Aromatica Fine Teas

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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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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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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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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
7163 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 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
459 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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Sipdown (116)!

Man, I’m sleepy already – and I swear all I’ve done today is sleep! So, we’ll see how many notes I can post before The Voice is over, and then it’ll be time to cozy up in bed.

This one is from the Amoda February box. I don’t know how I felt about it seeing it included; it’s not an overly unique blend is it? There are a lot of lavender EG blends out there. One thing that is really cool about this one though is that part of the sales for this one go to The Chilliwack Hospice Society. I wonder, if I were to buy this one straight from the Amoda site would some of the proceeds still go to that charity?

I cold brewed my sample; there’s supposedly hibiscus in this (WHY!? GOD WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO EG!?) and I thought that’d make it the least noticeable. However I didn’t see a single piece of it in the leaf when I was measuring everything out. Was I just that lucky?

This has a really floral start; the lavender is almost soapy but doesn’t quite cross that line. It gets awfully close though; like middle schoolers’ pelvises at their parent chaperoned dances. LEAVE ROOM FOR JESUS! And the wave of lavender transitions into a really brisk black base and very heavy handed bergamot notes. Nothing too strong, though. It finishes on a really soft, velvety vanilla note that’s to die for. Best part for sure; and it’s what drove me to finish this as quickly as I did.

Overall, it’s relatively average but that finishing note makes it a little better than the usual lavender Earl Grey. Mmm!

TheLastDodo

‘Leave room for Jesus!’ OMG. I was pretty mad at the fact that they put hibiscus in this. Why would you do that???

Roswell Strange

Did you actually see any in your sample though? ‘Cause I’m convinced mine didn’t have any.

TheLastDodo

Huh. I did! They were few and far between, but quite noticeable. When I saw those it was like I had met the Mayor of frown-town.

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Finishing off this Tea Sparrow sample. :) This looks like a really bizarre combination of teas, and I guess it is, but it works! It’s a nice blend of flavours: rich green tea, toasty (from the genmaicha), and fruity. I would order more of this if Aromatica’s shipping weren’t so prohibitive.

Flavors: Fruity, Toasted Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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From the Amoda Tea box February 2015!

I love(d) lavender Earl Greys. I went through a discovery point in my life where I hated everything about lavender buds in my cup. While I am still probably in that phase, something about the combination of bergamot and lavender still gets to me.

The cream in this tea smells almost coconutty. Like cream of coconut. Steeped in my travel mug, it is slightly reminiscent of vanilla yogurt. I can’t say if it is a good thing or not. The first two mugs I drank straight, and the third cup I thought I would try adding some cream to it. It brought out the cream and the early grey-ness. The lavender, thank goodness, was pushed to the back burner.

I am at this point in the winter where I am bored by the winter-y flavors and heavy scents. I am waiting impatiently for the newest crop of spring harvests to arrive and am itching for some fresh AF tea :P

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Got this in my February Tea Sparrow box. Very excited about the pineapple and coconut although it doesn’t come through much. Definitely a nutty flavour and quite nice with no milk/sugar

Flavors: Almond, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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The cream is great in this. Everything else, not so much. In fairness, I am not a fan of earl greys or lavender so this was doomed from the start. Still, I could see someone who enjoys those flavors being pleased with this tea.

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Of the four teas that were in the December Amoda Box, I think that this one was my favorite. Or at least, it was the most memorable for me as I sit here and type this out. I really like the combination of ginger and cream. The sweet, creamy notes soften the spicy ginger to create a sweet-yet-spicy combination that I really LOVE. The Assam is rich and flavorful – the perfect base for this. The malt plays well with the cream notes to create an almost caramel-y experience. The ginger adds a lovely spice note.

So good.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/22/ginger-cream-black-tea-from-aromatica-fine-teas/

Sil

this one sounds yummy! ginger! cream!

Maddy Barone

I LOVE ginger! This tea sounds wonderful.

Veronica

Wow… Sound good!

MissLena

I am going to look into this tea :D I am a ginger fanatic!

LiberTEAS

It’s a really lovely balance between the two. I love ginger and I love cream anyway … but together they work astonishingly well. Much better than I would have imagined!

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Chose this for my morning tea today. It brewed while I cooked my oats and reacquainted myself with my kitchen and my pantry, and oh, yum. Malty and smooth! I love Assam, and here, it works perfectly with the vanilla—so creamy, caramelly, darkly sweet. The ginger isn’t harsh or overly aggressive, but it’s not shy, either. It adds the perfect amount of spice and warmth to the cup. I’m really enjoying this tea, and for a blind buy? I’m totally patting myself on the back. Perfect for cold, wintry mornings when you’re being attacked by germs as I am.

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Time for some lazy notes! I have a lot of untried flavored tea samples from various sources, and since I haven’t been enjoying flavored teas much lately, I thought it best to get them all over with in one sitting. So this one is first up, and it came from the December Amoda box. Dry, it actually smells almost boozy? Must be the vanilla flavoring. I can also smell a bit of ginger.

The steeped tea smells much more gingery, but I can also smell the vanilla still. The taste is actually less gingery than I expected, which is a pleasant surprise. And it does taste creamy and vanilla-y. Still, never going to be a favorite since I don’t like ginger.

Flavors: Cream, Ginger, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
LiberTEAS

I really loved this one. Then again, I do like ginger, so it’s pretty important to like ginger for this one! Yeah, this one was my favorite of the box.

Cameron B.

Yeah… I’m a known ginger hater, so I skipped giving it a rating. :P

Cheri

Sounds interesting, Cam.

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Merry Christmas to those celebrating and Happy Holidays to all :)

When they say Ginger Cream, they really mean it. The dry leaf even smells creamy. It’s amazing! And as this morning’s eggnog latte, it’s like gingerbread in a cup, except super creamy gingerbread. Seriously, this one is good! A great way to start the day.

MissB

Oh my goodness, this is definitely something I need to try. Merry merry to you as well!

VariaTEA

I can hold the rest of the sample for you and pass it along when you return to Canada :). Anytime I can share something with you, I am more than happy to do so!

Dustin

Oh man, now I want to drink a ginger tea! Ah the power of suggestion!

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