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drank Movie Night by Pluck Tea
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This afternoon I had brunch at Mildred’s Temple restaurant. The wait was over an hour but the food was pretty great. One plus is they use locally sourced material so their tea supplier was from the local company, Pluck. I have seen their teas at Chapters/Indigo but I haven’t ever tried any. In fact, when I ordered this, I actually thought it was the DAVIDs Movie Night tea. Oh well. This, unlike DAVIDs more elaborate tea, was essentially just a sencha based genmaicha. Nothing too special though it held up well to restaurant style brewing – a small pot of boiling water with one teabag that sits in their for god knows how long. It never got bitter and was just a nice taste of roastiness.

Evol Ving Ness

What did you EAT?

I went there for dinner during winter/summerlicious a couple of years ago. The food was good, but I didn’t like the long long row of side by side tables. I don’t know—I might give it another go.

I bought a Pluck rooibos at the AGO. Not particularly impressed. Sounded good, execution not so much.

VariaTEA

I split the pancakes and the grilled cheese with a friend. Soo full! As for the tables, I’m sure I wouldn’t have liked it either but we got put at a nice, big round table that was isolated so no joining others for brunch. https://www.instagram.com/p/BBN4GUCvJSEPywROfGLWYjcQrwynwEcEldKIsY0/?taken-by=rachel12610

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drank Ruby Red by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Raspberry Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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This is much better cold brewed though still not my favorite. The raspberry is much juicier with mint hiding in the end of the sip adding coolness. It’s not my favorite but its okay.

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Sipdown (148)!

This has to be one of the oldest teas in my cupboard as I received it in one of my very first swaps. Today I am saying my final goodbye and though the base has gotten grassier and the potato more prominent, this has stood up well against the test of time.

Goodbye tea! It was fun while it lasted :)

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drank Apple Strudel by DAVIDsTEA
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This blend has a lot of pineapple and a lot of almond bits so I expected those flavors to be extremely prominent, as well, the inclusion of stevia had me worried as that is usually a deal breaker due to overwhelming sweetness. However, in this blend, whether it be how it actually is it me just lucking out on the ratio of pieces, everything is blending together harmoniously. No flavor stands above the rest. All elements are actually creating an apple strudel flavor. I am thoroughly impressed though we shall see how subsequent cups go to determine whether this was a fluke.

2.5 tsp/16oz/200/3:30 (since I’m on mobile and can’t slide these factors)

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Thank you Sil for picking this one up for me. I truly appreciate it and I am so pleased to have this back in my life.

I worried that this was not going to be as good as I remember. Creamy lemon shortbread cookie. So amazing!! The white base is just present enough to donate a buttery taste that makes the perfect foundation for the sweet and creamy lemon notes. Truly delicious!!

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Cookie, Cream, Creamy, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I am beginning to suspect that Sil has a private jet plane whose sole purpose is to jet to and fro from tea shop to fancy shmancy tea shop.

Sil

yay glad it’s still tasty and good!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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This is much better. Made at home with my teaware and all is well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tigress_al

Ah, relief!

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I was quite surprised actually because the “leaf” was 90% cranberries but this is completely balanced with regards to all flavors. With bright orange zest and a fair bit of breadiness that is reminiscent of a muffin. Anyone ever had the cranberry orange muffin from President’s Choice? Because this tastes like that. Almost exactly like that. Now I wish I got more than the 10g because my one 15 oz cup used it all up.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cranberry, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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While waiting 2 hours for dinner last night, my sister and I decided to shop around Sherways Garden mall. Ran into DAVIDs to check out the new dessert teas and ended up finding they still had (a) Cardamom French Toast, (b) Hard candy, and © Santa’s Secret chocolate bars (at 40% off!). So today I enjoyed the chocolate bar which was perfectly vanilla-mint. Delicious!

Fjellrev

Ahh jealous you found CFT chocolate bars!

VariaTEA

No, just the tea. But I know a few places in the area have sold out already. Also, the hard candy tea which was supposed to be gone months ago. Sorry, that wasn’t very clear.

Fjellrev

Oh duh, no it was clear the way that you wrote it, since come to think off it, Hard Candy chocolate bars never existed.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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After the awesome cup the other day I decided to have some more today. However, I am visiting my sister so this was made in a paper bag and using water from their keurig. The result, is a watered down coconut coffee drink . Super weird and definitely not how I’ll be having this tea ever again.

I just realized what this tastes like! It reminds me of Herbal Infusions Moose Tracks.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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