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This is very, very, very hibiscus-y. In most circumstances, that would lower my rating to the floor. However, I can stand a little hibby when it’s cold-steeped in the fridge, which I did today (100 F — I don’t care what I’m drinking as long as it’s cold). With some real lime wedges, it reminds me a little of Swee-Tarts on ice. (Thanks, Martin! These fruit infusions have been great for summer.)

Martin Bednář

Glad they fit! I see I haven’t wrote a note for this one, but I believe I have at least a bag left, definitely have to drink & try.

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Martin, I’m slow to taste and review the little sample you sent me, but I’m glad I waited until hot weather. This makes a really nice iced tea. Truthfully, if I hadn’t read the label, I wouldn’t have guessed either mango or peach, but the combination is nicely fruity. Hibiscus always behaves better for me when it’s on ice as well. Thanks!

Martin Bednář

Don’t worry friend :)

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My throw-it-in-the-fridge-with-a-lemon jag continues. After squeezing and zesting a lemon to attempt homemade pesto yesterday, I tossed the squoze-out fruit in a jar with a couple bags of this cheap, but serviceable green tea.

Quality green teas don’t usually cold steep well for me, but cheapies do fine. There’s enough flavor in the base you can tell it’s a green tea, but it isn’t bitter; the strawberry leans toward candy flavor, but isn’t unpleasantly artificial.

Michelle

How was the pesto? Sounds labor intensive.

gmathis

Not too bad—toast pine nuts in skillet, throw in food processor (we tried a blender, which wasn’t ideal) with basil, lemon juice, garlic, a little grated Parmesan. That’s about as advanced as I get ;)

Michelle

Sounds yummy. I’d probably add too much cheese :)

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OK, this was a whim buy at World Market strictly because the box made me laugh. One side proclaims, BRITAIN WASN’T BUILT ON CAMOMILE. I’ve already deconstructed the box and had a little crafty fun with it.

That said, I expected it to be strong enough to remove nail polish. The artsy preparation tips on the box mentioned “whistling a happy tune for 20 seconds” while waiting for the steep. At 20 seconds, the water was barely tinted. Much better at a proper four minutes; next time we’re going a full five. I wasn’t in the frame of mind to chase down flavor nuances, but the blended teas are from Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda—all of which add nice deep bass notes to the cuppa.

Michelle

Is this in round paper without a string? I think I picked a box up at World Market a few years ago. Didn’t turn bitter and I did drink the whole box. Helpful for staying awake on road trips

gmathis

Yep, round bags, no string.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
2938 tasting notes

ashmanra sent me a Pinterest-y link with a recipe for applemint/lemon tea, and as our plant is thriving, it inspired me to make my own version. About 3/4 cup of apple mint leaves (left whole; could’ve crushed them), one cut-up lemon, 1/4 cup of sugar, all in a quart jar, topped it off with water and left it overnight in the fridge.

Rather than an apple mint tea, my son and I dubbed it “apple mint lemonade,” and he suggested that I make a gallon as soon as I find the big sun tea jug.

Next time, I’d like to back off the sugar, crush the leaves, and start the steep with boiling water to coax out even more mint.

Kaylee

This sounds delicious!

gmathis

I need to make more quickly—went out to to check the plants this morning, and somebody’s been chewing on my leaves!

ashmanra

Ooooo that sounds like a delightful summer treat!

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Simply because the weather forecast was beastly hot and boiling-oil humid, I opted not to bring any bagged or loose tea along on our quick road trip to central Kansas. And then after I thwapped myself on the forehead (what was I thinking?) we landed at a very large Dillons (Kroger offspring) that had several of the Kroger Private Selection teas on sale.

At $2.19 a box, I didn’t expect a lot, especially since I fridge steeped it overnight in a hotel room foam cup. So the resulting chilled morning cuppa was a really pleasant surprise: a decent base tea with enough rose to live up to its name without tasting perfumey or artificial. I liked it so much that way, I put another quart in our fridge as soon as we dribbled home.

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Time to use up the remnants of this funny assortment, which has been pretty uniformly delicious on ice, if not flavor-accurate. I fridge-steeped two bags of the “Scotch” label, which never had much of a wood smoke vibe to it; more vanilla-y but really good for a cheap teabag. Life+Style still exists (it’s a wholesaler), the assortment does not , but some of the individual flavors are still around, if you could just figure out what retail outlets they sell to. Hmph.

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drank Sniffle Slayer by Simpson & Vail
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I’m glad I had enough of this sample from Michelle to make a cup today … I’m bombing myself with preventative medicine as we have some upcoming travel and we’re having a run of the summer cruds at work. One victim whom I sat shoulder to shoulder with yesterday and gave her a hug. (Not regretting it. She had a rough day.)

But, hoping to keep ahead of it, zinc and Vitamin C will be my friends over the next few.

On to the tisane. Some flu-battle blends taste so herby and medicinal you can’t enjoy them much. This one is pleasantly lemony without tasting like you’re chewing dry grass. Would even serve as a nice hot-weather afternooner on ice.

Michelle

This one is a refreshing change from woodsy medicinals. I like that it doesn’t have chamomile too.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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People around here, especially in nasty hot weather, are Sonic (drive-in fast food chain) drink crazy. Addicted crazy. Handed out as work incentives crazy. Today was the latter for our department. Not being a pop drinker, I ordered unsweet iced tea, without expecting a great deal. It was a pleasant surprise to get a large, icy foam cup of tea that tasted like tea and not like citric acid and chemicals. Not stellar, but decent. Just wanted to share should you be driving through Missouri/Kansas and you need something to cool you down lest your eyeballs sunburn. You can find a Sonic in just about any hamlet with a population over 1,000. Of course, your results may vary.

ashmanra

Praying for a great trip!

Chi-Town Anglophile

Very informative! We won’t be driving west this year, but it’s still good to know that Sonic can provide a decent unsweetened iced tea. One never knows what’s out in the wider environs, after all, and you’re right about staying hydrated.

gmathis

There’s a deli chain here in MO called McAlister’s that’s known for its iced tea (again—just fresh, unadulterated, unsweetened) as much as for its food. A little harder to find.

Atacdad

I agree with gmathis about Sonic and their tea. It’s not out of a soda machine(shudder). I’m sure its Sysco generic, but its most always clear and fresh. Over Sonic ice (don’t get me started!) its a fantastic wake-me-up when on the road.

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We’re past the halfway point of my 4-ounce packet. Straight up, this is lemon pastry or lemon pudding with meringue on top and absolutely delectable, but there’s enough fluff on top that you do kind of lose the tea base on the bottom end.

Fixed that this morning: half-and-half combo with Charleston Tea Plantation’s Charleston Breakfast (which reminds me of a good quality Ceylon), now on ice. Still plenty of lemony sweetness and a little more strength. Win-win.

ashmanra

I have been blending it with Queen Catherine!

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