Bear Trap

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Fruit Herbal Blend
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Berries, Berry, Tart, Fruity, Citrus, Black Currant, Blackberry, Cranberry, Floral, Sweet, Tangy, Raisins, Raspberry
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190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 26 oz / 767 ml

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It’ll work every time

Seriously, this might be the best way to stop a bear in its tracks. They love berries, and this tea is full of them. The aroma of black currants, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries is totally irresistible. Plus it’s calming, which is important when taming wild animals. Just don’t try to take it away from them.

Ingredients: Elderberries, apples, rosehips, blackcurrant, raisins, strawberry leaves, lemon verbena, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, papaya (papaya, sugar), natural and artificial flavouring.*

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2216 tasting notes

Cold steep! Fruity berry deliciousness!

It’ll be better once it’s sat overnight. 4 hours really isn’t long enough. Still, it’s refreshing and hydrating.

9 tsp 85 OZ / 2500 ML

I gave away all my herbals because of the hibiscus. Then I discovered the wonders of cold brewing and how that changes the flavor and now I am curious as to how they would have tasted if I tried them that way. Is the hibiscus strong in this?


Hell yeah. Speaking of hydration, are you feeling any better?


Umm, I don’t think it’s too strong as a cold steep. But I generally don’t mind hibiscus in my cold steeps. Especially if I keep them under 24 hours.

My lungs are still trying to escape my body. :) Not super fun, but at least the plague is not affecting eating or tea drinking… yet.


Aww. Bronchitis is a bitch. :(


Yep. And I get it almost every year. Whee.


Yeah, me too. :/

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1220 tasting notes

I steeped this last night then put it in the fridge for later. Now is later. Obviously.

It definitely needed something sweet, so I added in some wildflower honey. Kind of amazed at the difference it made. It was just like vaguely fruity and mostly tart and now I can taste berries for sure.

But that wasn’t enough…I saw MaddHatter ‘s note about adding lemonade…well I just happen to have some.
That works so well, and takes the tartness I wasn’t liking (thanks hibiscus I should have noticed) and makes it the lemon instead.

I will probably get more of this in the future, sweeten it while it’s still hot, and definitely add just a bit of lemonade again.

When it’s so tart it just doesn’t really feel like you can tell that’s it’s even made up of berries :( But I love anything that has bear in the name so I’m glad it’s easily remedied.

This is Bruno, part of my love of bears. He’s like the pet I don’t have to pay any fee of hundreds of dollars for as he doesn’t eat walls. And I’m sure if he was magically a real bear, he would love this tea too.

Thanks for the sample, Krystaleyn!


I only like this one cold-brewed, and then yes, it’s tart. Just what I want in an unsweetened iced tea!!


Haha that’s cute.


My friend is supposed to get me more from a DT in NYC so I will cold steep that and see if I like it better that way.

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3134 tasting notes

Iced this one over the last day or so, a little too tart for me right now. Probably won’t refill this one again when it’s gone; I think there are better teas for icing out there.

Ooh, just caught Amanda’s post out of the corner of my eye, where she adds some honey… time for some agave. That might perk it up a bit tonight.

Ah, better. There’s some bitterness though, which is kind of unpleasant, but I can definitely finish the cup now :)

Iced 8 min or more

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87 tasting notes

I have been having serious anxiety issues lately while writing my “coming out as transgender” letter to my family, and this is the only tea that has even remotely calmed my nerves.

The first time I bought it, I didn’t smell it or find out what was in it before buying a tin, all I cared about was the bear aspect. Well it turned out to be my favourite herbal blend!

It truly tastes like a bear hug in a cup. Sweet, tart, great hot or iced, and very “beary”! I love it plain, with one raw sugar cube, or a splash of maple syrup. Toss in some guayusa for an early morning kick too. I went through 100g in 5 days, and got another 200g today after running out of the house after giving my family the letter. Now at almost 1:30am I’m making another cup to help mellow out so I can sleep off this anxiety! I feel like my heart is going to burst from my chest or I’m going to shake right out of my skin!


Everything will work out for you. You’ve got friends here if you need any support. :)


“A bear hug in a cup” – you have me there! I hope all goes well – and ditto on Mercuryhime – we’re here for you! :) Good luck!


Sending love&hugs. Fingers crossed that things will go the way you had hoped. Coming out is way scary, but I also find it to be such a relief.


Good energy your way love! <3


Lots of virtual hugs going your way. I’m sharing my favorite It Gets Better video:

Bear With Me

Thanks guys. It went okay I guess, better than expected. Dad’s super supportive. Mom claimed to be and then did a total 180 and decided to call me an attention whore and selfish drama causer. sigh My not-quite-18 year old sister is also LIVID about it, says I’m “sick”. Oh well, 1 out of 3 ain’t too bad i suppose! Glad I got the extra 200g though, I have a feeling I’ll be going through it pretty quick at this rate!


Awww, hope everyone will come around. You are a person, and you have to love yourself, and if you aren’t happy with yourself, you have to find a way to. Love yourself, be yourself.


It always surprises me when people react negatively to such ideas as you presented to your family. I can’t see any reason behind it. I’m glad you have your dad. The others will come around in time.

Bear With Me

When I’m at my computer and not on my iPod I will link you guys to my blog which has a copy of the letter I wrote them.


Shayne, that letter is beautiful. It makes me want to cry. I’m sorry you had such a rough time finding sympathy and support, but I want you to know that I accept and celebrate you for who you are.
Also, I love the name of your blog.


I second Mercuryhime, your letter is beautiful. Remember that you are not alone, and in addition to your dad, there will always be people here and out in the world that support you and your choices.


I’m tearing up too. I recently saw a video of a male to female transition, and it was amazing. I also watched a fair of of Degrassi (my secret shame I guess) and there is a female to male trans character there too, and it is done well, I think. Welcome to being who you are on the inside to the outside. I am proud that you made the letter…that’s a great first step with your family.


You are so brave! I have to admit that I’ve been thankful many times that this is not a situation I’ve had to deal with, because I have so much trouble talking about things as is. My cousin (26) only last year came out as being gay, and I can’t even imagine how tough something like that would have been. I so hope things go well for you; that is such a well-written letter, and thank you so much for sharing it with us <3


I’m reading this 4 years later, and hoping things are better now. <3 FYI, as a tea review, this was helpful – if it could help you through that stress, mine should be a piece of cake! (((hugs)))

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297 tasting notes

This is the fifth tea from the ones my cousin picked up for me. I didn’t do my note for the fourth yet.

This tea reminds me of camping, both in the scent & taste. I don’t know if its psychological, because of the name, all the berries. I don’t know. It even smells/tastes like pine.

Ugh this is so delicious & is making me long for camping, late night fires, saunas, berry picking. Too good for words.

Boiling 8 min or more

I just made some of this to stick in mason jars in the fridge. It is also fantastic cold!


You’re making me long for camping :( lol


I haven’t had this one before but your description makes me think of Finland. :)

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695 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

No tartness, but a bit of tang is present which compliments the flavour profile. The flavour, however is quite faint with and only 4 minute infusion. Very authentic berry tasting. Possibly just a hint of artificial taste near the end of the sip.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

This is one I’ve been debating about getting. I love the name, but I’m not sure about all the flavors. Is it hibiscus-y at all?


I would say that it does taste like it has hibiscus in it; hibiscus that isn’t very well balanced with the other flavours. I’m thinking that it’s the ‘lemon verbena’ ingredient that is making it tart. This tisane was undrinkable for me when infused for the maximum recommended time of 7 minutes. If I get a chance to try this tisane in the future I’ll probably play around with the infusion parameters a bit more.


Hmm. Thanks for letting me know. Doesn’t sound like one I would like – but I do still love the name! :)

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1567 tasting notes

Finally tried this blast of berry to the 2335th power. I whipped up a cold brew, and let me tell you, be prepared for the deepest wine red.

It tastes predominantly of blackberries, and second in line is a crisp herbal note. Kind of leafy? My guess is raspberry leaf.

I peeked at the label and have discovered that strawberry leaves are in here. Ah, pretty close! They really work here. Conjures up images of berry patches, greenery and all.

I was actually expecting more berry, but I appreciate that this isn’t overly sweet or artificial. If you like tart tisanes, look no further.

EDIT: I quite like this hot. It’s like a drinkable hot berry tart minus the crust. It also reminds me of blueberry soup but not as sweet.

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1779 tasting notes

This seriously tastes like juice, without all the sugar. It’s really refreshing. I grabbed 50g for $3.50 or so when it was on sale and u only regret that I didn’t get more.

This is staying in the fridge as a staple for my toddler. She won’t even need juice (well, except for the vitamins…)


After drinking blends like this, drinking juice is SO weird. Way too sugary and thick.


I totally prefer the juicy teas over juices now. Or I dilute my juice with water, but then some of the flavour goes away. :) Nana’s Fruit Garden is quite similar, so if you end up needing more you can get it. And I think Zen Tea has a similar blend too.

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676 tasting notes

Had not tasted this in awhile. So refreshing to have this wonderful berry blend. I’m supposed to have a more room temp tea with my oral surgery…ugh…so having some tepid tea’s sounded unappetizing. This on a rather warm Winter day did sound good. Even cool and sweetened it has the character of the liquor that is left in the bowl of blackberries lightly sugered for dessert. Imagine the fresh flavor when you pick up the bowl when noone is looking and slurp it down. That’s how fresh this tea tastes and how spot on the berry flavor is. I really like this tea. Can’t wait for summer to create some recipes with Bear Trap!


I haven’t had this tea in a while, you’re making me want to drink it again! Sorry to hear about your oral surgery, I am no stranger to that myself and I know how much it can suck in the recovery phase :( Chill out, watch your favourite shows, and drink lots of bear trap!

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232 tasting notes

After making a pitcher of this tea with the kids, there was enough of the 50g bag to make enough iced tea for the staff.

This is the life! Sending staff home on a brutally hot Summer day with iced Bear Trap tea and a splash of fresh squeezed lemonade. Mmmmm!

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

You are so good to those kiddies! They are super lucky to have you and your “wicked sour” brew :)


LOL, yes, I have a staff who places “wicked” in front of everything to express how super excited she it with whatever it is she is excited about. Now the kids use it.


Is she from New England? It’s a very New England(er) term :)


I don’t know, I should ask.

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