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A very pleasant Lemon Herbal. I like the overall subdued approach to this tea. The ginger is not overdone, nor are the lemony herbs. A lovely, sweet lemony taste that reminds me vaguely of lemon curd. Not a pucker-y citrus note. The ginger has some peppery notes but again … it’s the softer side of ginger.

Comforting when served hot, and refreshing when served iced!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/24/lemon-aid-herbal-tisane-from-the-rabbit-hole/

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And we’re at the last of my small bag of this! I hope I can finish of my timolino full so I can re-steep the fruit etc in this one before the end of the day.

Blimy, long time no see steepsterites, my apologies for being so lax! My Whole30 went well, really well (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/you-are-what-you-eat/), and while it didn’t prevent me from having tea, I cycled through a few favourites/compliant options. The Art of Tea and Rabbit Hole were both very helpful! And then last week I had to have another period/withdrawal bleed/drug test week (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/my-period-survival-kit/), and my brain wasn’t quite into reviewing on Steepster! But I’m back! Weehee! And, in exciting news, the other half is now drinking both greens and chais, neither of which he liked before. Gotta love some whole food induced taste bud realignment. Now he can help pay for even more of my addiction! I’ve also decided that I really want to do a cupboard clean out, which will involve some drinking on my part, and some shipping out to friends (of which you guys are definitely included!), so I’ll let you know when I have a list of teas together.

Anywho, back to the sipdown at hand – Ruby Zing! Still filled with hot timolinoness, but its lovely and flavourful and tart! Another beautiful offering from Rabbit Hole. Do you ladies even know what crappy tea is? Everything is awesome!

Sil

Woot! Yay for your other half finding a happy tea place :) glad to have you back!

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Ok, I’ve finally worked out how to brew this one. No more than 3 mins, and you get just a hint of tart, which is more flavour than anything, then the hit of sweetness. Just beautiful.

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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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Azzrian, thanks for a sample of this one! I was worried I was going to burn this one, so I may have let the water cool a bit too much! I steeped for a minute thirty. I thought white teas were not my favorite (meaning: least favorite) but WOW I like this one! It has a very sweet flavor. It’s surprising! The flavor is almost like a less fruity cantaloupe. It has a very full flavor for a white tea and I didn’t even steep it that long. The second steep tastes the same. I should really stop typing that out every time, since it is usually the case for most teas, but I know others don’t steep more than once. Sometimes the second steep is BETTER. This is probably my favorite white tea, even though I might have been avoiding them in the past, so I haven’t had many of them.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

My hubby almost always prefers second steeps of multiple infusion teas.

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Ok…so…ICED and with shorter infusion times…this isn’t too bad. It’s still really fruity and tart but the coconut helps and it just seems to make more sense iced.

BUT…now…I’m cold…lol…rating based on ICED attempt.

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Thanks Liberteas
Based on her notes I decided to WAY underinfuse this one!

Between that and the coconut it saved it a bit.
I only took a few sips and it’s ok but certainly NOT my fave from them.
I’m going to ice this one instead so stay tuned for those notes soon…then I will rate it.

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Simply wonderful! Taste like its name sake yet a lovely light oolong comes through perfectly!
Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ soon.

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It’s been a while since I’ve had this hot, it got a bit of an iced run over summer. But it’s just as good hot! Sipping the last of it now. Hmmm…..

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The other half and I both had a glass of this today. Iced of course, because who is having hot herbals in 32oC heat? Especially in my house. North facing up the river. Lotsa sun. Anywho, this lovely, naturally sweet, and so refreshing iced. My supply is from my Christmas tea bauble bag.

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Made a cup of this straight and hot to have with dinner. Yummo!

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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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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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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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Still loving this one. I had a glass last night after getting home and I fell asleep before finishing it! So I’m finishing it this morning after its cooled down. Still lovely and sweet. Beautiful.

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And a third for the white tea on rotation mix. Not literally, all in different steeps. I’m almost out of my little bag of this one, so its on the order list! Just sublime, and gets sweeter and more beautiful with every steep.

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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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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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Seriously, what do they put in this? Rainbows and puppies and happiness? Its just so unbelievably awesome every time I have a cup, and can cope with a bit of a beating, like my desperately needs a good bi carb scrub Timolino, or some not quite perfect brewing temperature and timing. Stellar work, RHTB!

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Having this iced. Gave it a good 6 mins so the flavours came through when cold. And they do, so raspberry-ee, so coconutty. And the white tea has this comforting, oddly warming sensation even when iced.

Just stunning. If you’ve never tried this, ORDER NOW! Seriously, international shipping be damned, it’s just sooo good.

Miss Starfish

This sounds SUPER delish! Might have to place an order once there’s room in the cupboard. Do you have any other favourites from them that shouldn’t be missed?

ashmanra

Rabbit Hole does flavors exceedingly well, and they don’t skimp!

Sil

doesn’t look like they DO international shipping…unless i’m blind, which IS possible.

TassieTeaGirl

I haven’t yet had anything that wasn’t of exceptional quality, so I think you’d be pretty safe just picking a few randomly and going for it. And yes. It looks like its currently in Australia only, perhaps ill have to work something out with all of you… Definitely worth it.

TassieTeaGirl

I’ve sent some sampls of this to Michelle and azzrian late last year, and I think a few others have tried their teas, so hopefully when I eventually send a pack ofpver for a few more they’ll look into North American shipping.

Sil

that would be awesome!

TassieTeaGirl

They are just that good, I can’t let them keep their awesomeness just in my country. Remind me in March, got a few things going on at the moment but should be able to do something then. And think of an awesome American company that doesn’t ship internationally so we can swap (that’s right, not entirely selfless ;) ).

Kittenna

OH man, I’ve been dying to try this one too! It was on my shopping list as of the last time you logged it. (I’m sure I could go in with Sil on a swappy thing in the future… :D)

Sil

cough Canadian company :) or an american company that at least ships to canada haha

TassieTeaGirl

Absolutely! I’ll get you guys this exceptional quality local only tea, and I’m sure you’ll reciprocate!

Sil

For sure! Saves on shipping as well :)

TassieTeaGirl

And sorry about the nationality confusion, Canada is my favourite place, I did an exchange in Ottawa at the end of my degree.

Ok, will have to send a pack to Canada for you all then!

Sil

For sure… keep an eye out on anything you’d like to try/have us order and we can coordinate in March.

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The other half just made a glass of this iced, and even though he use 100oC water it still tastes fantastic. Just a wonderful tea.

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