352 Tasting Notes

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
352 tasting notes

A couple of nights ago we got the exciting news that our permit to do our extension was issued, and the construction will start on May 21st (That’s less than 12 days from today!). We’re overjoyed at the good news and at how quickly things will be moving along, but we’ve been super busy packing our stuff to move back out, corresponding with the designer, and researching the various reno items like flooring, sinks, showers, windows etc… Not to mention, my Dad and I need to finish off the flooring in the powder room (it’s been delayed because he’s having a bit of an issue with his hand – So I told him to rest it, and I’m glad he listened).

To keep me going I wanted something with a little zip, so I reached for this tea. I received it in my order some time ago in error. I had ordered the malted honeybush and accidentally got this instead. I had previously been eying it up, but never committed to buying it due to my caffeine sensitivity. I really wanted to try it, so when it showed up at my doorstep, I figured it was the universe’s way of telling me to give it a go :)

It was my very first mate and I had tried it several times with inconsistent results. I’m sure the inconsistency is 100% my own fault. I’ve made it taste amazing at times, whereas other times it’s just not quite there. I think I’m getting closer to getting it consistently correct now. I’ve been using heaping spoonfuls and steeping it longer till it gets dark and roasty. Mmmm….yep, I definitely got it right today.

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I can’t believe I’m starting to pack to move back out! It feels like we just moved in. But I’m really excited that the extension project has not been delayed (so far) and is still slated to start on May 21st. I’m sure going to miss spying on our eagle neighbors though http://canadianadia.tumblr.com/post/49946001308 (I think this is my first time linking to my Tumblr – fingers crossed that it works)

Rating this tea makes me feel conflicted. It’s what I would deem a good fall-back tea. When I’m at a restaurant and there is a selection of bagged teas, this is generally the one I would gravitate towards, because I know it’s not bad.

I enjoy it enough, and it’s inexpensive to buy a box. It has its own merits in the convenient individual packaging and teabag format.
I feel I should decrease my rating a tad, but I enjoy the taste more than the teas I rated lower than this, even though the quality (ie. number of steeps) is much better with some of those other teas.

I suppose the rating is staying put for now. Although I feel it warrants it’s placement on my rating scale much more if I use two teabags per cup, rather than just one.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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(backlog)
My Dad came over to visit so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share the remainder of my 12 days of tea packet with him. The taste of the black tea and root beer complement each other quite nicely. I’m not usually a huge lover of root beer, but somehow this works for me. I’m glad I bought a full-size pouch.

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This is still a lovely tea, but I’m reducing my rating as I’ve since tried many teas that I enjoy more than this one. It’s light and fruity, but now I feel it needs a bit more tea leaves versus the other ingredients.

It’s such a light tea that I mistook it for a white tea this morning when I was sipping on it. I think my taste has evolved towards a more robust tea. It’s still nice for when I’m in the mood for something light, but that has been becoming increasingly rare lately.

Kat

I definitely agree with your note! I find it’s best brewed strong, and as an iced tea, otherwise it’s just too light for my liking.

canadianadia

That’s probably how I should drink what’s left of my packet. To brew this one strong, do you add more leaf,steep it longer, or do a combo? I’m always concerned about bitterness when I try to make a strong green tea (although there is so much other stuff in this mix, that, my concern is probably unwarranted)

CHAroma

I haven’t tried this one before, but I usually just add more leaf to make a green tea stronger. Adding time usually makes it bitter, in my experience.

canadianadia

sounds good

Kat

Yes, definitely go with more leaves for this one!

canadianadia

Thanks Kat – will do :D

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I went to Davids to buy my beloved Daydreamer and they were all out – booo! Instead, I decided to try a few teas that I haven’t tasted yet. The sales associate talked me into buying a sample size of this one. I normally shy away from teas containing orange peel or any kind of orange flavoring, as I tend to prefer my oranges plain, as is, fresh, don’t mess with nature. I’m not sure why I’m like that with oranges? Lemons and limes too, come to think of it…But grapefruits I’ll take in any form…huh… weird.

Anyway, the eucalyptus was the selling factor for me. I love eucalyptus. This tea takes me back to when I visited Australia as a child. I remember the gorgeous blue haze and the refreshing scent of the eucalyptus. It’s simultaneously warming and cooling, if that makes sense? In all honesty I would prefer this without the orange ingredients, but even so, I quite enjoy this and would buy it again in a sample size. I wonder if there is a pure eucalyptus tea out there? The eucalyptus and mint would work fine also, just no oranges really is what I’d be after. I’ll have to look into it.

Aimee Popovacki

HAHA.. I went to go get a tin of coconut oolong before it was gone, and they are out of everything EXCEPT daydreamer.. she said they have tons of it left and it will be around a long time… it sucks because I can’t drink it due to the mango!

canadianadia

@Aimee – That’s good news for me. I like to have daydreamer around in sample size, but it seems like it’s only in stock about every other time I go there. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time :D and hopefully your cocnut oolong will be in for you next time also

JustJames

ah, i’m very picky about oranges…. if they get too much of the pith under the rind then it’s ghastly bitter and wrecks the tea. i never buy without reminding the sales associate what a pain i am, so they’re really careful about what they recommend! the last one was the chocolate orange puerh which i love!

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drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
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The powder room renos are coming along slowly but surely. I put the last coat of paint on the ceiling yesterday, and I was looking forward to getting that first coat onto the walls this morning (That first coat of color is always exciting to me), when I realized that my painting clothes were in the wash. I debated ruining another set of clothes (I inevitably get paint on myself) but I decided to wash my laundry and check out steepster in the meantime. :D

I could have sworn that I already posted a tealog for this? Hmmm….must have dreamt it. It’s just as well because it tastes even better now that I’ve left it to cure for a little longer. The raspberry flavor reminds me of a raspberry ice cream rather than a straight up raspberry. It’s smooth without any tartness, nor any of those annoying seeds that somehow lodge between my front teeth without my knowledge for like half a day…then I finally look in the mirror and do a double-take…and try to remember all the people who I’ve talked to since I ate raspberries…

Sorry…back to the tea! When I made this, I didn’t let the water hit the boiling point and I steeped it according to color (rather than time) as I find sometimes 52teas steep a little stronger and therefore require much less steep time. This is perfect in my books as it means more subsequent steeps. I have a feeling this will also make a lovely full-bodied iced tea…mmmm…it’s really delicious hot though.

Fjellrev

This sounds lovely. I passed on it because I was worried it would be too astringent. But awesome job with the the renos!

canadianadia

It’s one of those teas that as long as I’m careful enough to not over boil or over steep it, it turns out beautifully. I have ruined a cup or 2 in the past and when I do, it does turn out to be astringent. Thanks Incendiare, I’m excited to see the renos coming together, and I’m most happy that the powder room doesn’t smell like pee anymore.

Fjellrev

Yeah, this sounds to be a sensitive one in terms of steep times. Even the Pumpkin Cheesecake blends sound the same based on the reviews. When do you estimate the renovations will be finished?

canadianadia

I find a lot of the 52teas blacks need shorter steep times in less than boiling water. Once you get the balance right, the pay off is incredible (especially for the Pumpkin Cheesecake one – that’s my favorite), but it does take a bit of experimentation to get it perfect. As for the renos – the powder room should be done within the next couple of weeks. We are still in the planning stages for the upstairs extension, and once that’s done we will be saving up and starting to informally plan our main floor renos. I don’t think I will ever stop renovating. Whether it is a large company driven project or a little diy, I like to have something on the go. I’ll probably need to take a break to work on landscaping sometime- this place can look like a jungle pretty quickly – lol

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I’m usually fond of Della Terra teas chocolate blends, but I’m not so sure about this one. I can taste and smell both the chocolate and the strawberry, but it’s not quite making buddies with my taste buds. The strawberry aspect reminds me of the strawberry flavored Flintstones vitamins that I used to have when I was a kid. Although that was one of my favorite vitamin flavors back in the day, it isn’t translating well in tea form, especially combined with the chocolate flavor.

It’s not bad; it’s just not for me. I’m glad I had the chance to try it in my chocolate try me pack, but it’s not repurchase-worthy for me.

CHAroma

Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA is my favorite chocolate-covered strawberry tea. In case you’re looking for another one. ;)

canadianadia

I’ll have to give that one a try. I’m always looking for another tea – lol

CHAroma

I’ve got a bunch of it if you’d like a sample. PM me if you’re interested.

canadianadia

Thanks for the kind offer CHAroma. I go to Davids fairly frequently, so if I can’t find it in stock I’ll definitely take you up on your offer

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drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
352 tasting notes

A lovely light tea, fairly typical of a white tea. I’ve never had a tea with peony in it before, so I was expecting this to taste overwhelmingly floral. Thankfully the floral aspect is equally delicate and complimentary to the white tea, rather than competing with it. There’s also a lovely subtle sweetness to this.

I bought only a single serving packet of this and in the future I’d buy another sample of it from time to time, but I don’t think it’s one that I’d need to get in full size. It’s good, but it doesn’t jump out at me as a “buy me now” kind of tea. The bonus is that this tea comes with a built-in conversation starter…how to correctly pronounce “peony”. I say “pee-ownee”, my Dad says pee-eny…I suspect we’re both wrong

moraiwe

Jumping in with useless information! The dictionary correct pronunciation of peony is ‘PEE-uh-nee’. Pee-OH-nee is a Southern US regional pronunciation, and from there I’m sure there are plenty of other regional pronunciations (to our north and what have you) that I’m not familiar with :)

canadianadia

I love useless information :D it’s right up my alley!

CHAroma

I believe that White Peony tea, also known as Bai Mu Dan, is just the name of an unflavored Chinese white tea. It doesn’t actually have peony flowers or flavoring in it. It tastes like hay and sunshine to me. :)

canadianadia

Thanks CHAroma. Clearly I didn’t read the ingredients – whoops!

CHAroma

LOL! No worries. I recall I first wanted to try it because I thought it had peonies in it too. ;)

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Mmmm…mate! This is the second Mate I’ve ever had and it’s another hit for me. I love the roastiness in the taste, but it’s not something that I’d drink everyday – it would take away from the specialness of the experience. I’ve never had red velvet cake, so I can’t speak to the authenticity of the flavor, but it has a depth to it that does remind me of chocolate cake. It’s a lovely treat after a morning of sanding and mudding the walls of the powder room. Slowly but surely, the room is coming together :)

Lala

Red velvet cake is essentially chocolate cake dyed with beet root or red food colouring, with cream cheese icing.

Cavocorax

Thanks Lala – I was wondering if that’s all it was!

canadianadia

Thanks Lala, I had no idea. It sounds delicious!

momo

And usual it’s not chocolatey at all, the amount of cocoa powder is often really low like ONE teaspoon in some cases, and your usual chocolate cake is at least half a cup, if not more. I think for red velvet flavored things though that really doesn’t matter, but seriously I always regret picking out red velvet cake because the best part is the frosting, it’s the only thing with a flavor!

canadianadia

That sounds less yummy…I like to taste the chocolate in a chocolate cake, although I must say that frosting still sounds delicious!

Amayane

I worked at a bakery and our red velvet cake was a mixture of chocolate and vanilla with buttermilk used, so it’s not always just chocolate caked that’s been dyed.

canadianadia

see, now chocolate and vanilla sounds yummy again. I guess it depends on where you get it?

CHAroma

I’ve had red velvet cake for my entire life and never knew it had chocolate in it till I read this review! It definitely doesn’t taste like chocolate cake to me!

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
352 tasting notes

mmmm…maple syrup. Quite a tasty rooibos, which is saying a lot coming from the picky rooibos girl. To me, rooibos is like that vegetable that you don’t quite dislike, nor do you quite like, so you always try just a little. For me its brussel sprouts, I feel like I’m on the cusp of liking them, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m not sure if that’s a relatable comparison, or if I’m way off in left field.

This rooibos kind of reminds me of something I tried from Della Terra Teas…Autumn Leaves, perhaps? I’m pretty sure I was surprised at how much I didn’t mind that one either

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That’s my mug! I’ve never really been a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh, but I like the fact that this mug is more or less clear. Plus, I can’t help but giggle when I say “ewww …I have Pooh on my mug” and people in the room gawk in horror before realizing I’m talking about Winnie. Am I easily amused? heck yeah!

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As a rule, I tend to drink my tea without adding anything, but if that doesn’t work for me, I indulge in the fact that rules are meant to be broken. Yep! I’m such a rebel…sometimes I even color outside the of lines :P

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