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49
drank Holiday Tea by Second Cup
12 tasting notes

My Mom used to buy this for us every year for Christmas and I never drank it. Found the latest box in the back of my cupboard and thought I’d give it a try, even though I could remember what it tasted like a bit.

For me, not so much a hit. It’s really hard on cherry which gives it a kind of candy flavour. I don’t pick up any orange at all. Brought it to work and shared and co-workers seemed to like it much more than I. I’ll let them finish off the rest.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89

Yum. Had this in lieu of coffee with a friend today, and no regrets at all. Part of me wanted a sinfully delicious coffee drink, but my stomach started hurting at the mere thought, so I went with a matcha latte as I had planned. I don’t really remember how it was, except that I enjoyed it :D

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77
drank Earl Grey Tea by Second Cup
141 tasting notes

Had this scrumptious tea lat week on friday for breakfast. It woke me up nicely and the taste was sublime.

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89

Enjoyed one of these with Raritea today!! I got to meet another Steepster, which was awesome. Sil and Indigobloom – we were hatching plans for the four of us to meet up for an awesome tea day perhaps in January!

Anyways, this was pretty good, although a touch chalky today in my opinion. And perhaps overly sweet. Ah well, I didn’t have to make it myself :D

Indigobloom

The only green tea latte I really like is from Lettieri though it’s been over a year since I tried it.
So envious you got to meet Raritea!!

Raritea

I would love to meet you! Sounds like you’ve had some pretty fun adventures together!

Sil

for sure! that would be awesome :) Always happy to meet new tea friends :)

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75
drank Maple Tea by Second Cup
4 tasting notes

I got this at Second Cup in place of a Caramel Rooibos I had tried there earlier (and loved), but which they don’t seem to carry any more. I enjoyed this one as well, and it smelled wonderful! A great tea to have on a fall day. Will definitely try again when I go back to Second Cup.

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71
drank Jasmine by Second Cup
141 tasting notes

So second cup didn’t have any Earl Grey today, so I decided to try out their jasmine tea. Its pretty good for a bagged jasmine tea, no complaints here, wasn’t overpowering. I like the smell of the tea, through I wish the scent were just a bit more stronger. The smell of jasmine is so inviting.

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14
drank Chai by Second Cup
25 tasting notes

Huge bag, great smell, really looked forwards to this.

My god was it awful. Couldn’t finish it. Something harsh overpowered everything, there was no balance whatsoever.

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79

So few hours later and I’m still kind of buzzing.. .loving this drink.

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79

Well, Today I decided to be adventurous and try out a Matcha latte from Second Cup. Not going to lie, I was a bit nervous ordering it, but good thing I did, it is yummy and I know it will give me a much needed energy boost in a little while. I started tasting the foam at the top and the earthy taste was really strong, but once you mix it, it is a delightful taste. The earthiness is still there, but it is subtle and subdued. I am so happy second cup does lactose-free lattes. Yumm.

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77
drank Earl Grey Tea by Second Cup
141 tasting notes

Its rather a good tea for being out. I really love this tea because I can just leave the bag in and the taste doesn’t get overpowering. I love adding milk into it once in a while, but drinking it black is equally nice. It is really a comforting tea to drink… definitely a keeper on those cold days.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Chai by Second Cup
1291 tasting notes

I ordered this in a moment of weakness. Added some milk n sugar. It was pretty good, but not very pumpkin like. There was some flavour but not much. And something fruity, almost apple like. Not sure I’ll get this again. The creaminess is enticing, I’m just not sure about the astringent/apple part.
Rating: 79

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83
drank Chamomile Herbal by Second Cup
1291 tasting notes

So I wasn’t going to write a review for this, being a simple bagged and iced herbal… but it surprised me and did the job I needed it for (hydration and calmness!) aaaaaand it was darn tasty.
Oh and the following story turned rant was requested, kindof. This is the end of my tea review. start rant
See, I was having a terrible day at work, and then I had man troubles (no offense guys! I only wish the one I am referring to would see reason!!)
Then… seeing that my gym session was cancelled(so frustrated over that!), I decided to pop into my friend’s bbq, in the suburbs. Only my man friend was being difficult and I was running late… I had brand new platform heels on (the old ones went kaput) and the screen showing my go train timings was broken! ah! so when the green vested official looking lady asked me where I was going and she told me my train had been moved from it’s usual track to another one, well I believed her. But guess what? after I got on, I realized it was going the wrong direction! so I got off at the next station and (in my new heels) scrambled to catch the opposite train, and missed it by maybe 15 seconds.
Ugh!!! anyhow, I was in a terrible mood at that point so cabbed it back to union and went home, being in no condition to be faced with socializing until after a few hrs sleep. (did I mention that I become a temporary zombie most Friday nights?)
Tomorrow, I have a dentist app and then a date!
So. That was my day. Sorry for the rant folks. I feel better now. and calmer! The End

Indigobloom

talk about first world problems huh! sheesh, I need to laugh at my silly self now!!

Kittenna

MAN FRIEND! That’s all I got out of that the first time.. let me re-read it…

Oooh, sucky day. And boys can never see reason, urgh!! They’re stupid. (Uhhh… no offense male Steepsterites…. breakups do this to a girl!)

Thanks for the explanation/rant Indigobloom! I hope tomorrow is better for you :)

Bonnie

Hop on a plane and go to Paris! It’s the only way out! OR…get a massage. OR…just say NO! You don’t have to do what you don’t want to do…YOU ARE WOMAN…or INDIGOBLOOM! THE GREAT! Get a boring movie and fall asleep on the couch. Or payback with the most girl movie you can find! (that’s maybe too evil)

Indigobloom

Kristaleyn: LOL yes breakups scramble brains. It’s a nasty side effect! thanks, I think it will be tons better! :)
Bonnie: LOL great minds! I just finished watching an episode of Royal Pains. or wait, did you mean on date night :P

Bonnie

So, you’re going to a bbq in platform heels. You must like this guy a lot!

Indigobloom

haha nah they were just new and the other ones were not really wearable… not to mention the new ones are difficult to put on bc of the strap (well, without flashing people, or so I awkwardly discovered! in my knee length but oddly shaped dress)

Bonnie

Me thinks thou doest protest too much! (What do you think Krystaleyn?)

Kittenna

Little bit ;)

Ninavampi

Man Friends can drive on insane once in a while… I totally get your rant…

Missy

You need a spa day too!

Indigobloom

LOL Bonnie and Kristaleyn! I bought them over lunch hr… how could I resist?? :P
Ninavampi: thank you! and he isn’t even a boyfriend. Well not anymore, but that just makes it worse sometimes doesn’t it haha
Missy: oh yesss! maybe I can convince my date tonight to give me a massage hehe

Fjellrev

Geez, no wonder you went for the chamomile.

Lynne-tea

Awh! Silly males. I think you made the best decision to head home as it sounds like it just was not your day! Hopefully today was =)

Indigobloom

Incendiare: ohh this was sadly before the go train disaster haha. Oh well it probably helped keep me calm! :)
Lynne-Tea: Today was much better!! went paddleboarding for the first time, it was awesome :P

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85
drank Maple Tea by Second Cup
1291 tasting notes

Backlog from this week. Tuesday I think.
I’ve had a looooong one and somehow this just slipped my mind. Work has been hectic, and then I’ve been dealing with a bunch of supposedly unrelated health issues (five of them! I’m not whining, at all, but it’s a bit overwhelming)
Second Cup is so easy for me, being that there is one housed on the ground level of our building. Expensive, but handy.
So the tea… It doesn’t say on the advertisement that it’s a rooibos, so I was expecting a black tea! but then I saw larger one later on and saw that did so I suppose I should have looked there first. Oh well.
Nonetheless, I was mightily confused when I was sipping… there was SO much astringency going on, and it didn’t quite fit my idea of black astringency. As the cup cooled, I figured out it was rooibos, thankfully.
The Maple aspect was intense. I felt as if I was drinking syrup! and the flavour was spot on. It really needs milk to get there, sadly. I had hoped to go without.
Now, Maple syrup is not my fave sweet. Chocolate is better :P
Still, now I am curious… I need to try Oh Canada from DT again just to see how it compares!
Overall, I’d say this is really well done for a Maple tea. If you like that sort of thing, make sure you try it out :)

Azzrian

I like that sort of thing! YUM!

Bonnie

I’d love to get my hands on some and throw a bit of lapsang souchong in it!

Azzrian

OH yes! Bonnie if I had a like button I would click it!

Indigobloom

ahhhh if only this wasn’t bagged :/

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36

Like english breakfast, but less. Less depth and breadth of flavour, even less colour for the same level of steep. The bags are even poorly made: quite thin, and you can tear them quite easily by pulling the string of the tab gently from the inside of the bag.

I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this again.

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drank Holiday Tea by Second Cup
11 tasting notes

Much better than expected. Cherry, amaretto-ish flavour in an average black tea base. Best strong, with a splash of cream and a pinch of sugar.

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89

Forgot to log this yesterday, but picked up another one of these. Yum. I think it was a bit sweeter this time (perhaps too sweet), and I really shouldn’t have gotten a large, but it definitely still hit the spot. Yum. I have got to pick up some matcha so I can make lattes for myself instead of dropping $5 or so on one at Second Cup!

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82
drank Holiday Tea by Second Cup
485 tasting notes

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89

A tasty and non-stomach-upsetting yet still rewarding alternative to a hazelnut latte from Second Cup! I was craving a sweetened drink and had made myself some cold lattes in the past week from some old matcha powder packets I had been gifted, so this just hit the spot. Sweet enough without being sickly, and I could definitely taste the green tea, although noticed a bit of grittiness at the end. But yum yum yum.

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90
drank Chai latte by Second Cup
252 tasting notes

Baby, it’s cold outside! This is just what I need to fight off the chill.

Preparation
Boiling

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90
drank Chai latte by Second Cup
252 tasting notes

I used to work at a Second Cup, so I got rather addicted to certain drinks. This was one of them. However, the way I like to drink it is 1/2 water, 1/2 milk since the mix blends better with boiling water than it does with hot milk.

It’s only rarely that the shops actually sell tins of the mix, so when my local place received a shipment of the latte mix I snatched up a couple tins. Hey, I could either spend $4 on a chai latte in-store or $7 on a tin that gets me multiple lattes at home. There’s no difference between the mix they use in-store and the stuff they sell in the tins, it’s the same with the hot chocolate mixes too.

On to the drink itself… I love it! Sweet, creamy, spicy, it’s so much better than any other chai tea latte! Sure, it’s also loaded with all sorts of things that aren’t the best for you, but you gotta live a little!

Preparation
Boiling

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24
drank Mint by Second Cup
256 tasting notes

I was sure Mint was going to be the one good tea in the Second Cup gift box of tea I received as a gift. Alas, Second Cup has figured out how to ruin mint tea too—by adding chamomile. I hate chamomile, and It actually overpowered the mint flavour. I think I’ll be giving the rest of the Mint tea bags away; they’ll probably just go stale in my tea drawer. :P

Indigobloom

have you tried egyptian looseleaf? It’s completely different!! I thought I hated. and I mean HATED chamomile until I tried it loose. Now I love it to pieces! xx

TeaisforTara

I’ll have to try it sometime. Maybe I can score a sample somewhere so I don’t have to commit to buying a bunch that I might not like. Thanks!

Indigobloom

Do you have a David’s Tea nearby?
or I could send you some… PM me! :)

TeaisforTara

I do have a David’s Tea in town; I just haven’t made it there yet because it’s at the opposite end of the city to me. Now I’ll definitely have to visit soon. :)

Indigobloom

hehe good luck!!

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43
drank Green by Second Cup
256 tasting notes

Don’t let the “estate tea” claim on the box and the pyramid tea bags fool you. There’s nothing exciting about this tea. It’s just your regular-tasting bagged green. It’s not terrible, but I certainly wouldn’t buy it or choose to drink it if I had alternatives. Alas, I have a few more bags of it to get through; it came as part of a gift box of tea I was given.

Jim Marks

I have been repeatedly amazed at how disappointing the explosion of options in the, shall we say, premium bagged tea market have been; especially with green tea.

TeaisforTara

Ditto. I do like what I’ve tried from Mighty Leaf, but that’s pretty much it.

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82
drank Holiday Tea by Second Cup
485 tasting notes

Finally tried the new “whole leaf” blend of this and sad to say, have to bump down the rating a bit. It still smells amazing, the cherry and orange just bursting out. But brewed up, it’s just . . . meh. Tried a few different steep times, and the flavour just isn’t there. Boo.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Holiday Tea by Second Cup
256 tasting notes

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