Granville Island Tea Co

Recent Tasting Notes

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I’ve tried drinking this tea with and without milk and I definitely think it’s better with. I was also a bit disappointed that there weren’t more white chocolate chips in the blend although it did smell quite chocolatey. However, the chocolate flavour was quite subdued, I found although the milk helped bring it out. I do appreciate that the company uses a nice high quality base for most of their flavoured teas, but in this instance the flavouring itself could do with some improvement. All is all I found this blend to only be okay.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Another sipdown!

So I came home and had packages from Momo and JustJames! So, with that and this sipdown I’m at 160! Let’s see if I can get that down…

JustJames

double packages! how excellent!

Cavocorax

It was! You were both very generous! Now I’m getting yours out tomorrow! I have the other A+d Caravan so I’m looking forward to comparing them!

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Meh.

(Over ice. Loads of honey added.)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Note to self: Gave away. Too sour-tart-vitamin-C-ish. There has to be more in it than just apple, rose hips, and flavour.

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Mmm honeybush. I’ve only tried flavoured honeybush teas thus far and I’ve really enjoyed all them. Some more than others. I’m so excited I discovered honeybush since I don’t care for the taste of rooibos at all. I was surprised to discover honeybush is actually much more popular than rooibos in South Africa.

Also, completely not tea related I got an awesome new sweater at Lululemon and the rule I have is if I get something new, something from my collection has to go to pay for it. It was a difficult choice today. Ridiculous, I know.

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This is my first cup of the day. And it’s 9:30p. This tea is great when I stand in front of my tea cupboard staring aimlessly and not being able to decide what I want. It’s great other times too, but it just works perfectly when I don’t even necessarily feel like tea. The scent alone can change that.

I left work early today and went to visit my “AB mom” and her husband, both of who have become special to me in the few years I’ve known them. He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and it’s gone and come twice now. I’ve chatted with her, but not actually seen either of them in a few months, so I decided to take off from work and drop by to visit. That soon became five hours of visiting, which was actually amazing. In just a few months so much had changed, and I am so, so happy I took the time to visit and catch up today.

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We made it to Granville Island, so I picked up 50g of this one. I ended up mixing the Market Spice from Bayswater with this in one tin. Bayswater’s version wasn’t quite as tasty, but only just slightly less so.

I love Market Spice teas though. The candy heart-ness is awesome.

You know what isn’t so awesome? Being assigned an assignment that requires me going to school before my class even begins. Yes, I have a PPT presentation due at 9am the first day of classes. I dragged myself out of the house today, despite the snow, and drove down to school, only to find the library was closed and the prof hasn’t yet activated the student IDs to access to biology study center, which means I couldn’t do my assignment. Tomorrow I’m scheduled to work all day, which just happens to be the hours the library is open because classes aren’t actually in until Tuesday. I am not impressed. At all. I do not think it is acceptable to assign work before the class begins.

However, I am now back at the house with this awesome tea, and yes I’m back to watching Suits. Harvey is my favourite.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
whatshesaid

That sounds frustrating and unfair

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This is lovely and spicy and sweet all in one. The mixture of cloves, cinnamon, and orange peel is nothing short of amazing. I’m so happy jessiwrites introduced me to Teaopia’s Market Spice which encouraged me to find more. This is such a great cup of tea. It seems holiday-like but it worked perfectly for my morning tea today.

My next trip to Vancouver I’ll be stocking up on this for sure.

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i thought to try some teas today and of the 14 teas, i liked this, versailles lavender, and plum oolong the most.

of the 3, i liked the scent of this best.

yes, i would buy this! thanks Nicole for this sample :)

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Thank you to Nicole for this sample!

I was beginning to feel like my palate was broken today because none of my teas were tasting how I imagined they should (or how the previous reviews made me think they should taste), but this one is good!

I don’t know why I assumed this would have bergamot, but a quick scan of the ingredients and I find I am wrong! Despite my longing for that flavor, I still am enjoying this tea!

It has a deep tea taste, but is still light and citrusy at the same time. Has a hint of a flowery note in the smell when I take a sip, but I’m not picking any of it up in the taste.

I’ve never understood what people meant when they said “astringent” in a tasting note, but this tea makes me feel like this would be an accurate description for this tea for some reason. Hmm.

Still getting the same super sweet aftertaste, but I’m thinking that might have to do with the soy I’m using now, rather than the teas. Not pleasant.

Pretty good!

EDIT: After reading other reviews, I feel I should add to this… Can’t taste the strawberry, but another reviewer also said don’t add milk to this and like I said I (mistakenly) added soy to this, so maybe that’s why I’m getting the weird aftertaste. I can’t break myself of this stupid soy habit! I need to stop it! With blacks I mostly want to smooth it out and make it able to drink quicker. I guess I could use ice instead! Ha!

OMGsrsly

In my experience, soy is generally fine in lemon or citrus-based teas. Regular milk might curdle, but soy just adds a creamy flavour and cools down the tea. I apparently have the same problem, in that I add soy milk to almost all my teas. :) Even grapefruit teas and LEMON teas.

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Repeat after me… Londonderry… NOT Londonberry. :P I read my friend’s handwriting wrong and had a different idea of what this tea is. I see there are strawberries so I guess I wasn’t completely wrong.

It’s a pretty nice black, although I’m not really picking up on the strawberry/lemon flavours. Maybe I’ll add more leaves and try again tomorrow. :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

If this is the same one I drink, and it looks like it, I also back off the steep time a LOT, LOL! This one becomes astringent to me. By the way, I have been trying to figure out your username. Does it have anything to do with the sycorax from Doctor Who? :)

Cavocorax

PHEW, glass I’m not the only one! I thought maybe I was just being overly picky iron something.

And it’s nothing that clever. It’s just some bastardized Latin for hollow crow. :) (Because I like corvids, and they’re always searching for something to fill then up). I probably should use a crow icon to make it easier to figure out, but I thought my hamster needed some exposure!

ashmanra

Ah, okay! We are Doctor Who fan geeks so I was trying to combine sycorax with something else and couldn’t come up with what! My username is just a combination of mine and my hubby’s names that he came up with a long time ago!

Cavocorax

:)I wish mine was actually a Doctor Who reference, but I’m a new fan, while this handle is a few years old.

Faith

Totally read LondonBerry. Silly brain!

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This is the other tea I picked up there. I believe he described it as a blend of many black teas, including vanilla and pomegranate. So naturally, it smells of Monk’s Blend. Well, Monk’s Blend with Assam.

The leaves are a mixture of orthodox and CTC, like Cream Irish Breakfast’s.

They list their steeping instructions as 2-3 minutes. I did four instead. Mild tea, makes me think of a slightly malty monk’s blend (Assam? Mild? I suppose it’s their tea ratios). This is definitely more of an afternoon blend. Nice, though. Liking it more than the Ice Wine, but I think that one might just require some special attention to steeping parameters.

The vanilla and pomegranate are definitely more hints in the background. But I think they compliment it well. Assam’s a bit drying on the tongue, but that’s to be expected.

Sipping this out of my brand new Dalek mug, which I picked up for ten bucks from Golden Age when I was headed back from Granville Island. The bus was passing it. I couldn’t NOT stop. Of course, I get in there and someone’s completely cleaned out the Doctor Who comics. NewWho I could understand, but there was NOTHING in Classic either. Just two division tabs with nothing between them. Sob. The only figures they had were Four and Newly-Regenerated-Five, as well as “Rassilon” (I ought to punch RTD) and the freaky-faced robotics from series five’s second episode. I thought for sure they’d have a 11-Doctors-Hundred-Dollar-Set stashed away, but alas. No Pertwee action figures for me.

Sitting at home drawing the Shalka Doctor comic, and contemplating my Oz and ComLit projects.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I’ve tried this blend too, though it wasn’t to my tastes – too harsh and not enough of the vanilla-pomegranate IMO. I was just at Granville Island on Boxing Week.

AJ

I probably could have steeped it a little longer, but yeah, the vanilla pomegranate is very light.

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Hey! This is pretty good hot.

I added a spoon of honey (still trying to beat the sick!), and the lemon and citrus notes are at the front. Nice.

I still don’t care for the medicinal rooibos, but it is a refreshing tea even hot. Good for hydration. Hmm. Maybe I’ll ice some tomorrow and bring it to work…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Reached for this one again tonight since Cavocorax bought some but wasn’t convinced about my ‘review’. Haha.

This tea is a rooibos. It tastes like a rooibos with stuff in. Iced, it’s incredibly refreshing and hydrating, an I reach for it whenever I have a hot or uncomfortable day, or want to make sure I’m hydrated.

I like the orange peel in it, but honestly I mostly taste the rooibos. Not that I ervr have plain rooibos, but the tea is a bit woody and a little medicinal.

1 heaping tbsp tea, steeped for as long as you like in 1-1.5 cups of water, poured over a bunch of ice.

Ahh.

OMGsrsly

Ervr. A new word I made up. :)

CrowKettle

Good word. :)

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Yep, I’m drinking this iced. Again.

I ended up going for a walk with a friend, and I got so thirsty I bought something, drank it all, then came home and made a litre of this.

I’m most of the way through and still thirsty. Tomorrow will be an interesting day at work, that’s for sure! I have a feeling I’ll be heading out of the lab for a gulp of iced tea (ooh, which ones should I make!) about every 5 minutes.

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It’s been warm here. When I went to get laundry supplies at 9pm, the thermometer in the car said “27C!!” as though it was a good thing.

The only way that was a good thing is it was 27C because it had cooled down significantly from earlier in the day.

Needless to say, I’ve been guzzling iced tea. I’ve had 4 cups each of Pink Passionfruit (David’s) and Pink Lemonade (Murchies), and now I’m having this rooibosy weirdness they call “Lemon Myrtle”. This is on top of my normal caffeinated drinks, although I forgot about the iced coffee I have in the fridge. Cold brew coffee is the only kind my body tolerates well, and I broke down and made some.

Anyways. Back to this tea.

It’s so freaking refreshing. I like it best when it’s seriously overleafed and steeped an “Oh shoot I forgot about that!” amount of time, but 7 minutes will do. The orange peel, lemon myrtle and rooibos combine to give an incredibly weird, medicinal flavour that I really like. You’ll note I haven’t changed my rating, because I still look at the ingredients and the loose tea and think, “I actually want to drink this? Ugh.” But then I do, and it’s just what I want, somehow.

Now that I have a giant canning jar full of this, iced, I will go back to washing my hang to dry laundry, in the hopes of using it as a swamp cooler to make sleeping bearable.

JustJames

apparently tomorrow will continue to be ghastly but the rest of the week will be more normal. or so says the app on my iphone.

OMGsrsly

At least my corner at work is so cold I usually use a heater. It should be pretty normal tomorrow! :)

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Sipping this iced as I log the teas that have come into my house today. Umm. In my spreadsheet. I’ll do the spreadsheet first, then I’ll update Steepster.

I bought/was given 11 teas. That wasn’t really the point of today, but I’m not going to say no to moar tea!

Oh yeah. This tea won’t be getting a great rating from me even though I repurchased 100g today. I’m really undecided about it because it is everything I dislike, yet it’s so refreshing I keep drinking it. Weird, I know.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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I’m pretty sure this has other things in it than just rooibos and lemon myrtle. I really dislike the fact that their ingredients lists are so flipping terrible.

Anyways, this tea is something I should hate yet I’m going through it like I’d like to go through ice cream on a hot summer’s day. I’m almost half way through the package, and I opened it yesterday. Yeah.

It tastes like rooibos. It’s medicinal. It has citrus peels of some sort and some dark berries in it. It doesn’t smell that great. And yet, here I am making another litre of it iced (hot brewed 10 mins, poured over ice, topped with cold water) to drink before bed.

Head. Desk.

In other news, the GIGANTIC Butiki order is at the post office, so I’ll be picking it up tomorrow (When do they open?! I want tea!). That should be fun. :D

Oh, and I have a job. Like, a real job as a lab tech. Flexible hours depending on how I’m feeling and what experiments are going on. YES.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
canadianadia

Congratulations on the job :)

Kittenna

YEAH! Gigantic Butiki order! I assume this is the group thing you guys did? That’s so exciting!

Sil

Yay! Cant graduations on the job AND finally getting your shared order in haha good times!

OMGsrsly

Yes, the group order! I need to unearth my table from the sewing mess so I can do a open box photoset! :D So excited. And thanks about the job, guys! My new boss is very casual about the contract but I’m insisting we meet next week to hash it out. I only want 32 hours/4 days, and she usually expects about 37 hours. Of course, since it IS lab work, I know I’ll be coming in on random days at random times to finish things, but 32 hours is about perfect for me.

Sil

Auto correct sucks….that’s congratulations lol not that you didn’t know what I meant haha

Fjellrev

I know this is rooibos, but I hope Granville offers at least some good stuff. Too bad it failed on you.

Words can’t express how excited I am for the order. Seriously, thanks a bumbillion for doing this!

And congrats on the job. :)

OMGsrsly

I’m not super impressed with their teas so far, sadly. I mean, they’re pretty decent for less expensive loose teas, but they’re only offered in 50g+ sizes and they don’t have full ingredient lists!

This one is so weird because I dislike rooibos, but I think after I try one from Butiki I’ll make another litre of this to drink. It’s really refreshing and medicinal (which I do like, I know I’m weird), even though the flavour isn’t “yummy”.

(Yay Butiki! OMG, my living room smells amazing.)

Fjellrev

Ack, too bad you have to purchase at least 50g there. I have faith that there must be some other good local tea shops in Vancouver though!

I honestly wouldn’t know where to start on that parcel if I were you! I’d just stare at it in awe haha.

OMGsrsly

I’m starting with the samples! :D :D :D

There are lots of good tea shops here. I was really impressed with Herbal Republic (Teaz on Granville). They have a nice selection of herbals and fruity teas. Haven’t tried any black teas yet, but the ones I sniffed smelled pretty darn good. They sell pre-packaged plastic-lined-paper-bags, but also fill tins if you bring them in.

Fjellrev

I’m so glad you’re enjoying the tea. Just relax and sip on the awesomeage!

Herbal Republic sounds interesting, especially since I’ve been meaning to get more fruity teas for cold brews. I hope I can make a trip down to Vancouver before class starts again. :)

OMGsrsly

http://steepster.com/teas/herbal-republic/37955-nanas-fruit-garden This one is really good for a plain fruit tea. I like it hot brewed over ice. I’m almost out of this one too, and it’s only been a week!

Fjellrev

I love how you can get 10g samples. I wish more companies did that. They’ll definitely be getting my business!

OMGsrsly

They’ll bag samples in-store as well.

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Decided to have this one today, since our weather has been very pleasant for the last week, and strawberry and lemon sounded nice. It was a toss up between this one and Long Island Strawberry from Steam, but in the end, I didn’t want to fuss with the temperament of a green today, and I also wanted a bit of a caffeine jolt to help my head feel better since I am still sick (but on the mend).

This one comes from OMGsrsly from our tea swap and meetup a few months ago now. I have been saving it for nice weather, so today was the day. It was slightly floral and fruity, and I definitely got a strong black base. I initially started it without milk, but with a spoon of sugar, but later added milk.

I can’t say it is my favourite since I picked up more of the black than the fruit, but it could be my weakened senses from being sick. I’m keen to try this blend again, when I am not sick, and maybe from another vendor too.

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This is a little one-cup sample that I brought back from my last trip to Vancouver. The Granville Island Tea Co seems to have a standard tea they use as a base for their black tea blends which is a decent, if not terribly inspired, Ceylon Orange Pekoe. The citrus bergamot is nicely balanced with the creamy vanilla notes. It’s a blend that’s fine for drinking plain, though in my opinion it’s better with milk. A fairly standard cream earl grey, all told.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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I wasn’t expecting this one to be so juicy! It tastes somewhat like my experience with Tazo passionfruit lemonade with a tiny amount of crushed frozen strawberries blended in near the end.

Part of me feels like I’m drinking juice. I missed sipping this while it was piping hot, but it’s an undeniably fruity, cup warm to lukewarm, with a good balance of tart and fruity. The ceylon accentuates the citrus, as it tends to do, and makes a cutting beverage.

I don’t know if this is a keeper but I look forward to using the rest of the sample for a “fridge” session later. Thank you, OMGsrsly, for giving me the chance to try this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

You’re welcome! :) I do like it, I just wanted more strawberry. I should go back to Granville Island and smell more teas…

CrowKettle

I should check out Granville Island too. It’s been a long time since I last visited and I had yet to discover tea at that point. :)

OMGsrsly

The tea store has expanded! They let you sniff off the wall, but everything is prepacked in bags to purchase. 50g minimum. Just FYI.

Amariel

I’m holding off on this one for a bit of a warmer day, as I think this one will be really refreshing. It’s supposed to be nice this weekend, so maybe then…

CrowKettle

Hmm.. 50g is a lot for one person with too many teas. I like the chance to smell everything though..

Sil

I haaaaate 50g minimums! Too much tea!

Amariel

That’s whyI love DAVIDs. I usually get 10-15g of new teas, to try, and then 25-30 of ones I like to have more of. I don’t mind having to refill faster, and honestly, I’d rather have 10 25g bags than 5 50g bags. I think it also keeps it fresher.

OMGsrsly

I totally know what you all mean. Granted, I bought bigger containers at Silk Road, but I know I’ll drink those ones…

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I’m trying to use up all those little samples I’ve got cluttering up my cupboard so I dug this one out. It’s quite a lovely Assam, full-bodied and malty but without the harshness that some other Assams can take on. Actually it’s got an interesting sweet note that I noticed after the tea had a chance to cool off a bit. Really liking this one – I might buy some more whenever I get a chance to go back to Granville Island.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I wanted a nice cup after coming in from a walk in the rain and so I chose this guy! I wanted caffeine-free to make up for the delicious gingerbread latte I grabbed at Starbucks. SO GOOD.

But this isn’t about that. :P We don’t talk about coffee here. (It was REALLY good you guys!)

Oh +1 to me for not picking up Tazo Joy tea while I was at Starbucks. I was VERY TEMPTED. And also I had no real idea what the tea tasted like – I just liked the pretty red tin. #sucker So yeah – good job not throwing money away!

I haven’t had this rooibos at all and I was completely surprised at all the cinnamon. It brought back terrible memories – wait – is this Mamma Mia? Did I get the wrong tea? :O

Happily this tastes nothing like that other one. It has that pleasant earthy rooibos taste and the cinnamon complements it nicely. It’s not TOO cinnamon-y. On a fireball scale of 1-100, I’d say it’s maybe 40. I can taste it, but it’s not crazy. I guess there are rosehips in there too but I have no idea what they tasted like.

My friend sgoertz gave me this sample as it was her favorite rooibos. I can see why!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

Mm.. Those gingerbread lattes are delicious.

Ozli

I need to try that latte >___>

Fireball scale, lolol XD

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A big thanks to Nicole for sending me some more tea yesterday! Always love trying more teas out! It’s amazing that there really are so many kinds of tea out there. I think tea has coffee beat, anyway!

This one is lovely! I’ve never heard of Lady Londonderry before. A nice black tea base with a strawberry and lemon flavor! I think both lemon and strawberry are equally represented here. The strawberry reminds me of the flavor that Butiki uses in their strawberry oolong I had a chance to sample a while ago. It’s very sweet and candylike. Yum! The black tea is perfect with these flavors. I’m surprised the black tea doesn’t hide the lemon and strawberry more than it does. Very good!

I’m wondering if anyone knows which kinds of black tea usually have a maltier flavor. (Assams? Ceylons? Others??)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

Oh I do love Lady Londonderry! I have not had any of this in ages. I know I have some left somewhere. Need to find her! Mine is not from this company but I think they are all sourced from the same places. Good stuff!

Tea Sipper

It’s funny that teas are sourced from the same places. For example, along with this one that Nicole sent I got a Kally Biscotti tea that is exactly the same blend as the Tealux biscotti tea that I tried last week… it just had a slightly different name! Luckily, they will both be good though. :D

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