1108 Tasting Notes

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drank Orange Chai by Look Organic Tea
1108 tasting notes

New tea company in Library Square (Vancouver), so I had to try it. This is the one I brought home with me; the other tea I had in store tasted of plastic. Yeah. Boo. :( So… had a cup of this today. I’d say it’s more orange than chai anything, and the rooibos pulled through more than I would have liked… I’ll try again and steep it for less than five minutes, perhaps that will help?

Flavors: Orange Zest, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

is this the expensive one IN the library?

MissB

Hm. I mean, it’s across the hallway? There’s a tea place actually on one of the floors of the main downtown library, after you walk through security? I’ll have to find that.

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87
drank Rootbeer Tea by Sweet Cherubim
1108 tasting notes

One of the few handblended teas that Sweet Cherubim makes that has zero ingredients listed. Having said that, I can see large pieces of star anise and fennel everywhere… the rest could be almost anything. It tastes surprisingly like root beer, and smells even more so – I’m assuming there’s sasparilla root in it. I love this tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ubacat

I’ve never heard of that company but Tealux makes a rootbeer tasting tea called Strawberry Sassafras (strange name). It’s a combo of green & white tea with other ingredients too. I’ve really enjoyed it but I know root beer teas are not for everyone.

Suziqzer

That reminds me.. I need to try bit of rootbeer samples I was saving as cold steeps for my son :).

Ubacat.. Strawberry sassafras sounds like an interesting combo

MissB

Oh, it’s just a health food store that sells teas, herbals and spices in big jars you scoop out yourself. The blends come from (interestingly) a book written many years back by a friend of mine.

Rootbeer tea is fun! Because, really, that’s hot root beer started out…

MissB

*how root beer, silly me.

OMGsrsly

I hadn’t even thought to check Sweet Cherubim for tea. I tend to prefer Gaia Garden for herb stuff. Planning a trip now!

MissB

Not sure if I’d make a trip out of it – they mostly have boxed teas (Numi, etc.) and then their teas in the spice area… maybe 7-10, total? I grabbed the ones that interested me: Root Beer, Female, Allergy. They used to have one called Weight Loss that seems to have been discontinued, it was fantastic for stomach/bloating stuff. A few others for kids and sleep, one for aging/general health, and one for men.

I just love that I can grab as much (or little) as I want… including all the spices/herbs. Where’s Gaia Garden?

OMGsrsly

Apparently Broadway and Trafalger now! When I used to work on Granville Island they had a location there and I was always buying stuff to try. I haven’t been for ages, though. I thought they were near the Naam, and they are, but not quite how I remembered.

OMGsrsly

I LOVED the immofort, and they made me 100g with no peppermint at one time. You used to be able to buy any amount you wanted, but I’m not sure if you can anymore. At least, you can’t online.

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85
drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
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I so wish that there wasn’t any hibiscus in here, otherwise it would be the perfect blueberry tea. VERY flavorful!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

mmm blueberry….

Suziqzer

Sometimes I think the same thing w/rooibos. I wish more companies would use the green since it seems more mellow & less woodsy, at least from my experience.

MissB

I found little woodsy-ness in this one, although I do agree completely with you, Suziqzer!

Suziqzer

I have had very few of the green rooibos blends but that’s what I’ve gathered so far. Some flavors work well with the woodsy notes though.

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Unsure what to make of this one. I’m finding the cloves a bit too much in the blend, and it’s ruining my enjoyment of other teas, as my mouth is numb almost instantly. It’s a bit of a vanilla-y chai, “but different” like Sil said in her review. I doubt I’ll go out of my way to buy this, however it’s still an okay tea. Super happy I got to try it though – and that’s thanks to jump62359. Mucho gracias!

Flavors: Cloves, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83
drank African Chai by Justea
1108 tasting notes

Ah, I remember now why I didn’t order this in my jusTea buy a few months back. While I love the company and want to support it in any way that I can, most of their offerings are just outside my interest… and so I share it with friends and colleagues around the world.

This came in the last (May 2014) Amoda box. Lots of flowers in the blend, which in a chai I’m actually cool with; I find it adds a hint of smooth sweetness to the blend (usually). In this case, that’s exactly what it does, and I quite like it. I’ve obviously had it before from the rating, and I’ll keep it at that, however I doubt I’d go out of my way to order this. I do like it, it’s a very, very good chai.. just outside my tastes at this time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Bummer that Amoda canceled their program. Great price point for a monthly sampler. I’m hoping they come back with something as good or better for us all :)

Marzipan

Handmade tea has a good price one.

Cavocorax

They sound interesting, but sadly it’s US only. At least Amoda was in Vancouver so it gave us Canadians an option. Fingers crossed that their new program is as good or better than the current one!

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Again, really tasty (although I prefer the Mint, Lemongrass and Saffron more). Slightly sweet from the apple, cinnamon and clove for a bit of… spice? Almost like a heavily mulled, spicy cider, with again that hint of creaminess from (assuming) the saffron. There are things in here I normally avoid (apple, hibiscus) and I still really love this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Holy crap! This is really tasty. Shockingly, wonderfully tasty. I only get faint mint in here, it’s more a compliment than anything. Same goes for the lemongrass, and it’s creamy. Smooth. Clean. I think the saffron is the tiniest amount of anything in here, and yet, it pulls it all together… truly amazing. This is wonderful.

I was concerned about using one teabag for 12 ounces of liquid, even with the box saying use one teabag for 4 cups of tea/one pot. Honestly? This is perfect. I’m so surprised with all of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Sounds real good. I love saffron!

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81
drank Wild Cherry by Fru P Kaffe & The
1108 tasting notes

Oooh, this is yummy tea. Although, I must admit it’s less ‘cherry’ than I was expecting, it’s still a cherry-like tea… more caramel cherry, if anything? A bit of creaminess to it? Gulped it down though, and look forward to more in a day or two.

Thanks Angrboda for this lovely, large sample! I must admit that all of these lovely teas are making me re-think my travel plans this summer…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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As I watched the season finale of Castle today, I wanted an appropriately-themed tea. Well… I’ve yet to see a Castle blend (yep, I’m looking into it as I type) so I drank this instead. I’d call this an earthy, creamy chai almost, with a marzipan hint of creaminess, with some very mild cinnamon and… puerh? Really? Wow, that’s smooth. I’m missing any sort of orange, however it’s still very tasty tea!

Thanks jump62359, you’re my Adagio pusher, and I love you for it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Earth, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

ack!i need to catch up with my castle watching…

Marzipan

That episode made me so mad.

Cavocorax

It’s so odd, but I like it! (the tea. Haven’t watched Castle yet.)

mj

I was totally irritated too! (about Castle)

MissB

Castle… potential spoilers here…

I’ll bet anyone who wants to take it (some tea) that this is another one of the couple’s dares, and this time, it’s Castle’s turn to one-up Beckett. From the second the episode started, I felt like it had a similar vibe, and knew it would have the ending it did.

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58
drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
1108 tasting notes

I should know by now that these blends have something in them that I’m allergic to (even though the ingredient listing for this one seems shocking accurate and thorough on here). Regardless, I made up another 2L batch of this iced for the kidlets, and wanted to try it as my teenage daughter said, “This is my favorite so far, Mommy!” Funny, as we had this the other day, however I only steeped it hot for 4 minutes then prior to icing, whereas today it steeped for a good 15 minutes hot before icing.

It’s tart, even sweetened. I get more lemon-hibiscus than lemonade, but I get why my daughter likes it. While it’s infinitely better than the last time I had it, it’s still something I’ll shy away from. It’s also convincing me I just need to buy a boatload of TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo and drink that iced all summer.

Preparation: 8 tsp tea in 4 cups of 200F water for 15 minutes, then with two cups of ice added and four teaspoons of Swerve.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Suziqzer

Looks like you really have to watch Davids.. they should be better about labeling what’s in their teas. Too many people have some kind of an allergy these days.
My husband really liked the Bamboo Pomelo too!

Cheri

I bought a tea from them recently and the ingredients list on the tea itself lists less than the tea on the website. I emailed asking which was correct, but haven’t heard back.

MissB

I wouldn’t hold your breath; few of the staff even know what’s what when I’ve pressed them for specific “flavors” that get listed. I should know better, I’m far from the first to get burned with them, so I just avoid them for the most part these days.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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