3367 Tasting Notes

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Well, my wisdom teeth are OUT! Finally!

I have to say that all in all it went pretty smoothly; three of four were able to be pulled out without much trouble and the fourth was taken out in pieces because they couldn’t pull it out. The sound of the dentist pulling out the teeth was one of the most disgusting sounds I’ve ever heard though. That crunching noise sounded like bones breaking, to be honest. And it made me go ice cold and want to throw up.

After getting ‘em pulled, I had to wait around at the drug store to get a prescription for medical grade aspirin filled: my face was still numbed and I had my mouth stuffed full with gauze. We were there maybe half an hour waiting for the damn prescription to get filled? At some point I started drooling blood all over myself but I couldn’t feel it. We noticed way too late; I wrecked a favourite sweatshirt of mine because of the blood stains. So much blood…

Then I had an afternoon of nothing but pain and liquid foods. However, the dentist specifically banned any hot foods: only cold things. So, I went a day without any with one exception tea because I didn’t have anything cold brewed. What I did have was a lot of ice cream, some YOP, and some cold butternut squash soup. I’ve since upgraded today to very soft foods in addition to liquids. It’s frustrating though, tbh.

My one exception to the day without tea was a bottle of this: I know I made a note not to buy it again but I really needed something to drink and it was on sale at the drugstore when I was getting that prescription filled. It was quite satisfying; cool, refreshing, creamy…

Now I’m just waiting for the massive holes/sockets where the teeth were to heal up. I’m quite tender today; enough so I went home from work early because I was in so much pain. I wish I was allowed to take more of the medical grade aspirin but they’re pretty strict about the allowed dosage…

Rasseru

Ah well, good you had it done & fingers crossed they heal up swiftly so you can get back to drinking hot drinks! :)

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Just a quick gong fu session (less than four steeps) in the yixing pot. Not the best session; of the varying different company’s versions of Lapsang Souchong I’ve had recently this one doesn’t hold up to those recent sessions. It was a little too astringent, a little too bitter, and a little too ashy. All in all just a little too… well, subpar.

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Split a pot of this with my mom at the Vintage Tea Room quite a while back when I was still in the process of moving, but far enough into it that all of my tea had been boxed. I was really, really looking towards external tea sources that week to keep myself from becoming completely unhinged.

Essentially, this is just a soft Earl Grey with caramel notes. There are other ingredients in the blend like apple and as assortment of floral things but you can’t especially taste any of them. This was pleasant enough on it’s own, with a nice light bergamot note but it was quite delicious with just a little bit of cream added in. That really elevated it quite nicely. Since the Vintage Tea Room is a tea room I paired this pot with a slice of some truly delicious Pecan Pie. Quite indulgent overall, but the citrus notes of the tea provided just enough deviation from the rich pairing.

The one thing I will say that I disliked was that this tea room brews “Grandpa” style so the last few cups of this were not so good. Quite bitter, actually. But it did the trick!

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Apparently the last time I had this tea was in November of 2014 which is… a long time ago.

At some point after finishing off the tin I had of this I developed the impression that this had been discontinued. The other day I was in DAVIDsTEA looking for something to get To Go because all my tea was packed up and I needed a tea fix desperately; I saw this on the shelf on got excited! I grabbed it iced; and I’m happy I did because after well over a year of not having this (and my tastes definitely changing over that time frame) it turns out that I DO still like it.

- VERY strong chocolate flavour
- Don’t remember it being so strong??
- Lovely raspberry truffle type finish though!

When I finish off Cocoa Canela I may get this instead of restocking that one; I like the idea of this being a less monotone flavour/one note tea. And I feel like my cupboard is sorely lacking a good raspberry “every day” tea at the moment.

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Drank this one cold shaken in milk back during the week I was all packed up/in the process of moving. Mostly this tasted like cinnamon and pie crust; I really craved more of the “filling” to be perfectly honest. However it was still really delightful overall even if this is one of the less consistent matcha flavours that I own.

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First tea in the new place! I don’t think I could have picked anything better either; it tasted just like home! Comforting home…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Cranberry, Floral, Pineapple, Rose

VariaTEA

Congrats on the move! How is it?

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This cold brew is an improvement upon the quite sour/tart hot cup I last had but the lime is still only semi-sweet and relatively pithy and the base is lacking any real contribution. I wish I could taste more of, well, anything. However it’s certainly not bad.

It just isn’t “punchy” either.

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drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
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Sample comes from Kittenna! I’m pretty sure she sent along this generous sample because the last time she passed it along around a year ago I quite liked it. She’s thoughtful that way! I don’t know what was up with the packaging though, but it handily wins the award for “hardest sample to open”. It was a resealable zip bag but I couldn’t for the life of me get it open. I eventually resorted to cutting open the sample and transferring the rest of the leaf to a new bag.

I cold brewed this sample; can’t remember if that’s what I did last time but I could see myself doing it that way. The flavour was nice; mostly cinnamon with a mix between fresh pear notes and a more “poached pear” flavour. The base left a little to be desired, but the light malty notes it lent did add something to the tea which elevated to a better brew than it would have been without the malt notes.

Steepster users who work in retail/have worked in retail before what’s the most fucked up thing you’ve seen? Yesterday at work I had one of those “only in retail” moments where you want to shoot yourself.

For those who don’t know, I work in the donation center at a thrift store partnered with a few non profit organizations. We get some characters in shopping, and I’ve seen some messed up donations come in. However, yesterday I was mostly working fitting rooms as a favour for one of the cashiers who was a little slammed. While I was watching the fitting rooms, an adult male literally took a shit in a change room.

He just walked out of the change room and out of the store without saying a word to anyone. I, at the time, didn’t think much of it because quite often people are dicks and leave the clothes they’ve tried on in the floor of the change room for us to pick up/rehang which is what I assumed he had done. But nope. He LITERALLY shit his pants/all over the floor and walked out of the store with a pair of pants he’d obviously stolen to replace his shitty pants. Fucking people…

So yeah, that’s the story of how I literally cleaned up shit yesterday.

tigress_al

Seriously! That’s messed up

OMGsrsly

Insert horrified face emoticon here. OMG.

Indigobloom

Ew. We had to fire a guy for downloading porn, even after we gave him warnings…

TeaNTees

That’s so messed up! :{

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Drank this one hot late at night while watching Netflix with a friend. I added quite a bit of almond milk to it because I thought it’d really compliment the flavour because this blend has almonds in it anyway. However what ended up happening was the flavour, specifically the lemon, warped into that nasty note that I DISTINCTLY remember tasting in DAVIDsTEA’s Live Wire Lemon blend that I know I compared to the smell of a gerbil’s scent gland. So much yuck and so much nope…

VariaTEA

As I started reading I was like "adding almond milk sounds like a great idea and then I kept reading and was like “maybe not”

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So, my new commute to work is 45 minutes long as opposed to the the five minute bus ride I was taking prior to moving. It’s kind of a bitch, if I’m being honest – however on the plus side it’s the perfect excuse to brew up a travel mug of tea for the bus ride there which just lets me sneak in an extra cup into the day!

Today was my first time taking the bus, actually. It wasn’t bad at all – I expected to have trouble finding my stop or transferring but everything went as perfectly as it could have. So that was one less thing to stress about, tbh.

And the tea was good! I added a splash of almond milk so it’d be cool enough for my to drink right away on the bus and it did wonders for the tea. It was smooth, with a sweet flavour and rich/creamy mouthfeel and a lovely eggyness to the taste with nutmeg undertones. I’ve become pretty fond of this tea overall.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

Location

Regina, SK, Canada

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