2286 Tasting Notes

Considering the Burning Season™ BC often gets, I’m kinda weirded out by the name of this tea.

Also, it smells bacony. Which is something I wouldn’t expect due to the rose, jasmine, and bergamot.

It’s not terrible, definitely drinkable with a touch of maple and some sort of milk or cream. This one does better with a shorter steep time for sure.

But it’s not the smokey tea of my heart. That one is Murchie’s Russian Caravan. Which I’m out of.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

With three weeks of wildfires raging, I can’t bring myself to reach for and enjoy any of my smokey teas right now. * Shakes fist at fires *


I was thinking the same thing yesterday, as we’re getting smoke from WA fires. It’s gonna be a bit before I can enjoy my smoked teas again.

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
2286 tasting notes

Yum. Thick, malty, delicious tea. Had some this morning with a touch of honey and some milk.

Yum yum yum.

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Oh yeah. Last time I had my computer open I was trying to write a note for this tea.

Well, it’s a tea. It’s a little more astringent than I typically like, but I will drink it. Hopefully Sil doesn’t hate it.

Definitely drank this with milk.

Yay tea.

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drank Lavender Honey Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I decided I needed to try this after I saw a YouTube video featuring it, and DavidsTea had a free shipping offer…

I mixed 1/2 tsp of this and 1/2 tsp of the matcha Matsu I have in the cupboard. That means it’s not too sweet. Normally I really dislike the flavoured matchas as they have so much sugar, but 1/2 tsp in a latte is super good.

It’s definitely honey flavour, not real honey. And I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s lavender, but it’s floral.

I really like it diluted like this. I bet it would also be great in a lemonade.

I also got the silicon straws as I have the mini and large favourite mugs and they don’t have replacement plastic straws… They’re so long! Way too long for the mini mug and my regular glasses. I need to see if I can just cut them, or if I need to idk, melt them or something to seal the ends.

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I picked this up when I saw it at the store a couple weeks ago. I ended up getting a mix pack of Celestial Seasonings herbal teas as well.

This one is nice because you do just drop it in your cold water. The hibiscus is very present, but I don’t mind it like this. The flavour is fruity. It’s easy. It’s tastier than cold water, plain.

I like one bag in my very large mug (22oz?) but really whatever works, I just keep adding water during the day.

Big downside: the bags are plastic so they’re not compostable.

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
2286 tasting notes

I have so many random packets of different plain matches from DAVIDsTEA. I’ve been having them as a mid-morning latte, to tide me over for lunch. I’m not much of a breakfaster, so a coffee and a tea latte do me fine.

This one is a little more grassy, but as a latte it’s great. Tbh I’d never do matcha as shots or as a sipping tea – they’re just too grassy or marine-y for my tastebuds.

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Revisited this mix this afternoon! Such a sweet dessert combination! I do really like this tea blend still, even though I probably wouldn’t give it a 90.

I’m definitely feeling more like I prefer my simpler teas with milk, or fruit/herbal teas with honey or iced. Black tea with a lot of sweet additives is good, but it’s not the best anymore.

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drank Fake Coffee by Big Heart Tea Co.
2286 tasting notes

Uhh, hmm.

Interesting, but not at all reminiscent of the barley based coffee substitutes I can’t have anymore (because gluten).

This is heavy on the cinnamon. And really needed sugar. And also I added milk.

Also chicory and dandelion are both triggers for IBS so we’ll see how I feel tomorrow I guess? The steep was really short so I saved the bag and will try tomorrow too. There’s also a recipe for cold brew on the box that I’ll try if the tea agrees with me…

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I’m happy I finally got to the post office… though not for this tea. I’m happy I now have my mini tumbler! It’s so cute! I have the big one for teas and water, and the mini for coffee. Well, for now it’s for coffee. I’ll probably also use it for matcha at some point.

This tea tho. I needed a new eg cream and thought I’d get this one. And uhh, this is not it. I generally love me an earl grey, and I also love me a cream tea, but this one smells like sugared baby topped with cream cheese frosting.

What. WHY.

Tasting it isn’t great either. It’s incredibly sweet, and definitely has that cream cheese thing going on. Vanilla cream cheese frosting tea, maybe? With a tiny hint of floral citrus at the finish? Idk. Definitely will not repurchase this. I can get much better earl grey creams from smaller local shops.

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Still love it. I’ve stored it well, and it’s aged remarkably well.

Too bad the new teapot I got from Indigo (to go along with a book, for free shipping) isn’t as good as the tea. It DRIPS. And the basket doesn’t have a handle so it’s a pain to remove once it’s steeped.

Anyways back to the tea. I have a major stockup of this tea in my stash still, and I’m very pleased. It’s a cool day, so a hot flavoured tea is great. I love how Stacy got the licorice flavours without licorice root. Still one of my top flavoured teas, along with a good Earl Grey, and a good Chai.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I mostly drink black tea.

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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