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Visited this tea farm (yes, there is a tea farm in Canada) and tried a sample of this.
Initially, it is very herbal, strong peppermint and lemongrass. In the after taste there is a strong flavour of licorice root and iron/minerals. Licorice root reminds me of poorly used artificial sweeteners because of that lingering fake oversweetness. This blend would be great if you like licorice root, but it is definitely not for me.
Flavors: Herbs, Lemongrass, Licorice, Medicinal, Metallic, Mineral, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet
Queued tasting note from Saturday morning!
Fantastic rooibos base, one of the best rooibos I have ever had. Sweet, aromatic lavender. The lavender tasted very fresh. The rooibos was a bit woody, but not metallic/minerally like some rooibos. I found the creaminess really smooth, it was almost like I added milk. All around, this was a really great tea.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Floral, Lavender, Milk, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood
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Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Dry Grass, Earth, Ginger, Herbs, Pepper, Plants, Spices, Spicy, Spinach
GCTTB (round 6) entry
Forgot to log a few teas yesterday. I did a tasting session with some friends, and they really liked this one too.
I really like how toasty and woody it is. It does make sense it is from dried tea plant stems. If you like the idea of a tea made with toasted twigs, this is for you. It is a big of a darker roast in flavour, but I like it. No smoke or char, just delicious wood scent and toasty goodness.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Nutty, Roasted, Stems, Tea, Toasted, Toasty, Wood
This is my morning cup, surprised I haven’t reviewed this before! I picked this up on our trip to the island a year ago. It’s a nice rooibos with a good sweet flavor from the vanilla, a nice linen mouthfeel and slight flavor from the lavender, and a good rooibos base, not too scratchy! The orange isn’t really present, maybe a mild tang in the aftertaste. For a ref rooibos, this is quite enjoyable. Nice warming and richer cup today as I continue my caffeine hiatus.
I am finishing off this awesome tea at work today. I will definitely, 100% be ordering more of this, and probably in March. My nose is going crazy today, and I even had an allergy pill yesterday..I also finally asked if the HVAC system can be checked at my work as I have been so sick with my asthma at work that something must be wrong. I suspect mold, as I also have a mold allergy, and haven’t had asthma symptoms prior to last summer in about 15 years. Hopefully they find something and can fix it! In the meantime, I will continue taking allergy pills about every 2nd day and drinking teas such as this, caffeine free and good for allergies. And it tastes awesome! Until we meet again, my friend. See previous notes on this one :) upping rating a bit too.
I will definitely have to order more of this, I am nearing the end of my first bag from Nov and it is my go-to herbal for before bed and allergies at the same time. Or just allergies! I really want to try blending my own of this with my big bag of nettles, so I might try that :) awesome tea! Upping rating – see previous notes :)
And time to finally review another Teafarm tea I picked up on my trip! This one sounded very interesting to me, a herbal chai without rooibos, instead, the base is nettle leaves! Definitely couldn’t pass this one up :)
The dry smell is quite chai like, with the cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and peppercorns bringing a spicy scent, and the nettle and lemon components bringing a herbiness. I steeped for around 2-3 mins, not sure of the parameters so I just guess haha. The brewed liquor is very herbal smelling with an afterscent of pepper. Yum! Should help my allergies too!
As for the flavor, this is a very interesting combo! It definitely has chai flavors from all the spices, with cardamom and the peppercorns ruling, but the nettle keeps its herbal flavor and really makes this into a unique, not-your-usual chai tea. I think the lemon verbena and peel add a refreshing note to the nettle, it’s not drying from the spices either.
Overall, a super unique tea I am very pleased to have bought! Unfortunately I didn’t see this one online – if this continues to please me, I will probably have to look into emailing them to see if I can order more :) happy I picked this one up!
I’m back from vacation!! It’s been so long Steepster haha..I did read a few notes and checked out the Black Friday hubbub a few times but didn’t feel like posting any notes while there. Let’s just say…I bought a LOT of tea haha. There are quite a few unique little shops out on the Island, and I didn’t even get to them all!
This shop was a purely random chance find lol, we had gone out to a birds-of-prey sanctuary and were trying to get back to the main highway, so the GPS sent us down this random road. Lo and behold…there is a tea shop there! In the middle of the Cowichan Valley! And what a place!!! The owner immediately provided us a taste of tea when we went in the rustic little shop, a delicious russian caravan with lavender! So good! It was brewed in a beautiful clay pot that the lady that also works there had made, she does pottery and helps with the tea. They are also growing their own tea right there and said it will be ready for selling in small quantities next year! Woot!
So this amazing little tea shop has tons of teas! I smelled so many and the guy really knows his stuff, it was great. I ended up getting this one and 2 others for myself, and the bf got 3 for himself too. I actually was torn between this tea, the EG lavender and their house blend called Persia – a blend of darjeeling, ceylon, EG and lavender. They all smelled delicious, but this one won out – it has such a bright lemony citrus scent, no soap just pure citrus goodness! They apparently use real Bergamot oil, no synthetic or artificial stuff.
As for the flavor, this is a great EG! The citrusy bergamot is so bright, it almost tastes like a lemon black tea rather than an EG! It’s a unique one, that is for sure, and it is quite drinkable in my opinion. I had it quite a few mornings on our trip, and am having it at work this morning in a poor attempt to wake up and focus haha. Post vacation blahs…yeah, I’m not all here yet. Hopefully I get back into focus as I have a meeting this afternoon lol.
Anyways, overall this is a pretty good EG tea. I am so happy I found this little shop and can’t wait to try the others I got from there too! Check them out online too :)
Flavors: Citrus, Lemon
My husband and I shared a pot of this at the Teafarm (which, by the way, is a fantastic spot to sit and have a cuppa). I knew after the first sip that I would walk away with a 200g tin of it. Persia is a tea with some depth. The mixture of the different blacks lends complexity and the bergamot and lavender add fresh floral and fruity notes. I can’t wait to see how it pairs with milk and/or honey.
I tried this last night. It’s a loose tea, and I may have added too much (2 heaps teaspoons to 2 cups water), and also brewed too long. The white tea was a bit strong/bitter – will add less tea and steep for less time next time. Definitely very lavender – wow! I wonder if adding a few dried mint leaves would mellow out the lavender just a touch. Nice though :-)
I love mint (for tea) and fennel, and enjoy a good black tea. I get mint mostly, but that’s okay. I brewed about 1 1/2 heaping teaspoons of the loose tea in 2 cups of water, for about 6 minutes. I really like it – the black tea isn’t as noticable, but then, that’s good if I want a herbal-tasting tea with the “wake-up!” perk of a black tea. Very happy with this blend. Plus, it’s a local tea company, and I love supporting local :-)
When I saw this booth at the Sidney Nightmarket, I thought it was just another artisan tea blender taking advantage of tea’s growing popularity. Colour me surprised when I discovered that apparently we grow tea on Vancouver Island!
Being born in the year of the boar, and having a soft spot for all things vanilla, I settled on this tea in their selection to see if it was any good.
The tea brewed is darker than most standard green teas, but the first sip tastes like lovely toasty greens in the Japanese style. It has a smooth finish thanks to the vanilla, which allays some of the bitterness I find Japanese greens can have. All in all, a relaxing cup.