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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
138 tasting notes

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
4 tasting notes

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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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I’m always a bit concerned when a tea says one tablespoon per 8 0z since that rarely seems to be the case,. In a compromise I put in 1.5 tsp for 8 oz.

The dry leaf has an almost orange scent but I don’t really taste it when brewed.

The chai element is a bit weak so maybe it should have been a whole tablespoon. It is good and I will gladly drink it. It makes a nice evening drink with it being a rooibos. The spices make it an interesting drink.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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