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Granville Island Tea Co

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80

I’m leaning towards liking the resteep (@4 min) of this tea more than the initial steep – it still has a bakiness to it but it’s much sweeter and it has sort of apricot or peach-like notes that come out – ‘stone fruit’ notes I think I’ve heard some people describe the taste.

By the third resteep (@5 min) I am noticing the flavour starting to taper off, however.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

It goes decently enough with milk, as it helps take offthat astringent black tea edge. But it also kills a lot of the fruity grenadine flavour, unfortunately. This tea might be better drunk plain with a bit of sweetener, maybe. I’ll see about trying it that way next time.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

So continues my quest for the perfect dark formosa oolong. The dry tea has a spicy-ish smell to it. Brewed it has quite a pungent, almost woodsy sort of taste with a strong bakey flavour accompanying it. I noticed that it took on some fruity notes and taste a little bit sweeter as it cooled off.

The second steep (@3:30) has a sweeter, more developed fruity flavour and it tasted less bakey than the first round.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I’m still trying to figure out the brand name of the bulk 31-cent-an-ounce oolong I get at a local health food story. It behaves a lot like you have described above. If I discover it, I’ll pass along…

Jillian

Cool, thanks. :)

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81

I first had Early Grey with cardamom at a friend’s house. I thought it was divine but I hadn’t been able to find something similar for years. Finally I found it.

The tea smells very pungent. It put me off at first. Steeped by itself, it’s not really that great. However, it’s delicious when you add milk and sugar to it. Very smooth and aromatic (but not overpowering). Ultimate “roundness” in my mouth which I really enjoy :)

Steeped at 205 degree F.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78

A longer steeping time made the first steep in particular taste fuller and it gave the tea some slightly buttery notes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

I’m picking up just the very faintest hint of smoke this morning. It’s a nice morning tea IMO for those who want the wake-up but not the harsh taste that some of the Indian teas like Assam tend to pack. This is a very smooth-tasting tea that doesn’t really feel like it needs milk or sugar added to it.

EDIT: It resteeps nicely too.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

My only other experience with Monk’s Blend is from a rather unfortunate (and yucky) teabag so I wanted to see how the real blend tasted. The tea was slightly sweet-smelling but not heavily so, scented with vanilla and fruity notes (from the grenadine I’m assuming).

The flavours are not terribly bold and I get the impression that the tea base is supposed to take centre stage and that the flavouring is more a compliment than anything else, as opposed to an actual flavoured tea where you mostly get the flavouring rather than the tea.

The result in this case is a mild, smooth-tasting tea with little astringency and enhanced with notes of sweet pomegranate (some people have said that grenadine tastes more like cherry, but this one at least is distinctly pomegranate to me) and hints of vanilla. Not bad.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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78

I got three good steeps out of this tea and I’m pretty sure I could have gotten at least one or two more. The flavour has great staying power.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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55

Five minutes might have been a bit too much for the CTC tea in this blend. I added some milk and I am picking up a trace of vanilla this time, but it’s an accent rather than the focus of the tea. It’s not a horrible tea but it doesn’t really do much for me – I think I’ll put it up for ‘adoption’.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96

Last cup of tea of the night (morning?) I promise. ;)

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

you looove this tea :)

Jillian

Yeah, I’m actually surprised at how much I like it given that it’s a rooibos tea. But it’s so packed full of mint leaves and cocoa nibs that you hardly taste the rooibos.

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75

I think I’m going to be sad when this tea runs out. Go read my past tasting notes if you’re curious. :)

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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96

I haven’t had this one in awhile so I had to see if it was still good. ;)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

This is such a complex, full-bodied tea. It makes me eager to try other Keemuns to see if they’re anything like this one.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77

Finished up what was left in my stash…doubly strong…still good!

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75

Not much more to say, go read my older tasting notes. :)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77

This hits the spot this morning! YUM! Nice even taste.

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78

The tea looks quite similar to the Ti Kwan Yin I got from the same company, although these leaves are rolled up a bit smaller. The dry leaves of both also have a sort of spinachy scent to them, although I think the Tung Ting’s is a bit lighter (it’s hard to compare, I just sent away the last of my Ti Kwan Yin so I’m going by memory and my old tasting notes).

The first steep (1 min) is really only enough to get the leaves wet and to encourage them to unfurl. So the resulting liquid is quite thin and light; floral in flavour with a hint of sweet bakeyness on the end.

With the 2nd steep (2 mins) we get into the real deal. The tea starts off delicately floral, and then a warm, fruity flavour takes over, finished off by very light bakey notes. The aftertaste is somewhat floral too, I think.

I think I’ll go for third steep after this. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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80

I made this my morning wake-up cup of tea. Apparent English Breakfast tea was once pure Keemun instead of the blend that it is now. I could see that, this cup packs enough of kick to help me shake the sleep from my brain.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77

I have a lot of back logging to do from the weekend but will do that later.
I’m having this tea again this morning because it seems I am a little low on black and black flavors…might have to revisit some Adagio’s today. I am expecting some goodies in the mail from a non-steepster source so once I get that package I will break in to it ASAP.

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86

I got this tea from Jillian and decided to steep it in my Sorapot.

[It was very pretty – I’ll need to take pictures next time.]

First off, one of the things that I absolutely love is the short steep time, because it means that I don’t have to wait that long in between cups. I got a pretty good rhythm going, lengthening the steep time by maybe 15 seconds or so on each subsequent cup, stopping at four. I could have gone longer, I suspect, because the flavor wasn’t weakening for me – a very good sign.

This tea was buttery, with some sweetness that sashayed around and swished through the aftertaste. At times, it had a very pronounced vegetal quality to it, which is something that I’m somewhat indifferent on. For me, it didn’t stick around consistently, and I consider that to be a saving quality. It had a darkness that colored the flavor of the tea, which keeps me from wanting to compare this to a Formosan Oolong since it had some similar qualities.

Overall, I found it wholly enjoyable, so thanks for sending this to me, Jillian! I look forward to many steeps in my future.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec
sophistre

How are you handling the sora pot with the leaves and the water amounts and the steep time, and such?

Jillian

Yay, I’m glad you like! _

TeaEqualsBliss

Sorapot! Sooooo jealous!!! LOL :P Neat review – as always!

Ricky

TeaEqualsBliss, it’s time for you to purchase a sorapot from the steepster select =P

takgoti

@sophistre I handle it pretty much like I handle everything else. I just measure out the leaves and drop them into the glass tube, then close it up and pour the water in through the spout when it’s ready. I have a little glass pitcher that I bought from Samovar that have my thermometer in. I’ve figured out that the top of the handle in the pitcher is about 10 oz., so I pour it in there and wait for it to reach the correct temperature if I need to and then pour it into the Sorapot. Steep times don’t change.

@Jillian It was really good! I’m excited to finish it off!

@TeaEqualsBliss Haha, thank you! I do love it, so.

sophistre

Ahso. You pour everything out of the sorapot all at once. It just looks like such a large quantity of water and thus a whole heck of a lot of tea compared to the quantities I’m usually making for myself at one time…but leaving the tea in the pot post-steep wasn’t an option! Suspect my glass infuser cups are not going to find themselves out of a job anytime soon…but gosh the pot sure is pretty.

takgoti

Haha, well, the full capacity is only about 11 oz. and a cup for me is typically 8-11 oz., so it works very well for me! I just pre-measure my water before I pour it into the pot and everything’s copacetic. I don’t think doing less water would be a problem if necessary [because yes, I wouldn’t want my tea sitting and steeping for that between cups either].

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75

Backlogging. It’s too early for me to try and discern any new nuances in this tea – go read my past tasting notes.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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55

This tea is an interesting mix of regular-looking black tea and CTC teas. It still smells sweet and vanilla-y when it’s dry but when I was steeping it the smell actually reminded me of Adagio’s Sweet Potato Pie!

The taste is also still rather astringent even though I added some milk.

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Boiling

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77

I received a lovely package from Jillian and this is the first tea from her goodie-mailing that I am trying and it tastes pretty. Yes! You can taste the prettiness! LOL – The rose is just enough to be floral but identifiably rose moreso than just your average floral taste. Thanks Jillian!!!!

Jillian

Sweet, I’m glad you got it. I was beginng to worry that it had gotten lost somewhere along the way.

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96

Okay, last cup of tea for the night, I promise. ;)

This is another favorite I haven’t had in awhile, this and my Rainbow Rooibos seem to be the only rooibos-based teas that I enjoy. With this one at least it’s a case of there being a good amount of the other ingredients to balance out the taste of the rooibos. And as a bonus it leaves my mouth minty-fresh. :D

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Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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