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Another victim of the great “Roasty Tea Craving” of 2016! I did a pretty damn good job of purging my cupboard of all things toasty. Though to be honest, I definitely didn’t expect the same of this one that Lala added into the GCTTB V2 for me to last long anyway.

Toasty, peanut/nutty in general, honey, cocoa…

All good, tasty things!

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Finished this one off hot; though finished is perhaps not quite the right word since most of what I had of this found its way into the GCTTB V1. Gotta share the tea love! Hot was definitely the right way to be drinking this one though: it was much smoother and the flavours were far better balanced. The dominate berry notes I experienced were strawberry and raspberry, though there could have been others present that just didn’t have the same impact. This was complimented by a very nice, toasty rice flavour and the subtle marine/grassy flavour of the base tea.

So, basically it was smooth, sweet and with just enough savory/umami from the toasted rice to really elevate this one and make it something special.

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Apologies in advance for a bit of an over share…

So, my last period I had the worst cravings for all teas “roasty” and I blew through quite a lot of them binge drinking various roasty teas in my stash. That included a large pot of this one, which finally depleted my tin of it. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll reorder: at some point I do have to place a What-Cha order because I badly want more Sticky Rice Oolong, so perhaps. The thing is that as pleasant as this tea was, in my mind I don’t really see it as the “be all and end all” of Houjicha. I’d mostly be happy with any form of Houjicha on hand so long as it’s quite roasty, so this could easily be replaced with another company’s version.

Flavors: Caramel, Grass, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smoke, Toasty

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
3709 tasting notes

The GCTTB V2 has been mailed out!!!

This tea was my accompaniment to the post office today. It was a nice companion, although with the intense wind we’re having today it felt a little too fruity/fun for rainy day weather. I think I’m most likely going to be switching to more roasty things now for the rest of the day.

The wind today is actually so strong that a gust of it this morning blew all of our balcony furniture over: three chairs and a table with a glass top. It didn’t break though, which is good – but it scared the shit out of both Trey and I. There’s actually a tornado watch/warning right now really close to Saskatoon, which is about two hours from where I live – so definitely a potential for it to progress over here by the end of the day.

The tisane’s flavour was nice: strong, vibrant notes of strawberry over everything else but also that sweet combination of orange and bubblegum with a licorice-y undertone. It was a touch tart from a more extended cold brew time; but pleasant regardless. The finish was even a little herbaceous?


Wow, I live in northwestern Ontario and we had the same weather yesterday! Minus the tornado warning.

Super Starling!

Random question — what does GCTTB stand for? I’ve tried Googling it and looking on the forums but I have no idea.

Roswell Strange

@Starling – Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box. It’s a box of different tea samples that’s currently making rounds across Canada. One Steepster user builds a box of tea, and they pass it along to someone else who then samples what they’re interested in and replaces the sampled tea with new teas, and so on until a whole bunch of people have done so. Eventually, it makes it back to the original person and they have a bunch of new stuff to drink too :)


@Rosewell strange I may need to try that out!!

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From my last Camellia Sinensis order…

- Western style infusion
- Smooth, malty/hay top notes
- A light vegetal body with sweeter fruity/peachy notes
- Finish is playfully nutty; hazlenut/marzipan
- Smooth, silky mouthfeel

I imagine Western brewing doesn’t do this one justice, not that it tasted bad. In fact, it was really enjoyable – but I feel like it hadn’t reached its “full potential”. I definitely look forward to trying Gong Fu in the future.


Gong fu brewing will be my next experimenting step with teas, I think. Wanted to try forever but I’m lacking the proper equipment to do so. I will eventually get around to it.

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Cold Brew…

Strong. Strong. Strong.

Very, very bold notes of bergamot that were impactful and rich. At the same time, there was a vibrantly strong floral note that made me think of really intense lavender. I’ve had EG with lavender before and wasn’t the biggest fan – and there actually isn’t lavender in this which makes me wonder what about it is making me think of that flavour.

Also; just skimming through my tasting notes for this I realized that I’ve actually never had it hot – only cold brewed. What’s up with that? Earl Grey is actually best hot…

So, future Roswell Strange: BREW UP A HOT CUP OF THIS.

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- More mojito than marmalade
- The spearmint is crisp and refreshing, and doesn’t overwhelm the cup
- Though there’s no denying the orange flavour…
- It’s just that it’s not sweet enough/“jammy” like marmalade should be
- Taste of the rooibos is present, but light and in the background
- Tasty; and great for late at night!
- Like a ‘discount’/Off Brand Cocteau (from August Uncommon)
- Or Midsummer Night’s Dream (from DAVIDsTEA)

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- Cold Brew
- A little aged/more of a flat taste then when fresh
- Notes of fig and dates
- But also a buttery/flaky pastry undertone
- Like eating/drinking some sort of Fig Danish/Strudel?

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So I found myself in Chapters earlier this week because I needed to pick up a birthday present for my brother, who turned 18 on Friday. That’s never a good spot to be in when you’re both a tea addict and a book lover.

In addition to the D&D starter set I bought him, I also wound up getting a Flavor Bible (I feel like it’ll be a great tool when it comes to tea and food pairings, but also making cocktails, potentially blending teas, and just cooking in general) and another tea related book. And, I snagged myself the “Herbal Retreat” sampler from Tea Forte because I’ve been drinking a lot of herbal tea this summer in between late night cuppas and pitchers of cold brews. Plus, this is a sampler and that seemed like a better idea to me than committing to 50g-100g of one kind of tea prior to sampling it.

- Cold Brew
- Very tart/sour blueberry notes dominate
- Lacking sweetness; and I think it would benefit from it
- I CAN taste the sage A LOT in the finish
- I think it was a weird choice to pair with such sour fruit
- But it keeps this from being a hibby overload
- With a pinch of sugar, this would probably be great soda

Flavors: Blueberry, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Sage, Sour, Tart

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Thank you Scheherazade for the sample!

I drank this one on the commute to work this week, I’d have loved to brew it Gong Fu but I was a little hesitant that the sample wouldn’t be quite enough leaf and my session would be a little week. And, in the end I ended up putting the rest of the sample in the GCTTB because Jillian had asked to try it, and I just had to take advantage of the chance to share a WP tea since everyone wants the chance to get to try them. Usually for good reason.

You’ll have to forgive my lazyness; I’ve built up a queue of posts this week and I’m feeling too tired to reword all of the jot notes into paragraphs, so these next few notes will likely just be copy and pasted jot notes for convenience/speed.

- Brisk/Astringent at first
- More of a round/clean flavour as it cooled
- Malt/Raisin/Honey top notes
- With some woody, cinnamon, and nut body notes
- Little bit of a sweeter marzipan finish?

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

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

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 and as of late oolongs 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 straight 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, Petrichor

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

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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