Algonquin Tea Co

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drank Sacred Blend by Algonquin Tea Co
476 tasting notes

Oh I could just drink this forever. So lovely and relaxing.

Flavors: Pine, Sage

OMGsrsly

Where do you get them from? Their website or a local supplier? I have one of the blends and I love it.

Anlina

From Cornelia Bean. I haven’t tried ordering from the Algonquin Tea Co website yet.

OMGsrsly

Ahh. Yeah, I got mine in a group order from Cornelia Bean but they only sent 15g. The orderer followed up but afaik never got a response. :/

yyz

Ordering from the Algonquin tea co was easy and if you are only buying 1 or two teas in bags vs Tims they send it for very cheaply. Planet Organic carries the tea in teabags here as well.

OMGsrsly

Thanks, yyz! :) I’ll probably buy a couple bags. Our Planet Organic closed, but there are a couple First Nations shops in Vancouver that also apparently carry the teas.

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90
drank Sacred Blend by Algonquin Tea Co
476 tasting notes

This is beautiful. There’s clear notes of pine, sage and sweet grass, which perfectly compliment each other. This is a really nice, relaxing blend for the evening.

Flavors: Pine, Sage

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
yyz

I’m getting this shortly. I’m looking toward to it.

Sil

realllly…..hmm sounds lovely!

Anlina

I’ve always seen these teas in stores, but in tea bags, so I’ve passed. But now Cornelia Bean carries their loose teas, which is really nice.

yyz

Nice, you can buy it inline too if you buy the 1 ounce bag vs the tin of loose leaf shipping was only 1.88 to me in Ontario at least.

OMGsrsly

I have some of the Cold & Flu Relief one, and it’s really tasty. Only downside is they shipped 15g instead of 50.

yyz

I’ll have to way it then. Right now everything is being sold in packets of 28g.

Sil

you’re buying this at cornelia bean? or algonquin…

OMGsrsly

I got it from Cornelia Bean. I’ve seen the original packets from Algonquin locally, but I don’t remember where. They’re definitely 28g.

Sil

thanks… on the wishlist to try at some point…. now that it’s october and i get to start drinking tea again. stupid work.

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So this is weird. Cornelia Bean is where we got this tea, but underneath the name on their website it says “Algonquin Tea Co” so that’s where I’ve put it. Sorry if that confuses anyone (Like VariaTEA, who has the other half of the pouch. I think.).

I decided to try this one tonight because raspberry leaves are useful. It smells really neat. Almost licoricey, which has got to be the anise hyssop. Very herbaceous.

Ooh, that’s nice. It’s a medicinal tea, so it’s very herbaceous. The hyssop and clover make it somewhat sweet. The eensiest hint of licorice. I sweetened with a little honey, as that’s generally how I like my medicinal drinks (Well, and sometimes with some whiskey or rum as well. Ha!). This could be really good iced.

Definitely drinkable. I’m not sure what all the medicinal effects are, but it’s tasty and so I’ll probably go through this fairly quickly.

(Shipping to Canada from Algonquin Tea is only $3, so I’ll probably get more directly from them. They have a sweet grass and sage tea! I love sage teas.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

Uhh. I really REALLY hope that someone else has some of this because I only have 15g left, and this is the first time I’ve had it.

yyz

I like sage teas too. I’d be interested in that one because I’d be interested in how the sweet grass translatesinto tea. We had sweet grass in the garden when I was a teenager, non of the nurseries near here have it though.

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75
drank Awakening Tea by Algonquin Tea Co
1157 tasting notes

Mint is definitely the strongest of the flavors here, however you can tell it’s a fresh, wild mint (if that makes any sense).. it reminds me of going camping, and the smells and herbs surrounding me when they’re fresh and spring-like. I don’t get much of anything else in here, although I did look up Labrador tea (the first, main ingredient) to get the story. It’s part of the rhododendron family, caffeine-free, and often used as a tea substitute. Interestingly, it was hung up in closets to deter mothballs and ghosts. Seriously. Considering how I’ve been having very clear images of those departed of late, as well as ‘knowing’ things there’s zero way I could know, perhaps this is a tea I should drink more of, or less? :)

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

I would love to hear more about that!

MissB

The tea, or the weird/interesting things I’ve seen of late?

Marzipan

The things you have seen.

MissB

Oh! Well, I’ve ‘known’ things my entire life: when my Mom went into the hospital before she passed, I literally walked out of my class mid-conversation because I knew she needed me. My teachers weren’t impressed. ;) As recently as yesterday a gal pal was telling me about a text she received from a coworker: “I’ve got some urgent and exciting news to share, please call me ASAP.” I said, “Oh, she’s pregnant! That’s wonderful!” and my friend said, “No way, she’s 42”. Today I get a text asking, “How on earth did you know she was pregnant?!” I also just… see things. So was doing a tarot card reading for a total stranger, and prior to the reading, I saw a beautiful white sparkly path up to the heavens, with dancing hearts along it. I told the woman before touching any cards, and she started bawling. “That’s a message from my son. He LOVED hearts,” and then in bits and spurts told me of her son that had just passed, and how disconnected she’d felt from him. Everything I saw, she had a personal reference for, and knew what it referred to. We were both shocked at what I ‘knew’… it was quite emotional. Since then it’s happened a few times, with more details each time.

Suziqzer

Wow! Sounds interesting to say the least. My son will sometimes say things to us and we are like, “what?”. The one that sticks out the most in my memory was when he was probably 2 or 3 yrs old. We were on vacation, driving somewhere and he says something about it raining. Now we had checked the forecast and it was a nice sunny summer day with no rain in sight. Sure enough, not but a few hours later we drove through a downpour ! Where did that come from and how did he know? I have no idea. Now when he speaks up about something we always listen and take note.

Marzipan

I waited until I was at a “real” keyboard to respond to this again, because I hate typing long things on my iPad. A little background, I grew up in a religious household. My mother was (and still is) the church organist of a Southern Baptist Church. We were there every time the doors opened. As an adult I am pretty much agnostic. So I tend to lean more to science than metaphysical. BUT, there are so many things that can’t be explained that I always find myself very interested and leaving myself open to the idea that we don’t know it all/can’t explain it all, so my mind is open.

Now, I grew up next door to my grandparents. I had a mom, but my grandmother was effectively the mom. She was the one who was always baking and making Halloween costumes and all of those type things. I adored her and was at her house just about every day from the time I was born until I went to college. She was the most positive person I ever knew, and never said a bad thing about anyone. She certainly never dwelled on death or anything like that. So it was a surprise when she started talking about it quite a bit, for a year or so before her death. It’s as if she knew. She walked one of my aunts around her house and pointed out what things she wanted specific people to inherit (REALLY out of character). One day she scolded my grandfather for keeping so much of their money tied up in investments and said, “You haven’t left enough in our daily account to bury either of us.” There were several things like that that were just….really out of character.

My grandmother went into the hospital for a very minor procedure. She had a tear duct that was clogged and it needed to be cleared. She had it done at a hospital where my sister was a nurse, so after the procedure my sister went to see her in recovery, talked with her and then left the room. My grandmother had a massive stroke and was essentially gone moments later. My sister was the head nurse in neuro intensive care where they took my grandmother, so we were privy to some inside information, and her stroke was so massive and so unusual that it was studied at a national neuro conference that year.

This was, to me, the strangest part. She was kept alive for four days, and on the last day we had to make the decision to let her go. She had no will or living will, so there was no directive from her (this was 25 years ago, living wills weren’t as common as they are today). It was a wrenching decision and really hard for our family. But it was the decision we had to make. Afterward we went back to her house and started making coffee for the visitors. Inside one of her kitchen cabinets she had cut out a sample living will from a women’s magazine, signed it, and taped it to the cabinet door. It was dated within two weeks of her hospital visit.

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I got this tea through the Foodie Pen Pal program over at theleangreenbean.com. It’s not a tea that I would normally pick out, so I was intrigued.

It tastes like the green tea that you would get at any random Chinese restaurant. Now granted, I don’t have a really refined palate for green teas, so maybe I’m missing something. Maybe if I had steeped it longer as another reviewer said, then I would have found that sweetness in sweet gale. As it is, it’s pleasant enough, but not something that I would get again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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I drank this last night, mainly out of curiosity. It has an interesting, very vegetal taste to it. Not a huge fan of the overall taste, honestly.

I don’t remember my dreams from last night at all, but I did sleep right through my alarm (unfortunately I don’t think I can blame the tea for that). I got a small amt from my mom’s supply at Xmas, so I only have enough to try it one more time.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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This tea has a nice mint base to it, but you can definitely taste the other herbs in it as well, especially the alfalfa and what I’m assuming is the nettle.

I like the fact that there’s no caffeine in it, but will wait and see if it helps my energy and focus.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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100

I simply love this tea! So delicious. I’ve personally picked Sweet Gale in the wild and made tea from the fresh leaves. The flavour is gentle and gets sweeter the longer it steeps (hence it’s name-sake). Highly recommended.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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74

I always thought this tea tasted earthy and “ground-like” but not strong, and it is smooth. So I find this tolerable for it’s health benefits (blood cleansing), and that’s why I drink it. Not for taste.
I also love the story of how this company makes their teas. They are also environmentally friendly.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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