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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

.8g??? My gosh, that’d only be about a 2oz cuppa for me!

Ricky

I think I made a four ounce cup here, but it was surprisingly strong and full of flavor. I think Dan just did one teaspoon for each sampler, which makes sense for one cup. I mean I normally would have used 2 teaspoons for a 10oz cup.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
~lauren.

Ricky, did you order from the website www.herbalinfusions.ca? How are the shipping costs to USA?

~lauren.

Dan – if I am on the correct website (stated above), your links on the homepage …start shopping for … are peppered with broken links!

Ricky

Haven’t ordered from them yet. Dan offers free samplers with free shipping. There was a post on the discussions board, but I can’t find it.

http://www.herbalinfusions.ca/store/samples.html

~lauren.

Oh – I do remember seeing that a while ago – I will search – you go back to your teas! Thanks, Ricky.

__Morgana__

Mine have not arrived!!!! [Stamps foot and whines.]

Jenn-cha

Mine either :(

Ricky

Oh no! Hopefully it didn’t get lost in the mail / the customs officers didn’t mistaken them for drug packets. They came in a standard white envelope 2″×2″ samplers.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Mine either. Lauren, it was in the long “Free” thread, a page or two back from the end of it, I think.

~lauren.

Thanks, all! If I can, I’ll apply for some samples, if not, I’ll enjoy all your reviews vicariously of the HI samples!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

“It’s light, but that may have been due to my water / tea leaves ratio”… could very well be, I would have personally used approx 4oz. I love samples and am VERY greatful for free ones, but it frustrates me when they are so small that they don’t even make a full cuppa. On one hand that would be less tea for me to waste should I hate it, but on the other it makes me do math!

Ricky

Yeah, I couldn’t gestimate 4oz of water since I had an infusing basket in my cup and I figured the tea leaves would absorb some of the water. I think I might just make it with my ingenuiTea next time. I marked off 4oz on it. I’m glad the samplers are tiny. I mean I would have preferred it closer to a cup, but I can sample several of them in one sitting now. I wish more companies would sell tiny samplers like this. Like four samplers for $1 or something like that.

~lauren.

Liking that idea, Ricky! That is the one way to really try a diverse amount of tea from the company and find the one that strikes your fancy – but at a minimal cost/cupboard space/waste – as long as the correct steeping parameters are also included for those not inclined to do math or are new to this whole loose tea business. Mount a campaign – I’ll sign a petition!

__Morgana__

Hmm. My samples haven’t arrived yet and I’m told they were mailed week before last. I should probably give up on them…

Ricky

Haha, technically couldn’t we all just purchase all the teas (the smallest or second smallest size) from a company and split little samplers among ourselves? Take The Simple Leaf. It’s like $85 to get all their tea 1oz samplers. If we do a .1oz per serving… that’s like $8.50 per person to try all their teas. o.O Something like that. It’d still be easier if companies did this for us. Petition!!! Tea Party Strike!!!

Sometimes the mail has hiccups especially when it comes to international stuff. I received a package from china once two-three months after I placed the order.

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drank Raspberry Oolong by A C Perch's
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

LOL! You haz a funny. :) I’m glad you liked my profile. :p I don’t know how the third person stuff got started but the fine print bit struck me when I was adding the bit about arrogance and know-it-alls in a fit of irritation. :p

Ricky

Haha, I bet you added that part recently!

Angrboda

Fairly recently, yes. I didn’t really appreciate being lectured at like I had never seen a teapot before.

S

Hahaha Angrboda I just saw your profile :) Um, I’m not which incident you’re talking about, but might I suggest you report it to Jason? I’m kinda on a crusade here…I’ve seen three people get"lectured at" in the last week or two, so I’m trying to sort of mobilize out efforts, if you will, and keep Steepster a fun place to be.

Angrboda

Shanti, I sent you a message. I’m kind of wondering if you’ve seen the same person do it that I have.

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drank Tarocco Ruby Orange by Teavana
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I coulda swore this said Tabacco Ruby Orange… too much chocolate pot tea (i.e. Dawn) I guess… I think chocolate pot tea would be MUCH better than chocolate nail polish.

Ricky

Uhoh, I think Cofftea is on something now. Too much tabacco or perhaps pot ;)

~lauren.

SOUR, TARTY yup!!!! And I did try it as an iced tea & guess what? cold SOUR, TARTY!

__Morgana__

That tarty, floozy tea!

JacquelineM

That tarty tea better stay away from Thomas!!! Sour ole thing!

Ricky

Woah cold sour and tarty!!! Haha sounds amazing ;)

This sour platypus is going to find it’s way into your cupboard. Beach bunny too. Partayyyyy!!!!

SoccerMom

LOL at all of you! I’m still waiting for that partayy to happen in Jacqueline’s cupboard where beach bimbo oops I mean BEACH BUNNY and Ruby Orange along with Tupelo Honey meet Thomas and friends. LOL

Ricky

Jacqueline is actually writing a book. She’s documenting the craziness going on in her cupboard. Did ya heard about the jail and sherrif? Soon there will be vampires. Can’t have a town without some of those.

SoccerMom

Oh and Zombies too!

Cofftea

Ricky… I found The Swamp Thing in my chawan the other day- Jaqueline should write about him!

SoccerMom

So is this book going to be our first read for the steepster book club? ;P

Ricky

Definitely! I want a signed copy from Jacqueline herself! It’s going to be a NYTimes best sellers!

SoccerMom

She better have some silver suits and disco balls on the jacket cover of the book or I don’t know if I’ll buy it. LOL

Ricky

Let’s see what she has to say about it =]

JacquelineM

I’ve realized my powers of creativity and brilliance transcend the novel and I’v actually begun collaborating with Tim Burton – I think my vision would be best realized in a 3D film with animated, personified tea tins and who better to bring Thomas, Marco Polo, Florence etc to life?! I am also going to get famous actors to do the voices of the teas! I’m sure they all will do it when I pay them the funds from my kickstarter account! Right now I am trying to cast Thomas – do you think the man who plays Spartacus on that cable TV show will be good?

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drank Champagne Mojito Green by 52teas
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Whoa… back the tea cup up… A: How does this remind you of a tea w/ chocolate in it? B: it is NOT icky… it does not taste or smell like nail polish, you must be sniffing it then drinking tea (lol don’t worry everybody, he knows I’m joking), and hot champagne… eh… could totally see it cold made w/ soda water though.

Ricky

Haha, I was / am still laughing as I was reading / typing up a response to your comment, because I did know you were joking =P

Hey, hey. The first time I had this tea was a month ago. No clue how it reminded me of the nail polish chocolate, it just did. Maybe I mixed the both of them together ;) or someone spiked my Mojito. Darn people, messing with my tea!

Cofftea

Eh… I think you’re just on something- you don’t like plain matcha or chai either.

Ricky

I don’t think I’ve ever finished a cup of plain matcha. Haha, milk always finds its way into the cup. Nope, never had plain chai either =P

I would how a yixing cup with chai, sugar and milk would work ;)
How would I clean it? I don’t think water gets the sugar out =/
Guess I’m out of luck =(

Cofftea

I asked around here and no body said milk would be an issue, just make sure that you rinse it immediately and maybe season it very well prior to 1st use? I want to devote stash’s beehive mug to chai and will sometimes use milk.

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drank Ginger Pu-erh by Samovar
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

There’s definitely a resemblance, but I thought the balance of flavors was pretty different. Blood Orange ws much, much more orangy to me. Not that I’ve had that many, but of the four or so I’ve had, it seems that any time a pu erhs is flavored the pu erh taste is weaker.

Ricky

Blood orange’s citrus notes definitely showed up more in the Blood Orange Pu-erh. As for the ginger, a longer steep brings out the ginger taste. I think depending on how you steeped it, both cups could have been identical. Now I don’t have a side by side comparison, but it was just remarkably similar from memory.

__Morgana__

Would be interesting to try side by side! I ordered both, maybe I’ll give that a try. Lol.

Ricky

You ordered both!?!? Haha, would definitely be interesting, but uhhhh, that’s a lot of pu-erh to drink in a day ;)

__Morgana__

Yeah, well, I’d have to start early and maybe only go through 4 or so steeps each. I don’t know what your experience has been with the Samovar pu erhs but I expected more steeps without significant flavor changes. I’ve read about pu erhs going for 20 or more steeps without a change in flavor. I only get about 5 out of each one and the fifth is already starting to get weak.

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drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Samovar
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

I felt the same way about Adagio’s golden curls. But I just excused it as I don’t care for non chai blacks.

Ricky

Add Harney’s Golden Tip Assam to the list. It’s good, but just not my cup of tea. I’m sure those who enjoyed this would love it.

Cofftea

But I definitely liked it much more than I thought I would given my personal tastes.

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drank Citron Sonata Green Tea by Teavana
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

You had me till you mentioned rooibos… blech.

Ricky

Haha, but you don’t taste the rooibos. Well I didn’t.

Cofftea

Then it shouldn’t be in there lol.

Meghann M

Wow, I had to go look at the ingredients list in this one as I’ve never gotten a rooibos taste, nor was I looking for a rooibos taste, as I thought it was just green tea. Then again, I’ve never had green rooibos, just the red super noticeable kind.

Ricky

Wait wait, did it say it had green or red rooibos in it? Green rooibos tastes completely different from red. One’s woody the other is fruity.

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80

One word. Delicious!

Even when it’s 86 degrees out! :D My tins almost empty!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
LENA

I agree 100%!

Ricky

It’s sooo delicious that I finished my cup before noon arrived. With the hot weather I haven’t been able to finish the tea in my thermos very often!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I hate that hot weather is likely to decrease my tea consumption quite a bit!

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Hiya!

I am always up for sharing my tea with others. If you’re interested in something just let me know.

My Ratings
80+ Love it, needs to purchase more!
70-79 Pretty good, would consider another cup
50-69 Not bad, but probably won’t repurchase
< 50 Bleck, I don’t want another cup

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