1535 Tasting Notes

Three sipdowns in one day?! could it be… oh yes, yes it has been done!
Thank goodness. I was getting sick of this one…

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drank Ontario Icewine by Thé Kiosque
1535 tasting notes

Sipdown!!! finally. I’ve been after this one for ages. One of those that is contained in a small pouch yet no matter how many cups you have there always seems to be just a little more (which is terrible for a white tea, as all the flavouring here is gone. Well most of it)


Have you had other Kiosque teas? They are located pretty close to me and I went in once but the guy said he could only sell me 50 g tins. Meanwhile on their website, I can order samples and go pick them up. So because of that weirdness I have not tried their teas yet but they did smell quite nice.


I tried a bunch of them a few years ago, through two orders. The straight teas were amazing. The flavoured ones, much like any tea shop, were hit or miss for me.
Customer service was also great!


Also, I ordered mostly samples.


I found it so strange that they would not sell me sample sizes in store but if I were to order the samples online, I had the option to pick them up in the same store. Oh well, I guess I will just order online and go pick them up if I decide to try their teas.


Let me know what you end up doing, and how it goes!! It is strange that they don’t sell samples in store though. Curious.

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This is my kind of Yunnan!!
Thank you Sil for the sample. Yummm.
It’s a robust one this is, reminds me of Queen Catherine from H&S. A tad smokey, some nice depth, and a bit of pepper. Normally I’m the anti-pepper girl in teas, but here it hits in a different place, towards the back of the sip, and I’m finding it rather pleasant.
Also… sipdown! woot.

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Not bad not bad! heavy on the rice, which I like. A very mild apple note that blends surprisingly well with the genmaicha. I would buy some if it was local!! Sadly though, I missed out on trying it while hot. I got a phonecall and when I got back it had chilled… a well. The one little sip I did get was kinda floral, in an apple sorta way. Made me curious!

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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I was so looking forward to this being a sipdown. Even though I’ve quite enjoyed my little sample, it’s time to move on to the next one. Well, after the next cup that is. I dunno, I crave it so infrequently(as in once or twice a year) that it hardly seems worth stocking in my cupboard, but then when I do crave it, there is no denying that I want this specific tea. Ah well.
Hey maybe I’ll make it for Dad tomorrow. That counts, right?

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I swear I’ve reviewed this one before. But I couldn’t find it so just added it to the library here. Strange.
Anyhow, sipdown!! well kindof. Someone gifted me a tin when I already had one. I’m debating on when to open it.
The last bit is going off to Amy O in a swap.
Oh right and the tea. Hmmm, not my fave, but it’s pretty decent! A bold, coppery cuppa, and it is pretty smooth. Not a punch in the face, but enough to keep me hopping along. Needs a dash of milk though. I don’t think it’s designed to be drunk bare.
I’d buy it again one day though I don’t think it will happen, as there are so many others to try that I doubt there’d be time to cycle back.

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Gah! this is a tricky tea. Every time I make it, things come out really thick, like I overleafed it, so I tried intentionally UNDERleafing, and that made things a tiny bit better, but not by much.
I need to find the sweet spot. Overall, I’ve been getting a tiny bit of blueberry and maybe something that could be considered cream cheese, though I certainly wouldn’t say it is creamy.
For now, I’ll hold off on a rating. Haven’t given up yet.


I always found his greens tricky, now that I think about it.


Yes same here! moreso recently I think

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Oh dear. I was really hoping this could replace the blueberry tea I love so much from David’s tea. Or atleast make a decent alternative. Boo.
Naw, this is “ok” but firmly in the ok zone. Something about the base paired with the flavouring doesn’t work for me.
The base is a Yunnan and I am typically very picky with my Chinese black teas so that could be part of it. But beyond that, the blueberry flavouring has an odd note to it in the aftertaste, and a kindof floral part during the sip. Altogether, it makes for a very odd experience. Not a terrible one mind you. I’ll certainly still drink it, and enjoy it. Milk and sugar helped to neutralize things a bit, but then my cup was pretty much unmemorable. Too bad, I had high hopes. Shame on me.

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Thank you for the free sample Joseph Wesley! This is lovely, truly!!
I am usually on the fence with Chinese black teas, but this, well this is delicious. Definitely getting a cigar association as the Snooty Tea Person pointed out below, but like s/he said, not a strong one. Mild and pleasant!
Beyond that there is a sparkling element that I find with really good teas. Is that mineral, is that what that taste is? Hmmm.
It has some depth to it, and LOTS of complexity. I’m getting Barley, a tiny bit of hay, and a big wallop of cacao right before the end of my sip. The aftertaste is of barley as well.
Now, I know this is damn good tea because every time I take a sip, it’s like reading that book you just can’t put down, I want more more!! but then, I really need to savour this as well… so I’m taking really tiny sips in hopes that I can fool myself into thinking that it will last longer that way.

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I’ve tried and tried to find the sweet spot here, but somehow I end up with a pretty ok cuppa tea every time. hmmmm.
This time however, I added some vanilla milk. Oh wow what a difference, it was great! I accidentally steeped it at 4 min, so added the milk to help, and it really did! I gulped down that cup like I hadn’t had tea in ages. This is the first time we’ve tried “nilla milk”, a friend does the free samples at grocery stores, and she had a bunch left over. I am a fan. This coming from a “purist” (ish) who usually hates adding flavoured items to already flavoured teas!


I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for Dairyland’s vanilla Milk 2 Go. I’ve considered getting a bottle, adding matcha, and shaking it up, but it’s just so good on its own!


Hmm I’ll have to find out from my neighbour which one this was so we can buy it again! adding matcha, omg that is brilliant

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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