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I finally ordered from Tealish. I had been meaning to for 2 years, but I tend to always buy my teas (and well everything I ever buy) on sale. Tealish has never had a sale since I’ve been following them. Well – it’s so good I threw my “I never pay full price!” mantra out the window.
I ordered this one on a whim. I came across on the website and just thought it sounded good. I’m not sure if you can go wrong with Tealish but this one BLEW MY MIND.
It’s incredible. It’s spicy and fresh, but warm and comforting. I love it. I taste mint and pepper. Oh wow, do I love this. I’ve never tasted another tea quite like it.
Important to note that at the time of this note, it sells for $10/50g. While this initially seemed expensive to me, it is organic and it’s very light so you get a good volume for 50g.
Flavors: Pepper, Peppermint
I wanted a holiday tea but I didn’t really care for any of Davids Teas holiday offerings this year. Luckily I found this tea at my Chapters bookstore. Because you have to have a proper festive tea to ring in the holidays. ;)
I love the smell of this tea it’s alike a cross between eggnog and fruit cake with almond and citrus. The flavour has a strong sweet orange taste with a slightly hint of nuttiness. The spices are present but muted which I appreciate as I’ve had enough of teas that try to knock you over with cinnamon or cloves.
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Flavors: Citrus, Freshly Cut Grass, Honey, Tea
Cold Brew Sipdown (151)!
Thanks to VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve tried a few different “Prairie Berry” themed teas, and I’ve quite liked them though my favourite has definitely been the Saskatoon Berry oolong offered by DAVIDsTEA. This is actually the first one I’ve tried that hasn’t used Saskatoon berries, and I do think that’s a bit of an odd choice. What makes this a prairie berry inspired tea?
But it doesn’t taste bad – I expected to be hit with a whole lot of tartness and I definitely got some tartness but mostly a relatively mellow, smooth berry blend that was refreshing and relatively juice like. Strongest note was the elderberry, but I got lots of apple too. VariaTEA seems to have found this one cloying, but I thought it was actually very nicely balanced. I appreciated what it offered even if I feel somewhat cheated that this “Prairie Berry” tea didn’t offer any Saskatoon Berries.
Thank you to VariaTEA for the tea sample!
Apart from the Ceylon tea comparison cuppings that I had to do for class today, this is probably the only tea I drank today that I didn’t pick out because of the rainy weather. And honestly, that’s mostly because I already had the pitcher going in the fridge so it was more a selection driven by convenience.
I think this MIGHT be my first tea from Tealish? I’ve tried over a thousand different teas now and some just don’t make an impression and so they just slip through the cracks of my memory. But I have to say, that this is a company whose name definitely sounded foreign to me when I was prepping the cold brew of this one. I think it was a nice selection for a first offering from them though.
The flavour profile was nice overall, if not rather Spring/Summery in vibes which was admittedly a bit of a mismatch with the weather. I swear; at one time there was a point where I didn’t view teas so seasonally but that has since changed… a lot.
The dry aroma and the smell of the strained, infused liquor is quite potent though: really effervescent notes of green melon/honeydew that takes me back to the vibrancy of Lupicia’s Golden Honeydew. That’s really promising given that they even share a green rooibos base. Now, I do have to say that the same brightness of flavour doesn’t perfectly translate to the taste: the melon is a lot more muted than the aroma would lead you to believe, and it’s cut with other fruity notes like strawberry and kiwi. But the flavour that does come through is smooth, natural and pleasant and I’m really enjoying the strawberry notes accompanying it in particular. It reminds me of something but I’m struggling to place exactly what. Sadly, the base is just a little too potent to completely sink into the cuppa without distractions.
So, now that it’s officially October we’ve started playing our Halloween soundtrack over the speakers at work ‘cause holy fuck do thrift stores push Halloween. It’s busier for us than Christmas, by A LOT. This is one of the songs in the Halloween rotation, along with other ‘gems’ like the Adam’s Family theme song, The Monster Mash, the Ghostbuster’s theme song, and Thomas Dolby’s ‘She Blinded Me With Science’. Finding Halloween music is apparently a bit of a stretch. But this song is SUPER catchy; and so I added it into my tea music rotation figuring I’d eventually pair it with a more Halloween like tea; you know a Pumpkin Spice thing or something that reminded me of Halloween candy?
Instead I found it fit the magical, sort of whimsical nature of this blend. I mean, it is named after fairies. That counts! Right…?
Flavors: Green Melons, Strawberry, Tropical, Wood
I’m craving coffee super hard this morning, but I’m trying to kick the habit again, so I reached for this tea instead with a little bit of soy milk. It reminds me of a coffee crisp, a strong coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. I love this tea and I’m nearly out…this is sad news! Although it does give me an excuse to put together another Tealish order XD.
Brewed this hot and it is not as enjoyable as the cold brew was. The hibiscus is taking over a little with a lemon juice aftertaste. There is also notes from the marigold. I also find that when you have fruit blends like this, they can come off generic and sort of waxy or artificial/weird and that is happening here in the hot brew, though I don’t recall it in the cold brew.
This is a very subtle cold brew yet flavorful at the same time. It actually captures dragonfruit, which is a subtle flavor to being with which explains the lightness of this tea and yet there is a richness here that is keeping things interesting. Sweet and delicious and true to the fruit. With that said, I am enjoying this but I could see people wanting more!
picked this one up to try last weekend when i stopped in for more lemon meringue, mostly because of the positive reviews but because it’s another herbal. I was hoping this would be refreshing and not overly sweet and that’s what came through. I’ll have to write a better note next time i have it again because it was a few days ago at this point…just playing catch up. Have to get organised before vacation (fyi, 16 months is waaaaay too long to go between vacations…don’t do it)
Well I got in an accident at 8:40 then continued to deal with that until finally getting home at 5 only to be told to walk back out the door to do groceries and so I decided I deserved a treat…the last tsp of this tea. I boiled the kettle and steeped the tea then disposed of the leaf when I finished only to take a sip of the ice cold, colored but unflavored water. So that was a waste. Just the perfect end to a fucking terrible day.
I made a cold brew of this and I took it to go see my sister for her wedding dress fitting. Apparently she was thirsty because she took the bottle from my hand, which is rare since she doesnt love tea all that much. However, she must have liked this one seeing as she drank half the bottle before we were even taken in for her appointment. I can see why she liked it so much. Sweet, candy-like strawberry melon – it reminds me of laffy taffy, which I was obsessed with for a while – and just a hint of floral to keep things interest. Plus, the end of a sip has the slightest tartness to it which rounds out the flavor so wonderfully. I really am a fan of this one.
My plan was to try this hot before I sent the rest of the leaf off to Roswell, who introduced me to Prairie Berry teas except this cooled before I got to it.
So now I am drinking a cool prairie berry tea and its alright but nothing special. I think it is better prepped hot than cold brewed because it brings out more tartness which is needed to balance the sweetness of this tea. Even cooled, I am getting just a hint of that cloying taste that I imagine might not have been in the hotter cup. Luckily, it is still tolerable enough to drink, unlike the cold brew. Here’s hoping that RS has better luck with this one. My advice is have it as a teapop.
When I bought this, I did so with my tea twin, Roswell Strange, in mind. Unfortunately now that I am having the cold brew, I am finding myself a little disappointed since it is a bit bland. There is a berry flavor but it’s subtle and monotone. I keep looking for tartness where there is none. I still have a fair bit to play around with though so we’ll see how it goes.