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85

Another tea from the husband for Christmas. I’m only supposed to have this when I’m sick, but I was doing a bit of shuffling with my teas and wanted to sample it.

I got a big bag of this! It’s so light and fluffy. I actually filled up one tin and still have 13 grams (1.5 cups!) in the bag! I’m actually looking to pass it on to anyone who is interested? There’s just no way I’ll be able to us all of it up! Let me know If you’re interested ;).

Anywho, I steeped this tea for about 7-8 min I was surprised on how dark the liqueur turned. Similar to a black tea. The taste is interesting, a little medicinal, a little flowery, and all together herbaceous. I like teas like that, and this’ll be good to keep around and to mix with echinacea. I’ll have to see how well it works with colds!

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Medicinal

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
rosebudmelissa

I drink lots of herbal teas, and this is one I haven’t tried, so I’d be interested. Do you want to swap, sell, or give it away? My cupboard isn’t up to date, but I can look through and see what you might like if you want to swap.

Kristal

I’m alright with giving away, rosebudmelissa. I will message you :)

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80

Yet another tea from the husband for Christmas :)

Reminds me of Dandelion Root tea from here, except more floral. The other taste is grassy/herbaceous. Very nice and relaxing.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Herbaceous

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kirkoneill1988

Dandelion root is quite tasty :D

Kristal

I was pleasantly surprised by it :)

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80

Another Christmas gift tea!

This one is quite refreshing. Slightly floral (not nearly as much as chamomile, for example). Very herbaceous. Reminds me of echinacea without being so medicinal or drying. Quite nice. I think this would go well with lemongrass or lemon myrtle.

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Getting lots of tasting notes done today! I also got my tea cupboard (real and virtual) organized and updated so now I know where I’m at.

This is yet another tea I got for Christmas from my husband. Did I mention that it came in this box with 5 more teas? Gorgeous! http://www.internationalhouseoftea.com/collections/tea-gifts/products/wooden-tea-chest-6

I find it so cool that at iHOT I can get individual ingredients to make my own teas :). I wanted to get echinacae so I can mix it in tea when I feel a cold coming on. However, I wanted to try the herb alone so I can do a proper review. Overall it tastes medicinal and herby. Not much of a description eh? I guess I could also add in grassy, and has a little bit of a drying out effect on my mouth. Altogether it’s nice and good thing to keep around :)

Flavors: Drying, Grass, Herbaceous, Medicinal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78

Another Christmas gift from the husband :). I’ve had crappy “pumpkin” teas and good ones, so I was curious how this one would taste. Indeed it does have some pumpkin taste! The main taste is the spices, however. It’s a nice chai- would be great as a latte :)

Best thing about this tea? It’s available year round!

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

What can I say-it’s lemongrass! Nice lemony, herby, lemongrass. I got it as a gift for Christmas and have been mixing it with a honeybush tea + ginger :).

Flavors: Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70

One of the teas I got from Christmas from the husband :) I wanted to try some different things. I just placed the tips directly in the boiled water and let it steep continuously. The result is a mild woody taste (obviously to be expected). This would compliment lemon myrtle/lemongrass nicely. Altogether, nice to experiment, but I dunno if it would be a repurchase for me unless health benefits merited it.

Flavors: Cedar, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

interesting!

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75

Got a sample of this- just enough to make 1 cup worth. overall the taste is just as advertised- fruity and cranberry with too much tartness from the hibiscus. This would be great iced in the summertime.

Flavors: Cranberry, Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

I popped in again to ihot yesterday- Mostly to get my husband’s Christmas present (a french press travel mug- he’ll use it for coffee), but they threw in this sample :)

I brewed it up today to try- it doesn’t have an ingredients listing on the sample, and not on the website either, but what I’m tasting is very similar to the Christmas chai rooibos- vanilla, and for this tea, a very small touch of spice. Altogether tasty, but I don’t usually go for those flavours in green tea so I will gladly use up the sample and move on.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Got this sample for from from ihot :). I used half the sample to bring to work. What I find works with my timolino is when I’m making breakfast and tea to drink in the morning before work, I make tea FOR work at the same time. I steep whatever tea for work in my timolino, and then leave the top off until the last minute to get out just enough heat so I can actually drink it when I get there. It’s been working like a charm :).

Anywho, this is a very nice tea for this time of the year especially- slightly sweet from the apple and flavouring, followed by spices (especially cinnamon). Yum :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

Re-reviewing this tea because I didn’t pay much attention to it the first time.

This blend tastes primarily of mint with a grassy taste from the nettle leaf, followed by cooking spices (as opposed to baking spices like cinnamon, cloves, etc). Altogether a unique, enjoyable blend. Although, I must say, if I am going to drink a tea that is going to kick my immune system back into gear, I would want something a bit stronger, like super ginger from DAVIDs or Immunity booster from steeped tea.

Flavors: Grass, Mint, Spices, Thyme

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Yep, this is honeybush. Woody, slightly sweet, honeybush. I like it as a base for a tea and will mix it with lemon myrtle :)

Flavors: Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kirkoneill1988

honeybush is a no touch/taste for me

Kristal

Ah, I see. Fort me, as mentioned, I much prefer it as a base for a blend, not so much on its own.

Kirkoneill1988

i’m not sure if i’ve told you, honeybush tastes like brandy and i don’t like brandy lol

Kristal

haha fair enough

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72

I could pretty much copy and paste my tasting note for the lapacho mango tea and it would work for this tea- the pear flavouring is spot on (just like the mango flavouring was), but as the tea cools down you realize that the lapacho is not a strong taste so there is not enough body to this tea. Kudos for ihot fo getting their flavourings right, but I think honeybush/rooibos is better than lapacho.

Flavors: Pear, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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76

I can’t put my finger on the flavouring- but to me this is a simple honeybush tea with a “fruity” flavouring. Nice :)

Flavors: Fruity, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

I’ve had a lot of bad luck with supposed “mango teas” (most teas that’s claim to be mango taste nothing of the sort). Stash tea + Steeped tea both had herbal “mango teas” that tasted nothing of the sort. With this tea, the smell + taste of mango was actually there! Kudos to iHOT! They do their flavoring a very well and accurately.

However, on the flip side, what I’m starting to realize about lapacho is that it makes for a weak cup of tea. I thought I over steeped this tea before tasting it, yet it was still weak at the end. Don’t get me wrong, the mango pulled through, but near the end of the cup I was getting progressively disappointed with the watery-ness of it. The same went for the other flavored lapacho teas I’ve had. I wanted to even love the vanilla chai more because they did such a good job with the vanilla coming through, but it’s too hollow tasting. I will try mixing in a little honeybush or rooibos to get it a bit more flavor, but I dunno if I will repurchase :(

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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69

Brewed this up in my Timolino for work. I’m trying all my iHOT teas pretty quickly. It’s definitely something to keep me excited until the 24 days of teas (12 more days!!). Which reminds me, I should put up my Christmas tree by December 1st :).

Anywho, the “pencil shavings” taste of the lapacho is masked somewhat by the lemongrass taste. There’s still a woody taste, but it’s not offensive. There’s only a slight creaminess to this tea, and its more so in the aftertaste. Altogether this is alright, but doesn’t wow me; for future cups I’m probably going to add lemon myrtle to up the lemon taste. Also, to be honest I have other herbal lemon teas I like better than this. Altogether not bad, and I’ll use it up, but I dunno if I would repurchase.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Makes me wonder how many people actually like lapacho? I mean, I know it’s all personal preference, but still.

Kristal

Apparently it’s used a lot of South America as an ailment for certain things.

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76

I didn’t care for lapacho plain, but in this blend it’s pretty good! This tea does vanilla much better than vanilla rooibos (see the tasting note before this one). Maybe because lapacho doesn’t get as strong as rooibos? Either way, the vanilla pulls though quite well and the spices are there mildly, and not an assault like other chais. That’s what I like about ihot’s spice blends- they aren’t going to attack you, lol. My husband also said this tea was “really good”, so it’s good to get approval from both sides.

Flavors: Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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69

The trouble I have with Vanilla rooibos teas is that the vanilla is never strong enough- and this tea is no exception. There’s a bit of vanilla at the beginning of the sip which then immediately goes to woody rooibos. Nothing offensive about this tea, but nothing spectacular. I’ll use it up, but not a repurchase. I preferred the lapacho vanilla chai over this.

Flavors: Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

I agree! I’ve never had good luck with vanilla rooibos blends. MOAR VANILLA!

Kristal

Glad I’m not the only one!

Kristal

I’m finishing up the last of this now, and what I’ve noticed is that the vanilla is very much in the smell, and when you first brew up the tea it’s very present, but after it cools down to a drinkable temperature you can’t really taste the vanilla very much :/

Kristal

also, probably the best “vanilla” rooibos I’ve had is birthday cake from DAVIDs. I know it has artificial flavours, but the cakey vanilla flavor is very much present and it brews up and awesome latte.

Fjellrev

I swear rooibos tastes even stronger as it cools. And I agree, Birthday Cake is probably my favourite so far too since it at least has a lot of flavour. It tastes like maple icing to me! Maple icing that covers up the base haha.

Kristal

Haha exactly! And I agree with the rooibos tasting stronger as it cools!

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75

I’ve been looking for a loose leaf version of a decaf green tea, and I found it :). It’s strange how different the smell of a decaf green tea is verses regular green tea- the grassiness is taken away quite a bit. Either way, I still like decaf green tea for the evenings sometimes, even if it is a bit different.

The only other decaf green I had was Tetley tea bags, and I feel bad for saying this, but this tea and Tetly tasted almost the same. The one difference is this one had no hint of astringency whereas if you steep one of the tea bags for 30 seconds you can taste a bit of it in the aftertaste. Overall this tea is a bit better, but it kind of sucks how decaf doesn’t have much a different taste profile unlike regular green teas :( .

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Cranberry Cream indeed!

I actually brewed this weaker than I normally would for a herbal because I wanted the cranberry flavour shine on through. It worked! I definitely taste a natural fruity flavour in this tea. The end of the sip is a bit hollow though so I think next time I will brew it a little longer (not too long though; I do not want the honeybush to smother the cranberry). Overall a really nice blend, and I’m glad once again the flavour isn’t just in the scent but actually in the tea. It’s toss up between whether I prefer this one or the orange one; I’ll have to play around ;).

Flavors: Cranberry, Fruity, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
apieceofquiche

This sounds lovely. :)

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55

So, I know I have described rooibos and honeybush as woody, but this really takes the cake. This tea tastes like I am drinking steeped pencil shavings- which I guess makes sense since lapacho is the inner bark of a tree. Not really a fan of this on its own- in order to use it up I will mix it with other herbal teas. I don’t care for rooibos or honeybush on its own either, so I’m hoping I’ll like this in blends.

This is why sampler packs are so great- I’m not stuck with a huge bag of this tea if I don’t like it!

Flavors: Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

Yet another review for an IHOT tea. Sorry folks, you’ll see a lot of them in the next little while ;).

This tea actually came in both the Honeybush sampler pack and the herbal sampler pack, so I have a bit more of this tea than others, but that’s fine. Initially I was concerned about this tea because I was thinking about the Cinnamon Chai Rooibos from DAVIDs and how the cinnamon is so powerful it kind of churns my stomach. Luckily, this tea did none of the sort- the cinnamon is prominent but it doesn’t assault you, and then the end taste is the woody honeybush. Overall, not bad :). Probably won’t be a favorite of the bunch, but definitely not repulsive and I’ll certainly use it up.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kirkoneill1988

honeybush tastes like brandy to me :P bleh

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80

The main tea place I shop at is DAVIDs: It’s the place that got me into tea, and they have a lot of selection and good blends. But, one thing I must admit too is they aren’t very good about having good selection of “medicinal herbals”. If you go onto their website and go under herbals, you’ll find the majority of the blends have hibiscus in them or at least fruit pieces (usually apple). Don’t get me wrong, I like the fruit blends- especially iced in the summer- but throughout the day lately I’ve been drinking 1 cup of green tea + MANY cups of herbal tea, and not usually with fruit pieces. Thus, I am glad I went to IHOT- because their selection for herbals is very good.

With that being said, I made this tea at work during the evening part of my shift. Either this tea or the cranberry one has a nice, strong, citrusy scent that permeates the sampler tin. I felt like having a dessert tea so I figured I’d try this one first. (I know I was just complaining about fruit teas and this one is citrus, but a lot of the blends I bought did not have fruit in them, and this one isn’t mostly fruit like other teas ;) ).

When brewed up this has a really nice orangey smell to it that is far from artificial. I was concerned that the smell may not transfer to the taste like Strawberries and Cream from Steeped tea does, but luckily that is not the case! The forefront of the tea does taste citrusy/orangey and the following taste is the woody honeybush. This sounds weird, but I notice how I sip on the tea determines how well I taste the orange. I still want to play around with this tea- I think I oversteeped/overleafed this tea and thus I taste more wood than I would like, so I will try and play around with that to make the best cup of this. Overall though, it was quite enjoyable :).

Flavors: Citrus, Orange, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
keychange

I know what you mean about how you sip the tea affecting which aspects of it you taste.

Kristal

Ah, good! :) Glad I’m making sense lol

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79

I finally went to ihot! It was about a 12 min walk from the place I was working at yesterday. Despite the rain, I toughed it out ;) and I was not disappointed! It’s a really cute shop, nice and knowledgeable staff, TONS of selection and a focus on wellness. They even have ingredients I have never heard of, so this is really exciting to try! Anyone who lives around Northwestern Ontario should check it out- or just order online ;). (I sound like I’m a paid advertisement, lol).

I picked up 3 sampler packs + 50g of decaf green tea + they gave me a sample to try :). my cupboard is up to 62 teas (and will be up to 67 when my celestial seasonings sample comes in the mail). That’s a crazy number for me- I’ve never had nearly that much tea in my collection. I guess that’s what sampler packs do. How I look at it is : 23 “normal” teas + DAVIIDs 24 days of tea + 15 teas from ihot (mostly samples) + 5 teas in the celestial seasions sample pack. Is that cheating lol?

Anywho, onto the review:

I had this before bed. I was skeptical of it because of the lavender: I had a pure lavender tea before and it reminded me so much of my facial cleanser that I was really turned off by it. Luckily, this tea is actually very mellow in the lavender. Actually, mellow all around: It starts off with a minty taste which then flows into the spices (the spices have no bite to it, which is nice) which then finishes with a mellow, floral taste at the end. All together, it was a good choice to have before bed, and I look forward to having more of this tea :).

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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