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Another hot-weather, no-brains-required, lawn-mowing buddy. My favorite regular root beer is Barq’s … this is Barq’s without the bite. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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drank Ceylon BOP by Starwest
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Guess you can tell you’ve hit the tea-dious dog days of summer when you have bins and baskets of perfectly acceptable and flavorful fancy stuff and you just shrug, say “eh,” and make yourself a cup of plain brown leaf juice.

This was the leaf juice of choice this morning; not unpleasant; just nondescript. Likely a good base for blending, but that would require thinking. It’s too hot to think.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Prompted by a few of you who have done the same thing, there’s now a jar in the kitchen labeled “Junkyard Tea” to contain the not-quite-enough or a-little-too-old scraps of black tea that accumulate when you’re not looking.

The fun of this is that its personality changes regularly, it’s still reasonably drinkable in the a.m., and if it doesn’t taste right…just add something else, and it’ll change again.

At the moment, the jar is a little Keemun-heavy with some sweetness in the background from odd Assams and a Darjeeling or two. Tomorrow…who knows?

Unpredictably yours till then,
G

SimplyJenW

I love your name for this! Mine has always been “Franken-Breakfast”!

gmathis

Your Franken-Breakfast sounds much more scientific and intentionally planned!

SimplyJenW

Yes, my recent one was and then I added some things to it that had me missing what I started with….. Just go easy on the smokey teas. They absolutely take over. I had to trash some at one point.

gmathis

Yep—no smokey stuff, no flavored stuff. (Though another jar with fruity and chocolate scraps might be interesting.)

Calochortus

I need to try this! I have some leftovers that are clogging my pantry~

gmathis

Go for it :)

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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OK, k s, you have done it now: created a chocolate mint addict. I had a quart steeping in the fridge to relax with this afternoon and am already trying to figure out where we can grow us a patch on the homestead. This from someone who kills marigolds.

K S

Happy to feed the addiction.

We have had it come back up in the spring. We bury it under leaves in the winter. You have grown mint before so I guess you know it will spread like crazy if you don’t keep it under control.

Terri HarpLady

All of my mints are in large pots, which doesn’t guarantee that they won’t spread, but at least helps. I made the mistake of planting my lemon balm in the ground though, now it’s cropping up all over the place, including clear across the yard.

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drank Kona Cove by Savoy Tea Company
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This one isn’t on the Savoy website any longer. It’s just one ingredient away (no chocolate chips) from their Chocolate Cream Truffle. It would stand to reason the Savoy folks streamlined it from their product line since the two are so similar.

Enough chitchat. What does this taste like? A Russell Stover chocolate coconut candy, heavy emphasis on the coconut. Sweet, thick, heavy on the tongue.

A little pricey for this cheapskate ($2.50 for a half ounce sample) but it is tasty.

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Thought some of you might like to post to this generic category, something like the Chance Combinations that gets a fair amount of traffic.
Feel free to edit the description as you see fit.

In this case, courtesy of k s and company, we’re enjoying homegrown chocolate mint. You’ll have to ask him for the particulars of the variety, but you better believe this is pleasant! Cold steeped a couple of teaspoons in the fridge on a hot afternoon. There is definitely something in the baseline of this tisane that has a Hershey bar aftertaste. So I ate a Hershey bar with it. It just had to be.

K S

It came in a white package with black letters and read chocolate mint. (I guess now a days it would be blue letters) Actually I got it at the local greenhouse this spring.

I have never tried this on its own. I always add it to something, usually puerh. However, the Hershey bar and this idea I must try. I always have a stash of Hershey dark chocolate bars around.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Terri HarpLady

I have some chocolate mint growing in my herb garden this year. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s getting bushy enough now that I will have to start using it.

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Pinched this one in the fridge with a little baking soda.(So glad you taught me that trick, fellow Steepsters!) Truthfully, I may have overdone it a little bit—the idea is not to turn it into baking soda water, but to take the acidic edge off. But there is a noticeable difference in the sharpness/brassiness of this cheapie tea. And playing alchemist is just fun.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Our friend ashmanra advises that this is chameleon tea: three minutes for rose with apple; four for apple with rose. Opted for the latter. Very Granny Smith; very refreshing. As I was rocking and sipping (watching Tazo the Therapy Cat conduct his morning grooming routine), the thought came that this would be tasty sweetened. I’m not usually a sweetener…but the week’s been full of sour grapes. Maybe that’s why ;)

ashmanra

So glad you liked it!

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
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Equally nice iced when you double up on the leaf. Crisp. If I didn’t know what was in it, I’d tag it as good, plain green tea.

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I had forgotten that this has its own listing, but it’s too much effort to backtrack all the chance-combos and re-categorize. It’s just been a “too much” day all around, Charlie Brown. Sigh. Slump.

However, the bright spot was the evening’s steep-speriment: equal parts red raspberry leaf and dried lemon verbena, courtesy of the horticulturally talented k s. Left to steep easily 20 minutes, partly to wring all the herbal goodness out of the raspberry, and partly because it is just too wicked hot today to drink anything warmer than tepid, so I just let it cool in the cup. Perfect pairing. The lemon out-lemoned the strong leafiness of the raspberry leaf and made a nice little evening tisane.

K S

No Terri has skills. My wife and I put it in a pot. IF the sun shines and IF it rains we get growing plants. Last year everything just died.

Terri HarpLady

Last year everything died at my house too. It was just too damn hot last year. I’m enjoying this year much better. :)
I used to drink LOTS of Red Raspberry leaf. Such a great herb for women, especially women of child bearing age. I’m grateful to be considerably past that age, & so, even though I have raspberries growing, I haven’t drank the leaf for years. Maybe I should try mixing some with some of my lemon verbena…hmmm…

We were doing some serious weeding in the garden today, & somehow the lemon balm has found it’s way clear across the yard from where it’s suppose to be. Drew was smelling it, wondering aloud if it could be made into a pesto. I told him I didn’t see why not (although we have plenty of basil…), & sure enough, there are recipes online!

Sil

hmmm raspberry leaf, eh? hmmm

Lynxiebrat

Mmm I’m crazy about pesto! Unfortunately, My Dad hates it so I can’t make much with it.

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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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