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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
218 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
218 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
218 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
218 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

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
218 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
218 tasting notes

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drank Mixed Berry Rhodiola by Bulk Barn
218 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
218 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
218 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
218 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
218 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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100

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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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
607 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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drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
229 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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