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80
drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
83 tasting notes

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80
drank Skinny Wulong by The Tea Emporium
83 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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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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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
1425 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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65
drank Pi Lo Chun by The Tea Emporium
204 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
460 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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49

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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60
drank Kombucha Lime by The Tea Emporium
1585 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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29
drank African Queen by The Tea Emporium
204 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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78

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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78

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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90
drank Mao Jian by The Tea Emporium
204 tasting notes

2nd (or could be 3rd) time having this tea. It tastes better than on my first review. I’m surprised I didn’t mention the buttery notes in it. It’s a very mellow buttery green tea. I think it’s too special to have everyday and I’m bumping up my rating from last time because I’m loving this tea even more.

Flavors: Butter, Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Mao Jian by The Tea Emporium
204 tasting notes

Yesterday I discovered a Tea Emporium in my business travels. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in there but you can be sure I will be back! Out of loads of untried teas what to buy? I stuck with my old familiar grassy green. The lady picked out this one for me. Yes , it’s a good everyday green. Mild tasting, very grassy. Brews up a golden yellow colour. We can’t be having fancy teas everyday and sometimes it’s just nice to have a good tea with nothing fancy but good flavour.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Cold brewed, just okay. I kinda get a peach flavor, but on the whole it’s unremarkable.

Fjellrev

Ech, on the bright side, cold-brewing eats up more leaf, so it’s easier to polish it off that way!

Lynxiebrat

I’ve yet to meet a peach tea that I like more then Perfect Peach by Bigelow. A few that have come close though.

aisling of tea

My thoughts exactly, Fjellrev. I like it cold more than I do hot, so this will be cold brew sipdown.

Lynxiebrat you know, Bigelow does some things very, very right. I love their French Vanilla.

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50

As others have pointed out, there is a strong peach aroma when this tea is dry. It does not, however, carry over to the steep. There is a definite fruity flavour, but not as peachy as I hoped for. Don’t know if I would get again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is a lovely, strong and slightly spiced tea. And I like my tea strong. I love it as a way to start off the day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Received this sample from Sil. Thank you so much for sharing. I took this to work yesterday, and while I did enjoy it, it was just ok. Nothing spectacular, but nothing offensive either. It was good for work, stood up the my haphazard steeping parameters. I just didn’t think it was bold enough, was more on the lighter side of black.
I’ve been exploring a lot of black teas lately and may be becoming more critical of them, but IMHO there are black teas that suit my tastes more than this one. Thanks Sil for the experience.

Sil

i am with you on that… love trying black teas, but so many are more on the “average” side of things. heh

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80
drank Bukhial - TGFOP by The Tea Emporium
4871 tasting notes

sipdown! i figured that i might as well finish this off since i had just a travel mugs worth of tea left. I’ve been happy with this one, and i’m starting to think that the tea emporium does a much better job with their straight teas than their black teas. :) It was a good one!

Indigobloom

What else did you try from them? I haven’t had much luck with their flavoured ones either

Indigobloom

except for lemon black I think

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80
drank Bukhial - TGFOP by The Tea Emporium
4871 tasting notes

nom nom nom nom nom. Oh how i wish i could have another work from home day. Maybe next week. Especially since there are two companies calling out to me to order from. sigh I think i just need to accept the fact that my cupboard is 200 or so teas. always. lol

This tea? It’s almost done, which in a way is nice only because it’s one of my older teas. Once i finish this and 1-2 others, my oldest tea will then be from February of this year. so yay!

Cavocorax

I’m going crazy not placing any orders (aside from the two I placed last week! hahahah). But… it’s really difficult not going for more when people keep talking about Brioche, and Mandala etc.

Cavocorax

I’m trying to focus on the whole Black Friday thing…

Sil

Oh Black Friday will be great. But ordering today does not mean I won’t in november as well. Plus I try to participate in civellos cyber Monday – they double gift certificates you buy so it lets me pre-pay for my haircuts and get freebies in terms of money to spend at the spa haha

Dinosara

I cannot believe you have that many teas and none of them are older than February. How is it possible?? I have teas that are older than 2yrs at this point.

Terri HarpLady

I need to do that…
When is Black Friday? Is that the day after thanksgiving?

Sil

Dinosara – i drink a lot of tea? lol the couple i have that are older that i need to finish are from october. Then the next teas are from february lol

Terri – that’s uh your friday thanksgiving day thing

Terri HarpLady

oh right…I always forget that thanksgiving is a US holiday…

Sil

Um it’s also a Canadian holiday silly…we just have ours in October :p

Terri HarpLady

Aye…I learn new stuff every day on steepster!

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