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70
drank Lemon bright eyes by Banff Tea Co.
2599 tasting notes

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70
drank Lemon bright eyes by Banff Tea Co.
2599 tasting notes

This is a very odd blend of herbs I’ve never heard of. It includes dried horsetail leaf, bamboo, and eye bright powder. It also includes passion flower, which is known to produce some interesting dreams.

I do get hints of citrus, definitely lemongrass and dried citrus peel. I like that they used rooibos as a base…althrough I didn’t taste rooibos as a centre note. It had a touch of sweetness, but nothing like the rooibos I usually drink. It let the lemongrass some through a bit more.

I only ordered this one because I have wanted to try Banff Tea Co. for a long time, and I haven’t been through Banff recently. My amoda order seemed like a good chance to support this small
Canadian company. I also needed some herbals for coldbrewing that were not hibiscus-based. This will make a few more cups of coldbrew, however it isn’t something I would order again. The herbs are not unpleasant, however I don’t find the blend remarkable.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Lemongrass, Sweet

Preparation
Iced

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Pretty damn sad to be finished up with this one; it’s been a complete delight. This time around I made it in a tea press, with a little bit of added in milk. It was still very creamy with a light milk chocolate note, hints of plums, and an almost marshmallow like quality too. The finish was a little metallic tasting though, and I’m not totally sure why. Perhaps just not SUPER well suited for tea press prep!? I definitely enjoyed this one more straight, but it’s nice with milk regardless.

I also really like that I finished this one off during my sister’s birthday party. That’s a really sweet association that I’ll probably have with this tea – it’s something I SUPER enjoyed so it’s one I’m sure I’ll look back at fondly, especially with that connection now.

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91

I’m drinking a mug of this one right now, and it’s just the most comforting thing in the world right now – I swear, if I did RIGHT NOW drinking this tea I would be so content.

It’s got a mix of really soft but fudge-y chocolate notes and mellow plums, but perhaps more interesting to me is the fact that something in this tea is tasting SO STRONGLY of vanilla cake batter and I don’t know what it is! However, it just perfectly compliments the rest of the overall profile and is just decadent and velvety.

I LOVE THIS TEA.

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91

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

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73
drank Brave Heart by Banff Tea Co.
2599 tasting notes

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73
drank Brave Heart by Banff Tea Co.
2599 tasting notes

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

Evol Ving Ness

Big fan of Banff Tea Co. I have loved everything of theirs that I have tried.

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Definitely, definitely a more savory and herbaceous blend. Made me think a little bit of drinking some sort of soup stock that uses really nice spices and herbs in it. Sage notes, of course, but also rosemary!? Hints of pine, which I’m sure is the juniper. I might be tempted to revisit this again – but not for a good while; I think I’m a little over it right now.

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67

First cup of the morning!

I feel like I’m probably gonna have a ton of tea today; I chipped a tooth yesterday on my lunch break at work and I’m just feeling a little hesitant to eat anything hard or chewy until I get it looked at by a dentist (doing that later this afternoon). So, lots of tea in the meantime.

This was really more of a soft, herbaceous and relaxing sage and lavender blend. I’m surprised, actually, how much I loved the tea considering how much lavender there actually was present in the cup. It was good though; woody, floral, savory… Basically all the things, apart from sweet and sour? Not a TON of juniper but I do think a lot of that woody quality probably does come from the juniper berries even if the rest of their flavour doesn’t shine through too prominently.

VariaTEA

Oh dear. Hope the chipped tooth is an easy fix. I cracked my tooth on a caramel once and it was not fun.

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67

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.

Mastress Alita

Lavender-heavy tea? This one sounds right up my alley… :-)

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80
drank Black Bear Tea by Banff Tea Co.
4160 tasting notes

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.

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Mmmm… nope.

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.

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50

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.

Evol Ving Ness

Now that is a sad story. I have had very positive experiences with this tea blender.

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So, I’m actually flying through tasting notes this morning and I think that’s because I’m writing in my bedroom and the neighbor in the house directly behind where my bedroom is has been doing very loud construction all morning long. He was doing it last night too, up until about midnight. It’s really irritating; he started this morning at around seven and woke me up with it too. Even with my music blasting I can still hear it though; it’s good motivation to keep writing though…

This tea is fine – it’s smooth and medium bodied but in terms of flavour it’s simplistic. Nice, cooling mint with a little bit of a herbacious undertone to it, and then the taste of brighter, slightly lemony green tea. Just like a higher quality alternative to a bagged grocery store mint green tea. It’s not bad, but it’s not mind boggling and not the kind of thing that I’d really need in my cupboard.

So, so long and farewell!

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78

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.

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78

- 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

MrQuackers

Freshly cut grass is my favourite smell. I love teas that remind me of it.

MrQuackers

You reminded me that I have some aged Yerba mate that I forgot about. I wonder how it will taste as a Cold Brew!

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79
drank Black Bear Tea by Banff Tea Co.
9772 tasting notes

thanks for sharing this one with me Evol! this was a nice refreshing and juicy cup of tea this morning.

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92

very close to the steeped tea monks for me, though not quite as grenadine and vanilla-y. after it cooled down a little i liked it even more than at first, and it crept up a bit more in the rating.

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67
drank Turtle by Banff Tea Co.
6964 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!

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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!!!

Evol Ving Ness

Banff Tea Co. makes mighty fine teas. I don’t think that I’ve tried this one, but it sounds like another winner. And lavender plus coconut—stellar idea!

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90

Cold steep cassis and berry deliciousness. Funny how cold steep brings out a different kind of depth of flavour, not that I can describe what the difference is here though.

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90

Rich cassis and berry goodness layered over a black tea base. No false notes detected.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Nice! I’ve smelled this a few times in their shop, always meaning to pick it up, but never did. Glad you enjoyed it.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I have been enjoying this one. It’s got a very juicy berry thing going on. I hope it works for you too.

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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 : )
https://www.instagram.com/p/BKmOMgEAMcw/

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.

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80
drank Creme au Caramel by Banff Tea Co.
531 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping TTB

This was a very nice herbal dessert tea! The rooibos base was nice and smooth with no medicinal aftertaste and the caramel flavor came through rich and sweet. A great bedtime tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Smooth, Sweet

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