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drank Spearmint Lavender by HEB
2654 tasting notes

A dear friend swung our mutual “a month either way” occasion observation rule to the early side, so I came home after a really stressy workweek to a lovely little package of pre-Christmas. These tea sachets, part of the contents, made me squee and giggle, because of late I have been discovering what cool stuff HEB has … and moan and groan because I live two states away from the closest one.

If it weren’t for the grocery store box, I’d be convinced these were from an upscale proprietor—large sachets with lots of room for the leaves to play, big, intact lavender buds; not crunched or crushed, and the spearmint is a really nice, sharp counterpoint to the lavender perfume. Really lovely to relax with.

Cameron B.

I live in HEB territory if you need a supplier! ;)

gmathis

I will keep that in mind when the tins quit falling off the kitchen shelves…. :)

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drank Chocolate Rooibos by HEB
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I thought I’d reviewed this but apparently not. Michelle sent me a couple of these teabags a while back. I remember being quite surprised at how good this tea was considering it’s I believe a grocery store brand rooibos tea and chocolate flavored. Chocolate-flavored teas are tricky to do well but this one was so dessert-y. I liked this one so much that I actually was looking online to see if I could buy a box anywhere and sadly it didn’t seem so. The rooibos in this tea isn’t stronger than the chocolate flavor. Thanks again for sending me these Michelle they were a winner!

Michelle

I think HEB used to have an online store, but they closed it. But thanks for the reminder, I’ll pick up some more when I’m in Texas this week :)

Cameron B.

I live in Austin so let me know if you want me to check my local stores, ha ha!

Lexie Aleah

@Michelle That’s a bummer but glad your gonna hopefully get to restock it in your cupboard soon.
@Cameron: Oooh, would you if you don’t mind, please if you happen to be at the store?

Cameron B.

I’ll check next time I’m there!

Cameron B.

So I finally remembered to check and yes, my local HEB does have this! I neglected to check the price, the website claims it’s just under $2.

So let me know if you would like me to pick some up for you, and that applies to anyone reading this!

Lexie Aleah

Thanks, and if you don’t mind I’d really appreciate it. I don’t think I’ll be going to Texas anytime soon even though I’d love to see it.

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drank Chocolate Rooibos by HEB
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From Michelle!  Thanks very much.  What a lovely night time option.  The chocolate holds up for two steeps of flavoring.  I really can’t tell the rooibos is there.  The chocolate flavoring is mostly like a Russell stover chocolate filling… you know, the chocolate filling kind of like a three musketeers bar.  Now I’d really love a three musketeers bar… sigh.  But this tea will do in a chocolate craving moment. The flavor also has that hint of booziness that a chocolate flavoring sometimes has… but only a hint.

Michelle

This is a nice surprise for supermarket tea, glad you got to try it.

tea-sipper

Yes and thanks again for sharing it, Michelle! :D

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drank Chai by HEB
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drank Cinnamon Spice by HEB
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Another HEB first for me! The dry bag and envelope smelled eggnoggy, but there’s no cream or vanilla in it. A previous review compared it to Big Red chewing gum, and I can’t improve on that for accuracy. It’s a notch lighter than Harney & Sons’ Hot Cinnamon Spice, but then again, it’s herbal and has a little less muscle. Tasty and pleasant.

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drank Chocolate Rooibos by HEB
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I’ve probably written elsewhere that when we’re on vacation, rather than hitting conventional tourist spots, a mandatory stop is the big local grocery store so we can see how the rest of the world shops for tea and groceries. (Favorites: a fancy-pants Dillons in Wichita, Publix under the Capitol View Apartments in Nashville, Dierbergs in the St. Louis Area.)

However, our travels haven’t led us anywhere that has an HEB, so Michelle thoughtfully sent HEB my way! For a store brand bagged rooibos, this is good! Dark cocoa scent jumped out of the packet when I opened it, and after an indeterminate work-desk steep, it yielded a nicely blended chocolatey cup with no distracting separation of flavors. All meshes quite pleasantly.

Cameron B.

HEB, that’s my neck of the woods! :D

Michelle

This one is not in every HEB, but if I’m traveling to TX I hunt down a box.

AJRimmer

I totally get this! Growing up, the nearest Trader Joe’s was six hours away, so we’d always visit them when traveling! Funnily enough, now that I live in a city that has two, I never go!

gmathis

Our closest local options aren’t anything to get excited about.

ashmanra

I have never heard of HEB! Is it like Publix?

Evol Ving Ness

We don’t have Trader Joe’s or Target or a lot of US brands, so for me visiting them is such a thrill when in the States.

CrowKettle

Love touring everyone’s grocery stores when travelling! Never been to a HEB. Next time, when in Texas :)

Dustin

I don’t know Publix, but HEB is like Safeway/Albertsons/Raley’s. HEB has Whole Foods competitor stores called Central Market and the two I’ve been in had a nice bulk tea section.

Evol Ving Ness

Nice bulk tea section! I think this is unheard of here. Wow!

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drank Cinnamon Spice by HEB
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There are quite a few ingredients in this rooibos blend, but all I can smell and taste is the cinnamon. It’s that Big Red gum cinnamon, so I thought I wouldn’t love it, but I really actually do! It’s sweet, not spicy like I expected, and really tastes just like Big Red (without the mouth burn). Still not tasting any of the other flavors, but I’m cool with it. Thanks for letting me try one of your favorites, Michelle!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Michelle

You certainly wouldn’t guess that the base is chamomile here. It makes a soothing bedtime cup in the winter. Glad you liked it :)

Shae

I’m not much for chamomile, except for one AQ2T blend, and I never would have known there was chamomile in this if I hadn’t seen the ingredients. Even knowing it was there, I couldn’t taste it.

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drank Chocolate Rooibos by HEB
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Michelle recommended a full ten minute steep for this one, so I steeped this according to her suggestion. It smells very much like chocolate liqueur right out of the bag, a definite alcohol aroma, but while steeping I’m getting something different. I’m immediately reminded of a hospital cafeteria. Weird. Why? And then I realized —> IT’S COFFEE. This smells like coffee. Huh? I don’t know where that’s coming from. I can taste the rooibos above all else, followed by the chocolate, but I’m still puzzled by this coffee element. I’ve search all over the internet for the ingredients to this tea and can’t seem to find them anywhere. I do hope there isn’t actually coffee in this one though, since I’m drinking this late in the afternoon and I’d really like to sleep tonight. Even though it specifically says rooibos, I have come across a couple of blends before that say herbal (for example) in the title and they ended up having puerh and black tea in the mix. Definitely misleading.

Side note – I’m so excited to have finally received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine! Thanks, Leafhopper, for the encouragement earlier this week. :) I’ve felt so behind since I haven’t been able to get it yet. Many people I know are already fully vaccinated, including my husband. I’ve also been especially anxious about it these last few weeks, since my dad was in the hospital and my father-in-law isn’t doing so well health-wise. I was supposed to have gotten it already, but I got sick with a cold and had to postpone. Anyway, I’m typing all this out because I feel super proud of myself today and wanted to share. I have Dysautonomia which causes my autonomic nervous system to act irrationally, so I was very nervous and worried about having a reaction and/or blacking out during the vaccine. I really had to mentally prepare myself for this, as silly as that may sound, and I was so proud of myself for making it through. I came out of that pharmacy grinning ear to ear. :D

Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Coffee, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Yay for vaccine! And for you that you have decided to go through even you could have serious side effects.

Shae

Thanks, Martin! And surprisingly I don’t feel too bad today, that’s a bonus.

Martin Bednář

That’s indeed a nice bonus!

Michelle

It could be a coffee flavor in the herbal tea, but I was curious so I got out my other HEB favorite tea, Cinnamon Spice. A large ‘Caffeine Free’ banner is on the Cinnamon Spice packet and I remember that it has mostly chamomile and cinnamon. So it could be there is some coffee in the Chocolate Rooibos. HEB stores don’t all have the exact same inventory, and I while I looked for it during my last visit to Houston, I might have to search HEBs until I find a box again. I like a challenge, I’ll figure out if there is coffee in this or not!
Yay for vaccines, and thanks for sharing that you are proud to get one without incident. Things that seem simple and mundane for some are difficult and nerve wracking for others, you never know what people are going through by just looking at them. It’s awesome you recognize your triumph and are happy with it!

Shae

I would be curious to know! I don’t remember that it kept me up or made me jittery, so maybe it was just a flavoring added to enhance the chocolate. And yes, you’re so right – we really don’t know what others are feeling or what might have happened to them earlier that day or week. So many people juggle so many things. I feel like sometimes it’s just enough to make it day to day.

Side note – I’m about to drink the Cinnamon Spice tea you sent! Looking forward to it since you said it’s your favorite HEB tea.

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drank Cinnamon Spice by HEB
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What are the health benefits of drinking green tea with honey?

Green tea is high in antioxidants that can improve the function of your body’s health and brain. Green tea boasts several health benefits and is considered as one of the world’s and can help you lose weight.

Flavors: Berry, Fishy, Grain, Grapefruit, Green Apple, Red Apple, Walnut, Winter Honey

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I found green tea to help with getting my weight down to normal. I drink it cold with lemon and about 6-8 cups a day.

Flavors: Blueberry, Caramel, Honey

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drank Spearmint Lavender by HEB
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Simple and fairly plain- this is my go to tea for anxiety and really awful nights of insomnia. Literally is just lavender flowers and spearmint leaves in a pyramid tea bag. It’s perfect. It’s calming and soothing, and comforting in an uplifting way.

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drank My Cup OF Tranquility by HEB
249 tasting notes

This is a store brand tea, so my expectations aren’t huge. Bags are individually sealed in plastic, and they are the nylon (or whatever they’re made of) pyramid shaped kind. It is utterly decent for the price and availability (for those of us by this grocery store, HEB), but has nothing particularly remarkable about it. It’s a decent black tea with a faint taste of the mango, and if your budget is $3.00, it’s just fine. I’d prefer to spend a little more and get something better, but I wouldn’t turn this down if it was offered to me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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