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74
drank Soursap by Say Tea
154 tasting notes

Cooking TTB #7

This was unlike any other tea I’ve had. It was delightfully sour in a way that hibiscus often wishes it could be. I read that soursap is supposed to taste similar to pineapple and something else…I can see the comparison to pineapple, which would probably be made stronger by the addition of sugar.

I had this both hot and cold (which means I intended to have it hot but got distracted part of the way through my cup and came back to it being cold…and I’m totally okay with that!) I really liked it both ways. I can imagine this would be quite refreshing as an iced tea in summer.

I’m grateful for the chance to try so many different teas that I would normally never be brave enough to order without trying!

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour

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86
drank Georgian Village by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Mm this is a lovely, bold tea. Super malty, a touch of smoke and ripe fruit, and a bit of a brassy character. A hint of bitterness and only the faintest trace of astringency – quite a smooth This would make a great morning blend – really easy to drink, with a bit of a kick.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Malt, Smoke, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
donkeytiara

ooooh….how did you find this tea?

Anlina

I was visiting Toronto, and asked around here for tea shops that I should visit. I think aisling of tea recommended Say Tea. So I popped in there to check it out and came back with so many teas, the majority of which I’ve tried have been fantastic.

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72
drank Cherry Bomb Rooibos by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Mmm lovely sweet, tangy cherry flavour. Candy-like but mild. A touch of woody rooibos but very subtle. The dry leaf smelled very medicinal, but none of that came through in the cup.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Sweet, Tangy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45
drank Organic Green Ceylon by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Meh, this is okay but not great.

It has a slightly roasty flavour, a bit of astringency and a delicate vegetal note. I think what mostly I disliked about this is that the flavour reminded me a lot of when I would occasionally drink bagged green tea from Tim Hortons during class, and it was never steeped for the right amount of time or at the right temperature. I kept trying it and concluding that I must not like green tea that much. I do think I’m just not a huge fan of many roasted teas.

Maybe I’ll give this another shot – I think I actually came up a bit short on steeping it and maybe the vegetal note would develop more with another 15 seconds.

Flavors: Astringent, Roasted, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Monk's Blend by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

This morning I’m sampling Monk’s Blend from Say Tea and Metropolitan Tea Company.

I was initially going to pass on Say Tea’s Monk’s Blend, but the owner encouraged me to try it, as it’s their own special blend that is grenadine with orange rather than vanilla. Since this sounded different from what I had in my cupboard, I figured I’d give it a try.

And it is different, really different.

The dry leaf for both teas looks very similar, but this one smells intensely of orange and grenadine in a way that’s bordering on medicinal or candy-like. Steeped, the smell of the tea itself comes out more, to mellow the fruit fragrance.

This is a nice, malty Ceylon, with just a hint of astringency. The orange and grenadine flavours are present but not overpowering, and overall it’s nicely balanced. The orange lingers on the finish with a candy quality to it.

Very tasty and easy to drink, though not really a stand out tea for me. I will finish the 2oz I have, but probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Flavors: Candy, Grenadine, Malt, Medicinal, Orange, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Lovely made grandpa style in my travel mug. Which I then just sat at home and sipped at, and forgot when I went out. :P

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80

This smells like any other milk oolong in the bag – super buttery and rich, as do the steeped leaves and liquor. And yet, it’s pretty different. There’s the creamy, buttery notes, but depending on the sip, they keep shifting balance with notes of earth, tangy vegetal and ginseng.

I initially steeped this for four minutes and the leaves were still tightly rolled, and only the ginseng and earth notes were present. Another minute and a half made it much fuller and more complex.

There’s also a distinct cooling sensation in the finish. Like mint without the mint flavour. As I sip the cup I start to get an ever so slight dry mouth feel, and as it cools there’s a growing sweetness.

The second steep was very drinkable, a bit more vegetal and floral but not overly interesting.

Not my favourite milk oolong, but interesting and nice.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Earth, Floral, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98
drank Soursap by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Yes! So good! I knew when I smelled this, that I had to have it.

Lots of Asian restaurants around here give out soursop hard candies instead of mints with the bill, and admittedly, when there’s just a bowl of them by the till, I usually grab as many as I feel I can get away with. They’re delicious and I’ve yet to find them in Chinatown to buy.

This tea tastes like those candies. The black base is a bit rough, but the soupsop flavour is so good that they work together really well. The flavour is mouth filling, very accurate and lingers beautifully on a long finish. This isn’t a complicated tea, but it’s so tasty.

I will give this a try with sugar at some point, but I’m really pleased that it doesn’t need it. It’s got a bit of natural sweetness, a bit of sour that isn’t actually tart and it’s amazing.

I sometimes think that maybe I’m drifting away from flavoured teas, but ones like this bring it all home for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

you’ve got me intrigued by this tea company… didn’t even know it existed haha

Anlina

You should check it out: http://sayteaonbloor.com Their prices are really good too, so even though they do a minimum of 55g, you can try a lot of stuff for not a lot of money.

Sil

yeah it’s on my list to go visit when i’m back from travelling heh

aisling of tea

De and I will definitely have to go back when we return from the States in January.

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77
drank Private House Blend by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

I guess I was craving black currant this morning.

This is a nice blend of Earl Grey with black currant. The black base is a bit malty, with a touch of astringency, with a light bergamot flavour. There’s a very distinct black currant nose, but on the palate, it’s more of a blended berry. This was pretty good straight, but better with a bit of sugar.

There’s also a really interesting and powerful cooling sensation from this tea, almost as if it contains mint or menthol, but I can’t detect anything like that except that even after a sip of hot tea my mouth feels very cool.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Berry, Black Currant, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Wild Blueberry by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

This is a very nice blueberry black tea. More sweet than tart, it leans a bit more toward a blueberry jam than fresh blueberry flavour.

Not as complex as The Tea Emporium/Seven Sister’s Blueberry, but a very passable substitute. There’s definitely no lack of blueberry flavour.

Flavors: Blueberry, Sweet

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91
drank Hint of Smoke Earl Grey by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Ah this is rapidly becoming one of my favourite Earl Greys. Both the smoke and the bergamot are present in perfect balance. I’ve left this at my partner’s house, which I think is a good plan, since I’ve been mostly drinking new stuff at home and not my favourites.

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91
drank Hint of Smoke Earl Grey by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Oh this is so good. So happy-making first thing in the morning. I let this cool a fair bit and then just gulped it down.

I’ve left my bag of it at my partner’s place, but I need to bring some home for those days when I just need something straightforward and predictable.

Lindsay

Now I have this mental image of you leaving bags of yummy tea everwhere you go. :)

Anlina

It’s dangerously close to accurate. I usually carry around a bag that has at least a few teas in it, and I leave stuff at my partner’s place, left some teas with a friend tonight and there are tea packages scattered all over my apartment.

Lindsay

I love it. :D

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91
drank Hint of Smoke Earl Grey by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Oh, delicious! It is exactly what it says, Early Grey with a hint of smoke. The smokiness is there, without being overpowering at all, and it’s balanced well with the bergamot which is fairly robust – just the way I like it. The black base is nothing special but it works very well as a base, and it pleasant.

It’s like Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey had a perfect, delicious baby.

Flavors: Bergamot, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Jasmine Goji Oolong by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

This oolong is so wonderful. I threw a teaspoon of this into my travel mug for going out and about toady. This time the oolong tasted buttery, overlaid with sweet goji and jasmine, with a hint of pleasant bitterness.

I am so, so glad I discovered this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Goji, Jasmine, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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98
drank Jasmine Goji Oolong by Say Tea
505 tasting notes

Oh this is freaking amazing. It’s not too complicated – jasmine, goji berry and a slightly roasty oolong that are both distinct but compliment each other perfectly.

I got two good steeps out of this and was going to go for a third, except I accidentally knocked my steeping basket all over the floor.

This is beautiful and unique and definitely going to be a staple.

Flavors: Goji, Green, Jasmine, Roasted

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
aisling of tea

It sounds like we need to visit Say Tea again soon, these teas all sound delicious.

Anlina

I have been so impressed with the selection of their teas that I’ve tried so far. And their prices are so good.

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42
drank Genmaicha by Say Tea
403 tasting notes

This smells and tastes like congee. Not inherently a bad thing, but… not really what I’m looking for in a tea.

Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample!

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Used this to make Earl Grey lemon squares for the wifey today. It’s nice, just a hint of Earl, not in your face like others. I am very pleased.

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drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
442 tasting notes

I’m not giving this one a number rating because I suspect that if I caught the right way ot brew this, it would be amazing. However after three attempts I have decided that I do not have the skills with this one. First cup I got a bland dull green tea with no lemon at all, and second steep on the leaves wasn’t much better. Second time I tried I got a strong green again with no lemon at all. And tonight when I tried again I found the lemon, but had oversteeped and it didn’t taste lovely at all. So farewell fair tea, and big thanks to De who was generous enough to let me steal some from her stash!

aisling of tea

This. I offer to make her tea in the morning, and if she asks for this one, she’s on her own. I will not be responsible for making a cup of this XD.

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drank Earl Grey by Say Tea
1320 tasting notes

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85
drank Funnel Cake by Say Tea
442 tasting notes

I was half asleep this morning when brewing my tea and put this one in the infuser instead of the French Vanilla I’d been planning on. Oh well, an herbal for breakfast isn’t a bad thing! Especially when it smells almost exactly like David’s Forever Nuts, one of my favourite must-haves. Brewed I found it light but lovely, exactly like the dessert the tea professes to emulate. There are hints of cinnamon and sugar and all those delightful things that I love in a dessert, minus the grease of the actual cakes. I can see why people enjoy this one, although I’m not sure if I like it more than my Forever Nuts.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Funnel Cake by Say Tea
500 tasting notes

Yum! I wish I could find a description of the tea online (Say Tea! y u no update website?), because this is a very tasty fruit and nut blend. It reminds me of DT’s Forever Nuts without the beetroot. It’s naturally sweet and very delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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15

Blegh. Blegh, Blegh, blegh. No thank you. Why is this floral? Overwhelmingly so! Blegh. Two sips in, I couldn’t finish it.

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97
drank Mountain Berry by Say Tea
1320 tasting notes

Mmmmm. Continuing with my berry obsession as of late, I reached for a bag of this, as I hadn’t tried it yet. It is delicious. It’s like Earl’s Garden without the yucky bergamot ;). It’s juicy and strong without being bitter or artificial. Yum yum yum. I accidentally let some of it get cold, and it was just as good “iced”. This is definitely one to restock when we return to Say Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Kay Kanada

Earl’s Garden without bergamot? I. must. try. it.

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61
drank Strawberry Tea by Say Tea
500 tasting notes

Not bad. Definitely need short steeps, but I managed to avoid bitterness, yay! A fruity tea, but I tasted more rose flavour than strawberry, with a bit of a perfumey aftertaste. Not terrible, but I don’t think I’ll be reaching for it again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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