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From a swap with Zennen. Thank you!
This reminds me a bit of lemongrass and the other lemony herbs, but it’s not quite the same. The lemon is a bit brighter and sweeter, and the herbaceous taste is soft – not at all grassy. It’s my favorite so far of the lemony herbs, but it’s still not a flavor profile I particularly care for.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Lemon, Sweet
Christina gave me a sample of this tea and it’s taken me ages to try it out. It was only because the brewing instructions were a bit different than normal but not difficult by any means. I would just have the kettle heating already when picking out a tea so it meant I never got around to this one.
The leaves looked really strange. Big and fuzzy white/green. Big fat fuzzy white/green stems too. I could smell sage.
Brewed it up and was relieved the sage was not as strong as I thought it would be. Quite mild with a sweet honey taste to it. It has a similarity to Honeysuckle.
Of course it wasn’t such a good tasting tea I would have to have it again. That’s mostly the way with a lot of herbals. They are fairly pleasant to drink but not super tasty. I just drink them for the health benefits. This one looks like it has a few health benefits too.
Thanks for the sample Christina. Glad I got to try this one out.
Flavors: Honey, Sage
I am boiling sticks and leaves on the stove because Christina sent them to me with those instructions. I think I’ll give them 10 minutes of simmering before I drink…
The leaves are still fuzzy after boiling. :) Smells a lot like the fake Greek Mountain Tea I got from Cornelia Bean. Sage, orange/citrus… I put some honey in it. This is more earthy than the flavoured herbal, though. Might be the twiggy bits?
Oh, that’s nice. Definitely a touch more medicinal than I was really expecting. It’s that earthy flavour like you can get with nettle leaves or (almost, mildly) valerian. But it tastes like citrus and sage. It’s pretty nice! Not sure I’d want it all the time, but if I see it locally (I’m pretty sure one of my local delis carries something like this) I might pick it up.
Thanks so much, Christina!
I really liked this a lot more than I thought I would. When I opened the pouch, I was kind of surprised by the appearance of it. As I mentioned in a comment on another tasting note of this tea, it looks a lot like branches of sagebrush from the backyard of the house that I lived in as a kid. It doesn’t look like it could possibly be brewed and be something tasty but it actually is pretty good.
It’s herb-y tasting and lemon-y. Hints of honey. It also has a ‘warm’ sort of flavor, like it’s gently spiced and it tastes a little bit like sage to me.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/28/greek-mountain-tea-from-klio/
The last few days at work have been busy. My own fault, really – I procrastinated on a project and so the final stages trying to get this thing ready got all jammed up.
Wednesday and onwards have felt like I’m a spring under compression. Now that it’s Friday evening (and a long weekend to boot!), I can feel things relaxing and loosening.
Part of that is because of this tea. I didn’t do the whole “boil it in boiling water for 10 minutes or so” that the instructions say. I just steeped it in freshly boiled water instead and let it sit.
The result was a less pungent version of this tea. But it’s cold out, and it’s been a busy week, and I just want to give my brain room to expand, so less pungent is fine with me.
Oh boy, this is a tea I just feel I need right now. I had some of W2T’s Lao Cha Tou earlier today to review it on the blog, but it just knocked the wind out of me. I feel all groggy and dehydrated.
I just want something that screams “comfort” and “health” and other good-for-you things, and this is so herbal and sagey and sweet (and non-caffeinated) that right now it’s the only thing that will do.
Hoo boy, I made a strong batch of this tea this evening – the herbal bounciness of this has morphed into a medicinal edge that I don’t like.
Anyways: Gracie news!
Gracie is still at the vet’s, but she’s doing much better than she was yesterday. It’s highly likely she’ll be able to come home tomorrow. She was in a baaad way on Monday night, but with the proper treatment, she’s on the mend.
She was even able to stand up and walk around, and now she’s started to give the vet staff some sass! Welcome back, my sweet little cantankerous bitchy princess!
For now, she’s still on a bunch of antibiotics and they’ll start the steroids tomorrow. Then when she comes home, she’ll be taking a bunch of pills every day for at least 2-3 weeks. Some are steroids. Others are meant to help her gall bladder. But my little princess is nearly back!
Backlog from a few nights ago.
Many thanks to LiberTEAS for hosting a giveaway of this tea on her blog! I was one of the winners, and I was astonished by the size of the prize pack I got from Klio. Two bags of tea plus a beautiful Bodum mug.
Now, I may love tea, but even 150g of tea in one go (especially one so fluffy) is a lot for me. And I have a lot of travel mugs. So I’m keeping one bag of this tea for myself and giving the other bag plus the mug to my sister as a birthday present. Her birthday is one month from today, so it’s perfect timing!
As for the tea itself? I’ve had Mountain Tea before – it’s a common drink in Macedonia, where my parents are from, as well as Greece. However, the mountain tea we have in the house is several years old and somewhat stale. In comparison, this is fresh, fresh fresh!
When you open the bag, it smells beautiful. There’s a green sharpness underneath that reminds me of fresh cut grass, but there’s also the brightness of lemon and the earthiness of chamomile. I’m not a big chamomile fan, but I don’t mind the hint here.
When I brewed this a few nights ago I oversteeped it, but it wasn’t that bitter. I will definitely be holding onto this.
Flavors: Grass, Lemon, Sage