Cuppa'T Specialty Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

95

This. This. is. good. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me because it is AWESOME!!

First off, it smelled amazing which actually made me nervous because I feared the taste would not deliver. I am happy to report that it does!! This is a super refreshing cup of melon and vanilla, unlike any I have had before. I would stock this in a heartbeat.

I guess between this and Apple Strudel Pistachio, there is a Cuppa’T order in my future. My NEAR future.

Courtney

Can you order from them? I couldn’t figure out how. I may have to drive there haha.

VariaTEA

I think it is a mail in thing. Look at the bottom of the page: http://www.cuppatteas.com/

Roswell Strange

Also, in theory, you could be very nice to Lala and tigress_al and see if either would pick anything up for you and ship it to you – because they actually live in the city the store is in. Also, I would be willing to do the same when I’m in town visiting family. But yes; out of the Cuppa’T blends I’ve tried both this and Apple Strudel Pistachio are my favourites; and things I WILL be restocking. I just knew you’d love this one too though :)

OMGsrsly

Oh hey! They have a Lime Sage rooibos as well. Might be a better place to order from in the future, depending on shipping costs.

Roswell Strange

(I sent some real winners this time; Ice Princess & Buddha Bamboo!)

VariaTEA

BUDDHA BAMBOO!! Damn my list of orders keeps growing!

VariaTEA

Also, this isn’t on their site :(

Roswell Strange

Yeah; it was new when I went up in January. Which is sad, because I’d really like an ingredients list.

tigress_al

Yep, I could probably do that for you ladies!

VariaTEA

OOoohhh YAY!! Thank you!! I would of course pay for the teas and the shipping and what not. I just need to have more of this tea!! This and Apple Strudel Pistachio rooibos :)

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70

Cold brewed this while I was at work, and when I got home i immediately strained it and started to drink it. I’m trying really hard to remember what I wrote last time, but I know I had some difficulties finishing it and something was bugging me. Some sort of weird taste…

Whatever was bugging me isn’t anymore though; a shorter cold steep time must have been the solution.

This tastes flavourful and refreshing with sweet peach, apricot, and… pear(!?) notes. It’s pretty decent overall – and better from what I’m remembering it being. So that’s a pretty good thing. I still don’t have the “fireworks” I’ve been wanting all day, though! I think, once I finish this any my other timolino tea, I’m going to break out the stuff from Dexter and see if I have some success…

Still; this has improved and that gives me hope!

EDIT: I realize this is all over the place. It took me like 40 minute to write it; I kept getting very distracted by loads of different things and my thoughts weren’t coherent.

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Cold brewed for about fourteen hours(ish), and then brought to work today. I only have enough leaf left for one more could brew – and I think that’s a good thing because even though this was a better taste experience then I’ve had before – it really wasn’t that spectacular.

Work today started off really shitty; basically I had to go back and restock an entire aisle because some of the trainees (partially myself included) had incorrectly stocked some Tupperware. It was tiring and really frustrating. However, thankfully the shift got much better and ended on a really positive note. And now I have tomorrow off; yay!

Anyway, this cold brew was pretty delightful; I mean, I still got that weird coffee note but it was smooth and I managed to pair the tea with something that complimented the coffee/raspberry really well when I was on break (PB & Blackberry Jam sandwich and Cadbury Cream eggs) and that made it a lot less noticable/irritating.

I sent a bunch of this to VariaTEA (and saw she had this today too), so I’m hoping she’ll be able to confirm or deny whether my tasting coffee in this is crazy or not.

Again, there’s no fireworks with this tea so I’ll be more than ok when it’s gone.

VariaTEA

Should I try coldbrewing this too? I have water bottles again so I set up a bizillion coldbrews for tomorrow (and by that I mean 4)

Roswell Strange

I like it better cold brewed than hot – but only slightly. I get “coffee” taste either way, though. I think it MIGHT be the wool flowers in it.

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58

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing so much of this with me. I brewed up some of this at my friend’s place however she doesn’t have a kettle so we are using the pot on the stovetop method of water heating. Then we just waited a long time for it to cool. Unfortunately I think we waited too long because the water was fairly cold and even after steeping for like 5 minutes, this tastes like generic sweet, fruity water. I will have to try this again when I am reunited with my fancy kettle.

Roswell Strange

BUT DID YOU TASTE THE COFFEE!? (Also, I had this today too).

VariaTEA

No. Literally just sweet water. And of course you did. We are just bound to live parallel lives.

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71

This was the second of the two “tag along” teas I brought with on the date( urghh, I’m full of emotions; VariaTEA should inbox me so I can rant and have some sort of weird “girl talk” session with her – because lord knows I need one and Tre’s not going to be very supportive of that).

It was ok; at first it was more mellow and pumpkin-y but then it started to build up into more of a tart hibiscus/sour apple cider flavour. Kinda “meh”, and a little all over the place. I had tried to keep the steep time really short to avoid that! Smeh!

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95

I needed a chocolate fix today, but it needed to be low calorie. And I was craving this tea because I haven’t even had it again since I restocked. This fit the bill for sure today!! Sweet and chocolatey with that little hint of coconut.

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85

Every time I take a sip of this tea, I ready myself for rooibos, and am blown away by the amazingly accurate apple strudel flavor. You think I would have learned by now but I think I like the element of pleasant surprise. Thank you Roswell Strange for supplying me with even more of this tea. I NEED to place an order because I want to this in my cupboard…in COPIOUS amounts. This and Soba – delicious caffeine-free options for any mood.

Suziqzer

Sounds like another good one!

VariaTEA

It has been a good night for tea :)

Stephanie

I love the idea of apple strudel with pistachios in it…nom nom nom

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90

Shared a pot of this with the in laws this morning before brunch and it was a lovely tropical cuppa. I mostly got passion fruit today. The flavour really depends on the chunks of fruit in the spoonful, because the chunks are fairly large. I still really enjoy this one, even though it is finicky. I got it right today though!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Part of my birthday present from my mom/little sister. I didn’t ask for this one, but I was still pretty happy to receive it because it’s yet another blend for me to try cold brewing! It smells pretty good; like fuzzy peach candy without the sour sugar (so just the chewy peach part) and apples. It also has the same “stony”/pitt and overripe smell/quality that I thought RiverTea’s Sweet Helen pear blend had. How interesting.

The leaf cold brewed for nine hours, and I can’t figure out whether or not it needed more of less time sitting, because as far as the taste goes it’s a little… funky?

Like, there’s a sweetness to the tea and I am reminded of overripe peaches and faintly of pineapple – but there’s also this background flavoured that reminds me of unsweetened apple juice or applesauce, and I think that’s the flavour that really lingers the longest. It’s not all that lovely. Maybe it’s the chamomile doing weird things, or maybe it’s just my general fickleness towards peach.

My theory, anyway, is that less steep time would maybe make this softer with less of the weird underlying taste or that more steep time would make this juicier and cover up the ickyness. The fear? That either way the ick will be more noticeable (either because there’s less peach in the case of less steep time or because it’s gotten stronger from more steep time). There’s room for experimentation, though! And – I can always still try this one hot too!

Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Stonefruits

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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100

Looks like the houseguests cleared challenge #2, and now they’re onto challenge #3 and have to tether themselves together. Should be interesting…

I really wish I had the ingredients list for this blend because it’s fascinating in flavour but very hard to describe. I love it though. I can see this as an instant favourite and something I’d need to always have stocked. I just don’t own anything like it.

Pretty much, I get a very light black base with no bitterness or astringency, and then sweet notes of vanilla (this flavour is strong), some kind of mint (I want to say wintergreen), melon, and some very light (and not “rind” or “Pledge like”) lemon. But no clue how accurate that ingredients list/summary is. I don’t even have a product description for this one – which is a little frustrating. Maybe I’ll email Jule (the owner) and ask for the ingredients list. I know it’s there in store, but this blend isn’t up on the site. She was really helpful when I wanted the list of ingredients for the Pumpkin Pie Fruit Tea she sells.

But yes – I adore this one already, and fear that it’s going to be quickly consumed. If you’re up in Regina and can stop at the store, I highly recommend picking this one up! It’s enchanting.

Flavors: Melon, Vanilla

VariaTEA

Sounds quite tasty :)

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100

Finally have this in my cupboard!

I really regretted not picking it up when I went to Cuppa’T early/mid January – so I made a request for it from my family in Regina to get as a birthday tea! My mom may have goofed and picked up some less than stellar looking blends instead of my precious Monk’s Blend – but she delivered by picking this one up!

I wish I had an ingredients list – but it smells/tastes like some glorious combinations of vanilla, lemon, and wintergreen mint. Mmm! It also has these amazing sugar snowflake crystals which are so cute, and as I learned today delicious.

This was my Dad’s pick for tea this afternoon and I couldn’t resist stealing some to try. It’s in the kitchen cupboard right now, because I’m going to need a cup to myself sooner rather than later!

Also, that’s the last of the backlog! Hip hip hooray! So, yay for hopefully not getting this backlogged again for a long time.

Reserving my rating until I’ve had a cup to myself.

sundaysipping

The way you describe this makes it seem so tasty!

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79

I have a lot of green teas in my cupboard. I used to kind of like green tea so I bought a bunch of different kinds of tea, some large amounts, some samples, some straight, some flavoured, a couple bagged, the rest loose. I was just trying things out.

Then I decided I am not the hugest green tea fan. I much prefer dark roasted oolongs and black teas. I don’t mind greens, but I have much more in my cupboard than is feasible to drink. But like any good tea drinker [addict], I will keep them in my cupboard until I drink them, or drink most of them.

In saying that, I do like to have a small cup (4oz) of green tea after lunch at work, I have to a lot (and I mean A LOT) of talking/verbal teaching at work. No matter what I eat for lunch, I always feel bloated and burp-y when I have to immediately launch into a speech after lunch. So I like to have a bit of green tea which seems to help calm my lunch-stomache. Of all green teas, sencha is my all time favorite, dragon well is a close second, but I like to have my sencha. And some of you may or may not agree, but it is hard to find a good sencha.

I picked this one up at my local tea shop. It smells like delicious sencha. Like buttered steamed greens. The taste is a bit bland. Not as strong as the smell. I would like it to be a bit more buttery. But it is smooth and silky. The vegetal part of the green tea is a bit more steamed cabbage than steemed spinach. I will definitely be able to drink this at work. I may try for a bit longer steep next time.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

It is fricking cold today, so I needed something tropical to take my mind off the cold. This did the trick! I am mostly getting pineapple today.
I think I finally found the sweet spot for steeping parameters of this tea because the base is very finicky and can get astringent very quickly. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf.

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

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84

Drank cold, but made in celebration of our water being turned back on! Yay for much more tea drinking! This cup was really good, very pastry heavy and buttery. Mmm!

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80

I’ve not been in the mood for Pu Erh lately but I can always drink cinnamon based teas, and as this one was fairly chosen at random I will try this tea next. I don’t think I’ve tried a cinnamon based Pu Erh before so this will be a new experience.

I’m happy to say that this is cinnamon bark and not the ground spice, the spice is nice but too much in a blend makes it dry and bitty…not good. But with this I can see the Pu Erh and medium to small pieces of bark amongst the leaves, and it smells sooo good. Like cinnamon candy. :)

The strong cinnamon scent matches the flavour, it’s wonderfully cinnamon heavy which is both sweet and spicy, also rather thick. I can also taste the Pu Erh a little, I think the earthiness of it works well with the cinnamon. I also think that the Pu Erh base helps to keep it lighter, while it’s think it could easily be thicker (for example if it had a black tea base it might be too thick).

I really like this blend, it’s rather basic but very tasty and something I would recommend to my fellow cinnamon lovers. I could actually drink quite a bit of this tea, it’s yummy. Reminds me of a few Della Terra heavy cinnamon based teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60

Tea bath!
I needed this steamy bath today to try to get rid of my cold. It felt SO good!
Epsom salts, tea, baking soda, and lavender essential oil.
Since I am not a fan of lavender teas to drink, I might as well use it in a bath instead. My skin feels so soft and refreshed!

Lala

Oooh, I never thought to use this one as a tea bath.

MissLena

The idea of a tea bath sounds absolutely luxurious. I will have to find a tea to try it out sometime!

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84

My steep time for this was short, and I let this get cold before drinking it, which I don’t recall doing before. I think it’s even more buttery/pastry like this way – though the apple seems like intense/juicy, so I’m not sure how worth it the trade off it. The pistachio is kind of just there, but in a good way.

I really do like this one.

Also, I just restarted my SoulSilver play file, so I’m doing that in between watching 2 Broke Girls episodes. Yay for a relaxing, but uneventful life. I’m excited for company tomorrow so I finally have something more to do. I’m sure Nich is going to keep me quite occupied/intellectually stimulated and confused with all his conspiracy theories. But also, I appreciate that I’ll have someone to talk tea with who will appreciate it.

aisling of tea

Oh my God, I love 2 Broke Girls. The current story arc has me laughing until I cry!

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This tea is one I took from the GCTTB.

I like it. It’s almond – in an amaretto sort of way and it’s rooibos. That’s all the name promises, and that’s what it is.
Sweet, tasty works for me.

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100

Sipdown (202/205)!

Thank you very much Lala for the sample of this! I was really disappointed when it wasn’t in stock during my trip to Cuppa’T, so it was amazing to receive a sample and get the opportunity to try it out despite that, since it was one of the few teas I was looking for ahead of time when I went.

I made this up at a cold brew in my mason jar, and that used up the whole sample. To be perfectly honest, I was a little worried it’s be underleafed for the full 25 oz. but when I strained it this morning after a full 12 hour steep, it looked and smelled pretty well steeped up.

Taste wise, this is amazing! It’s very flavourful without being too strong – in fact it kind of reminds me of the pink dragonfruit vitamin water that I used to sometimes get when I worked at the movie theatre. That was my favourite one that we sold, but it was also really expensive and honestly probably more sugar than vitamins. But anyway, what I’m getting at is that this is definitely very strongly dragonfruit flavoured which is great because I was worried that the cranberry would be too strong. I actually don’t know whether or not I’d realize there’s cranberry in this if it wasn’t in the name and I hadn’t seen the large cranberry pieces before making this up.

For anyone who hasn’t had dragonfruit before, you really really should! It’s like a kiwi in texture, but the taste kinda citrusy and kind like melon. It’s just a really characteristic flavour overall once you’ve tried a few dragonfruit flavoured things. They’re also good chocolate dipped or with a little lemon juice on them.

Ultimately, this is delicious and I’m very, very sad to see it go. I’m hoping I’ll be up in Regina sometime this summer and I’ll be able to pick some of this up. I’d easily and without hesitation buy 100g of it, perhaps more because I know it’s a fruit blend so it’ll be heavy.

Amazing! And again, a thousand thanks Lala

Lala

Glad you liked it. I hope Jule brings it back in stock for this summer. I have been rationing what I have left of this.

VariaTEA

The dragonfruit vitamin water was my favorite too!!

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This is another tea I took from the GCTTB.
I’m having a good time with this one tonight. I’m getting apple, I’m getting strudel (?) or sweet pastry something. I didn’t taste any pistachio, that’s disappoints me. I LOVE pistachio.
Steeped this using the MissB trick – I love how that works out.
All in all I liked this one. Nice to have an apple tea that isn’t ooooozing cinnamon.

Roswell Strange

Mmm, I love this one! It’s buried in my closet, but now I want to go find it…

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71

I don’t think I actually got any hibiscus in this mug (which I spilled half of on the couch because I foolishly attempted to jump onto the couch from behind the couch while holding a full mug of tea) – which actually changes the taste a fair bit. I don’t know why that really surprises me, though; hibiscus is a pretty loud flavour.

Anyway, the flavour I get sans hibiscus is still a pretty close to 50/50 pumpkin and apple cider, but less tart and a little more sweet. Like, I kind of get caramel or brown sugar notes? It’s good – anyway.

I’ve decided, though, that while I like this I don’t like it enough to repurchase it. Plus side, or maybe downside, is that this was pretty heavy so the leaf is being used up at a relatively consistent rate.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

I’ve been meaning to check out this company – I just pulled up their website and I didn’t realize they were in SK. That’s awesome.

Roswell Strange

I really like Candied Almond and Apple Strudel Pistachio, and am regretting not picking up any Ice Princess to try. Where are you located, if you don’t mind my asking?

Courtney

Hmm, but it doesn’t look like you can order online. I’m next door in AB right now.

Courtney

Apple Strudel Pistachio sounds divine.

Roswell Strange

When we do our swap, I can send you some of it! I know there’s a little blurb on the bottom of the site about doing special orders – but since I purchased in person, I haven’t really explored that option. The lady who owns/runs the store is super sweet and helpful, though!

Courtney

That sounds awesome :) I’m exploring their site right now, and they have so many tea options!

Roswell Strange

Actually, you should PM me with a list of things you’re interested in trying from my cupboard. Just ‘cause I can’t send a swap right now doesn’t mean I can’t start compiling one/setting things aside.

Courtney

Hahaha, alright I will take a look. :)

Courtney

Feel free to do the same! I have so many swaps going, I’ve got an external list to keep everything straight.

Roswell Strange

So, I totally just followed you on Tumblr – except then I remembered I’m using my roommate’s laptop which is logged into his tumblr. So, he just followed you on tumblr.

Courtney

I did just get that email. I just edited my profile today to include my Tumblr, yay!

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90

I finished off this tea on the weekend with the inlaws. It is very sweet and good for a treat. Goodbye for now, we might meet again sweet lips.

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