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drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
2216 tasting notes

Thank you for sharing Roswell Strange but this is a big ole mug of nope for me. The coconut is lotiony and the oolong is strong making this taste like a glass of butter and I’m not okay with that. It’s nice to try something new so I’m grateful for the share but this is a tea I would be okay with not encountering again.

Fjellrev

Yikes, lotiony oolong does not sound appetizing. :/

VariaTEA

Yeah, not so much.

Roswell Strange

I don’t remember liking this one either :/

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GCTTB

Another from the magic box. I had some less than stellar experiences with some of the tea emporium’s teas so i haven’t been back in a while, but this tea called out to me to try even if only because i miss my walter bishop tea :( this tea smells divine! in fact a lot like WB… brewed the rooibos is decent, not that woodsy srt of rooibos that ruins delicious teas. It’s got a very nice strawberry flavour to it, though i’m not sure i’d call this one “shortCAKE.” it’s good though…very tasty and would probably be delicious as a latte!

Final Count: 161 (plus the travelling tea box)

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93

I was given this in a tea exchange! And absolutely love it! So peachy and delicious!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Debi

RIGHT?!

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80

This is a nice yunnan black – smooth and malty with a hint of minerality and sweetness at the end of the sip. I’m getting some citrus/bergamot notes from this, wondering if that’s the tea, or if this sample just spent some time snuggled up against an earl grey. Thanks to Anlina for the sample! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Anlina

Hmm, interesting. That tea has always been in a sealed package, so I doubt it could have got contaminated in my cupboard, and I’m pretty sure I sent you samples in those little metallic & clear baggies, and I’ve had no issues with cross contamination with those. Just the tea I’m guessing?

Lindsay

I do love those baggies, and so far they haven’t shown any sign of being permeable to scent (unlike my ziplock bags that required double and triple bagging and still didn’t totally work). Where did you get them?

Anlina

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wholesale-Lot-of-95-Silver-tone-Ziplock-Packaging-Wrapping-Gift-Bags-Pouches-/350682101059?ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:US:3160

I order the smallest size for samples – they seem to hold 4-6 teaspoons, so they’re really good for sample sizes. I just ordered some more and it came out to $13 Canadian with the exchange rate (ouch). I’ve ordered from this listing three times now. The first time they took quite a while to arrive, the second time they were surprisingly quick.

One of my favourite things about these little bags is that those tiny, thin ziplock bags that many people send one or two cup samples in fit inside perfectly, so you can just slide the whole sample, label and all, into one of these, and then reuse it when the sample is gone.

I also get these in 13×18 and they easily hold 50g of tea, sometimes I can cram 100g in if it’s a dense tea: http://www.ebay.com/itm/50pcs-Well-Sealed-Fruit-Nuts-Food-Keeping-Stand-Up-Kraft-Paper-Zip-Lock-Bags-/141296324973?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item20e5ead16d

Lindsay

Believe it or not, I’ve actually never order anything off ebay. :) Might be time to start!

Anlina

Those have been the cheapest pouches I’ve been able to find when you look at cost per pieces + shipping to Canada. Totally worth while for me, with my exploding cupboard and inability to sip down samples in a timely manner (also awesome for swaps.) Keeps stuff nice and fresh for so much longer. And both those are good sellers.

OMGsrsly

I ordered those bags too, Anlina! They’re great.

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Oh man, this is good. I was iffy on picking some up, but the person at the counter convinced me to give it try, and I’m glad I did.

This is a fairly green oolong, that smelled every so faintly roasted in the bag, without much else in the way of smell. But the taste, oh my. Really intense orchid notes, distinct honey, a touch vegetal and an incredibly long, sweet finish, where the orchid just lingers and lingers.

Toward the end of my cup there’s a bit of astringency developing, but the first 2/3s were smooth, and the sensation is only mildly drying and not unpleasant.

I just grabbed this from my untried box because I figured I should take a break from black teas, and I wasn’t expecting much, but I’m pretty blown away. This is a fantastic oolong.

Edit: Tasty enough to warrant a second steep. This one is more vegetal with subtler honey and orchid notes.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Honey, Orchid, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Indigobloom

I’ve had good experiences with their premium oolongs. How many steeps did you get?

Anlina

I’ve only done two western steeps, and I might move on to something else after I finish this cup, or I might go for one more. It’s pretty tasty, I just rarely want more than one cup of anything in a row, never mind three.

The Tea Emporium seems to have a so-so reputation here on Steepster, but I’ve been really pleased with many of the teas I’ve purchased from them, particularly the straight teas and flavoured blacks.

Indigobloom

Yeah their customer service and quality is hit or miss – plus a lot of gossip/talk about ownership etc.

I know what you mean about that. I always want to try teas with shorter steeps but never have the time or focus!

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78

Cooking TTB #19

“Sunrise” is the perfect way to describe this tea! I was so not expecting what I got out of this cup. I thought there would be oranges or some citrus sort of thing. Instead there was this tangy (but not like hibiscus tart) sweet deliciousness! It was such a pleasant cup. I think I’ll be nabbing at least a couple more teaspoons of this before I pass it along!

Fjellrev

Sounds pretty good!

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75

TTB #9

I don’t think I’ve ever had a rooibos/mate blend before and I find the concept quite odd, since I usually reach for mate when I need a jolt of caffeine in the morning and for rooibos when I need a caffeine-free option. But flavor-wise, the combination does seem to work pretty well in this tea. The roobios gives it a pretty orange color and the mate brings a touch of earthy richness to the otherwise light tropical flavor. I don’t think this is something I need in my collection, but I enjoyed trying it out!

Flavors: Earth, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

I like this best iced, even though I think the flavor is stronger hot. It is admittedly pretty weak, but I think that is why I like it better iced. It still feels refreshing to have a light, slightly fruity flavor. I wouldn’t purchase this, but I am happy to finish off what I have and if I ever came across more I would be content using that up too.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This is my first cup of tea of the day, and it is so wonderful. Today’s cup has some rich smokey notes, along with dates, plums and chocolate. Just fantastic, and just what I’ve been needing.

It’s been a rough day. -30C this morning. I drove to the grocery store and then my car wouldn’t start again. Fortunately, I was just a few blocks from home and from my partners’ work. My sweetie came and brought a battery booster pack, but we weren’t able to start it, so I borrowed their car of the day. I mostly love my Smart Car, but it’s just not built for weather like this – I suppose not much is, and even fewer diesel vehicles.

Spent several hours scrubbing every surface of the fridge and stove, showed the apartment to a potential subletter, and then picked up my partners at work, so they could help me with another go at getting it started, or towing it back home.

Luckily, it warmed up a bit (only -22C! Why do I live here??) and so we were able to get the car to turn over. So now I’m at home drinking tea, and about to make another cup of tea. I am so done for the day.

I hope tomorrow is less of an exhausting clusterfuck.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dates, Plums, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lindsay

Ugh, I feel your pain. Replacing my battery has (so far!) been successful at getting my car to start reliably. I’ve been told that car batteries have a really limited lifespan in climates like this – like a car battery is supposed to last 4-5yrs, but might be only 2-3yrs up here. Also, I’ve since discovered that my driving patterns (lots of short trips – what can I say, it’s a small town!) are actually really hard on the battery. Hrmph.

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84

Oooh this is nice.

I picked this up for my partner, as they tend to like smoky teas, and smoke was one of the dominant notes of the dry leaf. And steeped, this is just lovely. There’s a top note of smoke, which is mild, not at all overpowering. Next there’s a nice coconut note, with chocolate and caramel. And then on the finish, malt.

I may not give the whole 50g to my sweetie after all.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Coconut, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
sweetea

This sounds wonderful!

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This was alright but not very exciting. I think it got a little over steeped (to go cup), so there was probably a bit more bitterness and astringency than there would normally be, but there’s also a strong charred, woody note that I’m just not that into, and that I find fairly common in oolongs.

Second steep is smoother and less astringent, but this still isn’t much to my taste.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Char, Roasted, Wood

Kittenna

MMMMmmmmmm charred, woody note. Probably something I adore in oolongs! (But not bitterness and astringency.)

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96

Mmm meaty and malty. Quite bold tonight too.

Flavors: Malt, Meat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

This was today’s cup for disability awareness training. I threw a couple of teaspoons into a travel mug, steeped for three minutes in about 3/4s of 94C water and then topped it off with cold water to make it drinkable.

Today’s cup was just okay. None of the really intense brothy notes that made me pick this up after my togo cup from Tea Emporium. Ah well, I don’t think I steeped it well.

I’m resteeping the leaves in my gaiwan, gongfu, instead of continuing with them western style.

The second steep, which is 2tsp in 100ml of 96C water for 1min, is malty and surprisingly floral. Really nice.

Third, 1.5min is starting to loose complexity of flavour. There’s still a bit of maltiness, but there’s a depth that’s missing.

Flavors: Floral, Malt

Preparation
2 tsp

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96

I grabbed a to-go cup of this, this morning, as I just couldn’t manage sorting out my travel mug and brewing basket.

This was pretty amazing. Super malty, a bit sweet, very broth like in a way that’s quite different than green teas, and almost a note of some rich meat, like lamb.

The second steep wasn’t nearly as interesting as the first, but the first makes this something that I will be picking up.

Flavors: Broth, Malt, Meat, Sweet

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Sipdown (108)!

Uh oh. I’m sorry Anlina but despite how thoughtful it was of you to include this one, it’s definitely not agreeing with me. Not even a little bit.

As soon as I opened the packaging, it just smelled really wrong and off to me but I hoped maybe whatever seemed funky to me would sort itself out as this as steeped. Not the case. I’ve been sipping on this mug for the last three or so hours, but I haven’t made much progress – and every time I do take a sip my nose crinkles up so much. It’s like making a three year old eat their vegetables. I just don’t want to.

Breaking it down, I can taste the coconut and some other buttery flavours, as well as the lime and some seriously vegetal oolong and individually I might be all about those things, but they’re not coming together harmoniously for me. Yeah, Tea Emporium “Put the lime in the coconut” but should they have!? Have they just gone too far!?

Yeah, I think so.

VariaTEA I measured out about a cups worth of this for you and it’ll get sent to you eventually in one of our frequent swaps. I don’t really expect you to like it since you don’t really like oolong to begin with, but I could be wrong and it might be worth a try anyway. Who knows.

As for me, I think I’m just gonna dump out the rest of my mug.

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80
drank Blueberry by The Tea Emporium
758 tasting notes

Mmm blueberry. Less astringent this time around, mostly just lots of berry and floral with a nice black base that carries the flavours well.

Flavors: Blueberry, Floral

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Emporium
758 tasting notes

Mmmm this has incredible blueberry flavour. One of the most distinctive berry flavoured teas I’ve tried. A touch on the astringent side but still, so yummy.

Flavors: Blueberry

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Emporium
758 tasting notes

This is really nice. A touch of astringency from the black tea, but some really intense blueberry notes, with a lot of floral, getting into some lavender on the finish.

Flavors: Astringent, Berry, Blueberry, Floral, Lavender

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69

This cup was way better than the last one I had. Far less wood from the rooibos base, and more caramel and nutty flavours. Still not pecan pie, but rather tasty.

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Ubacat

Tea Emporium is a bit weird in my opinion. I’ve hit a lot of really bad teas and then I hit a gem after all the bad ones.

Anlina

I’ve really enjoyed most of the teas I’ve tried from Tea Emporium but a few have been a big miss.

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69

Oh hum. I was really hoping for some distinct pecan pie flavours in this one, but it’s not living up to its name.

The rooibos base is just too woody tasting and really overpowers the other flavours. On the finish I get a bit of caramel and sweetness.

It’s not a bad tea by any means, but I want notes of butter and pie crust and nuts in addition to the sweet. And I think that a bit of rooibos would help along the pecan notes, but it’s too much as the whole base.

I really love the unique flavour of pecan pie, so I had really high hopes for this.

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I bought this tea from The Tea Emporium in Oakville but they don’t have it up on their website anymore. Flowering teas are so pretty to view in glass teapots. I only brewed 2 min and it’s very light green tea. I can pick up the lavender but it’s very very light which is okay with me. Lavender can ruin and overpower a tea. There’s also a little bit of jasmine which is light. There’s supposed to be amaranth and chrysanthemum in it too. I think chrysanthemum is similar to chamomile and I do taste the chrysanthemum. It appears to be the strongest out of the 4 herbs. Amaranth is something I add to my henna so I’m assuming that where the very slight earthy taste is coming from.

Overall an interesting tea. I usually don’t pick up flowering teas because I have to brew two cups at a time.

Only one tea ball of this so another tea I get to cross off the list!

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80
drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
758 tasting notes

With many mentions of coconut going soapy or rancid quickly, I decided I should dig into this tea again.

Once again this was super creamy and rich, not too sweet, subtle lime flavour with a touch of tartness, and some floral, vegetal oolong flavours.

I also just love how this tea looks. The creamy coconut, dark green oolong and orangey red flowers are a beautiful combination.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Lime, Tart, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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