The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar

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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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Backlog:

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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Backlog:

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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