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I’ve seen this quite a bit, since I go to St. Olaf, where choir occupies a good portion of many of my friends’ lives. I tried the lemon echinacea last year and don’t really remember what it was like, but when I stumbled into Health Services with a nasty cold and a persistent sore throat, the nurse gave me a bag to try. And try I did. I steeped it for 10 minutes and had some before a midday nap; it felt so good on my scratchy throat…when I woke up it felt much better! I liked the taste too…yes it’s a bit mediciney but I like that. It’s reminiscent of my “Aveda” comforting tea (which I make myself now, heehee) but with more of an anise taste. Mmmm. This is just what I needed.

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I’m a college tea drinker.
I cook feverishly.
I draw.
I make movies.
I knit.
Someday I wish to own chickens.

I love tea because of the complete sensory experience it offers me. Clock time fades away as I lean into my cup, watching the delicate cascades of steam waft up from the brew. Peace. Stillness. Feeling centered. It’s my meditation…

To give you a little background on my tea preferences (which will put my ratings into perspective)…

I love teas that are strong without bitterness and have earthy flavors to them, like rooibos or a really good black tea. (A few favorites in this category: Toffee Almond Supreme, Popped Rooibos, Oh Canada, Nutcracker Sweet.) Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutty are some of my favorite flavor notes. After about a year of warming up to greens, I absolutely love them—from the sweet, nutty, green-tea-ice-cream-like to the bold, grassy earthiness of Gunpowder Temple of Heaven. I also enjoy a nice white every once in a while. Fruity teas aren’t my favorite. I do have a few fruity teas that I love though, like TeaSource’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Solstice, and Blueberry Fields.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened; if a tea needs sweetening, I usually don’t like it. A couple of notable exceptions: I sometimes sweeten straight green teas and matcha, and I drink my chai with soymilk (but no other sweetener). I sometimes like my black tea with a little dollop of soymilk.

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Northfield, MN

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