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Herbal Infusions

Recent Tasting Notes

85

Courtney sent me a sample of this (thank you!!) and it’s very tasty! I didn’t even have to add sugar…weird.

I admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect because the tea looked like debris from a cracked pecan. The strawberry flavor is spot-on and if anything maybe adding a dash of cream would be all I’d suggest.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

Sounds yummy… Maybe good iced ?!?

EvaGrimm

I’d add a little sugar if I decided to cold brew it but it would definitely be delicious iced!

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
1345 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (175)

Thank you TraceyC for this delicious graham cracker tea. It is nice though not one I feel the need to stock up on. It is a little sad to see it go through.

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87

Sipdown! Sad to see this one go, though! Many thanks to both OMGsrsly and VariaTEA for sending me samples. I never thought I’d actually be able to taste the marshmallow here, but I can! And it’s so good! My luck with Herbal Infusions was not great til this one came along. It’s staying on my wish list for now, though I hope to try a few more from them and decide what I want to order from them in
addition to this one.

VariaTEA

Can you order this one still?

Amariel

Dunno. Hmmmm, that might be an issue. Was it a Christmas only thing?

VariaTEA

Yeah. It was one of their Cyber Monday teas

Amariel

Dang. Maybe it’ll return.

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67
drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
1345 tasting notes

Thank you TraceyC for sharing this with me. I was really craving this tea but I think I prefer the idea of this tea than the tea itself. It does touch on a graham cracker flavor but I think the coconut flavor is a little more present than I would like since it competes with the graham notes instead of working cohesively.

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84

Chocolate, hazelnut, coffee!!!!
Oh, and I guess tea?

It’s a magic happy makeup potion!
(I wouldn’t need it if I had actually gone to sleep at midnight but I stayed up another hour reading this great fic and then couldn’t get my brain to shut up after because I wanted more but couldn’t keep my eyes open… Kindles with built-in reading lights will be my downfall!)

Dustin

I have such a hard time with brain shut off at bedtime too! A lot of the times it is spinning about jewelry designs/plans or what tea I’m going to drink in the morning.

oddree

How much do I love my Kindle paperwhite? Lots and lots. And lots.

Cavocorax

Dustin – YES! I know that feeling when you are so inspired/excited to get going on something. Lame as it sounds, I felt the same way about designing our company’s website. :P

Oddree-Which version do you have? I have the original paperwhite, but I cracked it 2 months ago and I’m looking to replace it in the summer. Not sure if there’s a real difference between version 1 and 2, or if I should wait until September to see if they announce a Paperwhite 3… It sucks I broke mine after less than a year though, but it’s manageable… for now. Even though the cracks in the light are so obvious at night. /0\

OMGsrsly

I wish wish wish I had gone with a backlit Kobo, seeing as the Sony store just merged with Kobo. :/ I still read more on my phone because I don’t need to have a room light on.

Cavocorax

What do you think of Kobo? I’ve found them to be very competitive with ebook prices compared to Amazon. That sucks you regret not having the light though. :|

OMGsrsly

I haven’t really looked. I don’t like the infinite scrolling thing they have going on, so I’ve pretty much ignored everything. I do have a $10 credit I should use, but I’m not sure what to get. It’s hard to justify $15 on an ebook when I can get the paperback for less (used book store…).

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
578 tasting notes

I usually adore this tea, but the last couple cups have been sub-par. I’ve been rushing them. Tonight is much better. Back to the normal tastiness I enjoy.

I’m procrastinating and putting off the copious amount of schoolwork I have to do, which means I’ll have to work even harder tomorrow, but I have zero motivation tonight.

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I’m questioning if I’m drinking and describing the right tea. Honestly, I do taste lime in here, and smell it. Could this possibly be Nina’s Je T’aime? Bah. I swear this is lime, and it’s creamy and good… but then there might be vanilla and caramel. Darn it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

I am so confused as to why I loved this so much the first time, and am barely able to finish it this time around. It smells like many of HI’s and Della Terra’s chocolate blends, and it… just is bleh in the flavor department. Astringent, faint chocolate cookie, and black tea.

Methinks I need to put more leaf into my Timolino, as an aside, because most of my teas made it in seem to feel weak of late. Which is weird, considering I’ve measured it several times.

Also… yay for me… I’m down almost 60 teas today, due to three enormous packages and two smaller bags being sent out shortly. Finally under 400!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

holy crap….

MissB

At this point, I’ll do almost anything to get and stay under 400. Well, I say almost, knowing there’s more tea coming…

Sil

haha i hear you. I’ll be back up there eventually…after July maybe haha

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
1345 tasting notes

Thank you TraceyC for sending this my way. This is one of the HI teas I have wanted to try for a while now so I am grateful for the opportunity. This is not bad, though a tad thin. It smells awesome, just like a graham cracker, and tastes very similar, I just wish the flavor was stronger.

In other, but related news, I came across this interesting tidbit on wikipedia about the history of the graham cracker: "Reverend Graham would often lecture on “self-abuse” as masturbation was commonly called at the time. Graham would often say how these experiences were inspired by children eating crackers. One of his many theories was that one could curb one’s sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal." The more you know :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
MissB

Jeepers. Really? I’m… wow.

VariaTEA

I was pretty confused too. I wonder if this is one of those instances when someone fudged with the wikipedia page as a joke.

Cheri

I’ve heard this before, in my psychology of sex class back in the mid-90s.

aisling of tea

Yeah, no, this is totally legit. We learned about it in Sexual Deviance XD

Sami Kelsh

Yep, legit.

Though I can also say that I have empirically proven on a number of occasions that enjoying a tasty snack of delicious graham crackers or cornflakes does nothing to curb impure thoughts and impulses.

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83

Sipdown (183/185)!

Ugh, this was so good! I’m so pissed that I left the last third of my timolino of it at work today! Stupid armed alarm preventing me from going back and getting it…

By the time I work again, this will have been sitting in the timolino for practically two full days; it’s going to be all gross and icky. No thank you! I want to remember this like the delicious tea it was today; mellow melon/pumpkin guts and a light dusting of “pie crust” – creamy with no unneeded spice. Perfect!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample, it’s a true shame this is all gone.

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it and I am sorry it is gone. We will have to watch to see if it comes back Cyber Monday.

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83

My favourite thing about this sample from VariaTEA? The overwhelming lack of spices!

I don’t understand the need to load pumpkin teas up with this abundance of spice; the two aren’t mutually exclusive! In fact, when I eat Pumpkin Pie the last thing I notice is the spices – instead I pick up on the natural creaminess, and the pulpiness of the fruit. To me, this blend tastes like how pumpkin guts smell when you’re scooping out a pumpkin to carve it. No spices; just that kind of fresh, pulpy aroma! I saw the word “melon” mentioned in someone’s tasting note, and that’s a fairly apt comparison, I think. Not spot on – but it sort of gets the general idea across. It’s “fruity”.

On top of that, there’s a borderline “pie crust” taste that’s sort of there, but not quite (I actually wish it was stronger) and I think that adds just enough dimension to this blend. I quite like this one, and I’m sad that one or two more cups and I’ll be out – I think this would be my “pumpkin tea” of choice to restock other than, perhaps, DT’s Pumpkin Chai. The two are really, really different though – so it wouldn’t feel like too much having both of them stocked up.

This is probably the best Herbal Infusions blend I’ve tried thus far.

Flavors: Melon

Sami Kelsh

This appeals to me. I love the smell of pumpkin guts. And there’s never a ton of spice to pumpkin pie for me either. Yum.

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74

How I wish chamomile and/or these other nighttime blends would actually relax me and help me sleep. Yeah right. I taste mostly chamomile here. Some sweetness from the rosehips in the distant background, but it’s nothing special.

I’ve also been trying GABA over the past few weeks and it’s been doing nothing either. My brain is a freaking tank.

TeaBrat

I know the feeling!

Fjellrev

Aww, aren’t we lucky. Have you ever resorted to sleeping pills?

TeaBrat

Only once when I was going through my divorce. :-/

Fjellrev

I’m so sorry, TeaBrat. But I’m glad that you’re at least not hooked on them. I heard they’re a hard habit to kick. I hope you’re doing better now, at least.

TeaBrat

Oh for sure, that was over 7 years ago!

Fjellrev

Glad to hear! My uncle’s divorce dragged out for over a decade alone so you never know the degree of messiness one is in when it comes to them. :/

yyz

Understand! My internal clock is completely messed as well. I stopped even getting cold when overtired. Too many days of being up well past 24 hrs and several jobs with irregular hours otherwise known as extreme shift work. Oddly jasmine works as a sophoricfor me, usually better than chamomile or Valerian.

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
578 tasting notes

This tea is wonderful. It isn’t nearly as sweet as the smell may lead one to believe, which I personally really enjoy. The graham-ness comes through clearly as well.

I’m almost packed guys. I actually just used our carry-on size luggage piece, and I’ll bring my bookbag too. J decided he would take the entire day off to drive me to the airport tomorrow morning. :P He did ask me for a breaky date at Cora’s before I’m off, so that will be lovely. There is a massive storm at home right now, so hopefully flights will not be delayed or cancelled flying into Halifax tomorrow, eek.

Fjellrev

Exciting! I hope there won’t be any delays.

__Morgana__

Yay! Have a great trip!

OMGsrsly

Yay! Have so much fun! :)

Aimee Popovacki

haha the storm is pretty much gone!

whatshesaid

It’s over now…I think! Have fun!

keychange

Wow, that storm sounded crazy intense. Have so so much fun!

Courtney

Thanks guys! And thanks for the updates too Aimee and whatshesaid. :) Yay!

caile

Have a wonderful trip! :)

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88

Backlog:

At the time that I enjoyed this particular cup of tea, it was snowing outside. We had quite a snowstorm some time ago … and this was lovely to enjoy while it was so blustery outside. I loved the warm, tropical flair of this tea.

The black tea is the strongest note, and that’s just what I want from a tea – I want to taste the tea! This is a medium-bodied, mild-tempered Ceylon with a nice flavor.

Then I notice the tart lime. It is tart, sweet and there is even a hint of bitter to the lime. It’s a nice contrast to the sweet, creamy taste of coconut. The bitterness reminds me somewhat of grapefruit … but it doesn’t taste like grapefruit. Just evokes thoughts of the bitter fruit.

This is yummy. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/12/key-lime-coconut-black-tea-blend-herbal-infusions/

Ze_Teamaker

hums “put the lime in the coconut”

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93

Yum yum yum…having a decadent cup of this on this fine Tuesday evening. I can’t wait until it’s the weekend already LOL long week already…le sigh. Ah well, that’s why I have good tea to keep me going, and good company (the bf’s mom and brother are up for a few days). This tea is marshmallowy creamy goodness with a lovely bergamot note in there too. I need to have this more often. And now I am in a black tea mood since it’s chilly outside and supposed to snow. Blargh. Must get some sleep tonight though..haha. See previous notes on this tea!

Flavors: Cream

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87

This steeping is not that good, but I over zealously used the rest of my sample from OMGsrsly in my steeper this morning rather than measuring it, so I think I overleafed it a bit. It’s a bit bitter and astringent, but the last time I had it, it was super yummy. This time, it’s all my fault for it not tasting good.

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All I have to say is EEEwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!
Chai yeah, spicy yeah – but what is that “wintermint” coldness on the tongue. There is something in here that I really don’t like. Didn’t make it through the cup – this is a dump for me….. (I apologize to everyone I sent this to – really I hadn’t tried it…)

MissB

Sadly, I had a similar reaction. :(

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87

Last tasting note and second teapot experiment yesterday. I brewed a friend and I a pot of this, sweetened it, and just let it sit and steep as we played board games for the evening. As I had hoped, it just got better and better. The strawberry notes were initially the dominant flavour but, as it steeped, the chocolate really started to shine through. I can never decide if I like this or the original better, but I enjoy them both!

Fjellrev

This and the original are also my favourites!

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drank Sweet Almond by Herbal Infusions
578 tasting notes

This one came my way in a surprise envelope from Sil. Thanks!

I read the notes beforehand thankfully, and steeped this below boiling. I got preoccupied actually, so the water was nice and cool. I’m not getting any astringency here, but the smell is far better than the actual taste. The taste seems watered down, but I would say that’s definitely my fault. I should have added more leaf, since my mug is oversized, but I wanted to save enough for a second cup in case I messed up haha. There is a hint of soft spiciness and a touch of nuttiness.

I also spent the last hour worrying about the feedback on my albatross research, because three other classmates received their feedback last night. I was sitting here thinking “the feedback/editing must be extreme, how much could I possibly have screwed up?!”. But my prof just emailed me and said it was excellent and looked professional. PHEW.

OMGsrsly

Yay! It’s so awesome to get good feedback.

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93
drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
940 tasting notes

Still my favorite of the cacao teas, and even more so when it’s slightly sweetened and steeped ridiculously long. Had a cup last night that I fully enjoyed, and am now re-steeping another cup for later. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Nordic Almond by Herbal Infusions
940 tasting notes

There’s something in here my body hates.. or at least finds it so appealing that it has to say, “Scratchy throat!” at a higher-than-normal decibel. With zero ingredients listed, it’s likely strawberry, although who knows really. Definitely some green and black tea in here (although it’s listed on the bag as a green), along with some saffron. Beyond that? I shrug my shoulders.

It smells like marzipan and tastes more like a lightly flowered dry fruity nut.

Flavors: Flowers, Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

Tea #18 from Considering a new TTB
I’ve been eyeing up this tea for some time and somehow managed to forget to order it during my Black Friday binge. It smells just like hot cocoa, although the lack of sweetness takes a little getting used to. I think this is exactly what I need to head off my chocolate cravings without all of the calories.

This tea won’t be continuing on, I finished off the last of it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is good, nice white base with a hint of blueberry. I of course want more than a hint of blueberry so I did toss in some more blueberry tisane (I really need to keep my tisanes stocked if I’m going to continue to do this).
I don’t really have any complaints about this but it’s not special enough to keep stocked in my cupboard.

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