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This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice. Well, also artificial coconut, which doesn’t help. I tried 52teas’ Coconut Creme Pie earlier and decided to compare these two. This definitely loses that contest. Less flavor, more artificial, and the base is just a touch bitter (although, to be fair I did oversteep it, so I’m surprised it’s not more bitter). And yes, that first sentence is from Avatar: the Last Airbender. We introduced it to CarLord recently, and he liked it enough that all cartoons are now called “A’atar”. So adorable. And Iroh is definitely one of my favorite characters. It’s nice to have a character that appreciates a fine cup of tea. After the watch through, I finally decided to look and see if I could dig up some good fanfiction. I’ve found a few that are true gems. Including one that’s a crazy-awesome crossover with Stargate SG-1, and one by an author who must be a major history buff and can really get inside the heads of people from cultures with fundamentally different values. That’s always a fascinating, if unsettling experience. It really forces you to think through your assumptions of the world and how our personal beliefs can be bolstered or skewed by the beliefs of people we come into contact with. It’s a fascinating read, although some of the deviations from canon do trouble me a bit. As well as some of the possible implications of canon events. End of long, rambly tangent.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Skysamurai

I love that show too!

rosebudmelissa

Yay! Who’s your favorite character? Have you seen Legend of Korra? I’m part way through that series now.

Skysamurai

Hmmm that’s a hard question… there are many good characters. Zuko is probably my favorite. Katara is awesome…. ag yea hard question lol. And yes I’ve seen all of the legend of korra. I promise not to spoil!

rosebudmelissa

Zuko is one of my favorites, too. Sokka as wellthis time around, since I wasn’t as much of a fan of him the first time through.

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This is pretty good. It’s creamy with a definite coconut flavor. I do think the coconut could stand to be a bit stronger, and it’s just a touch artificial, but overall a very pleasant tea. The base is pretty unobtrusive, and not at all bitter, but doesn’t seem to add much to the blend.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I decided to try this because I have been super stressed out today. The baby has been teething lately, so he has been clingy and grumpy, and I am exhausted. I don’t really like it all that much. It has a lemony flavor, but also something unpleasantly medicinal that I don’t know by name, but have tasted in other medicinal herbal teas. I think a cup of chamomile or peppermint would be more relaxing for me.

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This is pretty good. It’s a nice cinnamon-hibiscus with a hint of nuttiness. I can see why it reminds people a bit of Forever Nuts, but I definitely prefer that one. This one doesn’t remind me quite as much of a dessert, and tastes a bit less special, although it does seem like a good wintertime tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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After a rocky start, I’ve actually started developing a fondness for earl grey’s, so I decided to give this a shot even though I tend not to like rooibos. It has a really unusual taste. The bergamot does seem to temper the medicinal flavor of rooibos, but it almost clashes with it at the same time. It ends up with a sharpness I tend to associate with menthol and a floral aftertaste. This tea tastes dissonant to me, but I sort of like it anyway? I don’t know exactly what to think. I’ll definitely finish this cup, which is better than I expected with the rooibos, and I may even have a second at some point to try and make up my mind about it. If you’re an adventurous taster, or a fan of rooibos or earl gray, you might want to give this a try. It’ so different.

Flavors: Floral, Menthol

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

Most of Herbal Infusions teas seem to be pretty weak. I tried this one with one teaspoon/8 oz, and could barely taste it. I tried it again with two teaspoons/8 oz. and it was much better. It’s still a very light tea, but I could taste caramel and black tea. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I wish I could have tasted the spices, but I really enjoyed this regardless.

Flavors: Caramel, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

This was pretty decent, but the flavor was a little weak for my tastes. I’m sure there are versions out there that I would enjoy more.

Tabby

Lame. :/ Thanks for the heads up, though!

rosebudmelissa

A few of their teas are pretty good, but definitely not worth dealing with the customer service.

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I’ve tried this a few more times, and the more I drink it, the more I like it. If I use boiling water and a longer steep time (5-10 minutes) I get a smooth dark oolong with hints of dark chocolate and nutty rice. It’s a very relaxing tea. I can let it sit and steep without worrying about it if the boys interrupt me, and the taste, although mild, is unique and natural. It makes me wonder if any other companies make a black or oolong genmaicha.

Fergy

is this a blend? flavored? sounds interesting.

rosebudmelissa

It’s a blend. It’s made with laoshan black tea, wuyi oolong, toasted rice, and cacao nibs. It mostly tastes like oolong, with just hints of other flavors, but it’s really growing on me.

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Sample from Zach S. Thank You!

Hmm. I wasn’t really a fan of this one. It mostly tastes earthy and smokey to me. I don’t really taste cinnamon or bred. I might like it better if the cinnamon was stronger. Oh well, it was nice to try.

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I really enjoy experimenting with my own blends. I like to keep a variety of teas on hand and I love trying new teas.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/desert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, apple, blueberry, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint, barley, rosemary, dandelion leaf, carrot, rice)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, red rooibos, lavender, licorice root, stevia; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, unflavored greens,

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, and the Butiki Educational TTB and am currently running the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club

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