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The Tea Emporium

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60
drank Kombucha Lime by The Tea Emporium
1527 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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90
drank Mao Jian by The Tea Emporium
103 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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94

This tea is in the sipdown tins pile and with good reason. It’s okay, fairly good, actually, but it’s not something I ever reach for…

…okay, now that I’ve given it a shake and the sugar has mixed into this coldbrew, my opinion is changing. The strawberry is coming forward and while I’d call this a strawberries and cream more than shortcake, it’s still yummy and deserving of the 94 rating.

Staying in the sipdowns, though.

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28

Coldbrew world of hell no.

I will never, ever coldbrew this again. It’s got orange peel, alright – that’s all I can taste. Doctored this with a metric ton of agave, at least I’ll get some energy out of it.

shudder

VariaTEA

Oh no. You have soo much tea, you should have just dumped it and moved on to something more drinkable. That is what I would have done. You are clearly committed :P

aisling of tea

I have so many issues with dumping tea, I just can’t bring myself to do it unless it is physically making me ill. At the very least I’ll get hydration out of it.

VariaTEA

Right now I am stressing about hydration which means balancing each caffeinated cup with a non-caffeinated one (whether it is tea or water) in addition to the 6-8 cups of water you need daily. So as much as I don’t like wasting tea, I won’t force myself to drink a caffeinated cup I don’t really like because I would rather brew up a different cup that I would enjoy instead.

aisling of tea

lol yeah, see, I drink so much tea in a day that I’m lucky enough to not have to worry about it.

VariaTEA

Haha, I didn’t worry either for a while and it was fine but then my weight loss slowed and I think that may have had something to do with it. It is nbd though because now instead of making 2 cups at once, I make 3

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96

Coldbrew Sipdown (387/370)

This is so good. So, so good. I need to get my hands on more of this bright, juicy blend.

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29
drank African Queen by The Tea Emporium
103 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
103 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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50

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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100

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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75

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
4043 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
4043 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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80
drank Bukhial - TGFOP by The Tea Emporium
4043 tasting notes

Not too much to say about this one, trying to catch up on my logs from today. I’ve been drinking this one a little more often because it’s one of my older teas but also because it’s a nice cup to start the day with.

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85
drank Autumn Blend by The Tea Emporium
2221 tasting notes

Yum – I still like this one! A nice short infusion results in quite a tasty cup. I can’t really taste all the flavours individually, but get hints of fruitiness, maple, and caramel depending on the sip. A great selection for tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Bukhial - TGFOP by The Tea Emporium
4043 tasting notes

Had this one in the morning, still really enjoying it! Should have been drinking this one sooner! :)

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80
drank Bukhial - TGFOP by The Tea Emporium
4043 tasting notes

I could have sworn i’ve had this one before but steepster tells me otherwise. Either way i enjoyed this quite a bit this morning, which was slightly unexpected given my disappointments as of late with the tea emporium. That being said, it was with their flavoured teas so maybe i’m better off sticking to their unflavoured blacks. I’m not sure if i sent this to my tea sister but i think this might be one that both terri and nicole might enjoy. It’s malty, though not overly so and sort of a mid range black – not really a BOLD morning cup, but not yet the sort of cup i like in the afternoon either. Looking forward to having more of this since i should get around to drinking it up!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I don’t think I’ve seen a sample of this one…yet! ;)

Indigobloom

I know I’ve had it before myself! dunno where my note went

Sil

Terri/Nicole if i didn’t send any of this your way just poke me about it sometime :)

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85
drank Autumn Blend by The Tea Emporium
2221 tasting notes

Yum, still enjoying this one. I figured, if you average a spring and an autumn blend, you get summer – right? (Ok, really it was entirely unintentional that I selected two “seasonal” blends to brew up at the exact same time.) Anyhow, I didn’t really catch specific flavours this time (wasn’t paying attention), but I caught some caramelliness, which was quite tasty. Either way, the cup was consumed quickly, so it was obviously good!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipping on this at Billy Bishop Airport while waiting for my flight to board. I noticed a Loblaws across the street from diner where I was having breakfast and thought I’d check it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a loose leaf tea section. After pestering the sales associate to smell a bunch of the teas, I picked four. This was one of them and I was really hesitant to try it because bergamot is really hit or miss with me.

I’m very happy that I picked this one up. I steeped it for about 2 minutes and added sugar. It is sooo creamy and has a buttery caramel taste. The grapefruit gives it a nice tangy flavour and the bergamot is there but tolerable. After reading the other reviews, I was expecting to be disappointed in this but oh my god, it’s delicious!

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51
drank Formosa Oolong by The Tea Emporium
4043 tasting notes

thanks to indigobloom for a sample of this one. Once again i am underwhelmed by another tea emporium selection. they just don’t seem to have it going on for my tastebuds. At least this one doesn’t taste BAD but it’s very much an average cup of tea. There’s a sweetness to this one along with a roastiness.

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55
drank Sunshine Mate by The Tea Emporium
4043 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure i got this one from indigobloom so thank you! SIPDOWN! as well! today i’m working from home so here’s to some sipdowns and work on others teas so sipdowns will happen sooner with those. Gotta keep on track lol

I don’t hate this one, but i don’t love it. It does have a very pleasant citrusy flavour initially but then the after taste kicks in and i dislike that a lot. However, that being said, I’m not a big fan of mate anyway, so this is likely a pretty good tea haha

Indigobloom

I love the citrus scent of this one. I tend to just sit there with my cup, like potpourri :P

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66

Another sample from Sil!
I enjoyed this one, it was pretty good. I made it at work so possibly my water was too hot. (Boy I sure rely on my temperature controlled kettle at home! Spoiled!)

It was peachy. Pleasant enough. Slightly bitter, hence the possibly too hot water or maybe oversteeped, it’s easy to get distracted at work! I wouldn’t buy this one but I am glad to have tried it anyhow! It was just a bit blah to me, nothing wrong with it but nothing mindblowing either! I’m not the biggest fan of greens so take that with a big grain of salt :)

Sil

haha yeah…this was my FAVOURITE tea when i first started down the loose leaf tea path…i drank it every morning and then i found out about all these other teas…that are so much better and amazing and wonderful!

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