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This is pretty good. The ginger isn’t as prominent as I’d have expected; if anything, I can taste more cinnamon and cloves than ginger. There’s a bit in the aftertaste which is probably from ginger. The citrus is pretty much just mandarin orange, and goes well with the spices. While it has a rooibos base according to the package, I can’t taste that much rooibos.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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drank Juicy Lemon by Loyd Tea
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I’m glad I had one more bag of this under my roof. Last night, I was chilled, numb, and exhausted from several nights of kitty cat deathbed watch (more in a minute). The rooibos base gives some substance to the lemon and ginger—much more satisfying than lighter herbal teas. Looks to be the end of an era—I’m not seeing it in current production.

Kat-rina. Born in 2005, the year of the hurricane. For an indoor cat, 16 is a remarkable old age. For an outdoor cat, it is phenomenal. For a small outside cat about the size of two cinnamon rolls in a semi-rural area, it is heroic. She decided a year or so ago to retire to a warmer climate and chose us as her elder care providers. Truthfully, I didn’t like her much. She was opinionated and cranky, as old ladies tend to be, and did not shed in wisps, but in chunks. However, she became my husband’s emotional support kitty and it broke my heart to see his heart break as she became frail and ill. Despite a spate of wicked weather, she spent her last afternoon in the yard soaking up a rogue sunbeam. We tucked her in a warm, fluffy bed that evening—nothing much left but fur and a heartbeat—and she went to sleep. Not a bad way to go.

White Antlers

I’m sorry you and your husband lost Kat-rina. No matter how long a cat lives, (to me) it is never long enough. You were kind to make her last day so comfortable and she will be waiting for you both on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

gmathis

Thanks for the kind words. I grew up on a farm where pets were considered semi-disposable so, even this many years down the road, it’s new to me to let a fur critter dig its claws so deep into your heart.

White Antlers

My maternal grandmother grew up on a farm in Alsace-Loraine and she had the same attitude; in essence, cats were put on this Earth to catch rodents. Period. I have always preferred cats to people (still do). It seems that during the pandemic, any kind of loss, be it human or fur, hurts more and is felt more deeply.

Martin Bednář

Sorry for your loss gmathis. While it is sad — it lived a wonderful life, I am sure. I understand the emotional support for your husband, it is sometimes that loss! Not that fluffy ball, but the support it gives, although being cranky and opinionated as you wrote.

gmathis

Every day, we woke up to what we called her “morning rant.” She meowed not in short sentences, but in entire paragraphs with plenty of throat grrrrs thrown in to punctuate.

Martin Bednář

Haha, same as our cat. It’s 6th year we have her (from kitty) and still not a super-friendly cat. But I will miss her so much one day.

Mastress Alita

It always breaks my heart to hear this kind of news. I live alone with an Emotional Support Cat and know full well the impact of a furry little love — even a cranky one. You have my heartfelt condolences.

Leafhopper

I’m sorry to hear about your cat (and also, I love the name). It sounds like she had a long and good life.

mrmopar

Sorry to hear of your loss. I have been struggling with one too. I know you had an awesome friend there for sure.

gmathis

You are such kind people. Thanks for the good words!

ashmanra

I am so sorry. Thank you for blessing her last moments. It is hard to lose them.

Michelle

Hopefully you have many memories of Kat-rina that make you smile, and that it becomes easier to think of those memories in the coming days.

gmathis

She was a character!

tea-sipper

oh gmathis and your lovely way with words. I’m very sorry you and your husband lost your pal.

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drank Juicy Lemon by Loyd Tea
2378 tasting notes

I feel like a cross between a freezer-burnt turkey and a wilted houseplant. We are on Day 4 without even a glimmer of sunshine (thus the houseplant) and a layer of permafrost that makes a four-block run to the post office a daredevil event (thus the frozen turkey). Prognosis is for this lovely pattern to continue well into next week, with temps dipping to the zeroes this weekend.

I needed a severe dose of warm and cozy this evening, and this little tea does the trick. The fine print calls it a “Warming Tea.” The ginger takes the lead in doing precisely that, the lemon clears out a gunked up throat, and the rooibos just serves as a holding mechanism for both of them.

Just one more bag left in my little box, and it appears to be distressingly discontinued. I’ll have to ration it juice-diciously.

Martin Bednář

I am pretty sure I have seen it in stores, but can’t recall if recently or now… but quick search didn’t brought any results too, so I guess it is indeed discontinued :(

Maddy Barone

We’re having a cold streak here too. I want spring!

gmathis

Amen, sister! We get four seasons annually, but it’s been several winters since we’ve had such a long, bleak, sub-freezing streak.

Martin Bednář

Today it is suppposed to be coldest day in winter, “down to” -20°C

ashmanra

Not especially cold here, but it feels like we haven’t seen the sun for more than an hour at a time in a month. Rain and clouds and clouds and rain.

tea-sipper

“juice-diciously” hardy har har :D

Martin Bednář

Okay, I woke up in 7 am and checked the temperature — -9°C
Oh well, not a greatest day to wear suit.

Maddy Barone

Here in North Dakota it is expected to be -22F tonight (I thnk that is around -30c) and the windchill tonight wil be -42F (-41c). I hope the car starts tomorrow. Definitely good tea drinking weather! But I think just about the entire US is going to be significantly colder than usual this weekend.

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Thanks to ggmathis for sending this, among many other teas! Reached for it as a bedtime tea, since the bags were small enough to look like a herbal instead of something with 3 grams of regular tea in them. Upon taking a sniff, it smelled like rooibos, which is something I’ve had maybe twice in my life. (Tastes too medicinal to warrant frequent drinking, personally.) Steeped it in boiling water for the same length of time it took to wash off some well-steeped Nepal Golden Meadow from earlier and divvy it up between the worm bin and isopod containers. About 5 minutes, probably? It smelled intensely like honey.

Tastes like drinking straight honey, too. Almost concerningly so. A bit disappointed at the lack of cranberry, since I love strong cranberry flavors; and I couldn’t find much ginger, but the honey was s t r o n g. Wonder if it had something to do with the steep time. Pretty solid cup of tea if you’re into drinking a cup of pure honey without the subsequent 400 grams of sugar.

Flavors: Honey, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I am totally non-scientific and don’t pay any attention to steep times, but I will next time around just for comparison purposes :) Often, I just drink this one with bag-in-cup.

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drank Blackberry & Blueberry by Loyd Tea
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Due to the hibiscus in the mix, I couldn’t detect anything specifically blackberry-y or blueberry-y when I had a cup of this; however, it wasn’t too tart to be enjoyable. Just fruity with a little tang. I plan to use the rest of my little box when it’s iced tea season.

ashmanra

Sounds like a plan! Hibby is best iced and sweet to me!

gmathis

I have a curriculum writing project on the docket about a missionary surgeon in Ghana. She says that in those parts, hibiscus tea is very common, often laced with lime juice, spices, and hot pepper. Further research ahead, but I can just see me steeping a batch and daring a bunch of 11-year-olds to taste it!

ashmanra

Hmm, the hot pepper throws me off!

gmathis

Unfortnately, our missionary interviewee didn’t provide an actual recipe, and my first dig didn’t unearth anything. Will keep at it.

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Nothing like the power going out when you aren’t feeling well! I’m whining…we were only down a couple of hours; a fleet of five power trucks trolled our block till they got us up and running again. Could’ve been worse.

Based on past Midwest ice-storm experiences, a couple of winters ago, hubby invested in a solar powered/AC chargeable battery gizmo that is about the size of two car batteries and can run several small items for 10-12 hours. So I could still plug my Hot Shot in for a warm cuppa while we were cold and dark.

This was the warmest no-fuss selection within easy reach. I’ve never decided whether it tastes more like orange, tangerine, or grapefruit, but the fruit is overshadowed by lovely, spicy, warming ginger that is like liquid gold on a raw throat.

I stumbled on to this tea by accident at the Tuesday Morning store, and haven’t seen it elsewhere locally. That’s distressing, since I’m down to my last half dozen sachets. (Still available online, but sometimes I just want to go get something.) Recommended. Grab some for cold and flu season.

derk

Glad you had a satisfying brew to soothe the stress of illness and power outage.

ashmanra

Sorry you don’t feel well! I am glad you got your power back.

Leafhopper

Even short power outages feel like they last forever! I’m glad you had a good tea to tide you over.

Martin Bednář

It is quite common here, so if you ran out and won’t see it anywhere near you and you won’t like the online order; here I am :)

mrmopar

I bought a big generator after the dorachio took our power out for a week. At least you had a way to brew.

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Orange-ly juicily lemony, with ginger that warms your throat all the way down. This has steadily climbed up my list of evening favorites, especially when I’m in need of a little coddling.

Martin Bednář

Saw it in the store, but haven’t bought it as I would be only one who drinks ginger teas. I am happy it is not that bad.

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I’ve had pretty good luck with the Loyd teas I’ve stumbled upon at our local Tuesday Morning Store and this cheerful little box was just begging to go home with me. So I let it.

The citrus tastes primarily orange-y and the ginger has quite a snap to it, especially if you drink it bag-in. Like Constant Comment with a little attitude. I’m thinking this will be great for seasonal sniffles and sinus cruds (just around the corner)!

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drank Forest Fruit by Loyd Tea
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I don´t expect much at all. I think they used pyramid sachet just because it is cool now. It rather looks they use same mix even for classical tea bags.

I woke up quite early today; and as there was a storm in night everything was wet. Including grass! So I took my scythe and started to mow the grass. After one hour I returned back home and had tooth for fruit tea. Weird.

Well; opened the box and it is strongly aromatic. Put it into hot water and all room is filled with forest fruit aroma. I do not think it is natural. Otherwise I prepared it as written. 5 minutes steep of boiling water.

Liquor turned into raspberry red and so does smell after raspberries and blackberries. The liquor is clear though. Aroma is quite nice, but artificial.

Taste is watery and very tart, with little notes of blackberries. Raspberry only as raspberry seeds. I can not recommend this tea. Well what I have expected?

Drank plain (as always), no additives added.

Flavors: Blackberry, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
haptiK

i have some licorice & ginger root tea from harney and sons that comes in a triangular sachet. my understanding of the triangular design is that they allow for more water to contact tea and as well as allow for a higher quality tea then their bag counterparts which is typically just tea dust. so i guess it means if it comes in a triangle, it’s a better quality tea.

now my retort to that would be that if the industry can shape you into that thought process then they can go back to stuffing low grade tea into triangles and the consumer will think it’s a higher grade. so my mantra is loose leaf and if i want it in a bag i’ll bag it myself.

of course that’s not always possible since some teas will just come prepared in a bag and thats the only way you can get it. meh.

gmathis

I have this one — it’s labeled Raspberry/Blackberry here, but it is the same stuff. I didn’t care for it hot, either, but it’s OK for an iced tea if you steep it strong in the fridge.

gmathis

(Just OK. Not spectacular.)

Kittenna

You mow grass with a scythe?!

Martin Bednář

haptiK – yep, usually it is like you wrote. Using triangle (pyramid) sachet for better teas. You don´t have to make it so dusty. But No, this one was dusty even in pyramid one.

gmathis – yep, for iced tea it can be okay I think. Maybe I will try it.

Kittenna – yup. I do. We don’t have a mower which is also not very good opinion when it is rather like an orchard. More over, it looks bit like meadow – much better for enviroment and mowing with scythe is way more ecofriendly too. And relaxing!

gmathis

Are Loyd brand teas readily available where you are, Martin? They have a cranberry/ginger with manuka honey that is delicious!

Martin Bednář

They are quite available there, but I am trying to avoid them because in independent tests they found out lots of pesticides and other awful stuff in.

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drank Raspberry & Strawberry by Loyd Tea
2378 tasting notes

Confounded blood pressure. Had to do an unwelcome run to urgent care for a nasty ear infection last week and got spoken to very crisply about the need for follow up with my regular doc. (Yes, I listened. Yes, I have an appointment scheduled.)

In the meantime, I understand that hibiscus is a good natural catalyst for BP reduction. That’d be great, if I liked hibiscus. So if I’m going to imbibe it, I’ll have to disguise it.

I tried a cup of this fruity stuff last night—another Tuesday Morning impulse grab—and it wasn’t bad. More raspberry than strawberry, still more tart than I prefer, but not so much that it makes your eyebrows sweat. It’s finally warming up to ice tea weather—I have learned that hibiscus is a little mellower when you cold steep it, so we may give that a go as well.

tea-sipper

Hope you feel better now, or soon!

gmathis

Thank you kindly. I can hear and my left ear is no longer swelling like Dumbo :) The BP is an issue caused largely by, um, no longer being 25.

Kittenna

Here’s hoping you can manage to drink some hibiscus, and that it helps! I know that sweetening it works well for me, but of course, adding sweetener brings along its own issues.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you will feel better soon. High blood pressure is scary stuff.

ashmanra

I have white coat anxiety, and my doctor made me start taking mine at home and writing it down. I was there today and they raised their eyebrows. It dropped twenty points when I got home.

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Succumbed to temptation (“no-tea-till-the-weather-changes” ban forgotten) when I found this at our local Tuesday Morning store (a.k.a. the place where I never go to buy anything I need, but always walk out with my hands full anyway).

Due to its sweetness, this would be suitable for a party tea with my new crop of fifth grade girls, but it has some grown-up merit, too. It’s a rooibos blend with fruits that aren’t tart, the honey feels thick and satiny, and the hints of ginger show up at the end of each sip, just warming your tongue a bit.

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drank Earl Grey by Loyd Tea
398 tasting notes

1st steep of the day July 2 2016, Great Tea, to calm my morning, Much stress on FaceBook Right Now, need a Big Long Sip, Breathe Deep, Laugh and Sigh, This is a Fine Flavored Earl Grey Tea, Smooth and Flowery, as Said a Magical Moment

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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For Christmas I got some tea from my parents and this was one of them, I think my mum went to a Polish supermarket to get some of them which I never thought of doing.

Flavour is very mild despite being such a dark red colour. It’s dry with a gentle, sweet yet sour hibiscus and spicy after taste. I suppose it does taste like mulled wine in a way, though it’s too mild. If it was any stronger the hibiscus flavour would be too thick.

I’m not sure with this one, it’s very non offensive since it’s so mild but the fact that it is mild means I can’t taste much overall. I can drink it which is something, so it’s at least average.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you have Polish supermarkets in the UK ? that’s nice.

KittyLovesTea

Yes we have a lot of them, in Leicester – East Midlands anyway. We have a fairly large Polish community here and in turn lots of Polish supermarkets and shops opened up. My next door neighbours are Polish. I like the chance to see different cultures :)

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if it is taken 3-4 times it is healthy more that that it is like slow posion .

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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A bit bitter, but it’s a very old teabag. I added a touch of agave, as it seemed appropriate. I don’t really know what quince tastes like, muchless opuncia… I am basically just drinking this to de-cupboard it.

99 baggies/boxes/tins of tea on the wall, 99 containers of tea. Take one down, pass it around…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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gifted to me by a kind friend who knows i like different varieties of tea, this tea is surprisingly delicious, uplifting with a hint of spice. mirabelle is apparently a small yellow plum. the tea comes from Poland. it’s probably one of the nicest, more complex fruit teas that i’ve ever had. i’d like to take this taste & wrap it in chocolate.

Kimberley Bradford Illman

Like the chocolate thought!

Amanda Earl

it’s all better with chocolate :)

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drank Assam TGFOP by Loyd Tea
437 tasting notes

Sip down! This tea did not age very well and should probably be drunk fairly quickly after opening. It has lost all its bright fruity notes and tastes rather non-descript at this point.

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drank Assam TGFOP by Loyd Tea
437 tasting notes

The tea brews to the colour of slightly aged oak furniture. It smells lightly citrusy. A fairly light tea that is pleasantly drinkable, but seems to lack the deep, malty, biscuity tones I associate with assam. Instead it has bright fruity notes without a great deal of astringency. More of an afternoon tea than a morning tea. Resteeps well.

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