Myrtle's Tea House

Tea type
Black Tea
Bergamot, Black Teas, Cinnamon, Cloves, Natural Flavours, Nutmeg, Strawberry
Bergamot, Cinnamon, Citrus, Lemon, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Creamy, Earl Grey, Fruity, Tannin, Spices
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Loose Leaf
Organic, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Magycmyste
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 3 g 9 oz / 274 ml

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Tea of the Week for March 14, 2016!

Myrtle’s Tea House is our (Amethyst’s & Anne’s) favorite place to go for tea. We started going to Myrtle’s Tea House in Ridgefield, Washington back when it first opened. Back then, it had five or six tables and there was just one person running the dining room (the owner, Elizabeth) and one person back in the kitchen. But they didn’t let that stop them from offering the most delightful little tea sandwiches and the most personable service. I always felt like friends when we’d stop in. She even remembers the tea that I usually order. Now, after several years in business – they’ve grown by leaps and bounds! They’ve had to move to bigger digs, now instead of five or six tables in one room, they’ve got three ROOMS filled with tables and they’re always booked. In fact, if you don’t make reservations, you can’t get in! They’re always busy!

And since those early days, they’ve hired on a few new servers but Elizabeth still takes the time to come over and talk to us and keep us feeling like we’re friends. She still knows what tea I’ll probably want. And the attention they pay to detail on each and every savory and sweet during the three course meal is remarkable.

So I decided that I wanted to create a tea that was inspired by my favorite flavors from Myrtle’s Tea House. The tea that I order is a black tea with notes of bergamot and vanilla. So I started out with a robust black tea base of Nilgiri, Yunnan Dian Hong and just a touch of single estate Ceylon to smooth it out. Then I blended it with bergamot and real vanilla bean. And my very favorite item from the menu at Myrtle’s Tea House is the chilled strawberry soup. (Seriously folks, this soup is amazing.) It is a lightly spiced soup – so to the black tea with bergamot and vanilla, I added strawberries, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

The result is a cup that evokes thoughts of a magical place known as Myrtle’s Tea House. If you’re ever in Southern Washington (or even in Portland, Oregon), make it a point to visit. But remember, you need to make reservations!

Taster size is approximately 1/2 ounce.

organic ingredients: black teas, strawberries, cinnamon pieces, cloves, bergamot, vanilla bean, nutmeg, natural flavors.

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16 Tasting Notes

6024 tasting notes

(52teas (Anne) 2022: 107)

Could have sworn I’d rated this one before, but I guess not. Unfortunately, it’s not quite what I’d hoped for when I bought a couple extra pouches. There’s a flavour present that reminds me of chapstick, and I really don’t care for it. I don’t know exactly what the flavour is – it’s possible that it’s bergamot, but I like bergamot in other teas, so that doesn’t make much sense. Anyhow, it’s drinkable, and the base is pleasant, but the flavouring is just not to my liking.

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1129 tasting notes

I have a large bag of this from 2018, and haven’t opened it yet. But I’m in an Earl Grey mood so decided to break it open.

It smells amazing! A strong but not overbearing bergamot and sweet strawberry waft off the cup. The flavor is similar to strawberry lemonade, only a bit bitier and floral-leaning from the bergamot. There is a tiny hint of cinnamon sweetness at the end of the sip. The base is super smooth, too.

Excellent! Tastes like a mix of medium-bodied Earl Grey with Lady Londonderry. I’ll definitely enjoy working through this bag.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Citrus, Lemon, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

Oh my, I had forgotten Lady Londonderry!

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6378 tasting notes

Topped this with strawberry white chocolate cold foam. It was good but next time I’ll try a strawberry vanilla cold foam to better reflect the flavours of the tea.


OH – this sounds yummy!

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2902 tasting notes

This is my favourite bergamot tea! As it turns out, strawberries, bergamot, and a bold black tea go well together. I drank every cup with a touch of vanilla soy milk and 1/2 tsp sugar and it was perfect. I think the milk and sugar bring out the strawberry a bit more and make it super smooth.

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Earl Grey, Fruity, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Tannin

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

That’s sounds like a great combo!


I’m glad you like this one! :)

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70 tasting notes

And now it is done. I quite enjoyed this masterful blending of flavours. My foolish device will not let me slide to an 85 rating. Hopefully, I will remember to update it when I am on my laptop.

And it’s a sipdown.

(Sipdown 49)

Autistic Goblin

I always hate when the device won’t let me do what I want to do :D

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13648 tasting notes

I picked some teas to sip on this afternoon using a randomizer (AKA *VariaTEA) and this was one of them! I’m not going to admit to how long it took to find this sample because I feel like that’s admitting the full scale of how much of a tea hoarding problem I have – but lets just say that it was a while…

I mostly got bright strawberry and woody/spicy cinnamon bark notes in this cup with a full bodied, brisk black tea base as a little astringency (especially as the tea cooled). It’s been a while since I had this tea last, and it was better than I remembered it being. Still not a favourite, but refreshingly different from a lot of other teas I’ve had as of late! Ironically, as I’m saying that, the combination of the strawberry and cinnamon DID remind me of something that I think I’ve tasted recently – I’m not even sure if it was tea though! I couldn’t nail down what it was, in the end, that was making me feel that flavour deja vu.


I suggested this tea like 8 hours ago. Were you searching for 8 hours? :P

Roswell Strange

Definitely not that long! XD

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223 tasting notes

I just reblended about 4 pounds of this tea for the actual Myrtle’s Tea House – – because they have ordered some. They not only sell it in their tea shop, but they also grind it to a fine consistency and add it to their shortbread cookies that they serve to their afternoon tea customers.

And since I reblended it – I have to test it before I start packaging it up. My inspiration behind this blend is some of my favorite things at Myrtle’s. There is, of course, the tea which is a creamy Earl Grey and their exceptionally good strawberry soup which is made of pureed strawberries, cream and a touch of cloves and cinnamon. Seriously – that soup! You guys … that soup!!!

We’ll be going to Myrtle’s on Thursday to deliver the tea – and they probably won’t have that soup on Thursday since it’s not exactly strawberry season at the moment. But they do have a really good tomato and basil soup too and that might be a bit more satisfying on a cold and what I think may turn out to be a snowy day since we’re getting quite a bit of snow at the moment.

Anyway – back to this tea. This is every bit as good as I remember. Sweet strawberry – a touch of vanilla – notes of cinnamon and clove and of course, that lovely bergamot. After I finish packaging up the tea for the tea house, I just might have a few pouches left over to add to the website!


You are really making it difficult for me not to buy more teas right now.



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1894 tasting notes

A very quick note on this one after the fact -

This reminded me more of a really nice chai than a strawberry bergamot tea. The spices were warming and pushed everyone else off the stage. No strawberry for me at all. I’m drinking through some older teas lately, so again this could be the age.

Flavors: Spices

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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