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Although, not very impressive, since I only got the sampler with 4 bags each of various chais. This one was pretty good, not very chocolatey though. This round, I combined it with a sachet of the caramel chai and it was actually better as the caramel toned down the spices in the chocolate chai. Not sure I’d repurchase, but a little bit of spice always helps when things that my body doesn’t like are blooming outside!

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I wasn’t impressed with the Zhena’s teas that I tried. I don’t know if they sat on the shelf too long or what.

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

You know how restaurants tend to sell wine, beer or dessert “flights”? Small amounts of various items… well I made an iced tea flight. 4 little cups of 4oz of boiling water, 1 teaspoon of tea, steeped and then stuck in the fridge. I want to get the box out by tomorrow and this was the only way I could think to try everything I wanted to, without drinking too much tea (I tend to make 12-16oz at a time)!


Monterey Bay Spice Company Passion Berry Fruit Herbal
I’m getting a hint of passion fruit, but it’s mostly a more or less generic berry taste. The good part is I’m not finding it particularly bitter or sour, though there is a hint of that – so I didn’t need to add sweetener, nice to try, but not something I’d keep.

ESP Emporium Grandma’s Garden
This kind of reminds me of watered down fruit punch. Lots of different flavors, maybe a bit of cherry? Also reminds me of the Tealux Berry Picking Delight, though not quite as tart – at least I don’t think so at the moment.

Darlene’s Tea Port Paradisco Peach
This surprisingly tastes like peach without adding sweetener, but there’s an underlying tartness which kind of requires the sweetener. I’m one of those few people like hibiscus, but does every single herbal blend have to include it? At least with teas that don’t pretend to be something else, it’s fairly obvious, but who thought “oh yeah, some hibiscus sounds great” when trying to make a blend calls paradisco peach; must I place additional emphasis on the peach part, because… ya know, peach.. stone fruit; hibiscus, flower. Just no – other brands use apple – that probably would have been better. Would have loved this without the tart, but my guess is it’s being used as a cheaper filler in this blend. Sad face.

ESP Emporium Vanilla/Cream
Slightly scared of this one, but intrigued enough to make some. So it kind of tastes like hibiscus plus cream. [slight edit since I found it on the website] guess what the ingredients are? Apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peel, flavoring. Why? Can’t we just keep the apple and vanilla flavoring and call it a tasty, forever nuts-esque day?

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drank Hibiscus Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

Bleh. I like hibiscus, and even this was just so sour. There was even evident tartness after sweetener, but at least it toned down the hibiscus some and brought out the cinnamon. Without, it was nearly undrinkable. The only way I would ever imagine this would be halfway decent would be iced and sweetened. Teavana Passion is tart, but it’s lovely iced and I don’t even sweeten mine these days. Something tells me this wouldn’t work as well.

Just under 2 tsp but steepster doesn’t allow non-whole numbers. I was hoping the cinnamon would somehow overwhelm the hibiscus and tried this hot. Big mistake, huuuge mistake

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Punch by ESP Emporium
339 tasting notes

Herbal Traveling Tea Box

I’m so glad I tried this one. I was almost about to put it in the “not try” pile since the name suggested fruit punch, but I’m really glad I gave it a whirl, since it’s almost exactly like Davidstea Green & Fruity (which also like the name gives you the wrong idea), but is so good! Also, gotta love the green rooibos. I’m swear I’m getting mango even though it isn’t on the ingredients list and some creaminess from this, though I did add sweetener. Think I may be keeping the remainder of this since it is just so delicious.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chocolatea by Serene Teaz
339 tasting notes

Herbal Traveling Tea Box

This is tasty. It’s chocolate-y and hazelnutty, but not overwhelmingly hazelnut. I can do it in small doses (and with chocolate, ohh Ferrero Rocher… Mmmm) but I wouldn’t eat a handful on their own. Anyway, I’m glad I tried this one but I’m not sure it’s one I would go out of my way to find or keep in my cupboard.

I did add a touch of sweetener for those wondering to really bring out the chocolate.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

Took this from the box since my sinuses have been a disaster the last few days. I don’t know what has been blooming but I needed something to help clear them out (even after using my neti pot). We were about to meet some friends for brunch so I needed something quick and this worked well. One bag in about 12oz of boiling water. Surprisingly drinkable without sweetener but not sure I’d purchase. I already have a quite substantial supply of decaf chai at the moment and this isn’t particularly unique.


Ragweed season started here this week. Yuck.

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

I received the 2nd round of the Herbal Traveling tea box today which was a nice surprise as it’s been a long week!

Hmm, this is an odd one. I really didn’t taste pumpkin, though it was pleasant and creamy. I think this is my first try of an ESP Emporium tea and (at least) nothing is telling me to run far away from the company!

I intentionally overleafed and added sweetener and still no pumpkin to speak of.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Hmmm…trying to decide if rooibos and pumpkin are similar enough in flavor that they just sort of overlap instead of standing out distinctly. On the other hand, it sounds like a logical combination.

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Attempt #2

2 tsp Adagio Blood Orange tisane
1 tsp Tealux Blood Orange Rooibos
1 tsp Davidstea Alpine Punch

This is significantly better than my last attempt (I think it’s the lack of the Tealux Rooibos Vanilla which, no offense to anyone who likes it, is seriously bad, but not quite as bad as the Adagio one – but both tend to be decent mixers). Anyway. I figured that I would start testing out different options. This was better than last nights, not quite creamsicle, but I think it’s partially due to the fact that this is blood orange and not the sweet fruit juice type orange you would taste in a creamsicle. Also, I’m thinking of trying Davidstea Birthday Cake instead of the Alpine Punch next time (though I have a nearly empty pouch of the latter so I thought I’d use it in a creative way).

I think the magic recipe is making sure I counteract the 1 part of the item I mostly loathe with enough other parts of things I like to cover it up! Tea science!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m trying to get through some of my tealux rooibos blends (and I’ve noticed whatever rooibos they use isn’t my favorite) so I’ve been trying to come up with something palatable. This was supposed to be like an orange creamsicle but it really didn’t work. It wasn’t bad and I drank the full mug, but it wasn’t something I’d call delicious.

It was:
Tealux Blood Orange Rooibos 1 tsp
Tealux Rooibos Vanilla 1 tsp
Davidstea Alpine Punch 1/2 tsp (I thought maybe this would give some creaminess and it did, but the combo didn’t taste anything like an orange creamsicle).

Meh. Someone tell me never order 100 grams of these again, please.


Never order 100g of these again. ;))


never 100g of any teas again unless you’ve had it before and know you love them.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
339 tasting notes

This isn’t bad and I don’t think I’d ever drink it anything other than iced but it’s not my favorite. There are certainly strawberry lemonade-esque tisanes I enjoy more (like the tealux angel falls mist, a mixture of some Adagio tisanes or the Teavana one).

The only benefit this has that the others don’t is the addition of rooibos. Drinkable without sweetener, but not quite as pleasant as the others.

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.



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