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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.
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
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 :)
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!
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! :)
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!
A sample from VariaTEA. I had my first cup of this last night, and have to admit to being slightly disappointed. I didn’t get much in the way of pumpkin pie from this, and it wasn’t even remotely spicy. I know it doesn’t claim to be, but I’ve come to associate spice with pumpkin pie, and I felt kind of cheated. We could perhaps argue about the pumpkin. There is a sweetness that floats over the top of the rooibos, but it’s so generic I really wouldn’t want to define it as pumpkin. Not the vegetable anyway. Maybe it could faintly recall tinned, pre-sweetned pumpkin pie filling…but I don’t think so. Not really. Let’s say that if I hadn’t read the label first and known this was supposed to be a pumpkin tea, I wouldn’t have been able to guess. There’s no pie, but I think you knew I was going to say that already.
All this being said, it’s not an unpleasant rooibos blend. There’s no woodiness, and it takes milk nicely. The sweet flavour makes it a little different from a plain rooibos, and it’s not difficult to drink. I’ll happily make up my second cup from the sample I received, and drink it too. It’s just not pumpkin pie, and having expected that I now feel bereft. It scores low because it disappointed me, although I don’t mind the flavour.
Thanks VariaTEA for the sample; I appreciate getting to try a limited edition tea, although I did put off trying it because I have lots of EG around the house at the moment. It just seemed silly to keep another Christmas tea around though, so heeyooo sipdown!
Was this really the favourite of the limited edition HI blend? I feel awkward saying it; but I don’t like it. Maybe it’s user error; although I was careful with steeping. It’s just so damn bitter. I can faintly taste the bergamot and a creamy vanilla but then it’s terribly drowned out by yeck.
I’m thinking it must just be HI’s black base that doesn’t agree with me because I’ve had a few HI black teas now and I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a single one. Just as well; they’re apparently a pain to order from and seeing as this was limited edition anyway I wouldn’t have been able to get ahold of more had I wanted to anyway.
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla
This sample came to me from the lovely and thoughtful Courtney, so thank you!
I really needed to get in some more tea-drinking, and by the time I got home this evening, it was too late for a caffeinated blend, so this tea won.
I agree with all the reviewers who said this smelled mouth-watering. Like the sweetest strawberry coated in a gentle creamy chocolate. I can also smell the rich cacao, which really makes you feel as though your first sip is going to taste like a strawberry-flavoured hot chocolate.
Sadly, even with some cream and sugar and a seven-minute steep, this tea felt very thin. I’m going to try it with a touch more cream next time (as Courtney’s generosity allows for another cup), and see if that makes a difference. If only this tea had more presence it would be the ideal evening cup!
Thanks again, Courtney!
Oh yum. It might be a tad weak, but I really don’t mind. It still packs a flavour punch!
Also, I noticed that cacao only stays fresh for a few months before losing a ton of potency. One of those that are best to keep in small quantities and refresh often.
Anyhow, the flavour is quite nice. I love the cocoa/strawberry hybrid. It’s nice and light for a dessert tea, but tasty enough that I keep going back for more! without any sugar!
I’ll definitely restock this at some point. Unless they come out with a blueberry version, at which point I’ll be all about that…
Holy hot cocoa batman! This tastes exactly like hot cocoa. Amazing. I bet this would taste incredible iced. This tea is way too good to wait until it cools, though. I got two solid steeps out of it. Also, it takes beautifully to a shot of Bailey’s. This is so going on the ideal cupboard list. Thank you MissLena!
So I usually pass when it comes to citrus teas but this smelled so amazing I just had to give it a taste. Seriously, this smells just like a tasty orange creamsicle. Yum!
Tastewise, the creamsicle flavor is present but muted and the sip ends on a weird flavor that I just can’t put my finger on. It is almost a dry, earthiness that really takes away from the taste. With that said, I am enjoying this more than I thought I would, though I don’t think it is something I need to have around all the time.
A sample from VariaTEA. Hopelessly unseasonal, given that it’s practically summer, but I don’t mind. Delicious tea is delicious tea, and this is particularly wonderful. For starters, it smells wonderful — even dry, the rich scent of freshly baked cookies is hopelessly enticing. Brewed, it’s even better. That actually came as a bit of a surprise, as flavoured teas can be a bit hit and miss in terms of tasting like they smell. Not so with this one!
I gave 1 tsp of leaf about 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. It’s amazing from first sip; deliciously bakey, choc-chip cookie flavoured heaven, with a gorgeous milkiness that develops mid-sip. I like how the milk tastes slightly “thin”, like actual milk would. It’s almost too much in a way — it’s fairly sweet and rich, and a smallish cup is definitely enough. Thanks to VariaTEA for sharing this one with me!
I’d never heard of this before when Courtney surprised me with some to try. It looks interesting dry and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I followed the successes of others in steeping it for a long time to maximize flavour, I may have slightly underleafed because I probably let it sit for close to half an hour and it wasn’t SUPER potent, but still tasty.
The smell of the dry leaves isn’t much, but whoa, once it’s brewed it smells of pure chocolate!
This was a nice treat. I’m looking forward to trying the strawberry version and I would not be surprised if I decide to order some in the future.
It’s definitely not a replacement for hot chocolate, it’s missing that creamy thickness. But nice to satisfy a craving and I can see it being great to add to other teas to make them more chocolatey. Hmmmm.
Thanks so much for sharing this unique tea with me, Courtney!
So I had two more cups of this last night. The first cup I steeped for 30 minutes, and didn’t notice much of a change from steeping about 10 minutes, which is a good thing, because now I won’t feel like I should steep it that long, which means less time before I can drink it.
The second cup, I warmed up some milk and used that instead of water. I let it steep while I painted my nails, so probably about 20 minutes. I added some truvia and took a sip. And wow, is it good. Instead of tasting like watered down hot chocolate, it tasted like slightly weaker hot chocolate. Milky and creamy and chocolately and sweet, only thing it was missing was that almost thicker mouth feel and decadence. But, at the same time I could drink cups of this without feeling like I’m going to be sick, unlike regular hot chocolate. Very very yummy! Next time I might try simmering the milk and tea together on the stover to kind of thicken it up a bit and see how that tastes!
Wow. This is my first venture into cacao tea. but I’m a big chocolate lover! I kind of skimmed over the fact that this was supposed to be vanilla cacao, which is fine because theres no real vanilla taste to it. Although I think a more prominent vanilla taste would improve the taste even more, I really enjoy this. I didn’t expect the cacao to come across so well. Expecting it to be weak, I used 2.5 tsp for 8 oz of boiling water and let it sit for 7 minutes.
Add a little sweetener and a dash of milk and it really does taste like a watered down hot chocolate. Perfect for if you crave hot chocolate but are watching your calories. I’m going to try steep for long next time and see if it further intensifies the chocolate. I might even try steeping in heated milk instead of water.
Molar ged this little gem out of the travelling tea box. Tonight seemed like a great night to sit and contemplate a cup of it as my living room was full of boys discussing basketball. Brewed up, I smelled the ginger, which worried me. But the taste was heavier on the apple, which was perfect. The base was oneself but mild and u certainly got an apple cider vibe from the tea. I don’t know if I need to have a bunch of this, but it enjoyed the cup I had.
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.
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.