1440 Tasting Notes

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brew and tea pop time! The cold brew’s liquor is incredibly pale, nearly clear, leaning on straw yellow. My 22g had nearly no hibiscus and seems to be mostly pineapple and coconut so that would explain it.

It’s very sweet straight up, so I prefer doing 1/2 cold brew and 1/2 club soda. The pineapple is the most prominent note to me, at least initially. My mom and I are just discussing this and she is getting an oily coconut vibe in the end. I totally know what she means. It reminds on the roof of the mouth after the pineapple dissipates.

Oh! I also added this to my protein smoothie this morning:

200ml Silk unsweetened coconut milk
125ml Coco Colada cold brew
50g Syntha-6 banana protein powder
92g frozen banana
60g frozen raspberries

Before I added the frozen fruit to the mix, it smelled so delicious. That coconut milk + Coco Colada combination was marvellously creamy and tropical. The raspberries won in the end but that pineapple-coconut would peek through now and then.

This reminds me of Tea Desire’s Sweet Coco Dream, of which I was not too fond.

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drank Quince Charming by DAVIDsTEA
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So strange, in the store, sniffing from that top pocket/compartment of the canisters, this smelled so floral, almost like rose Turkish Delight. I was delightfully surprised since I thought this would be fruitier.

The tea in my pouch, however, is like a completely different tea. Very close to their discontinued Cranberry Pear. It smells like that but not as creamy, much stronger in the pear-like aroma, but more artificial.

Two cold brews later and I’m done, left unimpressed. I had to mix it with club soda to tone down the sweetness and chemical flavours because alone, it was way too cloying. The flavour also resembles Cranberry Pear, but more artificial. Artificial apple pear candy. Eh.

VariaTEA

Weird that the tea in store would come off so differently than what you have.

Roswell Strange

My opinion of this one is very much the same as yours. Also, quince is definitely like apple/pear but very floral so that could explain the aroma a little; interesting that it didn’t translate to the taste though.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I know quince is supposed to be on the floral side but the tea they had in the little compartment was definitely rose. It smelled like a completely different tea. Really strange.

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drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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You know what? I kind of liked this one, but granted, I’ve only enjoyed it as a pseudo-tea pop, mixing a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of cold brew to club soda. I think I also made the first jug on the weaker side because the liquor was paler than expected, and in comparison to the second jug, which had a darker pink hue. I can see how others could find this artificial if drunk straight, or brewed stronger. I could taste a bit of sweetened cranberry, and some general tropical flavour too, but nothing truly stood out.

My mom liked this with the club soda and commented that it was like drinking an Italian soda, and I totally see what she means. Just like how you wouldn’t enjoy those flavoured syrups alone, or more concentrated, but they (well, some) end up tasting quite good with club soda, same as Caribbean Crush.

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Quick sipdown! I tried the rest as a tea pop by cold brewing the rest and adding half tea, half club soda, and also tried 2/3 tea, 1/3 club soda too. It was really tasty and so glad I didn’t get a lot of stevia. When I tried Blueberry Jam when it first came out, it so obviously had stevia, so I’m wondering if I got lucky with a better batch? I’m tempted to go back to that same location to get more.

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Nooo, my DAVIDsTEA visit brought my cupboard back up to 50, but I didn’t get too much so it should go back down soon. It’s like Yo-Yo Dieting: The Tea Cupboard Edition.

Alas, no Lemon Pound Cake but she checked inventory and another location apparently still has some. I was thinking of going to that mall on Wednesday so let’s hope it’ll still be there. I grabbed a little more of this since I haven’t had it in ages, just made some hot, and I forgot how good this is. I recall a lot more stevia in the past. This cup had none that I could detect? It reminds me of my beloved 52teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, only lacking that buttery pastry note. Holy moly, that stuff was good.

I’m also craving chocolate like a madwoman due to hormonal stupidity and I found that this + some natural crunchy peanut butter and strawberry rhubarb jam on a slice of fresh bread did the trick. Peanut butter seems to go very well with blueberry black teas. I swear I’ve done that in the past.

VariaTEA

I have some Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish…It’s old but has never been opened so I’m hoping it has held up. I can share!

Kristal

I totally hear you on the yo-yoing. Seems everything I get to a number I’m proud of I bounce back up! Hoping to resist temptation for a bit.

Evol Ving Ness

hehehehhe, resisting tea temptation, lol.

Fjellrev

Thanks for the kind offer, VariaTEA, but I’m ok, really!

It seems next to impossible to dip below forty teas haha.

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Am I breaking some sort of code of ethics by using this grade in a protein smoothie? Overall, I prefer consuming matcha cold, so I haven’t tried this hot yet. I got this for free a few months ago, hence the splurgy behaviour.

Today’s breakfast:

200ml Silk original soy milk
50g Syntha-6 banana flavoured protein powder
2g Ceremonial Matcha
95g frozen banana
60g frozen blueberries

In comparison to Grand Cru, I can tell, even in a smoothie, that this is more vegetal, while Grand Cru is brighter. Both are grassy but this has more of a wheatgrass-like bite. I think I actually prefer the Grand Cru, whose batches are consistently brighter (emerald) green in colour. It’s crisper in flavour and not as vegetal.

Evol Ving Ness

I prefer the Grand Cru as well.

Fjellrev

Sweet! Go team!

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drank Ginger Pear (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Surprise sipdown! Such a rainy day so a steaming hot cup of Ginger Pear was perfect. Which reminds me… I need to pop into a DAVIDsTEA to check out some of the newer teas. I haven’t been to one in months.

Evol Ving Ness

I like this one a lot too. I stopped in the other day to try samples. There are a few on my list for the summer season, but I haven’t bought anything since I picked up a few for a tea friend to try. (yay me!)

Kristal

It’s been a while since I’ve been to DAVIDs as well. Nothing’s really been sparking my interest, but I am thinking about picking up some pre bagged black tea for my mom for her bday.

Fjellrev

Way to exercise restraint, Evol!

Nothing’s been grabbing me as of late either, although I do wonder if they still have some Lemon Pound Cake from Mother’s Day since I was interested but kept putting off dropping in. Que sera sera!

Evol Ving Ness

I know, right?

Can’t tell you anything about Lemon Pound Cake, but it sounds like it could be promising.

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Thanks to the wonderful Angel for sending samples to me! I tried this last night, and was impressed that there was no bitterness whatsoever. The notes that stood out to me more than anything else were vegetal and mineral-like. I didn’t pick up on any floral notes this first time, but hope to in the future. A soft sweetness accompanied the vegetal and mineral notes in the background.

I’m personally not a huge fan of vegetal and mineral notes in tea, but I can see people who are really appreciate and love this one.

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drank Coconut Chai by Remedy Cafe
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What a bizarre day yesterday. I was supposed to have lunch with a friend, but turns out flaky friends are flaky, and she never bothered getting back to me for days, when we were in the middle of deciding on where to even go/meet. So, of course, life story, I spent hours waiting around my apartment to see if she’d finally respond and confirm that we are indeed still having lunch. Messaged her at 2pm stating that I guess lunch is a no go since I haven’t heard from her. Over a day has passed and still no response, by the way. And she’s done this in the past, agreeing to hang out with me on a certain day but just dropping off the face of the earth when I’m trying to confirm a time and/or place. Actually, as a side note, most of my friends who still live in this city are like this: they’ll talk about wanting to hang on a certain day but refuse to solidify any further (like time or place), then tell me that they’ll let me know later. So of course, like a fool, I’ll wait all freaking day on that day, at their beck and call, not doing anything else with my day since they don’t even have the decency to give me a ball-park time like afternoon or evening, until they decide they’re done with doing whatever else they’re doing, finally get back to me and expect me to be ready to go. Well, if I’m lucky. Many times, they won’t get back to me at all so I spend a whole day waiting around for nothing. Like wow. I could never imagine doing that to someone. Does anyone else experience this?

Anyway, so after being annoyed that I had half my day wasted, I decided I needed to submit some job applications. Hey, how about getting out of the apartment and heading over to Remedy? So I did just that. It was pretty hot yesterday so I ordered an iced Coconut Chai half-sweet with soy milk, plus grabbed a delicious-looking, huge date square . All the places with plug-ins were taken so I ordered my chai to go and figured I could hang out somewhere on campus.

Totally supplementary information, but I ran around for a good fifteen minutes looking for a place to work on my applications and enjoy my Remedy goodies. Walked through a building where I used to spend time writing papers and whatnot in the evenings since those classrooms are pretty much always left unlocked, but thought I’d first try a seminar room in another building I used to have a lot of my classes in—out of nostalgia and comfy-ass seats—but it was locked. The neighbouring library is also getting renovated and closed earlier too, so I ended up in that initial building, making a huge loop. Why is this relevant? The ice in my iced chai was melting from the heat whilst I was running around like a moron trying to find that perfect spot.

So, by the time I hunkered down and took my first sip, this was rather watered down. They sprinkled some coconut shreds on top but that didn’t make a difference in the flavour. The coconut flavour was very weak, and even the spices were weaker in comparison to their other chai offerings. I’d say it had your standard cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, in that quantitative order, but it was nothing outstanding. I actually tried a hot Coconut Chai when they first introduced it—for a limited time— a couple years ago and recall that it was better then. Sweeter than the others, but had more depth than this time around. Again, could also be because it got watered down by the melted ice.

And because a lot of the ice watered it down, that prompted me to drink it faster, so I felt like I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. Oh well, but that date square was delicious so no regrets there!

caile

Yay for yum date squares! :)

Fjellrev

Seriously! I’m totally going to get another one in the future.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, so not doing the waiting around thing anymore. In this scenario, if I don’t hear from someone about same day lunch plans by 10 am, I continue on with my own agenda and no longer answer the phone.

Fjellrev

Yes! That is exactly what I’m thinking of doing. I love that you even consider 10am in that case more than enough time. I think another problem, at least with me, is when I tell a person that I’m free anytime that day, they therefore think they don’t need to commit to a time/place, and seem to assume that I have nothing better to do than twiddle my thumbs and wait whilst they get to frolic around and do other things at their leisure. Like, um, don’t they realize that I actually have other things to do with my day, just like they do, just that I’m willing to accommodate them and plan the rest of my day, run errands, etc around the meet-up? So yeah, guess I need to scrap that too, no more giving them a large window of time to monopolize.

Evol (or anyone else interested in answering), have you ever had anyone get angry at you or accuse you of being the selfish one for trying to solidify plans? Or, in the above case, get angry at you for moving on with your day/not answering the phone because they’re über late?

I also ask because another so-called friend—who has made me wait literally all day in the past because she wanted to hang out with me on a certain day but refused to commit to even a ballpark time—recently, vaguely suggested we meet up for coffee over her three days off work, so I asked her in the nicest way possible to then please let me know a day in advance the time when she would like to meet up, and she hasn’t responded since. Mind blown.

Fjellrev

Sorry for all them words, dear Steepsterites!

R.F. Hill

Usually, I either go with my wife or alone these days. I have a lot of friends who’re the same. Sorry for your mishap.

Evol Ving Ness

My approach is I am very very flexible, but don’t waste my time and energy. Because now my time and energy has been extremely costly/valuable to me since I became ill, so I had to do brutal reducing of people in my life who feel it is ok to waste both of mine. Ultimately, you are the one who chooses how to be and what to allow people.

If people think preserving yourself and your sanity is selfish, that’s on them Not your problem.

Either people can commit to a coffee or lunch date at a specific time, give or take 15-20 minutes or they are not really interested in spending time with you.

Harsh truth, but there it is. Of course, people do have extraordinary circumstances when they truly need to be flakey (illness, family/friend needs help, on call at work and such), but usually people have a choice. And you have a choice if you allow them to be flakey at your expense.

Fjellrev

R.F. Hill, it seems like that is what one eventually has to do. Sorry you have people like this in your life, too.

Evol, I’ve tried that approach—flexible but don’t waste my time and energy—and unfortunately, it doesn’t work, mostly because they don’t respect the flexibility. But with that said, you’re 100% right in that if one truly wants to see you, they should be able to commit to a time, and effectively communicate, as well. If they can hold a job and follow through with doctor’s appointments, they can do this too. I’m so glad that you are putting yourself first though, since you especially cannot afford the time and energy to deal with this type of unnecessary stupidity. I truly hope you’ve been able to eliminate most of that grief in your life.

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78
drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
1440 tasting notes

This gunpowder and mint blend is nice enough. I didn’t add anything to it, yet there seems to be a subtle sweetness accompanying the mint. Not candy cane-level sweetness but just a pinch. No bitterness but most likely because I only steeped it for like a minute and made sure the water cooled down for about five minutes before pouring.

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