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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
394 tasting notes

I really need to finish this off, since I ordered this tea over a year ago. The leaves at the bottom of the tin are probably 2 years old now, taking into account how I never completely emptied the tin before I topped it up. Alas, strawberry green tea, we are finally nearing the end of our relationship. After this, I probably have just enough left for one cup.

Now I have to figure out what to refill the tin with, because it’s absolutely permeated with the smell of strawberries.

Marzipan

Denture tablets will take the smell out.

Christina

I tried looking for them a while back in a drug store. What aisle would they be in? Any particular brand?

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75
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
377 tasting notes

sipdown

I brewed the rest of this hot and stuck it in the fridge overnight. It still isn’t stunning, but it is substantially better iced than hot. The flavor is now natural strawberry instead of generic berry. The end of the sip is grassy and a touch bitter. I’m willing to chalk the bitterness up to user error. Overall, this makes for a decent iced tea. Thanks to Christina for sending it to me!

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80
drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
587 tasting notes

At long last, I’m having this one from Ceylon Star and while it was mild, it is actually nice and not too cloying fake.

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75
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
377 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, Christina!

This blend is ok. It’s aptly named. The dry smell definitely evokes a spring morning. Clean and fresh. Brewed, it tastes generically of berries. There is a pleasant juiciness. It really isn’t bad, I’ve just come to expect a lot from flavored teas. Generic berry juiciness just doesn’t cut it. This could be really good iced, though. I’ll try it that way before delivering my final verdict.

mj

Haha I blame Steepster for educating us in really good tea and raising our standards :-)

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drank Monk's Blend by Teaopia
1 tasting notes

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
394 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday morning:

I oversteeped this by a few minutes and it was surprisingly not-bitter. I used a slightly lower temperature than normal, but I didn’t think using 77C water instead of 80C would be enough to counteract an additional 2 minutes of steep. Plus, at this point, the tea is pretty broken up and dusty (sob! I am nearing a sipdown of this discontinued tea!) so I’m really surprised.

Indigobloom

We should go on a hunt to find you a replacement! Maybe Tsaa would have one for you?

Christina

Well, I did buy “Demain” from Nina’s and the Strawberry Champagne green tea from RiverTea. Those aren’t quite equivalent, but I’ve got so much of both kinds left that I don’t think I should buy any more strawberry-flavoured greens for a while.

Where is Tsaa, anyway?

Indigobloom

Ah. That is a lot of strawberry green!
It’s on the Danforth near Chester St

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90
drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
321 tasting notes

This is the tea that makes me miss Teaopia more than I care to admit.

I still have probably… like 500g of this one… I think… I’ve even given some away and still have that much. Over the years I think my taste buds are starting to tire of this one. It’s too bad though ‘cause this one is amazing. I had it again today and it’s good, but it’s lost some of its magic to me. I need to get a good latte recipe. I think that would help me use it up and still enjoy it.

How do you prepare a latte at home?

Anna

I say, ‘Husband, kindly latte me, please’ and then it just magically appears, like poof.

Christina

I like that system!

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I’ve never really tried any teas from Indonesia and I’ve never really had any oolongs that weren’t from either China or Taiwan. As I’m a big fan of trying new things, this tea intrigued me too much to pass it up.

The dry tea has a sweet, fruit-like odor but as the leaves steeped the tea takes on more of a floral character. The flavour leans towards floral but with an odd green bitterness tacked on at the end. It might be that I oversteeped it so I’ll try for a reduced steeping time on the next round.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Cactus Fig by Teaopia
1572 tasting notes

I like this one – it’s fruity and fresh with a slight bit of tangyness to the flavour. I can distinctly taste the fig too which is great though I’m not sure where the cactus part is supposed to come in. I’m just glad it doesn’t have spines. ;)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I guess it’s just supposed to taste pointy? ;)

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71
drank Beauty Renewal by Teaopia
1572 tasting notes

The only other person on the site to try this tea gave it a pretty dire review so I was understandably a bit trepidatious about drinking it. However I didn’t find it to be that bad at all – it might have helped that I steeped this tea like a white tea rather than a herbal tea, even though the actual proportion of tea leaves in the mix is pretty small. The flavour is distinctly herbal but it’s accompanied by a slight sweetness that makes me think of freshly mowed hay.

It hasn’t made me gorgeous yet unfortunately, but maybe it’s a cumulative thing. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
394 tasting notes

Getting to the bottom of the barrel with this one. I love smelling it, but I really wonder what tea I’ll put into the tin once I finish this off, since this blend is discontinued. It will have to be something that’s very fruity smelling, since the tin has stored this particular blend for nearly 2 years!

Anyways, the tea. Since I’m close to finishing this off, I’m getting a lot of dust and broken up bits of leaf. This means that the liquor was bitter today (but not unpalatable).

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drank Mountain Tea by Teaopia
1572 tasting notes

The first time I came across this tea it was in my aunt’s tea cupboard – she had the whole dried stalks of the plant rather than the coarsely ground pieces that are in this tin. I seem to remember that the flavour of her tea was more lemony as well. This is more herbal than anything else with a distinctly woodsy aroma and flavour and a slightly bitter aftertaste. It needs a little honey I think, otherwise it’s too medicinal to drink for enjoyment.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
1286 tasting notes

Thanks to Christina for the sample!!
I quite enjoyed this one, as I love the combo of red berries with green tea. There is just something soft n fluffy about it.
Normally I dislike sencha teas but here, its great :)
The green tea blends well with the fruit, creating a nice light tea that would be great iced. Hot, it is still very good, but I need to try it both ways! Good thing I have some left :D

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
394 tasting notes

Backlog from this morning. I’ve gone over this tea in previous notes, not much else to say here. It smells lovely, but I won’t be able to get more, and am steadily working towards a sipdown. As I approach the bottom of the container, the leaf is a lot more broken up.

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80
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
190 tasting notes

This tea smelled so lovely this morning I had to try it out. The name fit too since it is a nice spring morning today. I am enjoying this tea. It’s a bit antrigent with light fruity strawberry notes. The fruity flavouring is done nicely, not too strong. So subtle – it blends perfectly.
Thanks Christina for this sample. I can see why it was one of your favourites.

Just wanted to add that as this tea cools the strawberry notes really come out. I bet this makes an awesome iced tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
394 tasting notes

This is one of those teas that I’m really making an effort to sip down and swap away, since it’s discontinued and I need to stop hoarding it.

The more I drink other types of green tea, the less I appreciate this, but my comments about it being a nostalgia tea still stand. I’ve got between 0.5 and 1 ounce of this left (which looks like a lot, since the leaf is so fluffy).

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
394 tasting notes

The more teas I try, the more I realize that this tea, which was my real gateway into loose-leaf, is really not as good as it could be. This is a nostalgia tea, really. I’m looking forward to trying much better senchas.

Anyways.

I coldbrewed this overnight and took the teabag out a few hours ago. Now I’ve been sipping it all afternoon with a generous dollop of agave syrup added to cut down on the sencha bitterness. It’s ok, but the fruit flavour doesn’t really pop. I’m gonna try and double-down to get this finished over the next month or so.

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85
drank Fit Active by Teaopia
37 tasting notes

A wellness blend I would highly recommend if it was still around. Packed with vitamin C, but what I particularly appreciated is that it is primarily Raspberry Leaves. Meaning what? Meaning it is GREAT for menstrual cramps. The blend was great on it’s own, but I made it iced with a touch of squeezed lemon and suffered no more. I miss it.

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80
drank Cleansing by Teaopia
37 tasting notes

A very specific outcome. Senna leaves are known to “cleanse your system;” (make you sh*t). What I appreciated about this blend is that it was designed for a specific reason, but still had an enjoyable taste. Not something you could drink every day, but for when you needed to benefit from it, it wasn’t unpleasant.

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85
drank Market Spice by Teaopia
37 tasting notes

I loved this blend. A spiced tea (not unlike a Chai), but more like cinnamon hearts (without being too sweet). I loved the balance of flavours. What I would particularly praise is that this a full-flavour blend, but does not overpower the taste of the black tea. You can still tell it is a black tea and enjoy it as such. I shall miss it.

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
394 tasting notes

I’m moving my rating of this down a few points – while I have a lot of nostalgia about this (now discontinued, even by Teavana) blend, I’ve realized lately that the sencha leaf base could be even better. Drinking it right now to remember the good times when my tongue was much more innocent (and also to finish it off, since I’ve got probably 1.5 oz left, and this leaf is nearing a year old).

It still smells lovely dry, though. Perhaps I can turn it into laundry sachets?

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90
drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
37 tasting notes

Tip: Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana and Strawberry Fields are virtually interchangeable. Very little differences.
Light, sweet, fruity. A perfect “gateway tea” for anyone who isn’t sure if they like tea or not. My best friend and I were absolutely hooked on Strawberry Fields Lattes. We made them hot or iced (with soy) and bit of chocolate sauce. A sweet, decadent dessert in a cup. For me, a classic. Certainly a favourite.

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90
drank Aztecs Gold by Teaopia
37 tasting notes

I loved this blend. Purely fruit pieces. You have to steep it strong to really get the full flavours, but it was just so light and simple. Naturally sweet (being that the ingredients are basically all candied fruit pieces). I loved it hot or iced. I can certainly see where people would get the “bubblegum” essence from, but not in an over-bearing way. I often made it in the morning and tossed the steeped pieces in to my oatmeal (afterall, it was just fruit). A unique and fun blend.

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74
drank Baked Apple Pie by Teaopia
1572 tasting notes

I’ve actually been drinking this tea for awhile but I just couldn’t be arsed to write a tasting note, I’m afraid. I really love the smell of the tea – it’s all very apple-y and cinnamon-y. I’m not really getting apple pie from the flavour, though it’s still quite a nice-tasting tea. I get the fruity apples, and hints of vanilla and cinnamon but it’s just not quite….there. Part of the problem might be the oolong used in this blend – it’s quite a dark oolong with a distinctly roasted flavour – I’d maybe go for a greener, sweeter one like a Tie Guan Yin instead.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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