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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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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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The soda pinch trick works! This isn’t a particularly acidic tea, but it isn’t an expensive one, either, so I threw a few bags into water in the fridge, pinched some soda, and let it steep. There is a noticeable difference in flavor—-the sharp edges are now rather gentle and smooth.

When this quart is gone, I’m off to Arm & Hammer some of the cheap grocery store brand to see what happens.

OMGsrsly

I do this for Yorkshire Gold, which is an incredibly strong tea. Works like a charm. :) I think I’ll try cold steeping it with a pinch of soda, just to see. Usually I hot steep then chill.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Continuing to see some medicinal effect of raspberry leaf (ladies, highly recommended!) and experimenting with ways to un-tree-leaf the taste. Mixed in some homegrown mint. Not an unpleasant blend, and might be nice iced.

JustJames

watch yourself… both raspberry and blackberry leaf drop blood pressure (as i discovered when i was building and steeping my own iced tea blends and kept having to stop while climbing the stairs).

gmathis

Duly noted!

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
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This green tea blend with a mate’ kick is very refreshing on a hot summer morning, and as mentioned previously, you don’t notice the ginseng flavor much. Would try some cold, but I keep drinking it up before any makes it to the fridge. Larger purchase predicted. Oh, shoot—that means a trip back to the tea shop. What a tragedy :)

K S

It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.

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drank Orange Creme Dreams by Talbott Teas
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My tin is getting a little long in the tooth, so I blew several spoonsful on a cold steep in the fridge. Not so much. I’m OK with chilled rooibos, this particular blend doesn’t handle it well. Too tart for my liking and smelled a little like stinky shoes.

Warm, it’s fine. Orangey, creamy, little tart but not obnoxiously so like it was this afternoon.

Sil

hot brew then cool it?

gmathis

Probably—that works better with greens, also. And there’s a good measure of hibiscus in this. Hibiscus never does what I want it to.

Sil

Heh this sounds delicious though….from the name. I am a sucker for orange cream flavour

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87

Well, poop. Just when I discover this makes a wonderful, apple-y summer iced tea, I also discover there are only two more bags in the box.

You really need to try this cold. I am, enjoying the quiet backyard after a rumpus, noisy afternoon at the movies with my menfolk. Oops…so much for the quiet. Neighbors, grandchildren, firecrackers. Happy 4th, y’all.

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drank Milk Black Tea by Nature's Tea Leaf
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Tazo the cat said I needed a cup of this today. (Yes, he’s still outdoors.) And then promptly tried to keep me from drinking it by head-butting my hands until I petted him according to his specifications. Both hands, full attention.

If you like cream in your tea, or sweet and pastry flavorings, this is one to try. Best with a very light touch on temp and time to keep the milk from tasting like hot milk, if that makes sense.

JustJames

you named your cat tazo? that’s excellent! this sounds like a tea i would like.

gmathis

Black shorthair, jade green eyes, a battle scar or two; it fit perfectly.

JustJames

excellent, and completely appropriate… does he/she steal tea when you’re not looking?

gmathis

Not yet. To the amusement of several fellow Steepsters, we have not made a formal full-time indoor commitment; just visiting rights.

JustJames

my grin has wrapped around my head two times, lol.

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87

This made a wonderful cold steep in the fridge. The apple comes through sweet and crisp. This has been a reliable and comfortably cheapster steep.

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This morning, I’m picking up some nice fruity tones along with the malt. If I were consistent enough to be consistent with numeric ratings, I’d bump it up a few numbers closer to the green smile.

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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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