1759 Tasting Notes

drank Rise N Shine by Teaopia
1759 tasting notes

I’ve always disliked carbonated beverages, but had nothing against the “cola” flavour… so when I smelled this tea, I was HOOKED! I love the punchy aroma and kick of alertness it gives me when I need that boost. With a little agave to sweeten it up, it’s just like a hot cup of coke! yummmm. I can’t do excessive amounts of caffeine so this is a great alternative for me. Almost as good as the Sunshine Mate I have.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Mate Chino by The Tea Emporium
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This is one of the few teas that I never grew to love. I tried, really I did! The upper effect is great, but the cocoa flavour does not blend well with the Mate at all. I ended up giving it away to a friend. Adding milk helped dampen the earthy/cocoa-ness that made me wretch, but not by enough for my standards. If this were the only Mate I could get my hands on, only then would I consider having another cup.

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this tea is tasteee!! It got me through some rough times, when I was unable to indulge in caffeine. It has something else in it, Maltine I think? that is pretty much caffeine sans the jitters! I was alert and energetic, without the jumpiness. The fresh lemon flavour was great as well. The citrus smell there in both the dry and steeped tea, and it comes out in the flavour to. It does a fantastic job of covering up the earthy mate taste.
However, I really need to be in the mood to mix it with milk. The lemon covers up the earthy yerba flavour well, but when mixed with milk it just tastes a little odd. That said, I do partake every now and again! Also, I tend to save this tea for those days when I need that little extra push.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Tropicana by The Tea Emporium
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another great Rooibos tea. The grapefruit isn’t strong as I would like, but still adds a nice roundness to my sips. Sortof the orange pekoe equivalent of red tea, only with grapfruit instead… I do find that I really need to be in the mood for this tea, but then I am a mood drinker. With over 15 teas in my cupboard, I can afford to be! :P

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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what a cup of heaven!! oh my…
the first time I tried this tea, the David’s girl gave me an extra half spoonful. I love how they always heap it on to make it super tasty. Right away, when I smelled this tea, I knew it was going to be deeeelightful. (that was on my third try, the first two times they were out, and when I went back to purchase some as well!)
I was tempted to simply hold the cup in my hands and let the smell waft around me, bathing me in that amazing aroma. Banana. Nuts. Dates. They all come through in a blissful marriage of flavour that makes me weak at the knees.
However, I do have one complaint. I find it a tad weak, even after steeping for ten minutes. Squeezing the bag with tongs helped quite a bit though, but it must be done carefully, lest the bag rip and spill the precious contents. I Break the banana up into smaller pieces so that it doesn’t rip the bag when squished.
Too bad my tea is mostly gone now. Atleast it left it’s scent in the tin…

Boiling 8 min or more

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This tea is great! however not a staple for me. It’s very sweet but asides from the almond flavour, does not carry much else. It’s pretty much a cup of liquid, almond cookie… which in my opinion, is a rather simple flavour. That said, when I’m craving that something sweet, it really hits the spot. I prefer it with some milk, and a touch of sugar to enhance the almond. It smells yummy as well of course!

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drank Earl Grey Rooibos by Teaopia
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This is a great all around tea for me. I enjoy that the rooibos isn’t entirely overshadowed by the earl grey. It has a lot of depth as well, which I enjoy. Intense, complex teas are my thing. You’ll rarely see me with a cup of any “pure” tea.
Also, at one time, when bagged earl grey was all I had tried, I could not stand the stuff! then a friend gifted me (not teaopia, it had no brand name on it so I can’t be sure where it’s from. Someplace in Calgary I think) some looseleaf and it changed my life. In fact this is what got me hooked! So pardon my bias on this one, it’s the tea that started everything looseleaf for me.
I’ve tried regular earl grey since, but it just does not work for me somehow. Sorry this review isn’t more helpful!

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I wasn’t sure about this tea when I bought it… but my instincts said yes so I did! and oh boy am I ever glad I listened!! the cinnamon really comes through, though I really can’t taste much of the orange note. It’s like a pocket of cinnamon burst in my mouth…. good with or without milk, and just a pinch of sugar. I find that sugar, in this case, brings out the flavour a tad more. Oh, and it’s great for digestion. healthy and tasty in one mug? my kind of tea

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I am a big fan of coconut, and find that though I don’t have a favourite tea base, I often find varieties in the oolong family that make tickle my tastebuds. So… naturally, I LOVE this tea! the coconut flavour really comes through and the oolong notes balance it out nicely. It goes exceptionally well with milk as well. No sugar required, it’s naturally sweet on it’s own- another big plus :)

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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