Bayswater Tea Co.

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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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Mmm. Hot with a couple pieces of rock sugar added while it steeped.

IDK why they recommend steeping it so hot. White tea is best steeped cooler (IMO), so I tried it at 160F for 3 minutes or so.

Delicious! Sweet blackcurrant, mild white tea. I’m liking this a lot! It would be good blended with some fruits and made into popsicles, I think…

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
yyz

It’s a kir royale tea, does it taste like it?

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had a kir royale! But the black currant is spot on, especially with a pinch of sugar added.

yyz

Nice, the drink is just cassis and champagne.

Roswell Strange

I wonder how this compares to Tea Desire’s version?

OMGsrsly

Very similar I think, Roswell. They might get it from the same supplier. I’ll have to call Bayswater and check the ingredients, though.

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84
drank Divine Temptation by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

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84
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

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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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Much better with a 12 hour steep. :)

Just a bit spicy, but not overwhelming.

I had coffee again this morning because it was easy. Tea tomorrow, I hope! (It’s too late for what I want to drink tonight, but I’ll put some more cold brews together and maybe have something uncaffeinated tonight.)

Dexter

Citrus, spicy herbal stuff – yep I definitely have some of this style… ;))

OMGsrsly

Noooo!!! Dexter, I’m gonna be at 260 soon! And I still have The BOX.

Dexter

LOL ok – I’ll be nice I promise… really though it’s not the 300 that scares me, it’s the quantity – when you are measuring your tea stash in KGs – that’s just TOO MUCH

OMGsrsly

Ok, ok. ;) Share some samples. I promise to drink more tea than coffee these next couple weeks to make room.

Sil

you guys both do decent sample sizes… allows for a few mugs of tea.

OMGsrsly

That’s the scary part, Sil! :P Good for options, not so good for cupboard size.

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I made the last of this and accidentally left it in the fridge for about 36 hours.

O. M. G. My tongue is burning, and I keep sipping thinking it’ll make the burning go away, but it doesn’t stop.

Head. Desk.

OMGsrsly

I can’t stop laughing about it. I mean, really self? It’s CHILI tea! It’s not gonna calm things down!

Sarsonator

LOL oh wow… That is a very long time for a cold steep with chilis! At least your sinuses will be completely clear :p

Sil

i love this long brewed hahaha

OMGsrsly

It was just surprising. And then I didn’t clue in until the mug was basically finished. :)

Sil

hahaha

Memily

ahahahaha

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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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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.
1422 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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84
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

this was another from earlier in the day. I came home exausted and got distracted by my other half who opted not to cook – YAY PIZZA! and a few episodes of fringe. we’re finally on season 5 and it’s sad… 10 more episodes and it will all be over… no more walter :(

Suziqzer

I loved that series! I’ve even considered starting it over on Netflix .. I’m sure I’d glean things that I missed the first time through. Walter is just a great character…!

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84
drank Divine Temptation by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1422 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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83
drank Ginger Lime by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

backlog!

Last of this finished up yesterday while the other half and i got in a tv show and dinner. I try really hard to make sure that even if i’m working like nobody’s business during the week, i shut down on friday at a reasonable time, and spend a relaxing evening with my other half not thinking about work. I may get up at 7am the next day to finish work but i need that evening to take time to reconnect with him and just unplug from all the work frustration. So this + tea AND to bed “earlier” than i have been, means i may survive this weekend lol

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84
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

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drank Ginger Lime by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

cold brewed this one for funsies and it was pretty tasty…the ginger really came out with this brew, likely because i overleafed it a little lol

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1877 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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84
drank Divine Temptation by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

Another one from earlier today – love that creamy deliciousness :)

Cavocorax

I ended up mixing all of this with CB because the combo is just so much better! And, now it only takes up ONE spot in my cupboard. Bwahahah.

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84
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

my other tea from this morning…had it..it got me through the first hour of my day and then things DE-Volved. i swear..someday i WILL get a break… until then, there’s always tea!

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Cold steeped about 24 hours before I remembered about it. Oops?

Oh well, it’s still good. It’s a hibiscus based fruit tea with moderate orange-ness, and a kick of chili. Goes well with Kapha Organic.

:)

Flavors: Apple, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Orange, Rosehips, Spicy

Preparation
9 tsp 68 OZ / 2011 ML

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83
drank Ginger Lime by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

i love friday nights. They are typically the one night a week guaranteed for E and i to relax and take a deep breath after long weeks and before the craziness of the weekend sets in with work or running around with friends. Played some Terra Mystica while having a few cups of tea tonight and it was fantastic. i love this tea because it’s limey and a little spicy and just downright yummy. now if only after a year and a half bayswater ACTUALLY did something with their website…

JustJames

OMG!!!!! their website! dun dun duuuuuuuuuun. i am stunned =0(

Sil

yeah and it’s not up to date…and they’ve been saying for like 2 years they’re “almost ready to launch an ecommerce site”

OMGsrsly

It’s so frustrating. Even living in the same city, just being able to browse before I went in would be amazing.

Bear With Me

when you say “limey and a ‘little’ spicey” how limey to spicey are we talking? lots of lime with a bit of a punch, just enough lime to be a lime tea with a real kick of ginger, etc?

OMGsrsly

Needs more ginger. I can start another “box” for you, Bear With Me. :)

Sil

it’s just got a bit of a kick…most ppl who can stand spicy things would probably not notice this much

Bear With Me

I’ll send my sister to get me some while she’s over there next week :) there’s a few I want to try and I need to top up on grapefruit EG again (already. oops)

OMGsrsly

Mmm, grapefruit EG. I totally forgot about that one the last time I was in.

Bear With Me

it’s one of my favourite iced teas this year apparently. Only EG other than DAVIDs (now dc’d) Earl of Lemon that I like cold. I blame the punchy citrus.

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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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84
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
4830 tasting notes

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