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I ate something that seriously upset my stomach, so now I’m drinking ginger and mint to soothe it. Ahhhh!!!!! feeling better already. Down to 5 bags of this, so I may need to buy more. Maybe I’ll wait until after the holidays when it goes on sale? I consider this a year-round staple. Perhaps I’ll try it loose when I do buy it again? Then again, the bags are so easy to buy in grocery stores and cheap after xmas…plus I like this as an ultra-portable travel tea. I’m sure I have a bag or two in my purse, in addition to ginger candy.

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Steeped two bags overnight in cold water. Should have stuck with 1 probably, as the toasted (almost burnt) rice flavor is a bit strong! Only 3 bags left and this one is gone! I’m pretty sure CS has discontinued their Saphara line. Let’s hope so. There’s a reason this was on clearance at the grocery store. Lesson learned! It was serviceable as an intro to genmaicha, but I’m ready to move on!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Ok I don’t know what that minty weirdness I was getting before was about. It taste fine now! A blend of discernible coconut, a bit of papaya, and a general “tropical” flavor layered over (but now overpowering) the light, buttery green tea. I think I would like this better iced, but I’m enjoying it hot too as it is light and refreshing.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Yerba Maté Chocolatté by Guayaki
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I was surprised to see this as a choice of teabags at a restaurant recently (well it was sort of a unique place, a general store/gourmet market/cafe of sorts, so not too surprised…) Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try this because I don’t like the taste of mate so it has to be masked pretty well. This was an interesting blend, rather cinnamony and a good bit chocolatey, but without letting you forget that it is an herbal tea (as in, it didn’t taste like coffee or or hot cocoa or anything.) It’s rather unlike anything I’ve had. I drank it all so I must have liked it. As for whether it gave me an energy burst, it’s hard to say but I did do a lot of shopping, wine tasting, and play watching that day so I think it did help keep me going. I will be having this one again, as I bought a box for my mate/mocha loving hubby a few weeks ago as a Christmas gift. So glad I got to sample it so now I know what I’m giving him!

Preparation
8 min or more
Janefan

this is the loose blend I wanted to buy my DH, http://steepster.com/teas/guayaki/12478-mocha-maca-java-mate but my local organic food store didn’t have it so I settled for the Yerba Mate Chocolatte in bags. I will keep an eye out for it elsewhere…

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drank Cruising Cranberry by Boca Java
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Wanted red tea but without the heaviness of CS’ Madagascar Vanilla with milk, so I’m a double mug of this for my morning tea. The tart cranberry is really helping to wake up my tastebuds! Maybe I’ll make a pitcher of it iced for later….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Red Latte by redespresso
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(backlogging)
This really hit the spot at last night’s tree lighting and musical stroll downtown. I actually had to wait 20+ min in line at the Green Bean and then another 5 after ordering to get it, and missed most of the band’s set. :-( But I was cold and thirsty and this was very good nonetheless. I had it with honey, no cinnamon.

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drank Lemon Ginger by Stash Tea Company
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drank Smoky Black T-Dust by Sanctuary T
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I was right! A couple sprinkles makes a bowl of (store-bought) tomato soup much better. It added a surprising amount of depth to the soup, which seemed a bit too sweet at first. It doesn’t really make it taste smoky, just more rounded out. I guess it’s kind of like the difference between plain tomatoes and “fire roasted” ones…?

gmathis

Three winters ago we had an ice storm that knocked power out for a week (I will never take HOT tea for granted again!) and we discovered that grilled tomato soup—that is, cooked on a charcoal grill—is surprisingly tasty!

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