Welcome to episode 147! A little cooler here this week and lots of little details and knits happening. This one’s a quick one as I have a house full of family, but I wanted to chat.
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- Finished: Camp Loopy Project #2: Playful Stripes by Alana Dakos, Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Alaskan Sky and The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in The Very Quiet Cricket
- Finished: Sea Beanie by Elena Nodel, Shepherd’s Lamb Rambouillet in Indigo
- In progress: Vanilla socks, On the Round Everyday Fingering in After the Storm
- On deck: Bentley Cardigan by Marie Green, Gherkin’s Bucket Long Stride Sock in Royale
- Finished: Fat Cat Knits Corriedale Cross in Smoke
- On Deck: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
You might imagine I could get behind a company whose slogan is “Drink more tea, read more books.” The Literary Tea Co. is a purveyor of organic teas “inspired by literary geniuses.”
Why not try a cup of William Shakespeare Tea, a blend of black tea with orange peels and rose petals?
Or perhaps some Charlotte Bronte tea, organic peppermint with lemon peel and apple?
Check out these and others including writers from J.R.R. Tolkein to Edgar Allan Poe.
From the package, Candy Cane is black tea with candy cane pieces and peppermint leaves.
It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2, 3oz for $7 and 1lb (16oz) for $19.
When I opened the package, this tea smelled exactly like candy canes and I could see a few hints of red pieces in the blend. Once brewed I got more of the black tea and peppermint leaf aroma. I think I might have preferred a purely peppermint tea (as opposed to the black tea blend) but it did have a nice cooling peppermint flavor.
The third tea I picked up this spring from David’s Tea was Licorice Twist. I know people have mixed feelings about anything that tastes like black licorice, but I was intrigued by the ingredient list.
From the website, Licorice Twist contains licorice root, nana mint, fennel seeds, anise seeds, cocoa, candied pineapple, ginger, peppermint, nettle leaf, chilli, bruised pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, safflower blossoms, marigold blossoms. It is supposed to be sweet, but also good for sore throats.
Licorice Twist is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $6.50, 100g + tin for $13.00, 250g + tin for $32.50 and 500g + tin for $70.00.
When I opened the packet I could definitely smell the anise and licorice, along with the fennel. Once brewed I still smelled the licorice, but also the peppermint quite strongly. The taste was deliciously spicy, and I could feel a bit of the spicy warmth in my throat. I do think this would be an excellent drink to warm up on a frozen night, or to soothe your sore throat.
When I was in the Tea Market a few weeks ago I noticed that they carried a Tummy Tamer tea. I have a nervous stomach and I’m fairly sensitive to stomach upset, so I thought it might be a good one to try and keep in my arsenal.
From the Tea Market menu the tea is a blend of ginger, peppermint, fennel, star anise & senna, berries and rosehips. It is available for $5.10 per ounce.
When I opened the package it was an amazing collection of smells – I could clearly pick out the peppermint, the fennel and hints of the star anise. Once brewed I mostly smelled the peppermint. It was definitely pepperminty as I tasted it, but I could taste hints of all the other ingredients as well. I wouldn’t have thought to put them all together, but I really enjoyed the fresh herbal taste. I can see how this would be a great tea to settle one’s stomach.