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Bulk Barn

Recent Tasting Notes

70

Sooo….yeah, I don’t really like this. The pu erh base is fine, but there is no coconut taste, and the strawberry tastes cough syrup-like and artificial…I don’t really know if adding dried strawberry and coconut would make any difference, but in any case, I’m glad I didn’t get that much of this one. Back to Fantasy Island from Davids.

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80
drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
504 tasting notes

Not a stellar tea, but pretty decent for the cost. I might pick up some small caramel cubes and add them to see if I can replicate Orange Brulee from Della Terra.

The main thing here is the orange note. It’s kind of an orange creamsicle kind or orange…sweet and vanilla cream. Unfortunately, it does overshadow the oolong, but it really isn’t half bad. It’s super cheap, and it might be ok every now and again, and some tweaking by making some additions may help too. I may also look at adding milk to enhance creaminess. I also think this might make a nice cold brew in warmer temps.

I don’t think this is as bad as some people have noted, but I can understand the fake orange being an issue for some. I personally feel that the sweet orange is the best compliment to this kind of oolong. but it could be me.

Ysaurella

orange and Oolong seem to pair well, I didn’t think about this combination before. Maybe it didn’t work as much in this tea but I think it may really work.

Amariel

It does, yes. But the right oolong. I think.

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15
drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
104 tasting notes

What was I thinking? Picking up loose tea samples today at Bulk Barn to try them out. I’ve had some before in the past and never liked them but thought I would try some new ones, thinking – you just never know. Since I joined Steepster and have been ordering teas online it seemed I’ve just got to have that new taste sensation all the time. I’m guessing there are a few like me here on Steepster. And yes, a whole bunch of Bulk Barn teas came up on Steepster so I don’t feel so alone anymore.

So anyway, this smelled quite nice dry. Just a hint of orange. Oolong looked to be a decent quality so brewed it up at the temp I used for oolong, I think around the 190. I can smell the light orange in it but the flavour is awful. What kind of cheap oolong did they use is this? Okay, maybe it’s not that bad, but it’s certainly not good. I’m probably spoiled from all the good milk oolong I’ve been drinking lately.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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1
drank Hibiscus tea by Bulk Barn
94 tasting notes

Decided to try a little bit of this one day and it was just absolutely vile. Bitter, sour…everything a tea should not be. Stay far away.

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1

Nothing but artificial orange flavour in this bad boy. Don’t bother with this one. Bulk Barn has good teas, but this is not one. Tried it again, this time was worse than the last. I’ve thrown the rest out.

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drank Chocolate Energy Tea by Bulk Barn
19 tasting notes

I’m not a fan of mate. It’s too far off the beaten track of my usual love of floral and fruity teas.

I had run out of my delicious Coffee Pu’erh by David’s Tea when I found this Chocolate Energy Tea by Bulk Barn, and thought that it might be somewhat of a replacement. The price was definitely something that piqued my interest, at $2.25 per 100g. I also find that mate tastes relatively like bitter coffee on its own.

There was a very mild hint of chocolate when the tea was hot, but nothing but blah after that. It was okay for a good morning energy boost. As it cooled, it reminded me of black tea with a coffee aftertaste.

I might buy it again if I’m craving a coffee fix.

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59
drank Earl Grey by Bulk Barn
19 tasting notes

What can you expect from Bulk Barn? Well, not too much. Their tea is stored in large open containers that are constantly being exposed to light.

Storage aside, who can resist spending a little over $2.00 for 100g of tea? They have everyone beat in the price category. They also have a decent selection of teas.

As for the tea itself, the flavour is okay. It’s sharp and uneventful. It’s a big step above tea bags. It’s good for my morning commute when I need something fast and caffeinated. This is one tea I’d prefer with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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this tea is so great to soothe the stomach & appease troublesome sinuses. this time i added a bit of honey to ease a throat that’s a wee bit sore. it’s a go to comfort tea for sure.

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delicious. love the subtle heat. nice green tea with lovely flavour. comforting.

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81

I bought this tea on a whim and I really love it! My first time around I brew it a little too strong and ended up pouring it over ice and lemonade.

Let me tell you, it was AMAZING!

The tea itself pacts a punch with a tart pomegranate flavour and has this aromatic floral taste afterwards. Combined with lemonade, I can see it quickly becoming one of my summer favourites!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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90

Sipdown! And a good thing too, because this tea is dead, haha. Gone is the tasty fruity flavour. There’s still tasty oolong (even though this is oversteeped), but yeah, spending an entire year in a plastic baggie was not kind to this tea. Ah well.

Indigobloom

Bulk barn packaging is the worst!! I should remember to bring tins next time I go.

Nosyam

I cringe at the Bulk Barn teas. I never know how long they’ve been in those open air containers!

Kittenna

I don’t think they let you fill tins, haha. And this one was actually just fine when I bought it, but I really didn’t store it very well. And then I oversteeped it :(

Indigobloom

really? they let me do it, but that could be per location

Kittenna

I honestly didn’t try to fill a tin with tea, but they told us we couldn’t bring out own containers in to fill due to contamination issues.

Indigobloom

ah that makes sense. Hopefully it wasn’t an oversight and they let me do that again.

Kittenna

Yeah. I definitely would prefer that to wasting so many baggies!

Indigobloom

For sure! less wasteful and those white bags are such a pain

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17

Bought this on a whim last time I was at the bulk barn. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this tea. I think it’s the artificial tropical taste that overwhelms me when I guess I was hoping for more of a coconut flavor. I don’t think I’ll be buying this again!

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1

Bought this on a whim last time I was at the bulk barn. I have to say (as odd as it may be) that it taste like it came from the bulk barn, you know that scent that things from the bulk barn can sometimes take on? I was hoping it would be a little bit like Della Terra’s Orange Brulee oolong but not a chance! Defiantly will not be buying again!

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88

The smell of this tea is absolutely amazing. Perfectly sweet and wonderful.

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79

I was digging through some samples at home and brought a number of them in to work to finish up (eventually). This is one I got from Bulk Barn over a year ago but it still smells of juicy black currants despite poor packaging. I’m impressed! I also did a naughty thing yesterday and ordered some Black Currant from Tea Forte with a coworker so I was really jonesing for some currants! I’ve only ever had currant flavoured things and I’ve never seen, smelled or tasted a real currant but this tea when brewed still smells just like those Simpkins Black Durrant Drops that I loooove. I understand currants to be more of a UK thing? They don’t seem very popular here in North America.

Anyway, the tea! As I say, the aroma is like the candies though the taste has muted with the passing of time and bad storage. I’m also picking up a weird note that seems to have seeped through the whole basket from some other tea. That’s disappointing, but to be expected. While I remember this tea as very juicy and flavourful it is now an echo of that. Oh well, my fault. I will enjoy the remainder and eagerly look forward to the Tea Forte Black Currant which I hope will be lovely!

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32

Bulk barn fail.
The lemon part was fine, but the “ginger” was most certainly not ginger, if you get my meaning. Or maybe that was the base throwing me off. Something was just not right. Plastic and garbage like in the flavour, not so much in aroma.
Backlog from Saturday here. Sorry I can’t remember more of the sickening details lol

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