Teaberry's Fine Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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I made a up a big pitcher of iced tea with what was left of my sample – I didn’t have quite enough for the quantity I wanted to make so I added a couple scoops of Davids Tea Luscious Watermelon to make up the difference. Sweetened with a bit of honey it was soooooo good.

Preparation
Iced
__Morgana__

I’m trying to imagine watermelon and grapefruit together. And surprisingly, I can!

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Another tea sample (I basically bought like 10 samples from the store when I was last there). This one had a rather pungent pu-erh smell – I know it doesn’t bother some people but I don’t like having to hold my breath when I take a sip, so I ended up giving this one a 30 second rinse even though I usually skip that step with flavoured pu-erhs.

The flavour is distinctly toffee-like with a hint of sweetness, something about it reminds me a bit of a caramel macchiato. The pu-erh base has a rather peat-y
flavour that oddly enough seems to work well with the caramel. Overall it’s a little bit weak/thin tasting, perhaps because of the rinse or it might need a bit more steeping time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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76

I had this recommended to me as a good iced tea blend so even though hibiscus was one of the ingredients I bought a sample to try out. It turned out quite nice – it’s mildly tangy but in a way that said ‘citrus’ to me instead of ‘evil hibiscus masquerading as citrus’. The other fruits in the mix help balance it out I think, and give it a bit of sweetness that doesn’t feel artificial or overdone. Would definitely consider buying more.

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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For the curious, the Ogopogo is a mythical (as far as anyone can prove) sea serpent very similar in description to the Loch Ness monster that folklore and First Nations legends theorize lives at the bottom of Okanagan Lake. At this point it’s become the semi-official symbol of the city of Kelowna (where this tea is from) and people are still reporting sightings to this day.

This sample is labeled as a black tea but it’s pretty obvious that it’s mixed with white tea leaves (and oolong according to the description) so I gave it a lower steeping temp than I would most blacks. Maybe the greenish tea leaves in the blend are supposed to mimic the monster which is supposedly a mix of brown and green in colour..?

The primary component of this blend seems to be Darjeeling – it has that slightly wine-like fruity scent and flavour. It’s less astringent than most Darjeelings though, which might be the white and oolong teas coming into play. I’d describe this as more of an afternoon tea as it’s relatively light and doesn’t pack the caffeine punch of a breakfast blend.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

thanks for explaining about the Ogopogo, never heard about it before.

Teagirl4

It’s an Assam, not a Darjeeling in the Ogopogo blend. I agree that it’s lighter than a breakfast tea but can see how it would appeal to a wide range of people at any time of the day.

Jillian

Cool – do you work for Teaberry’s?

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62

Drinking the last of the sample with some milk. Surprisingly, especially given the rooibos in this blend, it works quite well and takes a bit of the edge off the strong yerba maté flavour.

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62

I picked up a sample of this tea on my last trip to Kelowna. It tastes a fair bit like Adagio’s Choconut Mate, in my opinion. The roasted mate goes well with the cocoa and the overall result is almost malty with a bit of bitterness. I’m not sure why they bothered to add rooibos to this blend as it doesn’t really do much for it except give it a bit of a woody flavour. It’s an okay tea, but not great.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

Nothing really special I’ve got to say. It’s a nice enough blend but I’m pretty sure I’ve drank at least three or four teas that tasted very much like it. It’s light, sweet and fruity and sort of peachy-tropicaly in flavour and….that’s about it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

I picked this tea up when I was in Kelowna a few weeks ago and looking for a good decaf fruit blend to turn into iced tea. Unfortunately most fruit teas have a ton of hibiscus in them as a cheap way to replicate raspberry/pomegranate/cherry/random-tart-fruit-of-choice and while I’ll admit it’s more agreeable iced, I’d prefer to do without it altogether. So I was pretty pleased to score this tea.

Like I usually do with a new tea even if it’s destined to become iced tea I’ll try it hot first. The strongest flavour in this blend is the peach but I can also easily pick out apple and apricot as well. The honeybush mixed with the fruit gives the tea its own natural sweetness, and the decaf black tea gives this blend some substance but its subtle enough not to take over. I can already tell this is going to be a hit iced.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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76

I would like to apologize to Jillian for not tasting and logged sooner! WOWZA! I have had this one for a while and just realized it! Eeek!

This smells like a ‘dusty’ green tea with blueberry.

It has a creamy green tea flavor with a hint of flower and blueberry that are quite faint but welcomed! This isn’t too shabby!

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100

One of my favorite flavoured green teas of all time!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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69

I added milk to the tea this morning for my breakfast cuppa and found that it really improved things. So I’ve decided to up its rating by a few points.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69

Woah, smells like bacon! This Russian Caravan is maybe a bit more smoked than what I generally like. Rather than using the usual Chinese black teas they seem to have gone with the more conventional (and cheaper?) Indian black teas. And you can tell as the tea has more bitterness and astringency than what I’m used to tasting in most Russian Caravan blends. Meh.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

Is there a Russian Caravan you really like? I’ve been thinking about getting the one from Upton but am open to suggestions. :)

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never really had a RC Blend, but if you wanted to try one from Upton, you could shoot them an email. They are really good at responding. I usually email Karen, but they are all helpful. I think the Finest Russian Caravan would probably be smoother. Or, is it the smokiness? I know you’re not fond of overly smokey teas.

TeaBrat

I want one that isn’t too smoky. Might also give Mark T. Wendell’s a try

Jillian

Murchie’s makes a good Russian Caravan, I’ve found: http://www.murchies.com/store/tea/russian-caravan.html

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drank Blue Moon by Teaberry's Fine Teas
1573 tasting notes

There was a quite a yummy blueberry scent when I opened the package today. The green tea base is a nice one too, lightly vegetale with that hint of smokiness that I like in gunpowder greens. Like most flavoures teas, the blueberry flavour is more noticable as the tea cools and I found it nice and fruity without being too artifical-tasting. I’m not the biggest fan of flavoured greens, but I found this one to be quite agreeable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Pecan Pie by Teaberry's Fine Teas
1573 tasting notes

Adding milk does improve the tea and I think it gives the tea a more balanced flavour profile. I can taste the nutty pecans more clearly, though I’m not really getting anything that might qualify as the ‘pie’ part of the tea. Still it’s an improvement over taking this tea plain so I’m bumping up my rating a few notches.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pecan Pie by Teaberry's Fine Teas
1573 tasting notes

This is a fairly unremarkable black tea. I’m drinking it plain right now so it might be improved by soem milk and/or sugar. It largely tastes like black tea at first, then the pecan flavour sorta comes in at the end of each sip. Nothing special, but it isn’t gack-worthy either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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93

I’m super stoked on this tea. Ive been looking for it ever since I first tasted it 3 years ago. The longer you steep it the better it gets. I kind of wish I knew who makes it since I got it at a small Tea Shop in Canada and I doubt they mix it themselves.

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