701 Tasting Notes

drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
701 tasting notes

This tea is a nice treat. It satisfies the need for something sweet, without actually being truly sweet. Tricky, tricky. I love the graham-ness. I said last time I would consider rotating this one in, and this time around I ordered a sample rather than a full 50g. I need to remember next time to just bite the bullet and get 50g.

Update: Oh yes, I’ll definitely need more. I finished off my cup far too quickly, without even realizing it, then stared longingly into my empty mug.

J is working overtime tonight until 2am. That means I need to get more done. I always work better when he’s not here to be a distraction. :P

The flavours I want to add are never options. I shall send a third flavour email now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Kittenna

LOL @ flavour email. Also, I should check out Herbal Infusions’ teas. I don’t think they had this one at the Toronto Tea Festival (and I don’t think I’ve ever checked out their website).

Courtney

This one is tasty Kittenna. I’ve found their teas “real” tasting, which I love. None of the over-the-top fake sweetness. :) If you’d like I can send you some. I only have a handful at the moment, but I’m more than happy to share.

VariaTEA

They were supposed to add a sample of this to my last order but it never showed :(

Courtney

Oh no! I can send you some if you like. :)

VariaTEA

I wouldn’t want to take it away since you only have a sample. I think I might want some more Strawberry Justice so I can toss in a sample them. However, I may take you up on the offer if I haven’t tried it by the time you decide to stock up :P

Courtney

Oh hehe, I have a cart going already, specifically so I can buy 50g. I talked my friend into ordering more Cacao since she was out. :P

VariaTEA

I was looking at building a cart because I want more Strawberry Justice. However, $5 shipping on $6.50 worth of tea is hard to justify.

Courtney

I absolutely agree. Did you want to add the Strawberry Justice to our order?

VariaTEA

That is nice to offer but I imagine shipping from you to me would probably be over $5. Thank you though.

VariaTEA

Unless you are planning on dropping by Montreal anytime soon :P

Courtney

Yeah, I may not have thought that one all the way through. My gorgeous physics prof is from Quebec though. Hmm.

VariaTEA

There are some attractive people here :P.

Kittenna

I realize this thread is now from 7 months ago, but it sounds like, aside from the pokey shipping, you guys seem to rather like a bunch of HI stuff! I may have to nab samples from someone(s) at some point.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
701 tasting notes

This tea is delightful, as always. I sent a few parcels across the pond, so I’m spreading the Japon love. This tea is really making it’s way around! I’m just sipping away at a resteep right now, where I mixed 1/2 tsp. of Cacao in to “revive” it a bit. It smells nothing short of amazing. Yep, the roasty toasty goodness of Japon with a hint of chocolate from the cacao.

In other news, I just did 40 minutes of yoga and completed my second day of a self-induced squat challenge. I have been feeling so crappy lately, just in general. I’m also constantly exhausted. I’m up early every day and I overloaded my courses this term, but I can’t stay awake later than 9/10pm. No matter what I do. That just doesn’t say “healthy” to me in my mid-twenties. To that end, I’ve told myself I’ll get up 45 minutes earlier each day and do a yoga session when it’s still dark and quiet in the house.

Stephanie

Good call on the exercise/yoga. It seems counterintuitive but the more I exercise the more energy I have.

Courtney

It’s true! I don’t generally have an overabundance of time, but I’m just going to have to find it because you feel so much better.

Stephanie

Right…I tend to get my exercise in 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there type of stuff…whatever I can squeeze in! It all helps!

MissB

Yoga definitely helps, although when I’m really pinched for time, I use my kettlebells… 10-15 minutes and I’m sweating and feeling more energized than any yoga class or running sessions three times the length. It’s a surprisingly good workout.

VariaTEA

Have you ever gone to hot yoga? I may go tomorrow with my roommate though I am not a huge fan of heat so I am not sure how I will deal with that.

Courtney

DELETEless than a minute ago
Oh yes. I’ve done hot yoga for years. I absolutely love it. But I also absolutely love heat haha. Heat and humidity actually. The hotter, the better.

VariaTEA

I like the “DELETEless than a minute ago” :P. And I absolutely hate humidity so I have avoided it for so long but I imagine it must feel pretty good.

Courtney

Haha what is that?

Courtney

It does! It can be hard to breathe if you’re not used to the humidity, but after you leave you feel amazing.

Courtney

That sounds scary, but it isn’t. :P

VariaTEA

My roommate said something similar

Courtney

I quickly became addicted to it actually. Not the not being able to breathe bit, just hot yoga in general hah.

VariaTEA

The only thing is, after years of resisting, I finally said I would go and turns out the instructor is sick and there may not even be a class tomorrow

Courtney

Oh no! That would happen when you finally decide to go haha. I’ve also had instructors I just don’t like. If that happens, I would suggest trying another. I don’t do Bikram hot yoga though – is this the kind you’re planning on?

VariaTEA

I don’t believe so but tbh I am not sure.

Courtney

Well, I do hope it works out for you. :) Also, this is a long read, but I was in stitches by the end of it.
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3153/Hilarious-Yoga-Mat-for-Sale-Ad-on-Craigslist.html

VariaTEA

Haha. That does not make me feel any better about the “hot” part of hot yoga.

Courtney

I figured as much. I just find it so funny. I so hope you’ll have fun if you end up going. It’s not for everyone, but then again neither is running. I miss running.

MissB

Hot yoga is definitely… acquired. I struggled through my first few classes, big time. My friend that went with me? Slept through it. :$

OMGsrsly

Your friend sounds like me, MissB! Heat = naps. :)

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I decided on my Hobbit tea this morning. Along with oatmeal with maple syrup and fresh blueberries. Yum.

This tea is delightful, though I can’t drink it regularly. There’s something in the taste that doesn’t sit right after when I have a lot of it – like a syrupy quality. That sounds bizarre, but there it is. I do love it occasionally though.

I got absolutely nothing done yesterday. I mean nothing. What a disaster. So it’s productivity central here today. I’ve already read half a government report on the bycatch of seabirds and it’s only 8am. I am on it today.

keychange

Yeah man! look at you go!

sundaysipping

Go Courtney!

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I ordered this one as a sample size in my HI order.

I just opened the package, and it smells exactly like David’s Luscious Watermelon. Looking at the ingredients, I think it may just be exactly like it too. No problem though, since I loved that tea. I miss it in the summertime.

I could see most people enjoying this one cold, and you’re right, it is good cold. But I actually prefer it hot. The mix of ingredients is pretty bang-on watermelon-like. And watermelons are my favourite.

I could see ordering 50g. Plus, look how pretty the colour is!

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
VariaTEA

I liked this one hot too. I found it a bit too sweet cold brewed.

Jennkay

Nice! Plus, I love your mug :)

Courtney

Thanks :)

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drank Coconut Chai by Herbal Infusions
701 tasting notes

I ordered a sample of this one in my Herbal Infusions order. I’m not huge on chais, but I’ve been working on coconut chais slowly. They are actually coming along quite well.

The water fizzed when I poured it in my mug to steep. Hehe. It definitely smells chai-like. With creaminess. I’m getting a bit obsessive over creaminess in my teas.

Holy crow. I may have oversteeped this because, hello astringency (1.5 tsp for 3 minutes), or perhaps boiling water wasn’t the answer. It’s still piping hot, so maybe I’ll take another sip in a few minutes when it’s had more of a chance to cool.

Also, I finally got to go pick up my ring after 2 weeks. Yay! While I was out I got 4 swaps/shares in the post. Hopefully you all enjoy your teas Aimee Popovacki, Angrboda, Roswell Strange, and VariaTEA!

Update: I dumped out that cup. No time for astringency! This time around I tried 1.25 tsp for 2.5 minutes at less than boiling.

This attempt is definitely less astringent. The coconut isn’t really present, perhaps only in a creaminess dimming the spicy chai-ness.

VariaTEA

At this point, I don’t even think we are swapping anymore. I think we are just sharing teas. Haha.

Courtney

Haha yes, I agree. Let me edit that. :P

VariaTEA

Haha I like the edit :P

Roswell Strange

Can Courtney join our tea twinhood? We can be the three Musketeers – but less lame.

Courtney

Tea twinhood? That sounds awesome.

VariaTEA

Hahaha. I am fine with that plan.

VariaTEA

Although I think that would make us Tea Triplets.

Roswell Strange

Tea Triplets sounds much better.

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
701 tasting notes

So there’s a chance here, that I didn’t let this one air out quite as long as I should have. I’m getting a creamy banana tea. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I think we all learned yesterday how I feel about banana medicine (and now Bananas & Cream matcha!), but I have a sneaking suspicion this tea shouldn’t have the exact flavour banana as did the matcha.

Thank goodness Sil sent enough for more than one cup. I’ll have to try again later. :P

Sil

lmao yeah no it shouldn’t taste like banana. if you try again later and it’s still too banana-y let me know and i’ll send you more. I’ve got a ton!

Courtney

Perfect! I’ve got it airing out far away from the Bananas & Cream now haha. That tea is great, but not every tea needs to taste like it. :P

Sil

yeah and this cream one was pretty tasty….if i remember right..though subtle.

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Alright you guys. This tea is awesome, but I want to comment on Herbal Infusions in general in this note. Feel free to skip right over if this doesn’t interest you. :)

My first order with HI a few months ago went over very smoothly. I placed the order, got the email confirmation, and a day or two later, got the shipping notification. The teas arrived within an appropriate amount of time. I was a happy camper.

I ordered again in late January and after ~2 weeks I still hadn’t received a shipping confirmation nor my teas in the mail. I spoke with a couple people here who mentioned similar problems. I emailed them and was provided with an explanation and the promise the teas would be shipped out the next day. I received my teas yesterday, so they were shipped out quickly after the email. From the date of the order to receiving the teas was near to a month, which irritated me slightly, but it wasn’t something I couldn’t get past. I weighed out my Cacao and SCC this morning because I found it strange 50g could fit in one bag, whereas before I had received 2 bags of 25g each. When I weighed each bag I found that the tea inside was ~40g rather than 50g. I emailed HI again, and I have to say, they were incredibly quick replying and explained that the tea had been being weighed at their cacao supplier versus with them, and they’ve now fixed it so that they weigh it with their own scale (they provided me with the scale accuracy) and that they would ship me a couple 25g bags of Cacao this afternoon.

I have to say, the order taking an age did bother me, however it was alleviated by the explanation they provided when I emailed about it. I was slightly irritated this morning as well when I discovered the tea weight was off, because who wouldn’t be? However, all in all, I have to say I’m happy with all the explanations provided in both instances, and the immediate response about the weight and offer to ship some Cacao off to me to make up for it.

Feel free to take what you want from this! Also, this tea is amazing! I have done an actual tasting note on it a short time ago, if you want to know about the tea itself haha.

keychange

Good for you for being so thorough. And I’m glad your experience with them was largely positive-it’s often how a company responds to a situation that will predict how you feel about them.

Courtney

I agree keychange! I work in customer service, which makes me incredibly critical at times of the customer service I receive. But these guys nailed it in the end.

Sil

yay! i’m glad that things worked out :)

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This one was sent to me by Ysaurella. Thanks!

I did spy some rose petals, eep. Hopefully they won’t come across too strongly in the taste. I also treated myself to some stroopwafels, for no reason at all. My uncle is Dutch and he taught me to put the waffle over the top of your tea so the heat from the tea melts the sweet inside. So yummy!

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Onto the tea! Oh no! The opening to my mug is evidently too big because I just took my stroopwafel off the top and half of it has fallen in! Well, the tea is guaranteed to be tasty now. I suppose when I finish this mug, I’ll have to make another sans stroopwafel to do an actual tasting note.

Stephanie

That stroopwafel looks delish

Courtney

It is! Even the soggy half. :P

caile

nom nom I’ve never had a stoopwafel – looks delicious and seems perfect to go with a cup of tea!

Courtney

They definitely are! I always forget about them, but I was at the German store this morning and I spotted them on the shelf. Mwuahaha.

OMGsrsly

I love the maple ones. Too bad I haven’t seen a gluten free version!

Courtney

There are maple ones?! I’ll check next time I go to see if the ones they carry are gluten-free. :)

OMGsrsly

Yes there are. :) They’re usually in a box rather than just the plastic bag. I have never seen gluten free ones, sadly.

Courtney

I will definitely be checking for the maple ones everywhere I’ve seen them now haha. I was going to say I wonder if you could make your own, but they seem a bit intricate to make yourself.

Ysaurella

and how was the tea after being kinda swimming pool for the waffle ?

Courtney

Haha I could still get some lemon-y flavour Ysaurella :) I have high hopes for it! I plan on steeping some more this afternoon again. I love the opportunity to try French teas.

Ysaurella

typically French anyway to drop food in tea or coffee (we ALL drop our croissant in tea or coffee…ALL of us :) )

Courtney

Hahaha! Excellent, I fit right in. :P

Kat_Maria

Ooooh, haven’t had these waffles for a while… Sometimes you can get them at Big Lots in the US… But usually my parents would send me some from Poland ;) Although I am sure none of them are as good as some original Dutch ones – which I had a LONG time ago, my then-BF brought them from his Dutch relatives.

Courtney

Hehe. I haven’t heard of Big Lots, but I know up here some of the grocery stores carry them too. :) I just enjoy visiting the German store really. i’m not German, but part Danish, and they also carry an eclectic mix of things from Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, etc.

Stephanie

goes to Big Lots to look for them

Kat_Maria

@Courtney – that sounds wonderful. I don’t have many stores of that sort here in central PA :(

@Stephanie – They used to have these from a Polish brand like 2 years ago but I could swear I saw some from some other (Scandinavian?) brand when I was to my local BL three weeks ago.

Shmiracles

omg stroopwafels. just… sigh.
i love this heating idea. it’s now a ‘thing’. from now on it will be a permanent thing.

Courtney

#stroopwafel

Stephanie

I love Big Lots, they have the most random stuff!

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This one came my way from Sil. Thanks!

This one brews up like White Rhino, smells like White Rhino, and the initial sip is just like White Rhino. Excellent!

A short story from my morning. When I can both drop off and pick J up from work, I drive him. This morning was one of those days. I dragged myself out of bed at 6:05 and picked up the socks that someone left on the bedroom floor. I go to the bathroom, where the hamper is, and promptly opened the toilet and dropped them in. It took a second to realize even what had happened. This is exactly why you shouldn’t have to drag yourself out of bed at ungodly hours of the morning to drive your other half to work.

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Stephanie

HA! Could have been worse, I guess :)

keychange

That should teach people not to leave their socks all over the place! LOL. But yes, waking up earlier than you’d like to should be illegal.

Courtney

I definitely laughed about it. I more or less fell into a giggle fit and J thought I’d just lost it from the early hour I’m sure haha.

Oh keychange, I’ve tried so many purposeful creative ways to stop this behaviour. I’ve not had anything stick so far. But I figure I have lots of time to figure it out haha. :P

Tea Sipper

ah! I have to consciously not put my socks in the toilet every day, usually because I have tissues in the other hand…

Courtney

Thank goodness I’m not the only one Tea Sipper :P

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This one came in my Herbal Infusions order today.

The scent is pretty awesome. Warm creamiscle. I have to say the taste is more orange than cream. I wish there was more of a cream aspect to it because I adore creamy teas. My package of this specially says “Orange Lapacho/Vanilla”, but I’m not so sure I’m getting vanilla. I’ll update as I sip away.

On the upside, this lapacho type of tea is great! When I saw a comparison to rooibos/honeybush I was slightly concerned since I generally don’t play nicely with those, but there’s no bizarre medicinal taste here. Yay, lapacho!

P.S. Maybe orange is the flavour that works with these teas that I can get on board with? I loved L’Autome with orange and rooibos, and I’m enjoying this one with orange and lapacho. Hmm.

Jennkay

Ooh, I’ve never heard of lapacho, but I have the same issue with the medicinal quality of rooibos, so I should try it out!

Sil

i vaguely recall there being some sort of “don’t drink too much of this” thing regarding lapacho… but it’s totally worth it to me for the delicious orange cream taste… now to find a truly orange and cream sort of tea…since the vanilla seems to have poofed from this one

Courtney

Haha yes. I started Googling it last night and found that out for myself.

Courtney

Did you check out the link I sent? It has vanilla!

Sil

yes i did! you’re trying to make me buy tea! I think you might be a woozle…

Courtney

Hehehe.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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