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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

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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52

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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drank Blueberry by The Tea Emporium
503 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
503 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
503 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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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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drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
503 tasting notes

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drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
503 tasting notes

I usually give a lot of side-eye and avoid teas that reference dieting, but lime and coconut make this irresistible to add to my Seven Sisters Tea order.

It’s quite different from what I was expecting. The lime is very subtle. The dominant flavour is the natural creaminess and sweetness of the coconut, and then secondary to that, a bit of earthiness, vegetal and umami from the oolong.

I really like the coconut flavour. It’s very natural, not sweetened, and extremely rich. You can see a fine film of coconut oil on the surface of the cup.

I’m going to have to try this iced with lime wedges.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Earth, Lime, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Honey Fig Tree by The Tea Emporium
503 tasting notes

This reminds me a lot of Teavana’s Fig Rose. It has the same sweet, nutty fig flavour dominant and then lots of pineapple notes. This tea is very, very sweet.

I’m not sure how much I like this. Like Fig Rose, I really like the taste of dried figs, but the nutty quality of this flavour is a bit weird. Might be good iced. It’s an interesting tisane for sure. I think I need to try it again to form more of an opinion.

Flavors: Apple, Fig, Nutty, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

Smokey, malty and delicious. Very well balanced.

Flavors: Malt, Smoke

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80

Mmm lovely. Moderately smokey, but it’s mostly on the nose.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I’m a big fan of Lapsang Souchong, and this is a delightful blend. The pine smoke is very much there, but toned down. There’s also some lovely floral and fruity notes. It’s a more mellow and lighter cup than straight up Lapsang, and a very nice evening sip.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83

Tasty! Tropical and juicy, light tasting at first, but with a flavour that builds. Just a tint of tartness, with distinct pineapple and dragonfruit notes. A touch of earth.

Flavors: Earth, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

So I’m not giving this tea an optimal first taste, since I’m sipping it while eating pizza with a lot of olives on it, in an apartment full of smelly camping gear that’s airing out. But I need my tea and I can’t resist trying something out of a newly arrived package. And even with all this other stuff encroaching on my palette, I’m still really enjoying this.

I don’t usually drink mates, since I’m not a huge fan, but this is nice. There’s a lot of dragonfruit and pineapple on top, and then the earthyness of the mate and the woodiness of the rooibos comes in as more subtle flavours. Its a touch tart, in a way that compliments the dragonfruit very nicely.

The dragonfruit is a bit subtler than Teavana’s Dragonfruit Devotion, and much more natural tasting than DAVIDs Magic Dragon.

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Fruity, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart, Tropical, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

Yup, still a favourite, and a good choice for an evening of reliable, favourite teas.

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91

Oh my god, this tea is amazing to drink while eating chocolate. I’m working on an absurdly huge bag of Lindt chocolate, a result of too little self control in an outlet mall. The rich sweetness of the chocolate that lingers after a bite just makes each sip of this incredibly creamy and loaded with vanilla notes. I have the urge to try making hot chocolate with this tea as the base. Mmmm.

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