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Pine Tea

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  • “OK... this has me curious so since we have a real tree this yr. I'm gonna try it. 30 needles (didn't chop them)/6oz boiling water. Hmmm... virtually no liquor, and the liquor that it does have...” Read full tasting note
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    Cofftea 865 tasting notes
  • “Delightful! The tea tastes pretty much how it smells. Go up to a pine tree and inhale through your mouth... that's pretty much it. However, mixed with a good spoon of honey and it makes for an...” Read full tasting note
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Pine is a tea able to be plucked from most type of pine trees. New, young growth tips are best as they produce the best flavor in brewing. Chop needles before steeping for best flavor. High in vitamins A and C.

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OK… this has me curious so since we have a real tree this yr. I’m gonna try it.

30 needles (didn’t chop them)/6oz boiling water.

Hmmm… virtually no liquor, and the liquor that it does have formed almost immediately after the needles were added to the water so I’m thinking it might have been from the stains on my filter. VERY light sent, a lil sweet maybe? There is a very light taste, but it’s a lil sweet so I’m thinking this may also be left over from my prior usage of my ingenuiTEA. Good theory though, if I can get it down I’m making pine matcha. How’s THAT for a holiday drink?;)

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gmathis

100 points to you for experimentation (unless this is like Whose Line Is It Anyway? where the points don’t matter).

Cofftea

2nd infusion. Steeped 10 min. Chopped the leaves in 3rds. Absolutely no liquor. DEFINITELY smells like pine. Nailed the steeping. Could go more but I wouldn’t suggest less than 10 min. Totally making pine flavored matcha. Does anyone else have a problem w/ liquorless flavored hot water?

Cofftea

3rd infusion 25 min. Strong pine flavor but not overly done or bitter. A bit of sweetness even? This would be a good 1st infusion steep time.

Calochortus

This sounds interesting! I want to try it now!

Heyes

I have always wanted to try this, so more points to you on this! Do you know what kind of pine tree the needles came from? Have a picture? I ask because that obsessive compulsive nature in me thinks there’s some pleasure to be had in cataloging varieties.

Cofftea

No, not sure what kind- whatever my Christmas tree is.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Hats off to your adventurous spirit! I would have never thought of making tea out of the Christmas tree. Great TN, totally unique idea.

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Delightful! The tea tastes pretty much how it smells. Go up to a pine tree and inhale through your mouth… that’s pretty much it. However, mixed with a good spoon of honey and it makes for an excellent and nutritious winter tea.

Cofftea

How much do you use for a 6oz cup of tea?

Nate Walsh

I don’t go with anything precise. I just throw in a bunch 1-2 inch stem tips and let it steep until I feel like I have attained the proper taste. Considering how common it is to just go outside and get it, measuring quantity, I have found, is not that big of a problem.

Cofftea

Not because of commonality, but to get a cup that is neither too weak or strong it is.

Nate Walsh

Personally, I’m generous when it comes to it. I guess it depends on the type of tree you use. Blue spruce has densely packed needles, so for my 10 oz cup I’ve used 4 tips. I understand chopping the needles helps, but I am still experimenting! Tell me how yours goes so I can get a better understanding! :)

Cofftea

Sorry Nate… Just not that brave… LOL

Mitch Donaberger

Cofftea – to answer your question, I’ve found that about 20 or 30 needles (1 or 2 inches – try to get new growth) makes a mild flavor that really works. To get the most robust flavor, try baking them real quick in a toaster oven or boiling them.

Remember, pine is an evergreen plant, and as such, the cell walls in the leaves are especially hardy. Gotta break those down to get the good stuff.

Cofftea

Thanks Mitch! What water temp and steeping time do you suggest?

Mitch Donaberger

Well, this tea is flavored by pine sap / oil, so you’ll want to steep at boiling for as long as possible to really get that out.

My best cup came from boiling water @ 4 minutes. Of course, as Nate said, with a nice spoonful of honey to help keep it tasting nice.

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