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drank Red Clover Tea by Teavivre
1903 tasting notes

From TTB 2019/2020.

I love that there are a few herbs in the box that aren’t mixed into blends. I’ve been pulling out my herb books and doing some searching online tonight to learn more about the properties of the herbs included. The first one I’m trying is the red clover. Teavivre no longer has this listed on their website so I looked in a few other places to learn more about red clover blossoms and how to steep them.

The Herbal Academy has a good write-up here – https://theherbalacademy.com/red-clover-tea/ – that gives some info on how to make a red clover tea from dried blossoms. I used their recommendations to steep my cup tonight. It seemed a good tisane to try since they mention that red clover has mild sedative properties. It’s also good for arthritis and inflammation, both of which I’m irritated by tonight, so why not have a cup?

After steeping, it is so much darker than I expected! I really thought it would be very light in color and in flavor but it’s neither. The taste is a little bitter, but also grassy with a distinct honey note. Aside from the bitterness, which may have been due to my long steep, it’s quite tasty! It’s far from the worst herb I’ve tasted, and I really think it might do well mixed in a blend.

Flavors: Bitter, Dry Grass, Drying, Dust, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

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Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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