Cuppa'T Specialty Teas

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GCTTB
I love teas that have a bit of history attached to them and this one is an interesting blend, a mix of strawberries and mint. The mint is fairly retiring more of a mild aftertaste that lends a nice freshness to the tea. I wonder if they used wild/Canada mint (Mentha arvensis) which is a native species that grows wild in wet areas across the country and is quite nice on its own as tea (I usually find it by smell when I step on it accidentally). The strawberry flavour is nice and strong, particularly after the tea has a chance to cool. The black base is a little astringent, so this tea might be a good candidate to have with milk (although that seems a but weird with the mint).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lala

Great review on this tea. I bought it because of the history and the fact that is was a special blend. But I do think it could have been done a bit better.

Jillian

Yeah, particularly with the base used, IMO

gmathis

I love strawberry and mint together. (Especially chilled!)

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GCTTB Sipdown
Creamy blueberry is a pretty accurate assessment of the flavour of this tea, though it has a bit more tangy tartness than what you’d get from a blueberry. Sea buckthorn is a pretty rare flavour to find in a tea and I wish more companies would experiment with interesting fruits and berries like this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I love a good Assam. This is malty with just a little bit of fruit in the background. I can see this getting astringent very easily though, so I went easy on the steeping. I’m sure it would take milk and sugar well, if I drank my tea that way (but I don’t usually).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Assam! How I adore a good Assam!

tigress_al

After I wrote this, I was curious about how it would take milk, and so I brewed up another Cuppa and added some milk. It was delicious!

Evol Ving Ness- definitely, I have a few of them!

R.F. Hill

Assam is the ONE tea I add milk to. I’ve been told that Assams make me “very British” due to the fact that I add cream to it. Ha-ha.

tigress_al

Lol “British” or not, drink your tea how you like!

R.F. Hill

Very true! Ha-ha.

R.F. Hill

Plus, I took it as a compliment.

Teatotaler

I adore a good Assam! Assam is my usual weekday morning cuppa – British style. ;)
I am currently on a quest for a good vanilla Assam.

tigress_al

Let me know when you find a good one!

R.F. Hill

@Teatotaler- that’s the way to drink it! Ha-ha.

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I didn’t pay close enough attention while drinking this tea last night, but from what I remember, I really enjoyed this rooibos. I also drank this while eating a macaroon, so that could have affected the taste. It was sweet and the strawberry was certainly in the forefront. Sorry, better notes next time.

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I am not really a fan of the actual dessert creme brûlée but this tea was really good. I definitely get that burnt brown sugar note. The rooibos base wasn’t too woodsy which is good. Overall, dessert in a cup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

It sounds fab. I am looking forward to trying stuff from this company.

tigress_al

I hope you like some of the ones I put on the box! This isn’t one of them though, I just got it on the weekend!

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray! I am really looking forward to my tastebuds coming back.

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I was hesitant to pick this up because of Rose being one of the ingredients. I thought I would try it anyway. This is pretty decent, kind of a lot of different flavours going on though. In some weird way, the flavours kinda work, almost like a hot floral fruit punch. It sounds weird though doesn’t it!!

No idea where the name comes from though…the brew isn’t pink—-the roses maybe? IDK.

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

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GCTTB

what does sea buckthorn taste like? No idea. the internet says: the berries are quite tart, sort of like sour orange with hints of mango. Some people also liken them to pineapple.

hmmmm yeah nope. This is a creamy rooibos sort of blend that, if i’m honest tastes a little like creamy blueberry. it’s not a bad tea but i have other creamy rooibos teas that i prefer.

Final Count: 137 (added a couple bits from the GCTTB that i will drink later)

VariaTEA

For once I am finally close to you in numbers….though I’m sure tomorrow I’ll log on and you’ll be down another 10 :P

Sil

Naw should be minimal sipdowns this week, I have the travelling tea box. But aiming for 110 I think it was by feb end? With teas that I ordered in December still on the way

Evol Ving Ness

What company did you order from, Sil.?

Sil

I ordered from A quarter to Tea in december (dec 31) but the post office decided to keep my first package, so the company sent out a second one.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh dear. I ordered from them too on that day before the not-buying-tea-savings-plan went into full force. And I seem to conveniently forget about that moratorium, sadly. Yikes! I haven’t heard of that before. Sorry.

Sil

yeah luckily they have some great customer service but i feel bad since it’s not their fault the post office sucks

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drank Peach Dream by Cuppa'T Specialty Teas
7630 tasting notes

GCTTB

it was suggested on the bag that this one be cold brewed, but since peach and i have been having a fight lately, i opted for a hot brew. on the whole, this wasn’t bad, a little more artificial peach than delicious ripe real peach but not terrible. I don’t feel the need to keep this around but i am a fan of trying new things!

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Cold brewed for about 18 hours
I would have liked more plum flavour. The cinnamon and apple come through for me more than the plum. The hibiscus makes it a little too tart as well. Maybe it will be better with a little sweetener.

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This is a bit of a “kick in the pants” tea. It is bold and a bit astringent. I am not sure exactly what base this tea has, but it is just a smidgen fruity. I kind of drank this in a hurry and should have paid closer attention to tasting notes.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get much cream.

Maybe next time, lower temp and less brew time?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I love that expression. :)

Daylon R Thomas

Maybe brew it with less leaves?

tigress_al

I could also try less leaf as well, thanks Daylon

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This is a queued tasting note.

So, this was actually the worst cold brew that I’ve had in probably months. It pretty well tasted like I had slathered my tongue in that super cheap, off-brand Dollar Store lavender liquid dish soap. I gagged immensely hard drinking the first few sips of this and then after that I just cut my loses and dumped the rest out.

VariaTEA

I like that you tried to push through before you gave up.

tigress_al

I can’t stand lavender in tea because that’s the way I always feel about it :( yuck

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So my Thursday started off really poorly, but in the end I managed to salvage the day!

It started with me just casually watching Big Brother (loving this season so far!) only to be interrupted by smoke. Turns out that at some point I had nicked my charger cord for my laptop and not noticed and now it was smoking VERY badly. I immediately unplugged it but had I been in a different room (or God forbid not at home in the first place) while it had started smoking I think I probably could have easily started an electrical fire…

So, I called my brother who’s better at tech stuff than I am and asked if he’d help me find a replacement power cord in exchange for me taking him out for lunch or something like that. He’s pretty broke right now, so he jumped on the chance for free food. We got the new cord ($62.00 – which seems like a lot), and then we decided to have lunch at this little cafe in the Cathedral area of the city called The Mercury Cafe. The Cathedral area of the city is this really old area of the city filled with those gorgeous old school houses and then a whole bunch of more “artsy” shops, boutiques, and some really nice, fancy “foodie” type restaurants. It’s my favourite area of the city, easily. The Mercury is this nice retro “mom and pop” style eatery. Really fun atmosphere.

This was kind of the turning point of the day for me; it’s been a long time since Liam and I hung out one on one and it was a fun afternoon. We just kind of caught up, and discussed his plans for Uni now that he’s graduated highschool. Plus, I got to eat probably the best bowl of vegetarian chili that I’ve had in AGES. After the diner, we went to Dessart which is this specialty candy store in the area and I picked up a couple treats for myself and then after that we stopped in at Cuppa’T since it’s also in the area. I didn’t really see anything new I wanted to buy but I did grab 50g of this tea because I was running really low. After that he came over to my place, and we watched a few episodes of The Hundred.

Capped the whole day off with a pot of my newly acquired tea while watching 10 Things I Hate About You. This tea is kind of like a spa day in a cup. Even though it always leaves me with nasty lavender soap breath I just find it so relaxing and the floral notes and sultry vanilla are to die for.

tigress_al

The Mercury is a neat place!

VariaTEA

My charger once actually went up in flames on my bed and I was on the phone with my brother-in-law who was just starting to train to be a firefighter and he started saying all this technical stuff that would work to put it out but that I probably didn’t have. My response was to panic and rip the cord from the plug while grabbing the small flame to snuff it out while telling him he was gonna be a crap firefighter lol. Luckily no harm done but I had the same fear of what would have happened had I not been in the room. Also, I got one of the replacement cords that fit multiple laptops and it cost me over $70 and had to be replaced again a month later so $62 isn’t horrible. Glad you were able to salvage the day :)

Super Starling!

Unrelated to tea: My Mac battery at one point swelled up so much that I could see it expanding, in a distinct curve, away from my laptop. That replacement was even worse than the power cord (which I’ve had to replace twice). And also, 10 Things I Hate About You is one of my favorite movies. Heath Ledger is sorely missed. My edger (for gardening) is called Heath Edger in his memory.

Roswell Strange

Every time I watch something with Heath Ledger in it I wind up getting a little emotional; as far as celebrity deaths go his is probably the first one to really, really impact me emotionally and no others have really done the same since, apart from Robin Williams and Anton Yelchin…

Super Starling!

Robin Williams was ESPECIALLY tragic because the joy he inspired in others he didn’t always feel himself. Him, Heath, and David Foster Wallace (he’s an author, also a suicide) were my worst three.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Didn’t work much of backlogged notes today; I spent most of the day out of the house and the rest of it was spent dying my hair. I went, in the span of two days, from a dark brown with purple tones to stripping all the colour our and dying it the most ethereal pastel pink. I feel like it’s cotton candy and I could just eat it!

And speaking of ethereal things; this tea is pretty wonderful as a late night cuppa. Now that I’ve learned that it’s best hot and plain, I really enjoy it. The white tea is supple, and the notes of cream/vanilla marry in the most intoxicating and romantic way with the lavender. Honestly, this might just be the first lavender tea I’ve ever owned that I’ve been seriously sad about getting closer to a sipdown with. And I am indeed close to one: only around three mugs worth of tea left! Sure, this is an easy restock but all the same when you want to hoard a tea you want the hoard the fucking tea.

Anyway, a hot cup of this before bed makes for an easy sleep and happy dreams!

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From today; hot with almond milk.

Overall, I wound up dumping the cup. While I tasted the calming/relaxing lavender and silky vanilla I remember loving from last time there was just some really gross bitterness overall that I couldn’t ignore and which ruined the cup. I can honestly say that I think it’s been awhile since I actually dumped out a cup of tea rather than miserably making my why through the cup. It was actually in a way a little therapeutic?

To be honest there are several reasons this could have tasted bad though. I know I definitely wasn’t paying close attention to water temperature OR steep time so I may have either burned the tea leaves or over steeped them. Possibly a combination of the two. Additionally, almond milk added to tea has been really hit or miss for me at this point so it’s possible the flavour of the almond milk just did something funky with the floral components as well. Either way, I think it’s safe to chalk this up to user error.

tigress_al

Almond milk has seemed to be pretty finicky in tea for me too

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Last tea of the night.

When I made my Christmas treat bags for coworkers, I included a cup worth of this tea in each bag – this is the first time I’m trying it myself though. Most of today was sipdowns, and I wanted to finish the night with something new. Plus, a floral white is probably a good thing for relaxing late at night.

To be perfectly honest, I dislike lavender quite a bit. It often just tastes so soapy to me. However, I really have a love for floral whites in general; Jasmine Silver Needle and DT’s Elderflower blend with peony in it both spring to mind. Something about the delicate profile of a white tea and the therapeutic nature of floral flavours goes hand in hand for me. And while this could have been a real miss for me, I’m finding it more soft, silky, and pleasant than I’d thought I would. The lavender is light and kept from tasting too one-tone thanks to the vanilla which really, really makes the tea.

Honestly, it’ls like drinking a lullaby! I feel sleepy, and relaxed and this is just gentle enough to ease me out of the day while having a strong enough flavour to not taste bland. I’m sure in the future, depending on the mood I’m in, I may change my mind about this tea because lavender and I still aren’t super chummy; but right now it’s perfect.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Hay, Lavender, Vanilla

tigress_al

I don’t like drinking lavender either but this is good in a bath!

Roswell Strange

Ooh! Good to know! I’ve yet to do a tea bath, and now that I actually live in a house with a bathtub I really should.

tigress_al

Yep you should. I like to use a big tea bag, tea, Epsom salt, and baking soda!

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This is a queued tasting note.

Tried cold brewing this one again; it’s definitely growing on me ever so slightly. This brew I found that the flavours seemed to muddle together/blend into one another more smoothly than past cuppas. If I close my eyes and take a sip, it’s exactly like liquid Coffee Crisp, with apple notes. Mmm!

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Tastes like reading books in a coffee shop!

Flavors: Apple, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coffee, Nutmeg, Oak wood, Wood

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Speaking, today, of blends I own that are similar to Tea Desire’s Latte Macciato there’s this one. Both are a rooibos/honeybush base with chocolate and coffee beans. The difference is that this has a lot more flavour elements going on that give a larger depth to the layers of flavour and the bonus of a literary name, which of course hooks me in like it’s clearly intended to…

Tried it hot today, and the flavour is really good: better than the cold brew good. And better than Latte Macciato, as well. All the flavours are there: chocolate, coffee, juicy and slightly tangy apples, and cinnamon and nutmeg! It’s kind of like drinking a really nice apple pie with the right amount of warming spices, but you’ve also got the scoop of chocolate ice cream and coffee you’ve paired it with dumped into the cup too. It’s very pleasant; better than I’m describing it – at least.

It still doesn’t totally remind me of The Great Gatsby’s setting, theme or any of the characters (so really no element of the book) but it’s a good tea in general so I guess I can put my literary disappointment aside for now.

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So, what was everyone’s Christmas/holiday haul?

I’m certainly sure I wasn’t the only one who had tea related things under the Christmas tree! Like I’ve already said, I got $75 towards a Camellia Sinensis order and my Secret Santa at work got me a $15 DAVIDsTEA gift card and a Spiderman mug. Though I still have one more Christmas to celebrate before I’ll know my full Christmas haul.

Anyway; I grabbed this tea last week from Cuppa’T. It was something I 100% didn’t expect to grab or even know was carried by them but couldn’t resist once I’d seen it. Everything Great Gatsby related pulls me in; I’m such a fan of the book and movie! In all honesty, the ingredients didn’t appeal to me at all but just the idea of seeing how the flavour profile would play into how I view the novel had my literary side nerding out so badly!

Ultimately, I want to try this one hot because I just get the feeling that’s how it’ll be best enjoyed but thus far I’ve only had it cold brewed because that’s just what was the easiest way for me to drink it as soon as possible; and I wanted to try it as soon as possible. The flavour is very sweet and in an odd way quite juice like which is surprising given the amount of ingredients in this blend which aren’t fruit. I wouldn’t say the sweetness is overpowering.

Actually, I’d say the richness of the flavour notes nicely parallels the richness and opulence of not only Jay Gatsby but the whole era in which The Great Gatsby is set so that’s a nice tie in with the name of the tea right off the bat. The dominant flavour notes here are: cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, sweet apple, and coffee. Moving outside of the setting in which Great Gatsby takes place and onto how this reminds me of the characters I have to say that the one character that this reminds me of in particular is Owl Eyes!

That’s surprising for me because I’ve always pictured that if Owl Eyes was a tea drinker yes, this is something I’ve thought about before he’d drink Lapsang Souchong because Owl Eyes is in a way meant to be the embodiment of the all seeing eyes that look over The Valley of Ashes. And I still think that’s what he’d drink were he a real person, these flavours just seem to capture the nature of his personality. Also, moving back to setting, we see Owl Eyes in Gatsby’s library and I like to think that a library as elaborate as Gatsby’s would have not only the smell of books and parchment but something comparable to the warming spices and coffee I’m tasting in this blend!

I’m probably putting too much weight on what the thought process was behind this blend and symbolism between it and the characters/setting. However, I’m ultimately happy with the blend overall. This is one impulse purchase I don’t regret.

tigress_al

Interesting list of ingredients !

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Sipdown (170)

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. This is definitely a juice tea(especially cold brewed as I am having it) though I imagined the flavor would have been more elaborate than what I am getting. Cranberry tends to be more prominent than it is here. All I’m getting is dragon fruit, which is lovely but less than what I expected. Still, it’s a nice enough tea and I enjoyed the little bit that I had, even if it was different than what I thought I would be having.

Oh and turns out this is my 2400 tasting note. That’s a nice round number.

__Morgana__

Wow, lots of notes! Congrats!

tigress_al

Mm I like this one. Congrats on 2400!

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I picked these ones up on my last visit. It was a bit of a surprise, I had never seen them here before. I am always a sucker for packaging. The store had these bricks packed 5 into a cute little box. I didn’t necessarily want 5, but that is how they came and it was better than having to purchase 50 or 100g.

They are really small mini bricks. About a half inch by half inch. I tried to confirm with the owner of the tea shop what kind of tea it was. All I got was it is real green tea leaves. So I am not sure what kind of green tea, but it is green tea. There are also what appear to be small rose petals in there.

The first time I tried this yesterday, it didn’t quite turn out. I did a quick rinse. I then planned to steep for about 30 seconds as that is how I prefer my green tea. But after about 30 seconds it wasn’t quite the right colour. So I wanted to leave it for a few seconds longer. Then my phone rang and it was an unexpected but important call… And it steeped for about 10 minutes. The brick was completely turned into just free floating large green tea leaves and fair sized pink rose buds. The tea was really bitter and had quite a strong roasted flavour. I steeped the leaves again, for about a minute and it wasn’t too bad. Still roasty, but there was quite a creamy flavour. It reminded me of sencha. There was not much rose flavour.

Today I thought I would try again. I did a quick rinse. I then steeped for 45 seconds, standing over the pot while it steeped. The brick expanded but stayed intact. The liquor was light straw colour. It was a nice, light, fresh green tea. There were light hints of creaminess. There was a very, very light rose, florarl flavour. The rose blended well with the green tea.

The second steep I did about 30 seconds. The brick was starting to break apart but still remained intact, and it brewed up really quick. There are starting to be metallic mineral notes to the green tea. It is also starting to get a little bit astringent. The rose floral is becoming a bit stronger but it is still pleasant.

More steeping to come…. I am not much of a re-steeper but I am interested to see how long this brick lasts for.

Update: I ended up getting 6 – 30 seconds steeps. That is how long it took for the brick to completely break up anyway. I am sure there were more steeps available. It did start to get quite astringent in the last steep and that is why I stopped.

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This tea was a tea that was blended by a local tea merchant, Cuppa’T Specialty Teas, for 2016, which is the 125th Anniversary of Government House in Regina, SK.

Government House was built in 1891, and served as the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories. It currently serves as a multi-purpose Heritage Facility and museum. And most importantly, in the spring/summer it serves Victorian High Tea on the weekends.

They did a contest where people could sign up to be a tea taster, there were 3 blends, this fruity blend, a traditional blend, and a maple blend, and I guess this is the one that won.

It is definitely not what I was expecting to be a Government House tea. I would think a bold black with creamy notes, or a black with vanilla, maybe a green with a bit of spice. Something simple but very elegant. I never expected a strawberry mint blend but I guess the description about the gardener makes perfect sense.

The dry tea is small leaves of black tea with very finely chopped mint. There are largish dried strawberries that are all clumped up with tea. It makes me think there was some oil or liquid type flavour that then clumped up all the tea.

The smell is super delicious. It smells like strawberry bubble gum; candied strawvberries with a bit of mint. It is sweet and has quite a bit of “pop” to it.

The tea brewed is ok. There is a black tea base that is slightly astringent at the end of the sip. It is light to moderate boldness. There are definitely cooling mint undertones. I think it is a bit of a spearmint/peppermint mix. It is not very strong but definitely present. The strawberry flavour is unfortunately lacklustre. It is an artificial, but not bad, strawberry flavour. But it loses the pop that the scent had. It definitely needs some sweetness added to it I think.

Overall it is good. The flavours were definitely a surprise from what I was expecting. I think it would be great iced. And maybe iced with lemonade :)

It is available only at Cuppa T and at Government House. All the proceeds go to the Government House Historical Society which supports and preserves this historical site.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2015/december/04/anniversary-tea-for-sale

http://www.cuppatteas.com/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

that’s pretty cool

Lala

I’m quite proud that a historical place would be able to team with a small local artisian to be able to develop a blend/product like this, rather than do something way too commercialized.

tigress_al

That’s so neat!

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This tea smells fairly creamy. Unfortunately, it does not taste as creamy as it smells. For a milk oolong, I was expecting more “milk”. It is still enjoyable with buttery and floral notes. A little bit lacking for me today I’m afraid.

I need to play around with the parameters a bit more I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I brewed this tea in the same mug as my cuppa of the morning.…bad idea because all I can taste is that previous tea. I will have to try again.

As far as I could tell though, this tea was very light in flavour. And only slightly milky. Maybe I should try with boiling water next time??

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp

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