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  • “Lazy people of the world: please join me because I am about to share the most amazing news about this tea. There is no need to brew hot, then chill, because this makes an incredible cold brew....” Read full tasting note
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    Sarsonator 260 tasting notes
  • “I am sincerely hoping that my local herb shop does not run out of dried elderberries because I will be drinking this bad boy ALL SUMMER LONG - and kats and kitties - summer lasts a LONG time in...” Read full tasting note
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    mzpriss 145 tasting notes
  • “Yummy!!! Now that some magician has handed me some dried elderberries, I was able to make the real version of this Northern Sweet Tea. Though my own temporary blueberry version was pretty darn...” Read full tasting note
    TheTeaFairy 414 tasting notes
  • “Happy Canada Day! :D I'm celebrating today with a nice chilled glass of my favorite cold drink - a thing I call Northern Sweet Tea! Inspired by the wilderness of Up North (and maple syrup), with...” Read full tasting note
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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

You’ll need:

Golden Orchid
Maple Syrup
Dried Elderberries

Steep 2 teaspoons of Golden Orchid and 1/2 teaspoon of dried elderberries in 16oz of boiling water for 10 minutes. For higher altitude, make that 15 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Allow to cool and then refrigerate.

Not wanting to spoil the surprise, but it tastes like maple chocolates!

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Lazy people of the world: please join me because I am about to share the most amazing news about this tea.

There is no need to brew hot, then chill, because this makes an incredible cold brew. MIND = BLOWN

Being a lazy brewer myself, I knew I had to try this cold brewed. I placed all the ingredients in my large libre tea glass with room temp filtered water, then put the whole thing in the fridge overnight. And today: amazeballs chocolatey mapley sweet tea. I made my co-worker try it and she immediately proclaimed me to be a genius.

OK, that last part isn’t true, but she did like it and ask for more. So there you have it!!!

Edit: please note that I heaped the tsps when measuring the tea and berries, so the end result wouldn’t taste weak.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’d assume its slightly weaker coldbrewed and with more elderberry notes, right?

TheTeaFairy

Putting some in the fridge NOW, genius :-)

Sarsonator

Brenden: I used a little extra tea (heaped the tsps). I should have noted that. I will edit. It actually tasted more chocolatey to me, but the berries also seemed more pronounced. I wouldn’t have called the first attempt bitter, but cold brewed it seemed a little smoother. Not sure how to describe it. Oh wait, I do. YUM :p

TTF: let me know what you think. I’m pretty impressed with my mad skillz on this one. Just think – we can brew gallons and gallons with no need to heat all that water!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Lol.
Sarsonator, I cold brew pretty much anything too…I cold brewed some used leaves of Port the other day for 24 hours and it was fab!

Sarsonator

I keep meaning to try that with Port, TTF. I wouldn’t have thought to add used leaves. Learned that from you. I tried it over the weekend with used Golden Fleece leaves. Took that hiking and it was deeeelish! I love cold brew!!!

TheTeaFairy

I do that with oolongs a lot when I don’t have time to do many sessions. Also, Brenden taught me to keep all the leaves I use during the day and make a cold brew of everything mixed together. It’s fun cause it always tastes good, but never the same :-)

Will let you know how my NST turns out tomorrow!!

Sarsonator

Wait, WHAT?!?!?!

Cold Brew Tea Leaf Hodge Podge???? That sounds so freakin’ good!!! I am going to try that tomorrow!!!

MzPriss

OK Mz Genius – I’m on it as well

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Love that, tea hodge podge :-)

Sarsonator

I hope you like this cold brewed! It’s just easier, IMO. I have these cool glass 1/2 gallon “milk” jugs that I use for cold brew teas. I’ll be making this in those jugs to take to barbecues, etc.

I’ll report back on my Tea Hodge Podge experiment. :)

MzPriss

I do that same thing – all the leaves in a jar – The Tea Hobbit has good ideas.

Sarsonator

You like lotus stuff, TTF? Come to my yixing gaiwan discussion topic. MzP thinks you’ll like my newest tea ware!!!!!!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’ve made HUNDREDS of “hodge podge’s” and not a single one was less than awesome :)

Cheri

I keep forgetting about the hodge podge. I really need to do that.

Sarsonator

Wooo! I’m making my first tea hodge podge later, so I can take it to work tomorrow. I am saving up my leaves from today. I wonder if it works well even if there’s stronger pu’erh leaves involved.

TheTeaFairy

The cold brew was awesome sars :-) MOARRRRR!!!

Sarsonator

LOL!!! So glad you liked it!!! I’m making up a big batch tomorrow night!!!!

TheTeaFairy

(I wish my tin of GO was a bottomless pit though….)

Sarsonator

I know, dearest. It did occur to me that if I am going to continue drinking NST at this rate, I’ll need to have the GO auto-shipped once a month of something like that LOL.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! let"s ask brenden for GO auto-shipped!!
(And Port….and Aila…and Cocoa Amore….Snaily yums…oh, and Sleeping Bear…crap!)

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145 tasting notes

I am sincerely hoping that my local herb shop does not run out of dried elderberries because I will be drinking this bad boy ALL SUMMER LONG – and kats and kitties – summer lasts a LONG time in Central Texas.

I make a quart of this a day and I drink it all and then hold the jar upside down so every drop goes on my tongue. I do not share.

This combination of my very favorite tea blend, the much-beloved Golden Orchid, maple syrup and dried elderberries is just the smoothest most lovely and satisfying thirst quencher I can imagine.

The vanilla fudge bomb of the Golden Orchid with the concentrated fruit of the elderberries is already amazing and the maple syrup makes it hum. Perhaps I should note that I never drink sweetener in iced tea. Yes, I’m southern but I dislike sweet tea. This is so beyond tooth-achingly sweet Lipton. This is ambrosia.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I also dislike sweet tea…but this really is SO much different :)

Cheri

This sounds amazingly good. I will have to see if I can get elderberries….and Golden Orchid.

Sarsonator

Driving to the hiking location now. Well, the boyfriend is driving actually. And there’s 48 ounces of this cooling in the fridge for when we get home! I’m excited to try it!!! :)

MzPriss

You will do the dance of joy when you do.

TheTeaFairy

This is amazing. Never had real sweet tea, cause I can’t have anything overly sweet and I have a feeling it must have a ton of white sugar!

MzPriss

It does and it is GODAWFUL! For iced tea – I drink really strong Luzianne unsweeted with a big fat lemon or lime slice and sometimes a mint sprig. Hate sweet tea.

MzPriss

I have to go get a birthday card and run to a birthday lunch. I’m taking my Dark Beauty with me. I’ll check in later

Terri HarpLady

I need to restock on elderberries, or else I’d be drinking this today. Luckily he herb shop is 5 minutes from my house…

MzPriss

Having this right now.

Sarsonator

I am doing the happy dance….

MzPriss

Tole ya….

Sarsonator

I never doubted you for a minute!

Nightshifter

Any suggestions for where to get elderberries without an herb shop nearby? Want to try this. :)

Nightshifter

Woo, thanks ladies! :)

MzPriss

I would buy the one that wasn’t Amamzon.

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414 tasting notes

Yummy!!!

Now that some magician has handed me some dried elderberries, I was able to make the real version of this Northern Sweet Tea. Though my own temporary blueberry version was pretty darn delicious, I admit that it’s fun to have it the way it was meant to be.

It was hot today. This was the perfect iced tea.

Really, A little maple syrup added to Golden Orchid and some cute rustic tiny little berries….how could you not like this?

I drank two big mason jars today, and wanted more!! And the good thing is, I can make more, which makes me a very happy fairy :-)

Terri HarpLady

I do need to try this!

TheTeaFairy

It’s fab.

MzPriss

I have some in the fridge!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I’m having GO right now AND I’m having some NST. A sip of hot, a sip of cold!

MzPriss

I’m having some GO after I finish this delicious cup of Yi Fu Chun. I’m saving my NST for later in the day out on the porch. I LOVE the combo though. May have to try that.

Sarsonator

I am making this today. I know I said that a few days ago, but this week was nuts. After my hike, I am coming home, and I am making this. Since HoneyBelle sent me elderberries, I am ready to rumble!

MzPriss

Make it before you go on your hike and put it in the fridge so it’s cold when you get back – it will be PERFECT after your hike!

Sarsonator

Yes, ma’am! Making tea NOW! :p

TheTeaFairy

Oh! Hike and NST = Perfect Sunday

MzPriss

I can’t wait to hear what you think of it

Sarsonator

Indeed, TTF! I am looking forward to both. I’m making a double-batch of the NST. I’ll maybe share some with the boyfriend. :p

MzPriss

Double batch is a good idea with this. I make it a quart at a time. I may go sneak a little drink of it now

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I made a quart this morning :) Mmmmhm! :D

Sarsonator

I tripled the batch. What the heck! You guys haven’t led me astray yet. I know I’ll love this!

TheTeaFairy

Oh yes you will. And so will the boyf.

Sarsonator

IF I share. :p

He didn’t appreciate the pu’erh I am drinking, but I’m certain he will like the NST.

TheTeaFairy

Which one are you having?

Sarsonator

Mandala’s Heart of the Old Tree Sheng Pu’er 2012. Please check out my note if you get a chance. I actually read your note before I made it, since I was looking for brewing times. I thought it was interesting that you found peach, because to me, it smelled exactly like dried apricot!!!

MzPriss

That settles it – I’m ordering that now.

TheTeaFairy

MzPriss, I was just gonna offer you to send you some, but I don’t think a sample would be enough :-)

I did check your review Sarsonator, awesome!

MzPriss

I’m just gonna order it.

MzPriss

It sounds sooooooo good!

Sarsonator

I hope I someday end up in the tea retirement home with you two. Remember it from this thread? http://steepster.com/discuss/2404-stash-slash-cupboard-pictures?page=10&post_id=135229

Also, does this mean that I am now a tea enabler, MzPriss?? :p

MzPriss

Yes, you have totally earned enabler status. We will have to all be there together and all chip to pay a Tea Dobby to make us amazing, perfectly-prepared tea all day long.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Yes, I remember it!! And you have now officially entered the TTEG. (The tea enablers guild)

Sarsonator

Awesome!!!! I will wear my TTEG badge proudly, and look forward to the day that we sit around all day, chatting and drinking perfectly-prepared tea! :)

TheTeaFairy

And I so want a tea-dobby…

MzPriss

NEED a TeaDobby. It’s a NEED.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Definitely a NEED.

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63 tasting notes

Happy Canada Day! :D

I’m celebrating today with a nice chilled glass of my favorite cold drink – a thing I call Northern Sweet Tea!

Inspired by the wilderness of Up North (and maple syrup), with deep chocolate notes and a maple syrup finish, this drink is as rustic and beautiful as the wilderness itself!

You’ll need:

Golden Orchid
Maple Syrup
Dried Elderberries

Steep 2 teaspoons of Golden Orchid and 1/2 teaspoon of dried elderberries in 16oz of boiling water for 10 minutes. For higher altitude, make that 15 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Allow to cool and then refrigerate.

Not wanting to spoil the surprise, but it tastes like maple chocolates!

Again, Happy Canada Day! :-)

Terri HarpLady

This sounds awesome! I think I sold a couple of CDs on CDBaby over the weekend, so my Playpal account has been reloaded, at least a little. I have plenty of Elderberries always, so now I just need some Golden Orchid!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yay! :D You should link me to a sample of your music, I’d love to check it out!

Terri HarpLady

harpsinger.net
There’s a video of me playing an original song, ‘Journey to Serenity’ (from my CD ‘Cynical Serenity’) at the bottom of the main page. Also, there’s a few sound samples on the ‘my CDs’ page, including my song ‘TeaMind’ from the ‘Zen Breakfast’ CD.
Enjoy! :)

Terri HarpLady

It’s a little bit of a cobwebsite. I just realized I haven’t updated it since January! LOL

inranger

Yes Terri, you sold 2, they arrived safely and I’m enjoying the getting acquainted process. Tea Mind certainly hits home for this crowd, and I love the Zen Breakfast CD front graphics. :)

TheTeaFairy

Thank you, proud “Canadienne” girl here :-)
AWESOME tea recipe!!

Terri HarpLady

Yay! Thanks Inranger! I hope you enjoy my songs!

hippiechick 42

Ok stupid Southern girl has a question. lol what the neck is an elderberry?!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Haha an elderberry is the fruit from the elder bush :) They impart a lightly sweet and tart flavor to teas.

Terri HarpLady

A note about Elderberries: don’t eat them straight off the bush! They must be cooked before eating. I planted 4 Elderberry bushes this year, & although it will be awhile before they start producing, I’m pretty excited!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yes, good call. They aren’t SUPER toxic but they wouldn’t be fun to deal with raw.

Terri HarpLady

Another note about Elderberry as a tea: it is the best antiviral out there!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Except for chaga, of course ;)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried chaga…yet

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It is so strongly antiviral…I can’t even go into it right now. haha…

It’s also got the highest antioxidant count of anything in the world.

hippiechick 42

Thanks y’all

hippiechick 42

Looked them up, they look like a cross between blueberries and the berries on poke salad to me. :)

Terri HarpLady

hippiechick, that’s pretty accurate, LOL

Terri HarpLady

Brenden: Does it taste hideously horrible?
Tony was drinking some ‘other’ mushroom tea for awhile, & I tried it. It was awful :p

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It does not. It’s woody and had maple notes. I make it with elderberries and reishi mushroom though, and i LOVE the taste that way

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…I’ve read about it awhile back, but maybe I should give some a try, one of these days :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You should! It’s “only” the strongest natural medicine known to man! :D

Terri HarpLady

Maybe you can send me info on where to get some?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

There’s only one way I could recommend getting some and that would be harvesting it yourself. Unfortunately there is a huge problem with commercial overharvesting, so I do not support the chaga “industry”.

I do my harvesting deep in the Porcupine Mountains, and would not feel right selling it, but I would be glad to throw some into your box next time you order!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Here’s some info on how to not kill the tree when harvesting: http://www.fiddleheadheaven.com/mushroom-harvesting.php

Terri HarpLady

Cool! That would be awesome!
ok, I guess I’d better start hustling some CDs when I get home then, LOL

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