The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar

Recent Tasting Notes

94

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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90

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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90

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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90

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

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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?

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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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94

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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94

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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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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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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100

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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100

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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100

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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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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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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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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