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69
drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
1287 tasting notes

Almost sipdown! Aghhhhh.
That said, what a lovely cuppa!! The coconut is milder now that I’ve had it for awhile, making it perfectly malty and just what I wanted, albeit very standard. and for some reason it makes me wanna watch Beetlejuice again. Even though the clip I am thinking of talks about bananas, not strawberries! or coconuts for that matter, except the one line where they sample the famous “put the lime in the coconut” bit. Man I love that movie. and I am not a huge Burton fan in general.
Also, at what point am I considered to be actually spamming the wall? not that it matters, this is my(second) last one!

Fjellrev

Wow, I totally forgot about that movie. I actually haven’t seen it yet!

CrowKettle

That movie has become a much loved, but accidental, Halloween tradition :)

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, it’s a whole lotta silly fun! Highly recommended :)

Indigobloom

Crowkettle, that’s an awesome tradition!! love it!

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Very refreshing! My cup was just right. A perfect mix between lemonade and rooibos. Not my most preferred flavour though, so while I am thrilled to have tried it I won’t be buying more than that for now. It’d be worth picking up another sample down the road one day. I think it’d be perfect for serving iced to guests on a patio, if I ever had one… on a hot summer day!

Sorry to be spamming y’all today

TheTeaFairy

There can never be too much of you here, Indigobloom :-)

Sil

..going to have to drink more than that for it to be spammy lady :)

Indigobloom

Awww thanks the TeaFairy!!! <3

Sil, really? Hmmm. Something to aspire to one day :P

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Thanks, Nicole_Martin for this tea!

This is an interesting tea. The spices are not in your face and the subtleness works well with the bready, black base and the vanilla. It’s a good tea to start the day with- warms me up on this chilly morning!

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75

A piece of chocolate marble cake and a pot of creamy pumpkin spice tea, what could be better?

It smells like spicy pumpkin very autumnal and delicious. Not overly thick either, of medium strength.

Flavour is spicy and sweet with vanilla and pumpkin. A drop of soy milk brings out stronger creaminess. The pumpkin blends in after a few mouthfuls and becomes less noticeable.

I would like a little more spice, perhaps a touch more cinnamon amidst the vanilla. It would make a nice late.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
K S

With your second cup you get cake? I love your thinking!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

You describe it so well. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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85

I have tried 3 pumpkin tea’s, and I think this one out of the three is my favourite. There is a creaminess to this tea that is playing a role keeping the spices in this light. The other two pumpkin tea’s I’ve tried had too much spice. I’m surprised that I like the lighter spiced tea, since I usually prefer bold flavours, but this nicely spiced and delicious.

Aimee Popovacki

ohh that sounds delicious!

Dexter

Interesting. I just love how everyone perceives things differently. I thought this was too mild, didn’t really taste the pumpkin or spices too mild. Happy that it works for you.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so glad you enjoyed this. It is a particular favorite of mine and my mother in-law. It also tastes amazing as a stovetop latte.

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54
drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
691 tasting notes

I received this as a sample from Scribbles Thank you so much!!!

I’m questing for my perfect pumpkin tea. This isn’t it. Barely any pumpkin flavor, barely any spices. This is more creamy black than anything else. No steeping instructions on their web site. I steeped as I would any flavored black. 1 tsp 98C 4 min.
Crossing it off my list. Thanks scribbles for letting me try it. The quest continues…..

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Sorry it wasn’t your favorite but I am glad you had the chance to try it. You also hit the nail on the head. This is by no means a Pumpkin Chai as it is meant to be lighter. I apologize that there were not any steep instructions online. I have found, in my experience that people have their own preferences so I decided to omit it on my site. For me I found it perfect using 1 heaping teaspoon at 3mins using boiling water. Good luck on your quest to find the perfect pumpkin tea.

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85
drank Apple Pie Chai by iHeartTeas
691 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from scribbles. Thank you very much!!!
I’ve been questing for my perfect chai. I am actually looking for just a plain black chai, but I am certainly not going to pass this up when scribbles so generously sent it to me.
I’m having a really good tea night. This is a really nice chai. It’s pretty spicy but those spices are nicely balanced. I do get some apple in amongst the spice but it’s in the back, the spices are almost drowning it out. I don’t think this is apple pie. It’s not heavy cinnamon like I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, this really works for me – but I’m looking for chai. If you are looking for apple pie, this might not be your best choice.
This is the first iHeartTea I’ve had the opportunity to try, and I like it. Good Job. Looking forward to try others.
Thanks again scribbles really appreciate it.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I love this as a Latté :)

Dexter

LOL and I’m going to need more to try it iced, I think it is going to be amazing as an iced latte….

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I haven’t tried iced but if you do please share the results. You have been intrigued to say the least. :)

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drank Winter Frost by iHeartTeas
450 tasting notes

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I cooked curry for dinner and got a craving for a cup of Darjeeling to compliment the meal. I do love a cup of Darjeeling :)

The sample I have is quite finely broken down into small pieces which is a shame but hopefully it will still taste ok.

OMG on an unrelated topic my husband just said he’s getting a mullet because of a bet at work…I’m not looking forward to M’ovember either because he grows a handle bar moustache. Both together will be terrifying. He can make it now for saying that.

This tea is sweet and floral with a dry Autumnal musk after taste. There is also a grape like flavour similar to wine. Also elements of fresh wood, malt and leather.

A nice Darjeeling but I’m not sure about the sweetness. It could be because the leaves were finely chopped and has changed the normal flavour.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Arggahahahaagggfffppphh! So I spent all day standing at the social security office. Blasted place needs more chairs, heck more people working the place.
Worse, I hurt my shoulder bad at jiujitsu last night – it got cranked one too many times so now I can’t lift my arm without eye watering pain. Joy.

I made a huge iced tea pitcher of this yesterday – thankfully! I need tea NOW! Candy raspberry with a little floral white. Pretty good iced, especially with some lemon slices. I’m gonna sit back, guzzle iced tea listening to Ziltoid radio with an ice pack on my arm.

Preparation
Iced
K S

Our SS office is the same way. I go in with my rollator and oxygen tank and no one ever offers to get up and let me have a seat. Most of them are half my age and look plenty healthy but whatever. I would get up for them because my mom loved me enough to teach me to treat others better than that.

Awkward Soul

oh totally. There was so many people standing that shouldn’t be. But also, I’m unsure why when people go to the SS office they need to bring their entire family with them, taking all the seats and not moving.

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69
drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
2225 tasting notes

Sipdown! 834.

Not bad, but I’ve had better strawberry blacks. Similar “candy strawberry” flavouring that I enjoy, though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Creamy Pumpkin Spice by iHeartTeas
2225 tasting notes

Sipdown! 836 (and still counting tea inventory… oyyyy… That 800 goal is a long ways off.)

Anyhow, this tea has lost some flavour since the first time I had it, and so I’m still not a huge fan – I’ve since discovered that Butiki’s pumpkin tea is quite good when it’s not in a sample packet, and I think this tea was similar, although to be honest, if I’m going to have a pumpkiny tea, I want it spiced like pumpkin pie, so the Della Terra ones are still my favourites in that regard.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

psssst..if you drink them faster, their flavour doesn’t go away :)

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55
drank Strawberry Lemonade by iHeartTeas
2225 tasting notes

Sipdown! 828. Another remembered backlog from a while ago. It wasn’t bad, but I’m glad I sent the rest off to momo. A bit tart, a bit lemony, and a bit weird because of the rooibos, is basically my assessment of it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
1287 tasting notes

This is just what I wanted this morning.
One of those days where I woke up thinking “THIS is the tea I need today”. I love days like that. And oh man did it ever hit the spot. Mmmmmm.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Yay! I do love when that happens. Plus this one does the same for me too. :)

Indigobloom

hehe, I’m gonna have to stop drinking it down so fast cuz I’m not allowed to order anything else til I have a BUNCH of sipdowns. I need this to last me til I can order a big bunch!!!

Sil

Don’t you have tea for us at your place? Also….you have a bunch of tea at my place

Indigobloom

Sil, yup yup! from STE

Rachel: you got it! just the way it should be hahaha

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69
drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
1287 tasting notes

Now I’m not a huge fan of coconut in my tea. Or rather, I am, but I’m super picky about it.
I find that black tea and coconut don’t go well together, for me, more often than not.
So my rating reflects that, don’t let it fool you! Everything blends well here, it’s done quite well, I must say.
Anyhow. There is a really subtle, tasty strawberry hiding out in the back here. Coconut definitely takes center stage, and I’m not exactly sure where the vanilla fits in but I can taste that as well.
I added a tiny bit of sugar, and that just brought out the coco some more, though I had hoped it would draw out the berry. Oh well.
Oh and yes, there is a slight bitter aftertaste. Did I oversteep it? Odd.
Overall, I’ll drink it again, happily. Preferably iced I think. Maybe it’ll be different when cold!

JustJames

i love coconut in my tea, but i am also very picky.

Dinosara

I’ve also found black tea and coconut are not for me.

Indigobloom

JustJames, yup it’s one of those things that works or doesn’t! and it varies so much per person… and that’s why I love this site :D

Dinosara, somehow it just doesn’t go well! I love it in Oolong. Well not always. But mostly.

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88
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
200 tasting notes

I finally opened one of my tea’s from iheart teas. I keep looking at all the tea’s I have stashed in my cupboards, and keep thinking, I should probably slurp those up before opening a new bag. I couldn’t resist.

There is a slight astringency to this tea. I may have infused a tad longer than I should have. But the light notes of caramel and vanilla still come through. This is not overly sweet like other caramel tea’s I have tried. Next brew I will add some type of sweetener to see if I can pull out more of the vanilla and caramel.

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85
drank Winter Frost by iHeartTeas
1287 tasting notes

It’s Christmas in June! Aw yeah. I am in love. Queue the bells. Thank you Rachel, for playing matchmaker! (yes I am mixing holidays here lol)
Of course, at first sip, when this was hot, I hated it.
Wayyyy to heavy on the vanilla, as that was practically all I could taste. Now, I don’t mind vanilla in some cases, and I haven’t quite put my finger what it is that makes me cringe but this seemed to be hitting that mark. I could swear there was some coconut in there too.
Then I added some milk, and let it cool down some and… oh man, soooooo good! A little more mint would have been nice, but I’m not complaining too much as it was still very tasty. It reminded me of a yuletide latte, with just a little somethin extra thrown in if ya know what I mean ;)
Brainwave! This would be ahhhmazing with some peppermint schnapps. It isn’t something I carry in the house, but I’d go out and grab some just to try it, I am that convinced it’d be incredible. Mmmmmm.
Also, this is kinda similar to the pumpkin latte version you make Rachel. I definitely prefer the pumpkin one, though I’d really have to try them side by side to see how wide that disparity is.
Oh and the other thing that this reminded me of, towards the end of my cup… well, it’s more of a mouthfeel, accumulated by the many consecutive sips I suppose, but, melted mint icecream. Mint chocolate chip is my fave! Chocolate, well I love the crunchy texture and there is no way that can be achieved in a tea so I guess you could say this is the tea equivalent heh.
I think there is cinnamon in here as well, and I do get a shadow of it, but it’s not very strong so if you don’t like cinnamon, I wouldn’t worry much about it.
Anyhow, I don’t think I’ll try it as a true latte, since this was pretty great with just a splash of milk and I loved it just fine like that. However, I am hoping I check this note before making another cup, down the road, because I’d love to try it with that Schnapps! and also almond milk as well.
Happy Friday everyone!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow, I love this write up. I will have to have the hubby read it as this is his favorite blend and exists because of him. Thank you for the kind words. Can’t wait to hear about how it turns out with Schnapps and the almond milk, I do love a good experiment.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I loved this review so much I just had to post it on my site. I hope you don’t mind.
http://iheartteas.com/2013/06/a-review-of-winter-frost-black-tea-blend/
Thanks again!

Indigobloom

Awww I’m so glad you like my review! Thanks for reposting it :D

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Thank you to Rachel from iHeartTeas for a lovely sample packet of this tea!!
It’s wonderful, truly! The spices mix superbly with the pumpkin, and the vanilla is just fine! (yes, this tea drinker was worried about that part upon reading the ingredients)
The black base is a little soft, but has that certain mallow note which works well in a chai. I wish the base was a touch stronger.
No matter, this is very much like pumpkin pie filling. Very decadent, making me feel as if I’ve had a dessert when really it was a pinch of sugar and some milk! Hmmmm, you know I think it is closer to pumpkin icecream than pie, atleast in the aftertaste.
And something else, other pumpkin teas I’ve tried had a certain “uncooked” feel to them, and to be honest, that is why I stopped looking for a version I enjoyed. Well, this was in the sampler I got, so I didn’t really look for it… but oh yeah am I ever glad it was in there.
Btw, I tried this with milk, but also greatly enjoyed the sip I took when it was sans dairy.
Sighs Ya know you are in love with a tea when you are pouting because the cup is empty! THAT hasn’t happened to me for ages.
When my buying ban is over, I’ll be getting more of this for sure!!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow! I am thrilled you enjoyed this one. It is my mother in-laws absolute favorite. I have to keep her supplied and when she visits I am always making her this little blend. I personally find it so cozy. Perfect while quietly reading a book.

Indigobloom

Send my thanks to your MIL!! cuz if it weren’t for her, I might not have had a chance to try some :D

JustJames

oh, i think i’ll have to add this one to my shopping list….

Indigobloom

James, you will not regret it! wonderful on a winter or rainy day :)

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Fruity non hibiscus green tea! something I’ve been craving for ages. So I was supa’ glad I got this in the sampler pack from ihearteas.
Peach is definitely more present than raspberry, though I kinda wish it was. Either way, it hits the spot so yay :)

TheTeaFairy

Kudos to all non-hibiscus fruity blends!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

So glad you enjoyed this as well. I personally find this one so juicy, lively, and fresh. All good things in my book :) It is particularly wonderful iced.

Indigobloom

TeaFairy, I second the kudos!! :P

Indigobloom

Rachel, I am so looking forward to icing this one! though I tend to cold brew cuz we never have ice lol

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Me too. I love to cold brew tea. :)

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82

Guess what arrived in my mailbox the other day?!? Surprise! :P
Anyhow. What a deelish tea!
I’m not big on dark oolongs these days, for some reason. Red robe was my fave for a long time… I kinda miss loving it. Sighs.
No matter, I’m really liking my cup! It’s creamy and I can definitely taste the strawberry and rhubarb influence, though I do wish it was a tad stronger.
Second infusion brought out more creaminess. Mmmmm. What a treat :)

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69

SIPDOWN! and thanks to kittenna for passing a wee bit more of this on to me. I’m beginning to think the memory of this tea was better than i recall. While this one is still pleasantly fruity and delicious, it doesn’t quiet hold the same appeal to me as a while back.

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69

i REALLLLLLLYYYY thought i’d like this cold since it’s quite an enjoyable cup of hot tea. Turns out? not so much. I ended up having a few sips,trying to sweeten it and then dumping the rest of my little glass. I still quite enjoy this as a hot tea, so no worries there. Just haven’t managed to find another cold tea that my other half likes.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
jessiwrites

My top cold teas are Bamboozled, Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, and Lime Gelato. YUM.

Sil

bamboozled and i don’t get along… but i did try lime gelato and that one makes the other half happy so yay!

jessiwrites

Yay! The other one I forgot to mention is Coco Lemon Thai. It is lovely cold.

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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
1287 tasting notes

Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!
I enjoyed this cuppa. Personally, I’m not huge on vanilla flavouring but every once in awhile it really hits the spot.
This tea was pretty smooth and creamy with a touch of something extra that I can’t quite identify, something that seemed to bring everything together, and iron out the vanilla/black tea wrinkles for me. That must be why… If I was going to reach for a vanilla tea again, this would be it. That said, I don’t plan on keeping any in my cupboard. It’s just nice to have once in awhile :)

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