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Tealish

Posted by Elizabeth / Posted on August 1, 2010

TealishTealish knows a thing or two about location. Having been in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood for quite a few years now, their location on Walnut about 1/2 a block south of Queen was good, but not good enough. What's a boutique tea shop to do? Well, they moved up and slightly to the east, to a new cozy little store with a proper Queen Street view.

TealishIt's cheerful, cozy and full of tea. Tealish is already starting to reap the rewards of a better location. Toronto isn't much for side streets, and now in a more visible location neighbors who never knew they existed before are now calling the tea boutique home.

TealishWood floors, exposed brick and a zen like tea room in the back make it a welcome retreat from the busy retail block.

TealishInside I found 100+ varieties of loose leaf tea, from White to Rooibos and everything in between - including Orthodox varieties like Gyo Kuro, which is a high quality Japanese green tea. I also found Silver Needle, which is rare considering it is only harvested in China 2 days a year.

TealishLoose leaf teas start between $5-7 for 50g and go up to $30 for 250g.

TealishTealish doens't leave me high and dry in the tea-tools department either. Lots of different kinds of teapots, tea balls, infusers and various other tea making implements are available to go with my Lemon Meringue Rooibos.

TealishIn the back, I got my tea fix with an expertly made iced tea, shaken over ice ($2.75 small). There's also tea lattes ($3.95 small), tea smoothies ($3.95 small) and of course cups of tea staring at $2.35 and going up to a full pot for $5.95

TealishIt's obvious to me the staff here really know their stuff. Behind the counter are a dizzying selection of teas in giant canisters and it seems as though they have every one committed to memory.

TealishTealish is open Monday-Saturday 10-6, and if you can't make it to the store you can order teas online at www.tealish.com

Discussion

14 Comments

Sandra / May 11, 2008 at 02:14 pm
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Favourite teas so far: Sage, Toasty Almond, Walnut Ave Green Tea, Sweetie Pie Rooibos, Patisserie Black Tea, Coconut Chai, and Jasmine Dragon Pearls. There are so many more I'd like to try.
kat / July 21, 2008 at 11:10 pm
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I go here at least once a month to stock up on an obscene amount of tea. And then more often just for a nice iced or hot tea beverage.

My absolute favourite teas are Fresh Air, Alpine Blend (I believe it's now called Winter Blend), Reggae Sunshine, Earl Green Cream. Sooooo good.
Kev / July 27, 2009 at 02:39 am
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I love Tealish. I live a day's drive away, but every time I am in Toronto I pay a visit to this store. I haven't yet found a tea I didn't like. I'm a big fan of the Blueberry Lagoon and the Earl Grey Rooibos.
sunshine / November 23, 2009 at 03:05 am
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Want to become a friend of Tealish.
Laura / July 17, 2010 at 01:09 pm
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TEALISH HAS MOVED TO 728 QUEEN ST. W., just around the corner from our old location. Come and visit us at our new store!!
Marc / August 1, 2010 at 10:43 am
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What a cute name!

Note: in the third photo, bad employee conduct and body language from the employee. You do not lean like that and you do not appear lax. Tealish should employ me, they'll really get a quality employee with the true and precise definition of customer service and professionalism.
JR replying to a comment from Marc / August 2, 2010 at 12:00 am
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Hilarious.
JR replying to a comment from Marc / August 2, 2010 at 12:01 am
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(that was meant to be a reply to the above comment, for some reason the reply markers don't tend to work..."
Ryan L / August 2, 2010 at 11:31 am
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Great for specialty teas, but if you want to find a selection of good, black teas, you won't find them here. I tried inquiring about their few standard teas one time and all I got were blank stares. They couldn't answer basic questions like what kind of tea it was or where it was from. The only thing they could tell me that 'this one is stronger than that one'
Anonymous / August 2, 2010 at 08:00 pm
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The Toasty Almond and Pina Colada make for great iced teas!
Ali J / October 29, 2010 at 01:00 pm
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Love Love the vanilla matcha latté!!!
I bought all my friends the organic matcha.
Ali J / October 29, 2010 at 01:01 pm
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Love Love - Vanilla Soy Matcha Latté.

I gave my favourite people the organic matcha - great gift!
Chelsey / December 10, 2010 at 10:22 am
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@Marc: Actually, it looks like he's busy on the phone and searching something up on the computer for them c:

I've never bought loose-leaf tea before! I'm a little intimidated. But I'm going to pay Tealish a visit today and lose my loose-leaf virginity. Wish me luck!
Vanessa / October 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm
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Hi, Good Evening.
I am looking of "Baby Fennel" tea in Europe we used to get fenel tee for babies for colic. Any idea where i can pick this up. Without doing hours of searching on the internet.
I have check out the various recommendations on the article. Still looking- much obliged. Vanessa

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