The Tea Store Ottawa

Recent Tasting Notes

99

I picked this up as part of my haul at the ottawa tea festival today, and decided it would be my first cup!

I was so intrigued by the smell of this (like mint mixed with hot cinnamon hearts), but was a bit worried about how it would taste. I did notice the leaves were larger than what I’m used to (as a tea newbie most of my teas come from David’s tea).

I’m happy to say this tea delivered! It was frankly one of the best black teas I’ve ever had. It was smooth and minty, and surprisingly not spicy like it smells.
I’m very excited to try the other tea I bought from here, and to visit this shop as soon as i can justify it!!

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97

This black has a subtle sweetness to it, and the caramel isn’t that much present, but just enough to taste the “brulé”. It might be preferable to drink it around Christmas time rather than Halloween, but it reminds me of the sweet little caramels :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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86

Yesss this one was a winner from the travelling tea box!

I’m taking so many hot baths since starting my amazing new job that right after the bath I am thiiirsty for iced cold tea. Of course I’m out of my favourites – Kanpe and Strawberry Rhubarb, but I smelled this little baggy in the box and knew it would be poifect for my needs.

Lately, I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve been craving hibby. Craving the tartness and how refreshing it is! Of course I have to add a lot of sweetener too, but man it’s hitting the iced tea spot (when it’s done well of course). This one is strong on the tart front but soo refreshing and yummy. mm!

It’s quite cinnamon-y as well, and the brew is quite “thick”, even over ice. I’m not sure that I would purchase this one, as it is a little one-note, but after my hot bath the other night it hit the spot. Dang! Thanks TTB!

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96

This must be the candy cane that tattooed_tea sent me since shes the only one who reviewed it! Two different lovely steepsters sent me two different candy cane samples and I got myself all mixed up.

The dry smell of this is strong and delicious. A highly aromatic scent of peppermint, black tea, and cinnamon. I at first thought the cinnamon was an odd addition and wondered how it would mix in. It smells absolutely amazing while brewing…I almost didn’t want to wait for it to finish.

I liked this one a bit better than the one by adagio teas. The adagio one had more of a peppermint taste, but this one blended nicely with the taste of cinnamon. Again, I wouldnt say that it overwhelmingly tasted like candy cane, but still…it was amazing and reminded me of Christmas time. I would definitely add permanently to my collection.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Ok let’s face it, i pretty much bought this tea for its name. Halloween is my favourite holiday, so what better way to incorporate two of my favourite things.

The dry. notes are fruity and have a touch of spice, but also smells a little medicinal. The steeped notes are very fruity and this tea brews up a deep red, kinda like blood… Hence vampire! So awesome.

This is very fruity and berry like, its a hodge podge of fruit, but it works. I cant pick out a specific fruit. Right at the end of the sip I get a touch of what I believe to be cardamom, its very light, but its tyere and nice.

I would probably prefer this cold, but it is one that will work both ways.

Preparation
Boiling
Finn88

Okay. You aren’t allowed to post anymore ha! I wanna buy this too now! What a cool name. I don’t even care what it tastes like.

tattooed_tea

Haha right?

I also bought Witche’s Brew and Afternooon Skate. And got Autumn Orchard and Pumpkin Spice as samples. I tried adding pictures, but they won’t upload.

Finn88

Stop posting names! haha Those all sound awesome. I worked a double shift overtime today so maybe with the pay I can steal some for tea. Student loans aren’t thaaaat important lol

tattooed_tea

Indeed they arent LOL

Finn88

Btw…I just went to their website and compiled a list of like 40 teas that I need to buy. uh ooooh lol

tattooed_tea

Haha sorry. That’s what my list is like.

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99

Oh my goodness! This tea could get 100 based on smell alone. This is quite possibly the best smelling tea I have ever smelt. It smells exactly like a candy cane. It smells sweet and minty. The mix of cinnamon and peppermint blend perfectly in smell.

The black base comes out at the front with quite the bite, its not something I have experienced in a black tea before. The candy cane taste follows directly after. It tastes just like I’m min Hong on a cane I pulled right off my Christmas tree.

I dont generally add anything to my tea, but I think I’m gonna try adding a rock or two of rock sugar to it.

I don’t think the rock sugar really did much for the tea and I don’t want to add more incase it ruins it. As the tea cooled it lost most of the bite from the black tea and kept the deli opus minty candy cane taste.

This is quite a special tea. I’m glad I took the chance on this company. And I wish you could all try this.

Finn88

I’m guessing this isn’t available online :( Sounds terrific. My mom has a strange obsession with candy canes lol I would love to get her some. Sounds delicious though. I can’t wait for all the Christmas teas.

tattooed_tea

It actually is available online. It’s a Canadian company. You can find it at teastore.ca they’ve got so many interesting sounding teas. The names of most are the funnest part.

Finn88

You just made my night lol. And my mothers, she got little kid excited. Thanks! Your review made me add this to my wishlist…

softrevolution

The Tea Store is pretty great! Any time I’m in Ottawa (which sadly doesn’t happen often, long trip) I try to stop by the byward market to go to lush and the tea store. It’s a lovely shop to visit if you have the chance.

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79

Not my favorite oolong, but not bad. The leaves are dark and small and tightly rolled, and dry they have a scent almost of orange and dark chocolate. It brews almost black, losing a bit of the chocolate notes but keeping the orange – it smells a lot lighter once it’s brewed.
It’s a bit astringent, but not in a bad way, just a little more than I’m used to. I think I just have more of a preference for greener oolongs. And the taste is sort of dark and earthy and lingers on the tongue.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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