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lemon – The Year of Tea

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Episode 019: Douglas Fir Spring Tip

When it comes to tea, we usually think of leaves, fruits, herbs, or spices. But what about fir needles? Juniper Ridge’s Douglas Fir Spring Tip uses the needle tips of Douglas Firs form the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

While this is a bag tea (which I typically stay away from), I was curious to try it. The taste is crisp and lemony with a strong forest-like aroma. Try this out and have your own “cup of tree” today!

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Episode 022: Kitchen Sink Tea

I was very intrigued by this green tea blend from Zoomdweebie’s. The base is green tea (banchan, I think), and there is a huge medley of over 20 flavors added. Since each blend has different quantities of flavors, each cup tastes different.

It’s a fairly good green tea, but the fruity flavors are the star here. Try it iced and you’ll really taste the depth and nuance of flavor. It’s a lot going on, but it actually works!

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Episode 101: White Chocolate Lemon Shou Mei

White tea and white chocolate? Kinda sounds like an odd mix, but Zoomdweebie’s White Chocolate Lemon Shou Mei sounded intriguing enough for me to purchase a sample pack. Shou mei is picked later in the year than bai hao yin zhen and bai mu dan, so the taste is a bit woodier, but still light.

Y’know, I’m not sure how I feel about this. I brewed several cups to see if I could pick up the flavor, and it was very hay-like. (And I’m allergic to hay.) But that lightness does pair well with the lemon myrtle in the blend, and the white chocolate adds an interestingly buttery complement.

So I’m on the fence about this particular blend. Perhaps I need to try shou mei on its own to see if I can better appreciate the flavor.

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Episode 107: Lady Grey

Today I’m sampling one of Twinings’ “classic” teas — Lady Grey. I’m using classic liberally here considering this variety was invented a little less than 20 years ago. Earl Grey is ligthened up a bit with the addition of lemon and orange peel, as well as cornflower.

While the lemon and orange do make for a brighter, crisper cup of tea, they also contribute a bit of a soapy aftertaste. I’m not sure if this is present is in the loose leaf blend, but the bagged tea definitely tastes a bit flat and uninspiring.

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Episode 117: Strawberry Lemonade

Teavana…you befuddle me sometimes. This strawberry lemonade blend, while tasty, also seems wholly unnecessary. Strawberry lemonade ain’t rocket science — strawberries plus lemons plus water plus sweetener. BAM! Done. No artificial flavors either.

So what makes this blend so special? Maybe it’s the addition of rosehips and lime. Maybe it’s the sunflower petals. Who knows? But I figure if you’ve got access to buy this at $7/2 oz., you can just go to the grocery store and pick up the actual ingredients. Your mileage may vary.

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