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85
drank Fit Active by Teaopia
21 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
21 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
21 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
167 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
21 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
21 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
1527 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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80
drank Wonderful White by Teaopia
1527 tasting notes

This tea has a wonderful, exotic scent even though it’s been sitting in my cupboard for quite awhile as part of a white tea sampler. The flavour doesn’t seem to have suffered either. It’s an interesting mix of tangy orange and nutty pistachio with hints of spice like cinnamon and touch of fruitiness. It’s very well balanced despite the seemingly odd mix of flavours and I’m really enjoying it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
1527 tasting notes

This is the second tea from the white tea sampler I got on the cheap. This one seems to be a different beast entirely from the White Pear, for one I’m pretty sure that this blend is actually more fruit than tea – there’s giant pieces of dried strawberry and apple. To be fair the white tea leaves that are in there are lovely whole leaves and buds, but they make up less than half of the dry tea in the tin.

The flavour of the tea is sweet and fruity without being cloying – it’s strawberry but there’s also other fruit flavours mixed in. Someone else compared it to strawberry Jell-o and I’d say that’s a pretty accurate comparison. It would probably be great iced, though I don’t have enough tea to make a full jug. I might just try sticking a mug of it in the fridge.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank White Pear by Teaopia
1527 tasting notes

I had a craving for some tea late in the day so I dug out the white tea sampler I got for super cheap from Teaopia when it was being taken over.

I have to agree with other reviewers’ assessments that the flavour of the tea is too grassy and astringent even with relatively cautious steeping parameters. The pear flavour is also rather lacking, though I noticed it a bit more when the tea cooled off a little bit. Just as well I didn’t buy a whole bunch of this blend, I suspect.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
167 tasting notes

Much to my dismay, Teavana has discontinued this tea, as I can’t find it on their site any longer. This was one of the legacy teas that they incorporated into their lineup when they bought out Teaopia in Canada, and knowing that they’re no longer stocking it makes me super sad (but not surprised – I’ve learned from Steepster’s forums that Teavana has a habit of doing this).

Anyways, this tea still remains one of my favourites. The base green is unassuming, which lets the fruit flavouring come forward a lot. Nice pale liquor with the tartness of berries – it actually smells kind of like strawberry gum!

Since it’s discontinued, I would normally hoard this tea like Smaug. But I just ordered a package of Demain from Nina’s Paris and had it shipped to a relative overwintering in Florida, who should be coming home later on this month. Once I have the two side by side I’ll do a taste comparison. Fingers crossed that Demain will be my new substitute since I won’t be able to get this tea anymore.

Anna

Aw, that’s so sad. I really hope Demain will be a fair substitute! Evil Teavana.

Christina

I have high hopes, since I’ve heard so many things about Nina’s Paris teas. Anna, considering your access to French tea blenders, what are your thoughts?

Anna

Well, I’m the wrong person to ask – I have a personal bias against NP without ever having tried any of their teas. I’ve e-mailed Laurent on six separate occasions without ever receiving a response, which I find unacceptable. Then again, I’m very curious about Nina’s Japon, so if I come across that at some point and enjoy it, I might be swayed. Possibly.

Christina

Oh, that’s too bad. Well, when I get my Nina’s stuff in, I’ll definitely post about it.

Anna

I definitely look forward to reading your reviews! =)

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66
drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
2221 tasting notes

So… I don’t think I liked this much the first time I had it, so you’d think that about a year later, I’d like it even less. Well, you’d be wrong. I actually really enjoyed the cup of this I had – I was getting true, delicious peachy flavour along with the oolong, and I even resteeped twice, both times getting a very tasty cup of peachiness (it faded in the second, but the oolong must have some peachy characteristics as well). Happy news, because that means this will be an excellent travel mug tea, which usually means it gets used up in fairly short order, since travel mugs are twice the size of my normal cups (oh, did I mention that I now have 5 Contigo mugs and 3 Timolinos? And a mug that plugs into my car? And those are just the quality ones…)

Anyhow, yum!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I found this one to be inoffensive, but not amazing. It might be a better cold brew, but I’m passing the rest of my pack on to a friend.

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drank Mate Chai by Teaopia
1 tasting notes

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drank White Pear by Teaopia
269 tasting notes

This is the second last tea of my box of little bags. Sadly, it’s very light — too light really, whether from too little tea or just being incredibly light. There’s a bit of a sweet aroma, but that’s about all I can say.
I’m not going to rate this one… I don’t think I got enough from it to feel comfortable doing so.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Japanese Cherry by Teaopia
269 tasting notes

Well, it seems that green teas work particularly well with this small tea bag format. This one is primarily vegetal and grassy, but with a nice cherry aroma and aftertaste. I’ll admit, I think it would taste amazing with something like chocolate covered cherries or black forrest cake. Too bad I can’t test that theory right now….

But yay and yum nonetheless.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Love Spell by Teaopia
269 tasting notes

Well, this tea is a lot more potent than its teabags from butler cafe brethren have been so far. The green tea comes through clearly, but with flowery and tropical fruity notes as well. Reminds me a bit of Toasted Walnut, but fruitier.
It is, perhaps, still on the light side, but light in a meant-to-be way, rather than being too light for the tea to shine. Definitely resteeping this.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Amazing Vanilla by Teaopia
60 tasting notes

Vanilla. This is very vanilla. And I find that lovely. This is a great before bed comfort tea; the scent and taste is so gentle, with rooibos and that gorgeous vanilla, that I can’t help but feel like it’s okay to sleep before finishing Latin homework…
It didn’t have any cough syrup overly sweet disgusting aftertaste to it at all. The cold dregs at the bottom of my mug do taste slightly chemical, but that was not at all present earlier. I’m sad that this is just a sample now. I really need more good rooibos blends, even though I have an ungodly amount of unflavored red rooibos in my cabinet. It’s just a very comforting tea to me, something I crave before bed.

In other news, I’m thinking of actually counting my teas. Maybe I’ll save that for the weekend though…. Also, I’m writing a ruminative paper on tea. The paper is about something we Need in life, for any reason; the idea came from a scene in King Lear where Lear describes how badly he needs his company of 100 knights. I think that I can easily wax rhapsodic about tea. The ease of writing is especially important as I also have a Physics lab due and a report on Lesbia (of Catullus) for Latin. And then the ACT on Saturday. But then I’m babysitting, and that means money, and that means tea. So, it all comes back to tea. Basically.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Sounds pretty well rationalized to me! :)

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100
drank Sunset Honeybush by Teaopia
21 tasting notes

Nostalgia in a cup. This was the first cup of loose leaf I ever tried, and I must say, it was the perfect first… I loved to drink this gorgeous blend both hot or iced. It is light and fruity (not too bold, but not too mild). There was something so calming about this tea. I still have a smidgen in my cupboard, that I am rationing, and plan to save the last bit so that I can open it up and smell it when I am reminiscing. My forever favourite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Spring Morning by Teaopia
167 tasting notes

This is my favourite tea, hands-down. The smell of the dry leaves is heavenly, and the fruity notes are there when brewed, but not overpowering. The liquor is a pale green/yellow that darkens over time.

As one of Teopia’s most popular tea blends, this blend is still around through Teavana. However, it is not available in stores – Teavana sells it online only.

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80
drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
505 tasting notes

Finished the last of this today and it was good, though not as good as in the past. I’m not sure if it was simply the time/age of the actual tea, or just me not remembering how it was or whatever. Glad I got some of it when it was reduced.

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drank Garden of Eden by Teaopia
1 tasting notes

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drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
1165 tasting notes

Finally finished up this sample from Heather.

I really wish this tea were still available. I like it. A lot. I even picked the mini marshmallows out of the leaves to float in my mug. That’s dedication.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Way to be on the dedication haha. I haven’t tried this one. Would you say it’s better than Della Terra’s?

OMGsrsly

I can’t have Della Terra’s because of the cookies. :)

Fjellrev

Oh yeah! Derrrrr, sorry. I read this one’s taste doesn’t live up to its awesome smell.

OMGsrsly

I’d definitely like it better if it were more black tea and maybe a little smoky stuff mixed in. But otherwise I like the flavours. :) I was thinking if mixing my own, but idk what to do about the graham crackers. Rooibos I guess? And where do I find eensy weensy marshmallows? :)

Fjellrev

http://www.nuts.com/chocolatessweets/toppings/mochi/white-marshmallow-bits.html

Nuts.com is EVIL. There is so much to choose from, and all of their stuff is very fresh.

OMGsrsly

Oh. My. God.

OMGsrsly

I can’t figure out shipping to Canada. They do it, but do I need to fill out a cart to find out how much? (OMG, 1lb of mini marshmallows!!!)

Fjellrev

I don’t remember how much it is to ship out one thing. I’m worried it would be like $15+. I’ve made a couple orders so far but usually make it worthwhile and order like $120+ worth of stuff. Shipping would then come to around $26 but if you break it down, it evens out since you’re getting a lot of stuff and everything’s reasonably priced.

OMGsrsly

Too bad their prices for freeze dried things are so high. Or else I could buy ALL the Christmas presents.

MissB

The shipping costs deterred me from Nuts, so I went with www.upayanaturals.com. Unfortunately, free shipping in Canada only clicks in at $100 (however my order got here in two days).

OMGsrsly

Thanks, MissB! :) The $27.95 shipping made me close the site.

OMGsrsly

Hmm. They’re more random organic and natural fancy pants stuff. And unfortunately for them, a lot of the prices I saw in my quick scroll through are higher than Whole Paycheque Foods.

MissB

Ha! I’ve yet to go to whole paycheck. I’m sure when the one opens up at Brentwood, I’ll make the trek. If the prices are that high though, well… boooo.

OMGsrsly

I go downtown a lot, and usually go to the tiny one on Robson near Denman. Today I got lemons the size of ORANGES. So fun. :D Oh, and the one on Cambie has loose leaf teas. Or had as of a couple months ago. A really decent silver needle for SUPER cheap.

Amariel

I think Megan, in PF has some left. I think that she got a lot when she worked there during the transition. You might ask her.

OMGsrsly

Hmm. I could, or I could have loads of fun making my own blend. :D I think I can order the marshmallows through Amazon, and then I get a HUGE amount of them. Whee, mini dried marshmallows!

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67
drank Creamy Nut Oolong by Teaopia
27 tasting notes

Oversteeped again! Not to mention, the leaves themselves have been stored for… two years now, I believe, albeit in good conditions. Please accept my humble apologies, O Gracious Tea Gods.

Just kidding. Creamy Nut Oolong was my first personal loose leaf (outside of Yum Cha and my mom’s stock), and I loved it oh so much. I bought 50g of it from a Teaopia promo coupon and slowly savoured my way though it, but when I found out Teaopia would soon be no more, I went right back and bought another 100g for my stock. This was long before I realized that I cannot go through so much tea within its ideal shelf life, or that they even had shelf lives! Ahh, the fond memories.

Still, even though today’s steep was a bit too strong, there’s nothing I really don’t like about it. It’s rich and smooth, with the caramel nougat doing pretty much all the work but the leaves below are still distinctly there to balance it all out. One of the few “dessert” teas that I enjoy, and great for relaxing. (I avoid over-multisteeping with this one though, because the magic all disappears once the candy melts.)

As I work my way through my dwindling old stock, I pine again for the good Teaopia days.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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25
drank Iced Princess by Teaopia
149 tasting notes

Tea #11 from Another Traveling Tea Box

So despite the rather unhappy reviews people seem to post for this, I still had to try this one. It just smelled so good. Lol.

Brewed this up and then eyed the rather pink brew in my cup dubiously. But I made it I might as well try it. It smells pretty fruity with a hint of green-ness to it. The first sip is kinda watery/weak and pretty unpleasant actually. It’s kinda tart and has this weird herb-y sort of taste. It’s not a green tea sort of taste, or at least not one I know of. I wish I actually knew what was in this aside from the types of tea and the fruit bits. Then again, I guess it doesn’t matter since I ended up pouring this one out. Even after adding some sugar is didn’t help one bit. Lol.
So this one is a no, despite how tasty it smelled.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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