Bayswater Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

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Thanks again Sil for passing this along to me!

Made it in my timolino, and it was pretty good. I definitely tasted the cocoa and the vanilla notes, but unfortunately the hazelnut was pretty lost to me. The black base was nice though; I was sure I’d oversteeped it, but it didn’t have any noticeable indicators of that.

Definite downside though: for me, I associate Creme Brulee with a Caramel or Brown Sugar flavour, but didn’t pick up on either so there was a feeling something was missing and this wasn’t totally sold as a “Creme Brulee” tea to me.

Now that I’ve had this one and Divine Temptation individually and mixed, I’ve gotta say I agree with Sil’s ranking though: Divine Temptation is the best, then the mixed blend, and then this one.

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83

This comes from Sil! I’ve had this one mixed with Creme Brulee from the same company, but I wanted to try them on their own, so she sent me generous samples of both so I could. Tea Friends are awesome!

Dry this smells INCREDIBLE! Toasted marshmallows and roasty nuts. Very decadent, and it reminds me of roasting marshmallows, and S’mores and camping and fun stuff like that. The steeping smell is the same thing, but more intense. And then best of all: the taste is exactly like the dry and steeping smell completely. I don’t know if this is supposed to be a marshmallow tea but regardless, it’s the best one I’ve ever had.

I’m trying to remember how I rated the mix of the two of these, but I think I like this one ever better – and I definitely remember liking the mix a lot.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Roasted nuts

Cameron B.

Om nom nom marshmallow!

Sil

for me, it goes DT>mix>CB

Amariel

It’s supposed to be hazelnut, I believe.

OMGsrsly

It’s hazelnut and nougat! And nougat is basically marshmallow – egg whites and sugar and things.

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SSTTB Take 3!

Not sure what it is, but something makes my tongue say NOPE! I’ll finish the cup, but this one is not for me. Ick.

Thanks but no thanks.

Bear With Me

Ended up dumping the last 1/3 of the cup. Nope nope nope.

Kittenna

This sounds so promising…

OMGsrsly

Sil “made” me get it. When I asked for recommendations, she mentioned it. Better as a latte!

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85

I bought some of this last winter based on the positive steepster reviews. I remember enjoying it, so picked up some more when I was last in the ’hood.

This is a great dessert tea. It really tastes like nougat, those chewy white bars that had stuff in them, that I can remember chewing on as a kid. It is sweet, definite nougat smell and creamy mouth feel. There is also a nice nutty taste here as well. Not much of a black base but nothing disagreeable either, no bitterness. I wish I had some of their creme brûlée to try a combo with – have to remember for next time. I added cream and a little rock sugar, but will skip the sugar in the next cup, I think this one might be naturally sweet enough.

Very clear and cold tonight. I can’t figure out how to turn the pilot light on for my fireplace. Darn it! – would have been a good night for a toasty fire. Ah well, have turned up the heat, snuggled into my fluffy “mr bear” slippers, lit some candles and watching “call the midwife” on Netflix. Will make another cup of this tea, and should be set for a comfy cozy evening.

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80

This sample came from my swap with Sil. I haven’t tried many maple teas, and the ones I have tried have been extremely disappointing (I’m looking at you, Maple Sugar from David’s). However, as maple is one of my very favorite flavors, I’ll always be willing to try more. This tea has small black leaves mixed with shards of cinnamon bark, yellow petals, and what look to be pieces of popcorn. Dry scent is definitely sweet, although I would call it closer to caramel than maple, with a touch of cinnamon.

The cinnamon is definitely the strongest aroma in the cup, although thankfully it smells more like the spice than the usual candy variety. I can also smell maple, which is lovely, as well as some buttery caramel notes. Taste-wise, the flavoring is fairly mild here. There’s definitely a bit of cinnamon as well as a buttery, creamy caramel-esque flavor. The maple is there as well, but it lingers in the background, supporting the other flavors. I’m sure a touch of sugar would help to bring out all of these notes, but I’m trying to stay away from the stuff at the moment! Overall, quite tasty but I could use just a touch more maple.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Cream, Maple, Sweet

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

Reading your review had me craving maple…hence, Maple Pecan Oolong for me tonight! :)

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80

This is one of the teas I picked up on my outing with OMGsrsly, and it has become my main companion in the last week. There are better teas out there (and in my cupboard), but the smell always makes me swoon and loose all sense of judgment.

The cinnamon comes through stronger without milk, but at a 200F temperature it keeps its smooth toffee-popcorn butter texture. If I accidentally use boiling water I add some milk after- that ruffles out the cinnamon and astringency, while generally keeping things amazing.

Although the maple is slightly more subdued than I would like, I bear no regrets with this one, and would consider picking some up again. I do wonder if the Maple Toffee from The Whistling Kettle is the same tea; the two look identical.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Maple, Popcorn, Toffee

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1568 tasting notes

I don’t really understand the 10-15 minute steeping recommendations for these honeybush and rooibos teas. I steeped 7 minutes, and it seems totally fine, and hasn’t completely cooled.

This tea smells SO GOOD. It reminds me of Birthday Cake by DavidsTea, and Creme Brulee, and also a Marzipan Rooibos from Zen Tea. It’s cakey and vanilla and almond, with cinnamon and cardamom and IDEK what else in it. Very cakey.

I like it. A lot, I think. I’ll have to drink more to be sure, though. ;) Such a hardship.

Flavors: Almond, Cake, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Sounds interesting heh

OMGsrsly

It is! And it’s not a rooibos. :)

Sil

Sample? :)

OMGsrsly

It was already on the list for you!

Sil

hahahaha

OMGsrsly

This one can go in your list too, Cameron!

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1568 tasting notes

Ok, ok… I did it. I forgot CrowKettle’s teas at home (I’m so sorry!) and then bought lots at Bayswater.

This one ended up in my bag somehow at the last minute. It smelled SO GOOD! And luckily it tastes good as well. Yes, there’s cinnamon in it. And popcorn. And red peppercorns (actually related to cashews). It looks really similar to the picture of the same tea from The Whistling Kettle.

Although it smells REALLY SUPER AMAZING, I think I might prefer the Steam Maple Seduction better. (I didn’t stop there today because of the rain.)

Yep, I think I do prefer the other tea. I’m not saying this isn’t good, because it’s really tasty… but I like the other one better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Damn, I’m going to pick some of this up next time I’m there. Hope you two had a great time!

OMGsrsly

I can send you some, instead of putting it all in The Box!

OMGsrsly

We met up and did breakfast at Whole Foods. Heh. :) It was delicious, and also it was great to chat with the owner of Bayswater. She seemed pretty horrified about flavoured high quality silver needle, or even silver tip puerh. :) Might have to bring some fancy fancy stuff in for her. They also have a darjeeling that smelled AMAZING and I’d probably steep as a green…

Fjellrev

Thanks! But I think I am going to make a trip to Vancouver once I get back from the Prairies. Her stuff is so decently priced. :)

Sounds like a good time!

OMGsrsly

That works too!

CrowKettle

I don’t remember enough about Maple Seduction to know if I prefer it to this one, but in pinch this is good (and almost gone).

CrowKettle

I think the owner needs a lot more persuading when it comes to branching out with white tea. Bring in some Watermelon Xylophone, White Rhino, etc. :/

OMGsrsly

Yes. More interesting whites and more interesting oolongs. I can’t believe that people who drink it for health benefits wouldn’t want it to taste good too.

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Thank you for sharing some of this Cavocorax! It turns out I’m not a big fan – the aroma from the packet of dry tea reminded me of medicinal rooibos (blech), and although thankfully that didn’t really translate into the flavour of the tea, I wasn’t really keen on the somewhat spiced orange flavour. It wasn’t bad, just not to my preferences. I did finish the travel mug, though.

ETA: I did not pay attention to the fact that there was sandalwood in this blend. That makes me think soap, and that could easily have been the strange flavour I couldn’t identify in the brewed cup (possibly the medicinal aroma, too… I don’t really know what sandalwood smells or tastes like).

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1146 tasting notes

The SSTTB got this into my hands, and while the concept was lovely? It tasted kinda, sorta like creamy cardboard. Not that I know what that actually tastes like…

Flavors: Cardboard, Cream

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

It’s better as a latte, but you’re right, it’s not the best.

Mikumofu

LOL, “Cardboard” is the first flavor listed on the page for this tea now!

Fjellrev

Blech, duly noted.

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87

Sipdown, but somehow this one wasn’t added to my Steepster cupboard so my number wont actually be decreasing; which is a little bit saddening.

I just finished watching the double eviction with Tre and it was horribly predictable and anit-climactic. I hate this whole “best for the house” and “unanimous decision” way of playing Big Brother; true big brother is not played that way. Big Moves are made, and contestants are not scared of making the decisions that further their game and voting for who they want out instead of who the HOH tells them to. By this late into the season there should be a major divide in the eviction votes, and that’s not happening. These players are scared, and it certainly doesn’t help that more than half the cast this year (and pretty well everyone remaining except Derrick) were totally unfamiliar with the show before being on it.

Ugh. I’m just disappointed right now. It’s sad that the highlight of the night was Christine getting booed when she was evicted because I couldn’t even enjoy that; the level to which she was booed? Pretty heartless. Not even Aaryn, from last season, received that negative response and she was practically evil.

Anyway, the tea. That’s what you all care about, right? Thanks VariaTEA for the sample. I think you got it from OMGsrsly right? I think this is her “custom blend” if I’m remembering that correctly. Honestly, I’ve never had either of these teas individually so together was an interesting experience. I only had a vague idea what flavour was coming from which tea.

First off, wow. I made this in my timolino and the mouth watering deliciousness of this one was shocking. I honestly had no expectation this one could come close to being that good. The most prominent, mouth watering notes in this were caramel, custard, vanilla, and sponge toffee – all of which were accented with lighter notes of mocha, chocolate, and perhaps some subtle nuttiness. Just because of the balance of flavours, I’m assuming I was picking up on the Creme Brulee more than the Divine Temptation?

Also, the black base here was SUPER smooth. Like, Mike Boogie/Dr. Will Kirby smooth. That’s a big brother reference; apologies to the non Big Brother watching Steepsterites who probably don’t get it; but I think it’s fairly witty if you do know what I’m talking about? They were basically one of the best alliances (arguably THE BEST) in American Big Brother history – in great deal because they had one of the smoothest/most seamless social games in BB history.

I think the reference kinda suffers if I have to explain it though. Oh well. Anyway; I’m crushed I’m out of this now that I know how good it is. Next mini-goal, I suppose, will be trying each of the teas in this individually?

OMGsrsly

Haha. I had been sending them out individually and together. I don’t have anything but the blend left, or I’d offer to send you some. :)

VariaTEA

Yay! Glad you liked it. Cavocorax is actually the one who shared this and I thought I passed some along cuz it’s so amazing. One of these days I hope to get a hold of more of these teas as they are amazing both individually and together.

OMGsrsly

(You can place an order with me, VariaTEA! I don’t mind going tea shopping for other people. ;) )

Cameron B.

Ooooh I want in on that! Both of these teas sound amazing! :D

OMGsrsly

Yep, I volunteer my services to do tea shopping in Vancouver. You can email Bayswater and order that way, but shipping can get quite expensive. Well. It can with me as well, but that’s shipping in Canada.

Sil

bug me later when i’m not in the middle of things… i have both separate as i mix them when i go to make it.

aisling of tea

We just caught up to the double eviction today and oh my god. Christine getting booed caught us off guard, that just doesn’t happen. Even the most hated people don’t get booed. I’m so, so glad she’s gone, though!!

Roswell Strange

On man; her getting booed was INTENSE. And it totally wasn’t for her game either; America tastes notice to shifty personal behavior!

aisling of tea

Even Julie called her on it. When asked by EW what she thought of the booing her response was “No one wants to watch a woman make a fool of her husband.” Like, dang!

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87

Fun fact! If you steep this super-concentrated and then fill your cup with ice and then add milk, it is DELICIOUS.

Are you surprised? Probably not. This tea is great.

Sami Kelsh

This sounds like joy. JOY.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I have to make this tomorrow morning!

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56

Sipdown (142/150)!

Technically not “really” a sipdown because I passed the last bit of this one, originally sent to me from Courtney to my tea twin VariaTEA because it’s one of few teas I currently own that it appears she hasn’t had. Hopefully she likes it since, personally, I’ve had mixed success.

This time around it was served hot and had extra lemongrass notes accented by a tiny touch of strawberry. I’m not so big on lemongrass to the excess of it was not as well received as it could have been. I’ve had better cups. That said, I’ve also had far worse cups of it, so this was an acceptable way to “finish” it off I suppose.

Thanks again Courtney, it was fun playing with this one and it yielded interesting results.

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56

So I made a hot cup of this because I’m finding hot is a lot better than cold brewed, which is just way too tart. However this time I slightly underleafed and understeeped which resulted in a significantly lighter pink brew that tasted the best of any cup thus far; enough so I think I may have to actually raise my rating.

While there was still some tart hibby tang to this; it was a lot lighter and sweeter with some really prominent notes of juicy, almost candy like lemons and strawberry. Strawberry Lemonade, if you will. In fact, it really reminded me of a Strawberry slushie with a pump of that “shocker” stuff that the local convenience store sold when I was a lot younger, living in Regina – except, you know, hot. But really delicious and summery.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemon, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

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Really didn’t like the cold brew of this so I figured a hot brew was probably out of the question (if it was piercingly hibiscus cold, it was bound to be hellish hot) but actually I think the hot brew was, super shockingly, better!

It was like hot pink lemonade, similar to DT’s Pink Flamingo blend. Only difference is this was more hibiscus and less citrus. Pink Flamingo is definitely better than this one in pretty much all regard, but the mug I this I steeped up was at least drinkable which is more than I can say for the cold brew.

I guess I’ll be finishing this one off hot. Definitely not something I was expecting to do.

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The last one from Courtney!

Visibly, this one has a TON of lemon grass and hibiscus and stuff in it, so I was definitely a little scared of making a hot cup so I took the route of cold brewing. I have to say, I didn’t really love this one so much as a cold brew; it was super, super hibiscus tart and after a few forced gulps I dumped out the majority of it.

Sorry Courtney, while I totally appreciate receiving it I can sorta see why this one wasn’t so much for you. That’s ok though; I’m willing to play around to see if I can get it to work better for me. It just sucks because last night I really could have used something cool and refreshing to sip on.

Last night I had a definite not awesome evening. It started with balancing the cash profit for the day and doing the closing paperwork. One person does the cash, and the other does the paperwork – and then at the end we both come up with a total number for all the profits for the day, and they’re supposed to match. Except they didn’t. My number for cash was $250 less than the paperwork number. That’s a big difference.

It took an extra hour of Bobbi and I scouring the paperwork and recounting every till to figure out what was wrong; turns out neither of us has screwed up – our assistant manager did earlier in the day when he was doing a deposit. He dropped five $50 bills ($250) in an earlier deposit but had incorrectly filled out the paperwork for his deposit (he forgot to record the 50s, but recorded all the other bill/coin he dropped) so that money was unaccounted for. We had to call him at 10PM and explain to him how big of a fuck up this was; not just because it screwed with our paperwork but because the inaccurately recorded deposit is sealed in the vault that Brinks collects – and which cannot be retrieved by store employees, regardless of whether they’re a Keyholder/Ass. Store Manager/Manager or otherwise. It through our whole night off.

And then, on top of things I ended up forgetting a completely full 2L of Milk at the bus stop which made me feel like a total idiot, and then for the cherry on top (because FUCK THE NEW BUS ROUTES) I got on the wrong bus home and ended up taking a 40 minute bus ride and getting off the bus farther away from my house then when I had started (I normally don’t take the bus home because I’m only a 15 min. walk away, but I had armfuls of groceries I was nervous about having to carry home). God Damn.

Plus side? There was tea and eggs waiting for me when I got home! My swap from Cameron B. had arrived, and Tre had made midnight over easy eggs for me because he know my day was stressful! Aww!

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drank Mango Passion by Bayswater Tea Co.
1568 tasting notes

I tried this cold steeped yesterday, and… it’s weird. It only steeped for about 5 hours, in a DavidsTea bag in a thermos filled with ice and water. But I think the weirdness is the oolong. It’s slightly toasted, and combined with the mango and passion fruit flavour it’s quite odd. I had troubles drinking it all, when I had an iced Crio Bru and coffee sitting there, as well. :)

Smelling it, now that it’s been in the bag rather than the tin, it smells a bit like kombucha! So weird.

I definitely need to try this one hot, as well as iced. Maybe the flavour will be different if I do that.

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
2005 tasting notes

So I am super confused by the popcorn in this blend because I don’t really think it adds anything. With that said, this is still a very nice maple tea. It has cinnamon in it which couples nicely with the sweet maple. I enjoy it and wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered but I don’t think I would seek it out either. If I am being honest, if I were to get any maple tea from Vancouver it would probably be Maple Seduction from Steam but this is a pleasant alternative and one I am very grateful to Sil for the chance to try. (162)

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83

I made this more than 12 hours ago in my carry mug and just remembered about it now. It is still warm so yay for efficient thermoses! I am especially happy because this is the last I have of this blend and it would have been really hard to not get to enjoy it. As it is now, I am savoring every last sip of the sweet but toasty deliciousness. I will definitely see this again because it is awesome and I will definitely miss it now that its gone. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing!! 168.

Oh no! I never tried this as a latte. Well, I guess I have to get more of it now :P

carol who

Darn! Have to shopping again!!

OMGsrsly

Do you want me to send you some? I got 50g each for sharing, and I don’t really need them… :)

VariaTEA

Hahaha I would be happy to receive more. I can send you some money or pay for shipping or both or send you teas or basically any combination if the above.

OMGsrsly

I’ll dole out the couple samples, and send the rest to you. :) I have a few other things here for you, but it’s not much and shouldn’t explode your cupboard too badly.

VariaTEA

I am excited…and scared…but mostly excited.

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83

Having this iced and the flavors have melded together to create a creamy flambeed nougat dessert tea. Yum :)

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83

So I have tried (and loved) both of these two teas separately. However, I liked them so much, I never got to try out OMGsrsly’s beloved combination of the two since I drank them up too quickly on their own. Luckily, Cavocorax was sweet enough to share some of the preblended mix so I wouldn’t be tempted to drink them separately again.

Honestly, this is VERY good. At first I am noticing the delicious creme brulee sugar crust – all warm and gooey and amazingly glazed. As I continue to sip, the sweet nougat appears and coats your mouth so that when you are all done, it is almost as if you had a tasty dessert treat. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me! I look forward to trying this as a latte next :)

Cavocorax

Right? They should really sell it like this. Also they should REALLY just sell tea online. Someone should just link the page of Bayswater reveiws to the vendor so they can see the demand!

VariaTEA

It would be pretty awesome if they sold it online. I really want more of both the teas. Tbh, this is good but I think I would prefer having them separate just so I can decide if I want one, the other, or the two together.

OMGsrsly

I mix them 25g at a time, because I have a 50g tin dedicated to this tea. :) So there’s almost always unmixed teas in the cupboard as well.

And yes, it would be super great if they would sell online. Seriously, drop down menus and paypal links. Ta-da!

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I forgot how much I liked this tea. It’s good! So good! Just add milk and you have a nice creamy, coffee-like substitute with cocoa notes in it. And maybe hazelnut? I’ll have to get more. Maybe someday Bayswater will ACTUALLY get their webstore going so that I can do so without relying on others to get it for me. :D

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OMGsrsly generously sent me a sample of this fruity herbal. I was curious about this one when the group visited Bayswater, but was too chicken to buy some at the time. Now that I’m into iced teas I’m even more grateful for the chance to try this, as it makes an awesome cold steep.

The flavours are predominantly citrus and cranberry with a tiny amount of cayenne pepper that is not always present. The overall effect makes a tart, sweet, and refreshing cup.

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Pepper

Preparation
Iced

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Sample sipdown from OMGsrsly, my second creme brûlée tea of the night.

It’s a pretty potent tea. I definitely get that slightly bitter burnt caramel note.

It’s a very heady dessert tea that I wouldn’t mind having a small quantity of, but nothing I would want to drink regularly. I’d probably add a bit to my cart if I was ever going to place an order but I wouldn’t place an order just for this.

Thanks for sharing, OMGsrsly!

Sil

this + cream from teaG or divine temptation smooths the burnt note out and makes it delicious!

JustJames

drat…. might have to explore this company…….

Sil

james – they have some really nice things and some icky things.

Amariel

I do love this and divine temptation.

whatshesaid

Good to knowwwww

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