Cuppa'T Specialty Teas

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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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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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Tea Soda!

Made as the ‘last tea of the night’ last night, and it was pretty much perfect in every way possible. The sugar used to make the simple syrup proved to be exactly what was needed to really bring out the natural flavour of the dragonfruit and make this a sweet, truly ‘dragonfruit dominated’ drink.

However, the cranberry did cut in a little bit to provide a touch of sharpness, but it was nice because it made the tea/soda feel a little more fleshed out and well rounded. Not that soda really needs to have a whole bunch of “layers” to it, though – I mean most soda is just a monotone or duotone flavour anyway.

I also felt like I tasted a bit of guava and fig, but more in the background. Really, really good regardless though! I definitely want to try it again but may not; this is a heavy blend so 100g doesn’t really stretch that far…

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Cold Brew!

This one was a sort of surprise find in December when I was in Regina, and stopped at Cuppa’T to pick some stuff up. I hadn’t expected to see this available for purchase since it’s one of Cuppa’T’s summer blends and last year when I was hunting for it back in January and March I was told it’d be unavailable until the summer – and then I wasn’t back in the summer to look for it!

I’ve had this one once previously, but I adored it. Seeing it again and fearing I wouldn’t see it again anytime soon after I purchased 100g of it hoping that my tastes hadn’t drastically changed in the year since having it, and that I’d still love it.

- As amazing as I remember it being!
- Strong notes of dragonfruit, sweet cranberry, and passion fruit(?)
- Not sure about the passion fruit since it’s not in the blend; that’s what I got though
- Lesser notes of kiwi/pineapple/blueberry
- It’s just so juicy and flavourful with an ALMOST “punch” like quality
- Uber refreshing! Not too juice like or sickly/sticky sweet

The fact this tasted as perfect as I’ve built it up to be in my head was such a big relief!

EDIT: I should note, that because of this tea I’ve started eating actual dragonfruit!

Even though, for a fruit, it’s pretty expensive I’ve been aiming to eat at least one (but usually more) a week! It’s delightful in fruit salad or cut into fine cubes with just a small splash of white rum mixed with it. The fruit itself isn’t super flavourful and there’s a high water content, but what you can taste is phenomenal.

It doesn’t dethrone Pineapple as my favourite fruit – but it’s up there! Top 3 favourite fruits for sure!

Anlina

Omg this sounds AMAZING!

Roswell Strange

For the record, since you have easy access, the closest I’ve ever seen another tea come to this one is the Dragonberry blend from Cornelia Bean!

Roswell Strange

Actually, I just looked up the two and they have identical ingredients – though I’ve had both, and I think the Cuppa’T blend has more dragonfruit in it than the CB one?

Kittenna

I feel like fresh-picked dragon fruit would be amazing. I don’t trust most exotic fruits in stores :P

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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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After the success of Apple Strudel Pistachio, I decided to try the second Cuppa’T Specialty Tea Roswell Strange sent to me in our most recent swap. This smells great and when my sip began, there was a nice pumpkin spice flavor but then it hit me…hibiscus. Ugh. My nemesis! I do not like being lied to and hibiscus is the biggest liar of them all – hiding in all the teas and then jumping out to surprise you with its tartness. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but this is just not for me. I probably should have read the ingredients more closely before asking to try it out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

It’s okay. One miss among so many hits is not bad. I mean if I liked all the teas I would be in insane debt.

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Sipdown!! (201)

Goodbye tasty apple strudel tea. You are a sad one to see go but I just couldn’t resist the cup tonight. Thank you Roswell Strange for supplying me with this tea. It is teas like this one that makes me so happy for our bizillion tea swaps :)

Sil

soooo far ahead of me in tea drinking today. i’ll have to step it up tomorrow

VariaTEA

I decided to drink tea as opposed to be productive so it probably wasn’t the best choice but it was the fun choice :P

Sil

i was out all day celebrating a friends birthday…she recently had a kid so we took her out for the entire day!

VariaTEA

Ooooh fun.

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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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Sad, sad sipdown!! (205)

Thank you Roswell Strange for this one. It is a rare rooibos that doesn’t rooibosy. It beautifully captures the flavor of a homemade apple strudel. I am sad to see it go.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I need this tea in my life…shopping list.

Courtney

Those are the best rooibos teas – the ones that don’t taste like rooibos. :P

Roswell Strange

Heh, unless you’ve received more tea in the last 24(ish) hours you now have less tea than I do :P But I’ll remember you like this one (I hoped you would because of the pistachio).

VariaTEA

I just bought 15 new teas!!

Roswell Strange

With your 52Teas order? They don’t count yet – not in your cupboard atm ;)

VariaTEA

No. I was not including that. I went to DAVIDs and CaesarsTea today and bought 15 teas in person. I have a problem.

VariaTEA

If I include the 52 teas than you need to add an additional 19 on top of that.

Roswell Strange

My hiatus has been going pretty well, I must say :) Though, there may be 19 in total on the way to me, heh… RiverTea + Keychange + Cavo + Moraiwe + “Take It Away” thread.

VariaTEA

I grabbed 10 g so I will cold brew that and see if I am left with anything to try it hot. I also grabbed Guava Cadabra and intend to cold brew it.

Roswell Strange

I like Guava Cadabra too, though I’m surprised you got it because of the hibiscus.

VariaTEA

I tried Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait as a cold brew and enjoyed it so I decided to give Guava Cadabra a try that way just to see what happens. I figured if I grabbed 10 g that wsas probably just enough for one bottle cold brewed and so its nbd if I am not a fan.

VariaTEA

So I just realized I commented here the response I meant to put on my Countess of Seville post. I was wondering where that went. Haha.

Roswell Strange

I didn’t even notice it was on the wrong tasting note! :C

VariaTEA

That’s because our conversations transend boundaries :P

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2 tsps of this in boiling water for 5 minutes results in a tasty, tasty treat. I worried when I smelled it because the rooibos was potent but tastewise this is both apple strudel and pistachio. Like saying this tastes like apples doesn’t even cover the flavor because it is specifically apple strudel, sweet and delicious. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. Too bad they are not online or I might be order more of this :P

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Oh haha. Thank you!

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From the GCTTB. I’m on the hunt for a new pumpkin and spice tea since I found that DT changed their Pumpkin Chai, so when I saw this one in the box I knew I had to give it a shot.

The dry tea is filled with petals and pieces of orange peel and apple. I did get a whole lot pumpkin scent and there was a bit of cinnamon smell but aside from that not really much in the way of “spiciness”.

The brewed liquor was a deep medium brown and smelled of sweet cinnamon with a touch of squash and some vanilla laced throughout. I didn’t really get much from the apple or orange (nor am I really certain about these ingredients but oh well). As for the flavor, I found it to be really subtle. Mixed in with some darker notes from the black tea was just the barest hit of pumpkin and a touch of cinnamon. The rest of the ingredients didn’t really stand out to me, but the mouthfeel was nice; full, thick and quite warm.

If you’re looking for a mild pumpkin/squash tea then this one might suit you but personally I was really hoping for more spice given the name of the tea. Oh well, I’ve got a bunch of other pumpkin tea samples to try as well so I’m sure I’ll find something at one point or another!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown (189/191)!

When I got home from work right before passing out I set this up to cold brew! In addition to the last little bit of the leaf, I made the decision to add in a bag of Stash’s Meyer Lemon to the cold brew. All I could think about what “Raspberry Lemonade” which sounded really appealing.

About nine hours later, I strained everything out and I’m drinking it now. I have to say, the addition of the Meyer Lemon does add something though it’s not an astoundingly distinct or present flavour – just a light, fun kind of lemon/citrus layer that makes an effort to make the “coffee” flavour in the blend.

And I say makes an effort because it doesn’t REALLY succeed, though it does help.

I finally looked up what woolflowers (the ingredient in this that I BELIEVE is contributing the coffee flavour) are supposed to take like; and I guess they have a vegetal, almost spinach like flavour. Um… No. That’s not what I get from this. I GET COFFEE, DAMNIT!

I swear I’m not crazy.

So yeah, this was a fun/creative way to finish this blend off and I must say that it feels REALLY nice to have gotten a tea that I had in larger quantity out of the way (though admittedly I passed a TON of it off to VariaTEA). It feels like I really accomplished something!

Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest, Mineral

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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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Tre and I finished off the last of my cold brewed pitcher of this last night. Normally he wont drink cold brewed teas that aren’t, for example, bright fucking blood red, because for whatever reason he associates those as more flavourful (more juice-like, perhaps?) but I talked him into having half a cup of this.

Mostly I wanted to see if he could taste the coffee too – because it’s driving me crazy that this tastes like raspberries and coffee to me when there’s no reason at all this should taste like coffee.

Seriously…

Peach – yes.
Raspberry – yes.
Coffee? What the damn hell!

But anyway, this was his flavour description: “It’s green tea with some kind of fruit and a whole lot of dish soap”. Doesn’t taste soapy to me, but at least we’re agreed that it doesn’t taste like it’s supposed to. Although, I don’t dislike it – I just find it really weird. Does anyone know what wool flowers are supposed to taste like!?

Flavors: Berries, Espresso, Peach

Preparation
Iced

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Cold brewed this! From the moment I smelled it in store I knew that I wouldn’t be trying this out as a cold brew – it just seemed like it had all the right flavours to be done well that way. About three cups worth were cold brewed for a grand total of about 14 hours, give or take an hour or so.

I must say, it does taste pretty good: very yummy fresh raspberry notes (sweet and a little tangy) with splashes of peach. I still taste the coffee that I experienced in my last (hot) cup, though! It’s such a weird thing to be tasting in a raspberry/peach white tea.

It must be the wool flowers! I don’t know how they’re supposed to taste, but I guess my brain is processing them as coffee. Oh well, at least it’s not a bad taste. Maybe I’ll use Tre as a Guinea Pig and see if he tastes it too.

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Made this in the morning as one of three teas to travel with me on the ride back home to Saskatoon. This was my first time having this blend, and I chose to drink it could because raspberry tends to be a flavour well suited to cold or iced teas.

My steeping parameters were about 2 1/2 tsp. of leaf in an 8 oz. mug of approx. 80 degree Celsius water, steeped for about 3 minutes.

Dry, this smells like very fresh raspberries: like, straight picked from the garden fresh. Sweet, and just a little tart – very juicy. Steeped, this was much the same but with a little more of a presence of peach, and with a strong sense of the white base tea.

When I tried it – it was mostly really good. The raspberry was very natural and sweet, with a slight tartness which really only enhanced the ‘realness’ of the fruit. The peach was also much stronger than one would initially expect based on the dry smell, though it still didn’t match the strength of the raspberry. I have no idea what a wool flower is supposed to taste like – but as I was drinking this I also got a really powerful taste of coffee in the end sip and aftertaste, and something tells me that wool flowers are not supposed to taste like coffee.

Can anyone confirm or deny this?

I had to go back and think about what the last tea I had in my red waterbottle was, to make sure there was no contamination – but it definitely wasn’t a coffee tea. In fact, I think it was DAVIDsTEA’s Tropicalia. Hmmm…

Strange indeed.

The other thing about this blend was that it left my mouth feeling very dry after each sip, and that was relatively unpleasant. However, overall this was quite nice even if it had such weird flavour notes.

I’ll have to try it again in a different thermos or mug and see if the coffee notes are replicated.

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Queued Tasting Note.

I just took an advil and I suddenly have the worst heart burn/stomach pain ever. What the hell advil!? That’s almost like doing the exact opposite of your job…

But anyway; I cold brewed this one – mostly it was the same as a hot cup; buttery pastry notes, sweet apple, and rich pistachio. However, somehow the cold brew really made some warming cinnamon notes really jump out at me. I would’ve loved just a bit more creaminess, but it was damn tasty this way too.

Always a favourite; and I like that I’m still kind of noticing new things about it too!

Cheri

I have to have a little something in my stomach when I take advil. I often will take it with milk or a few crackers.

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Made in a timolino!

- Just as good as I remember it being!
- Sweet, buttery apple pie/confectionery notes
- Perfect amount of tart “zip”
- And rich, nutty pistachio
- I really, really appreciate the nutty flavours in this blend!
- With just a pinch of rooibos base!

Also, friendly reminder VariaTEA that in addition to having a bunch of other tea samples for you, I have a full 50g of this waiting to be sent to you!

VariaTEA

Oh dear. I keep seeing teas and thinking I should make you samples and then I get distracted but I will definitely be sending something your way soon. Also, I found something I bought for you at Christmas time in a bag so I will be sending it along as well.

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Sipdown (151/156)!

It’s pouring outside again. Ugh, this rain is never going to let up. But hey, at least it’s not snowing, right? I’ll take non stop rain over non stop snow, which is what we had for our long ass Winter this year…

This was phenomenal. I’m sad to see it go. Although technically there are a few cups worth left but I added them to the box because I thought it would be cool to add something local(ish) – and this is one of those teas that should be shared. Besides, if all goes well I’m have another 50g bag of this in my greedy little paws soon enough.

Really hoping Tre follows through and stops at Cuppa’T for me when he’s in Regina! So many tasties that I want restocked…

VariaTEA

I hope he follows through as well :P.

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Had this as an evening tea a few night ago; it was it’s usual decadent, spectacular nutty self! I’ve working towards a sipdown on it right now, but I absolutely have plans to pick up at least another 50g more next time I’m in Regina.

It’s just so damn good, but I could use the extra cupboard space just for the time being.

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Candied Apple, Nuts, Pastries

VariaTEA

OOooohh next time you are in Regina, what would it take for me to persuade you to pick up some for me??? Also Ice Princess :P

Roswell Strange

Not a lot. Can definitely do :P Not sure when that’ll be, though.

VariaTEA

Yay!! And no worries, I am in no rush. I have quite a bit of tea to tide me over.

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I’m internally freaking the fuck out right now. For several reason though – some of which are tea related, and some of which are not.

1. This cup is sweet and fruity, and buttery and pastry like, and nutty and just DELICIOUS. It’s heaven in a cup, and very needed to help keep me from freaking out even more about reason #2.

2. I just finished watching the double eviction episode of BBCan2 and it was an emotional roller-coaster of emotions and hurt. On one hand, some of my favourites got more power and are safe and on the other one of my favourites (the sexy bearded guy) was blindsided and sent home. Literal fangirl tears right now…

3. I’m almost out of this tea, which is crushing. Not sure when I’ll be able to buy more again…

4. I burnt all of my mozza fingers, and that was supper for the night. Boo.

sundaysipping

Just the name of this tea makes me want some. YUM! (Sorry about your night.)

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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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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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