Herbal Infusions

Recent Tasting Notes

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This tea grew on me. It is like a minty black tea, but better than that. I can’t quite describe it, but it went from being intriguing to being one of my favourites! I find it very refreshing, and still holds up well with milk.

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Sip down, and still waiting for a reply about the tea that I, you know, ordered but never received. I escalated it to a claim and have yet to hear from PayPal about it. Unbelievable.

OMGsrsly

OMG. O.o I just can’t even.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I’d just really like my money back at this point, and if PP can’t do that for me, then yay for losing money due to douchebag customer service.

OMGsrsly

I am head-desking over here.

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71

Welp, still haven’t received my Strawberry Cacao. I filed a PayPal dispute a few days ago and haven’t heard anything yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how this will all unfold.

Trying to finish up my sample of this. I have one more cup to go after this one. Comme ci comme ça.

Sil

so angry with this company.

OMGsrsly

This is just. Head, meet desk. That is not how you run a company.

Fjellrev

And still no word too!

Sil

jerk

OMGsrsly

Oh my god. Just. O.o

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71

It’s been over a month and I still haven’t gotten my Strawberry Cream cacao tea. Huh.

This tea smells like straight up freshly squeezed lemon. I get no discernible grapefruit in scent or flavour. The base is pretty good, quite floral. Methinks this would make a better cold brew. Hot, it’s not doing much for me.

Sil

Wow… A month

Fjellrev

Very tempting to file a PayPal dispute.

OMGsrsly

There’s a time limit for a PayPal dispute, FYI. All it does is open urgent communication, and if they ignore it then you get your money back. If they respond, then awesome.

Fjellrev

I know, I have another ten days or so left to do it.

Sil

just do it. i’m so tired of their crap… lol

OMGsrsly

:) I did it with another tea company, and they got back to me right away. They weren’t answering their regular email, so I don’t really feel bad about it. So… good luck, whatever you decide to do!

Fjellrev

That’s great that they got back to you. Hmm, maybe wait one more day? The first package didn’t have my main tea, the second one was apparently sent 13 days ago but still hasn’t arrived despite the first one arriving in 9 days. Have until the 14th to file a PayPal dispute.

OMGsrsly

No tracking # or shipping notice? :(

Fjellrev

Nope, I was told that if the second package doesn’t show up they’ll send a third one with tracking. The second package was supposedly sent on the 20th or so and nothing has shown up even though the first one (missing my 100g of cacao) took a little over a week to arrive. Nothing in the mail today again. So perhaps I should email again and if something isn’t sent with tracking ASAP I’ll file a dispute.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
422 tasting notes

I received this in QueenOfTarts Stash sale a few months ago. Thank you!

I added a ton of leaf for this brew. It is defiantly cacao, slightly bitter, but it is a very weak mouthful. I am not a fan. I think I would rather just make a cup of hot chocolate.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
1312 tasting notes

Queued post, written August 20th 2014

This one was shared with me by Courtney. I have actually had this stuff before, although from a different vendor, and I wasn’t exactly impressed. Watered down cocoa, it turns out, is not something I find pleasant.

I considered trying it as a mixer this time, but I didn’t really have anything that I thought it would mix well with.

I considered steeping it in milk and heating the lot on the hob, but that would take is into something more appropriately posted to ‘cocoaster.com’ if such a thing exists. Or ‘Chocster.com’.

Then I decided to just try and squeeze all the cocoa out of it that I could in one feel swoop and see if I couldn’t take it beyond the watered down hot not-really-chocolate stage.

Courtney had written steeping recommendations on the bag, and I threw caution to the wind and pretty much ignored them. The entire sample went in. All of it. The lot. Well, okay, I didn’t completely ignore them, because I adhered to the time and temperature.

No, it doesn’t work.

Oh, it tastes like chocolate all right, so if this floats your boat, by all means hurry out and get some. Chocolate does float my boat as well, but only if I get the whole experience. The richness. The thickness. The creamyness. And again, I am left with chocolate flavoured water.

I get the flavour. I don’t get all the other things that I associate with chocolate and it just leaves me wanting.

Cheri

That’s my problem with chocolate teas, too, and then it leaves a film on everything, too.

Fjellrev

You can’t like them all. I personally love their strawberry one. It tastes like neapolitan ice cream. There’s more going on with it.

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80

Aaaand that’s a sip down. I had the last cup with maple syrup and half and half, and actually, I didn’t really care for the maple syrup. I find it gives the tea a weird flavour, kind of like agave.

I’ve been craving HI’s Strawberry Cream cacao or whatever it’s called but maybe I’ll wait to see if they come out with more interesting flavours this holiday season before making an order. Yeah.

Courtney

I’ve got quite a bit of Strawberry Cacao if you’d like me to send a bit your way. :)

Fjellrev

No worries, Courtney, but thanks! Their shipping rates are quite reasonable anyway so getting more is always a click away. :)

Have you gotten sick of it at all?

Courtney

Nope! I definitely go through phases though, but I’m like that with most of my teas. I’m also just getting back into my tea drinking now with the cooler weather.

Fjellrev

Good to hear! I had a feeling it would be hard to truly grow permanently sick of that one haha.

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80

I can has My Little Pony cotton candy pink hair as of one hour ago. :)

Can’t believe I haven’t logged this tea yet. I love enjoying this one as a pseudo-London Fog. I add half and half, some brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Zen Tea’s EGC is still my favourite but this has a bit of smooth sugariness going on that calms down the bergamot too. I was still hoping for more marshmallow though. I can’t even tell it’s there. More marshmallow, please!

OMGsrsly

Eee! Pictures of your hairs? Because that sounds so awesome.

Cavocorax

Oooh – i want to see them too!

Sil

me tooo…if steepster lets me post a note..still can’t comment on cavo’s

Cavocorax

That’s so weird Sil! I get comments from other people…. Why doesn’t Steepster want us to be friends anymore? #cries

Sil

it knows we get in to trouble when we’re together Cavo…

Fjellrev

It also won’t let me like people’s posts, and just refreshes the page. It wants us all to turn on each other.

OMGsrsly

I keep automatically clicking the heart, and then most of the time the page reloads! Still trying to read, though!

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I know, I know – I’m drinking a Christmas tea in August….
Don’t have much to say other than it’s better cold steeped than hot….

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Sipdown (123)!

Heyoooo! Finishing this one off feels great! I’ve been sorta dreading this last cup, but honestly I think it was the best on yet. Mind you, it was still really unremarkable and I’d call it average at best, but the black base wasn’t bitter or astringent and there were other flavours here! Decent flavours!

Mostly chocolate flavour, actually – but a little bit of coconut. Still no graham but I gave up on that after my second cup of this so I wasn’t looking for that anyway. So yeah; I’m sipping this down in a more positive way then I expected but I’m still not changing my mind in that I probably don’t want to ever have this one again…

And now I’m going to go raid my tea cupboard and see what I’m content with getting rid of, ‘cause I told Robyn that I’d clear out some of my older stuff for her – and frankly there’s probably a few things I’m keeping around that I don’t need to be…

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48

In a Timolino w. Milk.

But honestly the only reason I know that is because I wrote it down. I didn’t write anything else. This one just isn’t memorable and not worth my time, if I’m being really honest. I’m growing very sick of it very quickly.

This was probably a real waste of milk, too. Ugh.

Rating lowered.

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48

Cold Brew.

I’m still working at figuring out how I can best enjoy this one. I thought cold brewing might be an acceptable route so I tried that next. It’s still very “meh” overall, but again not bad. It was very chocolate/coconut heavy which is nice and all, but where is the “graham” which this blend is named after.

I’m kinda over having to fight to find a way to enjoy this one; I think I’ll be happy when it’s gone. Sorry HI; I’m still unimpressed with what I’ve seen…

mj

If you have to work to enjoy it….NEXT! Later, problem tea

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48

Another given to me by the awesome Courtney!

Dry this smells pretty strongly of coconut/chocolate, which is fairly appealing. I can definitely see that as being a very good thing.

For my prep, I made it in my timolino. I was very careful to watch the time as it steeped given that I’ve experienced a too harsh black base from HI on more than one occasion. Overall, I thought that the coconut/black tea were the strongest notes with cocoa notes and something else mildly offputting and hard to identify trailing behind. I was kinda reminded of kelp? But also not kelp. Not a whole lot of “graham” unless that’s what the weird flavour is meant to be.

As for the base; it was still a bit bitter despite my precautions. Oh well, looks like I just have some playing around to do so I can figure out the best way to enjoy this one.

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I’m sick, I can’t really taste today, and I am having this as a latte. The flavouring of this tea is good, but the base is TERRIBLE. And so is their customer service. So I guess it’s a good thing I don’t want more of this tea… (On the other hand, I love some of the herbal teas they have, which sucks.)

(Total drink size about 10 oz. With almond milk.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
TeaBrat

hope you feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

Thanks! Feels like this one will be around for a while. But at least I’ll manage to sip down some teas I don’t love? :)

TeaBrat

lol – might as well do it now while you can’t taste anything :)

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This smells really good, but something about the flavouring is coating my tongue and making me not want to finish the glass.

I prepared as an iced tea, making 500ml extra-strong and pouring over ice. I didn’t add any sweetener, but I think it might need it to bring the lime flavour forward. The base is quite strong, and the coconut lends a creamy texture.

Not bad, but not super great. I’d consider getting more because of the uniqueness of the flavour, if only HI had better customer response. (Maybe responding to customer emails, and also sending out a shipping notification…)

Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Lime

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Sil

poop on HI

OMGsrsly

I just continue to be astounded at their customer service.

Cavocorax

Seriously. I sent 3 emails asking about status, and then a refund and recieved NOTHING. So, forget that.

OMGsrsly

I have some teas left I haven’t tried yet, so I’ll post about those… :)

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drank Orange Pekoe by Herbal Infusions
5389 tasting notes

14/28 sipdowns.

This was a free sample in the order that cavocorax sent me so i had it way early this morning in the hopes that it would carry me through. sadly this has the same or similar base to other HI black teas and i am not a fan.

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A sample from MissB – this one was decent, enjoyable. Mildly sweet and suggestive of graham crackers. It didn’t blow my mind but I can definitely see where they’re coming from. There was something weak about it, but that might be because I added milk.

It was a good cuppa, anyhow!

Thanks for sharing!

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Another sample from Cavocorax!

I don’t much care for apple flavoured things, so admittedly I wasn’t excited to try this one.
It smells pretty good in the bag though.
And I do like apple cider, so I was kind of hoping it would be along those lines.

It ended up tasting pretty weak, though. Not really worth drinking!
Happy to have the chance to try it!

Thanks, Cavo :)

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Another sample from Cavocorax!

I tried this last night at like 11:30, obviously needed something caffeine free.

The smell was a bit off putting, because it smelled like some kind of orange flavoured cough syrup I remember from when I was a kid. I have to wonder if orange flavoured cough syrup even exists anymore!

The taste was pretty good, though not super creamy, just orangey.
But something about the tea made my throat scratch, not a sensation I’m used to because I have no food allergies, so it was unpleasant enough to make me dump the cup. I will have to give the rest to my friend to try.

Thanks for the sample, Cavo!

Cavocorax

Yeah, Lapacho isn’t for me either!

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SSTTB: Pick #21

So this is/was the last tea that I pulled out of the box to try for myself. I did take a couple of the DT blooming teas because I find them really pretty and more enjoyable than most bloom teas because of their black base, and I kept the Sweet Cinnamon Pu’Erh from Verdant – but otherwise everything that I didn’t finish off and all my contributions are now sealed up and ready to be sent away!

…I just have to get around to actually mailing everything off. Ugh.

I don’t really know why I picked this one; there wasn’t much appeal from the ingredients/flavours – I guess it was just the allure of trying a limited edition blend? I made it in my timolino anyway, and I don’t recall much about what it tasted like. In my notes that I wrote for myself on the computer I just said:

- Very Flavourless
- Cup of hot Blah
- Tell them the Subway story!!!

So there you have it. Looking back right now I feel like the “Subway Story” is not as exciting/irritating as it was in the moment – but I suppose I’ll share it anyway if for no other reason than to not let “Past Me” down.

Basically I went, on my break at work, to get a Sub from the foodcourt. I only have a half hour break though, and it takes like 15 min. of it to actually acquire said Sub but I really, really wanted to get a sub. I hadn’t had anything to eat all day (and it was like 6PM) and nothing sounded better than hot bread, cheddar cheese, lettuce, spinach, and mother fucking shit tonne of pineapple, and sweet onion sauce. Mmm!

So I was in line and had picked my bread size and style as well as cheese for my VEGETARIAN sub (given I am a very strict VEGETARIAN) and was waiting to pick veggies while the Sandwhich Artist toasted it. However, in the down time the SA decided that was the PERFECT opportunity to organize ALL of the MEAT by systematically grabbing the different slices with her gloved hands and making them into nice piles. And then, when my sub was done toasting, she went back to adding my requested stuff WITHOUT CHANGING THE GLOVES.

Ugh! Are you fucking kidding me!? I even called her out on it; you’re making a VEGETARIAN sub but you’re going to handle all the meat then touch my veggies and try to serve it to me? I hate people who are rude to customer service/food service workers but I just don’t think that’s cool. It’s not vegetarian friendly any more! I understand it’s Subway and there’s a certain level of cross contamination that’s bound to happen but that’s pretty fucking direct.

To me, that’s not really any different than assholes who say “Well what if we order a Pepperoni Pizza and then you just pick the meat off it? Isn’t that vegetarian friendly?”. Excuse me? Fuck you, no it’s not! If I pee in a cup then dump the pee out, but don’t wash it before I pour your soda into the cup for you to drink that doesn’t change the fact that at least a little bit you’re drinking my pee. The whole thing is ruined.

So yeah, I called her out on it and she was all “no, I didn’t put meat on it!” so I tried explaining the whole contamination bit to her and she just went "Well I’ll give it to you for free to shut you up ". That doesn’t make me feel better; now I have a free sandwich that I wont/can’t eat and no time to wait for you to make another one for me because I’m on a fucking timed break. So yeah, no food for me. I went from fucking 11AM to 10:30PM when I got home with nothing to eat. Bad mood all day.

Tldr; this tea was blah and flavourless, and fuck Subway.

OMGsrsly

That happens a lot with me re: gluten. Sadly a lot of people in low paying or non-tip food service just don’t seem to care.

VariaTEA

That sucks about Subway. People really don’t get it sometimes. I have a friend who was vegetarian (I say was because she is vegan now) and even her mom occasionally forgot/overlooked the contamination thing and would do stuff like cook her food in fish oil and what not. Btw, is the Subway cheese rennet free?

Roswell Strange

Most Subway cheese are rennet free; there’s one kind that has rennet in it (can’t remember which off the top of my head). I always get Cheddar though and it doesn’t have rennet.

VariaTEA

That’s good. I remember my friend telling me some of the cheese had rennet because I used to get subs for her when we were in res together but I couldn’t remember if she thought they all did or just certain kinds.

whatshesaid

I am a strictly vicious carnivore but I loved your pee-cup analogy. Very true.

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This tea smells amazing!
It doesn’t taste as good as it smells, & it burns my throat a little, although I’m not sure why. I’ve drank Lapacho (pao d’arco, taheebo) from time to time, & have a powdered version of it from the local herbalist shop (Chery’s Herbs). Cheryl recommended it to me to improve my immune system to help with allergies, & if I used it like she suggested, it would probably help. But I tend to forget. It is somewhat bitter, but has never burned my throat,
so I’m inclined to think the the burning throat problem is from the ‘flavoring’ in the tea.

Thanks to my Steep Sister, Sil for sending the sample. It smells so awesome that I could sit around huffing the bag it came in until bedtime.
Sipdown! That’s 4 sipdowns today, plus I realized one of the teas on my list is no longer in my cupboard, so I’m down to 384, just like that!

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Sample sipdown!

Received this one from MissB.

It was nice to try! When I was drinking it I kept thinking that it tasted like key lime flavoured tea. Which is exactly what it is.

But I mean that it didn’t scream “THIS IS KEY LIME!!” to me, it screamed “THIS IS FLAVOURED WITH SOMETHING THAT’S SUPPOSED TO TASTE LIKE KEY LIME!”

It was decent, but not something I would need to own. I’m actually not a huge proponent of anything lime flavoured, except desserts. Same rule applies to lemon things, usually. I need a major creamy note in there.

This had a mild creamy note. The coconut helped. Nice to try!

Thanks MissB :)

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