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So I met up with Robyn yesterday after going to the mall, to exchange Christmas presents since on Saturday she’s going back to Regina for the rest of Christmas, and this was the only day during the week she wasn’t crazy busy with finals preparation.

We went to a coffee house called the Broadway Roastery, as per Robyn’s suggestion because her roommates are always raving about how they serve the best London Fogs. So that’s what we got! Turns out this particular coffee house sources all of their tea from MTC, so I get to actually write a tasting note for a specific tea instead of just using the all inclusive “Various Teas” thinger.

Firstly, it was a pretty good London Fog! I was impressed because, first and foremost, they used loose leaf and not tea bags, but it was also very thick and rich with such a strong vanilla flavour. Mmm! Robyn and I each, at one point or another, ended up with milk froth mustaches, too.

As for the gift exchange; I gave her Neil Patrick Harris’s Choose Your Own Autobiography (her own copy; I didn’t re-purpose mine), a cool Owl bookmark for it, a whole bunch of owl stickers, Troy Bolton dividers for her class duo tang/binder, and “Royal Flush” Poo Pourri. I’m very impressed with myself, since she was super happy and I know she hasn’t been able to afford books as frequently since starting Uni – and she loves to read, so that’s a shame.

For me, I got a whole butt load of fancy chocolates and then she got me one of the DT packs/tins with one half cookies and the other half a stackable tin of tea. Sadly, she picked Cocomint Cream which some of you will remember I kinda hated. But there was no way I was going to let her know that (so keep it a secret Steepster!) so I faked as best as I possibly could it being a tea I’d never actually tried before which made her really excited. Not sure what I’m going to do with the tea now, but I’ll figure something out. I am actually super excited about the cookies, though.

I wish people would stop getting me DT stuff as present though – my Mom accidentally let slip last night that my little sister went Christmas shopping for me at DAVIDsTEA this year (which is very thoughtful of her, but odds are she’ll get something I don’t like or be talked into the Holiday Sampler by a staff member just like my Dad did last year – despite me telling him not to go shopping for me at DAVIDsTEA). I mean, if there’s something I want to try from DT, I’ll try it myself…

This year my Dad got it right; he’s just taking me to a tea store and setting me loose to shop for myself…

Kittenna

Yeah… I’d really prefer not to get tea as gifts UNLESS it’s something totally different from somewhere (which fully excludes DT). Which has happened, in a couple cases. Both have yet to be reviewed, though.

OMGsrsly

My parents are kind of learning? If they go Away somewhere, cheezy packets of tea bags is totally fine. But my mom’s starting to text to make sure a tea is an OK choice before buying it. :)

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I’m a little surprised this one wasn’t already in the database; I know Tea Desire isn’t the most popular company on Steepster but this is one of their more popular blends, so I was expecting at least one review?

I got it as a latte to go yesterday while I was in the mall; the smell is delicious dry: very fresh with the smell of sweet almonds and apple fritters. As a latte, I definitely did enjoy it, but I thought that the apple flavour was actually really lacking/muted by the milk. Instead it was more like I was drinking this very buttery, liquefied pie crust which -while not bad – wasn’t what I was exactly hoping for. I could also taste the sweetness of almonds as well as a very soft, floral rosiness in the aftertaste. I’d try it again – but straight. Hopefully the apple would be more present that way.

I drank most of it while talking to the sales clerk, but I finished the last while browsing the fancy candy store in the same mall to kill time waiting for the bus. I ended up buying Beer flavoured jellybeans and Rosewater Turkish Delight, although what I was really looking for was that green tea latte candies, but they were all sold out and only had the coffee ones from the same company.

Haven’t tried the jellybeans yet, but the Turkish Delight was DELICIOUS! Way better than any other Turkish Delight I’ve ever tried…

Cameron B.

Oooooh fancy candy store! :D

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drank Christmas Elf by Tea Desire
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Well, just got back home and finished making supper! I met up with Robyn at a Coffee Bar to exchange Christmas presents before she heads down to Regina for Christmas Holidays, but before that I went to the mall to cash my paycheck (hooray money!), and of course stopped in at Tea Desire, and had some tea and a good conversation with the sales associate about straight blacks.

This was the free tea to sample for the day; now that it’s December all of the Christmas teas are back and of course, similar to what DT does, they’re featuring this one. Personally, I thought it was pretty good but it seemed like something maybe better suited to be had cold? I didn’t taste the hibiscus in it surprisingly, but the apple and cinnamon were present (more apple than cinnamon) and I could sort of taste the grape. Interesting blend.

Sadly, I can’t remember if there’s actually tea in it. I don’t recall any strong base flavours, and since this isn’t part of the regular collection this isn’t up in full detail on the Tea Desire site – only as a little “blurb” along with the other Christmas Teas. And since I’m the one who added this to the database just now…

Oh well; I’m 80% sure it was herbal. I guess I’ll double check next time I’m in store if the Christmas teas are still around…

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Guys, there’s a childrens choir singing Christmas carols in the mall… AWWWW!

So, I did it! I bought the tin of this from work yesterday – and trying it now. When I got home last night I opened it up to inspect it, and it’s definitely interesting: visually it’s a very, very fine powder like instant hot chocolate mix, and it had a strong smell of cloves and ginger with a heavy, vanilla sweetness to it. At first I was kind of reminded of graham crackers but then I realized that it’s a dead wringer, smell wise, for fresh gingerbread!

Now, the company recommends 3 tbsp. for 8 oz. which, to me, is SUPER extreme and the kind of crazy thing you tell less hardcore teadrinkers who need EVERYTHING super leafed and heavily sweetened so I definitely did not use 3 tbsp. Instead I compromised and went with 1 1/2 tbsp. mixed in with 50/50 milk and boiling water in a 12 oz. timolino. And even with half of what they recommended this is still very flavourful. It’s actually really rich/creamy with a very sweet vanilla flavour and then the right balance of spices to, again, really remind me of gingerbread! It’s cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a little bit of cloves, and something very cookie like! I’m pretty impressed, and happy with my decision to take a chance on this one.

I can tell you right now though, if I’d followed instructions this would have been hella sweet/cloying. Hooray common sense!

VariaTEA I’m definitely sending you some because it’s weird and interesting and I think that even though you, like me, dislike Chai you wont totally hate this one. Plus, it helps the animals.

OMGsrsly

OH, I like this so much! There’s a spicy one too, Tiger I think. London Drugs used to carry it but they don’t anymore.

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
2476 tasting notes

Sipdown (102)!

Ok, this was the hot cup I brought today and most of it was gone before I actually made it to work. And funny story about making it to work; I got here and the keys to the safe/storage cubby were gone which meant I couldn’t sell anything. I had to call my manager and explain the situation; turns out her brought both sets home with him so he drove down and returned them so I could sell stuff again.

With my tea, I added some milk and I think that definitely fixed some of the issues I was having yesterday with this being too heavy of the sweet potato flavour. Now, it’s starchy yummy sweet potato goodness with cream, malt, and brown sugar notes! And marshmallow? I swear I taste marshmallow too. It’s REALLY damn good. So I guess milk was definitely the trick to getting this to work.

‘Mericans – can you explain your Sweet Potato/Marshmallow pie thing to me that you have around Thanksgiving? I’ve never had it, but this is totally was I imagine it tastes like.

Thanks Cameron B. for the sample! Happy I got it to work better for me. And, nudging my rating up a few points.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

That sounds a lot like sweet potato pie to me!

Marzipan

In my experience, sweet potato pie is a dessert (similar to pumpkin pie) and people eat it with whipped cream. The sweet potato/marshmallow thing is baked in a casserole and is a side dish. Usually has brown sugar in it, very sweet and delicious. Some people put a pecan/brown sugar topping instead of marshmallows but to me the marshmallows have to be there or it’s wrong.

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Tried another of POM’s Pomegranate/Tea Drinks since i found the other one surprisingly good. This time I went for Pomegranate Sweet Tea which is supposed to have black tea in it; the other we carry is a Tea and Pomegranate Lemonade but something in that one keeps separating in the bottle which turned me off a little…

I drank half of this at work, and I’m having the other half now. It’s not too bad; definitely a stronger pomegranate flavour in this one compared to the last kind I tried – but surprisingly I don’t like the black tea in this: it’s reminding me of Nestea or Brisk’s “black tea” kind of flavouring, but less sweet? I guess like a Southern style black tea, which is normally ok but kind of weird with a sweeter and slightly tangy pomegranate flavour. It’s still not too bad though, and I have to echo my feelings from last time and just point out that I’m impressed I can even taste the tea at all…

Eventually I’ll try that last flavour, but I’m in no rush to.

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Boo.

This timolino worth was definitely disappointing; it brewed up very weak and flavourless with only the slightest licorice-y sort of taste. But so damn subtle. I don’t think it was user error – I was very careful brewing it, but probably it’s just too gentle a tea to do in a travel mug.

One more cup left; I’ll try that one a different way for sure…

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Cold Brew!

Fun day at work yesterday; well sorta. I’m half being serious and half being sarcastic. Calendar Club was pretty decent but the guy taking me off for the day was super late; he mixed up the time he started yesterday with when he was supposed to start today, so instead of showing up at 12:30 he got here at 2:00 – I was a bit frustrated then because it meant no going to the mall to cash my check, but I’m OK with it now because it just means I go home earlier today, and since I don’t work at Sobeys today that’s more time for myself!

Sobeys was legitimately a good time though; it was 10% off day so I did a bunch of grocery shopping and now my kitchen is bursting at the seems and for the first time in ages I actually have fresh fruit and vegetables in it! Which is kind of mind blowing for me. And then, I got trained on Fast Lanes/Self Checkout too which is awesome! Yay recognition of skill and more responsibility at work! Now there are three people trained don fast lanes; a coworker named Caroline who’s just a sweetheart (she drives me home when we’re closing cashiers together so I get home before midnight) and Bobbi and I – because we’re clearly awesome.

As for this cold brew? So heavy on the pine notes with a nice medley of berry notes; it was almost too perfect for the season! In a way it came off as heavily Winter-y even though it’s not particularly a winter blend. Sadly I didn’t finish it; I drank half on break and then when I went to drink the rest at home it had gotten funky tasting from sitting in my water bottle too long. Sigh.

I hate the feeling I’m wasting this one since I have such a limited amount of it. Just half a tin; DT discontinued it for reasons which I’m sure are probably very stupid.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I got paid today!

Well, from one job. my Calendar Club paycheck was dropped off today which is exciting because I wasn’t expecting it until Thursday – so since I’ve got time between shifts today I’m gonna go to the mall and deposit that. Pretty sure this is gonna go primarily towards groceries/food, though and less towards tea.

And, my Sobeys money on Thursday will be headed towards rent…

Anyway; just finished my morning thermos of this one. With a little splash of milk, this is a thick, creamy and decadent treat with rich pear notes followed up by delicious cranberry as per the usual. I feel bad though ’cause my tin is nearing empty (gotta curse myself for spilling the damn tin!) and I had pulled this out to try as an eggnog latte. And I can still do that, but…

Gotta show other teas some love too right?

PS. What do people know about a company called David Rio?

http://www.davidrio.com/

We’re selling the tins of Chai in Sobeys now, and they certainly look interesting and I like that they’re a charitable company that fights for animals, but I’m not a huge Chai person and I don’t want to commit to a tin if it’s not good?

I was sorta leaning towards their original one, Elephant Chai (a vanilla Chai). Today is 10% off Tuesday (first Tuesday of the month) at Sobeys, so may take advantage of the discount and get it anyway…

yyz

I keep on meaning to get a sample of this.

VariaTEA

OMG this as an eggnog latte is Ah-MAZING! Also, the chais sounds interesting but like you, I’m not a lover of chai teas

aisling of tea

….I need to go to Sobey’s, like, now to get Elephant Chai. Because it is Elephant and I must have all things elephant. XD

Cameron B.

Plus it’s vanilla, and vanilla is delicious! :D

Roswell Strange

So I bought the Elephant Chai today; and I just cracked open the tin to examine/smell. Definitely some spice to it, but mostly it smells like nice, sweet vanilla. Visually it looks like very lightly coloured instant hot chocolate mix. I’m going to have fun playing with it; they recommend 3 tbsp. per 8 oz. but that seems very high to me/for the less hardcore tea drinkers who need everything sweetened/super strong to appreciate it.

Roswell Strange

If I like it, I’ll consider getting either Tortoise Green Chai or the Toucan Mango Chai.

aisling of tea

Tortoise Chai? Crud, I really do need to go to Sobey’s. I’m such a sucker for this kind of thing and if part of the money goes towards helping animals, all the better!

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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Thank you Cameron B. for passing along a sample! Regardless of the fact this is Lupicia, and I want to try as much Lupicia as I can, I was stoked because it’s a sweet potato tea. Just like root beer teas, I want to have as many Sweet Potat’ers as possible.

Made in my timolino and, well, this is certainly the most sweet potato flavoured sweet potato tea I’ve had to date. It’s almost alarmingly strong and distinct with just a big of nut and pumpkin flavour to offset it a little, and a sweetness that reminds me a bit of burnt sugar and a bit of brown sugar (which are definitely different flavours). It’s almost too ‘tater-y for me, though. By the end I’d just kind of had enough.

It’s too ‘tater-y for the Sweet Potat’er club.

I have one more cup left; and I think I’m going to try it with milk but I have a feeling this is one of those “You have to try it for the experience” kind of teas, but not one to treasure near and dear and stock up on.

Cameron B.

I love it, ha ha. I agree though, the flavor is strong with this one. ;)

I just ordered several Lupicia teas, I’ll have to send you some samples. One of them was Pineapple Barley!

Roswell Strange

Ooh, that sounds really exciting!

Cameron B.

I also bought all of the holiday teas and Caramel & Rum if you’re interested in any of those. :D

Sil

have you tried the sweet potato tea from the tea cupany?

whatshesaid

Ohhh yummm

Roswell Strange

Sil, not yet.

Sil

RS – i recall it being really good…enough that i kept the resealable so that i would try to remember to order it again to have a bigger sample lol

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a nearly twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchablah, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually a little over a year ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious, serious obsession.

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends, but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends.

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