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drank Honey Fig Tree by Tea Squared
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I was browsing through Sobeys when I saw that they had a bunch of tea on sale. $8 for 80g…sure I’ll try it. I bought this fully expecting that it wouldn’t be on Steepster. So I was surprised to see it here!

I was pleasantly surprised twitch this blend. I saw that there was roses in it, so I picked most of those out. The fig is something I have never seen in a fruit tisane before. I enjoyed it as a cold brew and I found the hibiscus wasn’t too overpowering here. It was sweet enough with no added sweetener. Not too bad!

Now I will have to cold brew the other tea I bought from Tea Squared—a flavoured green.

Evol Ving Ness

The name alone is intoxicating.

tigress_al

It certainly caught my eye

Roswell Strange

Glad you liked this one! I really enjoy both this one and Cranberry Purifier, and Sobeys carries pretty close to the whole line up of Tea Squared loose teas (depending on which one you’re shopping at).

Evol Ving Ness

Here Sobey’s also carries a good selection of teas. I will have to look for this brand to see if they have it.

tigress_al

I will look for the Cranberry Purifier next time!

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90
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brew.
The hibiscus is fairly tame cold Brewed and I find this to be a very unique blend. I really enjoy it.

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83
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brew
There is an articificial taste that I get that kind of tastes like the peach juice that I used to get as a kid from Tim Hortons. I’m not sure if they still have that juice or not but it is similar to a lot of cheap grocery store juice crystals.

I actually don’t mind that taste on occasion, I just have to keep in mind that it doesn’t taste very natural. I do enjoy this white mango tea though anyway.

Evol Ving Ness

I get the two mango ones mixed up. Did you ever have a chance to try Mango Lassi by DT?

tigress_al

They are a bit different looking back at my note from the lassi. The lassi had chamomile and vanilla I think. If I remember correctly, I liked this one better because I really enjoy white tea. But it was a log time ago! My memory isn’t the greatest…

Evol Ving Ness

The mango lassi one sounded very tempting to me, but it disappeared before I had a chance to try it.

Ah! you are a white tea fan! Good to know. Or perhaps I knew that already, or did I. Yeah, talking about memory…

tigress_al

Don’t be too sad about missing out, it wasn’t the perfect tea or anything!

Lol, I forget…

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80
drank Bellini by Tetley
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This was actually a pretty decent cold brew. It was mildly pink but the hibiscus was fairly tame. The peach isn’t as strong as I was hoping but the orange is quite refreshing. I didn’t find that the licorice got out of hand either, it was fairly tame.
I would likely buy this again for cold brews this summer.

Kristal

I’ll put this on my wish list!

R.F. Hill

I’ve been trying to find a tea for a nice cold brew for the summer. I’m adding this one to that list!

Kristal

Forgot to add-I love doing tea bags for iced tea in the summer. Easier to clean than filters, and a lot cheaper than loose leaf since my husband and I drink sometimes 2L a day of iced tea!

R.F. Hill

Woah! My wife drinks a lot of iced teas, too. I’ll look into it! Thank you.

tigress_al

It is a good candidate for cold brewing.
Kristal—which are your favourite tea bags to cold brew? I need some good recommendations!

Kristal

tigress_al, I only like herbal fruit blends and my favorites include Black Cherry & True Blueberry from Celestial Seasonings as well as Raspberry Hibiscus from Stash (which is the only tea I like from Stash and I’ve tried about 7-8 of their herbal fruit blends). This summer I will be experimenting more with bagged teas instead of loose leaf since it’s cheaper so look out for reviews around then ;)! (I must have spend $200-300 on tea for iced tea between May-August of last year…yikes…)

tigress_al

Wow Kristal!
I will be watching your notes!

tigress_al

Wow, Kristal, that’s a lot of iced tea!
Thanks for the suggestions and I will be keep an eye out for your notes re: iced teas

Kristal

Haha sounds great!
My husband is back to work (he’s a roofer) and has been packing up bottles of iced tea already instead of buying PowerAde/Gatorade so the notes may start up sooner than May!

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92

This is my favourite straight Assam to date. It is malty and smooth with sweet raisin and chocolate notes. Delicious. Age hasn’t affected it too much either.
It resteeps brilliantly as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

This was the first time having this tea chilled and it is way better this way. The lime shines through a little more and the blackberries seem juicier. I will certainly drink it like this from now on!

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70
drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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This was a free tea that I had iced in-store. I hardly ever get tea to go because I usually am heading home right after, so why would I pay extra to have them brew it there! It is convenient though, especially if you were going there on your lunch break or something. I am rambling…

Lime is ok for me, not one of my favourite flavourings, but something I don’t mind with chicken or black beans or something like that. I do enjoy the Lime Gelato tea occasionally though. This was ok. It was sweet enough that I feel it didn’t need sweetener. The mango could have been a little bit more prominent.

Overall, it is a decent tea, but I prefer Lime Gelato (and it’s cheaper too).

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92
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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Just what I needed this morning. This tea has actually aged fairly well, but it is really time to sip down ALL of my Butiki teas.
Chocolate and raspberry, what more could a girl ask for on a lazy Sunday!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Hibiscus is sometimes a big miss for me, but it is ok in this fruit tea.
It is sweet and tart. Apple,melon, and lemon are the most prominent notes when I cold brewed this. It sat in my fridge for about 24 hours.

It is so refreshing! It might even be tin worthy this spring/summer, unless something better comes out in the summer collection. I need somthing caffeine free to cold brew in the spring/summer.

VariaTEA

I find cold brewing usually tames hibiscus

tigress_al

Exactly! That’s why I enjoy it so much

Kristal

I hate hibiscus hot, but when cold brewed I actually don’t mind it :)

tigress_al

Yep, as long as it isn’t overpowering

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73

This tea smells fairly creamy. Unfortunately, it does not taste as creamy as it smells. For a milk oolong, I was expecting more “milk”. It is still enjoyable with buttery and floral notes. A little bit lacking for me today I’m afraid.

I need to play around with the parameters a bit more I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hello,
I am a nurse. I have numerous hobbies: reading, crocheting, crafting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, and of course drinking TEA!

I started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I went into a DavidsTea for the first time and have been hooked ever since! My favourite is probably white tea, but I also love black and oolong. I also like a nice relaxing rooibos or herbal in the evening. On Sundays, I like to treat myself and make a tea latte.

My favourite flavours are nutty, vanilla, chocolate, jasmine, tropical, fruity, earl grey.
My dislikes are lavender, rose, hibiscus, banana, and straight green or overly vegetal teas.

I am admittedly fairly generous in my rating scale. Most of my teas I rate at 90 and above, and would re-stock these teas.
Anything under 90 I probably wouldn’t re-stock unless I found a great price.

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