instance, both are present, but lightly.

Liquid Proust

That is commitment :p
Glad it’s enjoyable!

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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My applemint is going bananas :) It’s been cool and rainy, with just enough sun in between to make it grow visibly. Practically.

And as every bone, fiber, joint, and brain cell in my weary carcass aches (moving to new offices at work)…I’m hoping that a cup with generous spoonfuls of mint, chamomile, and St. John’s wort will melt what’s left of me into a sleepy puddle.

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drank Ginseng Oolong by Savoy Tea Company
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Don’t see Ginseng Oolong on the Savoy website yet, but I grabbed it at the recommendation of the nice store guy when I whimpered that I could no longer find their Wake Up Call (green tea-ginseng-mate blend).

I’m not sure the ginseng is highly obvious, but it has the Juicy Fruit taste of a very good oolong. Probably no reruns of this one for me, but it’s not a disappointment.

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drank Cherry Almond by Market Spice
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New little gourmet store in town has a fair selection of bulk teas from Market Spice, priced comfortably enough to allow for a little experimentation. One sniff of the bulk jar ensnared me.

Steeped up lightweight and creamy, but heavier on the almond than on the cherry; the cherry is sweet/syrupy rather than fresh off the tree. The search for the most perfectly accurate cherry tea continues.

On the flipside, this is pleasant, will likely chill well, and would be a good choice for you to offer at your next feather boa-and-red-hat-tea-party.

ashmanra

I believe you have just helped me solve a mystery! A friend of mine goes to Greensboro a lot and visits a kitchen store there that carries lots of tea. She brought me some blackberry black tea and it was really good. I finished it in no time. (It was a tiny bag, maybe two ounces.) She told me how muchs he paid for it and I couldn’t believe it – so very inexpensive and really tasty. I knew a tiny shop like that was buying it from SOMEWHERE and this has to be where! I just checked their prices against what she gave me and it is about right. I hope to have her pick up some Cherry Almond next time she is there because my best friend loves the one from Stash and I would like to see how they compare.

gmathis

Our shop had about 10 varieties, anywhere from $1.19 to $2.99 an ounce.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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