Herbal Infusions

Recent Tasting Notes

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 Mint Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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yep…still prefer just plain ol’ cacao from HI…though HI’s customer service and communication with their customers is so awful, it’s hard to justify either. I’m actively looking for an alternative to their cacao as a result. this one is mint and chocolate but it’s watery and wimpy. so meh. even after a 15 min steep

LiberTEAS

Hey … try Tisano! I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually got their cacao from Tisano. http://tisano.com/shop/tea/cacao-tea-04oz/

VariaTEA

Perhaps the mojito or mint crio bru would be a good alternative for this one?

Sil

i’ll have to check it out – i know they’ source their shells from a local place here in toronto but maybe tisano would be better :)

Cavocorax

You know, I never heard ANYTHING from them. ZERO communication through that entire thing. I’m hoping the crio bru is a good alternative! The first sample I had was amazing, but the second cup was difficult to strain – my filter clogged right up and I couldn’t get my liquid out – ended up with half a cup instead of a full one. So, that needs work. (Aside from that, I love how chocolately it is!)

OMGsrsly

I unsubscribed from their mailing list so I wouldn’t be tempted. That is so not cool.

Sil

maybe one/some of us can try tisano and split something

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drank Orange Pekoe by Herbal Infusions
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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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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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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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Samples sipdown!

I really like this tea. I just finished drinking it. It’s 11:50pm here….I think I need to order from Herbal infusions once I get my cupboard down to a manageable size….I need some caffeine free options for these nighttime tea cravings

Thanks again for sending the sample, Courtney :)

Courtney

This one and Cacao are my go-to caffeine free options. The scent of this one is nearly intoxicating. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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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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I don’t like this. Acidic lime, astringent (bitter) black – zero coconut. Sorry HI – this is a huge miss for me.

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Sipdown! This was a sample from Courtney and after reading the reviews, I opted to use the whole sample and steeped about 10 minutes. I had a little cream left in the carton from dinner, so I poured that in my mug while this steeped. Omg, it smells soooo good. Sadly, like others have said, it is thin on flavour, but it it still good, and I’m using my sense of smell to try to beef up the taste, if you know what I mean.

I definitely prefer this over the plain cacao, but I’m not sure I’d get this. It is tasty. I’m glad to have tried it. I’ll file it away into my non-caffeine teas I like and see if it makes it to order status.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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SSTTB: Pick #4

I definitely have an interest in trying some of the HI blends in the box (I’ve tried some already too) and this one seemed like a nice starting point so I decided to cold brew it. I’ve never had anything with Lapacho in it so I totally wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to try something with it – and trying DT’s Orange Blossom blend recently has put me in the mood for “Creamsicle” type things so this was an easy sell.

My cold brew used up the last of what was in the box; hopefully no one else was dying to try this one out. Dry it smelled insanely fresh and juicy. I just pictured fat, plump oranges bursting from all the juice. Like when you fill a balloon so much it pops; but squishy, and with fruit…

However, this doesn’t taste quite like you’d expect given the smell. I mean, it is orange-y and there’s totally a vanilla cream quality and together that does equal “Creamsicle” but it’s not as strong as the smell would seem to promise, and there’s that third element; the Lapacho. It tastes like trees and nature – but in a bad way. I suppose the trees/nature thing makes total sense: Lapacho is basically bark, and I could see it rounding out the orange/cream and adding a fuller flavour if it wasn’t so strong tasting. Like this it’s just unpleasant. It tastes like the “bad kind” of health drinks.

Yeah, not a fan. I feel let down by this one. But at least now I know that Lapacho probably isn’t for me. That’s something I’ve now learned because of the box.

Flavors: Bark, Cream, Dirt, Orange, Vanilla

Cavocorax

It smells like it should be awesome and amazin eh? It didn’t work for me either but I was hoping someone would love it. Or at least they would mark it off their shopping lists!

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Sipdown…oversteeped this by forgetting about it and it got so bitter it was undrinkable.

I did like this one with my initial steep though, so thank you once again for sending it Dexter.

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Sample from Courtney!!

Mmmm! Oh man. Had this last night before bed, on account of the whole caffeine free thing.

It was soooo good!

Tasted like a strawberry milkshake.
A very thin, watered down strawberry milkshake, but still.

I may actually prefer this to the regular plain Cacao tea.

It’s going on my wishlist for sure! Thanks Courtney!

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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i originally drank this on March 18th and still haven’t gotten around to making a note.

point is i barely remember my true thoughts on the tea and now it’s all gone.

i remember not liking the first cup very much, but then REALLY liking the second one. I think i just needed some time to sort out my expectations or something.

i’m sorry for neglecting posting about this and many other teas you sent me Cavocorax !! i swear guys i’m enjoying them all!

now. i’m perplexed. i just don’t see how my bucky/grumpy cat combo nails aren’t getting re-tumbld to high heaven. i think they are hilarious!! and um …. yup, i guess that explains it. :) self-entertainment is reason enough ain’t it. http://shmiracles.tumblr.com/post/87664905533

OMGsrsly

(For me, it’s because I’m over a month behind in my tumblr RSS feeds. :( :( Reblogging now!)

Shmiracles

oh guise! i wasn’t actually asking for reblogs or likes or whatever BUT THANKS!
again sighhh it’s my humor fail hahah
because really i was just mocking myself at how COMPLETELY nerd nail art obsessed i am. to the degree that i’m always confused how everyone else isn’t as excited as me!!! but i also used to feel that way about tea too :) and i KNOW you can all relate to THAT ! xxxx

Cavocorax

Ha. No worries! I’m sure you’re trying them and I understand if you’re too busy to log them.

And I’m a few hours behind on tumblr but I’ll reblog that.

Stephanie

cute nails! the raincloud is my fave

Cavocorax

:P I totally didn’t see your comment, but it’s worth reblogging because of it’s ridiculousness and my tumblr is always in support of that.

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Uhh, sipdown, and pour out.

So extremely astringent with a side of bitter. I even steeped at 185F.

Too bad because it smelled SO GOOD dry.

Now to find another tea to drink!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is nice, but as it cools down, it is starting to get bitter. Like others, I also find an absence of coconut, though there is a little bit of a creamy taste, so maybe the coconut is mixed in there? I tried this brew with only a little organic cane sugar. Maybe next one will be with milk? I wonder if that will draw out the hidden coconut.

Thanks for sending this one to me to try Dexter! :)

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #10

I still didn’t get any pumpkin from this one, but it was a drinkable rooibos with a sweet edge, and made for a pleasant pre-bedtime cup. Maybe I’ve been spoilt with pumpkin teas , or maybe you just can’t win them all. Either way, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try. Many thanks again to VariaTEA!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
VariaTEA

I am sorry you didn’t like this that much though I definitely understand as I was very disappointed as well.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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poof all gone! extra delicious cup of this today to end the week. we ARE moving, and we DO have to prep everything, move, plan out the internet etc…all in a week. the same week in which i have even more massive amounts of work to do AND my parents are coming to visit. lol good times!

Christina

Ouch. That sounds frenetic.

OMGsrsly

You can do it!

Sil

…..and this weekend I’m losing it for wedding dress shopping and crap lol

Christina

Sounds like you’ll need to drink some mate to keep up the pace!

Sil

Ew….no wai lol I hate mate hahaha

Terri HarpLady

I am never moving again! Well…not unless Tony & I finally decide to move in together someday :) my advice is start packing now. Box up everything you don’t need & give it away, lol. Pick out a few clothes to wear this week, & box up the rest of them. Do the same with dishes, etc.

Terri HarpLady

OR you can do like I did last time, & stay awake for 3 days in a row, frantically boxing, pitching, donating, etc. it was 13 years ago & I still haven’t found everything, there are still unopened boxes in my basement :/

OMGsrsly

Terri, that second one sounds like how I move. The first is how my mom and BFF move. It’s truly a much better option!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, the first example is how I, or should I say Ms Theresa, imagines that it’s going to go, hahaha. It never goes that way.

Sil

given that we’re moving uh across a back lane to another building in the same complex…i fore see a lot of NO boxes and much hand carrying lol

OMGsrsly

I’ve done that too, Sil! A wagon or wheelie cart of some sort makes it so much easier…

Cavocorax

Or plastic tubs to put stuff in and dump them out? I did that before and it made everything easier.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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courtney is my favourite tea person this week…though i love you all a ton. She sent me a surprise package of LB and cacao that i mixed this morning much to my delight and had the best damn tea day ever. On the downside, i REALLY need to place and order with HI for this stuff but their customer service is annoying AND until i have the keys to the new place, i don’t want to order anything just in case things fall through. this though? + LB. best.damn.time. ever.

caile

I wonder what if cacao nibs would be the same…

Sil

i actually bought some of those… intending to check…and uh forgot about them until you said that…maybe i’ll try tomorrow…

caile

Ooh, try them! I haven’t bought any yet but they are on my shopping list and I was hoping they would be good with the LB. If not, then we can just eat them up as a snack I imagine.

Courtney

I have cacao nibs myself, that I occasionally add to resteeps of straight LB. Yum.

OMGsrsly

Try them, Sil! I really like the ones I got in coffee. Yes, I’ve been drinking coffee almost every morning. Still haven’t tried them with tea, but I’m going to!

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