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drank Blueberry by The Tea Emporium
168 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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80
drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
168 tasting notes

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drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
168 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
168 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

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

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

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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91

A nice, soothing cup for a sleepy morning. I really like this variation on Earl Grey. It’s smooth and a bit sweet, with bergamot, vanilla and caramel notes. And easy cup to drink when I’m feeling a bit out of it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I usually like this one a lot, as a nice variant on Earl Grey. Today’s cup was not good – I think it still had some soap residue on it, because there was a lot of soap taste and not a lot else. Boo.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Floral, Vanilla

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blend 103 by The Tea Emporium
1471 tasting notes

SSTTB #13.

haha. First review, what?!

Ok. This tea brews up such a brilliant, pretty red colour. I was hesitant to “ruin” it with milk, but it’s so good this way! A milky rose tea. :) It’s actually pretty tasty, although sniffing it before milk it struck me as one of those teas that could easily go very unpleasantly bitter.

I like it this way, but due to that potential bitterness (even with milk as it cools, I can tell it could be bitter) I probably wouldn’t get it.

It was fun to try a rosey tea, though. I haven’t had any rose blacks, but now I’m thinking it might be a flavour I would want to have in my cupboard…

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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70

Backlog. Had this tea a few days ago. This one is definitely better than their Pi Lo Chun but not the best quality dragonwell I’ve had. As far a I remember it had a clean astringent taste but lacked the freshness. Again this is last year’s crop. I am a bit annoyed that they are selling last year’s teas when all of the new spring ones should be in. I am also a bit disappointed in Tea Emporium. None of their teas have been very good so far.

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drank Pi Lo Chun by The Tea Emporium
224 tasting notes

Backlog. Okay, stupid me. I love the Bi Lo Chun sample from Teavirve. I figured I would try out a local one and see if it’s okay because I didn’t want to pay for shipping. I got about 25g of this tea. I thought it would at least be somewhere close to the tea I loved from Teavirve. This tea is like a very very faint muted flavour. There is not the same freshness or buttery flavour. In some ways it’s not even like the same tea. How sad. Overall , not a bad tea but nothing like Teavirve’s.

This tea will get demoted to the early morning cup when I’m too sleepy for my taste buds to wake up. As well, I think I will just order the tea I love from Teavirve.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I tried a ginseng oolong from a local-ish tea vendor and it was terrible. Nothing has been able to match Teavivre’s for me. And their dragon pearls are the best to me as well. There have only been a few companies with jasmine flavor that I love, Teavivre and Nina’s being the main two with excellent jasmine.

Ubacat

I learned my lesson. ;-) Now the hardest thing is what to put in my on line cart at Teavirve. I had too much and had to step away and rethink it. Once I go to order a tea, I can’t keep it just one. I wish they had 50g size on all their tea. That would help.

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drank Mao Jian by The Tea Emporium
489 tasting notes

Sample sipdown!

This was quite a nice green, actually. Vegetal, a nice light tan liquor, and definitely an authentic flavour. It’s quite sweet as it cools. This is surprising since I steeped it at a very high temperature – it didn’t get bitter on me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

I just had a cup of that this morning. It’s a good tea to start off the day.

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Sample sipdown!

I got a sample of this about a month ago in a chain store that’s reselling the Tea Emporium’s wares. However, I haven’t been impressed so far, and I’m not sure if that’s because the Tea Emporium’s teas themselves are bad, or because the reseller is not storing them correctly.

Anyways, this tea fits into that trend. It smells promising but the flavour is somewhat lacking. I can taste the rooibos and chocolate, but I can’t really taste the mint or the coconut, despite seeing huge flakes of coconut in the dry mix.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

To be fair, my experiences with the tea emporium, part from their customer service was that their teas are so so. A lot of hit or miss and for the price there are other places I’d rather shop. Customer service in get higher stores is excellent the few times I’ve gone in, making me sad that their teas often fell short.

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Hoo boy.

A few weeks ago, I got some Moroccan mint tea with peppermint in it. It was okay, but I’ve found that peppermint can get harsh really quickly. So I busted out this sample I got last week, hoping that the spearmint in this tea would be more to my liking.

I didn’t like this at all. Which is a shame, really.

I don’t know how to describe this – there just seemed something off about the green tea base. Like it was stale or old or slightly spoiled. Highly unpleasant. I underleafed the tea – the steeping instructions say to use 1 tsp of leaf for every 6 oz, and I only had 3 tsp of leaf yet still made a 24-oz pot – but I doubt that’s the culprit here. There was just something really unpleasant about the whole thing.

I poured out a mug for my mother (who has a cold, and even if she didn’t, wouldn’t really know better to know this tastes off) and poured a mug for myself. I couldn’t even finish the one mug I poured, and just tossed the remainder of the pot down the drain.

It’s entirely possible that this tea would suit someone else, but it just tasted odd to me. What a waste.

Edit: This is a sipdown, thank goodness.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Sil

yay for sipdowns of teas you’re not a fan of haha

Christina

I didn’t even know I wasn’t going to be a fan of this one, even! It’s so weird – I like green tea, I like mint, but I’ve found it hard to find a good green tea with mint. I really hope the Just Marvelous Moroccan Mint Tea from Just Organic is good, since that was one of the rewards I chose in their kickstarter survey.

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drank Kombucha Lime by The Tea Emporium
1604 tasting notes

I haven’t had a very good track record with kombucha teas but this blend sounded intriguing enough that I purchased it when I saw it on the 50% off rack at Chapters bookstore. The tea has a slightly yeasty, fermented scent which made me a bit trepidacious, but it doesn’t seem to have translated over to the flavour. The tea tastes slightly sour, from the lime I assume, with an odd sort of lightly herbal undertone. It’s…not my fav though I’m going to play with the steeping time to see if I can’t improve it any.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank African Queen by The Tea Emporium
224 tasting notes

Thank goodness I only bought a tiny amount of this. It looks fantastic. Brewed up – smelled hibiscus. Taste – hibiscus. Enough said.

Preparation
Boiling

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Sipdown! Organized my tea cupboard this morning and dumped a whole bunch of teas that only have a sample size left in a bag to sip down. This tea is okay but it doesn’t really live up to it’s name. I could swear I was drinking plain white tea. It’s not a bad white tea. It’s actually pretty good (sweet & light) but I wanted strawberry.
Bye bye Strawberry fields forever. Won’t be buying this one again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I picked this up from The Tea Emporium in Oakville. When I wanted to add a picture I couldn’t find it on their website. Maybe they don’t have it up there yet? I oversteeped this tea accidentally by an extra 2 minutes but it’s still good. There is a sweetness and lightness to the white tea. Sometimes I had trouble picking up the strawberry notes as they were so light. Overall a very delicate tea. Great for the afternoon. It’s still morning and I’m having it now because I had two black teas this morning and need to reduce my caffeine.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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I am on a strawberry kick. Maybe because I can’t wait for spring? So I bought two strawberry teas at Tea Emporium today. Since I had enough caffeine this morning I went with the rooibos. This is quite nice. It doesn’t quite have the strawberry flavour I was hoping for but that doesn’t mean the strawberry notes are not prominent. They are. Strawberry is just a very hard flavour to get right. At least there is no hibiscus in this. I really hate when they ruin a tea with hibiscus. I bet this would be amazing as an iced tea. I don’t think I will have any problem going through this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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