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Drink Me: Republic of Tea, SuperHerb Teas for Women

A few weeks ago I was contacted by The Republic of Tea and asked if I would like to review some of their new SuperHerb Teas for Women.  I was given a choice and I requested the Organic Raspberry Leaf and the Organic Nettle blends.

From the website, Organic Raspberry Leaf is targeted at women’s health. I am not in a position to verify the effects that Raspberry Leaf has on women’s health, but I am able to tell you a little bit about the tea.  The ingredients include organic red raspberry (leaf), organic rosehips (fruit), organic raspberries (fruit), and natural raspberry and vanilla flavors.

I brewed this tea up hot, but I think it would also be delightful iced over the summer, perhaps with frozen raspberries?  The tea itself tasted of raspberries with a hint of vanilla. I have reviewed raspberry teas in the past, and I have often found that they end up being a mixture of raspberry and blackberry. In this case, the taste was definitely pure raspberry.  I would highly recommend this tea for raspberry lovers.

You can find Organic Raspberry Leaf in a tin of 36 teabags for $13.00.

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From the website, Organic Nettle is designed to reduce inflammation in women. Again, I am not in a position to verify the effects that the tea has, but I can review it on taste.  Organic Nettle contains organic nettle (leaf), organic peppermint (leaf) and natural vanilla flavor.

I brewed this tea up hot as well, and was unsure what to expect in terms of flavor.  This blend tasted almost exclusively of vanilla and mint, so I’m still not sure exactly what flavor the nettle lends to it.  I enjoyed this one, but I think I preferred the raspberry.  However, if you’re looking for mint and vanilla, this one definitely fits the bill.

You can find Organic Nettle in a tin of 36 teabags for $13.00.

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As a side note, I have been a lover of The Republic of Tea for many years now. I enjoy a variety of their teas, both loose leaf and in bags, and I’ve written about them quite frequently.  I find them to be high quality teas, and the shipping times and customer service are excellent.  If you’re interested in doing a little taste testing, you can sign up for their catalog which arrives every other month or so with a free sample inside! They also have a loyalty program where you can earn rewards to more tea.

A special thank you to the folks at The Republic of Tea who sent me both tins of tea (retail: $26.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Drink Me: Capital Teas, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity

The final tea in my last order from Capital Teas was Lemongrass Ginger Serenity (Organic).

From the website, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity contains lemongrass, ginger, licorice and peppermint.

It is available in a variety of sizes including 2oz for $9.95, 4oz for $19.90, 8oz for $37.81, 1lb for $71.64 and 2lbs for $135.32.

When I first opened the package the smell of the lemongrass and ginger was overwhelming – I think I even sneezed. But as I prepared the tea and it brewed, I got more of the licorice and peppermint aromas. The tea was milder than I expected, though I made sure not to overdo the measurements nor to steep too long. I think a stronger brew of this would be wonderful during cold season. However, this was a really nice afternoon cup; fresh and full of herbs and just slightly sweet.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 120, Icemaggedon

Welcome to episode 120!  This week I have a few FO’s and lots of WIPs. Also lots of crafting indoors time due to the weather forecast.

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Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras

  • January 1 marks the start of the Selfish Craft-a-long. After two months of crafting gifts it’s time to craft something that brings you joy! Details are in the Ravelry group.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 118, Happy New Year!

Welcome to episode 118!  Today I share an update to my newest pattern, Snug as a Mug, to accommodate an additional tumbler. I also show off my Christmas Eve cast-on socks and work on my Sowerby shawl. I hope you had a peaceful, happy and healthy new year.

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Tea:

Announcements:

Knitting:

Extras

  • January 1 marks the start of the Selfish Craft-a-long. After two months of crafting gifts it’s time to craft something that brings you joy! Details are in the Ravelry group.

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Christmas Cookie

Another tea I added to my last order from Capital Teas was Christmas Cookie.

From the website, Christmas Cookie contains organic crystallized ginger (organic cane sugar, organic ginger), organic cinnamon, organic apple pieces, organic ginger, organic star anise, organic licorice root and organic barley malt.

It comes in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $8.95, 40z for $17.90, 8oz for $34.01, 1lb for $64.44 and 2lbs for $121.72.

When I got this one and opened the bag I was so excited because it smelled sweet and spicy. The resulting tea was good, but it lacked the spicy punch I had hoped for. I will try brewing it again stronger. It was, however, a really nice afternoon herbal tea and I enjoyed it with some lemon holiday cookies from a friend.

Drink Me: Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Smith Teamaker Sampler

When I placed my last order with Churchmouse Yarns & Teas I was excited to see that they had a Steve Smith Teamaker Sampler.  So far I’ve enjoyed the Steve Smith teas I have tried, but it’s always nice to get to try a bunch of teas without buying 4oz of each before you know what they taste like.

The Smith Teamaker Sampler is “a thirteen-cup tour of Steve’s best blends” and includes selections of black, green and herbal teas. I’ve already shared a few with friends, but I decided to take the rest of the pack to work and work my way through it.

The Smith Teamaker Sampler is available for $14.00.

The first tea I decided to try was the Kandy blend. This boasts a blend of Ceylon teas. This one was very mellow and smooth. It was a strong black tea without being bitter. It was a great afternoon treat.

The second tea I tried was the Mao Feng Shui green tea blend. This one can potentially “improve your outlook on life.”  This one was very light and fresh. I found it a lovely start to my day.

Overall, I can highly recommend trying a sample pack.  The only problem I have is deciding which ones to order again!

Drink Me: Arbor Teas, Holy Basil

Last week I wrote about an order I placed with Arbor Teas.  Another tea I decided to try (having never heard of it before) is Holy Basil.

From the website, Holy Basil is organic Indian Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi.

Holy Basil is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $3.95, 1.5oz for $3.95 and 4oz for $6.50.

When I opened the package all I smelled was something like cloves. It was spicy and earthy.  As it brewed this smell only intensified.  The taste was definitely of cloves, but also of other flavors.  Arbor Teas suggests flavors of mint, lemons, cardamom, rosemary and nutmeg.  I added just a touch of sugar and it was dark and spicy, just as I would expect a masala chai to be.  This is decaffeinated however.  I really did like this one, and can imagine enjoying it quite a bit on cold winter days.

Drink Me: Tea Market, Double Mint

Two weeks ago I went to my local tea shop, Tea Market. Another summer blend that I wanted to try was Double Mint.  After all, what sounds better on a hot day than a cool glass of mint iced tea!

The Double mint blend is a blend of peppermint and spearmint.  I bought the seasonal sampler with 5 teas for $20, but you can also purchase the Double Mint tea for $4.70 per ounce.

I brewed the tea hot at work and then poured it over a tumbler of ice. I added just a bit of sugar. The tea was strongly minty, but cool and refreshing. Again, I like mine with a bit of sweetness, but I think this would also work without as well. Maybe even a fresh mint leaf if you have some?

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 94, Not as I expected

Welcome to episode 94. This week I talk about the best laid plans… and what ends up happening to them.

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Sipping: 

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • It’s here, it’s here! Starting on Saturday Tour de France/Tour de Fleece Kick off! I’ve started a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you spinning along? Do you want a chance to enter for prizes? Please come chat about it in the group.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 93, It’s getting hot out here.

Welcome to episode 93. I do a quick podcast out on my deck today. I have several FO’s, a couple cast-ons and a spin.

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Sipping: 

  • Mount Rushmore Tea, Detox

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Shetland in Fife
  • On deck: Nunoco batts in Peaseblossom & Mustardseed

Extras:

  • I’ve started a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you interest in joining? Please come chat about it in the group.