Fruity black tea, why is it so hard to find in Toronto?

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One thing I fell in love with in Sweden is the sweet smells of fruity black tea to go with my toast and jam or limpa and cheese sandwiches in the morning. Though most likely borrowed from the Brits, fruit-flavored tea is consumed with milk/cream and sugar. Black tea is not just limited to Earl Grey or the famous English Breakfast Blend. Nor is fruit tea limited to the green herbal stuff that reminds me of when I’m sick and need to sooth a cough. I’m talking about straight up caffeinated fruit-flavored black tea that can give you a jolt but has a pleasant reminder of picking berries in the forest. Oh I miss you Kobb’s Himlagott tea!!!

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IKEA tea

I found out recently that the one IKEA brand product I do like, Organic Blueberry loose tea, will now be discontinued, and that’s like the final straw!! If you haven’t already heard, most Swedes around the world are, let’s just say, highly agitated at the fact that IKEA stopped selling their beloved Swedish brands that many Swedes love (namely Marabou chocolate and the Felix brand, just to name a few). And you should never take chocolate away from a Swede because even the nice/quiet ones turn into bears without their creamy chocolate!!! There’s a huge battle with IKEA customer service that’s going on. If you want to join the fight, there’s a pretty colorful discussion about it on Facebook (if you can read Swedish), here.

After some searching at grocery stores, I gave up and went to the highly priced tea shops around town. Finally, I found loose black organic blueberry tea at David’s tea in Toronto that will hopefully hit the spot. At $8.50 per 100g, I better be flying high. If not, I might have to get my in-laws to ship me some Kobbs tea to get my breakfast fix.

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Speaking of breakfast, in Sweden, breakfast is a North American lunch, as many Swedes like to eat their famous “smörgås” (sandwiches) in the morning. I remember eating a lot of liver pate, pickles and limpa bread sandwiches and it really revs you up in the mornings. And… don’t forget the lovely cheese, butter and bread topped with vegetables sandwiches! I think the Swedes eat right. They eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner. Now I just need my tea to complete my Swedish breakfast.

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7 Comments on “Fruity black tea, why is it so hard to find in Toronto?”

  1. Hopefulkat
    March 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    When I lived in the Netherlands, way back in 1994, the Dutch folks drank a lot of fruit flavoured tea. If you can find it, check out the Pickwick brand. It comes in lots of flavours, most noteworth to me was cherry-flavoured but they also have a sort of woodland/mixed berry flavour too. You can find it at Dutch Dreams at St. Clair West/Vaughan Road among other places. Good luck! 🙂

    • March 11, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks Hopefulkat, I haven’t heard of that tea spot and will put it on my list of places to go this weekend!

  2. Hopefulkat
    March 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi Myleen! To be clear, Dutch Dreams is a kitchy icecream shop. However, they do carry Dutch tea and coffee as well as some other Dutch treats (salty licorice anyone?).

  3. Anna Barton
    March 13, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Victoria’s Teas in Niagara on the Lake has a great loose tea selection and lots of fruity flavours. Also check out Tweed and Hickory. They both have store fronts but also online shops. http://www.victoriasteas.com
    http://www.tweedandhickory.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/black-teas.html

    • March 13, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Awesome, thanks for the tip! I know that they exist in the tea shops, it’s just hard to beat $3.99 for 100g of blueberry tea at IKEA. I will be forced to pay double the price at the tea shops since fruity black tea isn’t commonly found at the grocery store 😦

  4. Martin
    October 2, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    House of Tea (www.HouseOfTea.ca) on Yonge Street also has a good selection of teas. I seem to remember their prices being quite reasonable but it has been a while since I was there.

  5. Ben
    July 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    I know this is an old post, but I was looking up some Swedish fruity/flowery black tea that I recently acquired and that’s how I just came across your post.

    I need to recommend Marco Polo by Mariage Frères. It’s the best fruit-flavored black tea I’ve ever come across in 10+ years. With cream and sugar, it tastes like a strawberry shortcake, but still tastes like tea as well. Mariage Frères has some other good fragranced black teas, but Marco Polo is in a category of its own.

    https://www.mariagefreres.com/UK/2-marco-polo-classical-black-tin-100g-TC918.html

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