Granville Island Tea Co

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After trying Movie Night from DAVIDsTEA, I figured I black popcorn tea would be equally as good. Like Movie Night, this tea steeps super light, but that is about all these two teas share.

The tea has a strange taste. It’s like it’s trying to be sort of sweet and kind of caramel-ish, but has no taste of popcorn or butter or even toffee.

I hate wasting tea, but I ended up throwing this one out because I don’t think I could have pawned it off on anyone.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Toasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I like this tea so much, I went through two 100g bags in two months. I don’t live very close to Granville Island, so I probably should have savoured it longer.

Like the other reviewer mentioned, there is no “pastry” taste, so if that’s what you’re expecting then you will be disappointed. Rather, it tastes like a sweet black tea with a slight hint of chocolate and a light raspberry flavour. It doesn’t steep super strong, even at the 5 minute mark.

I just add milk and no sweetener because I find it’s sweet enough on its own.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mango by Granville Island Tea Co
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The fluffy white bits in this tea were a bit odd, and I am not sure if I tasted them or not. I am glad that I had used a tea bag though because they made a mess.
I cold brewed this overnight.
It was really refreshing and just a little sweet but not overwhelming. The mango was fairly natural tasting. This was a pretty good one!

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Flavors: Blood orange, Fruity, Herbs, Orange, Orange Zest, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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75

This is a queued tasting note.

Tried this one hot, and I can confidently say that I found it like 100 times better than the cold brew I halfheartedly drank a while back. For starters, the citrus notes really delivered and made me feel like I was tasting a well defined trio of lemon, orange and grapefruit flavours. The finish was definitely more on the warming spices side with soothing, soft notes of cinnamon, ginger and allspice and then a light, tickly peppercorn finish. The transition between the contrasting flavours was really smooth as well.

And so I couldn’t help but pair the tea, which made the perfect before bed companion, with this new Two Door Cinema Club song that got released this month:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ8_alfIHYI&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=2

It might not seem like the best pairing, but the smooth citrus and transitional period between top notes and finish seemed to perfectly match the smooth vocals of the song. I’m honestly still not 100% in love with this song; it’s just so different from the rest of TDCC’s music but I like the 80s vibes so I’m trying to embrace it.

Anyway, it’s nice to know that this tea was capable of making a more lasting second impression after a really forgettable first.

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This is a queued tasting note.

I guess thanks to my mom for picking this tea out for me a few months ago when she was on vacation in BC? Though, personally, I don’t think I’d have picked it for myself. It seems very all over the place – probably ‘cause there are like a dozen added ingredients. And that’s not an exaggeration. Quantity of ingredients isn’t the same as quality…

Mostly; I just remember this cold brew tasting REALLY muddled. Really the only flavours that stick out in my memory are ginger, cinnamon and generic citrus? I’m definitely feeling really meh towards all that bullshit.

The thought was there; but I think this will take me a LONG time to finish.

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While I really love the fruity apricot flavour, I find this tea to become bitter and tannic very quickly. You can only leave it steeping for two minutes at most.It is nice with milk in it, but is sweet enough you don’t need to add sweetener.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Peach, Stonefruits, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This blend is DELICIOUS! It is my favourite rooibos from Granville Island Tea Company. I can taste the orange and spices, even on the second and third cups. The orange flavour is a git different from normal orange. It is less bright and more like a dried citrus zest. I love orange flavour but avoid acidic teas, so this rooibos is perfect. It has the subtle sweetness that rooibos often has, which makes it great for iced tea.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Orange, Orange Zest, Rooibos, Spices, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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60

Tastes a little bit artificial. I’m not a huge fan of the strawberry flavour they used, but I do like that it isn’t acidic or tart. That being said, the flavour was apparent (but not strong), even on the second and third steep. This tea tisane was pretty good with milk and with honey added.

Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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79

I still have 5 ounces of this (along with three other rooibos blends from Granville) that I’m never going to get through. I’m hoping I end up with a travelling teabox soon because I just have so much of it!

Overall, blueberry rooibos is a bit plain, but I like the sweet, woody rooibos and the dried blueberries. Nothing really stands out for me in this blend, but it makes for a good cup when you are craving rooibos.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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85

Raspberry and vanilla flavours could be a bit stronger, but overall a very tasty and sweet tea. There is a creamy, dessert-like quality to this tea, which I very much enjoy.

Flavors: Creamy, Raspberry, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This tea is very sweet and rooibos-y but there is not a lot of apple flavour or apple pie spices. It smells like sweet apple pie, but I wish the flavour was a bit stronger. The nice thing about this tea is you can keep the tea bag in and it never gets too strong or bitter.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Fruity, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Flavors: Apricot, Berry, Fruity, Stonefruits, Tannin

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Fruity, Milk, Stonefruits, Tannic, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Day 5 of Lion’s Week of Tea challenge
Thursday | Black tea

I drank the decaf version last night with milk and it was quite tasty., the milk offset the bitterness and overly tannic flavour that this black tea often has. I recommend trying this at least once as a latte. The creaminess from the milk also mixes really well with the undertone of stonefruits (peach and apricot most notably)

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Fruity, Peach, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Gets very tannic and bitter very fast. There is a definite fruity smell and flavour to the tea. I taste primarily apricot or peach and strong, bitter black tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Peach, Stonefruits, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This tea smells amazing, but it tastes very watery and bland no matter how long you brew it. There is no toffee or caramel flavour at all, but you can taste a slight roasted popcorn flavour.

Flavors: Grain, Popcorn, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This is a queued tasting note.

This is one of the tea’s that my mom brought home from Granville Island Tea Co. for my birthday! Unlike all the others that she bought from the store, this one it’s sourced from a larger wholesaler but is actually blended in store by the company. I’d wager that means “Henry” is probably the store owner or related to/connected to the owner in some way?

Personally, this is a blend I don’t think I’d EVER have picked out for myself. The ingredients list kind of looks like a mess to me: there’s way too much going on for any of the flavours to be melodious together. Plus, they’re not exactly exciting ingredients/flavours in the first place. And sure enough I know my tastes well enough because when I cold brewed this one I was far from impressed.

The flavour is primarily mint and licorice root, but it’s just so intense with so much other “background noise” that the last thing I found it to be was smooth sipping or something peaceful/relaxing like I think it probably aims to be. I ditched the brew around a third into it, if I’m being honest. There’s a whole lot going wrong with this blend and I didn’t want to waste my time drinking bad tea.

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Have been rotating this in and out as my breakfast tea, occasionally blending it with others.

Low intensity warm aromas of cinnamon, star anise, sandalwood, roses and red berries.

Medium bodied with fine-grained tannins. Palate doesn’t quite live up to the aromas with a slight charred element and lingering astringency.

I tend not to scrutinise my teas too much in the morning. So long as it can stand up to a runny yolk, then I’m happy.

I usually infuse this in a tea ball, but for this tasting note, I used a gaiwan

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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85

Bubble bath and a mug of tea… Perfection!

So, I can’t drink while I’m currently taking the medication for the hives/infection I got from work and we have a bottle of grenadine on our bar counter that’s been calling to me all week to get made into some tasty sort of cocktail or shot. But, it’s not gonna happen. Then I remembered tonight I have Monk’s Blend!

Lets just say that fruity, sweet grenadine craving has been satisfied now! I don’t care if it’s pomegranate (traditional) or cherry (as common as pomegranate nowadays), it’s good. Like a bright, shining fruity beacon coming through a brisk, malty base. Mmm!

Listened to The Smiths during my bubble bath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1uJiVeGwMQ&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=1

While we’re on the subject of baths…

I’ve dabbled in tea baths now but haven’t done a matcha bath yet. Anyone gone down this road? Seems like it’d be easy to do and would probably feels nice and rejuvenating. I’m just worried it’d also be quite messy…

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This is a queued tasting note.

Picked this one out as my commute tea on Monday ’cause I was craving something sweet as well as a black tea and I thought that this would be bright enough to jump start my day/afternoon. The grenadine was delicious and really hit the spot, but the black tea came off as brisk and very tannic. It actually had enough astringency that while the taste was there the mouthfeel was very unpleasant and distracting.

Hmmm…

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grenadine, Red Fruits, Tannic

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