1305 Tasting Notes


I cannot get enough of this tea. I really can’t. It’s so damn good. It taste like blueberries and tea and deliciousness. The word that comes to mind every time I sip it is “round”. It tastes like a big, round blueberry. Om nom nom

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1305 tasting notes

This was one of the two teas of the day for today, and when I stopped in this morning, this was the only one they had ready, so I snagged two tumblers of it. You see, when the iced tea promotion started, it was a day when the office was wretchedly home 30-40 degrees C, and I had forgotten any kind of drink at home. So when I went on a tea run, I bought two of the iced tea promo tumblers to get me through the day. Now I keep them at the office. I’ve almost made friends with a couple of my coworkers and let them know that they’re welcome to use them as long as they wash them when they’re done, so these suckers have seen a lot of mileage already, and they’re not even a week old!

Anyhoo, I had this without any kind of sweetner and it wasn’t bad! I did find myself craving something sweet in it, but that’s okay. It was still a cup full of mapley goodness on its own. Definitely one I would return to.


If you really want to over-maple your brain, use maple syrup as your sweetener. Obviously a occasional treat, but soo good! Best in winter with a hot cup of Oh Canada.

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Finally cold brewed this and it is not as amazing as I had hoped, sadly. I think hot is the way I’ll enjoy this tea the most. It’s more shortcake with strawberry.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
1305 tasting notes

I wasn’t expecting to like this, I’m not a huge pina colada fan. But I was happily surprised at how good it was! I cold brewed it and it got me through a few days of brutally hot temps at the office. I think I need to get more of this! The girls told me it tastes like pineapple juice and it really, really does. Yum.

Will Work For Tea

YUM! I wonder if it would be good with a spike of rum, to be enjoyed at home. :)

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I got 25 g of this and used it all to cold brew a pot of this. It was good, juicy and light, but ultimately I had to use 25 g to make a pot and it just didn’t wow me enough to be worth the amount of tea I had to use.

Buy the Stars

Yeah, I’ve noticed that you have to use a LOT of it if you really want it to taste good; and being heavier means it’s less tea at a more expensive price so it’s really not a Stock Up On tea for me. :/ Nice as an iced snack in store, but that’s about it.


I haven’t done a cost comparison, but I’m thinking it’s still cheaper per cup than buying juice? Which I would (will) use it as a replacement for.

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True, but we don’t drink juice, so it’s still not worth it to me.


Fair enough.

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Ugh. I came down with a bad, bad case of food poisoning Friday night and ended up having to leave work early yesterday because of it. When I’m ill, blood vessels burst in my face and I look like a zombie XD. But that worked in my favor when I asked my boss if I could go home early. Anyway, last night I was still feeling rough and I had eaten too much, so I asked my wife for a cup of this. I’m one of those bad patients who get sick, never wants to eat again, but then the second I start to feel better I want to eat ALL THE THINGS. When I was a kid, it frustrated my mom to no end. “Mom, I’m starving, can I have tacos?” “Here start with a cracker.” “Moooooom you’re trying to kill me, aren’t you?” LOL. Unfortunately now my mom is in another country and cannot keep me from eating all the things. Oh well, this helped settle my stomach so I could get a full night’s sleep. I think I need to stock up on this ASAP in case it disappears. Of course when I contacted the sushi place that gave me food poisoning, they told me there was no raw fish in my order, so there was no food poisoning. They were incredibly rude about it and I’ll never order from them again.


Ha @ the zombie sympathy (and hey, Moms are rarely wrong) :b


Well, at least they lost some business if they couldn’t even own up to it. :|

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It amazes me how some companies change their tune when told “I will never buy from you again.” (I was just offered a refund if I promise to continue buying from them) Does that really need to be said? If I’m irritated enough to complain, it’s because I’ve reached the end of my rope and unless they come through with good customer service, I won’t be spending money there again. Hell, bad customer service can only cement that for me. Blegh.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Guh. I didn’t think I’d like this, I avoided it due to hibiscus, but…guh. I took a sniff at the store, thank goodness my wife asked to sniff it! Wednesday we brought home 10 grams and today I went back for a tin. It’s fruity and light and I cannot wait to try it iced!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I was so ready to pass this by but now you’ve got me reconsidering!


Yeah, this smelled a lot better in the store than I was expecting. Only bought it because I want to try everything – haven’t given it a shot yet though!


I think the white hibiscus is different that the hibiscus in other teas. It really give this tea a fruity flavour. I enjoy it a lot. May buy a tin.


Interesting. I know I have a few to give a try to on my next visit.

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought enough of this to cold steep a pot and, well…it was less than perfect. I didn’t like it at all. Ah well, that’s one less tea I’ll need to add to my spreadsheet! It was just…tart and had an aftertaste of gross. Not for me.

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So I’m starting to come to the end of my matcha reviewing career, I’ve tried just about all the ones I want to try and now I need to decide which ones I want to stock up on. This is one of those I’ve been eyeing, but it kept popping out of my cart in favor of delicious beauties like French Vanilla or Caramel. But I am very excited to be trying it now (found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/sugar-destroyer-matcha.html).

It’s no secret that I sweeten my teas with sugar, all teas, without fail. I know, I know, I’m a horrible tea drinker. But this one is supposed to help curb sugar cravings and so on and so forth, so I’m going to try it without sugar first. It’s worth mentioning that this tea isn’t meant to replace sugar, it’s meant to do the following:
Regulate blood sugar levels
Curb your appetite for sweets things and goodies
Help maintain a healthy weight
Help maintain normal cholesterol levels
Taking all of that with a grain of salt, if replacing straight matcha with this can help curb my cravings for sugary snacks, then I’m all for it. Now I just need a tea to help me curb my desire for biscuits and gravy! Disclaimer, my cravings aren’t usually for sugary sweet things, I crave chips and bacon and savory goodies, so I’m not entirely sure that this will help me.

It tastes like…matcha! Surprise! I’ve never had a straight matcha from Red Leaf Tea, so I can’t really say how it compares to their matcha, but I have had straight matcha from other sources so I can, for sure, say that this tastes like matcha. Shocking, I know. I don’t magically feel like I don’t want anything sugary, but I’ll keep an eye on my cravings today and report back. Keep in mind, though, I’m only having a very small cup. The good news is that I am taking this matcha without sugar and while yes, I would like some sugar in it, I’m not dying for it. Maybe this old dog can be taught a few new tricks!

So here I am a few hours later, ready to report. Now, keep in mind again that I’m not horribly keen on sugar snacks, but after a long, long day at work I discovered that I hadn’t ready craved sugar at all today. It was interesting but inconclusive. But I’m glad to have tried it and I look forward to trying more and seeing if it really does help when I’m dying for a good sugar buzz.


Hahahaha, I was thoroughly entertained by this review! :)

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Some days, after a few too many cups of matcha, my crazy shows through a little ;) Glad you like it!

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Mmmm strawberries. I cannot begin to tell you how much of my life has been spent picking strawberries. As a child, I hated it, but now I remember it fondly…isn’t it weird how that happens? So good…strawberry shortcake is the most delicious thing in this world. Especially made with fresh, sun ripened strawberries. As long as I can remember, my mom has had a row or two of strawberries in her yard. When we lived in Michigan and we had room to garden (and soil that was more than just clay), we had tons of strawberries. Tons! But then we moved to Tennessee, and the soil there was not as habitable, but she still managed to squeeze some delicious berries out of that red clay. So strawberries and strawberry flavored things that actually taste like strawberries always remind me of her and of that gorgeous garden she kept in Michigan. Of course, they also remind me of the time I was about 7 and picking strawberries in the garden when I felt some grass brush over my foot. I looked down to see a snake slithering over my foot. shudders I have never screamed so loud in my life. And thus a lifelong fear of snakes was born.

So the real question here is will this matcha be a snake or a shortcake?

Shortcake. Oh my goodness, shortcake. This smelled amazing when I opened the package, like creamy, sweet strawberries. Like, well, strawberry shortcake, to be honest. Guh, I just want to dive into it. I took it to work with me and my mind was blown by it. I kept getting distracted by how good it was. I love a good tea. I’m trying to figure out which six I want to keep in stock and this is a definite front runner. I think mixing this with a little French Vanilla would be out of this world. I love berries so most of my smoothies are berry smoothies…this will be an amazing addition to that particular mix. Now, it doesn’t have that hint of tartness that fresh strawberries do, but that’s okay. I’m in love anyway. It tastes like strawberry candy, but I know Red Leaf Tea doesn’t use artificial ingredients, so I’m very excited to have this. Next time I’m craving a bag of strawberry puffs, I’m going to reach for this instead. Mmmm…maybe I’ll take some of this to work with me today too! (Found here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/strawberry-matcha.html)

Tina S.

I love this one too! I could smell it all day long and be happy. (Btw, if you latte it? Strawberry Milkshake time.)

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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