This is the second one of the Herbal Infusions Twelve Days of Christmas kit that I’ve tried.
By chance, I came across the collection online on Black Friday, the only day that it is listed for sale.
I liked the sound of the teas, and I liked the idea of supporting a tea company in my own city.
So I made the purchase, and suddenly, I am made aware that I am being charged in American dollars. Yeah, really.
I am being charged in US funds AND I am being charged rather high shipping fees, considering that the tea is being mailed within the same city and comparing shipping charges of other tea companies in my city. Ok then.
Furthermore, nowhere on the site before checkout confirmation did it mention that the cost of tea is in American currency. Nowhere on the site am I seeing shipping rates listed.
Not a good first impression.
All this to me seems a colossal failure of communication. And more than a bit of an ethics issue.
I did contact the company about my concerns. No change.
A couple of days after ordering the collection of teas, I returned to the site to review the teas I would be receiving. Gone. No trace of the Christmas teas listed. The collection is only sold on BF, and only listed then apparently. Yeah, whatever. I am not a big fan of gimmicks, but perhaps working on creating a buzz works for some people.
When I did receive the teas a week or two later, there were no ingredients cited on the packages or on a separate itemized list in the box. Fortunately, I do not have any allergies or firm dislikes. Not a huge issue for me. However, still.
Anyway, on to the tea. The first tea that I tried out of the box was just fab. I will write about it later.
I had to look up a Pavlova recipe because though the dessert was vaguely familiar, I had to refresh my memory of the flavours involved: meringue, fruit—mainly berries, and cream.
And of course, there are no ingredients listed on the packet. Nor any steeping parameters.
The scent of the rooibos was raspberry cream. There were a couple of cream-coloured chips, which I assume are meringue bits.
I steeped with water resting a few minutes past boiling.
The flavour is raspberry and a bit of cream. The smell is a bit of cough syrup. Occasionally, the cough syrup taste creeps into the tail end of the sip as well.
The second steep was more of the same. I poured it out.
Maybe more meringue and more cream? Maybe some raspberry bits?
Raspberry vanilla seems like a nice change from other rooibos flavours. The idea has potential. The execution could use some work.
Flavors: Cream, Raspberry