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This… is odd.
A sample from MissB. And now I’ve read your review, I totally get why you dispersed it. Haha.
It’s hibiscus. And I’m getting a lot of mint. So weird. I had to add some honey, without it was terrible. And even now it’s not super great. I guess it’d be good if I were actually sick instead of just run down and possibly coming down with something, but it’s not for me at all.
(I mean, peppermint and hibiscus? What?!)
Wildberry Cocktail made a solid cold brew. The liquor kind of looked like red wine, and the berries were tart. It tasted purple, you know/. I wish Tea Desire made more herbal blends which would be cold brew appropriate. Although it’s nothing special, it’s still something I’d repurchase. Berry iced teas are always excellent for hot weather. Aaaaand this could be used to make a killer sangria.
Before we left Tea Desire, I got my third Tea To Go for the day; I felt so judged by Kristina. At this point, I’d had two super caffeinated things so I felt the need to offset that so I decided I was going to be having rooibos.
I told her to pick out one that sounded like it’d make a good latte, and she actually picked Strawberry Cream but the sales person actually highly advised against getting it; and I’ve learned that if that staff advise against something usually to heed their warnings since 95% of the time they’re taught to recommend EVERYTHING, or at least give everything its own little spin to make it sound good (my DT friends have totally fessed up to having to do this – they’ll avoid saying things like “I don’t like it” and instead say “It’s very fruity/floral/sweet/etc.” or “Blank who works here really likes it”). So when they advise against it, there’s usually a good reason and they’re being super blunt/honest with you.
So I went with Kristina’s second pick instead; this one! It was good – thought not mind blowing. It was definitely very smooth and silky from the milk, and I’d say more heavily chocolate than almond but it’s possible the milk was just drowning out the almond. Some marzipan sweetness poked through though! It was almost a little floral too; I swear I picked up on some rose notes.
So I sipped on this one while we walked over to Chapters to go browsing, and so Kristina could pick up the most recent copies of the European metal magazines she reads. I’d never actually been to this Chapters; there are a couple in Saskatoon – and this is the biggest one I’d seen. We had a fun time looking around; and then of course I got sucked in by the little ‘tea station’ they had set up.
The had lots of Tea Forte, some bags of loose tea from a company called Pluck (never heard of ‘em, but there wasn’t anything exciting) and lots of tins of sachets from Harney & Sons – I was very excited about the Harney, but turns out they didn’t have either of the two I’m looking to acquire more of; Wedding Tea and Soba Cha. I was very tempted to buy something anyway because I desperately want to own a Harney tin (they’re so pretty!) but I couldn’t justify getting 20 sachets of something I just wont drink.
It was fun though! And after that we bused back to my place…
So we bused down to Center Mall after DT and the record store; the main goal here was to go shoe shopping for me so I had decent shoes for the concert/work since the ones I own now are literally falling apart in pieces – but there wasn’t anything work appropriate in my size at the store, so that yielded literally nothing.
Tea Desire is in the same mall though, so we stopped there because how could we not? This was the tea on sample for the day, so we each tried a little shot glass worth. Kristina liked it and while I didn’t dislike it I thought it seemed like something much more suited to be iced/cold brewed. It was super orange/citrus flavoured with pineapple notes more present in the undertones/end sip. Pretty tart and sour, but with a lot of natural sweetness. I could be tempted into buying some in the future.
While we were there I restocked on Caramel Pu’Erh and Buddha Bamboo as well; and picked up more Walnut Truffle for VariaTEA. Kristina was so amused by how much tea stuff there is, and by all the colourful teaware. Understandable though, because even I am often amused by how much tea stuff there is an by all the colourful teaware. I’m happy that fascination has yet to go away.
Another tea from the Canadian Traveling Teabox. This black tea is sweet but not the hits-you-in-the-face cinnamon heart candy flavour that I get from so many cinnamon-flavoured teas. Instead it’s a gentle sweetness, courtesy more of the vanilla than of the cinnamon, I think. And I’m glad that someone has finally caught on to the idea that with cinnamon less is more. I think I’ll keep what’s left of this one as I quite enjoyed it – plus there’s not a whole lot left.
Cold brewed the rest of this sample from Roswell Strange overnight and I am still getting creamsicle from this blend. It is a touch more muted in this cup than the last but it is still very good. I might need some more of this one. Thank you for sharing Roswell Strange!! You always find such great treats :). 162.
This was recommended to me as a tea that’s good iced – but I had to try it hot first. The flavours are interesting – distinctly fresh with a slightly sweet, hay-like quality. It’s a bit herbal though not as much as I would expect with those ingredients. It’s all very smooth and pleasant – and I’ll definitely ice my next cup to see how it is.
Also, despite the name, it doesn’t contain any orange flavouring – I think the ‘mandarin’ part is supposed to be in denotation of the Chinese origin of the herbs (ginkgo, jiao gu lan).
thanks for sharing this one Roswell Strange this just add to my suspicion that mate is just not for me. I like mint but on the whole mate just has this weird strange taste that i can’t get behind. it’s WEIRD…like licking hot asphalt or something..i dunno it’s just REALLY present and what i always taste with mate. But i’m glad i tried it heh ’cause you never know!
I had this one today and i wish there were more tasting notes on it because i swear that there was a peppery feel to this one or some sort of spicy note going on. It was really interesting and i quite enjoyed it. I’m just curious to drink this one again since i’m hoping i didn’t imagine it lol. This was one from omgsrsly thanks a bunch!
Another one from the generous MissB!!
A lot of these teas really appealed to me, so it’s great I got to try them. I’m able to cross a bunch of teas off my wish list :)
This one is definitely rich dark chocolate, but VERY earthy. Super pu-erh taste.
Not really my sort of thing, chocolate dirt. But I can see how someone would like it!
The pu-erh combined with the chocolate kind of reminds me of an Oreo. A dirty Oreo. Very similar to their Oreo pu’erh, actually.
Thanks again for the sample!
(Sorry everyone, I’d accidentally logged this under Davidstea instead of Tea Desire)
I’m just logging this so that I remember drinking it
Nothing is really standing out while it’s hot. Just another flavoured black tea.
Thanks to MissB for sending some along!
I think I’m definitely moving in the opposite direction of a lot of these teas.
So this is the one that I got as a latte To Go. I was sorta leaning towards Walnut Truffle initially but then I thought “Fuck it, I’ve had Walnut Truffle and I know I like it – lets do something new!”. Honestly, I’d never given this one much thought at all but it was the first thing the sales lady suggested and dry it smelled very flavourful if not a little weird as something to pair with milk.
It was basically very strongly fruity with juicy mango and papaya notes and some creamy peachyness to it. Not something I’d typically think to pair with milk; but I often like weird so hell, why not?
I actually had it with Soy Milk because that’s all the store had atm; and that was kind of weird for me because I typically don’t drink soy milk in anything; I just don’t like the flavour. I was worried that automatically all I’d say would be the soy and this would be unpleasant. However, it was really delightful! It was certainly very flavourful with very rich, juicy and intensely creamy mango, papaya, and peach notes. There were also very faint orange notes playing along with the other notes too. The mango was probably the most prominent flavour though.
It was smooth and juicy with lovely tropical notes in general. it’s a slight bit more on the candy sweet side though than the natural, realistic one. Also, apparently there’s pineapple in this, but I didn’t get that from it which is I guess a bit of a shame; I think I’d have enjoyed that element. I don’t know – I just felt really satisfied with the whole cup; it was smooth with no astringency and really different. I don’t think I want 50g of it but I’ll probably add this to my “line up” of Go To flavours to get “To Go” when I visit Tea Desire…
EDIT: Oh hey, this is tasting note 1600! I guess 1666 is my next fun number? I’ll have to find something devilish for that note…
Flavors: Cream, Mango, Orange, Peach, Tropical
So I sent out the SSTTB today to OMGsrsly! Here’s hoping it makes it to you efficiently! I also took out my rent money, and then because Tea Desire is in the same mall as both the post office and bank I went to I made an unscheduled trip there, and of course I bought some stuff.
I’m actually really proud though because I only ended up getting another Adeline infuser mug (they’re just so pretty!) and a latte – I managed to walk away without getting suckered into picking up any loose leaf for at home. Go me! The new mug is a pretty white colour with a golden trim and show pony on adjacent sides with a ‘covering’ in teal and blue. I should take a picture of it once I make something in it…
This isn’t what I got as a latte though; it was the sample of the day and since I’ve never had it before, and because I recently had my first Tulsi tea and am curious to try more stuff with Tulsi in it I took advantage of the sample and had a small “shot glass” worth. I think overall I wasn’t too super impressed; I tasted a little lemon and there was some pepper notes either from the rooibos base or the peppercorns, and then the Tulsi came through more in the mid sip with an offbeat mint flavour alongside what felt like lawn trimmings? Lastly the whole thing ended with a little licorice sweetness.
The whole sample just felt a little busy to me, and I felt like the flavours were not all meshing together to create one whole, smooth feeling. I suppose I can see where some people would maybe enjoy it but while it wasn’t terrible it just wasn’t for me either.
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Lemon, Licorice, Mint, Pepper, Tulsi
That’s weird. I could have sworn I’d done a tasting note for this tea. I had it at a friends house shortly after purchasing it, and drank it ALL. I refused to share!
This is another very orangey tea. I love citrus teas, especially in the summer. I wouldn’t say this is like a sangria, really, but rather it’s reminiscent of Tang (Thanks, CameronB!). It’s mostly orange, with some pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus.
Today I iced it, and added a little honey. I don’t think it needed the honey – the pineapple is candied, so there’s already sugar in it, AND there’s not a lot of hibiscus. I think most of the colour comes from the beetroot. I like it hot and plain, as well. But it was a lovely day today and I went hiking, so iced teas are feeling just a bit more refreshing right now.
(Hot steeped, poured over ice to make 16oz.)
Flavors: Lemongrass, Orange, Pineapple
One from Roswell Strange I have so many samples in my house at the moment that i’m finding it hard to focus on sipping them down, so for the time being until i get my drink back on, i’m content to just try a few each week, gradually whittling them down. I picked this one because i was curious as to what “Victorian MiSt” would taste like…yeah..that’s right. MIST…riiight up until i poured water on it and went. oh..OH…MIIINT. lol
So this one is pretty nice. I don’t need many mint teas in my life, so i don’t feel the need to stock this one, but it was pretty tasty. I enjoyed this tonight while finally watching the last episode of Warehouse 13. thanks Roswell!
Roswell Strange sent this one my way and i opted to try it with dinner. this is a rather pleasant raspberry tea, and i’ll even forgive that it’s an oolong :) I think this would be really nice in summer as a cold brew given the way that the rasberry flavour seems to be coming out in this one. I had a plesant time with this one, reading on the balcony in the sun :)
Another tea from roswell strange that i’m finally getting around to trying. this one wasn’t half bad, though i prefer the versions that i’ve had that were not caffeine free aka black tea base! I find with a macciato sort of taste i want the depth of a black tea base. that being said this was still pretty tasty with the coffee bean coming through in the brew. I probably should have tried it as a latte but didn’t. heh. I wasn’t as creamy as i would have liked it to be. thanks though roswell! this was fun to try!
thank you roswell strange this was one of my teas last night, sitting on the balcony chatting with the first of our friends who came over. Sadly, the larger group didn’t leave until almost 2am so i can recall absolutely nothing about this tea except that i downed it and kept looking for me, so i’ll take that as a win haha sooooo appreciate the share Roswell lol wish i had a better note for it, but i DID really like it