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25
drank Green by Higgins & Burke
31 tasting notes

See, this is why I prefer jasmine green tea to the regular stuff. Or maybe it’s just because there’s lemongrass in this tea that I wasn’t aware of until I logged on to review it.

Firstly, green tea in a bag just isn’t very good. Second, it tastes too much like dirt and leaves a residue at the water level in the cup.

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Green

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Went out for supper last night, and I forgot to bring a teabag of my own tea with me so I was forced into drinking something that the restaurant served. Peppermint always feels like the safest option in terms of restaurant quality bagged teas, so that’s what I went with. It was fine – I don’t often drink straight peppermint anymore so it can be nice to revisit it. Plus, it’s a better option for me that getting a soda/coffee to drink.

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So, I had one of the most horrifying experiences of my life about a week ago.

I sleep in a basement, and it was quite hot on this particular evening – like the hottest night of the year that we’d had thus far. So, I had opened up my window and gone to lseep with the window cracked open to cool off while I slept. Of course, the window is level with the ground outside.

I fell asleep, and woke up to a slight ‘tickle’ by my left ear. As I sort of came to and adjusted to what was happening I realized very quickly that something was crawling around inside my ear. I went into panic mode. Shaking my head violently, and then running to the bathroom to grab a q-tip – at which point I sort of started stabbing inside my ear to kill whatever was crawling around. I know, I know – not smart. But I was freaking out, and not being logic. In all the commotion, I woke up my mother who came into the bathroom only to see me freaking out, and my ear bleeding.

She talked me down enough to explain what was happening, and we called 811 (the non emergency medical number) to see what we should do. They recommended going to the ER, so we did. At this point I could still feel the thing crawling around. It was the scariest and most violating feeling ever. We got to the ER at around one in the morning, and waited for about four hours to see someone. During that waiting point the thing in my ear stopped moving around, and that was both a huge relief and also equally horrifying in its own right.

I had a couple cups of tea from the hospital ‘food court’ type place, but I couldn’t tell you ANYTHING about what they were like – my mind was elsewhere. I know I drank two different things, but this is the only one I remember by name. They were both caffeine free because I was holding out hope that we’d leave in time for me to actually get some semblance of sleep – not only did I open the store the next day, but I also was training my new manager for her very first shift.

When we finally got in everything went by quite quickly. Someone took a look in my ear, and then they flushed everything out with a giant syringe of water. It took doing it like six times for the thing to finally flush out, but when I did I was presented with the largest cement bug that I’ve ever seen. It was dead – likely suffocated in my ear. I threw up on the floor. The apologized many times for throwing up on the floor. The nurse was pretty cool about it all; kept telling me that if that had come out of her ear she’d have probably done the same thing…

It was enough nightmare fuel to last me years though – and I definitely didn’t get any sleep that night, and none the night after either. I just kept flashing back to that horrifying feeling. So, suffice to say, no more sleeping with my window open…

Scheherazade

Oh god. There are no words.

Lexie Aleah

I thought you were going to say it was a spider. I’m going to be paranoid for a long time now at night. Yikes.I hope your sleep gets easier soon.

__Morgana__

Freaky! Now my ears itch in sympathy.

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I am SO excited to have reached the 500 different teas reviewed mark! I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to have reached this number within 5 years. I wanted to make sure it was a special tea to associate with, so I chose a Peppermint tea (my favorite tea EVER!) and this brand does not disappoint. It was also fitting that I found a “Keep calm and drink tea” hanging decorative board today at Value Village. It is proudly hanging up in my kitchen.

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Tried this as a latte with agave as a sweetener and it has a nice chocolate banana flavor to it. It is a bit bitter though, but that is possibly my fault as I steeped it longer than intended.

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who gave me this sample? when did i drink this sample?
did it arrive through the mail? or did i get it from a fancon? or did i nab it from a restaurant? i don’t remember…
but now, i have a tasting note to edit, a spot saved, for when i do recall the facts.

i’m cleaning my kitchen, and listening to All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister.

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Went out for supper with my brother a few nights ago.

Against my better judgement I decided to grab a pot of tea; turns out this was literally the only kind of tea that they carried. So I mean, we were already off to a bad start in that regard. I was trying not to be a snob and be open minded though – just ‘cause a tea is bagged doesn’t mean it’s bad! But, well…

Yeah; even after adding an incredibly large amount of honey this was still horrifically bitter tasting and so unpleasant. Just so much nope in one cup. Blah.

Maddy Barone

What a shame. You’d think a restaurant would want to serve a decent tea. Maybe not a top drawer tea, but a decent tea. :(

Mastress Alita

It annoys me so much that every time I go out, all the restaurants serve such abysmal tea… even nice, top dollar restaurants. I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer feel any shame bringing in an infuser or teabag stuffed with my own leaf and ask the waiter for a pot of hot water. I make my own tea instead of being subjected to their shoddy options because they seem to have the mindset “all tea is the same.” Bah!

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75
drank Peppermint by Higgins & Burke
2747 tasting notes

This is your standard peppermint.It was pretty good, but there is nothing much more to say on standard peppermint.

Flavors: Menthol, Peppermint

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73
drank Chai by Higgins & Burke
10143 tasting notes

These bags are at our office…so of course i’m drinking it at home? haha. I wanted to try it out so see if they were worth my time for those days when i don’t bring ENOUGH. this one isn’t bad… there isn’t enough cardamom for me…and there’s a bit too much cinnamon and clove for it to be a chai that i can really get get behind. however for a bagged tea, it’s not bad.

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I mean, not a whole lot to say about this one. It’s peppermint. Just peppermint. Not good, not bad – but something to tide you over between the next cup of something better. At this point I don’t even know how to rate mint teas anymore; there usually isn’t a noticeable difference between loose or bagged mint teas in my opinion and I think you really have to fuck up a peppermint tea for it to not be drinkable…

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Took my mom out for supper the other night because I could afford to, and I don’t often have the money to do spontaneous nice things like that…

Normally I don’t mess around with crappy bagged restaurant tea; it’s generally not worth it and I can get straight up water or something alcoholic instead. I really just wanted some tea though, so I grabbed a cup of peppermint. As far as bagged teas go, peppermint is usually pretty hard to fuck up and quality tends to be relatively universal. And this was pretty well just standard peppermint. Cooling, a little sweet. Very refreshing. Not bad, not just by bagged tea standards but just in general.

Worth grabbing, just to get my tea fix.

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75
drank Berry Vines by Higgins & Burke
759 tasting notes

So this isn’t actually part of my stash. This is a free tea bag that I grabbed after an event ended at work. They let us get our hands on the extra fruit, tea, and stuff so that clean up is a bit easier. The dry leaf smelled like berry medicine (currants cause this usually for me), the smell while steeping would be about the same. The tea is raspberryish in colour. For the taste this isn’t bad. Not something I would pick up myself but okay for a cup of tea at a restaurant. Raspberry comes through a bit stronger than the currant. I also taste a bit of lemongrass kick at the end but in a pleasant lemon way. I bet this would taste nice cold.

Side Note: This wasn’t on Steepster so I acutally got to add a tea!

Flavors: Black Currant, Lemon, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Higgins & Burke
123 tasting notes

Maybe I was insane, going out after 10 o’clock just to get a flavour of tea that wasn’t in my cupboard. Earl Grey it was. I have always had a love hate relationship with this tea. When it’s badly mixed in a cheap tea, or adding milk to it, which seems like someone answering the question: “Do you want milk or lemon?” with BOTH!

Actually, I don’t use milk at all in tea, anymore. Perhaps Earl Grey was invented for people who don’t. The oil itself comes from the Bergamot Orange. Who knows, maybe a Brit was offered Uzu in Asia, only to return home and find none. Tea with toast and marmelade is a classic too.

I’m doing shots of this tea. The first two were not that good. It does take a little time for black tea to get ready. I can see now how bergamot might have been used to immitate better tea. It must add a bit of sourness to the taste as well (think lemon). Living in a Coca-Cola society, we should know this flavour? I’m sure that anyone dealing with bad tea everyday might look for something to make it taste better.

By the fourth steep the tea base is almost gone, still some bergamot, though. At package opening, you could smell the flavour. Now it’s tongue smackingly good.

Flavors: Bergamot

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80

Lovely made into a London Fog. Smooth and tasty!

Flavors: Bergamot

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85

This was a perfect blend of black tea and lemon flavor.

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43

This tea I would describe as “meh”. Make sure not to over-steep or it becomes bitter. To enhance the taste, add honey or even extra lemon juice. This would not be my first choice for lemon flavoured tea but it may help if you have a sore throat/stuffy nose.

Flavors: Bitter, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 335 ML

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57

The ingredients don’t go together that well. It doesn’t taste objectionable but it doesn’t really taste good either.

Unfortunately there are no raspberries or black currant in this Raspberry Black Currant tea. Maybe the natural flavor is supposed to taste like raspberry and black currant but I am having trouble tasting it.

Actually I kind of like Rosehip & Hibiscus tea (which are the first two ingredients in this tea) but the other ingredients don’t go that well together.

At least it is a beautiful ruby red color. It makes me happy just looking at it.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kristal

Ugh, lots of companies do that. “This tastes like raspberry!” No it’s hibiscus. I see that with juices too. “This is cranberry/raspberry!” No, it’s 95% apple juice.

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This tea was so much better than what I was expecting. I admit that based on their green tea, I wasn’t expecting a lot from their peppermint tea. Higgins & Burke Green Tea isn’t my favourite and is nothing special but their peppermint tea surprised and impressed me. It has a very natural, strong peppermint flavour and I found it very refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Flavors: Peppermint

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I was excited to try this tea because I thought Honey and Lemon Tea would taste great. However, I found it a letdown… I had trouble tasting the honey flavor and in general the combination of flavors didn’t go together that well. I did finish the cup of tea but I didn’t enjoy it very much.

Flavors: Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70
drank Green by Higgins & Burke
112 tasting notes

This is “Green Tea with Lemongrass”. The title on the outside of the box doesn’t say ‘with lemongrass’ but that is what it says on the tea bag labels.

I enjoyed the smooth green tea flavor but I would have enjoyed pure green tea better than this combination.

Flavors: Lemongrass

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
Kristal

Tim Hortons does the same thing I believe to cut costs :/

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83
drank Chamomile by Higgins & Burke
112 tasting notes

Tastes great! I’ve never tried a pure chamomile tea that I haven’t liked.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
Kristal

Another one of my favorites! :)

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88
drank Peppermint by Higgins & Burke
112 tasting notes

This peppermint tea was excellent!

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
Kristal

One of my favorites :)

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65
drank Pear by Higgins & Burke
415 tasting notes

Happy Halloween!

I was in a rush to work today. I was making butternut squash soup and trying to cut up an uncooked squash is the biggest pain. Not to self: cook it in the oven for a while and just scoop out the insides and then make soup. Much easier.

Anywho, all this to say I didn’t pack any tea and simply grabbed what was in the cupboard. I’m not the biggest fan of fruit flavoured green tea but decided to give this one a try since it’s the only green tea in the cupboard. Boiled water, let it sit for 5 min to cool off, then steeped the bag for like 30 seconds. Slightly bitter with a tartish pear flavour. Altogether drinkable, but not something I would buy.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
CelticBrew

Have you watched any videos about slicing? Jamie Oliver has a good one on YouTube. Helped me when I made my soup. Hope it turns out well, I made one with curry that was amazing!

Kristal

Ooo, I’ll take a look! I admit, my knife skills are terrible, but honestly that squash was so thick and hard It’s just easiest to cut it into slices, bake for a few min in the oven, and scoop out the mash. I do it for sweet potato for sweet potato and carrot soup and it works very well :)!

I think I still will look into cutting and slicing videos, though. My knife skills do need improving!

CelticBrew

Plus he has that amazing English accent haha :)

Kristal

Indeed! :)

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