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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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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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Sipdown (177/183)!

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!

Umm…

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

Courtney

Bleh. I didn’t even mind this one, despite the bergamot, which I generally do not like haha.

whatshesaid

I never heard they were a pain to order from? What’s that about? (I’m wanting to order some cacao….)

MissB

Huge pain; I refuse to order from them anymore because of it. Too many other teas to try! (Short version: ordered, ordered again, got the second order a week before the first which was ordered three weeks earlier, zero communication from staff after repeated requests for ingredient lists due to allergies, gave up after three months).

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry this didn’t work out especially since I really love it and hoped you would have the same tasty experience. Oh well. I suppose there are many teas that you love and I don’t and vice versa, tis what makes us such great swap partners :)

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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!

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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…

Flavors: Cocoa

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
381 tasting notes

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!

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SSTTB

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.

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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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
whatshesaid

Sounds yummy!

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
493 tasting notes

Wow!

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!

Courtney

I wanted “more” (aka hot chocolate) the first few times, but then I got used to it and loved now. Then I tried the Strawberry Cream, which I love even more haha. The scent of that one is intoxicating. I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
174 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my first tea I’m drinking of the many that I received from MissB. This tea is heavy on different flavors in the best way. The marshmallow flavor gives it a creamy, vanilla touch. I find the earl grey in this a little lighter than I expected but I still enjoyed it.

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
174 tasting notes

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.

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

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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.

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doooodzz! freakin delicious! so good cavocorax . so. good.
had enough for only one cup and i re-steeped it the next day. yup that good.

i’m wearing press-on nails. i’m addicted. (moraiwe, if you read this and wanna talk nail stuff email me wink wink!) i tried them once before and was not good at them, but now i totally get it. oddree and i go on vacation to the beach next week and i have my glitter and neon nails picked out and my kindle fanfic loaded.

don’t forget: pack the tea!!

Tea Sipper

aw, I hope you guys have the best beach trip! :D

Cavocorax

Beach trips! That sounds awesome.
Also, I’m glad you liked this tea. I think it’s currently my fave from HI.

Shmiracles

BEACH NAILZ! bam hahahaha
aren’t they magnificent!?!
http://instagram.com/p/nToGZuIc_e/

Cavocorax

Woah. That’s freaking awesome.

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okay so binge watching Hannibal might not be the best idea in the world.
so i just watch episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at the very end of the day to, ya know, rinse the taste out of my brain meat.

this tea was really nice! i was like “this tastes strangely slightly soapy, and it’s tasty!”

Thank You Cavo !

oddree

Did you just say brain meat?

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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
1848 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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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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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
1848 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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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
678 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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drank Key Lime Coconut by Herbal Infusions
1108 tasting notes

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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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
1848 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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