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51
drank Queen's Choice by Riston
1847 tasting notes

So I cold brewed this yesterday with the intention of getting one more sipdown in on “Sipdown Saturday” but ended up going to a Brazilian grill and by the time I was done dinner, it was way too late and I was way too full to have anything else so I strained this and left it for today. Then life got in the way once again and I spent a few hours with my sister just relaxing and watching shows in bed and then I spent the evening helping her boyfriend dig a hole for his mom’s new shed. So, I finally got around to drinking this now and honestly, I am happy to be finishing this up. As a cold brew, it is more strawberry flavored than it was hot but still there is a touch of bitterness I am not digging and mostly I am just left feeling underwhelmed by this blend. Thank you Sil for the sample but this is one more tea I can cross off my list. 145.

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51
drank Queen's Choice by Riston
1847 tasting notes

Thank you for sharing Sil but this tastes kind of like what I’d imagine strawberry potpourri or strawberry perfume to taste like. Not my favourite but I am always happy when I can try new things. Maybe this may be better iced?

Sil

haha no idea.. the tea seems totally different than what we tried at the toronto tea festival. we really liked it there and even when i tried it, i was like PASS

VariaTEA

Maybe they sweetened it or prepared it in a particular way that highlighted the tasty flavors and hid the bad? Or maybe they had a surplus if this they wanted to get rid of so they served a better tea in order to convince you to buy it :P

Sil

no idea… the first year we did the festival we almost bought this one…then this year we did… oh well, it was relatively cheap lol

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65
drank Queen's Choice by Riston
4726 tasting notes

So i finally got around to trying this one the other day, expecting the worst lol However, it’s actually not that bad. This is not quite the same tea that we had at the tea festival in my opinion but i’m wondering if that’s because they added sugar or something to it. Brewed as a GREEN tea, this works out nicely with a strawberry flavour that comes through. If the others brewed this as a black then i for sure see how this would have turned bitter and foul.

However, that being said, this isn’t the lovely tea that we had at the tea festival. That was one light and fruity and delicious. this one is..ok.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Black Currant by Riston
1292 tasting notes

This tasted like syrup. Sweet, berry like and not bad at all!
a teeny bit wax like when cold but I expected that from Riston….
I think this would go really well in a tea popsicle.

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65
drank Queen's Choice by Riston
1637 tasting notes

Yep. This tastes bitter to me too. I don’t dig it so I’m dumping the last half out of my cup and filling it up with Whispering Pine’s North Winds! (which was waiting in reserve in my timolino!)

Thanks Sil for letting me try it out! It sounded like it SHOULD be good.
(170)

Sil

hmmmm i’ll have to get this to kittenna and raritea and see if what we bought is somehow different than what we tasted at the festival…if so, i’m going to be annoyed…

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67
drank Green Paradise by Riston
1292 tasting notes

Not bad for a bagged tea.
The good: It’s fluffy and fruity! Probably strawberry, maybe raspberry.
I let it cool quite a bit, and I kinda like it that way.
The bad: I taste a bit of plastic waxiness, with just a hair of bitterness at the end.
Overall, I wouldn’t ever buy it, but would certainly have a cup if it was free or offered at a social gathering where the gen pop isn’t tea snobby like us! :)

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30
drank Queen's Choice by Riston
1691 tasting notes

Sipdown (161/167)!

This has been at a sipdown-able level for around a week now, but I’ve been terrified to make the hot cup worth I’d set aside because the cold brew was so damn bad. I did it yesterday though, and I prepared a timolino worth for work.

Actually, it really wasn’t so terrible hot. Calling that cold brew drinkable would be a mighty fib, but this wasn’t so bad at all. There wasn’t a sensation of drinking slime or sewage; instead it was actually pretty solidly strawberry flavoured – I’d say more candy/artificial strawberry than realistic though. Downside? There was a harsh bitterness in the aftertaste that was scarily unpleasant – but not even close to the cold brew so it was bearable in contrast.

I would not drink this again and I don’t think I’d serve it to friends or family, but if you are going to have it my strong recommendation is you prepare it hot – and regardless I’ll lift my rating a bit because the hot brew was significantly better.

Flavors: Bitter, Strawberry

Sil

i really should drink this and see if its really different from the sample we tried at the tea festival…

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19
drank Lemon Black by Riston
1292 tasting notes

Hot, this was like a lemon candy… but not a good one. Maybe one meant for soothing coughs and sore throats. You know, with that thick syrupy medicinal kick to it.
Cold, it was closer to lemon cleaner. Hey maybe I should have used it to polish my furniture instead of tossing down the drain

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30
drank Queen's Choice by Riston
1691 tasting notes

So, this is the first tea I pulled from the blends sent to me by the lovely Sil in our swap. I picked out three I wanted, and gave her free reign on sending whatever else and this is one of the things she sent. It’s something I’d have never picked for myself so I was hoping I’d be pleasantly surprised.

It seems a lot like the Prince of Wales blend I had from The Metropolitan Tea Company, just with strawberry flavour instead of currant. I didn’t particularly care for PoW but this smells pretty good so I was being open minded. I cold brewed it, and strained it this morning for work.

Unfortunately; this is foul. Basically it tastes like seaweed, rotten strawberry, and sludge. I literally gagged after my first sip. So, of course I dumped it. Sadly it’s not a sipdown; but I only have enough left for one small hot cup so I’m skeptically hopeful that the hot cup will be a bit better.

I’m gonna call it though: I’m thinking this just wont be for me.

Sil

Booooooo on the upside, de, one more tea from all the teas to not try again lol. Pretty sure Kittenna, raritea and I tried this at the tea festival and enjoyed it….but that being said, we haven’t had it yet lol

whatshesaid

Hahaha! Dear lord what was Sil trying to do to you?!

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71
drank Strawberry Black by Riston
1292 tasting notes

Backlog-
This was really good when hot, but like the cherry one, awful when cold. Good thing I already resigned it to the timolino!

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73
drank Cherry Black by Riston
1292 tasting notes

Nice. For a bagged tea that is.
Hot, it tastes just like a cherry candy with a black tea twist.
Cold, it gets quite plastic-ish, but adding a bit of sugar helped. This is one I would love to enjoy iced but I don’t think it will go over so well. Sad.
Also, I can kinda taste the tea bag. Atleast I think that is what the faint cardboard note is anyhow! I hope it is that… If it wasn’t for those two factors, I would most definitely rate this in the high eighties as the cherry flavour is the perfect amount of tart and spot on cherry, when hot that is.
Bah. I’ll be happy to grab a cuppa this when I just don’t wanna think and plunk the bag into my mug, or when I’m in a rush dashing out the door.

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59
drank Berry Confiture by Riston
439 tasting notes

1.25 tbsp for 375 ml

Bitter-bland flavour- slight berry taste. I haven’t had much success with this tea using a number of different infusion parameters

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 13 OZ / 375 ML

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76
drank Sweet Berries by Riston
1292 tasting notes

Gah!!! I had a whole note on this written out. A clever one. With puns! and now it’s gone. Boo.
Fine.
Coles notes: this was tasty. Comforting. I’d have it again. I was sad to not taste any cranberry but atleast the hibby didn’t dominate the whole darn cup. There was something soft about it as well. Like cotton candy. Could that be the apple paired with strawberry? Hmm.
Yay for free samples!

Bear With Me

Definitely read the name as “dingle berries” for a minute there. O.o

OMGsrsly

LOL. That’s a good one, Ceylon Star. :)

Bear With Me

I fully admit to being a terrible person :P

Indigobloom

Ahaha. I’m glad it didn’t taste like dingle berries!!

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92
drank Earl Grey by Riston
20 tasting notes

I bought this tea at the Toronto Tea Festival, since they had gotten third place in the North American Tea Championships, and I wanted an Earl Grey because its one of my favorites. Its one of the best Earl Grey’s I’ve ever had! It tastes really refreshing and I don’t even add milk to it like I normally do.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Riston
20 tasting notes

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92
drank Earl Grey by Riston
20 tasting notes

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drank Christmas Greetings by Riston
697 tasting notes

Drinking some of the amazing samples that yyz was generous enough to send me.
This is a nice caramel nutty tea. It’s a little strange – I actually went and looked it up – this tastes like a rooibos, but it’s not it’s a black. There is something in the flavoring that reminds me of rooibos. Interesting…. I like rooibos, so this isn’t a bad thing for me, but strange how that happened. All and all this is a fun little dessert tea and I am really happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

yyz

The first time I had it, it did give me that itchy throat feeling that some people say Rooibos gives them. I attributed it to the hazelnuts, I’ m actually minorly allergic to them, though I thought I had kicked that allergy aso can eat Nutella and eat Back chocolate without having a reaction. Something to think about…

Dexter

I don’t have any allergies, and I don’t mind if there is some rooibos in here, but it’s not on the ingredient list, and I can’t see any in the leaves – but wow, this tastes like rooibos to me. I wasn’t doubting your meticulous and awesome labeling, I was questioning my tastes. :))

yyz

I meant something to think about for me..I can totally get where you could get something that hints at Rooibos. The nut in this tea isn’t a sweet hazelnut, it’s kind of toasty and has as hint of woodiness to it. I just hadn’t thought of it in that way! I think that it is a clever referencing of it.

Yvonne

Mmm – sounds lovely.

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drank Christmas Greetings by Riston
346 tasting notes

Having had this tea a couple of times this tea tastes and smells to me of hazelnut caramels with some coffee notes.

The caramel flavour is dominant and it tastes like the kraft caramel squares from halloween, with nutty hazelnut underneath. The hazelnut is pretty authentic those with allergies should stay away as it leaves me with an itchy throat. It brews to a dark red amber. The base tea is sweet and fruity with some spicy slightly leathery notes and subtle bitter coffee like notes underneath and and is smooth if brewed around 90-95. It becomes bitter if steeped at boiling.

The packaging is cute, a tall metal canister with a music box built in. The tune is unfamiliar to me but is pleasant and cheerful!

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

A music box! That’s cute!

gmathis

I’ll second the yum.

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drank English Elite Tea by Riston
4 tasting notes

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drank English Elite Tea by Riston
4 tasting notes

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drank English Elite Tea by Riston
4 tasting notes

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