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Sipdown! (89/395)

MissB sent me this a long time ago and it lingered around way longer than I thought it would. From the name I fully expected to love this tea, but each time I drank it I was disappointed. Over the last couple of days I finished this off I drank it a few times, using different parameters each time and couldn’t settle on one which made the flavours pop like I wanted. The base tea is not the greatest – it’s not the worst, either, but it’s fairly astringent and needs milk, even brewed at lower temperatures and for less time than a lot of blacks can stand. It’s also pretty flat, and I like a base tea with nuances, or at least one good solid note which I can hold on to and this didn’t have that for me. The lime flavour, especially when shorter brewed, actually is present and pretty nice. It has a sharpness but also a jammy quality and is brought out with a little sugar, but the coconut is nowhere to be found (and I love me some coconut, so this kinda disappointed me a lot). What’s more, the absolute killer for me is that the astringency means I can’t drink this without milk, and when milk is added the lime flavour is almost completely drowned out, and it doesn’t even help add more coconuttiness so unless you like your tea bitter there is zero point in even having this. I really like the idea of this tea, but the execution is poor. Ah well, on to better teas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

Oh, wow. I didn’t expect to like this as much as I do.

First off, thanks to Superstarling! for sending me this sample a while back and also to my son for picking this tea out for me this morning. I asked him what kind of tea I should have and he said herbal so I grabbed this one out.

You definitely get a chocolate strawberry smell from the dry cacao nibs. Not knowing the parameters for which to brew this, I decided to go with about 4 minutes and 30 seconds and boiling water.

I think I nailed it. The tea that I poured off brings wafts of strawberry cocoa cream up to my nose. The flavor of the liquor has a slight bitterness that fades a bit as the liquid cools. But mostly, there is a creamy strawberry and a light, almost powdered chocolate taste to it. I let my (5 year old) son try it and he exclaimed, “I love it!”

So yeah, I would totally order more of this. It is pretty delicious. Would make a perfect dessert tea.

Flavors: Cacao, Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Super Starling!

Yaaaay, I’m glad you like it! I tried to send you another box this morning, but HA. It’s Martin Luther King day. So you’re going to have to work your way through some other samples in the meantime.

mtchyg

Oh awesome! Perhaps I will have to send you another care package as well. I liked this so much that I went to their website and put in an order of their chocolate/cacao nibs teas.

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80

I have to say, this is a great festive winter blend.

Prominant notes include bergamot, sweet/sprinkles, and a very thick creamy flavour. I didn’t like how tannic the base was, but overall this was lovely to try. I’m getting a strong “English Breakfast” tannic black tea vibe from the base.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Creamy, Sugar, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML
VariaTEA

Glad you liked this one. It is a bit old so I wasn’t sure how you would find it but this is definitely a favorite of mine.

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80

Yum. This reminds me of Zen’s Earl Grey Cream. Delicious for two whole steeps, but with the exception of the snowflakes in Herbal Infusions in the dry leaf and the fact that this Canadian company, in my city yet, charged me in American dollars, I don’t notice a difference. Snowflakes, yay! Charging Canadians in Canada in American dollars, wtf, boo! BOO!

Perhaps I need to do a side by side taste test. One day. Won’t change my mind about a repurchase though.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Marshmallow

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Daddyselephant

I was all set to try and get some of this for my Earl Grey loving wife, but a Canadian company charging Canadians USD? Nope!

Mookit

Huh, I wonder what the logic behind that is.

VariaTEA

We have been on the same wavelength lately when it comes to tea. First Pineapple Mimosa and now this :P

VariaTEA

Also, I love this tea but Herbal Infusions is a terrible company so when my bag of this is gone, that will be the end of it which makes me sad as this is the one earl grey I actually enjoy. Alas, shitty customer service in addition to the whole American dollars thing while in Canada is just not worth it :(

Evol Ving Ness

The logic is apparently something to do with the online business, not just this brand name, is running something or other in the States and the registration blahblahblan. It’s been a while since I asked, but truly, I wasn’t all that convinced with the answer.

Not Pineapple Mimosa, perhaps another one. Hive mind?

Now that the physical store is gone, they are pretty much doing what they want. The vendors are unreliable, ie. flakey, at markets too.

VariaTEA

Lol I think in my sleepy state I confused your note with another person’s note about Pineapple Mimosa. Oops.

And the really just do as they please which has led to many customers being dissatisfied. Maybe not the best sales plan I have ever seen tbh.

Indigobloom

Hmmm I’m not an EG girl at all but even I wanna try this one. Not badly enough to pay in USD though.

Evol Ving Ness

Honestly, it is not wow enough to go out of your way for though the leaf is pretty. Zen’s Earl Grey Cream is the way to go, imho. I can send you a bit of both to try if you like.

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70

This tastes like melted Neapolitan Ice Cream. It hits you in the face with aggressive, cloying sweetness. Which is normally what I live for.

Am I growing up? That can’t possibly be it. I hope.

Oh god. What if I start putting kale in my smoothies? Filing my own taxes? Remembering to put the registration sticker on my car in a timely fashion? Being interested in material possessions or the stock market? Watching Oscar-worthy heavy films?

Is this the end?

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

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91

(flips a table) How did I not know about cacao tea before? SERIOUSLY? This is so tasty. It’s like eating a candy bar. One of those Hersheys Cookies’n’Creme ones, specifically. And, according to Herbal Infusions’ site… it’s… caffeine free? I can have this at NIGHT?

I am holding every one of you personally responsible for not telling me about this sooner.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Oreo Cookie, White Chocolate

rosebudmelissa

Isn’t is great! I’ve found that adding a little bit of roasted barley really amps up the flavor of chocolate teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, roasted barley? Where do you get roasted barley?

Mookit

Oh man, this stuff is great! I had the genius idea to blend it with some straight Assam tea one time, and I would highly recommend it!

rosebudmelissa

I bought mine on amazon. Lupicia also sells it.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I am on it. Just loose, right? Without additives?

rosebudmelissa

The stuff I have now was prepackaged for iced tea, which is how it’s usually served in asia, but amazon has expanded thier selecton and sells it loose as well now. I actually prefer it hot, so I’ve been opening the packages and using it loose. I drink it plain, or blend it with brewing cocoa, or chai spices.

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68

This tea tastes just like a fruitier version of what one gets at Chinese food restaurants. It’s a good, fun combination, if a little lackluster. Plus, there’s a strong aftertaste that’s kind of… tart? Vegetal? What’s going on here?

I’m not besotted.

But — as today is going to be The Day I Mostly Wander Off To Give Other Thoughts — I tried the new Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos (purple bag), as well as the Southern Biscuits & Gravy Lays, and liked them both, even though I thought I wouldn’t. My coworker gave them both to me. (You might have noticed, via careful reading, that people are constantly handing me food. I am a human garbage disposal.) They sound hideous, but they’re each delicious in their own way. I also loved the brief-lived Reuben Sandwich chips.

I feel trashy adoring these lowbrow chips. But I am basically Oscar the Grouch, rubbish monster extraordinaire, and I should embrace it.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Vegetal

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73

A nice malty, vanilla-y black tea. It smells like a graham cracker, but doesn’t taste like it.

Kind of like when you’re chasing an elusive Pokemon in Pokemon Go, and you think you’re really going to find it, but when you get to its location, it disappears. (This happens to me a lot. Stop being a jagoff, Pikachu. I want to evolve you.)

That said, it’s still a nice tea. I enjoy it. Just don’t go in there expecting graham cracker, per se, and you’ll be good.

Flavors: Cream, Malt, Vanilla

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85

A sample from Miss B I’m almost through the box of samples she sent me now – there was so much in it I thought I’d never find the bottom! I didn’t read any reviews or the description before I brewed this one up, and surprisingly I came out pretty close to the mark with my initial thoughts. In the tsp I used, I could see coconut shreds, slivers of almond, and a coffee bean amongst the black tea base. I gave it approximately 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.

To taste, I’m getting coffee and chocolate in the initial sip – very reminiscent of a mocha, although not as intense. There’s a nuttiness in the mid-sip, and a rich smoothness that could just about be caramel. The base is fairly robust and deliciously malty, so even though the coffee flavour is fairly prominent, you never forget that you’re actually drinking tea. When it comes to coffee-flavoured tea, that’s the way I like it.

I’m enjoying this one. It’s definitely different, and it’s making for a good wake-up cup. I’ve tried maybe one or two coffee-flavoured teas before, but this is definitely my favourite so far. It’s not too overpowering, it’s still decidedly tea, and the nutty-chocolate flavours work really well. I’d buy more of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
rosebudmelissa

I liked this one, and I don’t even like coffee! I had a bad experience with the company though, so I don’t think I’ll be buying from them again.

Evol Ving Ness

I do not like that this Canadian company, that physically used to be just down the street from my world, charges orders in American dollars. I too will not order from them again.

Scheherazade

Having had no personal negative experience with the company, I can’t comment. My note was based purely on my experience with the tea, which I enjoyed.

Evol Ving Ness

Apologies about my mini-rant. This tea indeed does sound great.

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74
drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
117 tasting notes

Not too shabby. A pleasant, slightly nutty black. There was a lighter black base which provided a solid footing for the nuts in this tea. There may have been a hint of smoke but it was so very light that I don’t even want to put it in my flavour list. Sadly though, I felt it did not reflect the taste of graham at all. Perhaps I should have added some almond milk to this, maybe that could have made it into a more “graham-like” flavour. As it was though it was an okay tea, just not a graham tea in my book.
Thanks MissB for the sample!

Sipdown!

Flavors: Malt, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

It’s still summertime (although just barely) so the combination of strawberry, vanilla, and cacao really hit the spot. The vanilla gave the tea some of the creaminess I that was missing from the original cacao tea that I sampled and mixing it with equal parts of whole milk only made it that much better. The sweetness from the strawberry was just enough that I didn’t find myself missing the sugar I opted to leave out, although I did try several cups of it sweetened. I will say that unlike the photo on the website, there were no chunks of strawberry in my sample and the strawberry flavor was rather light, but I felt like it was just enough so that it was present, but didn’t overshadow the cacao. Overall, it’s an interesting blend and it makes an especially tasty latte, but isn’t something I’d drink every day.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/9/8/tuesday-tea-strawberry-cream-cacao-tea-herbal-infusions

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Awesome to see this one in MissB’s sale box! Thank you so much! Coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, coconut, almonds. I love those teas with coffee beans in them. Davidstea has a couple. Bluebird has one. They’re all good. The brew of this one ends up being a dark red, not super dark like those others (of course, that’s the tea and not the coffee beans). The base kind of reminds me of Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam but the leaves don’t look the same. It’s hard to tell under all these flavors though. It tastes like coffee, malty, nutty. Yum. But I love the super darkness of those other blends. The pu-erh or the black tea that looks like coffee seem to suit these flavors but this is certainly a good cup. I don’t think coconut needed to be here though since I’m worried it will eventually ruin the blend. Not yet though!
Steep #1 // heaping tsp // few minutes after boiling // 3 minutes
Steep #2 // couple min a.b. // 4 min

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So… Coffee? Na, this is a smooth black tea with notes of caramel and nuts. Absolutely smooth and tasty. Fantastic cup of tea. I may end up buying some of this actually. Surprising taste

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80

Somehow, I bought this tea about two years ago now (possibly shorter, but I think that’s about right), and never opened it. Huh?

As I’m going through all of my teas (yes, ALL of them), I’m making sure I have what I say I have, and removing the ones that have disappeared from my tea cupboard on Steepster. It’s quite the project…. so if I haven’t tried something, and I have it, well, I’m trying it. If I love it, I’ll drink it. If I don’t absolutely LOVE it, I’m passing it along. This tea? Passing it along.

Why? Well, it’s very much a coffee tea – which isn’t a bad thing. I’d call it a mocha tea, really, and it’s quite creamy, nutty, coffee-ish, with some chocolate in there to boot. Nice, yes. Rich and flavorful. If I want coffee though, I’d prefer to drink coffee, if that makes any sense. I guess this technically IS coffee, as there are bits of coffee beans in it. Still, it’s not a “madly in love” tea, so it’s off to the sale box. Woohoo!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Creamy, Mocha, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73

Creamy, with a splash of peppermint. Light on the lavender. In fact I can’t really taste that much lavender at all. Which is surprising because it can be a very over powering flavor. I’ve put a few lavender buds by themselves into the pot to see if that does anything.

A song later…

It added a bit of lavender flavor. But not quite as much as I was hoping. The creaminess probably comes from the vanilla which accents this tea very nicely. I’m trying to tell what the base is for this tea but I’m really bad at guessing black bases.

Flavors: Cream, Peppermint, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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46

Have you ever eaten strawberries and cream oatmeal? This smells EXACTLY like that. But with a tiny hint of chocolate. It kinda tastes like that too expect with chocolate added. At first it was tasting good but as it’s cooled down I am not liking it as much. It’s better warmer.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

This is utterly uninteresting. A bland black tea with an added vague sweetness. I don’t taste much coconut or spice. Just boring.

Flavors: Sweet, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

So, I’m not a huge fan of coffee, but I really like everything else in this blend, so I decided to give it a try. At first I was disappointed. It mostly tastes sweet, with a light coffee flavor. But, as I sipped it, I started liking it better. It’s really smooth, not bitter at all, and tastes kind of creamy. I still feel that someone who likes coffee might enjoy this better, but it’s an interesting change of pace.

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

This is pretty tasty. It does remind me of golden grahams. It has a honey-like sweetness, and a definite pastry note. It was a touch sour and a bit drying, but that’s probably because I oversteeped it. I’ll probably try blending this since it tastes like it would be good with cinnamon or marshmallow flavors.

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. When I opened the package I was hit by the delicious scent of strawberry ice cream and dark chocolate, but the flavor didn’t deliver like the scent does, even after a 30 minute steep. Ah well, another tea I won’t miss, I guess. Which is good, since if this had lived up to the scent it would definitely be the one I missed most.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

I decided to try this while Adagio’s Grapefruit Oolong was still fresh in my mind. It was a very nice tea. A pleasant oolong flavor paired with a light lemon flavor and hints of grapefruit. Very natural tasting, but less flavorful than I would like. Overall, I think I like Adagio’s Grapefruit Oolong better. Mostly because the flavor is a little stronger, and I think grapefruit tastes better with oolong than lemon. Nice to try, but I won’t miss it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MissB

Yep, I refuse to order from them anymore, even though I really love some of their products. Exact (and I mean, exact) same experience last year… and I’m sure others on here will chime in and say the same.

rosebudmelissa

So disappointing. I’ve only tried a few of their teas so far, but so far the only thing I’ll definitely be looking for a good replacement for is the cacao teas, and I know there’s a couple other companies out there with a similar product.

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

Hmm. This was okay. A mild and rather artificial blueberry flavored white tea. I actually don’t mind artificial blueberry flavoring, but this is a bit too weak for my tastes. I’ll certainly finish my sample, but I wouldn’t buy more even if I had any intention of buying from this company again. Adagio’s Green Rooibos Blueberry is still my Blueberry tea of choice.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

It’s my birthday today, so I decided to have something a bit indulgent. I tried this tea twice. The first time I used 2 tsp./8oz. and brewed it for about 10 minutes. It tasted rather watery even with a bit of milk and sweetener. I looked at the reviews here, and tried again. It looked like 3 tsp of leaf for 30 min. was the way to go, so I added 2 tsp to my used leaves, wrapped my cup in a kitchen towel to keep it warm, and added a touch of sweetener. That is quite good! I don’t think it will replace hot chocolate for me, but this is definitely what a chocolate tea should taste like! It’s definitely something I would reach for to satisfy a milk chocolate craving without a bunch of sugar. I’m not sure whether or not it was the vanilla, but I didn’t feel the need to add milk.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Vanilla

Nichole/CuppaGeek

Happy Birthday!!!

carol who

Happy birthday! It’s my daughter’s birthday today and mine is tomorrow!

rosebudmelissa

Thank you! Wow, that’s quite a coincidence carol who! Happy Birthday to both of you!

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