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Apparently I’m way behind the times! I just recently found this tea company and when I was in Metro (the old A&P) last night getting dinner, I found this tin on the clearance rack. I think there was only the one of Canadian Breakfast and there were a few others but they were either camomile, mint, or hibiscus. I didn’t want any of those, but this one came home with me.

I am really enjoying this one. It’s a strong tea, but that could be ‘cause I oversteeped it. It’s a very dark redish/orange. I should have only steeped for 2.5mins. The instructions say 4-5mins, I did 3.

I added some milk to the last half of my tea and it seemed to take the edge of bitterness off of it.

I think I’m going to enjoy this tea. I feel as though it’s very similar to the Metropolitan tea company’s one but not quite the same.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Canadian Breakfast by Nourish Tea
83 tasting notes

Your basic breakfast tea. Nothing to really write home about, but still pretty good.

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drank Yummy Chai by Nourish Tea
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I made this on the stovetop, which I think makes it extra spicy. Started with 1c. water, 2 tea spoons of the tea, brought to a boil then turned down to simmer x 5min. Then I added 1c. milk and 1 tbsp honey, stirred constantly until it came back to a boil, then took it off the heat and let it sit for another 5min. Strained into a mug and added a bit more honey. Yummmm.

OMGsrsly

Oh yum. I have a blend at home, I should do this tonight.

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67
drank The Duke of Earl by Nourish Tea
263 tasting notes

Rounding out my Earl Grey Fest this afternoon, I thought I’d brew this one to compare with the cream earl greys. There’s definitely a difference – the bergamot flavour is quite strong and citrusy without anything else to balance it out. Like the others, I like this one a bit better with milk added. It’s pretty much just an uncomplicated middle-of-the-road earl grey, though I have to say that when comparing with the other two (before the milk), the base tea in this just tasted a little… flat. It’s possible it’s actually a bit stale, because this tea has definitely been in my cupboard for a while.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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85
drank Minty Igloo by Nourish Tea
464 tasting notes

I finally got the amount for this one right. I normally detest pure peppermint, but I think that’s only because I hadn’t had it in loose form prior to this tea.

Now I can’t get enough of it! It’s ideal for winter, and the natural chemical properties of the mint is helping with the Seasonal Affect Disorder, big-time. Soothing, smooth, with a slightly sweet finish. Doesn’t get much better than this.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Minty Igloo by Nourish Tea
464 tasting notes

The dry leaf of this tea is deceptively mild… I dumped a bunch of it into my brewer, thinking that it was gonna be a weak tea. I waited the prescribed 4 minutes, then popped the top of the brewer for a sniff…

And then got WHACKED in the face by the scent of the steeped liquor. It brought tears to my eyes! VERY strong!!

I’m getting mint, mint, more mint, and a dash of earth. Which is then swallowed up by mint.

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I made this one at work with my tea ball infuser. Then promptly sunk my tea ball, chain and all, into the hot water. No spoon in sight, so I had to dump it into a paper cup and fish the ball out that way. So now I have to drink it from a paper cup instead.

It’s withstood this silliness quite well, despite the odds. Pleasantly sour and sweet, fruity without being cloying. I’m hoping the elderberry will kill the sore throat that I seem to be developing. Ackkkkk.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

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I like this one. The steeped liquor gives off a very strong aroma of cranberry and currant. It steeps a very pleasing deep purply-red color. When I sip, it tastes tart and sweet at the same time, very very fruity— mostly like cranberry. I should make this iced sometime, maybe in the summer.

It’s a perfect loose tea to have at work because it fits nicely inside a tea ball infuser and you don’t need to watch it obsessively while it steeps. It’s also caffeine-free, so no jitters.

Yum!

Flavors: Black Currant, Cranberry, Sweet, Tart

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I picked this up at Shaw’s, along with a Ingenui-Tea teapot from Adagio tea.

The teapot is ridiculously convenient and awesome, and this tea is great too! It’s a cheaper version of Tiesta Tea’s Fireberry blend, basically. It is sweet and berrylicious. Tastes like a cup of healthy goodness, and it is both responsible socially (being organic) and hibiscus-wise. ;)

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos

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This is a decent jasmine tea for the price (I paid about $10 CAD for the 100g tin on well.ca). The green tea base is mild, and balances well with the jasmine flavour. I’m getting a bit of a soapy aftertaste occasionally, which I’m not thrilled with, but overall it’s totally drinkable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I know I left a review on this tea before but feel like leaving another one. I dreamed I was having jasmine tea last night so woke up wanting jasmine tea. I botched the first brewing. Got the temperature right but put in too many pearls. Too strong. Ditched that and brewed 1/2 tsp, 8 oz, 185F, 3 min. Perfect. Or at least the way I like it. Balanced jasmine notes, good astringency without being bitter. Love it. Had a second cup too.

Flavors: Astringent, Jasmine

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Backlog- You just can’t beat the price of this tea. It was a bit over $7 for 100g. I brewed it up the other day. Haven’t had too much of Jasmine Pearls lately. It was like sitting down with an old friend. Brewed for 2 min at 185F. Jasmine was done perfectly. Not too weak or too strong. I used to like extremely potent jasmine until I learned it only comes from artificial flavouring. Now I prefer the jasmine to be more natural.

I think this tea could get bitter easily if not brewed right. I could detect only faint bitterness near the end of my cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Jasmine, Vegetal

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank The Duke of Earl by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

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80
drank The Duke of Earl by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

Nourishtea The Duke of Earl was naturally irresistible at a measly $6 for a big fat can (110 grams) of single-origin, high-altitude Sri Lankan tea laced with organic bergamot oil! As advertised, the infused tea leaves really are red, and appear to be torn into similar medium-sized pieces.

The liquor is dark amber and the flavor is good. Maybe not my favorite Earl Grey, but a fantastic value for an organic and fair trade single-origin blend with a high-quality black tea base. The dried leaves are very richly scented, but the bergamot does not overwhelm in the brewed tea. I do not have the sense that anything is being covered up or hidden here (as is often the case with mediocre Earl Greys). No scratchiness or rough edges, happily.

Le Duc is a solid Ceylon Earl Grey offering—in addition to being all-natural, organic, and fair trade.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

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drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
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drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
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80
drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

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80
drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

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80
drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
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80
drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

I’m trying to see if I really can discern the difference between Mao Feng and Mao Jian. Yesterday I had Teavivre’s hearty Mao Jian, and today I’m following up with Nourishtea The Emerald Path, which is also a single-origin Mao Jian.

I drank this two-glass tetsubin right after a lunch of soft-boiled eggs, toasted English muffins with butter and sliced Campari tomatoes. So of course it was great! ;-)

I do find this batch of Mao Jian less rugged than the darker, more vegetal and sometimes meaty Teavivre. I’ll have to do a side-by-side steep-off one of these days!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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80
drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

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drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

It wasn’t all that long ago that I had never even heard of Mao Jian. Now I’ve experienced this one from Nourishtea and another from Teavivre. My latest discovery is that Mao Jian is basically second flush Mao Feng! Who knew? It appears that the following analogy holds:

sencha : bancha :: mao feng : mao jian

Or maybe we could compare second flush or autumn flush darjeeling with the first spring flush? That might be a better comparison, because I find Mao Jian more similar to Mao Feng than bancha is to sencha. In fact, bancha tastes and smells nothing like sencha to me. Haute sencha reminds me a lot of gyokuro, but even the best bancha is sui generis. In contrast, darjeeling is always darjeeling to me: whether first, second, or autumn flush. Perhaps that will change over the course of this year, as I should be a darjeeling expert after twelve installments of the Golden Tips subscription plan. But that’s another story…

I drank a two-glass tetsubin of this Mao Jian for my mid-day green. It seemed a bit heartier than before, probably because I used more tea. The liquor was pale greenish yellow. I like this tea.

Flavors: Vegetables

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
pyarkaaloo

i heartily agree…Sencha reminds me a lot of Gyokuro! very much so. at least the Senchas i’ve tried. for example, i find Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha very impressive & the first thing that popped into my mind was Teavana’s Gyokuro Imperial!

sherapop

Pyarkaaloo, I was rather surprised the first time I tried gyokuro because of the huge difference in price and its reputation for being so grest. It is very good, but definitely on the sencha radar…

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80
drank The Emerald Path by Nourish Tea
1733 tasting notes

I wanted to compare this Mao Jian from Nourishtea with the one from Teavivre, but this is not exactly a steep-off chez sherapop, as I brewed and drank this tea after the Xin Yang Mao Jian. I also failed to use the same parameters.

For this two-glass pot, I used 76C water (not 79C) and steeped for about three minutes. To be honest, I am not sure which I prefer! All I can say for sure is that I do like Mao Jian, in general.

The liquor of this brew was greener and lighter than the Teavivre, but it might be because there were small particles of broken leaves in the bottom of the glass for the Xin Yang. Another interesting difference is the appearance of the dried leaves, which are darker and more uniform in color in this case.

In order to decide which Mao Jian I prefer, it looks as though I’ll have to do a serious steep-off chez sherapop!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

I like Mao Jian too and I have two of them right now. One from Tea Emporium and this one. I’m not sure which one I like better either…

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