Welcome to episode 174! This week I finished my cowl and a spin, worked on Mom’s blanket and a shawl for a friend, and have plans for the upcoming week. I also answer a question from a viewer and announce the winner of lovely KnitandStitchBits‘ project bag.
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- Finished: Lowbrow Cowl by Thao Nguyen, Australian Polwarth
- In progress: Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicholson
- In progress: Silverleaf by Lisa Hannes, Wollmeise Blend in Meilenstein
- On deck: Milo by Georgie Nicholson, Vinni’s Yarns Bambi in Indigo
- Finished: Three Waters Farm Rambouillet in Quilter’s Magic
- On deck: Essential Fiber Falkland in Blue Spruce
Another tea I picked up on sale in my last order from Teavana was the Mulled Pomegranate Cider. I have a feeling this was a holiday tea, but it’s still cold here in January and February, and I thought I might enjoy it.
Mulled Pomegranate Cider contains cinnamon, apple pieces, hibiscus flowers, carob bits, ginger, grapes, elderberries, pomegranate seeds, black pepper, black currants, raspberries, cardamom, cloves, red currants and blueberries.
Mulled Pomegranate Cider is available for $6.99 for 2oz and $55.89 for 1lb.
When I opened the package I got a strong berry smell with a bit of the mulling spices. When it was brewed it smelled more of hibiscus and spice. The taste was interesting – it reminded me of mulled wine with the cinnamon and spice and the darker berry flavors. I would drink this as more of a dessert tea, and to warm up on cold nights.
From the website, the blend contains China black tea with blueberry and strawberry flavors.
It is available in a variety of sizes: 12g sample for $1.50, 100g packet for $8.80, 200g packet for $16.72, 400g packet for $32.60 and 800g bag for $61.60.
When I first opened the bag I have to say that I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the smell. While I could sort of smell the berry flavors, it also reminded me a bit of cough syrup, which was a total detractor. Once I brewed the tea, it tasted like a black tea with a hint of berry. However, it never lost that orginal aroma and my sense of smell is too closely linked to taste, so this one will be a pass for me in the future. Your mileage may vary!
From the website, Blueberry White Tea contains white tea and sweet blueberries.
It is available in a 3.0oz canister for $12.95.
When I opened the package I could smell the sweet blueberries most of all. After it brewed, I could smell a bit more of the tea. The taste was mild, with a hint of blueberry finish. I’d actually recommend this one for people who aren’t into super fruity teas, but want to try just a bit of one. The blueberry isn’t overwhelming at all. It was a perfect afternoon cuppa.
There’s nothing I love more than blueberries. Well, maybe blueberry colored yarn and blueberry tea in a beautiful blue mug?
The Tea: The Republic of Tea, Wild Blueberry
The Yarn: Unwind Yarn Company, Journey Sock in I Want it Now
The Sweater: Chicory Top by Sarah Pope, handknit by me
The Mug: Blue Drip Mug by Blueroompottery
A few months ago I got a cup of tea at our local Barnes & Noble. After perusing their list I selected a Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons. I went home that night and placed a Harney & Sons order, it was THAT good.
From the website Blueberry Green is a blend of Chinese green tea with lemongrass, blueberry and vanilla.
It is available in the following sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz tin for $7.00 and 1lb bag for $20.50. As you can see, this time I went for the tin!
When I first opened the bag I smelled sweet blueberry and hints of the lemongrass. I also would have sworn there was some jasmine in there, although the ingredients list doesn’t include it. Once brewed it’s a somewhat floral green, with notes of blueberry. After a few weeks of anticipation, I wasn’t disappointed. This will definitely be joining my permanent collection of teas.
From the packaging, the blend contains rock sugar, apple pieces, green rooibos, blueberries, candied pineapple, raisins, black currants, rosehip peels, beetroot pieces, hibiscus flowers, rose blossom leaves, rosebuds, marigold blossoms, and orange blossoms.
It is available in a 4oz size for $13.96.
When I opened the packet I could smell the blueberry and the pineapple. Once brewed it definitely had a berry smell with sweet pineapple a hint of the rose as well. It wasn’t quite as sweet as I thought it would be, but it was really refreshing, even hot. A good fruity afternoon break.
This spring David’s Tea sent out an email with some new limited time spring flavors. Now if you know me, the key to getting me to buy things is to make it a limited edition. Some of the blends sounded so good I couldn’t resist, even though my tea room overfloweth. One of the ones that sounded delicious for summer was Blue Lagoon.
From the website, Blue Lagoon combined pineapple and blueberries with tangy lemongrass.
I just checked and it appears that you can’t even get it any more (summer collection is available now!) except as 1 of 5 teas in the Spring Collection for $27.50.
When I first opened the package I smelled the blueberries and the pineapple. It smelled tropical and lovely. Once brewed it was still a fruity scent, with the pineapple and lemongrass adding a bit of spice. The tea tasted mostly of blueberry with notes of pineapple. It was light and sweet, perfect for an afternoon in the sunshine -too bad I’m at work right? Now I’m dreaming of island getaways!
From the website, the blend contains strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, gojiberries and elderberries along with ginger and licorice root.
Organic Berry Wellness is available in a 4oz size for $13.95.
When I first opened the bag I mostly smelled the spicy ginger, over a bit of a berry smell. Once brewed more of the berry aroma came through. This one actually tasted even better than it smelled! It had a sweet strawberry flavor, edged with a bit of the ginger and licorice for a bit of spice with the sweet. The rest of the berries served to round it out so this tea actually had a very complex flavor. I was pleasantly surprised and think this may become a new favorite. I also plan to try it iced as the days get hotter.
From the website, the tea is a blend of black and green tea leaves with blueberry and cinnamon.
It’s available in the 4oz size for $13 and sample size for $3.
When I first opened the package it smelled almost of maple syrup. Once brewed the tea I could definitely smell the cinnamon – when I first opened the lid on my mug I thought there was apple pie in there! The taste was mostly cinnamon with maybe a little bit of a fruit finish. It was kind of an unexpected surprise in this blend.