Tealish has been around for about 7 years in the quaint Queen West area right by Trinity Bellwoods park in Toronto. If you are ever downtown near Queen St W and Bathurst there is a quiet little tea store just waiting for you to order a cup of tea.
I’m going to be honest, I was a little disappointed when I walked in to the store, or boutique as they like to call themselves. I was the first to say hello and strike up a conversation after a while as I was browsing their festive tea accessories near the front of the store. I had been excited to discover this new tea place and I unexpectedly found they were not as welcoming as I had hoped. Maybe I’m spoiled in the suburbs with people who like friendly conversation, because the downtown crowd seem to keep to themselves.
I wanted to know MORE about tealish! I follow their blog and they have great tea recipes and information about their different types of teas. However, the service I received in store was mediocre. The clear disinterest when showing me their different teas and talking about the company shortened my stay and left me disappointed.
Minus the poor service, the store was absolutely adorable and I did not leave totally disappointed. The wooden floors squeaked as I walked around the front of the store browsing their tea accessories. It was the beginning of my Christmas shopping that day so I decided to get a tea for the road. And what better way to start your Christmas shopping with a mint chocolate rooibos, black tea and vanilla soy latte!
While one of the girls was making my latte in the back room I joined the other tealish girl in the front to have a look at their different teas. I wanted so many!
- Pink Dragonfruit
- Dreidels and Donuts
- Carrot Cake
- Earl Greypfruit.
I ended up purchasing 50g of the Earl Greypfruit, which takes a zesty grapefruit spin on the classic Earl Grey tea. It is a great morning and afternoon tea with that hint of citrus kick that makes the tea a little bit lighter than the classic Earl Grey.
- Tasty tea lattes. Each of the staff created their own and they are having a competition to see whose is the best.
- Poor customer service. Bring a friend when you visit because it will be more enjoyable with someone else.
- Be prepared to purchase a 50g minimum amount of tea if you are looking to bring some loose tea home with you. I would have bought more tea if I could have purchased a smaller amount to test out. Although I am already half way through my Earl Greypfruit…
- ALL NATURAL flavouring in their teas. No artificial nonsense that confuses people.
- Toasty Almond is the same tea as David’s Forever Nuts. The similarity of the teas surprised me, they had one or two other teas that were closely similar to those at Davids. Who created them first? I do not want to start that debate.
All in all, if you love loose leaf tea go check tealish out! Bring a friend and definitely try one of their festive lattes!