Wow, pathetic. Nothing ruins tea like keeping it in the plastic bags you buy it in at Bulk Barn.

I picked up a three cup sample of this two months ago, and it was juicy and delicious. Since I only had two teaspoons left, I didn’t bother rebagging it. Well, having another cup today, most of the flavour is already gone. There’s black tea base and a hint of currant, but I’m unimpressed.

This tea is absolutely worth drinking when it’s fresh, and hopefully worth drinking when it’s stored properly, but damn, how quickly this got boring.

If you buy teas at Bulk Barn, move them to a better storage container right away. They have a lot of good teas that just don’t hold up well in their little plastic bread tab bags.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Spices don’t hold up well in those either, heh.

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Spices don’t hold up well in those either, heh.

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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