891 Tasting Notes

95

I sipped this down recently and I’m so sad it’s gone now. The dominant flavours are cinnamon and squash, with some malt and cocoa richness.

I feel like this would be the perfect base for making a really good pumpkin spice tea, except that it’s almost too good on its own to adulterate with flavours.

If this is still available with the same flavour profile I may need to cave and place a Greenterrace order sometime in the not too distant future.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

Soooooo good. :) I actually was just looking at it recently. But then I tallied my teas, and now I’m not allowed to buy anything.

Ubacat

Love this tea too.

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82
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
891 tasting notes

Sipped this down today and it was delightful. Both fruit flavours really shine out, and while there’s some tartness, it’s not hibiscus tartness (yay!)

I’m on more of a straight teas kick lately but this is worth restocking for me, eventually.

Flavors: Cranberry, Pear, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Heads up. This one is currently 40% off. Word is that it is going to be retired soon.

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84
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I hadn’t had this in years but I got a free tin as part of a sale, and I’m glad I did. I made this as a latte with sweetened condensed milk and it was just heavenly – very sweet, borderline syrupy and deliciously cakey. Definitely lives up to its name. <3

Flavors: Cake, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kristal

love, love this as a latte.

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75
drank Butter Tart by LuxBerry Tea
891 tasting notes

The cumin in this just overpowered everything today. I should have added some sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

My morning cup again. This one is so tasty and easy to reach for. So glad I rediscovered it in my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

I thought I drank this all up and was sooo happy to discover that I still have a fair bit when I sorted my tea cupboard the other day. It’s still a delicious cup of chocolate raisins. So amazing.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I picked up a box of this on one of my trips – with frequent travelling I’ve found one of the best things for me to do is just buy some tea and a mug when I get there, to make hotel stays a bit more homey.

As with my previous experience with these Lipton sachets, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a nice, solid Earl Grey with a good amount of bergamot and some other citrusy notes.

Over time I’ve reduced my steep time for almost all black teas to 3 minutes, and I find that that amount of time does well by this. This is a go to morning tea, at least till the box is gone, as it’s tasty and convenient.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

It’s great to see you back!

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82
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
891 tasting notes

I grabbed this tonight for my sweetie’s place, as we’re running low on non-caf teas. I was a little worried that it would be all tart hibiscus and generic berry flavour but it’s actually really good. The tart isn’t overpowering , and the berry flavour is complex – I pick up primarily blueberry.

A nice, soothing tea for a rough day.

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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40
drank Fireside Chat by Cornelia Bean
891 tasting notes

Trying this again since it’s been ages. This time around it’s not terrible but I’m not really into it either. It mostly tastes like a cinnamon rooibos with a touch of the iron flavour I noticed last time, and an odd slippery/watery texture to it.

I think this will go into a pile to pass on to someone else who might appreciate it more than me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Mineral, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.

Location

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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