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So I learned over the weekend that the Bulk Barn has tea. I couldn’t resist! This black and the orange ooolong I grabbed some of were both 2.70/100 g. That is a great price for a black tea, but surprising for an oolong. Obviously, I don’t have high expectations.

I am a big black currant fan, but the only black currant tea I have so far is Twinings bagged black currant (which I love!) The aroma of this before steeping is quite similar – just in your face juicy black currant smell. All things considered, the leaves are pretty big on this tea, though there is some dust at the bottom of my bag which I hope to avoid. Maybe I’ll give it a quick sift at some point to eliminate that.

The steeped aroma has lost some of the juicy smell, and is more like a black tea with berry of some sort. First sips are…delicious! What???? But it’s so cheap! I get a strong berry flavour, which I know to be black currant but could be confused as blackberry or raspberry, possibly. Still very juicy and fruit forward with a hint of tea at the end. I only got 25 grams or so of this in fear of it tasting terrible, but this seems like something that I might just rebuy! We’ll see how I feel as the cup goes in, but this is quite nice. I’m still getting a pretty strong balck currant flavour in the aftertaste. Not as good as the Twinings bags I so love (weird, I know!) but this was a great find. Colour me shocked!

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Jessie

Now that’s value. Amazing! I love Bulk Barn being entered as a tea company on here.

Debus

I had to drink mine down fast this morning so I did not get to really taste it but I quite agree with that post.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Loose tea at Bulk Barn? COOOL? I’ve avoided the bagged tea there because the tea is exposed to light in those clear bins. Might take another look, especially for the oolong.

Uniquity

The one I was at had about 10 to 15 loose teas. A number of them were greens or herbals, but the orange oolong smelled so strongly that I couldn’t resist. And obviously the black currant was too appealing to leave behind! They also had a number of boxed bagged teas, Celestial Seasonings, Yogi Tea, etc. The black currant impressed me, I must say!

Gary

Steeped a Cup of Twinings bagged black currant (which I love!)
While Reading your Posting About Bulk Barn.
I’ll Have to Track Down Some Bulk Barn.
Keep On Steepin

Indigobloom

this is awesome…. I’m gettin myself to a Bulk Barn asap!!
mmmmm black currant

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Jessie

Now that’s value. Amazing! I love Bulk Barn being entered as a tea company on here.

Debus

I had to drink mine down fast this morning so I did not get to really taste it but I quite agree with that post.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Loose tea at Bulk Barn? COOOL? I’ve avoided the bagged tea there because the tea is exposed to light in those clear bins. Might take another look, especially for the oolong.

Uniquity

The one I was at had about 10 to 15 loose teas. A number of them were greens or herbals, but the orange oolong smelled so strongly that I couldn’t resist. And obviously the black currant was too appealing to leave behind! They also had a number of boxed bagged teas, Celestial Seasonings, Yogi Tea, etc. The black currant impressed me, I must say!

Gary

Steeped a Cup of Twinings bagged black currant (which I love!)
While Reading your Posting About Bulk Barn.
I’ll Have to Track Down Some Bulk Barn.
Keep On Steepin

Indigobloom

this is awesome…. I’m gettin myself to a Bulk Barn asap!!
mmmmm black currant

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Well, this needed refreshing. I have been drinking loose leaf for many years, and have fairly well nailed down my tastes. I love Chinese blacks and some other unflavoured teas. I occasionally drink flavoured teas, or herbals, but the bulk of my tea is unflavoured with no additives. I stock regularly from Teavivre with the occasional Verdant purchase and the odd re-stock at Davids. I love mint, am learning about the wide world of puerh, and prefer ripe to raw, so far. I don’t like green or green oolongs very much, white is okay and roasted oolongs are pretty good. Coconut and chamomile are awful, and I wish they weren’t in so many blends!

At home, I live with my husband and cat in a house built by my grandfather, which we love. We share many interests – books, tea, video games, board games, tv/movies. On top of that, I love crosswords and recently took up knitting again, so I’m having a hard time balancing all my passions at the moment. I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, as is my entire immediate family. I love spreading the Who love!

We also spend a lot of time with family, when we can. I’ve got a gaggle of younger brothers, and we like to spend time with them. The wonders of the internet allow us to spend time together even though some of them live a few hours away.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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