I can’t recall what company packaged the tea I had… but I was at the Royal York hotel in Piper’s Gastro Pub. It’s in the basement where they have all the shops and services etc.
The staff there are friendly and they provide a mixed snack bowl every time we go, regardless of whether we are just having tea or a full on meal. It’s convenient, being so close to the subway and go train station so I end up there alot.
Anyhow, the tea itself was pretty decent. I think it was anyhow…
except when the server took my little stainless steel pot, she replaced the tea bag!!!! I had SO been looking forward to seeing what a second steeping brought, but she decided to do me a “favour”. Agh. She didn’t know any better. Most people don’t resteep their darjeelings anyhow.
Like I said, the tea itself was pretty passable. Citrusy, with a little more of that pucker factor than I am used to. (and I steeped for maybe two min). Not in a sour way, but more that drying sensation.
I was engrossed in conversation, so I didn’t notice much else. I know the cup got a little better and rounder as it cooled. Super hot, it was just ok.
Overall I think it’d get a rating of maybe 84 but I don’t want to mess up some random tea if I’ve got the wrong one! I prefer the Margaret’s Hope I have here at home much more

Tina S.

I’m pretty sure all the places in the Royal York serve the Fairmount teas. I know they do in the Library Bar, and that’s what is in the hotel rooms as well. They do some pretty decent blends, for a bagged tea!

Indigobloom

you’re probably right Tina! I should pay more attention next time… so that I can log it!
and I so agree, superb for a bagged one!

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Tina S.

I’m pretty sure all the places in the Royal York serve the Fairmount teas. I know they do in the Library Bar, and that’s what is in the hotel rooms as well. They do some pretty decent blends, for a bagged tea!

Indigobloom

you’re probably right Tina! I should pay more attention next time… so that I can log it!
and I so agree, superb for a bagged one!

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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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