Herbal Infusions

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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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Cold brew:

More flavour than the hot brew, at least in terms of the lemon and grapefruit. Sadly, it was really bitter and too toasty. I drank a few sips and dumped it down the sink. :/

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Sipdown! Thank goodness I have no more of these teas in my cupboard. I’m incredibly unimpressed with the customer service of this company (chasing them for ingredients, friends orders not being received, etc), and their black base is seriously the most finicky I’ve had.

So, an oolong. Dry, it smells divine. The best citrus smell ever. Steeped, it smells a little toasty. And.. even though I added a bit of sugar to bring out the citrus, all I can really taste is the oolong. A little citrus at the end of the sip, but that might be the orange I just peeled. It’s also a little… pithy. I didn’t think I steeped it long enough for the pith from the peels to come out, but apparently I did.

It’s not a terrible oolong, but it is pretty basic. And it’s not the type of oolong flavour I enjoy most (please give me OTT floral green oolongs TYVM).

The other 2 tsp of the sample is cold brewing, and I have higher hopes for that one. It should go well (should! I hope!) with the lemonade syrup I made.

(1.5 tsp in 10 oz)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
rosebudmelissa

I ordered from them the beginning of January, and still haven’t received my order. I finally got a hold of them last week and they said they would send it again with a tracking number, but I still haven’t received the tracking number. It really doesn’t seem to be a very reliable company.

Sil

it’s AWFUL. DO NOT SHOP HERE. The owner is clearly more focused on everything else he is trying to do and cares NOTHING about his tea business. He didn’t even bring his tea to the tea festival this year…just his new kombucha drinks… i was THIS CLOSE to asking him to consider focusing his energy on ONE THING and doing it right… he’s clearly all over the map and his inability to care about his tea shop just means i’ll never spend time/money/effort on any of his other ventures…because i’ll constantly be wondering, when is he going to get bored with this one?

Sil

sorry….this company makes me seriously ranty…

rosebudmelissa

I wish I’d known before I put in my order :(

OMGsrsly

I ended up dumping the tea because I just cringed every time I tried to sip. Way to toasty in a not good way for me.

I’m sorry you’re having so many troubles, rosebudmelissa. :(

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drank Cherry Jubilee by Herbal Infusions
978 tasting notes

Drinking the last of this today. It’s ok – I’m not finding the medicinal qualities that others disliked. It is lacking in cherry though (that could be age though) – so I tossed in a little Cherry Passion from River Tea and all is well in my world….

Nicole

I just can’t find a cherry tea I really like. Might have to look at this one. I broke down today and finally tried one of the Petey’s Bing Cherry ginseng drinks since they were on sale. That was a mistake. It was awesomely delicious and they don’t go on sale very often.

Dexter

I LOVE cherry tea – and I agree it’s hard to find a good one. I’ve tried a gazillion of them (I understand that everyone’s tastes are different) and what I’ve found that works the best for me is adding cherry tisane to a base that I like. I haven’t found my favorite cherry green – but I have a green that I like and I add cherry tisane to it (ditto white and black). My two favorite cherry tisanes are: Cherry Goddess from Tealux and Pondi Cherry from New Mexico Tea Company. I hope that helps…
http://www.tealux.ca/cherry_goddess
http://www.nmteaco.com/Pondi-Cherry_p_404.html

Nicole

I know like NM Tea Co.‘s stuff. I’ll have to put that on my list and add it to my next order with them. Thanks, Dexter!

Dexter

I love how beautiful NMTC labels are and I really appreciate that you can buy them to put on your own tins…. I don’t order from them enough, I think they are getting overlooked as I keep trying new things – I should really move them up on the priority list to purchase from. :))

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