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42
drank Pumpkin Spice by The Tea Haus
263 tasting notes

Yes, don’t like it this time around either. I added brown sugar and creamer. It’s alright, tastes a little like “glitter and gold” which I totally hate, but this is not as heavy on the ginger and clove. I kinda feel like I wasted my drop of cream and pinch of sugar on this.

I think I also need to stop equating "pumpkin spice " with “pumpkin”. But you know, when Starbucks gives me the pumpkin spice latte, that actually tastes like pumpkin, one could see how I would have an expectation of other things called “pumpkin spice”. Mais non.

I think booze clouded my judgement originally and rated it higher. I’d drink a 70 but I can’t say I’d drink this. Bump.

adagio breeze

I’m noticing quite a few things called “pumpkin spice” that have no pumpkin component. It’s really annoying – can’t they call it something like “autumn spice” so they don’t get our hopes up for something pumpkiny?

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97
drank Kabuse Houjicha by The Tea Haus
11 tasting notes

Dry, this tea has the most interesting smell. Not only the toasty smell, but something fruity and sweet to it as well. It is a green tea that has been roasted, so it’s not your typical green tea, which I like. When steeped, the leaves have a completely different smell. They smell burnt, and not very appetizing at all. But this has little bearing on the liquid itself, which smells a bit smoky. It has the astringency of a mild black tea, along with a very slight sweetness on the back end. There is a lot going on in this tea, and I’m enjoying it immensely.

Second steep: I gotta admit, I was skeptical about steeping for only 15 seconds. The only time I’ve ever steeped for that little amount of time was with Tetley Bold. But this infusion turned out stronger than the first! Less astringent, with more of a woody taste coming out.

Third steep: The leaves smell more like a black tea now. The tea tastes a bit more mellow, but there is still a lot to it. It’s been 5 hours since the first steep and I’m still loving this tea!

I’ve now spent the entire day enjoying this tea, which is absolutely amazing! I would definitely get this again, and recommend it to anyone.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Moroccan Mint by The Tea Haus
150 tasting notes

Went to the Tea Haus a loooooong time ago to get a cup of tea with my dad. I tried this one, since the smell was “blow your sinuses out” mint, with a hint of green tea smell. Well, the taste was more like the other way around. This was my first try of gunpowder green tea (which I have now come to know and love).

At the time of my first few sips I thought it was OK. Then I liked it more and more. I should have bought some while the urge struck, but didn’t. I’ll have to go back to try it again to see if it’s as good as my mind remembers it. If so, I’m buying a bag.

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81
drank Fireside Blend by The Tea Haus
150 tasting notes

This used to be my go-to tea for after dinner tea sipping. I love the intense flavour of it (tart, but not sour. Just enough balance of the rosehip and hibiscus with everything else), and the bright pink colour is my favourite :)

Just finished my last two scoops of it (from a long time ago…this tea doesn’t necessarily “age well”, although it wasn’t terrible) so I need to make the trek back to get more.

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49
drank Pomegranate Green by The Tea Haus
150 tasting notes

I don’t know if I would call this a “fabulous” blend. It’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not great.

First of all, I find it hard to believe there’s anything “pomegranate” in there except artificial flavour. Even the so-called natural flavour in there doesn’t taste a thing like a pomegranate. I taste orange-ish from the peel, but that’s about it. And I definitely taste green tea; can’t let this one steep too long or else it gets real bitter real fast.

Definitely wouldn’t re-buy this one. I think maybe I just don’t like attempts at “pomegranate green tea” (or any combination thereof) since they taste nothing like green tea with pomegranate seeds in it.

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34
drank Rhubarb Cream by The Tea Haus
321 tasting notes

Another attempt at this one.

I did get a bit more of the rhubarb flavour, I think this time. I wasn’t getting exactly what I was expecting from this one. I definitely feel like this one tastes more like a plain black tea with the tiniest hint of flavour. I realize now why everyone always mixes rhubarb and strawberry together. I feel like they need each other for sure.

I think I do agree with the other reviewer here though. This one really does fall a bit flat. I wouldn’t get this one again. Sorry…

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
TheKesser

I have decided to mix this one with my strawberry cream tea from the Tea Haus. I think the flavours together would be better than if I kept this particular one on its own.

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42
drank Pumpkin Spice by The Tea Haus
263 tasting notes

My good friend Dexter3657 has sent me some of this and for a couple of weeks I let it sit for I was still thinking “summer” back then. I took it with me to the cottage since the temperature up here cools a little earlier even though it is only two hours north of the city. It seemed the perfect drink to have beside the bonfire but as I sipped it before going outside I realized there was nothing pumpkin spice about this. There was some spice scent to the dry leaf, and almost a sour/acrid note to it, not sure from what. Once steeped I found it a little thin and not at all pumpkin. But it had great potential so I added vanilla creamer and 2 oz of Jack. Booyah, perfect bonfire drink now!

As a tea itself, without additives, it can be passed on without great loss. Sorry.

Thank you dexter, I knew there was a way to bring you with me to the cottage :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

hmmmmm Jack, Jack and I are friends and me and the Captain go way back, but my heart belongs to Evan…

Sorry this isn’t the best pumpkin tea out there, glad you found a way to make it work.

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85
drank Canadian Blueberry by The Tea Haus
697 tasting notes

I’m up-ing my rating on this a bit. This is a really versatile tisane. I’ve cold steeped it with black tea and with green tea. I’ve added it Adagio’s Primeval for a bit more of a blueberry punch. This might not be perfect, but you can do a lot of things with it. I will miss having it in my cupboard.

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70
drank White Ginger Peach by The Tea Haus
2229 tasting notes

Sipdown! 811.

Hot-brewed and chilled this one. Apparently I didn’t really taste peach or ginger last time; this time, I think I’m getting a hint of ginger but not much else. It does taste refreshing though, and the white base is lovely; I’d definitely like to try this (or a variant of it) again in the future.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Canadian Blueberry by The Tea Haus
697 tasting notes

I cold steeped this overnight. It had really nice blueberry flavor, but I think it’s too sweet (or not tart enough) for my tastes. I still have some left, I’m going to try and hot steep then cool the next batch and see how that differs.
For now I like it, it’s a nice blueberry tea, but I like the other blueberry one the scribbles sent me better. Thank you so much for sending me both of these so that I can compare them. :))

JustJames

i ave never cold steeped before… cold water from the start? or hot and then left to chill?

Nxtdoor

• Clean a jar or pitcher.
• Put some tea in it (about 1.5 times the amount you’d normally use).
• Add cold water and a lid.
• Let it sit in the fridge for four to ten hours, depending on the type (less time for white teas, green teas and wiry/flat oolongs, more for rolled oolongs and the most for pu-erhs, herbal infusions and black teas).
• Strain. Sip. Simple.

Nxtdoor

4 to 10 hrs is a guideline. Most people, myself included, go for overnight. I’ve even gone as far as 24 hrs by accident. There’s only so much flavour that can come out. Only one or two went bitter on me but for the most part you can just stick it in there and forget it

Dexter

I do both. When I say cold steep, I mean add leaves to pitcher, add cold water, put in the fridge overnight or several hours. I also will hot steep as normal, pour the tea off the leaves then allow to cool, then put in the fridge. When I do the hot steep thing, I usually do two or three steeps put it all together and then will have several cups worth in the fridge.
Some tea cold steeps really well, some I find I like better if you hot steep then cool. Depends on the tea and depends on your tastes.

Dexter

I agree with Nxtdoor, most I can leave up to 24 hours with no problem. I have a cheap China Town Market green tea (don’t even know what it is) that I like to cold steep with fruit tisane. That is ok for about 18 hours any longer than that the green gets bitter. I’ve had “good green tea” get bitter after 12 hours. I don’t usually over leaf – I use however much I would use for hot steeping, and therefore I think it needs more time. I’ve never done it for as short as 4 hours, but have had good results from some in about 8 hours. Depends on your tastes, play with see what you like.

JustJames

excellent! thank you, both of you!

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72
drank Bourbon Vanilla by The Tea Haus
200 tasting notes

I have tried this one a couple of times…and each time I try it I don’t know what to think. When I first saw this on the site I thought ‘Bourbon!! Vanilla!! YUM!! I can’t wait to try this!!’ After trying it my expectations didn’t meet what it actually tastes like. The first time I tried this tea I got a big old smack in the face from the vanilla saying “HELLO I AM VANILLA!!” and I thought to self “I know, I taste you, Vanilla.” But now, after a couple of tastings, I find that the vanilla has mellowed out and is not as strong, although is still quite prominent (maybe got used to strong vanilla flavour). My colleagues think it smells like cake. Vanilla is a favourite flavour of mine, but this was ‘HI!!! HELLOOOOO!!! VANILLAAAA’ Sadly, no bourbon :(
Second steeping was only rooibos, no vanilla – which was ok with me, I don’t mind the taste of rooibos.
Not bad, but not what I expected.

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67
drank Lemon Grass by The Tea Haus
2229 tasting notes

Sipdown! 788. You know, this is more pleasant on its own that mixed in with other ingredients (although that said, it does work well in some blends). It’s lemony and a bit grassy (not vegetal). I’m curious how it might work cold and sweetened, as a pseudo-lemonade. Perhaps something to try in the future. (I’m now craving cold Coco-Lemon Thai. Must locate and drink tomorrow.)

Thanks for letting me sample this one, Indigobloom!

ETA: I cold-brewed the used leaves for probably about 36 hours, and the result was fairly flavourful. I do prefer lemon juice to things like lemon peel, lemon verbena, lemon grass, etc., so it was only ok for me. I didn’t bother sweetening it, but perhaps would have liked it better had I done so. Quite refreshing, however.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Iced!! now there’s an idea :P

CHAroma

Are you saying that you have 788 teas to sipdown??

Kittenna

Yeeeeessssss :(

CHAroma

OMG, Kittenna!!!!!!! How did that happen???! LOL!

Kittenna

Hahahaha I know, right?! That’s why I’m trying to be on a very strict purchasing hiatus. It’s working so far, but I’m not making as much progress on sipdowns as I need to be… sigh!

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70
drank Nuts and More by The Tea Haus
200 tasting notes

Gaaah!!! Internet service!!!
So this teas is a lot like ‘Forever Nuts.’ Reminds me of oatmeal cookies. YUM!! I tend to eat more of this brew (head hanging in shame) than I brew – both ways are delicious. Eating David’s brew is softer – this one seems to have more beet root. I likey both.

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70
drank Nuts and More by The Tea Haus
200 tasting notes

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69
drank Pumpkin Spice by The Tea Haus
200 tasting notes

It is a cold miserable day, and a day like this calls for a comforting tea. Sadly, this tea doesn’t quite make it. Taste is a little on the weak side, and to bring out the pumpkin pie flavour I needed to added milk and sugar, which I prefer not to do. It’s ok. It won’t be hard to finish, but I probably won’t buy it again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72

I had this one as a hot brew a while ago, and I didn’t like it very much-too sour (hibiscus, I guess). But then warm weather finally came, so I decided to try a cold brew. Much Better!! Especially with a little bit of honey added.

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80

I don’t love this tea, but I don’t hate it. It’s just ok. Nothing stands out about this tea. It’s mild and slightly vegetal. I won’t be hurting to finish my stash, but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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34
drank Rhubarb Cream by The Tea Haus
321 tasting notes

Had this one this morning, so doing this by memory.
I was surprised by it, but not in a good way. I feel like I really didn’t get as much of the flavours as I had hoped to have. It wasn’t great…

But also, I may have been distracted as I was officially starting my new job today. It’s fantastic! So that might have been a bit of why I don’t remember much about this tea.

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drank Samovar Blend by The Tea Haus
200 tasting notes

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drank Hazelnut Cream by The Tea Haus
321 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I didn’t have the last bit on its own like I figured I would. I decided to mix it again.
This time I mixed it with s’mores. Again, it’s not too bad. I don’t mind it.

Hazelnut cream is a really good mixing tea I found. I was nervous to try it on its own. I know it would have been good, but I really just thought I’d stick with the mixing.

Personally, I don’t think I’d get this one again, but I could see why others would love it.

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70
drank White Ginger Peach by The Tea Haus
2229 tasting notes

Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this one!

I’m not sure that I’m tasting ginger or peach all that prominently (ok, at all!), but I’m getting a lovely caramelly flavour, presumably from the white tea, that reminds me of dragonwell. So in spite of the lack of fruitiness and ginger, this tea isn’t so bad, because the base must be pretty decent :) I think I have to withhold a rating, though, because it’s likely age that is causing the lack of fruitiness (I’m actually more surprised that this wasn’t contaminated, given my shoddy storage!) Based on Indigobloom’s review, I would probably actually really like this one (just for the base, it’s getting above 75!)

So, I shall finish this one up, and perhaps try it again, as a fresher batch, at a later date :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Gunpowder by The Tea Haus
439 tasting notes

1 tablespoon used for 375 ml

Metallic. Mildly floral mixed with smoky note. This tea reminds me of sencha. Good level of astringency. Slight nuttiness.

Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this with me.

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

Yeah I really didn’t know what to make of this one!

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83
drank Lemon Grass by The Tea Haus
1292 tasting notes

I forgot I still had this in my cupboard. and that I do enjoy lemongrass! on it’s own that is. In blends? can’t stand it. Solo? deeeelish! creamy lemon gooodness. It’s even complex, which I adore about teas.

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82
drank Mango Fruit by The Tea Haus
14 tasting notes

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