2388 Tasting Notes

I had a samples of this tea that originated from boychik though I’m not sure if I received it from the source or if it was passed on by someone else. Nonetheless, thank you to those who made it possible for me to try this blend because it is delicious! Even drinking it cold, I can appreciate all this has to offer. It’s rich and malty and has a certain coziness that screams holiday. It is also smooth and sweet and just downright tasty.

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This was one of my new teas I was most excited about. I brewed it up and there were a whole bunch of chips in my filter. However, I swear they were little meringue hats instead of white chocolate chips. Anyways, whatever they were, they left a but of scum floating at the top of the tea that looks unappealing but isn’t completely intolerable when drinking. Tastewise, it’s nice though it won’t be replacing some of my favourite sweet lemon teas anytime soon. I am not exactly getting white chocolate more like a meringue (hence why I thought it was meringue hats in the strainer) and there is a soft lemon at the tail end of the sip but I can’t determine if it’s lemon pledge or lemongrass. At the end of the day this tea was enjoyable enough.

Roswell Strange

This one sounds really interesting; though I have a hard time believing it could ever fall in the middle of “WOW SO GOOD” and “I have to spit this out right now”.


I will put some aside for you so you can give it a try :)

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drank Raspberry Birthday Cake by 52teas
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Has anyone ever had the raspberry cake with cream cheese icing from Publix? That’s what I expected from this tea. A sweet pound cake with slightly tangy/very creamy icing and a fair bit of raspberry jam goodness.

At first sip, it came off as just a raspberry black tea. However, as I continued drinking I realized there was something more than raspberry jam in my cup – there is a sweetness and a thickness that reminds me of cake. Unfortunately no cream cheese icing here but that’s okay. It can be one of those naked cakes that are quite popular now where the sides are left bare to show off all the layers. Still tasty even though it’s not exactly what I expected.

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As some of you know I have been off tea recently but on Wednesday, my dad finally brought me my teas from the 52teas kickstarter campaign and over the past few days I found myself wanting to try them. Unfortunately, Saturday was my sister’s engagement party (that’s not the unfortunate part), so the past week has been a bit of a whirlwind of busyness.

Then yesterday there was a death in the family so tea obviously was not on my mind. However, what was on my mind was calling in to work to let them know I was dealing with this loss, so this morning I called in and rather than approving the three days of bereavement leave I asked for, they told me the schedule was really tight and that they would see what they could do, and call me back. Seriously. I told them my grandfather passed away and they basically told me that it was too hard to accommodate me and I may have to come in. They even gave me a song and a dance about missing work for his funeral!!! Like are you kidding me?!? And it’s not like I am a manager or anything like that…I am an office supplies associate at Staples. Needless to say I am pissed with the way this had been handled. Oh, and they still haven’t called me back and my shift starts in 15 minutes. Well, I am at home, with my family, where I should be and if that’s an issue they can just write me up. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable.

Anyways, in my severely pissed off mood, I decided I needed something to calm down and so in order to clear my head, I took the time to focus on brewing up a mug of this. Genmaichas have always been a favourite of mine with a special spot in my heart for those made by 52teas. Sipping on this particular one, I’m getting a lot of the toasted rice goodness that I love while the base stays mild and in the background. Meanwhile, I am also getting a combination of cream and spice/ginger that reminds me of the iced part of a gingerbread cookie. The flavoring is not the headliner that I hoped it would be but it’s definitely there hiding behind the rice. One just has to look a little bit harder to find it. Nonetheless, I am pleased and focusing on something other than my frustration has proved to be rather helpful. Also, a great start for the new 52teas!

Roswell Strange, I will have to remember to grab samples of all the teas for you :)

Roswell Strange

So sorry to hear about your loss; my thoughts are with you today. It’s a real shame that companies sometimes forget their employees are human and that things happen outside of work. If they can’t respect that, they’re honestly not worth your time right now.


Echoing what roswell said. That’s really abhorrent on their part, and I’m so sorry you’re dealing with them on top of already experiencing this loss. I’m so, so very sorry for what you and your family must be going through right now.


I agree with what others have said. It’s horrible that Staples is treating you this way.


I’m sorry for your loss and I hope your company gets their act together for you.


Thank you everyone for your kind words. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks what happened is wrong. Nonetheless, I have stayed home and spent time with my family and have yet to be bothered by work. Hopefully that means they got the hint.


I’m so sorry for your loss. Hope you are surrounded by live today and are able to focus on good memories.

I’m sorry about your companies reaction. That’s night and day to when I lost my mom. When I was in uni. My employer gave me an indefinite leave, sent flowers to the funeral and all my coworkers got together and donated hours so I would have a paycheck covering the time I was away. Hope that they get their act together. Thinking of you.


Live= love in the above.


I’m very sorry about your loss and also very sorry that the company you work for was less than accommodating for you.

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drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
2388 tasting notes

So I brewed this up hot and now I am experiencing a weird combination of a very loose tasting tea that still has chocolatey banana flavors that you would typically have cold. Basically, as a regular tea, the taste and consistency just don’t mesh well. However, I could see this being good as a latte as the flavors are there but need a creamy boost. Better yet, this would probably be delicious as a cold latte.


This one was amazing as a latte!


i like this one as a latte. quite a bit

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Anyone suffer from claustrophobia? I ask because I have always been slightly claustrophobic but lately it has gotten worse…much worse. And by that, I mean I have had two panic attacks in the past two days at work. So, that has been fun. Basically I am asking though because I am trying to determine why this might be and if anything can even be done about it. My guess is stress (thanks to my job forcing me to simultaneously do two different jobs to prove I can do the job they are considering promoting me to) is causing my claustrophobia/anxiety to be heightened and so attacks are more likely to be triggered. Does that sound plausible? Also, is there anything that can even be done for claustrophobia? I have an appointment set up with my doctor but I am just curious if anyone has any knowledge/experience about it.

Anyway, with that said I can get to the tea. I prepped this while cooking dinner so by the time I finally started drinking it, it had cooled quite a bit. That isn’t really a problem though given its a melon tea and melon is a nice flavor to enjoy at cooler temperatures. Overall, melon is the strongest flavor but it comes later in the sip and then sits on your tongue after you’re done drinking. Leading up to that point, there is a touch of malt. It’s weird because the two blend seamlessly together despite being so drastically different. I personally relate malt with a warm, wintery flavor while melon is brighter and more of a summer taste. However, in this it works. Though, I am sad as the flavoring has dulled slightly due to age. It is nice enough but nothing that I will cry over when its gone.

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I’ve simultaneously been drinking this and Bear Flag’s rosé. Not exactly the most sensical pairing but one is a tasty summer drink and the other is like a fall hug. This tea is the hug, of course. It is spot on for gingerbread – bready, sweet, gingery, and surprisingly warming. It’s teas like these that will slowly spark my passion for tea again. At least I hope that’s the case.


I’m trying as well! Good luck with your tea sipping. :)


your teas at my house don’t want to visit until you love them again.

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So I have been going through a phase where I’ve lost my love and excitement over tea (sorry if that’s sacrilegious on here :P). Consequently, I haven’t been frequenting this site much but even more upsetting is I haven’t even touched my stash in months. I have actually been on an iced coffee kick (spurred on by my recent visit to Israel) and a bubble tea whirlwind. However, thinking about my stash aging and losing it’s zest has made me sad. So, as the weather cools a bit here in Toronto, I decided to make myself a cup.

I basically picked my tea by shoving my hand into one of my tea drawers and grabbing the first bag my hand touched. It ended up being this tasty little number. However, as I brewed it, I realized just as I started my tea love with flavored teas, it might take flavored teas to reignite my interest. So, as I hurriedly sipped away at this tea (as I was running late for work), I found myself sort of bored and less enthused than I hoped I would be. I’m hoping it was just because I didn’t have time to enjoy my cup because I really am trying to pay more attention to my beloved beverage.

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
2388 tasting notes

The coconut is strong in this one. Strong and sweet. And the strawberry provides a nice counter flavor to help balance everything out. Every now and then I get a punch of tartness from both the pineapple and the hibiscus. It actually is making for a delicious glass of iced tea on this warm day. As for the rest of this tea? It’s currently cold brewing so we will see how that goes and this might end up being a repurchase.

Also, hi steepster members! It’s been a while. Between traveling Europe last month, traveling Israel this month, jet lag, and tbh a bit of tea boredom, I feel like I haven’t drank tea/been on this site in ages.


Hope you’ve been enjoying your travels!

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drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
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I recently went on a cruise of the Greek islands with some friends and aboard the ship, we had the ship we had the option to buy unlimited drink packages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). I sprung for the alcoholic package and basically spent morning to night drinking and getting my money’s worth. One of my friend went for the non-alcoholic package so she essentially lived on Shirley Temples.

Now, I have had Shirley Temples made differently by different people but this tastes like none of them. If I stretch my imagination, I can sort of see it especially if this is one made with orange juice but mostly I am getting the taste of cherry (which I guess is the grenadine) and a nice brightness from the citrus. I am actually enjoying it quite a bit. It reminds me slightly of the Cherry Snowcone mix from last year though, personally, this is preferable as it is a little brighter and not quite as tart.

All in all, I don’t think I would call this a Shirley Temple but I would call it juicy and refreshing and that’s all that counts in an iced tea for the summer time.

Flavors: Cherry, Orange

Iced 4 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Someone else was saying this one isn’t too tart for a hibiscus tea; I look forward to trying it :)

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.


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