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The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar

Recent Tasting Notes

100

Finished this one off last night. Dear me its tasty. The ultimate dessert tea. If you’ve been thinking of doing an RHTB order, I’d strongly recommend this one. Will definitely re-order.

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90

Have I logged this yet? Can’t remember…

Anywho, I added a little honey to the steeper while this was brewing, just to further bring out the appleness a bit more than my first cup, and HOLEY TEANESS! This is amazing iced with that bit of honey. Will definitely be a re-order for summer. Yummo!!

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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90

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

Oh my this is good. I think that this might be the first chocolate mint tisane that I’ve seen that is just cacao nibs and peppermint… most of them are rooibos and/or honeybush blends in addition to the chocolate and peppermint. I like that this is just cacao and mint … the flavors taste stronger, purer and just plain better.

Sweet, creamy chocolate + crisp, cool peppermint. Need I say more?

PS: Check out my foodie blog for a great giveaway from Goodies Co.! http://hungryinportland.com/2012/10/17/contest-announcement/

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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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89

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I am enjoying it!

This tea tastes best after it’s had a few moments to cool. It gets even better after its completely cooled (as in iced tea!) The berry flavor intensifies as the temperature of the cup drops. When very hot, the berry flavor is really only strongly noticeable in the aftertaste. After cooling a few moments, the berry flavor comes through loud and clear and is indeed a berry BOMB!

But as an iced tea, it really shines. Sweet, berry flavor. I taste each of the flavors – the strawberry, blueberry and raspberry! – and it all tastes amazing. The black tea tastes to me like it is probably a Ceylon, as it is brisk and mellow, not overwhelmingly strong, but strong enough to stand on its own amid the bomb of berries.

Very good. Thanks again, my SororiTea Sister!

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100

The other half made his first thermos full of this to take to work earlier today. Just got a text from him – “Shit – just drank all of my white delight in one go!”.

So it gets a firm thumbs up from him too.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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94

Decided to re-visit this one after buying ‘the History of tea’ by the heiss’ today, doing some short multiple steeps. 80oC steeps. Not overly scientific timings, mostly me counting in my head.

1st step 90 seconds – light, sweet. Getting hints of the nectarine as described above. A very pale green colour. Smells soft and sweet, hints of the vegetal taste I got before, but it comes out sweet instead of grassy.

2nd steep 100 seconds – a light green colour again. Slightly softer smell this time. And it’s a very sweet steep! Definitely getting the fruit sweetness. Lovely!

3rd steep – 120 seconds – a paler green again. A lighter taste than the previous steeps (won’t bother with a 4th), but still light and sweet.

I’ve really enjoyed this method of steeping with this tea, it’s brought out nicer flavours than a standard western steep. Upping my rating accordingly. It’s a lovely white, a real treat.

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100

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Tisanerie Mandala

Demandez les Picots Jaunes pour la digestion.

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94

So even though I really enjoy white blends, I haven’t had any straight whites. So why not start with RHTB, given their excellent quality?

Scent: surprisingly vegetal. Haven’t smelled that before with whites. Hmm interesting!

Taste: still getting the grassiness in the first taste, but the taste of the back of the mouth is quite sweet. Further sips are intriguing, very tasty! Definitely coming back for more of this.

I hope the white tea/immunity thing is true though, have a little bit of a cough this morning. Hopefully it’s just me warming up after a cool night.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

This one has come highly recommended by Winter Salo, so lets see how its goes.

Did this one up this morning in my TImolino before leaving for work. Gave it about 6 mins in boiling water, added a touch of agave. It went quite pink while steeping.

Ok, just opened the Timolino. Smells really good, not sure what of though. Can smeel sweetness, and some tart. First sip – initial thought was “this is a bit like DavidsTea’s Bear trap”. There’s a similar tart flavour to Bear Trap, but less prominent. This one is more sweet.
Still getting the Bear Trap after a few more sips, hmm, very tasty! Getting a sweet after-taste now, a nice hit in the back of the mouth.

I’m going to hold off on a proper rating for this one, because I’m already sensing its going to come alive iced.

A note on RHTB teas – I’m finding that these teas tend to have a more subtle flavour to them, a more authentic taste which I’m quite enjoying. I can certainly appreciate the lack of artificial flavouring, unlike some other brands I’ve tried, it really makes a difference. Good job guys!

ashmanra

I also found their teas to be very natural yet full of flavor! I have only had a few, but they were quite good.

TassieTeaGirl

I haven’t had many either, I got a small parcel of samples and this is the third one I’ve tried, but I’m really impressed with the quality thus far.

The Rabbit Hole

Thanks for your comments everyone and i’m glad the more subtle flavours are hitting the spot. I love the Ruby Zing iced @tassieteagirl with a splash of fresh watermelon juice!!!

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100

Had a bad weekend, medically, spent most of it on the couch under a blanket going through series 6&7 of one tree hill. This one was made for me by the other half when he got home from work.

Dry: you can smell all the flavours quite strongly, but the raspberry is the most prominent. Very genuine scents too, clearly no additional flavours here.

Steeped: wow. In case your weren’t sure, there are raspberries in this tea! But not just any raspberries, freshly picked raspberries, with that strong, sweet smell. Holey moley.

Taste: more raspberries! Also getting the sweet. Creaminess of the chocolate and coconut is definitely there too, and there is a hint of the white tea base. The aftertaste has a punch of the fresh raspberries I can smell. Wow. This is a wonderful tea! A great pick for yesterday afternoon, definitely changed my mood!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec
TassieTeaGirl

I resteeped this after my first cup. A little lighter in flavour, but still very enjoyable. The slightly less powerful raspberry flavour allows the white tea and chocolate to come through. Just amazing.

Kittenna

Oh, that sounds good! I hadn’t expected the flavours you talked about given the name.

TassieTeaGirl

Have a lok at the pic (perhaps on the website, a bit clearer) – you can see the raspberries, coconut and chocolate quite clearly.

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75

This is the first taste of the first tea of the first order I’ve ever done from The Rabbit Hole. So, yknow, no pressure guys! The boyfriend chose this one as he likes Turkish delight and has picked up the habit of wanting to try all my teas before I do. So we’re sharing.

Dry scent: I could clearly smell both the rich chocolate and the rose. The BF said he thought it smelled exactly like Turkish delight.

Steeped smell: Turkish delight!

Taste: lighter than I was expecting. I let it steep for around 8 mins. It does taste like Turkish delight, the rose flavour is prominent. It is very enjoyable. The other half thinks it would be good iced, that will be the next review!

Edit: on reflection, I think it tastes exactly like proper Turkish delight, yknow, the pink blobby stuff from turkey. So 100points for authenticity, but the proper stuff has never been my favourite snack. Will keep having cups though, see if it grows on me!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

Special Thanks to LiberTEAs I was able to try this one :)
Thus far I have been a fan of Rabbit Hole Tea Bar…let’s see if this one follows suit???

Ahhhhhhh! This is wonderfully smooth and incredibly sweet. It’s VERY clean tasting and a gentle free-flowing milk oolong flavor! This is a terrific Milk Oolong!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :)

CupofTree

I just tried the sample you sent me of this, thanks :)
I wasn’t able to get much flavor out of it though… I’m not familiar with oolongs though so maybe I don’t recognize the flavor? Do you brew it a specific way? I followed the temp and time directions and used my teavana perfectea maker.

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73

Tart! As in TART! Tart tarty tart tart!

But, as much as I tend to reject tart flavors, this isn’t so bad as far as tart teas go. There are other flavors besides the tart.

The tart comes from the hibiscus, as does the deep ruby-red color. The tisane also has a nice body to it that comes from the hibiscus. I only steeped it for five and a half minutes, so it didn’t come out syrupy the way hibiscus can do sometimes.

I can taste the cherry and the blueberry, and these flavors are especially noticeable in the background where I get this really nice, fruity note. And the coconut offers just a hint of sweetness in the background, along with a slight creamy taste that really smooths out the flavor overall.

I did need to add a bit of turbinado sugar to this to help soften the tartness a bit, but I didn’t add a lot, and it wasn’t bad without the sugar, it’s just a lot better with it. It’s still tart … but it has a sort of refreshing quality to it too.

Azzrian

So let me get this clear … was it TART? :)

LiberTEAS

It was a little on the tart side. Just a wee bit.

gmathis

My eyes are watering and my tongue is wrinkling just reading this review!

Kittenna

All I can think of is butter tarts…. I think I’m hungry……!

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83

I cannot express how much I HATE Bananas. BUT…I’m really TRYING to be open-minded here. BUT I still wanted to state that upfront…my hatred for nanners…anyhow…

Thanks Liberteas!

This smells mostly of white tea…thankfully…

The taste is surprisingly sweet and not too banana-crazy! THANK the tea gods!!!! I can relate to Liberteas notes about it being comparable to banana bread. It IS creamy, too!

I don’t think this would have been the same with any other tea base. I’m so happy they used white tea!

As much as I can’t stand bananas – this flavored tea is NICE. Trust me when I say this is a HIGH rating and a positive review for this tea. If I were crazy for bananas I am sure it would be MUCH higher.

I have faced my fear for the day…sound the trumpets! :)

K S

Banana tea? Crazy kids, what will they think of next?

TeaEqualsBliss

I will say the banana flavor popped thru more as it cooled naturally at room temp…I didn’t really like that, because of my hatred of naners, but, I can see how others that love Bananas would adore that feature.

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75

I really like this tea. Its really refreshing and sweet but its not too sweet like a lot of honeybush/fruit teas. Its quite nice.

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79

Thanks LiberTeas!

This has some sort of bakey-cakey thing going on that grabs me just enough to question it but then it fades away into a super sweet and creamy taste presented by the cacao nibs with a hint of rose that I think is a nice touch.

I do agree – overall speaking – it’s a gentle creamy flavor and I would LOVE to taste what MORE Chocolate flavors would do to it, but it’s a comfy, cozy cuppa – that’s for sure!

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92

Yum! Milk Oolong! So deliciously creamy and smooth. Sweet!

There is a lightness to this, it isn’t too heavy or creamy or cloying. It tastes like a natural milk Oolong rather than one of those artificially flavored ones. It has a delicious hint of vegetation that melds with the milk creaminess to give it an almost “creamed vegetable” kind of taste. It is sweet and very pleasant to sip.

Another winner from The Rabbit Hole. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried from them.

Bonnie

That sounds really good!

Azzrian

I love the name of the tea company!

ScottTeaMan

I like rabbits!

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77

Awesome!

This is simply cacao nibs and rose petals … but it is oh-so-lovely! I recommend infusing this for no less than 10 minutes and if you can see your way to add an extra scoop or two of the leaf in your teapot when you infuse this, your cup will be all the better for it. The chocolate is a bittersweet chocolate kind of flavor, and the rose gives it a very exotic kind of flavor. It is a very pleasant flavor, I like it very much. My only real complaint is that when brewed according to suggested parameters, it produces a thin flavor, and that is the reason for the rating of only 77 … I do think it would be better with more leaf, and a richer chocolate flavor would have elicited a higher numeric rating not to mention squeals of delight from me. (after all more chocolate = better)

Azzrian

Sounds absolutely lovely! Hope it brews better next time using more leaf!

ashmanra

I have had a couple of their teas and they were very flavorful! This one sounds good, too. Their chai had really strong, fresh, natural spice flavors.

The Rabbit Hole

Keen to hear more opinions on this one (we always strive to get our blends the best they can possibly be).

If you’re in Australia, i’m sending a free sample to the first three people to email me at [email protected] (with “Steepster Freebie” in the subject and your postal address in the body).

Love to hear your thoughts once you’ve tried it.

Cheers
Corinne

PS @ashmanra – glad you’re enjoying our Chai.

Cheryl

Still sad that you don’t ship to the US :(

The Rabbit Hole

Awww, sorry Cheryl. Hopefully soon.

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95

Oh my goodness this is AWESOME!

It smells amazing, like warm banana bread. And the banana flavor tastes like real banana, not like banana runts. It is a sweet banana taste, but it doesn’t taste like candy banana. It is sweet and creamy and comforting.

I love this.

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91

This is really quite tasty … but it took a few sips to get to that point. At first, the flavors seemed really difficult to discern, I could taste hints of Oolong and apple and sweet toffee, but, it didn’t really come together and say “toffee apple” to me. It was tasty enough, but, it just wasn’t quite what I expected.

But then, after about my third or fourth sip, I said (out loud): WOW! This is good!

The flavors have really come into focus. The Oolong tastes sweet and buttery, with a creamy kind of flavor that melds quite well with the apple and toffee flavors. The apple tastes sweet with a hint of tartness to it, and then there is the sweet, sticky toffee flavor – so incredibly YUMMY!

I really like this!

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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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