I decided to restock a “cold/sick” tea from my local tea blenders, especially since they specialize in herbal teas. When I asked for a cold care tea at their booth at the farmers market, they recommended this one with the elderberries.

I have to say, I rather like these somewhat medicinal blends. There is something about the combo that doesn’t seem like I would like it, but then I do. Maybe it’s that I don’t think I would like spearmint in a tea, but then apparently I do. There are hibiscus and rosehips in this, but they are deployed with a deft hand… it is not tart at all, nor even all that fruity, considering. Just pleasant and herbaceous, and nice for a cold, though I do wish this blend had some slippery elm in it for sore throats (they have another cough-specific tea that does).

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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