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I saw this one at Christmas Tree Shops and immediately thought of gmathis, because she was the first person who ever told me about Meyer Lemons. I had never heard of them.
It is hot as blazes here already, nearly 90 today, although we do get some respite late at night, but this is our busiest yardwork time of year as we must get the azaleas pruned (we have lots and they are huge) and four shrubs growing prominently out front have started to die and had to be dug up and replaced. (Thankfully Ashman is as strong as an ox.) My job was to chop the shrubs to bits so they would fit in the yard trash cans. Six cans are full, one shrub remains to be chopped and disposed of.
With all that in mind, the thought of icing this one appealed immediately so that is just what I did.
It reminds me a little of Lemon Zinger from Celestial Seasonings. The hibiscus is not powerful and the steeped beverage is lightly pink/orange. I feel like I mostly taste lemongrass so I expected Ashman not to like it but he said it was fine. He and Superanna do not like lemongrass, and I get it when people say it reminds them of lemon cleaning products like Lemond Pledge. But there is plenty of more natural lemon flavor here as well, enough to make it pass muster for Ashman.
I thought it was decent and will finish this box of bags off pretty quickly making it iced by the pitcher, I expect. It was fun to try!
I feel like this would be very welcome hot with honey when one has a sore throat.
As my husband pulled in to our little podunk, closet-sized post office yesterday, I said, “I hope we get some fun mail today!” And we did! A lovely and thoughtful card from the lovely and thoughtful ashmanra and two little sunshiny teabags of Meyer Lemon.
After scanning the ingredient list (rosehips and hibiscus figure pretty prominently), I was expecting to tear up from the tartness, which would’ve been helpful—I had been mowing in a gale and all kinds of things blew into my eyes. But instead of eye-watering sourness, it was surprisingly and refreshingly lemony. Zingy, but not painful.
As to accuracy of flavor, I don’t know that I have ever consciously tried a Meyer lemon, although I think they have more of a bass note to them than regular brassy grocery store lemons. If that’s the case, Stash did a good job of replicating it.
Backlog from earlier in the week:
Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
March 2022 → A green tea
I’m not a fan of green teas in general, but this one had barely any flavor at all. Maybe because it’s a bagged tea, maybe because it’s decaf. Or maybe it’s just me not liking green teas. I only had a few sips, didn’t even attempt to finish it.
I had snagged these at the local Christmas Tree Shoppe when I was crafting my Christmas Tea Gifties. The tea bags were inconsistent through the box. Some were strong with cinnamon and others heavy on cardamon.
Today’s mug was heavy on cardamon and it’s the last of it. I won’t be purchasing it again. I sweetened it up with a drop of honey and enjoyed the warmth on this snowy day
I found a whole bag of these teabags while doing my yearly tea reorganization in the pantry. Are these even available anymore? They taste good, but not as strong as the other Stash Earl Grey versions I’ve tried… Probably because green tea is lighter in depth. Overall it is a good tea, but not my favorite.
Flavors: Bergamot, Brisk, Tea
What makes this super? It’s a tea blend! Did I feel super after drinking? I’m trying. :)
A hint of malt immediately hits the tongue and then remains a lingering vanilla taste. It went well with the two slices of homemade bread and Amish-made cherry jelly. Does it hold well on its own? Eh.
Flavors: Malt, Vanilla
I picked this up to create Tea Trees for holiday gifties and had a handful left over. Definitely have enjoyed this tea in the last week in the morning. Stash is often in our grocery store, so I’m going to keep this in mind for next year’s holiday season
Flavors: Allspice, Clove
We lost the run of ourselves a wee bit tonight and headed out to the shops to find holiday bagged teas. I told Lex that each year I see a specific holiday bagged tea pop up on Steepster and this year we have to find it! Well, I’m quite sure I had the name incorrect, but managed to pick up three holiday bagged teas anyway — and this is the first one we tried!
Actually, I’m quite happy with this! The peppermint is mellowed out by the combination of lavender and chocolate. All three flavours take a front seat, but none are overly obnoxious.
My last experience with this tea was very underwhelming, so I decided to brew it up extra strong, for extra long, and top with some hot soy milk. Not a bad tea latte, but the cinnamon hearts flavour really takes over and reminds me of warm Fireball… not good or calming if you’ve ever overindulged like I have. I definitely won’t be repurchasing, and honestly I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone looking for a chai. If you’re looking for a cinnamon-flavoured black tea, maybe.
I wanted to check out some “grocery store” teas to see what I had been missing — was spending all the money on full leaf loose tea worth it?
The answer was a resounding yes. This was a disappointing cup. Pretty watery, not super flavourful, with the predominant note being a strong “cinnamon heart” flavour. I hate cinnamon. I’ll try it 4x as strong as a tea latte next.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon
Homemade Gift Advent Calendar #1
I forgot. It all lined up so pretty and nice on my tea shelf like a little Christmas village. Delicious Christmas village. So here I am three days in with the first open just now open. I’ll make up for it tomorrow. big grin Just by looking I would have guessed that this was a black. It is not but instead a higher oxidized oolong. Also, it no longer seems to exist on the Stash website. The dry aroma is rich. Somewhat fruity as in plums, or a somewhat musty fruit. The wet aroma is woodsy. Do not drink your tea while the infuser is in it. You’ll spill water on the floor and get tea leaves in your face. How long shall I leave it in? Probably longer. It is a darker oolong after all. After around 3 or 4 minutes I’m calling it good. There’s no astringency yet and I want to leave it that way. The liquor is a clear, deep dark amber. Very beautiful. I’m not quite sure that Get Jinxed is the song to match up with this but I have it stuck in my head. The flavor is woodsy. The only time I’ve had brandy was when my grandma put it in tea when I was sick. Have had it a few other times on the side but it’s definitely not something I seek out. Rather spend my money on tea. There is something about this that does remind me of brandy though. Oak. That lingering sensation of wet woods. Just licked a stick.
I’m not real happy that I could not start my advent calendar ….tummy trouble :(
On the other hand I have been drinking the Stash Lemon Ginger Herbal tea. It seems to have just the right blend for me when i am not feeling well. It is not flowery like the Twinings Lemon/Ginger. I also like this tea to just sit & relax with.
This is a tea that is good for when going through chemo also (been there, done that).
Happy December to all!
This was one of three teabag samples that my friend TeaWithJann included in a vintage teacup order that I recently placed from her shop – I thought it was a cute addition to throw some teabags in and, while I’m not a heavy teabag consumer, it’s been fun exploring them!
I’m not sure what I expected a “Christmas Morning” to be but it’s probably not jasmine. At first I was thrown because something like cinnamon would probably feel less out of place; however as I sipped the mug I think I slowly got more and more on board. I think the body of the black tea mixed with the soft and almost sweet fresh jasmine creates this feeling of calmness and as I sipped the more I felt like it was a good recreation of this romanticized elegance and sort of childlike wonder and magic associated with a perfect Christmas morning. Everything is peaceful, there’s a thick coat of fresh white snow on the ground and frost in the trees, everyone’s wearing their flannel PJs and gathered around the Christmas tree…
So, it wasn’t a great tea in terms of flavour but it did give me a great moment.
Just went on a 4 day road trip, and I brought no tea with me. I figured I wouldn’t really be able to brew any even if I brought some (which turned out to be very right). I ended up having this at a restaurant with breakfast one day. It was fine, particularly since I hadn’t had any tea in a couple days. Not something I would buy to have on hand, but not something I would turn down if offered.