1494 Tasting Notes

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drank Coco-Cocoa Truffle by TeaTaxi
1494 tasting notes

This must be my third cup by now so I ought to write a tasting note already. I imagined this to be like a pseudo-Chocolate Macaroon from DAVIDsTEA and I wasn’t far off, at all. It just lacks that nutty undertone, plus isn’t as chocolatey. Slightly murky liquor but no scum ring to be found.

I told myself to watch this NA vs. Sweden hockey game on the elliptical at the gym but I wanted to warm up with this massive mug of tea. Something about tea and hockey that is so fitting.

Evol Ving Ness

What? no curling? :)

Fjellrev

Tea and curling is a good time too!

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drank Cosy Blanket by TeaTaxi
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This tastes a lot like the gingerbread rooibos blend that DAVIDs had a couple years ago, whatever it was called. The fruits in here aren’t detectable, at least in the small sample I received, but they seemed to have lent a touch of sweetness overall. The rooibos base isn’t the strongest I’ve experienced, but definitely there. Glad I only got a sample but also still glad to have tried it. My main complaint is the size of the samples, though. 5g for $1.50 is rather steep but I get why it would be more expensive buying smaller quantities.

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drank S'mores by TeaTaxi
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This loser has never had a s’more in her life, but I can only imagine what one would taste like based on its components. Based on my imagination, I’d say this represents a s’more very nicely, if I do say so myself. This is the fourth time having it before reviewing it, and I’ve noticed that the base can change based on parameters. There’s a subtle campfire smokiness that comes out if you brew this more strongly, for example. Otherwise, there’s a consistent gooey marshmallow taste enrobed in chocolate. Graham cracker? Not so much. Maybe a touch at the end, but I still feel like that sweetness is just that marshmallow again and not necessarily graham cracker.

I used to love Della Terra’s S’mores tea. Like obsessed. As in ripping through a couple hundred grams of it, but I found with that one, as time went on, it started getting sweeter and sweeter to me. The liquor was murky from the chocolate or whatever else and I just wasn’t enjoying it as much. This one doesn’t have that murkiness or overwhelming sweetness. Overall, this is worth checking out if you like s’mores and s’more-related food and drink.

Sil

NEVER! omg go make a stovetop one! haha

VariaTEA

I enjoyed this one as well and it definitely made me think of Della Terra’s blend as well.Also, you should definitely try a s’mores soon.

Super Starling!

You must rectify this great injustice. Go have a s’more.

caile

I’ve never had a s’more either! ;)

Fjellrev

Looks like Caile and I need to s’more it up haha.

caile

Haha, I think we do :)

tea-sipper

You’re not a loser, but you need to try a s’more! Even in the microwave they are delicious. :D

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drank Choco Blues by TeaTaxi
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Oh, this is quite nice both hot and cooled down. The blueberry really comes through in this tea, while the chocolate note is a little faint. As this cools, the blueberry is even stronger. Still not my favourite blueberry tea, which is 52teas’ Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, but it’s yummy, alright. It’s nice that they didn’t put any stevia in this either (I’m looking at you and your Blueberry Jam, DAVIDsTEA).

Smooth base and juicy blueberry. Would I buy more? Probably not, but this 50g won’t be sitting around either.

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drank Iced Kiss by TeaTaxi
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Cold brewed my sample of this (which by the way, doesn’t include much, only around 5g, so not sure if I’ll bother with samples considering the price next time) and it’s quite good. The leaf smells like pear candy, and that flavour is very prominent in the cold brew. I get mostly pear candy, followed by apple, with a touch of strawberry trailing at the very end. This one is on the thinner side, but it may also be because of the ratios. I like when cold brews have that thinner mouthfeel, anyway.

This is the kind of tea that would have been ok had I blindly grabbed 50g but at the same time, I’m not entirely sad that I have no more either. I’m leaving the rest of the jug, which I only filled with like three cups worth, to my mom since she’s only allowed to have cold liquids and smooth foods like yogurt after her surgery for a while. So this order has arrived at a great time because it’s helping her feel better!

Oh yeah, I managed to get down to 32 teas before making this order so despite my cupboard nearly doubling in size, I’m still quite proud of my accomplishment. Now to go for a post-gym shower and try to get ready for bed because I have to be up before 4am for work tomorrow. Ugggghhh.

VariaTEA

I signed up for their monthly subscription which is 10 samples for 7.45/month. Not a terrible deal and that way I can try ALL THE TEAS!!

VariaTEA

Right now that seems like a bad plan though in light of my cupboard exploding slightly. I was under 100 for a little while…that was nice :P

Kristal

Good for your sipdown! I know how it feels about getting to a # you’re really proud of and then temptation comes along ;P

Fjellrev

Oh, that monthly subscription sounds like a great deal! It’s ok, VariaTEA, I have confidence in you that you will bounce back haha.

That temptation will forever be a challenge. But no regrets!

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drank Nutty Granola Crunch by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s a good thing that DAVIDs has this as the TOTD because it saved me money! I stopped in on the way to the grocery store to check out the fall collection and was sorely disappointed in everything. This tasted like an even sweeter version of last year’s Peanut Butter Cup. The liquor was quite murky, probably from the melted brittle. When the tea guide asked me what I thought of it and I said that it was a little sweet for my liking, she said that it is the rooibos that is making it so sweet. Lollerskates. No dice.

I’ve had worse but I’d preferably not want to have this ever again either. That money can now go towards something else.

Evol Ving Ness

Even sweeter, omgwowhellno.

Kristal

I did not like this either. Kinda upset my stomach ;/

Fjellrev

I know right? I couldn’t get over the sweetness.

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My TeaTaxi order landed a couple days but I’ve been too busy to log any tasting notes (I’ve tried about six already), plus it took me forever to enter the 20+ into the system here yesterday.

Don’t let this first review scare you off because so far, all of them have been quite delicious, and this one so happens to be the only disappointment thus far. This one seems to not know what it even wants to be, if that even makes any sense. Tasting it blindly, I could never guess that there is supposed to be strawberry or kiwi in this. Maybe strawberry, but it’s weirdly chemical and sharp. Hmm. This is sharp, thin, flat, and generically fruitily flavoured. My mom can’t even make much sense out of it too. Too bad that this is one of the few that I got 50g of as opposed to a sample. Ugh!

With that said, I’m looking forward to finishing this off but I’m still looking forward to trying the rest of my TeaTaxi teas. The shipping box, by the way, is so cute and pink with a collage of multiple languages on the inside, plus their packaging is very similar to DAVIDsTEA’s in that they use not only the same kind of pouches, but their coding system is similar. But that’s ok. Speaking of that, I need to skip over to DAVIDs on the way to the grocery stores to check out their fall collection. I have six days straight starting tomorrow, with a crazy random schedule with shifts starting as early as 7am and ending as late as 10pm so needless to say, not looking forward to that.

I also need to find time today to apply to more jobs. I keep saying that but it seems like most of my time during my days off ends up going towards running other errands and trying to learn more about stuff pertaining to my current job to make the job slightly easier. But damn, can’t get out of this mess of a job unless I apply to others! Kind of a paradox.

Daddyselephant

I saw you added all those teas, we’re ordering our next weekend, I can’t wait! I look forward to your reviews! And best of luck on the job search!!

Fjellrev

Nice! I’ll try to get in as many reviews as possible before then, if that would help making decisions.

VariaTEA

Oh yay! What did you order?

Fjellrev

So much haha. Everything in my cupboard except like 7 (which are 50g) are sample sizes at least. So excited to try them all. Thank you for writing about them, VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

I’m glad someone else is trying them now too. Teas are more fun when you can talk about them :P

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Totally forgot that I sipped this one down last week already. I’ve been cruising through that cold brew since it’s convenient to take it to work (and we have no kettle, so hot tea is unfortunately not an option). Will definitely grab more of this in the future. Wonderful flavours that aren’t really artificial.

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drank Matcha by Ta-Fu
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This is the first tea I’ve purchased in two months (besides the order I placed the other day). I’ve been out of matcha for like a month now and since I prefer to have it in protein smoothies, I thought I’d skip down to T&T and buy some cheaper stuff there. Because I haven’t been buying as much from DAVIDsTEA this calendar year, I’ve yet to gather enough points to get more free Grand Cru (for a long while there, it seemed like my free matcha was unlimited) but this’ll do.

$12 for 100g isn’t too shabby. It comes sealed in a foil pouch tucked inside a tin, and is a pretty bright green. I haven’t tried it alone but so far I’ve had it in this breakfast smoothie:

45g Natera hemp protein powder, blackberry pomegranate flavour
200ml almond-coconut milk
2g Ta-Fu matcha
76g frozen banana
75g frozen raspberries

I could barely taste the matcha, honestly. It’s those blasted, flavourful raspberries again. So next time I’ll up it to 4-5g. I could taste a hint of grassiness but nothing monumental. This is also the first time having the hemp protein and there’s a lot going on with that alone, as well. I’ll reserve rating this until I add more next time and see what happens.

Kristal

Good for you for resisting temptation to buy more! I was doing good for a while, and then new teas came out from DAVIDs and Verdant. I also haven’t been buying very much from DAVIDS this calendar year as well.

Fjellrev

Ugh I haven’t even checked out DAVIDsTEA’s fall collection yet. But really should! sounds like you are still doing very well though so you should still be proud.

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This is a tasty caffeine-free chocolate mint dessert tea. Glad I got it! Although it does seem like a weaker version of their Choco Latte with some peppermint thrown in. Like, I would have liked it to have more of that chocolate oomph that Choco Latte has, plus a little more peppermint flavour too, if that makes sense. So more of everything layered over the rooibos base. Zen Tea’s chocolate mint rooibos blend is still my favourite at this point. I’m beginning to wonder if I could ever find a better one.

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