The Tea Place

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Was drinking this last night.
I didn’t get much chocolate, and as for the chili – just lots of peppercorns, so it was spicy, but not really chili.
It was nice to try buy not a favorite.
Sample from SSTTB

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SSTTB #11.

This is a nice chai as well. No chili, but lots of chai flavours with a strong base. This was a good choice this evening, even though it’s hot and hot tea is not exactly what I’m craving. I might make up more of this and ice it. There’s certainly enough in the box. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chai - Vanilla by The Tea Place
729 tasting notes

I’m always looking for a good chai. I’m actually surprised at how much I like this one. The spices are subtle but well balanced. The vanilla is present but not overwhelming. Very solid chai. Thinking about making some and putting it in the fridge to cool. I think this will be good cold….

SSTTB

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drank Chai - Vanilla by The Tea Place
4875 tasting notes

eep! Sorry MissB this is not one for me. I tried brewing this in milk today to see if i could get rid of the weird bitterness that i wasn’t a fan of when brewed in water – it didn’t help enough. For sure the taste was improved but the spices are just the wrong ratio/blend for me. Glad to have tried it though!

MissB

My thoughts exactly on this one. Had hoped someone else could do it justice!

Sil

haha well at least we both tried!

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drank Chai - Vanilla by The Tea Place
4875 tasting notes

I’m going to have to give this one another shot. Maybe i’ll prepare it like traditional chai next time to see if that works better. Brewed as a tea, not in milk, this is a bit bitter with a weird after taste. I’ll try it as a milk brewed chai and see if that makes it all better, since some chais are meant to be milk, miilk, milk, milk, milk!

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drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
4875 tasting notes

i tried this one cold brewed for the hell of it. Turns out that was also a good idea as this is ALSO tasty as a cold brew. this is like everything good that i like about lime gelato without the extra sugar AND with a kick of something else going on in the background that makes this tastier and more fun. I’m really enjoying this one, so i may need to look at picking up some more in the future. Thanks for sharing this one missB!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
MissB

I’m going to convince my friend in Edmonton to grab more (a lot more, I went through it fast) and send it on over, so I’ll grab extra for you if you’d like.

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drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
4875 tasting notes

i drinked this tonight. Anna made me silly and now i’m not sleepy. and then i was a puppy and an otter and ZOMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! apparently we’re all a bunch of crazies

but anyway…the tea? it smells a lot like lime gelato from David’s tea…which happens to be 1 of 3?4?5? teas i’ve ever really enjoyed enough to buy from David’s. I know..that’s crazy talk around here but i am not a fan of a lot of their blends for the price, sugar added etc….

ANYWAY…. this is very similar but not as sweet, a hint of ginger in the background (not enough though!!!!) and still tasty-licious! thanks missb!

Final Count: 150 booyah! (20 to go….)

TheTeaFairy

Sounds like you had a fun night ;-)

MissB

Leave it to steep way too long, and the ginger gets perfectly awesome. Glad you liked it though!

Sil

Oh yeah it was taaaaasty!

Sami Kelsh

Wheeeeeeeeeee this sounds like the best evening ever.

Anna

You are ALL the animals.

Anna

Today, for example, I have found you to be a snayle.

Anna

Snale?

Anna

Snayle.

Spelling hard.

Sil

i like to think i;m more of a snayle than a snail

Anna

“Snail”? What’s that?

But yes, you’re a snayles for sure.

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79

Super light, refreshing tea, that would be lovely iced. I get mostly juicy, real peach though, and am missing any sort of ginger – boo.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
1114 tasting notes

This seriously rivals TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo for unusual juicy herbal amazingness. Oversteeped it brings out the bite of the ginger, while the lime is still fresh and juicy. And the smell…..!! Oh, the smell. It’s pure lime, and it’s amazing.. I just leave the bag out sometimes, it smells so good.

Only about a pot left, so I’ve got to convince my Edmontonian friend to grab me some more and ship it down. :$

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Suziqzer

Ooo… Hubby might like this one since he enjoyed Bamboo Pomelo iced… and he loves lime in cokes, and some beer.. Ugh, not my thing. I like lime, just not in other drinks- with the exception of a margarita, but I guess that’s a lime drink..

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drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
1114 tasting notes

Definitely upping the rating on this, and already making plans to order more. Oversteeped it dramatically last night, and it’s amazing! Very juicy lime candy quality to it, with a bite of ginger in the finish. A real bite too, not just…. meh ginger. I will drink this often. It did leave quite a bit of residue in the cup though, likely from the powdered ginger.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Sil

on to the wishlist!

MissB

I’ll send you some Sil; I think I’ll need to grab more really soon.

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drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
1114 tasting notes

This smells amazing, and it’s been taunting me for about a day, pleading with me to try it. I think I’ll have to try this iced, however hot, or cold, it’s lovely. Very strong lime flavor, little ginger other than a bit of kick to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Sounds so promising! Mmmmm ginger. Ah! Je suis sposer de vous Parler en Francais. Oups!

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by The Tea Place
1114 tasting notes

Second time I’ve had it, first time I’m logging it. Definitely chocolaty smooth, mild chai… zero chili spice though, as per usual. I’ll have zero issue drinking this down.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

Had this yesterday in-store in Edmonton with a friend. Was really weak to start, and then got better with a longer steep. Less coconut than expected though, although it was very vanilla creamy, light and yummy.

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

Fjellrev

I had no idea this place existed. Seems really out of the way, though.

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Tea #41 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

This is my first tea from the Tea Place and I really enjoyed it. While the scent of the jasmine may be strong, it doesn’t overpower the tea. It also has a nice silky feel to it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Tea #46 from HHTTB2

Crisp, clean jasmine with a sweet, buttery green base. Balanced flavors, without an overpowering jasmine. Yum.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Veronica

It’s been a while since I’ve had this one. I’ll have to find it in my pantry and make myself a cup.

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drank Blueberry Green Tea by The Tea Place
4875 tasting notes

given the new teas that arrived today from Kaylee and the order arriving tomorrow from tao leaf tea, i’m not likely to catch up to my tea sister just yet. However, i’m still trying to do my best tonight to get closer to where she is at so we can have a bit of fun haha.

This tea is pretty much a green tea to me, with a hint of something that might be a little fruity? I’m not sure if it was just over contaminated by the travelling tea box it was in or what, but i didn’t feel like finish up the cup i made – it was that “meh” to me.

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50

Ick. This one is not good. The mediciney rooibos is much too strong, and there’s more of an apple flavor than a pear flavor present in my opinion. Adding milk and sweetener helps to bring out the pear and tone down the rooibos, but not enough to make me want to drink another cup!

-Dry blend has red rooibos with yellow petals and pieces of dried fruit.
-Dry leaves smell sweet and of apples. Tea liquor aroma is of rooibos and warm apple.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish brown color.
-Strong rooibos flavor with an apple and pear finish. Light mediciney rooibos aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Fair tea. More of an apple flavor than pear. Strong rooibos flavor noticeable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Place
470 tasting notes

One from the Traveling Tea Box! I love a good blueberry mix so this is the first one I picked out to cold brew. Considering that I’ll have the box probably until Thursday I’ll be able to get a lot of iced tea out of it! But first, this one. It doesn’t really smell like much but I think that often happens with small samples that have been hanging around among more assertive cousins—it’s hard to discern anything distinct.

Sadly, that kind of transfers over to the taste. I am getting zero blueberry! It really tastes like an unflavored black. There’s maybe a whiff of generic fruit and there’s some nice floral elements (from the big mallow blossom in my spoonful!) but really, it’s just kind of a regular iced tea. The green blueberry blend from the same company smells much more like, well, blueberries so I will give that one a shot next!

Veronica

I haven’t tried the blueberry black yet. The blueberry green is really nice, and I was hoping the this one would be just as good. Maybe not…

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70

Well, this one is ok – nothing special – but nothing bad. It’s slightly flavored pear, slightly caramel, slightly rooibos flavor. Yes…keyword is SLIGHTLY all across the board. Probably better iced, not bad hot, just not memorable.

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76

More Green tea than Blueberry but that’s ok with me. The Blueberry is alright, here, just be sure not to over infuse because it can/will get bitter. It’s pretty good both hot and cold. It has slight floral notes underneath, too!

It’s pretty good – not my favorite Blueberry Green but satisfying and I would drink it again!

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Place
6770 tasting notes

Well, well, well! I’m trying this one and it’s alright but not overly wonderful. It’s not overly blueberry. It’s a bit blueberry-esque but more floral than blueberry. There is enough for a cups-worth so I will send it to Liberteas to get her opinion on it!

darky

overload off tasting notes from teaeaqualsbliss! i’m guessing the internet was gone for a week :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I HOPE to be back! So far it’s working for me today! LOL :)

Sil

seriously… i miss all the morning notes! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Awww! Thanks Sil! I hopefully am back!

Sil

..also your shared teabox is getting nearly close to being able to go out…nearly. few more teas i want to try and then possibly add if they’re any good haha

TeaEqualsBliss

Cool! Thanks!

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The blueberry black I tried from the same company wasn’t so hot, but this one from the Traveling Tea Box smelled a lot better! Well, that makes it seem like the blueberry black was gross or something—it wasn’t, perfectly palatable, just not blueberry at all.

This one is a lot better! The blueberry still is not that strong, but subtlety is nice in a green blend. It’s a little floral as well, just like the blueberry black. For some reason there are no real floral blueberry blends, but I think it’s a flavor that would go well with rose! Perhaps I should try mixing some of my own, hmm.

Anyway, this is a nice blueberry tea. Not too strong but not weak either. It seems like one of the harder tastes to get just right for some reason, often it’s just not quite as strong as I’d like!

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So I went to pick up my Verdant from my friend and stopped at the local tea store The Tea Place today, as I looked online and gasp THEY SELL HARNEY & SONS!! I have been wanting to try their teas for ages but have held off due to their apparent Canadian customer service. So I picked up 15 satchets of Paris, came REALLY close to buying a tin of Tower of London, but held off. Also got 50 g of my favorite pear rooibos that the store carries, I’ll have to look for it on Steepster. Oh, and they also have Sloane Tea Company tea, was very tempted by that as well but I will wait a bit, I’ve gone tea crazy today!

Anyways, onto this tea…I looked for it online but could not find the right one I don’t think, so it’s going under unknown, I just got a to go cup of it, and it strangely tastes like a milk oolong, although it’s apparently a Ceylon? And it got massively oversteeped in the to go, but it is still tasty, albeit not as strawberry flavored. And I burnt my tongue miserable on it when I tried to taste it before it got oversteeped :( but overall a tasty cup! Might pick up 50 g at some point! So yes, a very good tea day! This store has a pretty large selection, so I will have to try a bunch more from there!

Lala

I have ordered from Harney, and I found the customer service to be fine. I had no issues, received my order in a timely manner, got free samples. The shipping was a bit expensive but still decent, only $15 if order under $50.

MissLena

Hmm yeah that’s not too bad, I’m happy there’s a good Canadian review :) if Paris is awesome, maybe I’ll place and try a few more from them!

Lala

Paris is one of my new favorites! The caribe was also delicious.

Sil

Paris = bergamot. That’s all i have to say about that LOL if you like the berg…it is a lovely tea.

MissLena

Haha i don’t have many bergamot teas so it should be ok, Caribe looks very good! I probably will end up getting some tower of London too it looks yummy

Lindsay

I agree with Lala, no bad experience other than expensive shipping. Their sample sizes are handy.

MissLena

Good to know! I’ll have to add a bunch to my shopping list :)

Miss Starfish

I came here to encourage you to try Tower of London as well – SO good! Caribe, Hot Cinnamon Spice and Wedding are my other favorites. Hope you enjoy! xx

MissLena

Thanks for all the suggestions!! Lol more harney tea is definitely going to be coming in the future :D

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drank Starry Night by The Tea Place
697 tasting notes

Went to The Tea Place this to pick up more of this lovely tea and found out that the shop is being sold. I’m so sad because it is a great little store/tea house. I wish I could buy it myself, but there’s no way that’s going to happen. Hopefully another tea aficionado will take care of this little gem and keep selling me my favorite vanilla tea. Fingers crossed that good things will happen!

JustJames

always so sad when a bit of our ritual proves to be transferable…. =0(

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