'Red, White, and Roo' came out of a suggestion made by my little brother, who has far more experience with the teas that are not black.
The idea worked spectacularly well, and has ensured that we will be working more with Rooibos tea in the future.
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strengthening and Healing Immunity Everyday for Life Defense) was born of a request for a tea that would help rebuild a weakened immune system. It fell solidly into the category of "Why haven't I already made this?," so swiftly became a tea.
The taste is very herbal, and a bit of the more savory side, with a hint of something that is almost spicey.
The name came from a quote. And yes, we really did want the acronym to spell out SHIELD...
'Sansa's Solace' came out of the set of busy days where we were making our Fall & Winter teas.
I was making so many 'inspired by baked goods' teas that I had sort of fallen into a rhythm with the process. Additionally, Mister Tea had stated that my first test blend of our 'standard' chai had too much cardamom. The final piece of the puzzle was a friend tweeting about these glorious-sounding Lemon Cardamom cookies she was making.
I know that cardamom isn't technically an ingredients in lemon cakes - but if I was baking them, it would be.
SereniTea: River to Book was blended to assist with a fairly complex set of issues. Adult ADHD, with all the inherent focus and clarity issues, deperession, and anxiety often triggered by the results of the first two. River to Book is intended to help you find balance and focus within both your mind and emotions - the capacity to think through the emotional fog that can occur with both depression and anxiety.
'Skellington's Select' is our cocoa-based answer to the desire for all things pumpkin that seems to come along with fall.
We hadn't initially been certain that combining chocolate and pumpkin was going to be a brilliant idea. Our first test cup proved our worries to be groundless. It has been added to the roster of "cocoas to have with shortbread," and I am quite happy we figured it out.
'Smoke in the Water' was a tea inspired during the blending of another tea.
I love elderberries, and I love chai, and discovering that elderberries and black tea went together quite well, I wanted to make an elderberry chai.
We took our current darkest smokliest tea, added a touch of vanilla, an array of chai spices, and the desired elderberries, and this tea was the delightful result.
'Tea at Pemberley' was born out of a custom request.
We were asked if we had a lavender earl grey. At the time, we did not. It was on our list of tea ideas, but that list is fairly long, and we hadn't gotten to it yet.
We worked up the blend, and sent it out, and the person it was intended for was happy with the blend.
Our 'Teapocalypse' sets began as a jesting conversation, and slowly became more serious the longer we discussed it.
In the end, we chose a selection of teas that we thought would be the most useful, if modern life failed, and split them into groups to give you a bit more choice.
Our Teapocalypse (Injury) contains our two pain teas 'Something for the Pain' and 'Achievement Unlocked: Still Standing,' as well as our 'AnTeaInfection,' and 'Bone Binder.
Our Teapocalypse (Illness) contains our immune system tea (S.H.I.E.L.D.), our general cold/flu/illness tea (Hershel's Gift), our 'Back to Breathing,' and our 'Fever-B-Gone.'
The complete set adds our 'Dog's Life: Ash's Phoenix,' our Heart's Ease (Original), and our SereniTea: Mellow Breeze. This allows for taking care of your companions, although 'Ash's Phoenix' will work for humans, too. It also gives a bit of assistance in areas where care will still be needed, even after the pharmacies are no longer functioning.
The Great Pumpkin is one of two teas we created for the fall love of things that taste of Pumpkin & Spice. We wanted to have one version that was "decaf," so that enjoying it could be done late in the evening, when you still need to be able to sleep.
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