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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! :)
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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/