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OH YUM!
Pondering a FULL Review!
Keep an eye on http://sororiteasisters.com/
It’s been too long since my last Walnut Green
(Jennifer)

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thanks variaTEA
-nice base tea
-peach flavour is nice, though i personally am a little tired of peach
-neeeeeed moar ginger!
-don’t notice the rose

decent enough peach tea. thanks variatea!

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drank Ginger Cream by Aromatica Fine Teas
7674 tasting notes

this one was on my wishlist and VariaTEA obliged. I actually quite enjoyed this one in terms of a tea versus living up to it’s name. From this one i get largely a really nice black base assam with vanilla and a hint of ginger. I’m always a fan of MORE ginger than less, so for me this is much more like a vanilla cream tea than a ginger cream. still though, quite tasty…just not quite it’s name.

VariaTEA

It was actually one I got through Amoda and was gonna send to MissB but never got around to it. I figured best to pass it along before it got too old and knew you wanted to try it.

Sil

haha oopsy

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Flavors: Almond, Coconut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5

I feel like hibiscus is in everything these days, but hibiscus in an earl grey is definitely a new one for me. I can’t taste any of it once brewed, but that’s probably for the best. I’m surprised by how much I like this actually. It’s drinkable, and it’s definitely got the “cream” part of “cream earl grey”, but I still don’t think this is something I’d drink often.

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Another Saturday sipdown!

This one was still jucy bright peach, with a hint of sparkling ginger. The base was pretty strong, though.

Anyways, I’m trying to focus on my taxes, but all of this tea just seems to keep getting in the way! ;)

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This blend has Ceylon tea, rose petals, ginger pieces, and natural flavours — it’s punchy, sweet, juicy, and bright-smelling. The most prominent smell of the dry tea is the peach, which was the perfect hit of sunshine on the cold, sleety day that I first tried this.

The rose petals are a great addition because they add depth and roundedness to the peach notes without being overwhelming. I can also smell the ginger, but it’s there more as a dry, sharp sparkle on the top. The peach is really the star scent here.

I took a big heaping spoonful, put it into my teapot and let the whole thing steep for 4 minutes. In the end, I got a really robust-looking brew that smelled more strongly of rose than before.

The strongest flavour was the base tea rather than the flavours. However, the Ceylon is a very good choice, because it’s generally a bright-tasting kind of leaf with its own inherently fruity notes. As the tea cooled, I could taste more peach, but I was honestly expecting the ginger to show up more than it did.

Full review at: http://booksandtea.ca/2016/04/intro-to-aromatica-fine-teas-ginger-cream-and-peach-ginger-rose/

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Sipdown backlog from a few nights ago.

I really like the blend of vanilla and ginger in this tea. Very smooth, and there’s even a sort of chocolaty note.

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This blend is a mix of Assam black tea, ginger pieces, and vanilla bean pieces. The dry leaf is pretty true to expectations, and I’m pretty sure I can distinguish the chunks of vanilla bean from the black tea. The ginger pieces look a bit stringy, but that’s okay.

I’m surprised by how well the vanilla and ginger meld together, smell-wise. They create an aroma that’s soft and gentle, and they blend with the black tea to create a scent that’s actually kind of reminiscent of mocha/coffee. I normally associate ginger with fruity and spicy flavours, so this earthier, sweeter profile is unexpected.

I took a big heaping spoonful and steeped it with a pot of just-boiled water for 3 1/2 minutes. The brewed tea was bit less mocha-like, with the ginger and vanilla flavours becoming more distinct as they wafted towards my nose. Even after only 3 and a half minutes, the tea was a really rich, eye-popping brown.

However, I didn’t taste much ginger or vanilla when I tasted it. The most dominant flavour was the Assam base — brisk, malty, a tad astringent, with a bit of citrusy hint underneath. If you had just given me a mug of this straight-up without letting me know what tea I was drinking, I would have been able to guess that it was an Assam and that it was flavoured, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell what it had been flavoured with.

All things considered, this might go on my restock list.

Full review at: http://booksandtea.ca/2016/04/intro-to-aromatica-fine-teas-ginger-cream-and-peach-ginger-rose/

Sil

doh. this one sounded promising…

Christina / BooksandTea

It’s not bad – it’s just that it was more subtle than I was expecting. I’m pretty sure I can see whole vanilla beans in the leaf.

Sil

ginger should never be subtle :)

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This is a really interesting tea. All three notes are present, almost in layers (if that makes any sense). The peach is the sweet top layer that introduces you to the sip while the rose is the large middle that dominates the flavor. Meanwhile, the ginger is resting at the bottom as a warmth that ties everything together. All elements can be tasted simultaneously, layered on top of each other, rather than sequentially. I am enjoying this one much more than I anticipated I would.

rosebudmelissa

That does sound like a really interesting tea!

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76

Another tea bites the dust. I preferred this cold brewed over hot, as I found cold brewing this brought out the ginger flavour more, plus the cream aspect morphed into caramel. I’m enjoying the remaining bit cold brewed with DAVID’s Spiced Pumpkin. The two make a wonderfully creamy and spicy duo.

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Another protein smoothie, which I’m sure everyone is bored of seeing on my end:

200ml coconut milk
100ml Ginger Cream cold brew
43g Syntha-6 Cinnamon Bun protein powder
110g frozen banana
45g frozen raspberries

So freaking delicious. I loved the creamy ginger with the cinnamon bun flavour. And the spices go so well with the fruit. It’s nice to also be able to taste a smooth black tea base in a smoothie, as well.

Enjoying this with some Swedish loose candy. I can’t believe IKEA is finally offering the wonderful lösgodis tradition here, as it was one of my favourite things over there.

tigress_al

Not at all, I like hearing about your smoothies!! I used to make tea smoothies all the time—-you have reminded me how awesome they were!

Christina / BooksandTea

I’ve got this tea at home, but haven’t tried it yet. It’s in my queue for a Books and Tea review, though.

Do you ever put matcha into your smoothies? That’s one thing I’m curious about trying once the weather warms up.

Fjellrev

Glad they’re not getting too repetitive then!

And I sure do put matcha in my smoothies! That’s actually what I normally do, and highly recommend it. I usually throw around 2g into there, maybe a tiny bit more depending on the size of the smoothie, and the ingredients, and the quality/flavour of the matcha itself.

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This is a winner cold brewed! The cream note tastes more like toffee this way but I don’t really get any ginger. And somehow, there’s underlying coconut in here now. I think I’ll be drinking it this way from now on.

VariaTEA

I would have never thought to have it cold brewed.

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76

Ginger, vanilla, and Assam sound like one of the greatest combinations ever. Tearing open the bag, I get a hint of ginger but not as much as I would like. I’m considering a trip to Bulk Barn to acquire some candied ginger for this. Steeped, the vanilla cream comes out more. It reminds me of those vanilla-flavoured cubes of caramel.

The scent of the base is slightly off-putting, though. One tea shop in Victoria carries a ton of Metropolitan teas in glass jars, and almost all of them had this same dry undertone. It doesn’t smell or taste like an Assam at all. It tastes better than it smells but something is still lacking. I get the vanilla cream above anything else and not that much ginger. I’ll have to experiment with this further before I reach a final verdict.

VariaTEA

This makes for a great eggnog latte

Fjellrev

Ah yeah, I was thinking that actually, and will try it that way next. Hoarding the last cup of eggnog because I can’t seem to find it anymore.

OMGsrsly

I am considering buying more eggnog and freezing it, because you can freeze milk. But it wasn’t even on sale at the store I went to today!

Fjellrev

I stopped seeing it over a week ago already. Seems a little too early.

Fjellrev

No loss, really. I’m sure I can make my own anytime.

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85

Decided to finish off this wonderful tea with a big mug of it, and added a couple rocks of sugar and some almond milk to finish it off. This is one of the heartiest teas I’ve drank – it has a lot going on even without additions, but with a bit of rock sugar and almond milk this is creamy nutty goodness in a cup! Smells wonderful when brewing (and dry), and the flavour really lives up to that anticipation. Aromatica has some yummy teas, I must say. Local vendor, too!

Mike

I’ve heard good things about Vancouver, seems like a cool city! How’s the tea scene there?

Mookit

It’s bustling and steadily growing, I’d say! I went to a tea festival here recently and there was hundreds of people there, so I think being into tea is “trendy” right now. There are a lot of tea vendors around here too, ranging from Teavana and DavidsTea to many smaller local vendors who are also getting a lot of attention.

Mike

Very nice! Tea festival, huh? I’ll have to check out some local vendors when I finally make a trip there. I’ve heard a lot of good things about DavidsTea as well, so they’re on the list too! Thanks!

Mookit

Yeah, the Vancouver Tea Festival was in November! Pretty fun event. Some of the local vendors that I know of are: Aromatica Fine Teas, Tea Desire, Just Tea, Herbal Republic. I am familiar with teas from all except Just Tea, and they are wonderful!

Mike

Nice! I may try to plan a trip up during the festival! I’ll look into those vendors, thanks!

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I had this last night before bed, and I gotta say, this tea really surprised me. I’m usually wary of overly flavoured sweet teas, but this one is really delicious! As soon as I smelled it while it was brewing, I exclaimed “It really does smell like apple pie!” And indeed the taste was very similar too! I just love it when the aroma and flavour of a tea match, like I said and will continue saying every single tea review! The flavour profile was slightly sweet, very nutty, and I could get hints of apple in the background. I even went and added a bit of almond milk to it, the first time I’ve done that to a tea in a very long time. And it was awesome! It helped the tea taste a bit more creamy, finishing off that apple pie illusion. I really enjoyed this tea, it was festive and basically like joy in a cup.

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drank Sangria by Aromatica Fine Teas
7674 tasting notes

Another tea from variaTEA and this one is pretty darn good. I think it does a good job of capturing the essence of sangria – it’s certainly not just a hibby fruit tea.

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bah. lost my tasting note. Long story short. I hate blergamot. I hate floral teas. the smell of this one is terrible. like potpourri…and blergamot. blech. taste wise though? it’s not as terrible as all that – i think it’s helped by the fact that it’s an EG cream. Appreciate the share omgsrsly keep the gross things coming :)

OMGsrsly

Oh! Is this the Amoda one? If so, it’s from Tegan. :D

Sami Kelsh

DUDE. Did you sign up for a gross tea exchange or something? If so, I have a few questionable brews I could try out on you…

Sil

haha more like the girls like purposely sending me things they know i won’t like but will feel compelled to try because/…JUST IN CASE, i might like it

Sil

and ok to the tegan omg :)

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This blend is so incredibly fragrant. Both the lavender and the bergamot are powerful here. I read a couple of notes saying that lavender earl greys are pretty common. This is the first of those I’ve experienced so it seems so exciting to me. My first sip was just a small amount of bitterness and there wasn’t as much flavor as the aroma would have you believe, but it was still apparent that this has lavender and bergamot in the cup. I enjoyed it overall, but I do wish there was as much flavor in the taste as there was in the scent.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 195 degrees + 10 minutes

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Lavender

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

This tea is incredibly aromatic. I can smell the bergamot, vanilla, and lavender very clearly. The tea itself is beautiful – there are reds and blues and pinks and purples. The black tea itself makes up a strong majority of the blend. The leaves are small but long and most are straight or with a slight bend. I can especially taste the lavender and bergamot.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sangria by Aromatica Fine Teas
605 tasting notes

This is probably one I should be trying iced first, but I usually do hot tea at work so that’s what I’m having. I definitely want to try this iced at some point though. The dry blend is mostly hibiscus from what I can tell, but there are also pieces of dried fruit and citrus peel. It smells very bright and sweet. I am picking up on the citrus more in the dry blend. The steeped liquid smells mostly of hibiscus. It is a deep berry red and has a definite tang to it.

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The dominant aroma in the dry blend is the peach, but the ginger really comes through after steeping. This one is not bad, but I don’t like it nearly as much as my favorite peach black tea – Valley of the Heart’s Delight by Satori Teas – which has stone fruits and flowers.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 15 minutes

This second cup doesn’t appear to be steeping very well. It looks and smells watery and there are little particles floating around in the liquid. I can faintly smell the peach and the ginger. It’s relatively dark in color but still not as dark as the first infusion. The torn tea leaves have opened fully and the flower petals are now pale and translucent. The taste isn’t bad. It’s mostly ginger. Probably not worth a second steep.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This one is from a Tea Sparrow box a few months ago. I’m sure I’ve had it hot, but I guess I didn’t write a tasting note. Anyway, cold steeped this one overnight and it’s pretty delicious. The strongest flavours are the sencha and coconut, with just a bit of nuttiness. Now I need to try it again steeped hot so I can compare properly. :)

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Freedom Tea by Aromatica Fine Teas
57 tasting notes

Finally received my tea sparrow package for March!
I’m glad this tea is delicious, because the story behind it really sucked me in. If you’re a lemon fan, you’ll love this one. It’s super refreshing and not as astringent as I was expecting. The dash of vanilla saves it from tasting like plain lemon water. It’s like the rooibos isn’t even there!

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