124 Tasting Notes

85

This smells amazing! Like toasty rice and caramel! I love making this one as a latte! :) It definitely has a savoury, sweet quality to it. And I also believe the toasted rice gives it a pancake or baked good feeling!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Pastries, Popcorn, Salt, Savory, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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86

Another outstanding hojicha blend by Deb! I hope she continues to make hojicha blends in the future, since it is something I have not seen other companies do as well as she does! <3

This tea smells like chocolate and coconut, and then you get some of those warmer hojicha notes!

I had this without milk, and it was delicious! Sometimes cacao powder can be grainy; however, with this tea, it was extremely smooth! The chocolate notes really complimented that warm, roasted, nutty hojicha notes so nicely!

I still prefer hojicha cinnamon raisin bread pudding to this one, but I still enjoyed it a lot! I cannot wait until this becomes a permanent part of Deb’s collection!

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Coconut, Cream, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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74

Like all of Deb’s teas, this smelled so fragrant and fresh!

You can completely tell that everything is handmade and created with so much love. It makes it hard for me to try regular flavoured tea blends now lol, which often have artificial flavour added. Sometimes the artificial flavour works, but other times it is too strong for me and ends up tasting like chemicals!

I made this as a latte, stove-top style. I mostly taste coconut and cream? It tastes a bit like custard, but I actually think her ginger crème brûlée tea tastes more like custard? However, I will finish this up.

I think I just would have liked more complexity in this. It just tastes like a good coconut tea right now.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Custard

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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88

I think this is the most expensive tea I have bought, other than David Tea’s Pheonix Oolong , which I mostly get with frequent steeper points. This is also my first time trying a oriental beauty oolong, and I have heard so many people rave about it.

Smell: When it is dry, it smells slightly floral, and also like a dark oolong tea. Almost like a black tea. Once steeped, the aroma is extremely faint. It smells slightly like stone fruit, and also floral. But it is very mild (not unpleasant in any way)

Taste: The way I would describe this is… extremely complex, but in a great way. It tastes extremely expensive, smooth, and it has zero astringency. It tastes like unsweetened honey, peaches, and flowers? It also has a pleasant aftertaste.

A very smooth cup, and something I could see myself repurchasing.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruit

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

Another tea that blew my mind, lol! I really enjoyed this tea.

Smell: It reminds me of honey and also, it does have a mild, spring floral quality to it. I can’t believe this is just oolong tea with no flavouring.

Taste: You can honestly steep this multiple times. The leaves seem high quality. The tea itself tastes like unsweetened honey. That is the only way that I can describe it. You know, the initial taste of honey? Where is slightly warm and tingly before the hit of sugar creeps in? It tastes like that initial warm and tingling feeling you get from honey. It also has a slightly floral element to it, which I think balances it out.

So it tastes like an unsweetened spring honey? lol! :)

Although I enjoyed this tea! :) I am not sure if I will repurchase it? I think I prefer DT’s pheonix oolong (my favourite oolong ever!)

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

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drank LONGEVITY by The Tea Haus
124 tasting notes

The Tea Haus honestly has so many teas at such reasonable prices; however, this one caught my eye while I was looking through their herbal tea blends. I believe jiao gu lan is supposed to be good for controlling blood sugar levels? But I honestly do not know.

I mostly bought this because it seemed like an interesting new herbal blend to try! :)

I did not expect the leaves to expand as much as they did while I made this, since they looked brittle and dry?! However, when they touch boiling water, the leaves expanded a lot – almost like an oolong.

As far as taste goes, it reminds me so much of stevia. Like a slightly herbal, bitter, sweet stevia?

I am not sure I will purchase more of this! :) But it was fun to try!

Flavors: Bitter, Sugar

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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66
drank Bold orange pekoe by Tetley
124 tasting notes

Woah! This tea is strong. I usually use Tetley black tea bags to make stove-top chai, but the brewing process sadly turns the tea bitter :( I cannot comment on how this tastes just plain and made with just hot water though.

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Mud, Musty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Lime Fizz by The Tea Haus
124 tasting notes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could make sprite into tea? This is that tea…

This is the weirdest tea I have ever had in my entire life, but in a good way. I do not know how they made this taste fizzy? Like it actually tastes like there are bubbles in this tea? I am shocked in the best way possible.

Texture aside, I think the taste is pretty good too! :) It tastes like lime sparkling water with a slightly spicy tone! Maybe because of the ginger and red peppercorns? But it is not like a chilli flakes kind of spicy, but like a sharp gingery spice!

I am glad I cold brewed this, and honestly, if you added a bit of sugar, this would taste just like sprite.

I could see myself loving this during the summer.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Lime, Spicy

AJRimmer

I love when teas magically accomplish that fizzy feeling! It’s so fun!

Silent Kettle

Yeah!!! It was super weird, lol! But in the best way ha-ha

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70

I don’t like to brew white tea for too long because it becomes bitter so easily. This tea smells wonderful! Like a very mild peach, predominantly ginger scent. I let this steep for like a second and it turned into a pretty pale yellow colour.

As far as taste goes, the flavour is super mild. Maybe I needed to add more tea leaves? But it tastes like a white tea with a very mild ginger, peach flavour.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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82
drank Chai Spice by The Tea Haus
124 tasting notes

I still love adding this to black teas! :) Super delicious.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger

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Hello everyone!

So, how did I get into tea? I think I have always had a fascination with tea. But I really got obsessed with it after watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. I loved how Uncle Iroh used tea as a way to both practice self-care and connect with others.

I aspire to do the same through my tea endeavours.

My Favourite Canadian Small Tea Businesses: (Thus far! As I explore new tea brands, I am sure this list will grow)

Dessert by Deb
The Tea Haus
The Chai Brewing Company

My Preferred Preparation:
For black teas, I prefer the stove-top method with milk and sugar. For all other teas and herbal infusions, I usually prefer having them hot without any add-ins. However, I do like an occasional iced tea! Especially for some fruity or floral blends.

My Tea Preferences:
I enjoy flavoured teas more than straight teas; however, I do have a soft spot for traditional green or oolong teas.

Favourite Flavours:
- Masala chai (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and other warming spices!)
- Cream
- Mint
- Tropical fruit (lychee, mango, pineapple)
- Maple 
- Orange
- Roasted/smokey
- Caramel
- Floral (especially jasmine)
- Honey
- Nuts (hazelnut, almond)
- Sweet potato
- Fall fruits (apples, cranberries)
- Earl Grey
- Vanilla bean

Least Liked Flavours:
- Anything that tastes too artificial (especially vanilla or chocolate!)

- Tart (too much hibiscus)

- Ginseng

- Guarana powder 

- Coconut oil (or oily teas)

- Red rooibos

Location

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