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drank Organic Pear by Tea Sparrow
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Iced tea.

Very light, fresh and dewy pear flavour with the same hints of creaminess you’d get in the flesh of a Bartlett pear. There was some floral notes, probably a combination of the pear itself and the green tea matched with it. Sadly, all of these brilliant tasting notes were masked by a very choppy, grassy green tea with an astringent edge to it.

This could be so good if the base was better; but as is it’s just pretty average.

Thanks for it regardless, VariaTea! I’m always up for a pear tea.

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Cold Brew.

Admittedly, I was pretty fascinated by this tea despite the green base. I’ve actually been finding myself craving DAVIDsTEA’s “Grape Freeze” blend from a few years back, and this sounds pretty similar. Also, any tea that tastes particularly grapey is pretty good in my books, regardless of whether it’s candy grape or natural grape.

I think this brews up with a really strong, solid grape flavour which is definitely the most important aspect of it. I’m confidant, that even if I hadn’t read the tea description prior to drinking it that I’d know this is intended to be grape. As well, I taste the currant as secondary fruit flavours too; they’re a TINY little bit medicinal, but not overwhelmingly or to a point where I feel it detracts from the blend.

The green base is pretty present and grassy; it reminds me a bit of lawn clippings or the smell of grass on a really hot day. Do other people notice that too? That there’s definitely a distinct smell to hot grass, that is? It’s not exactly fresh smelling, but it doesn’t smell bad either. The finish comes through a bit floral, as well. Not in any sort of way that reminds me of a particular flower though.

Also, just a touch artificial as an entire brew.

I still liked it overall, though.

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drank Organic Pear by Tea Sparrow
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I really enjoyed this one. I got this in my tea sparrow subscription box but decided to order more. It’s a light tasting tea with the pear very much present. I have done this hot and also cold brewed. Both were very good for me it just depends on my mood which I do. It’s a perfect simple light and beautiful tea.

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drank Arabian Nights by Tea Sparrow
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Does contain grape flavoring and you can smell it. It doesn’t at all overwhelm the tea it’s actually a really tasty combo. I prefer it brewed straight. I tried just a hint of cream and it didn’t come across well. Made it taste more astringent. I would purchase more.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Tea Sparrow
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I didn’t get creamy from this tea but it was tasty. I would have liked more strawberry but it is present. More so then most so called strawberry flavored teas. And its not fake strawberry tasting either. Overall a juicy berry/strawberry tasting tea.

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Cold Brew!

I was a little nervous about this one if I’m being honest – so more tisanes have promised to deliver me creamy berry flavours: strawberry cream, blueberry cream, raspberry cream, and you get the point. However, time and time again they just end up tart and soured by the hibiscus in the blend. Since this blend also has hibiscus (as the first ingredient, even!) I was sure that was the route we were going to be taking…

However, this is pretty enjoyable. I mean, point blank it’s not exactly creamy. However, it is pretty juicy and has a really nice realistic strawberry flavour that’s not muddled by other ingredients or overly sour/tart. In fact, I hardly taste the hibiscus at all! Through and through, this is a straight up pleasant strawberry tea. It’s even almost sort of juice like! Yeah, I wish it had creamyness to it like the name says it should but at least it’s not sour and gross and that does distinguish it from all the other “generic berry and cream” teas of the past.

I’ll take that compromise.

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drank Arabian Nights by Tea Sparrow
57 tasting notes

My first tea from my first Tea Sparrow subscription!

(Also, I made this entry since it wasn’t in yet, and it wouldn’t let me add “natural grape flavor” as an ingredient. It’s an ingredient!)

This kind of reminds me of the grape wulong Teavana had forever ago, but doesn’t smell like cough syrup as much. The leaves smell really pleasant.

Steeped for three minutes, per package instructions. This is tasty, and definitely less grapey than the Teavana one. I’d consider buying this.

Flavors: Astringent, Grapes, Green, Sweet

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

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drank Organic Blueberry by Tea Sparrow
44 tasting notes

I didn’t really get blueberry from this but it is fruity. I was leery because of the hibiscus, it can quickly take over the tea but it didn’t in this blend. It was a nice mixture. I only was able to get one steep from this though. The second steeping was wayyyyyy weaker. Definitely a juicy tasting tea. Overall one that I liked but not one that I think I will purchase more it.

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This tea is… weird.

It’s the last one from the first Tea Sparrow box that VariaTEA sent my way, and I have to admit that I messed up here. Since that March box was honey themed I’ve been drinking the teas from it with honey, but I forgot to do that with this tea. So my bad.

The flavour for this is so all over the place! I mean, there are A LOT of ingredients and they’re all very clearly competing here for what’s most noticeable. I think in the end the lavender and the rosemary win out: very floral, very savory/herbaceous. I don’t taste the pu’erh a lot or most of the other ingredients in more than a ‘muddled’ background note kind of sense. I wonder if the honey would have changed that a bit?

I need to try this again before I can come to any sort of overall consensus. Just based on this mug of it, though. I didn’t love or hate it. The rosemary was a nice touch; but the lavender was a bit much for me.

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Iced.

Very tart, with lots of juicy but slightly sour/hibiscus saturated blueberry flavour. Something about it was a little off though and it took a while to place, but finally I was able to put my finger on the fact that this was giving off herbaceous vibes? I think it was just one of those weird palate days because where would a herby flavour even be coming from in this tea? Like jeezus, I don’t ever know…

Regardless, it was really refreshing/satisfying.

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Cold Brew!

This one was really good! I thought it had a clear, well defined blueberry flavour overall with maybe hints of apple or other berry undertones. It was sweet, and a little tangy but not tart or overly strong hibiscus-wise. And, that last part was surprising because the steeped colour is really hibby-like in nature. You’d expect this one to be gross, but it was just nice.

Juice like.

Thanks VariaTEA!

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drank Organic Ginger Black by Tea Sparrow
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Admittedly I do not usually like most strong black teas. Admitting that straight out. I got this as a sample with my Tea Sparrow order. For a black tea with ginger I just didn’t like it. The black base was so strong for me. I gave it to a coworker who does like black tea and she loved the sample. So if you like straight black tea I bet you will like it. I do like some black teas but they are usually blended or flavored.

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drank Octet Tea Blend by Tea Sparrow
44 tasting notes

It was ok, not great for me. Had a very strong floral fruity smell. Really smelled like candy and sweet. It tastes much different then it smells though. Those elements are still there but very minor compared to the grassy flavor of the various green teas in it. I tried this on two different occasions and both times thought it was fine but not a winner for me. I used up my sample from TeaSparrow but I don’t think I’ll buy more it.

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Cold Brew!

Not bad as a cold brew, honestly. It tastes A LOT like the hot cup does, which is to say that it’s very fresh and natural with sweet notes of balanced mango and lychee with strong floral undertones; both from the lychee which is floral in and of itself and from the rose. It’s a little grassy and has a bit of a biting finish but very enjoyable on the whole.

It tastes like Spring!

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Thank you VariaTEA for the tea!

This is another one from March’s ‘Honey’ themed Tea Sparrow box so I brewed this one up how with some added honey since I’m drinking all these teas with honey for the first tasting. Here are the notes from the tasting:

- I’ve had “Eight Treasures” styled teas before, but it’s been a LONG time
- Can’t remember if I liked ’em overall
- Dry leaf smelled a little like sun tan lotion
- But this was very smooth and fruity, and pleasantly sweet
- Strong dual notes of mango and lychee
- Obviously floral, both from the lychee, rose and base tea(s)
- Had some peachy undertones from the green tea too
- And fairly grassy

I was pretty surprised overall how much I enjoyed this, and I have to wonder just how much of that was due to the honey. It’ll definitely be interesting to try it again without to compare!

VariaTEA

Haha before I read the note I saw the name of the tea and my name and I was super confused because I have never owned this tea. Then I realized it was part of the subscription. Glad you liked it!

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Apparently I was in a bit of a spice mood yesterday because this is the tea I chose to follow up my cup of Chai Apricot with. I did add some milk though, for some extra creaminess that I thought would compliment the honeyed ginger/warming quality the tea already possesses. It resulted in a cup that tasted a bit bland/watered down though, despite a thicker and richer mouthfeel. I think that the addition of milk could have worked; but to prevent that flavour loss I think I’d have needed to compensate with either more tea leaf or a longer infusion.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7fzkqLozwA&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=3

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You know how I know I’m having an off day/night?

I found myself deeply craving a mug of this tea tonight; a plain ginger tea. I didn’t even add any honey this time around drinking it, and I’m still really liking it. It’s smooth, and has a bit of natural sweetness. The black base is also just very nice: malt, graham, a bit of a bread-like quality?

I’m probably getting sick – that seems like the only logical conclusion to explain why my body is telling me to drink ginger tea. I don’t know, though.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVUD2pvytQ4&index=1&list=WL

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Many thanks to the best tea twin in the world, VariaTEA for so thoughtfully sending a birthday package my way! The March Box from Tea Sparrow showed up this afternoon, and I’m very excited to dig into it since this is a company that is new to me!

I don’t know if it’s fortunate or unfortunate timing – but currently I’m sick so I waiting to try all of these new teas until my palate is in tip top shape. The exception to that is this tea which I decided was worth trying now for a few reasons. The main one is that I don’t like ginger a whole lot, so it sort of feels best to drink it while I’m sick and can’t taste all that well. However, ginger tea is also just a good sick tea in general so I thought maybe it’d actually end up helping in the long run, and that would be a bonus. Finally, this whole box is “honey” themed it’s recommended you try the teas with honey, and honey is definitely good for a sore throat so that just further strengthened my resolve to drink this one now.

I have to say, I was REALLY surprised how much I liked this. Now, maybe that IS because I’m sick and my palate is a bit wonky – but maybe not. I’ll have to revisit when I feel better just to see. This was just so sweet and smooth though with not only really nice honey and ginger notes but almost a molasses like quality and graham and malt undertones from the black tea base. It came together in a way that really had me thinking of gingerbread or ginger snaps. It was surprisingly strong, given my muted sense of taste, and really enjoyable.

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drank Fruit Basket by Tea Sparrow
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Edit: does anyone know why my dashboard notices might have stopped functioning? The last one I received was over a month ago, and I haven’t received any for my recent post likes or comments.

Third of my four Februay teas. This one seems to be an in house blend directly from Tea Sparrow, which intrigued me. Unfortunately the concept is simple and unoriginal. This is a basic fruit blend: too tart without additional sweetener featuring the usual flavours of mixed berries. Rather unimpressive, and the tea is so heavy that the package only has enough for two cups. Pretty disappointing, but considering the type of tea: unsurprising.

Roswell Strange

From the sounds of this has happened to many people over the last month, myself included. For me it’s been around two weeks since my last notification. mrmopar is another user whom it’s happening to. Jason is aware of the problem, and has said he’s working to correct it.

Teatotaler

Thanks for the info, Roswell! It’s been about two weeks since my last notification as well.

Mookit

Good to know, thanks Roswell!

Rasseru

I havent had any for weeks either

Dustin

Thanks for the heads up! Mine isn’t notifying me either and I hadn’t quite noticed it was an issue since I have been busy the past several weeks and not on here as much.

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drank Cream of Earl Grey by Tea Sparrow
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drank Cream of Earl Grey by Tea Sparrow
57 tasting notes

I couldn’t find a separate listing for this tea or any others from this company so thought I’d throw my thoughts here.

This tea is delicious! I prefer drinking earl grey mixes with an element of sweetness or cream because it balances out the astringency of the bergamot. The best way I can describe the taste is clean but creamy. Smells and tastes super fresh. Didn’t have to use a ton of leaf to get a really nice flavor from it. Wonderful with some milk added. I’ll be sad when this pouch is done.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is the first of many teas I’m rating that I brought back from the Tea Festival in Vancouver last weekend.

Slight tangent here from the tea review to say the festival was awesome! I went to a couple of tea workshops (Tea 101 and Tea for Health) which were quite interesting and sampled lots and lots of tea. I also managed to buy a lot of tea despite walking in the doors not really needing any. No regrets though! It was nice to see new vendors (new to me anyways) and fall in love with new teas. Speaking of which …

This tea was the very first I sampled when I walked into the hall. I tried several other Earl Grey Creams but this one was by far my favourite. After buying one packet of it, I came back later that afternoon to sample it a second time and purchase another packet. Michael at Tea Sparrow was so kind to give me an additional pack for free too when I mentioned how much I liked it and he shared how much the tea resonated for him too.

There’s a really nice purity of flavour that comes out in this tea. The bergamot and vanilla cream have a perfect synthesis. The flavour and aromas are exactly what I’d like an Earl Grey Cream tea to be. Perfectly satisfying without any need to add further cream or sugar. I love the description of it too: “Buttery cream & bourbon vanilla float under a satin sheet of citrus bergamot, while the rich estate black tea covers all like a fleece blanket.” It’s bang on too. There’s a cozy feeling that comes from just the right balancing of the flavours.

I should mention that the Tea Sparrow packaging directs you to order more from The Teaguy website which suggests this is the same tea packaged as Cream Earl Grey from The Teaguy. I’ll verify this when I run out and need to order more.

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML
Fjellrev

I remember when Tea Sparrow had a booth at the Victoria tea festival a few years ago. Very nice people!

CelticBrew

Can’t agree more. Any idea what happened to the Victoria festival?

Fjellrev

Something to do with there weren’t enough funds, or interested vendors, to make it happen? Too bad.

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The orange and the apple really shine through, with a hint of the pumpkin. Very nice fruity tea with a lovely aroma. We drank it hot, but I see how it could be very good on ice. A very nice change. I may buy more of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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