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drank Celtic Twist by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1796 tasting notes

I was staying in the area for a follow-up appointment with a doctor at Vancouver General, and this place was conveniently two blocks down both from my hotel and the hospital. It was earlier afternoon and I hadn’t had lunch so I ordered a slice of quiche and a pot of this tea. I love how they serve the tea in a little french press and you get to choose from a collection of pretty teas cups to drink your tea out of.

The quiche was decent, if not spectacular, but the tea was wonderful. It had a nice Ceylon base that complimented the oaky-peaty flavour of the whiskey. I had the first cup plain and the rest with milk and found that I enjoyed it equally both ways. Next time I’m back that way I’ll definitely buy some of the loose leaf tea.

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A sample from Miss B. This is my second cup this morning, and both have been interrupted so I’m not sure that I’ve really done them justice. I used 1 tsp for each cup, in boiling water, for 3 minutes and then more like 5 minutes respectively. I added milk to both because they brewed up quite dark, and because that’s usually what I do with chai anyway.

Even with the extended brew time on the second cup, the flavour of this one is quite mild. It’s wonderfully creamy, which is something I love in chai, but there’s really not all that much in the way of spicing that I can taste. I do get hints of cardamom and a touch of ginger and clove in the aftertaste, but that’s really it. Mostly, it comes across as a creamy, smooth black tea with just a chai-like hint around the edges. It’s pleasant to drink, but I really like more kick from my chai.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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A sample from Miss B. This has got to be one of the more intriguing teas I’ve tried in a while, and I think only the second whiskey flavoured tea I’ve ever come across. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. When I returned to the kitchen I really could smell whiskey, so it’s probably a good thing that I was the only one around at the time. There might have been raised eyebrows, given the conservative nature of the office I work in. I don’t need shock and scandal with my tea on a Friday morning, thanks. It had brewed up pretty dark in any case, so I added a splash of milk.

To taste, it’s actually pretty nice. It’s a lot less harsh in flavour than I was expecting, given the scent. The whiskey is very prominent, with oaky, grain-like notes, and it lingers in the form of a delicious warmth – almost a glow – in the aftertaste. The base tea is smooth and very lightly malty, with maybe just the tiniest hint of citrus. It works really well with the much stronger whiskey, creating a very mellow vibe overall. I’d seriously consider keeping this one around, especially during the winter. A surprise hit!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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A sample from Miss B. I’m very much a chocolate tea fan, so I’m more than happy to take any opportunity to try one that’s new to me. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk.

I was looking forward to chocolate truffle in a cup – who wouldn’t? – but it’s really not that intense. The black tea is malty and sweet, but that’s mostly all I can taste. There’s a hint of chocolate, but I think potentially I’ve been spoilt by some of the other chocolate teas I’ve tried recently. I’m looking for MORE CHOCOLATE, and it’s not there to find. Still, though, it’s tea. My expectations should probably be more reasonable.

This isn’t a bad cup, by any means. The base tea is pleasant and there is some chocolate. Just not enough for me, clearly!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
tigress_al

Ha, is there ever enough chocolate!? What is your favourite chocolate tea?

Scheherazade

Probably Butiki’s Two Friends. Otherwise, there are a lot of plain black teas I love that have strong chocolate notes, so probably one of those too rather than a flavoured chocolate tea. Mariage Freres French Breakfast was amazing, and Teavivre Fengqing Dragon Pearls. It’s hard to choose just one!

tigress_al

Mmm, love the dragon pearls! I have never tried anything from Mariage Freres, but I’m putting that one on the wish list!

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I prepared this tea without looking up what the name meant. After reading this information, I can only agree: one really taste the whiskey barrels. Be careful to not make the first steep too strong (the tea has a strong taste), like I did, because there was some harshness to the taste, which disappeared in subsequent steepings.

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I snagged this one from the SSTTB because it sounded good, and it came in a little tin and I need to make room in that box for all the teas I wanted to share! I’m happy I grabbed it. It’s not really spicy, but it is chocolately, and tasty with milk!

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drank Madras Spice by Pekoe Tea Lounge
7440 tasting notes

missB sent this one my way and i decided to try it out earlier today. We biked 45KM today and stupid me forgot to put sunscreen on, so my arms are a little burned. It means i haven’t really been in the mood for tea since we got back, but since i have work to do tonight before bed, i wanted to get a few more cups in before i have ice cream and liquor lol

This is a decent enough chai…still not going to beat out my favourite but the notes in this one are closer to what i tend to like in a chai. Thanks so much for sharing missb!

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drank Cape Town by Pekoe Tea Lounge
2587 tasting notes

SSTTB

I cold brewed this tea overnight and the result is less than exciting. Mostly it is a woodsy rooibos flavor and then just as you are about to write this off completely you get teased with a touch of fruity sweetness. Still, it is not anything I plan to keep around though it was fun to try.

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drank Lemon Tart by Pekoe Tea Lounge
7440 tasting notes

Another one i forgot to review and log before vacation and now it’s a sipdown! this is another tea from missB and while i like it on the whole, better than the chocolate truffle, i want this to be just a bit more lemony and a lot more tarty. This is more of a lemon black to me as it seems to be missing that je ne sais quois that would = tartilicious! that being said, it’s still a tasty cup and i’m happy to have tried it! Thanks MissB!

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Pekoe Tea Lounge
7440 tasting notes

Apparently i forgot to log a few teas before i left for vacation. I had this then, and now that i’m back it’s a sipdown. For the most part this is an average sort of chocolate tea. I don’t get the rich decadent chocolate that i expect when something is a truffle. It’s not a bad cup of tea but i want MOAR decadence….not this wimpy chocolate :) Thanks for sharing missb!

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drank Celtic Twist by Pekoe Tea Lounge
7440 tasting notes

missB sent this one my way. it’s an intersting tea…not really sure how i feel about it. I think i’m landing on the side of, thanks but no thanks… this has a quite distinctive taste…and i’d argue that once it cools a bit, it does start to taste more like a stronger alcohol…which, lets be honest, if i’m going for that, i might as well drink the alcohol! still, a unique tea to try. thanks missb!

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Pekoe Tea Lounge
7440 tasting notes

last cup of this tonight because i need some calming teas AND because i promised myself i’d get to 150 before i was allowed to open my damn fine teas that arrived today…and i want to drink at least one tomorrow. soooo here i am lol rock ME like a hurricane!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yP1tcy9a10

yes..that’s right. i went there.

Cavocorax

Hahah. You’re so hardcare with all your ruuuuules.

Sil

yeah but i’m so awesomely fun even WITH my rules :P

Sil

(and uh for those who are reading this and don’t know how ridiculous i am…uh…that sounds bad lol)

TeaExplorer

(I’ve got the YouTube video in the background while reading this)
No Rulez! Rip_That_Package_OpenLIKE A HURRICANE =:-O
(sorry … lost my calm for a moment … video ended … i’m better now)

Sil

Lol glad I could share some ridiculousness :)

TeaExplorer

Thank you for that :)

Terri HarpLady

Sil, your rules remind me of Ms Theresa’s rules, that’s why me & little terri keep her locked in the closet (of my mind) most of the time ;)

Sil

rules are fun! (especially when you get to break them sometimes)

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Pekoe Tea Lounge
7440 tasting notes

this was another one sent my way by missB Funnily enough the chocolate smell/taste in this one is intense. I have to agree with her, that when something has spicy in the name, you expect it to be spicy…not sweet. This is chocolate rooibos with a hint of something else going on there. it’s still tasty, but it doesn’t have the kick i was expecting it to have. I’ll have to play with the steeping a little to see if there’s anything i can do to make it a littler punchier.

in other news? salted caramel criollo is amaaaaaazing….

Final Count: 149 (19 + 4 to go)

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76

Tonight, this smells and tastes weird, and I’m puzzled as to what’s different. Last night? Divine. Tonight? Messed up, weird.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Still wondering what’s in here, so I just omitted the red chunks of whatever-it-is, and brewed it up. Hot, it really is lemon meringue pie – more thick creamy lemon than anything though. As it cools it got a bit metallic, although I’m still finding it delicious.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Had this the other night after I went to Pekoe Tea Lounge, and there’s something off about it for me – perhaps some strawberries? Still waiting on an ingredient list, which will help me determine what the pinkish yellow soft things are in this brew. It does smelll like lemon meringue and taste (mostly) like it, minus anything crust-like, however I’m reserving rating it until I know more about this tea and try it again.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Suziqzer

Still not sure about this one? Maybe knowing what all is in it will help you with the flavors.

MissB

Crap. Did I enter this into the database twice, and post about it twice? Bah.

Suziqzer

No, I think you’re good. I didn’t realize you had two lemon ones from Pekoe.

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drank Cape Town by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

Well, I oversteeped this last night, so there’s a definite woodsy rooibos taste and smell. Ick. I get that this supposed be a creamy, lemon-lime sort of tea (maybe) however it’s just meh for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Sounds like the ones you picked up at that shop aren’t quite up to expectations… :(

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

Bah, just not feeling this tonight. Made a huge cup of it, and it’s okay…. chocolately yes, just a bit weak still with zero spice, and too much woodsy rooibos.

Flavors: Chocolate, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

A tea billed as spicy chocolate should be spicy, right? I got little to no spice out of this, however it was a hearty chocolate brew, thanks to the chicory in it, I’m sure.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

Maudit!

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drank Lemon Tart by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

Had some of this yesterday, and it was quite lovely – more lemon than tart, yet still a refreshing, bolder blend.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lemon Tart by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

I liked this much better cooled than hot; it was just mediocre hot, with a mild lemon flavor. Cold however, it was a sweet, creamy lemon tart-like concoction, and I immediately thought of Suziquer wondering if she’d like to try some for her iced tea experiments.

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

Mmmm limon c’est tour ours parfait dans les boissons froides dans mon opinion.

Suziqzer

Hmm… I don’t know. Funny you think of me and citrus now.. :) Surely stretching me further! I could try it, but lemonade and iced tea were not a good mix for me as a kid. Maybe if the lemon is less citric acid like and more toward sweet/creamy… wish I could smell it :)

Cheri

Sounds nommy. :)

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drank Women's Tea by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

Just okay. I consider this a medicinal tea, and thus, it suits for those purposes. I can definitely taste the orange, fennel and herb-like stuffola in here.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Women's Tea by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

I mistakenly grabbed this tonight thinking it was something else. Had it anyway, even though it’s really just an apple tea with a touch of cinnamon and herbals way in the background. Less palatable as it cools, although more… satisfying, knowing it’s an herbal, and potentially helping me feel better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Women's Tea by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1416 tasting notes

Had this last night, before bed. It’s an interesting tea, and I wish I knew what was in it. Took a bite out of what looked to be dried apples, and I (think?) they were indeed apples. Tasted more like really chewy marzipan though. Unfortunately I’m forgetting most of what this tasted like, other than it surprised me.

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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