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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80

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
1135 tasting notes

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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85

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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

Roommate’s sick, so I made him some tea last night.

Of course, if I’m gonna make for him then I have to make for myself as well. So we both had a cup of this with some honey. Meh; I wasn’t feeling it so much last night. Too much spice notes and not enough citrus, imo. However he liked it and found it soothing/relaxing and I suppose that was the point in the first place.

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75

This morning’s commute tea.

I was craving something fruity but also comforting and slightly spicy. I thought the warming spice notes in this with the brighter citrus would PERFECTLY hit the spot. It wasn’t bad, necessarily, but it also didn’t quite taste like how I was wishing it would. The spice notes WERE wonderful and comforting exactly like how I’d wanted: lots of cardamom and cinnamon with a nice tickle from the peppercorn in the finish. The problem area of this tea was the citrus notes though. You know the medicinal lemon flavour of Neo Citron? Yeah; that’s what it tasted like. Eck.

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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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75

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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72

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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95

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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70

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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