Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend

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Ginger, Herbaceous, Mint, Peppercorn, Spicy
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 316 ml

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In China, when you go to the tea market in the winter, everyone has their own herbal remedies to keep you healthy. Many of our friends have been telling us to make a tea that incorporated all the ‘super ingredients’ used in traditional Chinese medicine. As a dare, we took up the challenge of incorporating all of the most beneficial herbs and flowers in a way that yielded a rich, complex and delicious brew.
This is the result of our experiments.
Our Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend is the perfect balance of rich tulsi, spicy ginger, savory sage, earthy burdock, sweet rose petals, tart lemon peel, rhodiola, and of course elderberry and goji berry. The combined flavor is very warming and soothing- perfect for sipping in a big mug with a blanket. This tea is also excellent with a touch of honey to sooth the throat.
Ingredients (all organic):
Goji Berries, used generously in this blend appear in Shan Nong’s original encyclopedia of medicine, where the legendary emperor claims a tonic effect and benefits to longevity.
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil is named for a revered goddess, and is respected for its warming adaptogenic properties in Ayurvedic medicine.
Rhodiola, known since biblical times was chewed by the Vikings for strength and stamina on long sea voyages.
Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, used for centuries in European folk medicine and wine-making.
Burdock Root is one of the most-prescribed herbs by our Chinese herbalist friends, especially to fight against colds.
Lemon Peel is a rich source of vitamin C.
Ginger is used in Chinese medicine for aiding digestion and for its general warming qualities. In the cold weather, our friends in China always tell us to chew ginger to stay healthy.
Rose petals were prescribed to us in Chengdu by a farmer of Emei Mountain green tea for a particularly nasty cold. Her rose petals really worked!
Sage, used in European medicine for hundreds of years, is the extra ingredient that brought this blend together for a well-integrated taste.

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2815 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking echinacea tea a lot in these last few days and now for something different. Feeling better but I don’t envy the people sitting next to me on the airplane tonight since I’m still coughing like crazy.

I’ve had this tea for a while and evidently forgot to rate it until now. When you steep this, it turns a dark red in the cup. This is a nice herbal blend, I get the sage and goji berries for sure. It’s hard to pick out specific flavors in here but the ginger comes to the forefront as well. It’s too soon to tell if this will actually do anything to keep me healthy but the flavor is really nice.

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Best with honey…Good for the throat!


I wish I could just stay at home and drink it!


Hoping you’ll be better and enjoy the trip!


Funny…My son just arrived here from San Francisco today. I’m from San Jose. Both my dad and his mother were born in S.F. (1883 for grandma)

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300 tasting notes

Drinking this today as I’m feeling pretty drained, rough night with the toddler not wanting to sleep in his own bed and the husband insisting he did. I must preface this by saying that I haven’t had rose in too many teas and the ones that I have were mostly Victorian tea room type blends. So when the rose came through prominently on the first steep I was a bit confused. Why does this Verdant spa blend taste all Victorian? Sweet, floral, soothing and tasty, but I still have the Victorian connotation. The second infusion I did western style, which may be more effective anyway, and the ginger and tulsi came through more.

I couldn’t resist adding Laoshan Black to the third infusion after reading Bonnie’s tasting note. Mmm chocolaty… reminds me of a zestier version of Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black. Would probably do green when sick but today I need the energy. Yum!

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2201 tasting notes

Sipdown, 224. Lots of new Verdant teas in the collection, and I’ve taken some teas out that will be leaving me in a swap soon, so it almost equalized. This one is new, and now its a sipdown because I decided to use the entire sample that I ordered in one pot.

I don’t usually have much interest in herbals but I wanted to check this one out because I’ve been drinking more of them since I had my cold last week. I’m pretty much over it at this point, but a hit of vitamin C couldn’t hurt. I ended up steeping in a while, but the flavors are still pretty light and subtle. It is nice, though; lightly gingery, herby, earthy, bright and berried. What I think is the goji berries provides such a bright, juicy aftertaste. I don’t know if I would restock on this, but it’s a tasty blend and I’m glad I tried it.


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464 tasting notes

It’s rainy and chilly today and I needed something to warm me up, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to try out this tea.

I’ve had Tulsi a few times now and I’m beginning to think it’s just not for me. That being said, the ginger in this is powerful in a good way- lots of bite! The rest of the herbs and the berries really sweeten out the ginger. As it cools, the Tulsi is less noticeable and I’m starting to enjoy the tea more. It’s subtley sweet and surprisingly rich. I thought it would be more floral, like bad potpourri, but it is much much better than that.

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1725 tasting notes

Thank you Kittenna for this sample!
I agree, this is an odd blend indeed. I don’t think it’s spicy though. More floral than anything, and not in a pleasing way, sadly. It kinda stuck in the back of my throat. Then again there were alot of rose petals in my spoon so perhaps the rest will be all spicy.
For some reason it calmed me down quite a bit. Not that I was upset… just that all of a sudden I was feeling rather zen!
Either way, I will definitely be making like so many others here and adding it to some Pu!

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Not supposed to be on Steepster. Not supposed to be even thinking about teas until next payday. Even though I have bunches of new tea swag. Payday is forever away. But I miss steepster, and I don’t feel good. Besides, I was saving this sample for a sick day, and I am sick. Shouldn’t hold a girl who isn’t feeling well to a deal she made with de debil when she could still breathe through her nose. And there isn’t any tea in this tea anyhow, so it’s not really a tea review.

This stuff deserves it’s own infomercial complete with outrageous claims and wide-eyed fake co-host surprise. I usually hate things that are good for me. This tastes amazing. (I added some honey because my throat is horrible, then found out that it is a great compliment to the flavor, as others have noted.) It is the impossible dream, real medicine that doesn’t taste like it already got sick once. But that’s not all… ! It’s even all organic! This is THE “sickly-seasonal herbal concoction”. I am stocking up for the winter once the income, energy, spirit and diet have cleared up from the consumerist winter seasonal holiday nightmare-event.


You can’t be all that sick…you said this too well! You’re surely on the mend!

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2148 tasting notes

So I should have actually researched the ingredients in this blend that I wasn’t familiar with before I chose it to drink today. Normally I would have, just to make sure it didn’t interfere with my seizure medication, but I was really lax since I was feeling so run down and miserable this morning.

I’m having a huge allergy attack right now and thought this would be a great tea to ease my sore throat. It worked wonders on the sore throat and ears, but made the allergy problem a million times worse. Those of you who are allergic to ragweed should absolutely avoid this because it contains Burdock Root, which is related to ragweed. Ragweed just so happens to be the current cause of my allergy problem. This managed to set off my asthma to boot. Not a fault of the tea, but my own inability to understand all of the ingredients.

This isn’t a tea I would order to drink every day because it contains so many ingredients that I don’t normally care for. I ordered it because the combination of ingredients are perfect for when I’m sick. I’ll admit, I did save it for a day that I couldn’t really taste it, so you should know that my rating this time is based off how well it relieved my symptoms. It actually did fairly well, if you ignore the fact that I’m allergic to one of the ingredients.

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281 tasting notes

Decided to drink this tea as I’ve caught the nasty cold that’s going around. When I’m sick I usually avoid tea because I can’t taste it; in the case of this tea that’s okay with me as I’m not a huge fan of the flavor but I’m absolutely willing to try this to get rid of this cold.
I can taste a little of the honey I put in, and not much else. Oh well. At least I know it’s got a good chance of helping me out!

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206 tasting notes

I am really sad. I was looking forward to this tea. It sounded amazing online!!! And when I opened it the colors were beautiful, but the smell, I could not get past. I was a funky, different smell. But I decided, what the heck, why not! I overnighted this one in the fridge and the color was just absolutely breathtaking. A color I have never seen before. Unfortunately the flavor, did not agree with me. The ginger was very overwhelming for my taste. I felt like I was eating the ginger you get with your sushi. The leaves after steeped were so beautiful though! I would keep this tea just for the look… I am really sad that I did not like this tea. I will do a hot steep before I give up on it though. Maybe it will change my mind.


I have some of this one but haven’t tried it yet. If an overnight cold steep was too ginger-y for you, maybe try a couple hours and see if that helps. Hope you can find a way to like it! :)


Oh bummer! I really liked this one!

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301 tasting notes

First of all, a big shoutout to Bonnie for this idea!!

I had enjoyed several resteepings of Mr. Han’s new 2004 Shu Pu’er when I read a comment by Bonnie where she recommended combining this blend with other base teas. What a great idea! How would it be with a nice fresh shu?

I brewed six ounces of the Spa Blend and combined it with a six ounce brew of Mr. Han’s Shu and it was fantastic! This is the fourth day I’ve reused these same leaves and combined the brews into my Zojirushi travel mug to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Two delicious Verdant teas – what could be better?

I highly recommend this combination. Thank you, Bonnie!

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Glad you liked this…I did the same with another blend…haha!

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