drank Darjeeling Ambootia by Teaopia
1291 tasting notes

So I have a bergamot sensitivity… yada yada yada…
Normally, this would never impact my having a plain darjeeling, savy? well it does if the tea master used to steep leaves has bergamot essence leeched into the plastic! which is my best guess as to why for the second time when having a black from this location, I had to dump my purchase. I paid extra for it, since it was a premium tea!! I’m a bit put off…
Esp since I doubt they will break out a new Tea Master and keep it bergamot and maybe even jasmine free just for me.
I would HATE to ditch teaopia just because they can’t accommodate me. Here’s hoping they can. *fingers crossed

Kashyap

oh that sucks….I could send you some that hasnt been defiled with bergamot…it was the first darjeeling that ever convinced me that such teas really were the champagne of teas

Jessie

That’s rough! I’ve never been in a Teaopia (though just noticed one is opening on Queen!) but hopefully they’d be able to help you out by steeping it another way.

Indigobloom

darjeelings?
that is really generous of you Kashyap! not sure I can take advantage like that lol

Indigobloom

Jessie: I really hope so! it’s the only tea place with a decent selection where I can grab a morning cuppa omw to work!!
The new girl for the Queen location was training there the other day. Looks like it will be near Tealish… that could be trouble!

aisling of tea

Dun dun dun…tea wars! I’ve never been in Teaopia, they strike me as a bit too similar to Teavana. But then I find out they were started in Mississauga, so I’m torn! Support local businesses or continue to feed my snobbery XD

Indigobloom

I hear you on the snobbery Rita, the quality is not as high at the Teaopia, but the staff are really friendly (except one girl who always seems a little sad to me for some reason, like she could use a nice cup of tea and a hug).
Some of their blends are really unique and must haves in my collection :)
—and supporting local business is always a good motto! ha.

Kashyap

well…let me know if you want a sample K? just send me an address to send it to

Jessie

Yeah, I’d like to check them out but I really love Teaopia and being sandwiched between Teaopia and DT is definitely trouble. It’s going to have me going on tea sprees, probably.

Indigobloom

Kashyap- is there anything I can send you in return?
Jessie- oh I know what you mean! I’ve tried most of their teas so the need isn’t as urgent anymore but I still have like 5 other tea places to raid!

Kashyap

I work in the coffee and tea industry and have lots of tea….but (as my recent posts and my profile suggests) I’m very much into doing charity work and I would happily send tea in exchange for passing the word forward on my upcoming charity ride :) or if you felt donations to fight ALS of any kind would be amazing…but as for sending tea, just let me know I’m sending some out to a few other ‘steepsters’ today ….

Amariel

Can you ask them to use a tea sac? Just say you have an allergy to certain things and to prevent cross contamination, so to speak, it is best to use a tea sac.

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Kashyap

oh that sucks….I could send you some that hasnt been defiled with bergamot…it was the first darjeeling that ever convinced me that such teas really were the champagne of teas

Jessie

That’s rough! I’ve never been in a Teaopia (though just noticed one is opening on Queen!) but hopefully they’d be able to help you out by steeping it another way.

Indigobloom

darjeelings?
that is really generous of you Kashyap! not sure I can take advantage like that lol

Indigobloom

Jessie: I really hope so! it’s the only tea place with a decent selection where I can grab a morning cuppa omw to work!!
The new girl for the Queen location was training there the other day. Looks like it will be near Tealish… that could be trouble!

aisling of tea

Dun dun dun…tea wars! I’ve never been in Teaopia, they strike me as a bit too similar to Teavana. But then I find out they were started in Mississauga, so I’m torn! Support local businesses or continue to feed my snobbery XD

Indigobloom

I hear you on the snobbery Rita, the quality is not as high at the Teaopia, but the staff are really friendly (except one girl who always seems a little sad to me for some reason, like she could use a nice cup of tea and a hug).
Some of their blends are really unique and must haves in my collection :)
—and supporting local business is always a good motto! ha.

Kashyap

well…let me know if you want a sample K? just send me an address to send it to

Jessie

Yeah, I’d like to check them out but I really love Teaopia and being sandwiched between Teaopia and DT is definitely trouble. It’s going to have me going on tea sprees, probably.

Indigobloom

Kashyap- is there anything I can send you in return?
Jessie- oh I know what you mean! I’ve tried most of their teas so the need isn’t as urgent anymore but I still have like 5 other tea places to raid!

Kashyap

I work in the coffee and tea industry and have lots of tea….but (as my recent posts and my profile suggests) I’m very much into doing charity work and I would happily send tea in exchange for passing the word forward on my upcoming charity ride :) or if you felt donations to fight ALS of any kind would be amazing…but as for sending tea, just let me know I’m sending some out to a few other ‘steepsters’ today ….

Amariel

Can you ask them to use a tea sac? Just say you have an allergy to certain things and to prevent cross contamination, so to speak, it is best to use a tea sac.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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