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So, if you’ve ever taken the Pottermore house sorting quiz you probably remember the question that asks which potion you’d want to drink – one of the options is a potion with the aroma of chocolate and plums, or something to that effect anyway. I think this tea tastes exactly like what I’ve always envisioned that ‘potion’ to taste like. It’s incredibly satisfying in a fandom-y sort of way, and the tea itself also tastes delicious! So, huge win!
Flavors: Chocolate, Plums
This is quite an interesting blend. I like the mint and herbs blend, even the vegetal herbs are nice. Spearmint, hawthorn, and lemongrass go well together. However, the hibiscus was unnecessary.
The berries (elderberry, black current) aren’t bad…it gives the cup a trail mix/hiking snack sort of taste. I don’t really like mint and fruit together, but this is interesting.
The astragalus seems vegetal and similar to senna leaf in flavour. I don’t really know what astragalus tastes like, so it is difficult to pick out what flavours come from the astragalus and which come from the other herbs. If you like herbal mint blends, this is worth a try.
I originally bought this because I have been wanting to try teas from Banff tea co. for many years and I wanted to support the small business. Also, I think a lot of their blends are extremely creative and unique. They use a lot of native (to Alberta/Canada) herbs and berries, which gives buyers a chance to try lesser known ingredients and sustainable harvested local traditional foods.
Flavors: Herbs, Lemongrass, Medicinal, Mint, Vegetal
Had this one yesterday, and I honestly can’t decide if I liked it or not.
So, I’m a complete sucker for any sort of tea blends that includes hers like sage, thyme, and rosemary so I really thought this would be up my alley – and it definitely did have a lot of really great notes of strong, bold, herbaceous sage that I just loved. However, there was also a lot of lavender and I found that to be somewhat off putting. The combination of lavender and sage also didn’t work great for me; I found myself thinking of bath soaps – and, like, really nice high end bath soaps but bath soap is, well, soap regardless of the price tag attached to it.
The surprising amount of body that the white tea and sage/juniper combo had would have been so great with just like half as much of the lavender – but as is I was left feeling mixed. Huge pros, and huge cons just equates to general adequateness.
Thank you Evol Ving Ness for sharing this with me. As I drink it now, I feel like I have had this before. Tea deja vu. It’s really juicy and has a pretty accurate blackberry/berry flavor. This is not a flavor I quickly reach for so I probably don’t need more than the sample but as far as the flavor goes, it is certainly done well. I won’t struggle to finish this off.
This one is just weird; a mix of roasty coffee and chocolate body notes, a nutty undertone, this funny overarching mustiness and the weirdest fruity/tart top notes. It just doesn’t work for me and it felt like a bit of a chore even finishing off the last cup of it. Tea shouldn’t feel like a chore.
Had this one near the end of my shift, and honestly that might have been a mistake. It’s about midnight now, and I’m finding myself a little too revved up on caffeine to quite head to bed for the night. This was a blend of black tea and yerba mate, so pretty caffeinated, which is something I definitely knew when brewing it…
So really, I only have myself to blame.
Flavour wise I was really disappointed by the one! The dry leaf smells so deliciously good; creamy milk chocolate notes, a hint of something earthy, and a really sweet smelling berry and currant aroma! I thought that based on the smell alone this would be something really interesting, and complex flavour wise. Instead, it was actually quite bland/weak in flavour…
Watered down chocolate notes, a dull/flat sort of earthyness and then a finish of almond and generic tasting berry. That’s four different flavour notes right there – you’d think that’d be at least a little interesting, right? But since they were all either bland or just very light it’s just a super lack luster experience.
Why doesn’t this taste at all as amazing as it smells!? So much lost potential.
Had an early evening cup of this one with supper a few days ago; honestly I wasn’t really paying it much attention so mostly I just noticed how smooth it was. I know there’s more to the blend than this, but really it just tasted like a really nice peppermint tea to me. Easily finished off, and simplistic in nature.
- Strong presence of vegetal and grassy green tea
- Reminds me of cucumber skins and lawn clippings, with a touch of earthyness
- Earthyness is the from the yerba mate
- The cucumber like note comes from the cool mint combined w. the vegetal green tea
- Makes for that crisp, cool cucumber like flavour that’s really refreshing
- The grassyness is from both the green tea AND the green mate
- Peppermint undertones in the top and body, and more of a main flavour in the finish
- Like I said, adds a “crispness” to the overall flavour as well as sweetness
- The goji is subtle but does add a bright red fruit element in the body flavour
- Starts as an undertone and builds into more of a vibrant, lively ‘bursting’ type flavour
- Overall, found this really relaxing
- And a good balance of a lot of really differing elements
- It was a good early morning cup with a nice, clean profile and clear tasting notes
Another tea from the Banff Tea Co. that my coworker brought in to share with the staff!
We had this one hot, but we oversteeped it by a few minutes so we added some milk and agave to compensate for the bitterness that was drawn out from the extended steep time. I definitely didn’t like this one as much as the White Vanilla Coconut but it wasn’t bad either. Mostly I thought it just had a relatively generic chocolate and nutty profile. To really make me think of a turtle chocolate I would have wanted more creaminess and caramel notes.
Thanks for the share, regardless, Leah!
So one of my DAVIDsTEA coworkers recently got back from a road trip to Banff with a few friends, and of course she stopped and bought tea there because that’s just what tea people do. Very kindly, she brought in some of the teas for anyone working to try if they wanted to and I’m not gonna turn down free tea – especially free tea I’ve never tried before.
On her recommendation, I tried this one iced. It kind of blew my mind because it tasted almost exactly like a beloved, retired tea that DAVIDsTEA used to carry of which I was very fond. Which tea? Coconut Grove of course! Seriously – the delicious, sweet and smooth coconut notes were exactly like those in the DT blend, and the vanilla made it so smooth and silky. Plus the white base? YES! The only real difference was that this particular blend has some floral undertones to it. Specifically, it’s got lavender notes. I think there MIGHT be lavender actually in the blend but I’m not 100% on that because I never looked at an ingredients list.
Very, very good though! Thanks a bunch Leah!!!
After breaking this tea up I had some broken leaf and dust to brew up so I went online to see what others thought… nothing.
Well, just went with it. 100ml to 7g of leaf and 90c
First of all, the cake is really loose which I like : )
What appeals to me is the lack of aroma and clean brew. The taste, smell, and feel is just… clean dry storage. Much different than your Taiwan stored pu’erh for sure. This is one that I put in the fridge after to brew the next day; pretty ugly looking dust in a bag :p
Very steady taste. Minor progression of taste. Reliable resteep. Low maintenance.
I was in Calgary almost a year ago doing a visa run and between the visa appointment and waiting for the processing and return of my passport I did what most people do when they find themselves in Calgary with spare time…. I jumped in the car and headed straight for the Rockies!!
Walking around Banff I discovered the cutest little tea shop with walls and walls of large glass jars containing some of the most insanely delicious smelling (and sounding) blends I had ever come across. After picking out a ridiculous number of teas to purchase, I realized I couldn’t take home everything and decided to throw a sample pack of their exclusive blends (5 small taster packs of some of their signature blended teas) in with my already ginormous purchase…
So fast forward to today and I’ve rediscovered this ‘lucky dip’ pack at the back of my cupboard and have decided today is the day I’m going to finally work my way through it!!
First on the list, Cougar Tea which is an orange, licorice, rooibos blend. So honestly, I’m not really a personal fan of orange teas and this one has a slightly weird aftertaste to it that reminds me of artificial sweetener and although the ingredients don’t list sweetener they do include ‘natural flavoring’ which could easily be stevia. The orange and licorice are well balanced and neither overpowers the other however that aftertaste kinda ruins it for me. Booo… 1 tea down, 4 to go….
A colorful blend with blue petals and bits of leaves (which I thought were mint but apparently are blackberry leaves) mixed in with black tea. The dry blend has a distinct blackcurrant aroma. I initially tried this as a cold brew yesterday. The brew turned reddish-pink, so I may have gotten a few pieces of hibiscus in there, but it wasn’t too tart. The predominant flavor from the cold brew was blackcurrant, and it was crisp and fruity, but not heavy on the tea. I tried it again as a hot brew today, with more tea leaves and fewer flowers in the mix. The liquid turned out a dark, green-tinged amber this time. The blackcurrant was still strong, but there was a sense of a smooth, malty tea base as well. Overall, this is fairly light as far as black teas goes, and reminds me of a lighter version of Lupicia’s Cassis Blueberry. The fresh, fruity aspect makes it seem like a good tea for summer—it does sound like a combination of things a black bear would love to dig into in the woods! Thanks beelicious for the sample!
Thank you beelicious for another sample from Banff Tea Co which I would otherwise never have heard of! This one consists of tightly wound pearls of dark green oolong, and pieces of coconut. The coconut has been tinted green from storage with the oolong, which scared me a little at first. But upon checking the description, there were no other ingredients or additives, so it’s just… chlorophyll? Probably wouldn’t hurt.
The aroma of this one, both before and after brewing, is fresh, sweet coconut. It reminds me more of coconut milk or coconut water, instead of preserved pieces! The tea brews up to be very light in color. Upon tasting, the coconut note floats to the top, almost light and airy. The oolong base is excellent; I haven’t had much experience with milk oolongs but this must be one. It’s naturally creamy in a way that complements the coconut perfectly. A little leafy, and definitely fragrant, but not at all floral unlike other green oolongs. Very happy to have tried this one!
Today being (supposedly) the last day of a warm spell we’ve been having, I couldn’t resist cold brewing this. I know it’s the last sachet I have, but I just had to try it!
As an iced tea, this one is delectably smooth, with a creamy strawberry undertone. The geen tea itself has a fresh, almost grassy quality to it, in the good sense of the word. There’s a very sunny-afternoon feel to it, I should have brought it to a picnic!
I thought I’d try one more tea before heading out today, so I picked a lighter, fruity green one. (I’ve finished my degree, but still have some labwork to wrap up before the holidays—and if I’m going to work through a Saturday I’ll bring more tea!)
The sachet is plump with green tea and smells like fresh strawberries. The instructions said to use boiling water, and in spite of that, the green tea didn’t turn bitter. It’s nicely smooth, the tea is not masked by the fruit flavors, and the strawberry is creamy and sweet. There’s a touch of other fruit in the background as well (the ingredients say papaya). I think this would make a fantastic, fruity, but still tea-like iced tea in warmer weather. Thanks beelicious!
I think I bought this just because it smelled sooo good in the store. It smells just like it sounds – lots of lychee and jasmine. I decided to use this to test out the iced tea infusion pitcher my mom bought me. I brewed the tea hot, added a couple tablespoons of honey, and then put the pitcher in the fridge to cool. This made a really delicious iced tea! The sweetness from the honey really complements the lychee flavour, and it balances well with the jasmine. I suspect it’s also relatively high in caffeine, because it definitely perks me up!
Flavors: Jasmine, Lychee