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Riverbend Plantation

Recent Tasting Notes

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Holy shit!

I have achieved morning tea nirvana! I woke up really wanting to shower – but I can’t since the water is off (I’m praying it’s on tomorrow because I need to shower before my first day of work) again – so I was desperately looking for a rich drink I could have to make me not feel greasy and icky.

In the end, I decided I wanted hot chocolate instead of tea so I made a very rich cup of hot chocolate – but last minute I realized I could infuse it with a tea, so I grabbed the first tea bag I could find which was this one! Fruit infused into hot chocolate? I was kinda skeptical. Apparently I had not right to be, though – this is melt in your mouth, gulp it down without breathing delicious.

Basically it’s like drinking a liquefied dark chocolate – but one of the ones with that gooey, creamy filling. In this case, obviously, a Saskatoon Berry filling. Umph.

Yup – I’m gonna be hard pressed to find a tea today that can top how tasty this is.

Flavors: Berries

Kat_Maria

Good luck with your first day at work! :)

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, berries and chocolate all the way!

carol who

Hey, I must have missed it… what’s your new job? I know you have been looking so that’s great news.

Roswell Strange

I was hired to be a supervisor at a Dollarama.

carol who

Way to go! :)

Jennkay

This sounds so delicious! I’m going to go rummage through my pantry to see if I have leftover hot chocolate…

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I received this from Roswell Strange a super long time ago. I was not avoiding trying it, it just somehow got put into my tea cupboard and I never got around to it. I sent some of this to Courtney in a swap recently, so I thought I better get around to trying it myself.

The dry tea bag smells exactly like Saskatoon berries and black tea. Saskatoon berries are a bit of a local delicacy. I would describe them as small berries (about the size of a current, maybe a bit bigger), dark purple in colour. They grow on giant trees/bushes – I think like 15-20 feet high sometimes. To me they taste like a mix of a tart blueberry and a black currant.

I added some brown rock sugar to this tea because I didn’t want it to be too tart. This tea is fairly decent. I was anticipating the Saskatoon berry to kick me in the face, but it didn’t. So that was a pleasant surprise. I would say the black tea base is the dominant flavour. It is slightly astringent and not terribly smooth, but it is not bad. The Saskatoon flavour is natural, not as sweet or as tart as it could be.

This is one of the better Saskatoon Berry teas I have tried.

Thanks Ros!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m glad you liked it :)

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Sipdown!! (225)

So I decided to drink this (1) because it sounded tasty, (2) it came in a swap, and (3) the number 225 is so much nicer than 226 so I wanted the sipdown.

Anyways, Roswell Strange sent this my way and I was actually very intrigued. I have no idea what a Saskatoon Berry is supposed to taste like but I like berries so why not try it. I followed Roswell Strange’s steeping parameters (1 minute 30 seconds) and the end result is a tasty little cup of tea. It is definitely a sweet berry flavor. I could be wrong but to me it tastes somewhere between a blueberry and a blackberry. Pretty darn good. Plus, it is a tea bag which makes this an easy cup to steep up. Thank you Roswell Strange, this was a pleasant extra that you tossed in!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Sil

SASKATOONS!

Roswell Strange

Yay, I’m glad you liked it! I adore Saskatoons :) Plus, since we swap so often I thought it’d be cool to give you the tea related to the berry which is my town’s namesake.

Lala

I always think saskatoons taste like a cross between a blueberry and a black currant.

OMGsrsly

I have some of this, but I’ve never tried it. Hmm…

VariaTEA

Haha. If only you could send me the berries next time, then I would know how true to the name this tea really is :P

Roswell Strange

I do have some of DT’s Prairie Berry – which is another Saskatoon Berry tea, so a taste of that one could likely be arranged. Sadly, I’m not sure how well the berries themselves would mail over ;)

Roswell Strange

@OMGsrsly – MAKE SOME! It’s probably my favourite bagged black ever ^^ I know I sent some to Lala, too. Now that I know where to buy it again I’ve been slipping it into quite a few swaps! Gotta share the Saskatoon Berry love! Though, watch the steep time. It gets bitter quickly :(

Roswell Strange

There’s a place in town that makes hot, fresh Saskatoon Berry pies that you can order in just like a pizza… Mmmmmmmm! And an ice cream place open in the summer between Regina and Saskatoon which has the BEST Saskatoon Milkshakes and Mozza Fingers!

Yvonne

Saskatoon berries are delicious! If you haven’t had some, you definitely need to try!

tigress_al

Now I want Saskatoons! Yum. And to try this tea! Where did you get it?

Roswell Strange

In Regina, I was only able to find it at the McKenzie Art Gallery in the gift shop (they sell amazing Riverblend Plantation Chocolate too), but in Saskatoon I’ve been able to find it at a local foods store on 8th St. and the university gift store. Yay! I’m seriously craving Saskatoons now though; whether it’s in actual fruit format, pie format, milkshake format or tea format D:

Yvonne

I’ve found Saskatoon Berry pies at Sobeys before.

Roswell Strange

They’re kind of everywhere in my city. Though, that makes a lot of sense given I live in Saskatoon, heh…

VariaTEA

Haha. I guess berries mixed in with the teas could get a tad bit messy.

OMGsrsly

Saskatoon berries tend to be hit-or-miss here. A lot of years they’re dry and it’s really hard to deal with the seeds. Last fall they were fantastic. :) I will try this one, soon. Really soon. :)

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Steeped up a bag quickly this morning while getting ready for work and making all my work teas.

Since this is touchy and gets bitter quickly I kept the steep time super short (1 min 3o seconds) which was a great decision because this was a yummy, sweet Saskatoon Berry tea! :)

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I indulged a little this morning and made two of my favourite teas for work. My excuse was that with my paycheck coming in I could easily afford to do so! I’ve tried to do the math, and with what’s already in my account taken into consideration I can set enough aside for December and January’s rent and my grocieries and still have approx. $200 left to spend on tea! Woot!

To buy what I want from DAVIDsTEA It’ll be about $40-50 dollars, and then I’m going to FINALLY put in my Butiki order which comes out to roughly $100 dollars (just a touch more) – which leaves around $50 for other orders. Hmm… So much to take into consideration. Do I put in my Della Terra order which is only $30ish or do I go for a Harney & Sons order and just get a whole bunch of sample sizes. One thing is for sure, I’m gonna be getting a lot more tea coming up soon (I could also wait until Black Friday sales – although I have another paycheck coming in on Dec. 3rd right after Black Friday).

Anyway, for this tea I steeped one teabag in 10 oz. of water for three minutes. This is probably my favourite bagged tea, by far – but it’s really touchy and gets bitter quite quickly so it’s easy to screw up. Thankfully, I didn’t and this is super smooth and yummy.

Right now I’m drinkinhg it cold – and there’s a very “pie like” quality to it. It’s like eating a fresh slice of my Grandma’s homemade Saskatoon Berry pie with the crust and everything: it’s just missing that dallop of vanilla icecream (which could be replicated with milk or cream, but oh well). The black tea base still comes through – but only seems to enhance the sweet syrupy Saskatoon berry taste for me. Yum! I get nice mellow notes of raspberries too, and very subtle notes of blackberries jam keep flickering in and out of the sip.

This is better hot though, honestly.

Also – I’m SO incredibly sick of crying children and parents who just don’t seem to know how to handle them. Maybe it’s naive of me to say this, not having kids of my own or anything like that, but don’t come to the mall if you’re going to bring your misbehaving little three year old son or daughter who doesn’t know to keep their hands off the stores’ merchandise (and not throw it across the store) or if you’re that stupid kind of parent that just lets their child have a tempertantrum in the middle of the mall and stands their and does nothing (or worse responds by freaking out back at them). Please, discipline your children or else they’re only going to get more self entitled and bratty.

Urgh. My head is killing me from dealing with all these absent parent’s and their screaming children. I know it’s not the kids’ fault – but I’m seriously starting to resent children.

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Mmmm! This is, without doubt, my favourite bagged tea (and one of my favourite black teas, just in general). Sadly, it’s also one of Tre’s favourite teas so I’ve actually got a small stash of bags (about 5) hidden in my apartment so that should he finish off the supply in the kitchen I’ll still have a small ration.

I’ve only seen this sold one place: the art museum in my old town, but I’m keeping a fierce eye out here in Saskatoon! It’s odd, my observation of Saskatoon so far has been that Saskatoon doesn’t really stock any food with Saskatoon berries in it, which you would think would be the opposite case.

The smell of this one steeping fills the whole house (so if I ever do have to rely on my secret stockpile of this tea, I’ll have to drink it when Tre’s not here). The dry leaf reminds me of Saskatoon berry pie, and the smell of it steeping is freshly picked Saskatoon berries. As dry leaf, you can’t smell the black base at all, but it’s a more present smell as it’s steeping.

The taste of this one is very sweet – there’s no need to add sweetner of any kind. The first taste when you take a sip is the black tea base, but then you get the very sweet Saskatoon berry which lingers heavily in the aftertaste. This tea is pretty straight forward, there aren’t a lot of contributing flavours other than “black tea” and “Saskatoon berry”. The only downside to this tea is that it gets very bitter very quickly, so you want to go with a short steep time. I never exceed four minutes for this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

There used to be a little kiosk in the centre of the Midtown that sold this, I believe. It was beside the coffee place that is directly in the middle of the first floor.

Roswell Strange

Thanks! I’m headed there tomorrow, so I’ll take a look! My friend Robyn said she saw Riverbend Plantation products being sold in the University Library, but she said she didn’t see any tea – so I’m gonna try and look there too.

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I LOVE RIVERBEND PLANTATION SASKATOON BERRY TEA.

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