The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar

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65

I cold brewed my sample of this overnight. All the reviews screamed TART, and I mean of course, hibiscus! So I threw in some Turkish cherry tisane at the last minute and it’s screamingly good. Roll on summer.

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85

I’ve passed over this sample so many times because it just doesn’t LOOK like a blend I want to drink, but I’m an idiot because all the ingredients are like yeah, yeah, YEAH! I went on an iced tea bender yesterday afternoon and packed some of this in my beautiful glass tea bottle to cold brew overnight for work today. I’m so glad I did because today is stinking hot too, and this iced blend is HEAVEN. Pine, lime, coconut and a dash of black? Yes, thank you. I want to try this one with some fizz in it, and maybe a splash of booze. This is a winner!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
beelicious

sounds delish!

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85

The brewing smell of this is DIVINE! Jaffa joy. Topped up with a bit of milk and this is a creamy dream, really enjoyable and great on cold nights with a timtam.

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20

Welp, I gotta give this a second go because the first was way unpleasant.

Dustin

That’s too bad! It had such a promising name!

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80

So a couple of weeks ago at work I ended up on a computer with a huge screen right as Rabbit Hole emailed about a brand new tea and I just couldn’t resist so I bought a bunch of samples, FINALLY! And then just after they arrived I caught a cold… so I was pretty stoked to have ordered this guy. I think “cold/flu” teas are more of a placebo than anything, but I still love them, and this one was no exception to that love.

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75

Mild and smooth flavors with a light finish.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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94

Backlog:

This is an absolutely dreamy blend of lavender and Oolong. Sweet, floral, creamy and just … really BEAUTIFUL.

If you’re a fan of lavender, you probably are aware that lavender is easy to overdo or under-do … but Rabbit Hole got it just right with this blend. This is lavender perfection, balanced so delightfully well with the vanilla and Oolong notes. It’s really quite heavenly.

Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/29/organic-lavender-cream-oolong-tea-from-the-rabbit-hole/

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97

this is really an amazing tea , its such a light earthy tea and its tastes amazing with a little honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94

Backlog:

This is one of the better Tropical teas I’ve tasted, and I’ve had quite a few. I really like the Oolong base with this one! Very interesting … very unique!

The pineapple is a sweet, juicy taste and melds beautifully with the Oolong base, the orange really brightens the cup, and the coconut marries nicely with the creamy notes of the Oolong. I really like this!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/14/tropical-paradise-oolong-tea-blend-from-the-rabbit-hole/

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70

I only had a small sample pack of this tea, and the first couple of pots I brewed with it, I was not a fan, at all. It seemed too orangey. So it sat there on my shelf at work for a while unused. The other day though, I was craving oolong, and had run out of toffee apple (also by this brand), so I brewed up my last scoop and strangely, I loved it! and now I wish I had more…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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67

I got a small sample packet of this tea this morning. This tea smells amazing! You are just hit in the face with an amazing fruity smell. But when its brewed, its a lot more subtle and you don’t really get that super fruity flavour. The fruitiness is more of an after taste. I am quite enjoying this tea, and the more I sip it, the more I like it.

Preparation
Boiling

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So I went for round two with this this morning at home. A much better result. A lovely soft black with berry tones in the back of my mouth. Quite enjoyable. Going to use the last of my sample to make an iced glass to see how the berries perform cold.

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Despite being in the process of narrowing my tea cupboard, I went and ordered more RHTB samples. Damn you RH peeps, your teas are just too tasty, I couldn’t stay away!

I opened this this morning when I was madly finishing making lunch to brew for travel in my Timolino. Holey moley this smells like a berry farm! No, more than that. More like the smell on your hands after spending a day in the sun picking fruit. Intense, lush and authentic. Smells just as amazing when brewing. In fact, after I’d discarded my leaves from the steeper, the other half asked if he could lick out the sink becasue it smells so good. Yes, he’s a bit odd, but THIS TEA SMELLS RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING!!!!!

And now for my morning disappointment – I uncapped my timolino just as a meeting started next to my desk (my desk sits in the middle of my workplace next to a meeting space, there’s no office for it), and someone came in from outside who was wearing strong, floral perfume. Bitchface. Seriously ruining my tea experience. But underneath, the black base is nice and hasn’t gone bitter, and the berries hit the back of my mouth. Just so disappointed my first cup of this got intereferred with. Will rate when I have a more accuracte sample.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
The Rabbit Hole

Well, sounds like she’s off the Christmas card list hey! Glad you like the look and smell of it. 2 outta 3 ain’t bad to start with. Let’s hope the next time you taste it Miss “Eau eau de toilette” will be out of sight (and smell!).

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I can’t believe I haven’t logged this tea before. I am such a slacker. I made my final pot of this tea today (sob) to christen my new teapot (yay!). I have had a rather itinerant lifestyle for the last few months and it has wreaked havoc on my ceramic with several breakages. I am trying a stainless steel pot until things settle out plus it has the biggest infusion basket I have ever seen.

So back to the tea. It has large pieces of cinnamon, whole start anise, cardamom pods, cloves and black pepper. It smells like a heavenly combination of all those spices dry. I brewed for 5 min with boiling water. The wet leaves smell similar to the dry. The tea smells similar. The tea has a very good base. I don’t really taste bubblegum but I do have a nice mix of cinnamon, anise and clove. Adding milk and honey makes it more smooth & sweet but I think it is just as good without.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Wow! I think I have even reviewed this from the sample you gave me. LOL! New teapot, huh? Squee! Wish you were here to share tea time. I dreamed I went to your house and it was still empty but suddenly there was a big mother-in-law suite at the side filled with antiques. LOL! Wishful thinking!

Sandy

Hee hee hee. There must have been a craft room, too.

The Rabbit Hole

Glad you liked our Chai Sandy. We’ve been making it iced too http://rabbitholetea.posterous.com/christmas-chai-gria

Enjoy!

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Sandy brought this home from Australia for our tea tasting marathons as we try to cath up on what we have each tried while she was away!

I didn’t look at the ingredients before preparing, but when it was steeping I knew there was ginger in it! I had a bad experience with ginger once, before I knew that candied ginger is sweet for a minute and then it gets really REALLY hot. Well, this tisane redeems ginger if you have had anything like that happen to you. We are drinking it because it is late and we didn’t want to take in more caffeine, but I can tell that this would be a veritable life saver if you have a sore, scratchy throat. I am drinking it plain, but I bet it would be fabulous with honey.

Edited to add: The more I drink this the more the ginger is coming out to play!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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The kids said, “This smells like Christmas!”. And it does!

Sandy brought lots of tea back from Australia and New Zealand and we are sipping our way through all these teas we reserved to try with each other.

This is a nicely spiced chai and not too peppery for me. I had some authentic chai made from the personal recipe of a friend from India and really didn’t like it, then someone else from India who had a recipe more like this one and found the other one horrifying.

At first I thought it was very similar to Harney and Sons Indian Spice, so we decided to do a side by side comparison. These are VERY different. Rabbit Hole Chai is organic, a giant plus. There are whole cardamom pods, whole cloves, and large pieces of cinnamon bark, as well as chunks of ginger and star anise. I agree with Bliss, there is something sweet and good in the base that does remind you of bubblegum, but in the best way possible, perhaps like the old fashioned gum you can hardly find anymore like Teaberry, Blackjack, and Clove. It is probably the anise and clove!

While spices, this isn’t a tea that burns, it is just warming and bracing. This is a very good chai! Another home run by Rabbit Hole!

ashmanra

I should add that this tea is 52% organic spices, mostly whole spices, and even though I didn’t increase the amount of leaf the tea base still came through loud and clear and was very smooth and tasty! Steeped four minutes or a bit longer.

The Rabbit Hole

Wow Ashmanra, thank you. We’re thrilled that you like our chai and honoured that you (and our other Steepster friends) take the time to write about it.

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It is hard to say enough about how good this tea is. I didn’t have my glasses on and couldn’t even see it, so I didn’t know it was a oolong. Even though I used nearly boiling water and steeped four and a half minutes it is perfect. As soon as I lifted the lid on the tea pot to take out the basket, I saw the huge, full leaves and knew it was oolong tea. And the taste is that of some of the very best dark oolong tea I have tasted. It is smooth and the added flavors are natural and subdued, adding just what they should and nothing more. They are a lovely complement to the tea but they don’t attract attention to themselves.

The Rabbit Hole

Glad you like our Tropical Paradise Ashmanra. It’s great cold too and we muddle it with fresh peach, mango and passionfruit.

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I have brewed this one a couple times now. I have really enjoyed. it. It has an oolong base and you can definitely taste the smoothness of it after the leading edge of pineapple and coconut. I find the orange a little mure subtle in this tea. It smells like a mixture of tropical fruit. I haven’t tried it iced yet. Maybe I’ll ice what’s left of this pot if I can stop myself from drinking it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

This one sounds so good! Hurry home so we can try it iced together! :)

The Rabbit Hole

We also add a little bit of fruit puree to it in the summer when the nectarines or mangos are in season. YUUUM!!

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Another virtual tea party with Ashmanra. I am trying this oolonh for this first time. The dry leaves smell faintly floral to me. It has nice full leaves when brewed and the wet leaves smell a little floral and a little like butternut squash to me. The tea has a mouth filling creaminess that gets more hints of floral notes as it cools.

I did a second steep for 7 minutes with about the same temp water. The leaves are now even bigger & more vegetal smelling. The tea itself still smells lightly floral, like jasmine. It isn’t as creamy and has more vegetal notes. But still more creamy than vegetal.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog from a couple days ago…I just got this tea and was recovering from a cold. So I thought Organic Lemon Aid would be just the thing for my poor scratchy throat. It is a tisane of lemon grass, ginger and some lemony herbs. The dry leaves look mostly like lemon grass and ginger and smell of lemon and ginger. It brews up to a well balanced lemony gingery goodness that I would love even if I wasn’t nursing a sore throat. It was great plain with it’s own sweetness but when I added a bit of manuka honey it was heaven. If Mary Poppins were to lone me her special magic tonic/medicine bottle this is exactly the flavor it would give me. I can’t wait to try it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

This sounds fantastic, especially as hot as it is here.

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Yum! sweet, creamy chocolate with raspberry … and the white tea is creamy and slightly earthy and complements the white chocolate very well. The coconut adds more to the overall “creaminess” of the cup rather than adding a really distinct coconut flavor.

Delicate – as most white teas are. But even with it’s delicate overall quality, there is a lot of flavor to enjoy here.

A really good tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/29/organic-white-delight-from-the-rabbit-hole/

TassieTeaGirl

I love it when people try this one, its so unbelievably good. I’m glad you like it, and we’re getting some Rabbit Hole love out there beyond my national borders!

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