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Sooooo….I went to George’s Tea Emporium with ShayneBear last week, and I picked up a small tin of this. I was intrigued by the description of blackberry and maple, as I had been looking at both maple tea and black currant (which I know isn’t the same, but whatever) but wasn’t sure what to get and didn’t want to get too much (I’m lacking in space until I finish more teas).

The scent of this is pretty mild, but sweet, and the green tea mellows the main black base, I think. This tea is a bit more stripped down and basic, compared to my normal assortment of teas. It doesn’t look terribly fancy.

Brewed up a dark rich mahogany color…milk and sugar were added. This tea is one where it is subtle flavour, but it is there. Although I could not taste the blackberry itself, I could detect a light fruity taste, but most prominent was the juicy mouthfeel that is in the description. As for the maple flavour, I could faintly detect it as it was not the same kind of sweet that came from the sugar.

Overall, this is a nice tea. It’s a step up from a standard black blend with a little extra juicy sweetness. Does it have a place in my regular rotation? Maybe. But DAVIDs is much closer to me, and Murchies carries the same level of tea, and I’m lazy, but perhaps if we do another visit there, I will get some. My tin, albeit small, will likely last a while.

OMGsrsly

The maple tea they have is a mere shadow of the maple tea from Steam. If you want maple candy flavoured tea of awesome, I’ll get you some for the next meetup! (Maple candy like when they boil maple syrup till it solidifies in a candy mould. Srsly.)

Sil

oh man seriously?

OMGsrsly

Oh, yeah. Just need to let it cool a bit and then it’s MAPLE. Want some? :)

Amariel

Oh absolutely!

Sil

omg….we may need to do a swap in the near future lol

OMGsrsly

Heather, it’s on my list for you! :)

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OMGsrsly

The maple tea they have is a mere shadow of the maple tea from Steam. If you want maple candy flavoured tea of awesome, I’ll get you some for the next meetup! (Maple candy like when they boil maple syrup till it solidifies in a candy mould. Srsly.)

Sil

oh man seriously?

OMGsrsly

Oh, yeah. Just need to let it cool a bit and then it’s MAPLE. Want some? :)

Amariel

Oh absolutely!

Sil

omg….we may need to do a swap in the near future lol

OMGsrsly

Heather, it’s on my list for you! :)

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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