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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

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
802 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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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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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
461 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
1317 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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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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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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