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drank Yellow Sunrise by Herbing Legends
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Having an herbal this Monday morning to celebrate today’s sipdown theme, National Freedom Day / Black History Month. Herbing Legends is a Black-owned business focused mostly on herbal smoking blends, but they also sell each of their blends loose leaf. I reached out to the owner to see if these can be steeped as a tisane as well and she said yes! I bought a few to try based on the descriptions and watched a video on their Instagram showing how these should be steeped. Following her lead – a heaping teaspoon per cup, steep five minutes.

This one has a spicy aroma, like black pepper. There isn’t any black pepper in the blend though, and I’m not very familiar with all of the ingredients so I’m not sure what is giving that impression. I was sold by the description this morning with words like inspired and motivated, a great way to start your day. I can’t say I’m feeling more motivated after drinking it (I’m actually really sleepy and unmotivated), but I did really enjoy the flavor. It’s not spicy or bitter to taste as I expected from the scent, but I did add some coconut milk to balance the black pepper aroma and give it somewhat of a chai latte feel.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

I had to look for three of those ingredients. I am sure it was a bit interesting tea to try and indeed interesting flavour :)

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Martin Bednář

I had to look for three of those ingredients. I am sure it was a bit interesting tea to try and indeed interesting flavour :)

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

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Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

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White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

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1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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