Throwback Thursday! While I dearly love this tea, it was time to put it at the forefront of my sipdown efforts… it was one of the oldest in my cupboard, and I noticed that the zip seal on the bag had come loose. It’s an herbal, and thankfully the flavor hadn’t been comprimised too much.

Smelling the brewed cup, it still had a nice citrusy lemon aroma, with notes of ginger and pepper spice and a somewhat herbaceous body. I found that the flavor of this had held up; this is a lemon ginger tea that doesn’t have a weird Pledge cleaner taste, isn’t burning with an over-abundance of ginger, and I love how the tulsi base compliments the lemon/ginger notes. The lemon tastes juicy and the ginger does have a spiciness to it, but it tastes very natural, and while it leaves a nice warmth down the throat and in the belly, there is only a very mild spiciness left on the tongue, not a burning lingering heat. I find it quite soothing on the throat and stomach. The tulsi adds notes of hay, pepper, citrus, and mint to the cup, and blends so naturally with the lemon and ginger flavors. If anything, I think I’ve just become more of a tulsi fan since I first discovered this tea, and think I actually appreciate the nuances of this blend a bit more now!

I really enjoyed the lemon ginger yerba mate tea by Bird & Blend, Morning Kick, that I tried recently, which also had a very nice, natural lemon flavor, and now that I’ve revisited this tea in rather close succession to the other, I can say that it is much stronger on the spice notes than Morning Kick; the B&B blend would be my choice if I wanted a) caffeine and b) was in the mood for a more gentle spice hit. But this tea is definitely my go-to lemon ginger as an any-hour herbal tea (I do enjoy my pot of tea before bed!) or for a tolerable ginger dose for a sore throat or nauseous stomach.

I’m a bit sad to have sipped this one down; this has been noted for my re-order list for when I finally start refreshing my cupboards.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Hay, Lemon, Mint, Pepper, Spicy

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am currently strictly limiting tea trading/ordering to get my collection under control! My participation in any tea boxes, tea exchanges, or group orders, and acceptance of any tea gifts is very limited at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited outbound gifting (USA only!)

Contact Info:

Feel free to send me a Steepster PM, or alternatively, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


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