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50
drank Mixed Berry Rhodiola by Bulk Barn
77 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
77 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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85
drank Chai Black Tea by Bulk Barn
77 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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Finishing off my last teaspoon of this for my morning cup. I think it’s getting kind of old and hasn’t been in a well sealed bag, so I don’t have high hopes for it.

From what I recall it wasn’t all that fantastic with a very short infusion, so I gave it a quick rinse and steeped it for four minutes. There was lots of strawberry fragrance and a hint of coconut in the very dark, opaque cup. The flavours reflected the fragrance pretty accurately, with very little pu erh coming through. Bleh.

Steeped for another two minutes and it’s a bit bolder and earthier. I’m still not too impressed, but more time made it better, and it’ll do for my first cup of the day, to wash down my breakfast of mooncake.

Flavors: Artificial, Coconut, Earth, Strawberry, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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5
drank Earl Grey by Bulk Barn
3 tasting notes

I think this is the worst tea I’ve ever tried. Even after prolonged steeping, it still tastes weak and I can barely taste even a hint of bergamot. This tea tastes like cardboard.

Flavors: Wood

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drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
9 tasting notes

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This one is a winner! Just one sniff and I was in love. It’s got quite a fruity aroma and smells wonderful. I found the price to be very reasonable too.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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99
drank Vanilla Rooibus by Bulk Barn
9 tasting notes

Vanilla Rooibos from the Bulk Barn is my all time favourite vanilla rooibos tea. I’m addicted to it and have it almost every day. It makes great caffeine free lattes. The price is so reasonable that I usually buy tons of it to stock up on it whenever I go to the Bulk Barn.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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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
599 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
204 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
96 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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