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When I see ginger listed as an ingredient, I usually expect it to be the overriding flavour. This is not the case here. I can taste ginger, barely, but for the most part this tastes like turmeric. That’s fine, as I like turmeric; however, it does make for a rather simple taste. Possibly this is intended to be consumed more for health benefits than for flavour, but since that’s not why I’m drinking it, I’d have preferred a slightly more balanced flavour profile.

As this is a spice-based tisane which creates a dark gold brew when steeped, it has some similarities to chai. However, it lacks the sweetness and complexity of chai. It’s not really sweet at all, in fact, so if you like your spicy teas sweet as well, some honey would probably do well here.

Flavors: Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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Derk generously sent me this tea a couple months ago. I like peppermint more than spearmint, but was happy to give this a try. I steeped one teabag in a 355 ml mug at 205F for 4, 6, 8, and around 30 minutes.

As expected, this tea smelled like spearmint gum. The first couple steeps had a crisp, sweet, slightly earthy spearmint taste. I let the teabag sit for almost a day before making my last two infusions, which were not as flavourful and seemed a bit grassy and stewed. I’m not sure if this was due to the long delay between steeps or the extended steep times. Regardless, this was a pleasant way to end the day, although peppermint is still my favourite.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 355 ML

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I received a sample tea bag a long time ago and finally decided to try it. I am not breastfeeding and will not drink it again. I do not like coriander or fennel in my tea. They are both too strong in this one. I won’t even finished this mug, which may be a first time.

Flavors: Coriander, Fennel Seed

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What you could find in a tea bag filled with spearmint only?

Yep, it was minty, quite sweet. Easydrinking liquid, no flaws. Probably quite fresh. I prefer peppermint though, when it comes to mints.

Thank you derk for new tea bag to my collection.

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude? — Emily Dickinson

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I don’t like pure spearmint, fresh or dried or gum/mints, but sometimes I get wild and eat or drink something that doesn’t sit right with me thinking maybe my tastes have changed. (My definition of wild has changed wildly in the past few years.)

It turns out I’ve made this into my morning wake-up and nightcap every day this week. It’s so sweet and so spearmint and so clean. I can see myself reaching for this when I want mint but not something as strong as my preferred peppermint.

Bananas, though. I will never enjoy a ripe, yellow banana from the peel.

Flavors: Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

Banana is my most hated food. I have such a strong aversion to them I can’t even stand when someone ELSE is enjoying one ripe, straight from the peel. O-o

My favorite mint blends are usually a mix of both peppermint and spearmint. Even better if just a hint of one of the lemony herbs is thrown in to add just a dash of citrus to the menthol.

Martin Bednář

I never understood what’s wrong with bananas?

derk

Everything, haha

MandyJS

I feel you on your definition of getting wild. I was promised that my taste buds would change as I got older so I keep trying thinks I generally don’t like in hopes for some magical shift where things suddenly taste great, but that day has yet to come.

By this point I’m on a mission though, so I won’t stop trying lol…

Kawaii433

Sadly, I can’t handle any mint in my tea. hehe at “wild”, derk. :)

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I think I saved a bag of this from a recent tea box. It’s herbaceous in an interesting way. I suppose it probably tastes like itself, though I have nothing to compare it to. I had it plain, and it was nice and refreshing on a busy day. I wouldn’t order a box since I don’t go for herbaceous teas very often, but this one is perfectly fine.

gmathis

Farm kid here … I loved the way sweet red clover smelled in the summer when they were mowing it. Might be worth a trial for the nostalgia!

Martin Bednář

Interesting… just red clover tea?

AJRimmer

Oh that’s so fun! I never knew it could be made into tea before I saw this tea bag!

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Grabbed a bag of this from the recent tea box. Even though it expired in 2017, it still tastes pretty nice! Earthy and fresh. Not one I would buy a box of, but the flavor was quite refreshing to drink while I was exercising today. General earthy rootiness, not bad. Not a hint of lemon though.

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Not a big fan of the taste. I’m not really fond of chamomile. However, as a relaxing tea, it works OK.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I like this tea, however, I love licorice and that is the main flavor I get from this. It is a good evening tea because there is no caffiene, so I drink it before bed.

Flavors: Grass, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Another tea from derk! Thank you

Again “simple” day – simple drinks as peppermint tea.

I let the bag in all time, so really long steeping time.

Another very fresh and refreshing peppermint. I can’t compare it to Czech brands, which are weak and dirty in taste.

Very tasty, long mounth-feel. Highly drinkable. If I have to compare with Celestial Seasonings, it’s bit worse, but still highly recommended!

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

You’re welcome.

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What can I say? It’s just one of those days.

Updated to add – This made me feel horribly sick. Do not recommend.

Flavors: Licorice, Mint

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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SIPDOWN of tea sent by derk, thank you!

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nice quote!

It’s 9 pm, I am very tired after 7 hour long inventory check I did today. Went through 250 lady panties, same amount of bras, some socks and tights, lots of pillows and covers, some candles and some candleholders. Amost all the time wearing facemask and gloves. Gloves which we use when counting freezers!

So I am terribly tired (woke up in 5 am), pretty much everything hurts, some minor panic attacks as my nieces visit comes closer.

But to the tea, that is what matters here most I guess.
It’s nice. Refreshing, but as well calming down, it makes me bit sleepy which is good thing, there are some nice notes of passionflower reminding rather passionfruit in taste. Naturally it is quite herbal there as well. I think it is great tea for times like this one.

Thank you derk, once more :). And moreover I just love the wrapper too.

Flavors: Herbs, Mint, Passion Fruit

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

At least for me, I like to hear about people’s days as well as the tea. Sorry yours wasn’t so good. ):

ashmanra

Oh, I hope your mask is a good, comfortable one!

Martin Bednář

Nattie, it was only a tiring day :) There were certainly worse daays. I think I lost bit of “grip” in inventory checks; I wasn’t doing any for two months and this one was quite harder than usual, as we were in warehouses and not in a shop itself. That will come tomorrow night.

Ashmanra: it is comfortable, but wearing it for 6 hours straight isn’t comfy at all :)

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I have prepared this tea to calm my nerves before tomorrow exam. Linear programming. It’s not so hard, but again, procrastination won this round – so I have all my teas (as I said yesterday) in Excel file. I don’t know if I should feel happy about that, because it is really cool, but I spend whole morning doing it. Then, I was rather cleaning, washing up and.. now it is evening, I took a bath (I usually shower) and I was trying to study before.

Anyway to the tea. It’s from derk again, so again kudos to you. It is nice blend of herbs, based on passionflower and chamomile, but it is nice and mild tea. Because it contains lots of other herbs too, I was afraid it will be too herbal. But it isn’t. It was like honey with nice chamomile (what, me liking chamomile?) and sweet note of passionflower.

To be honest, I think it worked well to intended purpose (but bath was good idea too). I am not very sure about the exam, but I will wake up early tomorrow probably and do some last-minute study.

Flavors: Herbs, Passion Fruit, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
MadHatterTeaDrunk

Best of luck to you on your exam!

ashmanra

Saying a prayer for you! I hope your anxiety goes away. It’s no fun.

Martin Bednář

Unfortunately, I did not pass. But it was close! Next week another chance. I think, I can prepare more, although there are some other exams to do in same week. I knew that this time I wasn’t prepared enough.

ashmanra

You’ll get it! Keep trying! I believe in you!

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I had big plans today to drink lots of yummy, delicious tea. Instead, I woke up sick so I’m “enjoying” medicinal herbals instead. Not my fav and I don’t know that they are working, but I’m trying my best to keep from getting worse before work on Monday. Next up – one specifically for headaches. Hoping it helps.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Michelle

Feel better soon!

Shae

Thank you!

mrmopar

Indeed seconded on feeling better.

Shae

Thank you so much, mrmopar!

LuckyMe

I can sympathize…I’m battling some flu like symptoms myself. Get feeling better!

Shae

I hope you are feeling better so soon! Anything helping with your symptoms so far?

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Prepared according to direction and not for medicinal use.

It’s fairly light and nutty. Gently sweet with some bitterness on the swallow and a slight tart finish. There’s a creaminess that confuses me. It’s a strange one, like oat straw or milk thistle, like it’s vegetal-based, pervasive and binding rather than butterfat-based and distinctly apparent as I experience in many Taiwanese oolong. I assume it’s from the latex in the dandelion.

As a side thought, I really wonder what the chemical signature is for the cream aroma/flavor in Taiwanese oolong and how it compares to that of animal-based cream. Oh how’d I’d love to analyze the compounds in all the teas I drink by running infusion samples through a GC-MS machine.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my chosen replacement for DT’s spearmint. It does come in paper teabags, however it was the cheapest option on amazon that wasn’t a 2 kg bag.

This is a nice, simple, sweet spearmint. Exactly what I needed.

Flavors: Mint, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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The antidote to today’s reuben sandwich.

I have this thing with peppermint where I found that I like dried loose-leaf prepared best when steeped at 175F for only a minute or two. But I went ahead and followed package directions for this teabag: boiling, covered, 10-15 minutes. As soon as I poured water over the bag, the brew turned a pretty green. When I took the lid off 15 minutes later, it was brown. I feared for muddy peppermint.

Instead, it was good, clean fun :) Can’t go wrong with that.

As far as peppermint teabags go, I still prefer Two Leaves and a Bud brand because it’s serious menthol. I can never find it in stores here, though. Since Traditional Medicinals is located just down the road, I’ll be supporting them even if they do source their leaf from afar. Sprouts was out of stock of this today so I get to compare Celestial Seasonings next.

Flavors: Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Spearmint is great for that menthol vibe as well, but you don’t see it nearly as often.

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I should start by saying that medicinal teas are not my favorite. I truly only drink them when I’m not feeling well. My husband, on the other hand, loves them. So when I mentioned to him earlier that I’ve been struggling with a headache all day, I shouldn’t have been surprised to walk through the door after work to see him holding a steaming mug of this tea. Surprisingly, the taste isn’t bad at all. I would even say I actually enjoyed it. I continued to sip on it throughout the evening, but honestly I didn’t finish it. I have to say, it didn’t help my headache one bit; however, I’m truly grateful that he took the time to make it for me knowing that I was feeling sick and he wanted to help me feel better.

I’m currently enrolled in a health coach training program and they talk sometimes about how important it is to prepare your food with love because that love then covers the meal. Now I’m not sure about the science behind all that, whether or not your food can actually change based on the love put into it, but it makes me happy to think we could pass our love and kindness through simple acts toward each other such as making a warm cup of tea on a cold day.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received this bag in a previous Sips By box. I accidentally steeped it for a long time, but it’s not sour. I’m drinking this cold with sugar, and it’s a really pleasant cup. I like this better than some loose leaf ones even.

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