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505 Tasting Notes

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First tea to try from Indigobloom and since it is past midnight, I opted for caffeine free even though I don’t work tomorrow and could have handled the caffeine. But after a meat and potatoes kind of dinner, Blueberry Streusel just seemed right.

The leaf in the bag was kind of purple-ish and kind of cool actually. I could certainly smell the blueberry. Steeped, it was very dark for a honeybush, I think, or perhaps I used too much leaf and not enough water. It also tastes a bit strong too. I can pick up the tart blueberry but I can’t really detect much else. I did add some brown sugar and milk, so that might be hiding the streusel flavour or maybe a lighter brew would reveal that aspect to my taste buds.

It’s not an amazing tea, but it is not horrible either. All in all, I think that DAVIDsTEA Blueberry Jam is better, but this is still tasty. I think I liked the Strawberry Pie better, but this is quite decent.

Indigobloom

definitely go lighter on the infusion time, I find that really helps!

Amariel

I’ll try that next time, thanks.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

Ok, so, redo on the Ceylon Star this morning. My brewing, my sweetener, my milk (not soy this time) and it is way better than it was yesterday. I wanted to try it bare this morning, but it was too hot, and I was in too much of a hurry to get out the door, so I gave it my usual treatment. I still have enough from the 6g bag to make one more steep.

The flavour is definitely a little complex, probably due to the star anise, but still relatively mild. I can pick up some of the white chocolate and coconut tones underneath the star anise which seems to meld well with the cocoa tones and the tea. It’s a complicated tea, but simple too. It definitely isn’t overly licorice tasting. If anything, it tastes a little like a vanilla and coconut like chai…or like a chai vanilla milkshake. There is that creamy taste in here.

I do like this, but I don’t know if I will repurchase or not. I might get one bag and see what I think, but there are others I like better. We’ll see once I finish a few more of my bags and make more space on my wall.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

Was a TTG this afternoon, and it was on the house, which was a really nice treat. I got it with soy and agave, and I really found there was not much taste, which I think is partly the soy milk…maybe too much, or maybe I didn’t steep this long enough. I am reserving my rating until I brew myself a cup. I got 6 grams to try at home.

Ceylon Star

soy DEFINITELY overpowers it. It’s not an overly strong tea to begin with. I find it’s a very forgiving tea to steep longer than suggested too, as Ceylon doesn’t get bitter as quickly as, say, a darjeeling. Try adding just a couple tablespoons of the soy in the last minute or so of steeping, and it should help round it all out. I personally prefer using almond milk as it’s a bit milder than soy, but the tea lends itself WAY better to cows milk, from what I’ve tried.

Amariel

I’m trying it today at home right now…it is currently steeping. I’m going to do my straight test first, then add sugar and milk (cow) but I will be careful to not add too much. I do think the soy overpowered it.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

Hmmm, I do like this one, and I do feel cozy and comforted, but I think that what I really wanted and needed is Chocoloate Chili Chai today…but I am out. Still, this is still tasty. Still feeling bad from yesterday’s LUSH encounter. :(

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So, this was meant to be a comfort tea. I had a less than stellar visit with my local LUSH shop this evening, ended up with a headache despite saying multiple times, no…I don’t want to try that product, especially if it has that scent which is known to be a headache trigger…but, I got duped into trying a tiny bit and within 30 minutes…BOOM…headache.

But then I was distracted by a shiny thing (the Let The Good Times Roll that I got tonight), and I oversteeped the tea. It isn’t horrible, just a bit stronger than usual. I do like this tea, but there are others I like so much better that I don’t think that I will repurchase when it is done. I might get more later, but not right now.

Uniquity

Sorry to hear that the LUSH trip went poorly! Was it sensory overload or pushy staff?

Amariel

Well, first, they limited the number of samples I had asked for. I bought 3 things, and they allowed me 2 samples of the 4 I was hoping for. The SAs there generally know I have sensitivities to things and would rather try a sample then buy a pot and return and have it go to waste. Secondly, yes, they were VERY pushy last night. I went in to buy 2 items, possibly 3. I have never felt so pushed by any LUSH SAs before. Lastly, they were like “you should really try Sea Spray” to which I say, sea salt dries my hair out when left in like a styling product. It’s true…it may have more volume, but it is also dry, frizzy, tangly, and nasty. The person at the cash continues to tell me the virtues of it, so I cave and ask what is the scent, because I am sensitive to certain smells, and he says it is a bit like Gorgeous. I tell the SA that the scent of that is nice, but it is too strong for me. But they keep pushing, telling me to try some on my hair before I leave. So I was like, “ok, at least I am off work tomorrow if this gives me a migraine” and go over to the hair area where the other SA is, look at the bottle and see glycerin in the list and am like, “I really should not try this. Glycerin, like salt, dries my hair out badly” so then the one says to just try it in a small area, so I do, and I am immediately hit by the smell and have to leave there asap. I get headache before I even get home. If I tell them I can get a headache from it, they should have stopped right there. I should have stood my ground more. I shouldn’t have caved to their pressure like that.

Uniquity

Oh wow, that sounds terrible. I’ve had some pushy LUSH staff before but since I don’t have any scent sensitivities I just get annoyed rather than a migraine. I hope that you can clear the headache quickly and next time (if there is one) is more positive! It’s so tricky in late November/December when staff everywhere are on high alert to make sales.

Amariel

Normally they’re all pretty good and easygoing. I have had issue with that particular store before, which is a shame as it is closer than the mall location. But it has been a while.

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Ugh, so effing comforting. Broke into my second hoarded stash bag today to have some of this this evening. So happy to learn that uptown has some of this left. I must refill…REFILL!!

Read past notes, but the short short version…AWESOME!!! Still an all time fave.

Kittenna

What? There’s someplace with some of this left?

Amariel

Yep! I found out by accident! But very eternally grateful.

Kittenna

So did you go buy them out of it? :P

canadianadia

This sounds so good, I need to try it. I hope Davids brings it back.

Amariel

I hope so too.

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmmm, this one seems better this year than last. I feel more of the heat. It was a nice mix of chocolate and chili in the two cups I had today. I woke up very congested, and with a lot of pressure as a result, and a headache. This helped breathe some life back into me and got me to a point where I was able to go into work for a few hours in the evening instead of being at home all day.

I had almost opted for some Ginger Pu Erh for the sinus clearing and medicinal benefits of the ginger. But no, I wanted sinus clearing AND comfort. So I had the Chocolate Chili Chai…and I am SOOO glad I picked it up yesterday with more Alpine Punch (one can never have too much Alpine Punch).

So, today, even though I am in Canada, and we had our Thanksgiving last month, I was very thankful for this tea today!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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SO…I was at Davids again today, with my friend. She opted for the Merry Cranberry, and since I know I don’t like Sleigh Ride that much, I opted to try Santa’s Secret. I’ve always been a bit leery of mint teas, because I tend to find them either too medicinal, or I find them too cooling and refreshing to drink in winter (except for medicinally). But this tea, as a black base, holds the mint in balance, I think. It feels warming but refreshing, but not in a BRRR sort of way. Maybe the soy milk added then zen-like balance, I dunno.

I think I can say, I actually kinda like this. For a minty tea. I don’t know if I will get this one or not, but I think I might get some while it is available, and it will be a nice alternate to the very warming and comforting teas I have like Chocolate Orange or Alpine Punch, or one of the seasonal chai blends. I think that there could be a place for this on my tea wall.

Kittenna

I generally dislike minty teas but this one worked for me too!

Amariel

Yes, exactly. Something about it is very balanced and everything.

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I got this purely for medicinal purposes…it tastes pretty good considering. I am having this straight without milk, but sweetened with some organic cane sugar. It is very very very gingery, but then you sorta expect a tea like this to be gingery, right? I think the ginger is a nice compliment to the pu erh base, as both are very earthy flavours. There is that hint of orange which is alright, though I don’t tend to like orange peel much in tea generally.

I think this is worth having on hand for the upset tummy, stuffy head, feeling miserable in general kind of times. I don’t know if I would have it aside from those instances, because I have so many other teas to drink other times.

In a way, this tea is kind of refreshing and clean. It’s a nice change from some of the more complicated teas like Banana Dream Pie and Fireside S’Mores tea. It’s nice to have simplicity every now and again. :)

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

Ok, so liking this less than before. Too tart. So much potential for it without the punch from the hibby. Dropping the rating.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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