Bayswater Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

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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.
1144 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.
1504 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.
1966 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

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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81

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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Funny, I just commented the other day that I’ve never tried a Bayswater tea before but last night when I was digging around in my sample basket I found this one from OMGsrsly!

I made it to drink while I finished up season one of SOA.

It tastes unique for sure….definitely sugary and a bit roasty and reminiscent of creme brûlée. I didn’t get the coffee feeling that everyone else mentions, but I have enough left to try another cup later.

Overall I enjoyed it! Thanks to OMGsrsly for sending along my very first Bayswater tea to try :)

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I had a cup of this today and it was good but not as good as TRIPLE CHOCOLATE should be. Maybe it’s just me. I sent the last of it off to Shadowfall for a second opinion. :)

Anna

Agreed! This is what Triple Chocolate should be like (if I’m in Sweden, this is the birthday cake I ask for): http://shop.textalk.se/se/article.php?id=29794&art=17419370

OMGsrsly

Ooo. That’s a pretty cake!

Anna

It tastes even better than it looks – now we have to find a tea to match, though. Cavo, are you Triple Choc Tea Odyssey team leader?

Cavocorax

Wait, you want me to find the best triple chocolately things I can find? Haha. sounds like the BEST job.

Anna

Yes. Only the best for you because <3.

Shadowfall

Lol. I’ll do my best for a good review. XD

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
5075 tasting notes

Latte of this one with dinner….added a few cacao nibs just to really make it chocolatey…sooo delicious…

QueenOfTarts

Do you think this tea is particularly creamy? I’m always on the hunt for one!

OMGsrsly

It’s 3 types of chocolate, so I’d be more inclined to call it “Triple Chocolate”.

Sil

yeah… it’s chocolate – i don’t love it brewed normally but brewed in milk, i’m a happy camper

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
5075 tasting notes

hello friends… i’m sort of back. Moving and work have occupied much of my time the past week and i haven’t had much time to log or drink much tea. we have internet at home now, so that’s good news…however not being able to drink tea much has meant that my cupboard has imploded. I’m currently sitting at 242 with 2 orders and at least 1 swap still in bound. eep! Catching up on drinking notes, though only doing a few for the teas that i tried that were new or that i did something a little different with, as in the case of this one…which i finally made as a latte…and THAT ladies and gentlemen…is the way to drink this. Sooo much more yummy and delicious this way!

caile

Welcome back – hopefully the moving has gone well! :)

Sil

it was good! but now there’s lots to do..but so much more room and we’ll need to look at painting since that didn’t get done before the move. heh.

caile

Are you in a house or apartment? Lots of room sounds nice!

Sil

3 bedroom apartment :) but it’s big enough now i can’t yell from the other room and have my other half hear me lol

caile

Oh, that is nice!! A three bedroom is great. I’m in a house but it is old and always so much work it seems…I’ve been thinking of big apartments lately. :)

Dinosara

We are moving soon too… and procrastinating on the packing. I just want it to be over with!

Sil

i love moving… but there was a kerfuffle with the apartment and keys and stuff which made it more painful than it should have been.

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
5075 tasting notes

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1504 tasting notes

This would be better with some Cavalla added for REAL chocolate flavour!

Otherwise, this is a decent chocolatey coconutty tea, better with milk than without.

I’m probably going to keep a tbsp or so and send the rest in the box. I think it’s worth trying, although it’s not a favourite.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1504 tasting notes

Made this morning, with cream. It’s a general sort of creamy chocolatey mildly coconutty tea. More chocolate because I added some Crio Bru to the steeping basket, which was nice.

I had it with a dollop of cream.

I don’t think I’ll get it again. It’s not bad, but it’s not something I always want to drink, like either Creme Brulee or Divine Temptation…

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Sil

agree!

OMGsrsly

And yet you suggested it anyways! :P

Sil

yes but i’d had it like once! and it’s good….just not ZOMG DRINK THIS NAAAAAO plus my sweet spot with this is latte..and i really enjoy that

OMGsrsly

Haha. :D It’s OK. I’ll share some of it with the world.

Amariel

What is Crio Bru?

Amariel

Interesting. Do you make it in its own or just add to teas and coffees?

OMGsrsly

I’ve done all. It is interesting, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again. It clogs paper filters, and I don’t have a Bodum for coffee right now.

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1504 tasting notes

So this is interesting.

Dry, I really smell chocolate and coconut. Steeped (as a latte!) it’s kinda all blending together. However, it’s very dessert-y and in that way it’s quite tasty.

Would I get it again? No. Doesn’t measure up to the divine Creme Brulee/Divine Temptation mix. But it’s pretty good. :)

(Steeped as below and added to 8 oz microwaved almond milk because I’m lazy.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

i need to make this as a latte…

OMGsrsly

You do!

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drank Ginger Lime by Bayswater Tea Co.
1504 tasting notes

I had this tea hot again last night, and I really do prefer it this way. I finally got a kick of ginger nearing the bottom of my cup!

So I think I’ll hot steep the rest and pour it over ice/chill it in the fridge. Quite a tasty tea, especially with that ginger!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

i agree!

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