St. Dalfour

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Here’s Hoping TTB

I’ve never heard of this brand before, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the tea! A nice brisk, flavorful Ceylon with no bitterness or astringency. I enjoyed it plain with no cream or sugar…that’s rare for a bagged black tea! Thumbs up on this one.

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My big-kid-who’ll-never-grow-up hubby filled an Easter basket for me today, and this was in it. Gentle tea base with peach flavor that tastes real. (Reminds me of the mild white peaches from our backyard tree that’s long gone and I can’t find anywhere around here.) A good cheapster steepster (it came from Big Lots). I’m thinking it’ll be pleasant iced down in warmer weather.

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80
drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
189 tasting notes

Still on vacation. Still trolling through my moms tea cabinet. She has a good collection, but most of it is fruit tea and blends. Not super what I am in to.

There are some pretty good catches, and this is one of them.

This is a pretty solid, very basic Earl Grey. Just what I look for. When you have a solid, super tasty tea, you don’t need to spice it up or go for some over the top thing. That is what appreciate about this. It is super solid, very well balanced. Every flavor that should be present in an Earl Grey is there, and nothing stands out.

For a boxed, bagged tea, this is very good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78

At my moms for Thanksgiving, which means a new selection of teas. She loves fruit teas and blends, but does have a few goodies like this.

This is a great Breakfast Tea. Good balance, nice, sweet, simple taste, not overdone but certainly flavorful. Good stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

This is a new favorite of mine. I’m in love with it! I can’t really taste any rose, but it has a delicious vanilla strawberry taste.

I cold brew it as is, or sometimes mixed with white tea. 1 bag per cup of water and let sit in the fridge overnight. So good!

I’ve tried it hot a few times but I don’t really get the strawberry vanilla flavor that way, and if I brew it got and let it cool then the flavored are weak. I think it’s best cold brewed overnight in the fridge.

Flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla

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90

I always come back to this tea. I am black tea for the mornings kind of woman, and I like green teas other times of the day (and spearmint if it’s before bed), but I do always come back to this tea as my #1 favorite. It has just enough of a hint of cherry to make a black tea have flavor and hits the spot just right. It’s hard to over-steep this to the point where it becomes bitter. In my experience, if I am using the hot water from the canteen at work (versus hot water that has been near boiling in the teapot at home), steeping time of about 5 minutes is right for me. My grocery store (Woodman’s) carries this for around $3.69 a box. Not bad for 25 packets of ORGANIC tea. And it’s imported from France. I am also happy with the design of the tea bag (not a fan of the ones without tags).

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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10
drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
35 tasting notes

What the???? Is that pepper? Yep. That’s pepper.

I couldn’t even finish the cup. The base itself wasn’t bad – it’s just that weird pepper aftertaste that just lingers far too long. Ingredients say it also has vanilla. Where that be?

I very rarely say I wouldn’t recommend a tea, because everyone is different. But, if you don’t think you’d like pepper in your earl grey, stay away.

Flavors: Pepper

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81
drank Peppermint by St. Dalfour
3 tasting notes

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Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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96
drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
372 tasting notes

I Tried This tea on Lord’s Day 4-5-2015
Rather Good Earl Gray
Great Tea For Preparing To Attend Church.

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

Good to see you back!

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50
drank Lemon Tea by St. Dalfour
108 tasting notes

Happy New Year!

Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 2m

Aroma: Lemon

Color: Reddish Brown

Taste: From this tea I decided to do something different & start with a strong brew. The aroma was lemony w/ classic black tea scent. As for the taste it was bland & bitter

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 1m, 2m

Aroma: Fruity

Color: Dark yellow

Taste: Although this tea had a fruity aroma, there was no flavor very bland.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
108 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 1m, 2m

Aroma: Peppery

Color: Reddish Brown

Taste: This is my first time trying a Earl Grey tea. I had ordered a sample packet on iherb & it came with 3 different teas from St.Dalfour. I had never heard of this company before so i decided to give it a try. What I found unique about this tea was the aroma it was peppery, which is quite different from what I’m used to when it comes to tea. As for the taste it was strong peppery & bitter, the second steep was lighter in flavor.Overall, I didn’t like this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML
K S

I tried this once. Didn’t like it and I love earl grey.

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66

This is one of my, not so many, tea bag teas. I have an old story with vanilla tea and it brings good memories.
I really enjoying the good balance of this one with a hint of honey added to it!

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The earthiness of the mint counterbalanced the edginess of the mint actually quite nicely. This blend was better than I expected, but still not fabulous. It was… Surprisingly tolerable, I guess.

I’m still adjusting to my new workplace. I found a box of this in the breakroom and reached for it because I was needing something soothing. It certainly fulfilled that need, if nothing else.

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85
drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
28 tasting notes

The bottom line for me: This is a very pleasant and enjoyable tea, but not quite a normal Earl Grey taste you may initially be looking for.
In-Depth:
Aroma
The first thing I notice of this tea is its very unique aroma. It has a wonderful citrus-y scent, very warm and not so strong as to feel like an herbal tea. It actually reminds me of the smell of sweet pipe tobacco mixed with orange peel.
Flavor and Body
The tea is a very light black tea, with strong citrus overtones. The bergamot in this Earl Grey is not very strong. Normally I prefer strong bergamot, however this tea makes it taste just right.
Notes
The tea has a very calm and enjoyable feel to it, and I don’t drink it as an everyday tea, but rather just when I wish to take a few minutes and relax, or perhaps when I am enjoying some reading or dessert. It is certified organic, which is a nice perk. Even if the tea is not of the most high quality or expensive, I truly enjoy this tea over many other, higher priced teas. Give it a taste!

Flavors: Bergamot, Maple, Orange, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
559 tasting notes

This tea seems to be one that tastes completely different when drunk at different temperatures. Last time I had it when it was lukewarm, and this time I tried it before it cooled completely. There’s some citrus to it, but mostly it’s like clover honey, with a strong scent of sweetgrass. I’m still not getting much EG out of it, but this tea is really unique and delicious.

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100
drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
559 tasting notes

My dad got me this as a surprise a couple of days ago, and since I’m generally open to trying any and all earl greys that cross my path I didn’t turn it down. This one is interesting, because the taste doesn’t scream “earl grey” to me at all. It’s a little spicy in a peppery way and there’s a darker, almost chocolatey note to it that reminds me of mocha instead of tea. Definitely good but not at all what I was expecting!

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This is surprisingly good, though I did sweeten it so the mango flavor was pretty evident. I brought a whole bunch of bagged teas to work to get through them as I prefer loose leaf at home. Anyway, this didn’t get bitter even when using the office’s hot water (where I can’t tell the temperature). I used the same bag for 2 cups and it held up pretty well. Not something I would seek out, but maybe with a sale or something, I wouldn’t mind it again. I think I have 1 more bag and than I’ll be out.

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It’s a nice tea, but I get mostly Ceylon and almost no cherry. I wish I could pick up on the cherry flavor a bit more, because the cherry aroma of the dry leaf, though subtle, smelled natural a d enticing.

I’m using the electric pot at work, so the water is just under boiling. Maybe if I use boiling water, more of the cherry flavor will come through.

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67
drank Peppermint by St. Dalfour
33 tasting notes

I bought this expecting it to be an organic herbal tea, but turns out it was a Ceylon tea flavored with peppermint. Usually I am very sensitive to caffeine, thus try to avoid black/green tea as well as coffee except for some very special occasions, but this one was alright. I drank it at night and had no problem falling asleep. Taste wise it’s very mild and cooling enough to soothe throat and open nasal passages. I must say even though it wasn’t the product I was looking for it wasn’t as disappointing. I think I got what my money’s worth and am okay with this purchase.

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I’m giving this a higher rating than it probably deserves. I brewed a cup of this and then was distracted by this: http://jezebel.com/lets-adopt-all-of-these-rescued-farm-animals-immediate-1486782561 which led me to almost cry and then go to Farm Sanctuary’s site. 12 minutes later, this was severely over-brewed, but it didn’t get bitter or super-astringent. I love leaves that are forgiving, and I am in a generous holiday mood so I am giving this a high rating!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Strawberry coconut latte today! Whee!

This tea is actually really nice. I should take it out of my “out” pile and start drinking it more.

(So maybe this isn’t a sipdown!)

In other news, there’s a tea event happening March 15 in Vancouver! I’m hoping to do the black tea tasting with a friend. We’re waiting till tomorrow to buy tickets though…

Anyone else interested? I’m trying to support tea ventures in Vancouver, but these places really aren’t that great about getting word out. :/ I’ve linked the tickets page and the FB event page below.

The extra tastings are:
Black tea education: 11:30 am-12:15 pm
Semi oxidized tea education: 12:30 am – 1: 45 pm
Green tea education: 2:00 am – 3:15 pm

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-finer-palate-of-tea-tickets-15426373699

https://www.facebook.com/events/697751203679839/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Again…I totally wish I was a Vancouver friend of yours… This seems really fun!

Dexter

I’m not a Vancouver friend – but really trying to get the pieces of my world to fall into place so that I can do this…. (cat sitter – if I can find a cat sitter, I’m 90% in….)

OMGsrsly

Aww! I wish you could come too, DeliriumsFrogs. And Dexter, if you can come that would be so cool. :) I do understand about cat-sitting though. I need to find a good person so I can go visit my Gramma again.

Dexter

My across the hall neighbor is my first choice – she’s awesome and it’s easy for her to just pop in. I have a really good friend who would do it, but she’s on the other end of the city – harder for her.

Dexter

(and holy crap are hockey tickets expensive in your world…..!!!!!)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I don’t do hockey much anymore. Mostly because of the cost, but also due to the stupid riot mentality of fans here. :/

My nice neighbour is taking care of my bad neighbour’s dog already, so I don’t really want to ask her to take care of my cat as well. And as far as other people who aren’t terribly allergic, my friend isn’t around as much now and the kid won’t leave the house to come care for my cat. Last time it looks like she forgot to feed him one day. :/

Fjellrev

I would totally come but the last couple weeks of March will be really busy for me. Hell, I was going to go to Van for a concert a few days before that but I’m not comfortable with the idea of going to the Rickshaw. :/

OMGsrsly

It’s a lot nicer to walk with someone in that part of town. Especially late after a concert. I get it.

Fjellrev

Yeah, it sounds too risky, even if I were to call and wait for a cab.

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STRAWBERRY! This one is actually really nice.

I was at work with just boiling water, so I only steeped ~45 seconds. No additions, just tea. It’s quite nice. Way more strawberry-y than Bolero by MF.

Super happy with this bagged tea.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Courtney

Such a delight when bagged teas are awesome. They’re so much easier for work I find.

OMGsrsly

Tea is really tough for me at work because 1) I work in a lab so no food at my desk, 2) the kitchen area is terrible, 3) there is no filtered drinking water in our building yet. :/

OMGsrsly

So flavoured tea bags are pretty much my only option!

Courtney

Haha wow, your workplace is conspiring against tea it seems. :P What sort of lab do you work in?

OMGsrsly

Protein engineering research stuff and things. :)

Courtney

Ooh that sounds awesome! I’m working on finding a lab job/job in my field now, so I’m always so intrigued when I hear these things.

OMGsrsly

The pay is terrible, but I actually kinda like what I do. :) Sure beats a previous job with half decent pay, where I had to be talked out of quitting pretty much every lunch hour… :D

Courtney

Hahaha yes I totally agree. I know I’ll be taking a pay cut, but in the end I’d much rather be doing something I really enjoy.

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