Victoria's Teas and Coffees

Recent Tasting Notes

75

This smells awesomely grapesque and as I sip, I am certainly reminded of a nice fruity icewine. It’s good. Certainly much better than I expected so yay! However, I am just not sure how often I would drink this and I have quite a bit.

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70

Sipdown (121/128)!

Another one from VariaTEA – we are both out to try as many Monk’s Blends as possible it seems, so I absolutely appreciated the pass on from her. I did something a little bit different with this sample though; I cold brewed it.

I sipped on this most of the day (I didn’t do much tea drinking today – I spent most of the day eating leftovers and trying not to pass out instead, seeing as I need to go to bed at a “normal” time since I work early tomorrow) and it was enjoyable enough. Despite being cold brewed, there was still this weird sort of astringency with the black base that felt off the whole time. I’d have been totally ok with it though if the grenadine was sweet enough to compensate – but this sorta wasn’t.

It just never got to the level of sweetness that I felt it should have. I mean, yes it was definitely the flavour of grenadine but just barely. And then, there wasn’t any rich vanilla either to push it further.

I think my overall conclusion is that Monk’s Blend is a tea best served hot.

VariaTEA

Would you like another teaspoon or two to try hot?

Roswell Strange

Nah; that’s ok. Thank’s though.

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67

Sipdown (128/135)!

Well, I cold brewed this sample from VariaTEA so I could finish it in one go, and because I knew it had stawberry in it and I thought that might be nice cold brewed. I’m wondering now if I should have had it hot though? It’s not that it was unpleasant, it just was completely unremarkable and average.

Pretty much is was an ok black base (no distinguishing flavours/characteristics) with a mellow “strawberry jam” type flavour to it. The maple in this was completely missing: like a lot of shitty fathers it seems it packed its bags and slipped out in the dead of night thinking no one would notice, but its absence was definitely felt.

Oh well; another blend tried but also another that wont be missed.

Flavors: Jam, Strawberry

mj

LULZ @ the deadbeat dad simile

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77

Inaccurate Sipdown (143/150)!

Oh boy do I have a long ass queue of tea to log! Thankfully I have tomorrow off, and no TV to catch up on so I can spend the several hours needed tonight to write notes and not lose out on sleep or anything like that! And as always I’ve been a diligent tea logger and I’ve taken notes on everything I’ve had though I haven’t been posting notes regularly.

This one was cold brewed and carted around in a thermos on a hectic day of running around/errands. Dry it smelled very strongly of raspberries; fresh, juicy raspberries which is why I thought it’d be suited for a cold brew. And it was pretty good; like I expected the raspberry was very strong and definitely the most forefront flavour. It was kinda tangy/zingy but not in an over the top way, just in a way that felt natural for actual raspberries. I didn’t get much lychee overall though, and that’s where this one really disappointed me; I love lychee and I was so very looking forward to that flavour. There were also some very mild floral notes.

On the whole this was good and worth drinking again, but not worth restocking.

Flavors: Floral, Raspberry

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85

Another from variTEA! On my second cup, I added some ground ginger and cinnamon, and I used brown sugar and vanilla soymilk. That was the secret! This is delicious and warming on a winter night.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Rooibos, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Hannah F.

(To be fair, “winter night” in Sydney means 9c/45f).

VariaTEA

Yay! Another success! And the way you prepared it sounds wonderful :)

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64

Sipdown (132/139)!

Ooh, progress! I love watching my cupboard numbers go down…

But yeah; this one wasn’t so impressive. Maple? Ehh, a little. But it was pretty astringent/bitter and there was this weird sorta sour but also sweet flavour that definitely was not maple and I can’t place it. It’s not that whatever that weird flavour was tasted all that offensive or gross, it just didn’t mesh with everything else and it left me feeling really distracted through the whole mug.

Oh well, thank you VariaTEA for the sample even if it wasn’t super awesome. I’m happy to have tried it anyway.

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82

VariaTEA sent this one my way and this is a tasty one! I like grape like flavoured teas so this is a nice one to have. Appreciate you sending this one my way. i mean, i guess wine doesn’t always taste like grapes even if they come from grapes…this is more like grape versus wine but i am A-OK with that! As cavo mentioned, as this cools it turns a little bitter, but nothing undrinkable..just better tasting hot! :)

VariaTEA

Roswell Strange also seemed to like this one best of the teas I sent to her which is funny because the only reason I have this is cuz it was free

Roswell Strange

Yeah, this one was awesome!

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Another tea from variaTEA to be honest this one was a miss for me. It just tasted like a bland black tea with some sort of vague flavouring. I didn’t really get maple or strawberry out of this one :( oh well, another tea of the list of ALL THE TEAS!

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29/28 sipdowns yes, i’m aiming for a few moer since LB sipdown doesn’t really count since it will be back tomorrow and there are another 3 or so teas arriving on tuesday… so i figure if i’m still able to take in liquid.. let’s doo this!

i’m certainly glad this wasn’t variaTEA’s favourite tea or anything because it went in the mouth and then back out in to the cup. gross. there is nothing honey nor almond nor biscotti like about this one. it’s just floral bitter grossness. ick lol

Roswell Strange

Yeah, I didn’t like it much either. Don’t think anyone’s had a real “win” with this one yet…

VariaTEA

Haha. It sounded like it would be nice. It was not. I figure I would keep sharing and hoping for the best but like Roswell Strange said, no one has really had a “win” with it yet. Probably why it is not being grabbed from my swap list :P

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81

24/28 sipdowns.

and no..no i don’t recommend this much tea in a weekend but then, if you only 2 hrs over the weekend, it’s not as difficult as it may seem given how many hours there are in the day. I’m still working…the migration finished forever ago but i need to fin tune something i need to launch today…and it’s giving me all sorts of grief. Add to that, the ppl who were supposed to get crap to me last week…and promised it to me this weekend…still not in my inbox sigh i’m soooo tired. i just want to eat and go to bed. and not go to work for a week!

This one is from variaTEA and is my favourite so far of the victorias tea whatever whatever teas… this has a nice raspberry taste to it, though i’m not getting a LOT of litchi…but it’s nice…and refreshing and would probably make an excellent cold brew. so thanks for sharing!

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Happy Canada Day! In honor of this birthday, I am starting my day off with the most Canadian tea I own and at the moment, it’s Canadian Maple Syrup. Alas, I find myself wishing this tasted more like Canadian Maple Seduction because this just pales in comparison. Mostly it just tastes like a mediocre black tea. I added a touch of milk which brought out some maple flavor but typically I am not lover of having to add something to teas to bring out flavors.

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74

I can taste pear! Crisp, ripe pear!
Sadly I can also taste rooibos. Lots of woodsy rooibos. :| Enjoyable overall but I wouldn’t want more.

Thanks VariaTEA for letting me try it out though!
(164)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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58

Sipdown (148/154)!

I just realized how “nut” focused my nighttime line up was tonight. Three out of four cups had nuts of some variety as central flavours. Huh; that was totally not intentional. I guess that’s just what I was in the mood for tonight?

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! It didn’t smell too bad, but it seems like other reviewers I was rather unimpressed with this one. Overall I did get honey notes from this and some super vague, generic nut notes but nothing that I’d venture to call Pistachio. As for the Biscotti; I don’t know whether that came across at all other than the same generic, vague nuttyness.

Another downside; it was pretty astringent and, by the end of the mug, bitter. So any nice honey notes that slipped through were quickly drowned out with an unpleasant aftertaste.

At least it was a sipdown though; and I am happy to try it because this is something that probably would have appealed to me based on the name alone. And now I know that it really wasn’t my thing.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Honey

VariaTEA

I wasn’t too impressed with it either. I might play around with it a bit but something tells me this will find it’s way into the swap pile.

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77

Thanks *VariaTEA! (165)
It smells like grape and it tastes like grape and I like it! Yay! It’s a little bitter as it cools though so I need to be careful to drink it quicker next time!

VariaTEA

Roswell Strange was also a fan of this one. It’s funny because it was one I completely looked over and only have it because I got it for free. I am glad it has been a hit though.

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62

I have shared this with a couple people now but so far it seems I am the first to try it (or at least the first to review it). I was excited to try this because I have often seen blueberry and maple but never strawberry and maple and those are two flavors that tend to call to me when I see them in blends. Consequently, I had high hopes for this that unfortunately it just doesn’t seem to be meeting. In my first sip, I got a nice dose of strawberry but that flavor has escaped me more and more with each subsequent sip. At times it resurfaces for a moment while in other instances I get a bit of an almost medicinal berry flavor which is just not pleasant. As for maple, I am not getting any, which seems to be the case with most maple teas (aside from Steam Tea House’s Organic Maple Seduction). Ultimately, the base really overwhelms the rest of the components. Thankfully it is neither bitter nor astringent but it also is not the greatest black tea I have had either. I will be sure to play around with the parameters to see if I can coax out the strawberry/maple but for now this is just alright.

Marzipan

Do they get their tea from Metropolitan? I know they have a strawberry maple one called 1776.

VariaTEA

I have no idea tbh but I wouldn’t be surprised

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68

Thanks for sharing this one variaTEA i’m going to have to side with cavo on this one. – there’s something weird going on. I can see why they refer to it having caramel notes…but the base is slightly overpowering and distracts me from things. it also doesn’t taste like maple syrup. it’s more caramel syrup than anything…oh well, good to try. :)

VariaTEA

I really should try this one out however each new review is making me that much more hesitant to do so.

Sil

try a lower temp, 2.5 mins and look for the sweetness heh

Roswell Strange

I have a sample of this to try too…

VariaTEA

Well, when my sister returned with 100g bags, I figured I had enough to share with everyone.

Roswell Strange

Cough Try the Ice Wine one Cough

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69

Sipdown (155/161)!

Ok, this last cup was definitely better than the first one I had in my timolino. It was more flavourful overall and I thought the mouthfeel of the liquor was thicker which surprisingly made a big difference in how I perceived it. I did give it a longer steep time like I said I would, though.

As for the flavour notes I thought there was a bit of a “tang” (almost like the hibiscus/cider tang I got in Cuppa’T Specialty Tea’s Pumpkin Pie Fruit Tea) to it that I don’t recollect from last time. I don’t think there’s anything hibby like in this though? And then, there was a nice rich creaminess to the tea and a much more distinct sweet potato taste. I think I actually may have even picked up on the sweet potato more than the pumpkin!

If I had more I think I’d want to try this with milk and brown sugar – but as it is I think this was a nice enough way to finish it off and I don’t think more is necessary. I got a good feel of this one and I’m happy with leaving this as a conclusion.

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69

Another from VariaTEA!

The most exciting part of this, to me, was that Sweet Potato is a listed ingredient which definitely made me squeal with excitement because I’ve been wanting to try out as many Sweet Potato blends as possible!

I made it up today in my timolino to take with me to work, and I ended up drinking it on the walk home instead which actually worked out fairly well because it was the perfect temperature! Dry, this did smell pretty heavenly: like pumpkin pie guts, cinnamon sugar dusted crust, and those amazing sweet potatoes! Taste wise, I kinda feel like this fell short of my expectations though they were probably pretty high.

It tasted mildly like pumpkin but not in the same aromatic way the dry leaf was commanding. There was a creaminess to it though that I appreciate as I think that pumpkin pie is more of a creamy, rich dessert than something heavily spice laden like many teas (including this one) make it out to be. The two are not mutually exclusive. I did get a starchy sweetness that would likely be the sweet potato, but mostly I thought that the cinnamon in this was the most present flavour and that overall the whole thing was just a little bit thin for my liking.

I have a theory, though, that I understeeped this so I’m going to use slightly more leaf for a longer time next cup and hopefully that’ll bring out more flavours.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Sweet Potatoes

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78

Sipdown! (211)

I gotta say that this is the best Monk’s Blend I’ve had. That’s not saying as much as I’d like because I’m not convinced I LIKE Monk’s blend… but so far this is the best. It’s got some nice sweet flavours, but it’s not bitter. :D

Thanks VariaTEA!

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Sucky tasting notes abound…sorry team…just trying to track this so I can get back to sleep. This is another courtesy of variaTEA and a decent one at that. It still can’t compete against the pumpkin tea that Terri and I love but this was a nice enough visit with the pumpkin spice :) thanks for sharing VT!

Terri HarpLady

Hopefully in about 4 months we’ll be able to get more of that awesome pumpkin tea!!

Dexter

Jealous of that special pumpkin tea. Hope you feel better soon Sil.

Sil

dexter, when there is more to be had, you will get some!

Terri HarpLady

We’ll have to place a seriously ridiculous bulk order :)

Dexter

Seriously ridiculous bulk order sounds like a good time to me – especially if I can get even a small piece of it. :))

Sil

yeah…i’d do at least 200g…

Sil

have you even tried it yet dexter? lol

Dexter

No I haven’t, but I’ve tried a MOUNTAIN of pumpkin teas and Della Terra Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie is my favorite. That should tell how excited I am to have the opportunity to try this one. Based on your comments I anticipate making everything else seem like warm swill water….

Sil

ew..no this one is better than della terra’s…though to be fair it’s got ginger, so if you’re a ginger hater, it won’t be for you :)

Dexter

I don’t mind ginger if it enhances rather that obliterates the other flavors. :))

TheTeaFairy

I.love.pumpkin.tea.too. Just saying…

Sil

hahahaha

boychik

ok ppl, i need this what you are talking about. i dont know what tea is that, but based on your conspiracy … very intriguing…

Sil

terri sent me some, i feel in love with it…it’s terribly delicious and fresh and made with love and real pumpkin chunks… and it’s gone…and it’s a sad time because it’s pumpkin AND ginger..and i love it.

TheTeaFairy

(Boychik, I don’t know, just tried to infiltrate the thread also…)

boychik

good to know. i put it on my want list:)
TheTeaFairy ROFL

Dexter

So really we are right back where we started with Terri needing to place a seriously ridiculous bulk order for us. ;))
Notice how I too just assumed my way in.

Sil

that’s how it goes.. and all i have to say is…as long as i get at least 200g…you ladies are all welcome to share in the joy of a giant order. lol otherwise…BACK OFF! (i kid i kid! but i wish i had this one to add to the GCTTB)

Terri HarpLady

OK Peeps, don’t get too excited, because it is only available in the Fall. The gal who makes it used locally grown org pumpkins, which she roasts & then dehydrates, & that is the basis for the tea! Maybe I should plant pumpkins this year…it’s been awhile since I grew them.

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75

i tried the last of this one as a cold brew this week as well….it’s a bit less woodsy for me, but still nothing to write home about. However, really happy to try another pear tea offering, so thank you a bunch variatea

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
VariaTEA

That’s so weird because I tasted rooibos more in the cold brew.

Roswell Strange

How long did you each cold brew for?

VariaTEA

I have no idea tbh.

Sil

uh all day, but not overnight?

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75

thanks for sending this one my way variatea I pulled this one out the other night when i read roswell’s tasting note. sadly, for me this tasted too much like rooibos – the woodsy type i don’t like. When i DID get a mouthful of that delicious pear taste it was heaven! but every other sip was pear+ woodsy rooibos. so, not a fan over all :( but soo close to being a fantastic pear tea.

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Yay! This is the first of the Victoria’s teas that I really enjoyed. (232) Thanks VariaTEA It was sweet raspberry and fruit and I fnished the entire cup with dinner before I had a chance to properly log it. But it was good. :)

VariaTEA

I haven’t tried this one yet but each time I smell it, it smells good. Glad you finally got one you enjoyed :)

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84

Sad sipdown (173/179)!

Took the last to work in my timolino! It was really freaking good, but I don’t think quite as nice as the first time around; the reasoning being that the rooibos base pretty much matched the flavour of the pear which wasn’t the ratio of flavours I experienced the first time around. Last time the pear dominated and the rooibos was almost unnoticeable.

But even if it was less Juicy Pear Jelly Belly flavoured – it was still really good and I’m still gonna miss it a lot. I need to look this company up, see if I can place an order online. I have a sinking feeling I’m going to fall in love with several of the other blends from them that VariaTEA sent me. Maybe more of this is in my future?

VariaTEA

You can order from them online. Also, I can always share more :)

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