Labrador Tea

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Herbal Tea
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Labrador Tea
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Caffeine Free
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195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Sipdown (116)! This one comes from OMGsrsly and I have to thank her for sending it, because it was really interesting and unusual. With the frequency of orders I make with Camellia Sinensis you’d...” Read full tasting note
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  • “yay for interesting teas! thanks for sending me this one omgsrsly i am quite enjoying this this afternoon. we tired the dog out at the dog park and then proceeded to make orange cupcakes with...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is really, really light, sweet, and somewhat resinous. Very fresh feeling, although I wouldn’t say there’s menthol. It’s also sticky and kinda sorta (at this steep level) is making my teeth...” Read full tasting note

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1 1/2 tsp per 250ml, 90C, 4-5 min (on my package it’s written 5-10 min)

This is the lower grade that Camellia Sinensis offers.

Composition : Leaves of Labrador tea
(Rhododendron groenlandicum)

From the peatland of Lake Saint-Jean, the downy leaves of this native plant of the Rhododendron genus disclose, in infusion, a lively and light liquor, supported by strong citrus and camphor aromas. Its vegetal character is reminiscent of lichen and cedar. Anti-inflammatory and decongestant, its essential oil is also calming.

Its essential oil is considered anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial, decongestant and effective in treating various broncho pulmonary diseases (not surprising that many indigenous First Nations have adopted it to fight colds and flu), Labrador tea is also known for its calming and slightly stupefying influence helping to combat insomnia and anxiety; it is also acknowledged in the role of hepatic draining and regeneration of liver cells. Lastly it is a digestive, aids the menstrual cycle and help in the process of labour in women about to give birth.

Please note: Because of its high tannin, high doses or extended infusion can cause cramps and stomach aches. It is therefore better not infuse too long and to ration consumption. Consumption is also not recommended for women pregnant six months or less and children under six years old.

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Sipdown (116)!

This one comes from OMGsrsly and I have to thank her for sending it, because it was really interesting and unusual. With the frequency of orders I make with Camellia Sinensis you’d think that I’d have tried this since it was on my wish list for so long, but for whatever reason I never grabbed any. Probably because you have to buy this one in a larger quantity.

I have so many thoughts about this one though…

First off; the health warnings! They’re a little unnerving, no? I mean the pregnancy warning is fine: I have no plans to get pregnant anytime in the immediate future. The parts that concern me are that longer infusions can cause bad cramps and frequent consumption is recommended against. I mean, I’ve certainly been known to lose track of how long I’m steeping something (and how long is "too long). As well, what if I absolutely LOVED the tea? I’d have to ration when I drink it? Not my favourite concept.

When it boils down to it though, this is just super unique tasting and very enjoyable though. There’s such a striking familiarity to the flavour; and yes I can break down that flavour into recognizable notes of citrus/lemon, cedar, camphor, grass, and under ripe green melons but that’s not it. There’s also a thickness to the mouthfeel that makes this really rich despite a more supple/mild flavour and it leaves my lips just slightly sticky?Like I’ve just had something to eat with lots of honey it. There’s something about how those individual notes and textures come together as a “whole” that makes me feel like I’m experiencing Deja Vu.

Sil touched on this too and to some extent I agree with her: it kind of tastes like early morning fresh air. There’s a crispness and naturalness to it that just reminds me of the outdoors. A lot. There’s something else to it too; but I just can’t place it. It makes me feel a little nostalgic and sad, though. Yet, in that sort of silent sadness there’s a peaceful and calming quality. Have you ever just burst into tears and cried? It’s not a pretty thing, but then at the very end when you’re finally done crying you feel so good.

Describing flavour in emotions is a tricky thing but one I’m compelled to do in this moment. Anyway; props to this tisane for tasting wonderful and almost making me have an emotional epiphany and breakdown.

OMGsrsly

That’s a lovely description! Makes me want to have this again. :)

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yay for interesting teas! thanks for sending me this one omgsrsly i am quite enjoying this this afternoon. we tired the dog out at the dog park and then proceeded to make orange cupcakes with marshmallow cream frosting, dry rub ribs and later there will be awesome potatoes and salad in the house too!

this tea is just different. I can’t place the aroma, though there’s a familiarity to it. there’s a slight almost mint, but not mint taste to this one..the taste kind of reminds me of what outside smells like on the west coast…those early mornings on the island when the tide’s going out, it’s rained over night, and you’re walking through the trees on the trails… inhale….breath deeply…that’s what this tastes like. so good.

keychange

That sounds amazing! Love it when teas taste like “outside”.

Sil

that’s why i love national parks dept from bellocq, and the one from whispering pines that is pine and elderberries.

Rasseru

one i had the other day took me to a canteen in a department store o.O and smelt of curry. both steeps!

Roswell Strange

Petrichor? Sort of?

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I really like this one. It’s a marsh/bog plant, so to me it smells like hiking on a misty day in certain areas. It doesn’t grow everywhere around here like it apparently does on the East coast. :)

Rasseru

These end up being my ‘atmosphere tea’ when im reading a book with similar settings :)

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This is really, really light, sweet, and somewhat resinous. Very fresh feeling, although I wouldn’t say there’s menthol. It’s also sticky and kinda sorta (at this steep level) is making my teeth feel weird. That’s probably the tannins. It’s also rather thick.

(5 minutes at 95C, decided it was too light so I popped the basket back in for another 5 minutes.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

weird; sounds interesting though.

OMGsrsly

It is weird. It’s apparently a soporific, and it definitely made me feel a little unusual last night. I’m going to look up some history/other brewing methods for it.

Lindsay

Neat, some of the First Nations people in my area drink/use Labrador Tea (I once met a guy with a foot infection who was treating it by soaking it twice a day in labrador tea). I’ve never tried it. :)

OMGsrsly

Same on the west coast. I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it all over while out hiking, but I wasn’t sure and felt it would probably be best to try it from a known supplier first. :)

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