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drank Cranberry Hibiscus by Bulk Barn
1928 tasting notes

I got this for cold steeping, and omg. SO SOUR. Like, my teeth feel weird kind of sour.

Much better with some sugar, but I don’t want to add sugar to my “juice” teas.

So I won’t be getting this one again either, although I’ll actually finish the 50g or so that I bought. (Which was $2, so really not a big deal.)

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Oh, this isn’t bad at all. Which is really surprising, TBH.

The pomegranate is heavy on the candy scent, which is why I picked this tea up. The sencha is sadly still quite vegetal and green, which isn’t my favourite, but the flavours come together pretty well.

I won’t be rushing out for more of this, but I don’t regret trying it. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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No.

Just no.

Dirt. Soap. Hints of butane.

No.

(I even rinsed it.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

Oh dear.

Plunkybug

I had this and agree. The Orange Oolong was better.

OMGsrsly

Yeah this one was really bad. I didn’t get any orange oolong and I kind of regret it. Next time!

At least the other two teas I got aren’t bad even though they’re not excellent either.

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100

I REALLY love this tea. I drink a lot of tea and this is one of my favorites. I have recommended it to many of my friends. So I was very disappointed to find out today, when I went to buy more, that it was not available. I hope very much that this is a temporary glitch and that this wonderful tea will soon be back on the shelf at Bulk Barn … please please please.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is my favorite tea. It helps me to wake up every morning, i’m wondering is there are any other teas like this?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 1 OZ / 29 ML

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74

Not bad at all, especially for the price

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70
drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
29 tasting notes

I forgot Bulk Barn sold loose leaf tea. This is one of four that I picked up and it was the one I was most looking forward to trying. I was very saddened to see that it was the lowest rated of the four on Steepster though!!
Well, I’ve since tried it and it’s not bad. The orange tastes a little artificial and the taste isn’t as orangey as the scent was, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for trying. ;)
Still very drinkable, I just wouldn’t steep it too long in case it becomes bitter or too astringent.

Flavors: Medicinal, Orange

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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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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drank Chocolate Energy Tea by Bulk Barn
875 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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drank Candy Cane Tea by Bulk Barn
875 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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drank Darjeeling by Bulk Barn
875 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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drank Dandelion Citrus by Bulk Barn
875 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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drank Earl Grey by Bulk Barn
875 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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drank Earl Grey by Bulk Barn
875 tasting notes

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