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I had this tea at a lovely spa and was surprised by their high quality tea selection. I’ve been to spas with only Stash mint tea and one with Lipton. I ended up drinking a lot of tea that day.

This EG Crème is good with a touch of cane sugar, but I took a teabag home and am now enjoying it a lot with milk. The dry tea smells like smooth vanilla and bergamot, but the brewed tea is primarily flavourful bergamot and fresh black tea without the vanilla. I would say I can taste the creaminess, but it is weak and distant. I like my EG potently creamy with lots of vanilla and cream flavour.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey, Malt, Tannin

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This is quite an interesting tea. I pulled it out of the TTB and am enjoying my last cup.

There is a lot of lemon and strawberry, it actually tastes a lot like lemon and strawberry PEZ mixed together, but without the sweetness. The base is flavourful and lightly floral. I think it is is a vegetal white like Bai Mu Dan) because there are some herby and bok choy vegetal notes that stand out. It also reminds me of pineapple, maybe based on the acidity and fruity flavour.

Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Floral, Lemon, Pineapple, Strawberry, Vegetal

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Very heavy on the rooibos, lightly fruity and floral. Mostly just rooibos though.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Melon, Rooibos

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drank China Oolong by Twinings
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Oof this is so bitter for a lightly roasted oolong. It does have the roasted flavour but it doesn’t taste fresh or high quality. The leaves are heavily broken so longer steeps seem to get more bitter faster than they get more flavour. Main notes are raisin, molasses (but without the sweetness), charcoal, and toasted barley.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bitter, Burnt Sugar, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted Barley, Toasted

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drank Vanilla Toffee Rooibos by 52teas
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This is a spectacular vanilla rooibos that reminds me of bourbon. The rooibos is much tastier than a lot of rooibos I’ve had recently from other companies. There is something that reminds me of honey or brown sugar but I wouldn’t call it toffee. The calendula petals are very pretty in this, sort of wispy and they make a good accent colour.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Honey, Rooibos, Vanilla

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 19 OZ / 550 ML

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drank Jasmine by Wize Monkey
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If I hadn’t rechecked the label I would have assumed this was the original/unflavoured coffee leaf tea. There was no floral jasmine notes at all. There was a touch of vegetal qualities but mostly in the way of “it tastes like leaves”. It actually reminds me a lot of houjicha with its smokey and dried leaf aroma. No jasmine though, which is disappointing.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Roasted Barley, Smoke, Vegetal


Hi Arby! Our new jasmine blend has been upgraded with jasmine petals and also a better quality jasmine essence. You should notice the difference with the new loose leaf format available on our website :)


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drank When Doves Cry by 52teas
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Beautiful and elegant, I love this violet and apricot white tea. It tastes like apricot to me, which I enjoy a lot. Apricot is my favourite “rarely represented” tea flavour. Even with no candied violet petals this has a sweetness to it.

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drank Honeybush Pumpkin Chai by Adagio
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Another sipdown from my decaf cupboard

I’ve already reviewed this tea I believe, but since I left this cup too long and it cooled down I’m doing to write another one for drinking it cold. I get lots of standard chai spice (peppercorn, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon) and the honeybush is lovely. The honeybush is less sweet than usual, and I don’t get as much piumpkin spice flavour at the bottom of the bag. This is possibly because the bottom of my pouch had a lot of the heavier spices and less honeybush.

It is a solid chai, especially for a herbal tisane base. I will buy it again when I order from adagio, but it doesn’t stand out as much as the banana nut (my favourite adagio tea so far) or the vanilla rooibos chai.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy, Wood


Yesssss banana nut. Me too.

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drank Earl Grey by Wize Monkey
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This is a pleasant EG with strong citrus and lots of bergamot. I found the citrus was almost too strong, but the coffee leaf base was slightly roasted so it was a unique take on EG. I do find EGs are much better with milk, so I added some vanilla soy milk and poured it over ice (first brewed hot but then iced and drank cold). It is almost spring here on Canada’s west coast and we have daffodils and crocuses coming up soon in the garden. It is sunny but cold today (~10 deg C) but I thought sun instead of rain/clouds was reason enough to have an iced tea.

One critique of this EG is that without a black tea base, there is no malty undertones. I also like my EGs with vanilla (cream of EG or Vanilla EG) so this plain version was made even less desirable by the lack of malty black tea and the lack of vanilla flavouring.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Roasted


Hi Arby! Our new Earl Grey has been upgraded with a better bergamot oil from Sicily and also we added a light touch of vanilla to balance the citrus. From reading your review, I think you would really like it! Let us know if you want a sample and we can ship it out :)


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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, , natural flavour, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb)


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