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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
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I put five of these teabags in a giant mason jar filled with pure water, and steep it in direct sunlight in the garden for an afternoon to make iced tea—just as my mother did, and my grandmother before her. It’s such a tradition with us that most other iced teas taste odd to me, too fruity or too herby or otherwise just not…quite…right. This isn’t the most amazing tea in the world, but it appears to be THE iced tea for me. My kids play with the little animal figurines just as I did, thirty years ago.

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drank Chamomile by Lhasak Kharna
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I keep a jar of pure chamomile herb/flowers to infuse as a mild, medicinal tea. It helps my children sleep, or soothes an upset stomach. I steep it deep gold and like it okay by itself, but it’s a very herby taste and for the kids it requires a dollop of honey (also a sleep aid) and a weaker brew.

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Well, it’s not a subtle tea that I want to sit around savoring and reflecting on or anything, but it’s a workhorse. I keep it in my cupboard for chilly gray mornings when I need a dark heavy bolt of quick caffeine. Rounded out with some raw local honey or a dash of cream and sugar, it’s not bad.

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I’ve finally chosen between coffee and tea, and tea came out on top. While I’ve always enjoyed tea, I’ve only recently begun applying myself to learning more about it’s nuances. I’m lucky enough to live near some very interesting little herb and loose leaf tea shops, and I’m experimenting with crafting my own blends.
This year, I’m going to try to grow my own tea plants, Camellia sinensis.

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