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84
drank Strawberry Mint by Herbal Republic
24 tasting notes

So I signed up for a subscription with Tea Sparrow today, and this was one of the first teas (I got to pick my first four teas when I signed up at the tea festival).
I really like this one. It is an all natural blend, which means there are no icky after-tastes :) The strawberry flavour is delicately sweet without being sugary. I can smell the mint, but it is not too overpowering against the strawberry. It adds a fresh taste to the tea. I think I will have to buy more of this tea when I finish my sample.

Flavors: Mint, Strawberry

Preparation
1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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83
drank Holy Tulsi by Herbal Republic
69 tasting notes

I’m drinking the last of my Holy Tulsi today as my throat has become slightly sore, and I want to drink something health-promoting to hopefully ward away sickness before anything gets too sickly. I am considering ordering more from Herbal Republic, but they do tag on a $7 shipping fee, and they are a bit too far from me to pick up locally (since I transit). Since I only want to get one tea, and the shipping would effectively double the tea’s price I will probably have to do without Tulsi for a while until I’m either in the area or can justify the price!
Tea is still yummy as ever, and has helped me (I’d like to think it was the tea, anyway) with sickness in the past.

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83
drank Holy Tulsi by Herbal Republic
69 tasting notes

I’m really liking this herbal tea. I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed it until now, I’ve had this tea from Tea Sparrow for a couple months now. I think I got in in the December box actually, but I’ve been drinking it here and there. More often recently because I’ve taken a real liking to it. My throat has been hurting recently even though I am not sick, and I’ve been turning to this tea for help. Apparently it’s full of antioxidants and good stuff for you health. But the taste is really soothing. It has a couple of my favourites (lemongrass and spearmint) but the combination of those two with the tulsi (sweet basil) makes it really smooth and pleasant. It really does smell like sweet basil by the way. I’ve never heard of tulsi before I drank this tea, but I can confirm that it’s nickname is true to its nature. I’ve decided that this is going to be one of my staple teas, and will be restocking.

I would give this a rating of 85, but I am typing currently on my iPad and can’t seem to select the little dragging thing. I’ve always found that weird, by the way; why can’t we just input a number as text? Seems like it’s too fancy for no reason. Oh well.

Fjellrev

That is SO annoying on the iPad. You instead need to press where you want the slider to go to, so if you want around 80, press there instead of trying to grab the slider to slide it there.

Mookit

Ah, thanks so much! I will remember for next time. :)

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70

I began having chills. And sniffles. And cold feet. All a sure sign of something up and that it is time to take action before something even more unpleasant develops.

All this may have something to do with me sitting in a draughty place in front of the door to the outdoors repeatedly opening and closing.

So, clearly a moment for medicinal tea. Something powerful and effective for moments like these. Ginger sounded like a good idea.

I open the pouch. Peppermint. And that furniture polish lemongrass scent overpowering the ginger. Why does that lemongrass torment me so?

This tea reminds me of DT’s The Big Chill or Mother’s Little Helper— though I prefer MLH— or the sort of generic sleepy time teas: minty, green, medicinal, and somehow murky. With a bit of a bitter kick from the licorice.

The flavour is ok, I suppose. I don’t enjoy it particularly, but I am drinking this tea in hopes of getting the job done.

I will finish a cup or two of this tea while smothering myself in a fleecy blanket and hoping for warm feet and wellness.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Licorice, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Rosehips

Hopefully it works! Feel better soon.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I guess I’ll see in the morning.

keychange

Oh no! I hope you feel better soon, and that your efforts to make it go away work.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, keychange. Feeling much much better today. My efforts seem to have worked. Though now having had very little sleep, I feel vulnerable again.

Alyssa

I hope you feel better! Ginger Fresh seems like a great tea to chase away the sniffles.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Alyssa. It seems to have done the job. Thankfully.

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85

Got this in a Tea Sparrow box today. I was really surprised and delighted with this tea. I am normally not a huge fan of mint in tea, I usually find it overpowering and gross. However, the balance in this tea was lovely. The strawberry taste did not seem artificial at all, it was delightfully sweet and refreshing – no need for sugar in this one! This mint was not at all overpowering, there was just enough of it in there to taste a nice twinge. The aroma is also lovely and fruity. This would also make a great iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

Michael Menashy from Tea Sparrow says about this tea: “Wow, I’m impressed. I am not a fan of Cream Earl Grey, but this one is exceptional. Love it!” So, there you go, it’s recommended by at least one non-Earl Grey fan. I don’t hate Earl Greys, but I don’t often crave them, you know? And I think I usually like the “cream” addition in Cream Earl Greys. Mostly I’m steeping this right now because I have cold hands and want to wrap them around a hot mug. :)

The dry tea smells strongly of bergamot – I don’t detect much vanilla. Brewed, some more of the cream/vanilla aromas come out, though it’s still predominantly bergamot. Same with tasting, actually. The base tea is solid but fairly unremarkable. There is a very faint bitterness, but I think that’s mellowing out as it cools a bit.

Ok, I tried adding sugar, which made it… sweeter, obviously, but not really better. Then I added some milk, which helped quite a bit. I guess I just needed a wee bit of actual cream in order to appreciate the cream flavour in this tea. Pretty good, but it’s not changing my life or anything. Might have to try this head to head against another cream earl grey from my cupboard to appreciate the differences.

Edited to add:
I compared it with a regular earl grey, and another brand’s cream earl grey, and here’s what I’ve concluded: the cream/vanilla favour in this is so mild, it doesn’t really stand out as its own flavour (unless you stick your nose right in the cup). What it does is mellow out the bergamot into something smoother and less tart. So it’s like a regular earl grey, but… nicer! Unless a really bitey citrus is what you’re going for with your earl grey, in which case I guess this would be a downgrade. Anyway, the other cream earl grey I own has a much more distinct vanilla/cream flavour, it’s like BAM, right there alongside the bergamot. This one, not so much. :)

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93

This one comes from Ms. OMGsrsly and I’m super stoked since I love cold brewing these kinds of blends. Thanks for the sample!

I cold brewed about three glasses worth, and already done one. I can totally taste the strawberries and blackberries separately. It’s blends like this that don’t make me miss juice at all. So thirst-quenching and popping with flavour.

If I had the opportunity to pick some of this up, I wouldn’t hesitate to stock up.

Anna

I seriously need some of this, it’s been 30+ degrees Celsius in Rome today and now it’s pouring down, which usually helps… but today, for some reason, the rain doesn’t really do it, so it’s just like being rolled into a wet blanket in a sauna. PLEASE come here and make me some ice tea. (This sounds SO good.)

Fjellrev

Aww! I would totally send you some if I had more. That weather sounds awful. Any berry blend is awesome cold steeped, plus it’s nice that they’re caffeine-free.

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Tea to help me relax. :)

Lots of ginger, lots of tulsi, some lemon. Best with honey. And make sure you steep it with a lid on, or else the flavours tend to disappear.

Not bad, but I’ll be glad once I’ve use it up.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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A mug of this to help me chill out after overcaffeinating with an oolong at 7:30pm. :)

Very herbal. Very tasty. Sadly not AS tasty as the delicious fruity tulsi I have, but still tasty.

Ooh. Maybe I’ll add some plain tulsi to Nana’s Fruit Garden. Hmm…

(A lot of tea in a big mug with hot water for the length of time it took to prep my pasta. So. This tea is pretty invincible.)

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This one smells so so good, but I’m a little disappointed by the flavour. Might be the lemon myrtle. Hmm. And how many teas with lemon myrtle do I have now? 3? 4? Oops.

Anyways, it smells deliciously lemony and spicy and just yum. Taste-wise, the lemon falls apart a little bit. Ginger comes out, which is delicious, and it goes really well with the tulsi. I think I prefer a fruity tulsi blend, though. That one I had from Georgie’s on the island was just SO good. This one is good, but isn’t SO good. :)

I added a little honey to see if that rescued the flavour a bit, and it does. Yay! This one is also apparently good iced, so I’ll have to try that tomorrow afternoon.

My initial impression is that I probably won’t buy more, but that could change!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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87

OMGsrsly brought me a sample of this when she came by to snag her H&S order and man, I am really enjoying this. Thanks for sharing!

It really tastes like fruit juice. Sweet, vibrant and just slightly tart but not unpleasantly so. I iced the entire sample in a pitcher and don’t expect it to last the weekend! This is one that you need to buy by the tin in the summer. Maybe I’ll snag more before I go East.

Preparation
Iced
Sil

I should totally get you to go buy things in places that are out there and make you move them here lol

Cavocorax

We could probably arrange something! THe last half of August I’ll be off work and home alone (except for the child), so going out to visit tea stores might make a nice adventure.

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92

I iced this, but I didn’t have enough ice to cool it all so it’s actually a little lukewarm. Ahh well, it’s delicious anyways.

I made it in this jug (http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-makers-infusers/p/blue-infusion-tea-pitcher-large) which they erroneously list as being 1.9 litres. Umm. No. I used 1L hot tea, 1L cool water, and an ice cube tray of ice and it still wasn’t full. The strainer is nice, though, since it fits really well for a hot steep in a canning jar. I can then combine everything into the jug without steeping in the jug, mix, lid, and lay it on its side in the fridge if it’s room temperature or cooler. Pretty awesome, right? (PS. It’s a Takeya unit, with the Teavana name on the top.)

The tea is berry juice. It’s good on its own, or with a little sweetener. I’m almost out, too. Definitely something to restock when it gets warmer out!

(2 big tbsp tea, 1 litre hot water, 1 litre cool water, ice. Steeped 10 minutes at 195F.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Starfevre

I have both the one quart and 2 quart takeya and the 2 quart fits in the bottom of the door of my fridge and nowhere else except on it’s side. I just made iced tea in it today. I don’t add ice to the pitcher, just to the glass when I pour it. Saves on space so I can make a full 2qt of tea. :)

OMGsrsly

I have a very small apartment size fridge. The pitcher only fits on its side! I also don’t have room for more than one tray of ice unless I play tetris with my freezer. :) I have a feeling I’ll use it more for cold-brewing, but it’s nice to have the option!

Starfevre

I cold brew so it’s cold beforehand and then the added ice to the cup keeps it so. Works well when I don’t screw up the tea. Which happens often. I am not gifted at iced tea.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I know that feeling. :)

TheTeaFairy

I love this pitcher in the summer, when I can’t seem to get enough of iced tea!! I have the large one with the longer filter, it does fit well in the fidge door…

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, that was the first thing I tried, TeaFairy. :) It does seal, and Takeya says you can leave it on its side! So far, so good.

OMGsrsly

If Teavana or DavidsTea are selling accessories like the “infuser” part, I will see about picking some up this summer. Iced tea lemonade is pretty much my favourite drink when it’s hot. :)

Fjellrev

I’m so glad you found a way around the size! I’m impressed that it doesn’t leak.

OMGsrsly

Although it’s branded “Teavana”, it IS Takeya. Everything I’ve heard about their product has been rave reviews. :)

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92

:( Now I’m sick! I could have sworn that people couldn’t be infected through the internet! (Actually, I’m blaming my brother.)

This is delightful, and my throat isn’t sore enough yet for the acid to hurt it yet. Yay! Next up I’m having a hot honey and lemon. When it hurts to breathe and swallow, the honey definitely makes its way back into my food repertoire.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
VariaTEA

Feel better soon!!

OMGsrsly

My boss sent me home from work today with a bag of paperwork, but I got home, had food, and slept! Oops. There’s a bunch of stuff due tomorrow, too.

Veronica

So sorry you’re sick. Get well soon!

caile

Hoping you feel well soon! Honey is always good!

TheTeaFairy

So sorry you got sick…
Lol at «I could have sworn that people couldn’t be infected through the internet!» …those darn Internet viruses!!!! Feel better soon :-)

NofarS

Hope you feel better soon

OMGsrsly

It seems like everyone on Steepster is recovering from some illness! :)

MissB

Feel better soon! Grapefruit seed oil is what got me through my last nasty cold…

TheTeaFairy

You’re right OMGsrsly, we’re a bunch of sickos! I can just imagine the high energy level if we’d arrange for a meat up right now, lol!

TeaBrat

there are a lot of things going around at my office too, feel better soon!

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92

Cold steeped over night. Brought to work in a travel mug. Mug just cracked open now.

So delicious. Sweet berry juice. Definitely need to stock up on more of this one for the summer, ESPECIALLY if I can find a nice cold brewing jug (with infuser. and lid.) at a reasonable price. :)

(1 tbsp per 1 litre water)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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92

I just made up a litre of this iced, and I’ve chugged 3/4 of it. I think I was thirsty.

Nothing added this time. A slightly tart, delicious berry juice. I do like a little sweetener (honey!) in it, I was just lazy this time… didn’t want to deal with the 3kg bucket of honey sitting on my dining room sewing table. (I’m sharing the honey with my brother, so I have to weight out half for me. Too lazy right now.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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92

I’ve been out of this tea for a week, and I’ve really missed it. Yum, berry juice! I got a tin stuffed full, so hopefully this will last me a little longer…

(Hot brewed, poured over ice.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Mmmm… it smelled so good too!

OMGsrsly

This is one seriously addictive fruit tea.

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92

2 tbsp in 2 cups water, then poured over ice, water added to make it 1 litre.

This is delicious berry juice when made this way. Add a little sugar or honey if you need to, but it is just so good. If you prefer to be stingy with your heavy fruit teas, 1 tbsp in 1 cup hot water done this way is also good. I just wanted the thick juice flavour and texture tonight.

I’m almost out, and I’ve had it 8 days. I think I need to bring my tin in and get more!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lilysmom

This sounds very good….going to try to visit herbal republic this week….

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92

This is pretty good hot, but I prefer it over ice. Hot, I find it needs a bit of sugar for the flavours to come out. Cold, it’s just goodness all on its own.

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92

I received a sample of this one in store, iced. I thought it tasted like berry juice, even unsweetened, so I bought a package.

So, so, so good. It’s sweet, a tiny bit tart (the hibiscus is OK for me in this one!), and thick and juicy and amazing.

I used 1 tbsp in 1 cup of boiling water, steeped 5 minutes, poured it over ice into my $1 sbux cup, then topped with cold water. OMG, amazing. I’m going to have to bring in a tin for filling, because this is an amazing summer tea for me.

Just too bad it has raspberries – my BFF can’t have it. :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

So, I got a “teazer” sampler pack of this, which I think is the only option for purchase at herbal republic other than buying a full tin/big bag (100 gram minimum? Unless you get the teazers, I think.) Not sure, as I only dashed in there on lunch break, not much time to chatter. It was about 5+ tablespoons in the sample teazer pack.

I think I have been using too little tea in my iced blends so I dumped the whole teazer into my takeya, steeped for about ?10 mins in boiling water then added cold water and ice to make about 1.5 – 1.75 litres, then chilled in the fridge. I even tossed in some frozen berries to the mix.

Having a big glass now over ice with a tiny bit of Sonoma simple syrup. It’s good. Very fruity, very berry, very juicey. The more I drink it the more I like it. I think I taste more sweet strawberry, than tart berry, but it is nice. Will definitely go back for a tin ( or bag, however they sell it ) and add this one to my summer iced tea rotation!

OMGsrsly

They will sell my weight if you bring in a tin, as far as I’m aware. Or you can get the bags on the shelf. I need to refill my tin this week. Totally out. I usually use 2 tbsp per litre of finished iced tea, so what you did sounds really good. :)

OMGsrsly

Err. By weight. I don’t think there’s enough tea in the store to sell my weight of it. ;)

Lilysmom

LOLOL….you must LOVe that tea if your buying your weight! ( I am sure you are a fine weight, but it’s still a lot of tea!)……what do you want to bet there is someone who has done that on steepster?….."er, yes….I’d like about 140 lbs of that fruity tea…..yes, I have, 400 tins with me…..what? ….I don’t have a problem, just stocking up!) …..lol….
( Well, if you do buy your weight…..leave a little in the store for me? )

OMGsrsly

Haha! I will try! :)

Lilysmom

Made a full takeya pitcher of this today, iced with some frozen berries added. Yum – so good and refreshing. Kicking my rating up and tempted to make another pitcher right now…..so berry tasty!

OMGsrsly

I’m drinking this one right now too, and I’m also researching how much “other stuff” I need to put into it in order to get my Zoku pop maker to release the finished product. :)

Lilysmom

Now I want a Nana’s Berry Garden zoku Popsicle too….

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75
drank Cleansing Tea by Herbal Republic
1801 tasting notes

I’m not sure why I decided to get this particular tea, I think it just caught my eye when I was rambling through the Teaz Tea (Herbal Republic is their brand) shop on Granville St in Vancouver last year. Any how, I found it tucked away in the back of my cupboard today and decided to give it a try.

The dry tea smells quite spicy almost as if chili pepper had been added to it, though I guess that might be partly due to the ginger. Interestingly the flavour itself wasn’t spicy at all. Instead the tea tasted lightly sweet and herbal with a hay-like note – from the clover maybe? Not sure if it’ll cure all my ills but it’s a pleasant tisane to drink late at night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Mokka Rooibos by Herbal Republic
35 tasting notes

Aaaaahhhhhhhh this stuff is to die for! My friend swapped this with me via snail mail with the instructions to boil with soymilk. What a treat! So creamy and rich and smooth and mmmmmm…

LOVE.

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100

My favourite tea. It never disappoints! Lovely subtle creamy vanilla rooibos with floral notes and light fruit. Beautiful rose and cornflower petals make look delightful, light floral and warm vanilla aroma is always inviting.

This was the tea that inspired me to venture out and try new teas, but it still remains my go-to treat in the afternoon.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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