Douglas Fir Spring Tips

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Herbal Tea
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Flavors
Citrus, Pine, Fir, Honey, Lemongrass
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Caffeine Free
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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From Juniper Ridge

Made from 100% Douglas Fir spring tips that we harvest ourselves in the Pacific Northwest. Nothing else has been added to it, so you can experience the lovely light taste and lemony forest aroma of this distinctly Northwestern wild herb delicacy.

Ingredients: 100% sustainably wild harvested Douglas Fir needle tips.

http://juniperridge.com/products/douglas-fir-spring-tip-tea

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This will be my last logged tea before leaving florida tomorrow for my cross-country road trip and move to Seattle, Washington!
Living in the Pacific Northwest has been my dream since visiting 2 years ago, and now it will be my home. 
My boyfriend and I are making the drive all the way from south Florida, and plan to stop in Roswell, NM, then the Grand Canyon, then California and Yosemite, and then most amazing of all, onto the Redwoods!! I will finally see them for real. I also cannot wait to see Oregon,  which I feel so connected to even though I’ve never been there.
My plan is to study the forests and determine my place in the environmental and forestry field. There is nothing I love more than the trees and forests, and I want to be near them always.

A friend of mine brought this tea over who funnily enough got it from a friend in Seattle, while the tea itself comes from Oregon. 
The magical scent of this tea alone immediately makes it the best tea ever. It is the tea to end all teas for me.
It smells like a forest, and burning a Frasier Fir candle at the same time transforms my room into one. I cannot wait to be in a real forest and to drink this tea among the trees.

What was even more special about my first time having this tea was that my favorite song ever came on my pandora while drinking it. The song is When I Grow Up by Fever Ray http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F-CpE73o2M&feature=youtube_gdata_player
When I hear it, I understand why I am alive. I know where I want to be and what I want to do. 

I can drink this tea forever.
I can’t explain the tree flavor other than its lovely, and has a lemon-like concentrated end.
Its super calming.
I also feel a special energy from this tea. Sort of like when I’m sitting on the ground leaning against a tree, and I get this incredible relaxed and happy feeling in my back. Its hard to explain.

This is literally, my Cup of Tree. 

West coast!! here I come!!!!! Woohoo!!!!

Alphakitty

I have been meaning to try this out for a long time, I think your review has pushed it into “must order” territory!

Indigobloom

Have a great trip!! sounds like you experienced Tea Chi. Love that feeling!

CupofTree

Thank you Indigobloom! Funny it does just feel like a trip but I’m actually moving over there and I can’t believe it.
Tea Chi for sure :)

Invader Zim

I hope you have a wonderful move! I made a similar journey two years ago, from San Diego to Baltimore, it was amazing. Stay safe, and the Grand Canyon is one of the most awe-inspiring things you will ever witness. I have never seen the Redwoods though, it’s always been a dream.

Hesper June

Best of luck with the move! I love the Seattle area. Such a lovely place:)

Donna A

Have a wonderful safe trip. You’re going to a great place for forests! My mother-in-law lives in Port Angeles on the Puget Sound. Beautiful place. I moved to LA in a car in 1978, right out of college. Met my husband there, came back with him to the East Coast for career and family reasons in 1985. But the road trips were great each way. We’re in the Atlanta area now and have raised 3 kids. It is great to follow your dreams by having a great adventure like this when you are young.

TheTeaFairy

very inspiring, good luck with everything!
p.s. great video:-)

Bonnie

I have a lifetime of great memories in all the places you’re about to visit and live. You are just beginning! I’ll tell you one thing…drinking tea will mean much more once you’ve connected with the trees and the forest floor. (especially pu-erh for me). Have the grandest time in the quiet!

CupofTree

Thank you so much every one! :)

CupofTree

@InvaderZim I hope you visit the Redwoods in the future!
@DonnaA I cant wait to visit Port Angeles!
@Bonnie Ahh yes, the quiet :)

CupofTree

@Hesper It really is, hopefully you can go back there!
@TeaFairy If I Had a Heart by Fever Ray is good too. :)

momo

Have an amazing trip! I’m so excited for you!

Claire

Have a safe and easy move! This summer I moved to SF after living in Ashland, Oregon for the past two and a half years, and I miss it quite a bit.

CupofTree

Thank you momo! :D

CupofTree

@Claire Thank you! Aww I would miss it too. Will you be moving back?

Claire

CupofTree – probably not, I moved back to California because Rayn is here and I missed him more than I miss Oregon. :) He works in IT, so as much as I would love for us both to move up to Oregon it would be very hard for him to find a job there.

Indigobloom

oh! I saw “road trip” and that stuck in my head haha. I’ve seen pics of the Redwoods, they’re gorgeous

Plunkybug

I had a similar move almost 7 years ago…Orlando, FL to Victoria, BC…we took 7 weeks to cross the country and visit family, friends, and sights along the way.

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Not only did I want to try this one because of the SEASON but because I’m divvying my stash and paying some forward and will send the rest of this to Azzrian

I cold brewed this and it’s not too shabby cold, but I do like it even more hot!

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Azzrian

This one sounds very interesting – thank you.

LiberTEAS

I think I may have already sent some of this to Azzrian … but, it is yummy … so I’m sure she won’t mind a couple more cups!

TeaEqualsBliss

Ahhh! Well, if you get doubles feel free to use for swap ammo :)

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I chose this one for Afternoon Throat Soothing. If you are going to be sick around the holidays, why not drink pine needles!!!? :) It is doing the job admirably. I love the lemony gentle pine flavor. I plan to steep this one until I leave for the day, because something warm for my throat is making all the difference.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to Jaime for sending me some of this tea in my Secret Santa package!

This tisane smells like outside! Here in the Pacific Northwest we are surrounded by Douglas Fir trees, so I wasn’t surprised to read learn the Douglas Fir Tips in this were harvested from the Pacific Northwest (as well as Northern California).

I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a tisane made from pine trees before… this is a first for me. It is surprisingly good! It has a lemony taste to it. It also has a mint-like taste to it that isn’t quite mint. Like someone was trying to recreate the taste of peppermint and almost got there. It has a very crisp, clean and invigorating taste to it that tastes the way the air feels when we go for a hike in the forests of the gorge.

I like this a lot more than I thought I would! Thanks again, Jaime!

Cofftea

I know you “wing” a lot of your teas. What were your approx parameters for this? I could never get the pine tisane strong enough when I made it from my own trees.

Caitlin

I didn’t know pine trees were edible – haha

JacquelineM

My friend at work gave me another tisane from this company – white sage and wild mint! Waiting for the right day to try it :)

The DJBooth

I knew that you could make a tisane out of pine needles sounds fab. I’ve thought that Keemun teas I’ve had have a piney tasted to them…

Geoffrey Norman

Loved this stuff. It tasted like Christmas.

LiberTEAS

@Geoffrey, yes it did! But it didn’t really come off as “pine” tasting. My fear was that it would taste like Lapsang Souchong (I’m not a big fan of Lapsang Souchong) but it isn’t really smoky, or even really like wood. It just has a clean, fresh taste that reminds me of the forest!

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De-cupboarding the last of this that I got from Jaime. This seemed like the best time to do it. We – my brother and I – just put up the Christmas tree (well, actually, it was all him), but I did the brewing of this. However, I hogged the Santa Claus mug. Its just as foresty, minty, and Christmas-like as I remembered the first time. Perfect time o’ year for this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging from a day or two ago. This is a delicious and unusual tea. It does have the expected “piney” or evergreen flavor, but it has a subtle sweetness that was unexpected. I would recommend shorter steeps or lower temps, since it got sort of sludgy on me.

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This was an impulse buy at Whole Foods. A very calming, meditative tea. Reminds me of a really nice incense perfume—balsam, a very light floral, a feeling of clean. But not cleaning product, thankfully.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Thank you so much for turning me onto this tea! I grew up in oregon too, but i never would have guessed douglas fir would taste light and lemony like this. The box says there’s nothing in here but real doug fir needles – so earthy, lemony and my favorite part? when i brew it up I let it steep in the tea pot, and my whole house smells like a forest!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I found this “tea” at a health foods store in Louisville, Ky. I was looking for something different, and can you get much different than drinking a tea made from fir trees?

There are no brewing suggestions on the box, nor on the company’s website. So I tried it out for 5 minutes with boiling water.

Have you ever had a real, live Christmas tree in your home? This tea smells just like a Christmas tree, but with a little lemony edge.

The taste is very earthy, deeper and thicker than a nutty green tea; you can definitely taste the tree. There’s also a taste similar to lemon verbena.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how good this tea is. I don’t know if it will become one of my staples, but it won’t be sitting in the cabinet forever, either.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to Nichole for sending me a few bags of this to try! It had been on my wishlist for some time so I’m pretty excited to be able to try it now.

This smells incredible, very fresh but also woodsy. I’m definitely picking up on some citrus and pine. I was expecting long, green needles but it looks like everything has been ground to a powder inside the bags. I steeped this for a full 10 minutes and when I pulled the bag from the water I was left with a golden liquid, almost honey-colored, but also a pretty thick film on the surface. My husband tried this and said it tasted like pickles (???) but I think it’s pretty nice. I can still smell the citrus and pine and the taste is very light, almost a little watered. While it isn’t as amazing as I thought it might be, I am still enjoying it. I’m sure would be a hit ice-cold so I think I’ll try that next.

Flavors: Citrus, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

Flavors: Pickle

Shae

Yes! We need that one added to the list for sure! I’ve actually had a tea once before that tasted like pickles so I get where he’s coming from. :)

teatortoise

Pine needle is supposed to be very good for you and the immune system. I read that the water should be under boiling to avoid destroying the beneficial ingredients, while longer steep time brings them out more.

I’ve never had Douglas fir, but the local pine tree needles are tasty. I imagine that the vinegar taste is probably the pine acidity, perhaps when coupled with a dill-like fir flavor, reminisces of pickle…

Shae

teatortoise, I will try this next time at a lower temperature. How long of a steep time would you suggest? I’ll have to tell my husband about your explanation for the pickle flavor. He’ll appreciate the reasoning. :)

teatortoise

Just a guess, though!
For pine needles I steep for about ten to fifteen minutes, for more taste and nutrients/vitamins/substances etc. Just lightly simmering it. Depends how broken it is, and a little longer if it is fresh—which it isn’t here.

Shae

Do you simmer over a steady heat for the full 15 minutes or do you only start with barely simmering water and let it rest off the heat? I started with boiling water and let it steep for ten minutes off the heat so maybe that’s where I went wrong here.

teatortoise

I let it get pretty hot first, but below boiling, because it only takes a second of boiling to do away with the good stuff. Then I simmer it low for about ten minutes.

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