309 Tasting Notes

Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box

The last tea for me from The Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box. This has been an absolute blast and now I get to fill it back up with tea. I think that might just be the best part.

Now back to the tea.
1.5 teaspoons + sweetener

Wow, this is very good! The maple is a true maple taste. It doesn’t really taste artificial (even with my fake sugar). I’m keeping the remaining teaspoons of this. Really glad I had the chance to try this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box

1.5 teaspoons + sweetener

Hmm, this tastes pretty similar to the base of the Nutmeg Cream, a little bitter and astringent even with added sweetener. So based on the fact that Nutmeg Cream and this have Organic Sournee Second Flush in it, I should probably shy away from that as a base with this brand. Anywhoo, I’m not getting much in the way of flavor with this. Maybe a hint of cream but I’m mostly tasting the base and it’s making the back of my mouth dry. Not a fan of this and will pass on the rest of the baggy to the next traveling box receiver.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box

For having sour in the name, I was really expecting to hate this one but it’s really nice! There’s a hint of cherry when it’s unsweetened. It’s not sour at all, but light and fruity. After my 3 steeps of Rhubarb Vanilla Ale, I needed a bit of a palate cleanser and this was the perfect choice. Not a keep but definitely nice to try!

In case anyone has witnessed the large amounts of tea I’ve been logging due to the traveling tea box, I think I’ll be finished by tonight!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

take your time if there’s more to explore… have fun with it!

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Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box

I had to double check the instructions for this one since it called for 1 tablespoon, crazy! I followed the instructions and added some sweetener and it is quite nice! Not astringent, not much “ale” but I did add sweetener. I wouldn’t mind having some more of this but it’s quite expensive given the large amount you need to use per cup so I’m not sure I’d purchase it on my own.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
309 tasting notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

1.5 tsp + sweetener

Given the less than favorable reviews, I was expecting this to be kind of gross, but I quite like it. Not to keep the bag or to run out and purchase a tin of my own, but it’s pleasant. The coconut has a really nice mouthfeel though I could do without the lychee part. I’m tempted to try some of the Tea Forte Coconut teas now. Pretty reasonably priced too!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lala

I really like to Tea Forte coconut chai latte and coconut colada. I was not much a fan of the lychee coconut though. The lychee part was just too perfumey for me.

jeweledthumb

@Lala: I was actually just sifting through your reviews trying to find some of these. Thank you for making my job much easier!

Lala

I still have some of the coconut chai latte. Send me a PM if you would like to try some.

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Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

1.5 tsp in 12oz mug + sweetener

Mmm, now this one I like. It’s ever so slightly less flavorful than the Davidstea Pistachio Cream, but unlike its herbal brother, it has the benefits of green tea! I’m definitely getting the Pistachio and a bit of cream – not quite ice cream but there is a creaminess to the sip that I quite enjoy.

While I have a generous bag of Davidstea Pistachio Cream, it was limited at least for now (I hope Davidstea brings it back) and this is available year round!

I’m keeping the few remaining teaspoons till I put in an order myself.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
309 tasting notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

Thank you ashleyelizabeth for including a bunch of Butiki teas in this box; they are one of the e-tailers that I’ve been wanting to try but it just hasn’t quite happened yet. In any case, there was just enough in the baggy for about 1.5 teaspoons so I used my smaller 12oz mug.

Can I be honest here? Butiki gets so much love here on Steepster that this one was a bit of a let down. I’m getting black tea and nutmeg and a minor amount of cream, but it doesn’t have quite the mouth-feel one would expect and it’s a little astringent.

If there were enough in here to pass on, I would as it’s not something I would want to stock. Maybe I brewed it wrong?

edit
2nd steep was significantly better over the first but still not something I’d stock.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashleyelizabeth

I was also disappointed with this one, I was wanting more nutmeg! And I found it a little astringent as well. Don’t base your opinion of Butiki on this blend, I have moved most of Stacy’s blends that I have tried.

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Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

This one is good, but I’m not really getting anything more than a nice banana flavor, no real butter so to speak. Though, I will note that I added sweetener so maybe that has overwhelmed the butter? This isn’t especially unique from other banana flavored teas in my opinion.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashleyelizabeth

I totally agree! It sounded so good and had such good reviews, but it let me down. It must just be the new re-blend because it sounds like older versions were quite tasty.

jeweledthumb

@ashleyelizabeth: Oh that’s a shame (of the older version really being like hot buttered banana bread). The idea of that seems so nice.

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Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

Ohmygawsh! This tastes so similar to Davidstea Stormy Night… except it needs a lot less “leaf”. I used 2 tsp in a 12oz steeping mug and it is delightful! Yay! I’m keeping this. It’s chocolatey and cinnamony and yum (I added a dash of sweetener)!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

It is quite tasty. I am glad you are finding teas to enjoy from the box!

jeweledthumb

@VariaTEA: I don’t think I’ve ever had this much tea in a short amount of time. I’m definitely finding a few gems!

VariaTEA

Yay for tea box success!

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drank Hunny by Empress Tea House
309 tasting notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

This one is pretty nice. As the name suggests, this has a nice light honey flavor and aroma. I don’t find the rooibos overpowering but I happen to like the taste of it. It’s not something I would keep around, but it was fun to try! I added a touch of sweetener to my mug to help bring out the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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