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Recent Tasting Notes

75

the black tea taste is strong because I steeped for longer than recommended. It is a very pleasant tea. The pomegranate comes through well, which you can taste just as you finish your drink. the aftertaste isn’t bitter, and honestly, I find helps each continued drink taste better. I like it unsweetened, there’s no bitterness at all. I imagine it would only enhance the natural sweetness of the pomegranate, but might become overwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81

I really like this, though I have way too much and it’s getting old. It still has good flavour, a nice green tea that I think was a bit roasty and a bit vegetal, with a hint of ginger at the back of the throat but no real burn. I drank this cup down fast, so no detailed tasting notes, I mostly just remember that I enjoyed it lots and it was a good accompaniment to food.

Flavors: Ginger, Roasted, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

Bought this at the Bulk Barn because the smell is very enticing. The taste on the other hand is pretty bland. It tastes mainly of black tea, and a little sweet because of the stevia. I ended up adding two teaspoons of splenda to finish this cup of tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

In the dry leaf I can see lots of lavender and other petals, but all I smell is the pomegranate. But once steeped, the fragrance of the lavender comes out in full force. It beautifully compliments the smell of the fruit and green tea.

The taste of this is very pleasant and balanced. The green tea isn’t really distinctive, but there’s some vegetal notes that I lends to the blend, and the lavender and pomegranate are in harmony – a bit tart, floral and fruity.

On the finish the fruit fades out first, the lavender lingers a bit longer and then departs and eventually there’s just the vegetal umami notes of the green tea with a hint of the cooling sensation from the lavender.

It’s been ages since I’ve had this, and it’s been sitting in my cupboard for far too long, but it’s still really good.

Flavors: Fruity, Lavender, Tart, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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61

This is another tea that’s been in my cupboard for ages and stored poorly.

It’s not a bad tea. Fairly delicate white tea flavour with just a hint of apricot sweetness. Nice tangy, vegetal finish. At 2 min it was a bit weak. At 2:30, there’s hints of astringency creeping in, but it’s still very drinkable.

All in all, not bad for what it is.

Flavors: Apricot, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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68
drank Chocolate Energy Tea by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

I’m hesitant about this, because it’s been in my cupboard a long time, mate is hit or miss for me, and I’m not sure about stevia either. But here goes.

This smells excellent. Very rich and chocolatey. On the palate the chocolate is pretty subtle. There’s a slight tingle that makes me think mint but isn’t mint, and some earthiness and sweetness. The stevia and mate are surprisingly well balanced and don’t taste unpleasant at all.

I could easily drink this straight but I’m going to finish my cup with a bit of milk and sugar, because I always feel like chocolatey teas are well complimented by those.

Not a favourite but not bad at all.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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62
drank Candy Cane Tea by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

Another revisit of a tea that’s been sitting in my cupboard for far too long.

This is nice. There’s lots of mint on the nose and also a great sweet, chocolately note. It smells like a peppermint patty.

The flavour doesn’t have the same sweet, chocolate notes as the nose. It’s a dry mint with a balanced black tea base. Better with a bit of sugar that brings out the candy cane qualities of this.

Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Mint, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

It’s cool that you are exploring the Bulk Barn teas! I keep wimping out whenever I pass them.

Anlina

When I started getting back into loose leaf teas Bulk Barn was one of the first places I picked up tea. Most of what I have in my cupboard has been sitting for a long time in crappy bags, but fresh, many of their teas are pretty great. I have lots of love for their orange oolong.

Anlina

They’re also so inexpensive, and you can buy as little as you want, so you could just grab a single cup sample of any that are interesting to you. :)

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67
drank Darjeeling by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

I’m a little unsure about sampling this tea, as I’ve had it for quite a while and it definitely wasn’t stored properly. Still, it’s there, and I might as well give it a shot.

It’s all pretty light smelling. Some vegetal notes in the steeped tea leaf, and fruity brown sugar notes in the scent of the liquor, a bit like a berry crumble.

The flavour is pretty light as well. A slight creamy note, a hint of dried fruit. No bitterness or astringency.

Definitely need to try out more Darjeelings.

Flavors: Berry, Brown Sugar, Cream, Dried Fruit, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Dandelion Citrus by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

Mmmm, the smell of this is nice and soothing. Citrusy, earth and an herbal smell that reminds me a tiny bit of chamomile.

The taste is very similar to the smell. Not a lot of citrus flavour, mostly earthy and herbal. Almost medicinal, like something you would drink when you’re not feeling well.

It’s kind of a perfect autumn evening, sitting on the couch in your robe kind of cup.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Herbaceous, Medicinal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

I’ve had this in my cupboard forever, in an unsealed bag. It’s picked up a bit of fruitiness from from other teas but it’s still pretty good. Lots of toasted rice and a pretty smooth green tea. Very easy to drink.

Flavors: Toasted Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

I haven’t had this one in ages. The dry leaf is very coconutty smelling, and when steeped a strong fruity fragrance comes out as well.

The liquor is a greenish gold and has a slightly perfumey nose in addition to the notes from the leaf. The sip is a bit earthy with a lot of vegetal notes. There’s a nice bit of coconut and lots of sweetness, and then this really intense peach that extends to an extremely long finish, with a bit of grassiness. There might be mango flavour in this, but the more I sip, the more the peachy finish coats my mouth. I really like that the grassy tang gives the peach a fresher edge, like biting into a peach with the slight tartness of the skin, vs canned peaches or peach juice.

The body is a little on the creamy side, but not too thick. Very mild hints of astringency.

Really quite nice.

Flavors: Astringent, Coconut, Creamy, Earth, Fruity, Grass, Peach, Perfume, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Wow, pathetic. Nothing ruins tea like keeping it in the plastic bags you buy it in at Bulk Barn.

I picked up a three cup sample of this two months ago, and it was juicy and delicious. Since I only had two teaspoons left, I didn’t bother rebagging it. Well, having another cup today, most of the flavour is already gone. There’s black tea base and a hint of currant, but I’m unimpressed.

This tea is absolutely worth drinking when it’s fresh, and hopefully worth drinking when it’s stored properly, but damn, how quickly this got boring.

If you buy teas at Bulk Barn, move them to a better storage container right away. They have a lot of good teas that just don’t hold up well in their little plastic bread tab bags.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

Spices don’t hold up well in those either, heh.

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80

I’m glad I’m giving this tea another chance, with fresh leaf. The last cup I had was bordering on undrinkable, but it hadn’t been stored well at all. This one, this one is lovely.

The flavour profile is simple, and it tastes the way it smells – lots of juicy black currant, with the dimension and complexity I love about black currant but that often doesn’t quite make it into black currant flavoured things. There’s a bit of malt from the black tea base, but it’s mostly just really fruity and juicy tasting. No bitterness or astringency.

Very, very nice. I wish Bulk Barn had bags that were appropriate for storing tea in. Their stuff is good, but just doesn’t hold up well in those self-serve plastic bags with the bread tab closures.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Okay, so I kind of feel like an ass, because I just realized that I posted this tasting note on the wrong black currant tea. I’d had some Cornelia Bean black currant and then when I finished that, I moved my Bulk Barn tea into the same package, since the plastic bag it was in was terrible. And then I forgot.


Small brown leaves that don’t unfurl much, deep brown cup. There’s both a fruity and astringent fragrance that’s slightly off-putting and reminds me of cheap lychee black tea bags.

I think this tea might be a bit too old, since I remember it being better than this cup. The currant flavour is subtle and the tea tastes a bit flat, none of that full mouth flavour or delicate notes that I look for in a good cup.

I may need to pick up some fresh tea leaves and give this a shot again, because I’m disappointed in this.

Flavors: Astringent, Black Currant, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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48
drank Earl Grey by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

So I think I went and picked up a fresh sample of this, but I’m not entirely sure…

This is a middle of the road Earl Grey. A good amount of bergamot but not overpowering, and an okay but not great black tea base. It has some fruity notes that I’m not wild about and this flatness in the middle of the tongue and what I can only think of as brassiness at the back of the mouth that I associate with mediocre tea.

I’ll probably drink up the rest of this with milk and sugar, which I tend to like in my Earl Greys, and which should help the meh qualities of the base.

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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48
drank Earl Grey by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

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50
drank Mixed Berry Rhodiola by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

I sent my sweeties to work today without lunches, so this morning I’m in the kitchen, prepping some stuff for lunch delivery. And I think my wisdom for the day is, don’t pan-fry stuff in your underwear. No matter how warm it is in the kitchen. Just don’t do it.

Last time I had this tea it was made with really old leaf that had been stored in a crappy plastic bag. So I picked up a couple of cups worth of fresh leaf when I went to Bulk Barn, since other teas of theirs have been much better fresh.

But fresh or no, it’s still not that great. There’s a kind of generic berry flavour, and then some hints of vanilla come in as it cools, but the black base is pretty boring, and I just want it to be more distinctive.

Ah well, it was worth a shot.

Flavors: Berry, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Mixed Berry Rhodiola by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

Meh. I feel bad saying too much about the Bulk Barn teas in my cupboard, because I’ve had them stored for quite a long time in very poor containers.

When this was hot all I was getting from my sip was sweetness. Now that it’s cooled down, I’m getting some tea maltiness, fruit and floral notes and a bit of vanilla and caramel on the finish. This might be quite nice iced, and that might be the way to finish off my old leaf.

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

I used to drink this tea all the time and then I got distracted by all kinds of other lovely tastes. I’ve had this tea sitting in a not very air tight bag for quite a long time, so I think it may have lost some of its complexity, but even still, it’s lovely.

Earthy, nutty, a bit vegetal, and fresh, distinct orange notes, that give it a tiny bit of tang without it being tart at all. Not at all bitter or astringent.

I missed you old friend. I’m glad we’re back.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Nutty, Orange, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Chai Black Tea by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

Part of my morning of chai/find a replacement for Bollywood Chai line up.

Today I’m getting some coconut and chocolate on the nose that I haven’t detected before. I think this might be my first time sipping it without milk. Cinnamony and caramel. Milk enhances these notes, and pulls some of the coconut, chocolate nose into the sip.

Very different from Bollywood Chai. Less naturally sweet, with more warm flavours, less ginger and fennel, and not at all spicy.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80
drank Chai Black Tea by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

Sipping this because I just needed something easy and comforting. Today it’s reminiscent of coffee and has a lot of caramel coming out.

Flavors: Caramel

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80
drank Chai Black Tea by Bulk Barn
472 tasting notes

This is a nice chai. Different from what I’m used to but I’m enjoying it a lot. I made this strong for my morning cup, lots of tea and a very long steep, with milk and sugar. There’s definitely your usual chai notes in this one, but the dominant flavour is cinnamon. I’m not surprised – there were big chunks of cinnamon bark visible in the leaf, and not really any other large spices visible. No bitterness or astringency even with a very long steep.

Not my favourite chai – I like a noticeable amount of pepper and a lot more cardamom, but I’ll definitely drink it again. And at $2.40 for 100g the price is right. It may become my go to if I just want to make a big pot of chai for sipping all day.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Sipped this down this morning (because for some reason it was in my untrieds box, and I couldn’t remember if I’d actually had any of the fresh leaf I bought or not.)

This was pretty good today. Much like my last tasting note. Butter, earth and fruit on the nose. Sweet strawberry and creamy coconut with earth, licorice and puerh tingle.

Quite an enjoyable morning cup, particularly on a day where I’m up way too early (serious, how is 6am even a real time??)

Flavors: Butter, Cocoa, Earth, Licorice, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Dexter

LOL – I would rather think of 6 AM as bed time rather than get up time. :))

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70

My last cup of this used old leaf and it was not good. I figured I might as well give it another try though, this time with freshly bought stuff, and steeped a little differently.

On the nose there is earth, butter, sweetness and fruit. The liquor brews up a very dark brown, almost like coffee but just a little redder around the edges.

This time it’s much much better. There’s some characteristic pu’erh mustiness at the start of the sip with some earth. A bit of creaminess from the coconut, and a distinct strawberry note. Also a hint of licorice and a bit of a numbing mouth feel as I’ve come to associate with pu’erhs. The licorice develops a bit more on the finish and there’s a very creamy mouth feel that lingers.

I don’t know if I’d restock this, but I’ll definitely finish what I have.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Earth, Licorice, Musty, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
aisling of tea

I’m always impressed that Bulk Barn as teas, but my experience has been that tea from Bulk Barn, well…tastes like Bulk Barn. Stale, a mix of spices, and just…okay.

Anlina

They can be a bit hit or miss. I really love their orange oolong. I guess it probably all depends on how quickly their tea stock turns over, and if the bins are getting contaminated. I’ve generally found it worthwhile to try their stuff, as it’s super cheap and you can buy a single cup sample if you want.

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