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I had this one during the week but I don’t really remember much about the cup other than being somewhat pleasantly surprised by how sweet it was…

Flavors: Sweet

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Large pot of tea, with some coffee flavoured honey added to it also.

This was a decent pot; strong and full bodied with a brisk/bold flavour from the black tea base. A sort of “simplified” malt flavour, with baked apple notes and a vaguely boozey stewed fruit sort of note. Some creaminess in the top of the sip. Definitely all notes that I’ve experienced from this tea when I’ve made it normally – but just a little bit amplified.

Also a honey sweetness, but not much of the “coffee” from the honey. I think it ended up masked by the black tea since this flavored honey is a little more on the subtle side.

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Hot with a little milk.

This was the nicest cup of this that I’m managed to make to date; it came out surprisingly smooth and well defined in flavour with sweet, boozy apple notes and creamy yogurt undertones. I was actually kind of shocked and taken aback by how tasty it was; I hardly believe I was drinking the same tea! I don’t know how I coaxed out those wonderful caramelized sugar, apple pastry, brandy, and velvety notes but if I can replicate it again then that’ll be some major turn around for this bad boy!

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Tried making this one last night, with a splash of blueberry liqueur in it because I thought that would compliment the boozey nature of the blend. It was very gross though; came off as bitter, and medicinal. I don’t know if that boils down to the tea or the liqueur causing that, or if it was just an unholy pairing. I wont be recreating it again, though.

Gross.

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Still have a shit ton of this, so I pulled it out tonight and made a mug for myself and one for my mother while we did various Christmas things, like set up our Pine tree and decorate Christmas cookies…

We definitely half-assed the Christmas stuff for the most part though; the tree wont have ornaments on it, and we didn’t decorate anything else save for a giant bowl of walnut on the coffee table. Plus, of course, cookies are only a temporary Christmas thing – they’ll definitely be consumed sooner rather than later. It’s SOMETHING though, right?

This felt thematic to Christmas/semi Christmas decorating though – and my mom even spiked her cup of it with some actual Brandy. Personally I just stuck with a little bit of cinnamon flavoured honey though since I remembered this one tasting a little flat last time I tried it. I figured a flavoured honey would at least add something to the blend. If I’m being honest, it was still pretty light/mild though. Not bad, though! I didn’t get much boozy from it – just like a soft, kind of creamy apple flavour a top a sort of malty/bready black base tea, with cinnamon finishing notes from the honey. It reminded me a lot more of like a baked apple/generic cinnamon apple flavour than anything else.

Still, not bad – and totally appropriate for the evening! I feel like this should taste so much better than it actually does, though…

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Tried this at work today.

I can tell right away that this is something I’m going to need to play with a lot to be really satisfied with it. It’s not that it was gross, but it was just really lacking in flavour all around. Really bland, and just a little bit stale tasting. The way it was stored prior to my buying it is probably a factor here – big glass jars in direct sunlight. I fucking hate when vendors do that. It just degrades the quality of the tea so rapidly…

So yeah; hints of apple and some creaminess from the yogurt drops but not much going on here. Really had to focus to get any sort of clear flavour imagery. Bleh.

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drank Blue Moon by The Canister
8584 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Found myself really craving this one, and it was actually a challenge finding it in my tea stash so I was having one of those weird moments of confusion and panic where I couldn’t remember if I had or hadn’t sipped this one done yet – that’s a problem you face when your tea stash is so big.

I did find it though, and the tin is still pretty damn full so no sipdown any time soon. Tasted good though; like the sort of generic fruity flavour of Froot Loops, but with a smidge more orange – sweet orange candy though, not tangy/acidic orange. You could taste the apple fairly clearly as well; not as an “apple” note but more as the general sweetness that apple adds to tisanes when used as the “base” of the blend.

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drank Blue Moon by The Canister
8584 tasting notes

Sipping on this one now, while sitting outside with my earbuds in. It’s very cool outside, but not uncomfortably so – the mash up of warming, fruity tea and good music is so relaxing.

I know that’s a sentiment that I’ve expressed a lot this week; but this feels like the first week in a long time where I’ve really gotten to relax like this. Things at work are just clicking into place, and I have time for myself outside of work hours. I wouldn’t call myself ‘happy’ right now, but definitely just a little bit more than content. I’m hardly ever really happy; I think we all have default emotions and mine is usually this mix of sadness/melancholy. It’s hard to overcome that; but this is the best I think I’ve been in a while. Most days I feel relaxed.

As far as the tea comes, it’s got the orange/blueberry combo that I’ve come to expect from it and some plumpness/apple body and undertone notes. When I let myself sip on it mindlessly, without breaking it apart into pieces, I find it tastes like Froot Loops. It’s not as sweet/sugary, though. It’s hitting the spot tonight.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bcFezD7n9w&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=8

Upbeat and funky, but not too upbeat/funky. Still has a bit of a sort of sadness to it? I like the sort of whispery quality of her voice, too.

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drank Blue Moon by The Canister
8584 tasting notes

A nice hot cup of herbal tea to sip on partially during my closing paperwork, and partially on the commute home. It was really nice; good balance of blueberry, orange, and apple notes with natural sweetness and not much tartness at all.

After now learning more about Blue Moon Ice Cream from A Quarter To Tea I can’t help but wonder if that’s possibly where the name from this one comes from? I mean, I have NO WAY of knowing, but if people interpret Blue Moon Ice Cream as tasting sort of like Fruit Loops that I can kind of see this maybe supposed to be a recreation of that kind of flavour? I can’t think where else the name would come from, and the blueberry/orange pairing is a little more unique especially since it doesn’t seem to tie into the name at all…

Just a thought, though…

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drank Blue Moon by The Canister
8584 tasting notes

Iced!

I think I’m actually happy that I’m gonna have so much of this one to explore, ‘cause this is my second time trying it out and I’m finding that for a fruit infusion/tisane I’m enjoying it a pretty decent amount. It’s not without room for improvement, but I think with the quantity of this that I have on hand I can probably nail that given time.

Basically, it’s like a candied blueberry flavour/body with a bit more of a tart/sour hibiscus and orange edge to it. Ideally, I want to try and cut down the sourness and get the whole profile to more of that plump, juicy candied sort of territory.

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drank Blue Moon by The Canister
8584 tasting notes

So, I grabbed this one from this small little store in Winnipeg called The Canister. I’m not really familiar with Winnipeg’s layout but it looked to be in a pretty out of the way location, tucked down a flight of stairs and hidden away.

It wasn’t the world’s nicest store if I’m being honest – looked a little like the owner was a tea addict right on the cusp of being a hoarder. Just tons and tons of stuff everywhere lining the walls and shelves. Crappy little boxes of tea, and tacky ass mugs. The man working there was friendly enough though, and the pricing was really reasonable so I ended up grabbing two different teas to try. Why not, right? I opted for the two most unique looking blends – this one, and a black tea.

The owner described this as a blueberry herbal – and it definitely smell like blueberry. It’s also really citrus heavy though; definitely has a lot of orange in the blend. When I brewed it up, I definitely got both of those flavours too. It was weird though; it started off very tart with this sour kind of fusion of apple, orange and hibiscus. However, the body of the sip was where it was at! Very smooth, mellow plump and creamy blueberry notes. It reminded me of blueberry pie filling! Really pleasant; it would almost be better if that was what the whole sip tasted like if I’m being honest.

Overall, quite pleasant/enjoyable but not without room for improvement. I was still pleasantly surprised though! Plus – since the smallest amount this store sold in was 1/4 pounds (113g!) I definitely have a lot to play with.

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