2638 Tasting Notes

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Last tea of the night!

Made a pot of this which I’m just finishing up while watching an anime on Netflix called Norigami. Has anyone else watched it? I’m having a bit of a hard time really getting into it, though I want to like it. I just started the third episode…

This pot wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst either. Almost immediately the cups seemed have a bitter edge; it was pleasant in the first few cups because it worked with the grape/wine flavourings and made the tea seem, I don’t know, ‘edgier’? But it’s a bit too much with these last few cups. Not the most palatable tea in the world…

I almost made this as tea soda ‘cause it’s kinda the bomb that way but in the end it seemed like too much effort for this late at night. And, considering how late it is, if I was smart I would have picked something caffeine free. Oops.

EDIT: Tre just got home from birthday drinks with a few coworkers and he is DRUNNNNKK! Tonight’s either gonna be hilarious or annoying as all hell.

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Sipdown (114)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the cones! I’ve actually had these before and don’t remember being the biggest fan, so I just grabbed one of the two you sent me to try out with some grenadine for a little make shift Monk’s Blend tonight – the second one is gonna get brought in to work for Chef Darcy. I don’t think he’s ever had a flowering tea before, and even though this is a pretty simple one I think he’ll get a kick out of it.

I used a lot more grenadine this time around than I did with the last straight black I used for operation “Make my own Monk’s Blend” – just over 2 tsp. I think? Last time I felt like the flavour of the grenadine was totally drowned out, and I didn’t want that this time around. However, I don’t think this is the right amount either because it tastes a little too strongly of grenadine/cherry. Also, I’m drinking it in a clear glass mug and despite being all steeped up it’s still a bright cherry red colour. I actually had to double check how long the tea had been steeping because I saw no visual change in colour as it was steeping (I added the grenadine first).

I do taste the tea though; mostly a bit of malt and perhaps something a little raisin-y? It’s not a good balance though; and the grenadine with the raisin is coming off cloying and unpleasant. But hey I’m learning! Next time I think I’ll reduce the grenadine down to either 1 tsp. or 1 1/2 tsp. – last time, if I’m remembering correctly, I used 1/2 tsp…

Oh; and just a reminder for anyone curious about some of the specifics the brand of grenadine I’m using is Rose’s Grenadine which is probably the most commonly used brand in bars/restaurants for alcoholic drinks. It also has more of a cherry flavour than the traditional pomegranate the grenadine is actually supposed to be.

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100

Tea Soda!

Made as the ‘last tea of the night’ last night, and it was pretty much perfect in every way possible. The sugar used to make the simple syrup proved to be exactly what was needed to really bring out the natural flavour of the dragonfruit and make this a sweet, truly ‘dragonfruit dominated’ drink.

However, the cranberry did cut in a little bit to provide a touch of sharpness, but it was nice because it made the tea/soda feel a little more fleshed out and well rounded. Not that soda really needs to have a whole bunch of “layers” to it, though – I mean most soda is just a monotone or duotone flavour anyway.

I also felt like I tasted a bit of guava and fig, but more in the background. Really, really good regardless though! I definitely want to try it again but may not; this is a heavy blend so 100g doesn’t really stretch that far…

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
2638 tasting notes

Tre’s birthday is tomorrow! Thank God for Facebook because, like the terrible roommate I often am, I had kind of forgotten that it was coming up so shortly…

It works out well though; with me getting so many tattoos lately we’ve been talking about him getting his first one done soon. He’s got a few ideas, but one of the bigger ones is something Star Wars related. Well, a local shop is doing a special “May The 4th” sale and is gonna be pre-drawing a bunch of designs that can be snatched up and booked to be done on that day. If there’s one that Tre ends up liking enough then that’ll be his 1st tattoo!

So, I told him today that his birthday present from me is a $50 contribution to whatever his first tattoo winds up being: it’s something I think he’ll genuinely appreciate, he still gets to ‘pick out his gift’ (in a way), and it saves my forgetful ass since I didn’t actually buy anything! I’m low key debating getting a Star Wars tattoo myself but I don’t like any of the designs that the shop has posted so far so we’ll see if any of the others are any better…

But anyway, drinking this right now with some Cinnabon creamer in it; the flavour is a little weaker than I’d like it to be, but the gooey cinnamon icing notes from the creamer and the rich vanilla and apple notes from the tisane itself are creating this super rich, heavenly and almost ‘fluffly’ mouthfeel that I’m just in love with. Plus, the chamomile is drowned out in flavour, and that’s my least favourite thing about this blend to begin with.

Kittenna

The chamomile is my least favourite thing here too. Wish it was less prominent.

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
2638 tasting notes

This is a queued tasting note.

Thank you VariaTEA for getting this one to me, and Kittenna for splitting it with me! It smelled so good dry, and I ended up making it yesterday morning for my breakfast tea on my day off. Mmmm! I’m pretty sure it’s Bear With Me who’s obsessed with Grapefruit EG so I’m happy to finally be getting the chance to taste an EG with grapefruit in it (you’ve gotten me super excited!), even if there are other additions too.

I actually find I’m tasting the tangerine more than anything else; it tastes exactly like the tangerine in Butiki’s Tangerine Creamsicle guayusa blend except while I really disliked the flavour in that blend I think it works perfectly here. It ties in better with the base tea, and has a lovely, mellow sweetness to it and just a touch of citrus pucker. The grapefruit notes are more in the body of the sip, and ave the faintest bit of bitterness but in a way that’s pleasant and natural for grapefruit.

The EG itself wasn’t as strong as expected and I found myself craving a little bit more from the tea. It mostly was apparent running alongside the grapefruit notes and in the aftertaste. It paired phenomenally with the grapefruit by the way; I can see why that pairing seems to be a successful one.

The base was nice but didn’t impart a whole lot of flavour; not that I necisarrily wanted it to dramatically affect the taste of the tea but it would’ve been nice if it had not have been as mild and I could have pinpointed some distinct note from it. This is a really nice breakfast tea though; I will absolutely enjoy finishing off my little bag of it!

Today’s word of the day is/was: defunct, which means “having finished the course of life or existence : dead, extinct”. How dreary…

Kittenna

One day I’ll get to Toronto and retrieve my teas… and pay VariaTEA… And send you yours… (ok, that last one is going to be sooner rather than later).

Roswell Strange

Pretty sure I owe you and VariaTEA money too :P But I’m not so concerned about the last of my Butiki teas making it to me; they get here when they get here :P

Kittenna

They will eventually. I should be working less as of May 1. I should actually have a couple evenings a week to enjoy my life/get things done :)

VariaTEA

Haha I totally forgot that I never told you guys how much Butiki cost. I will soon though I’m really not too worried about you guys paying me back.

VariaTEA

And Kittenna, I feel like I should just mail out boxes to you and indigobloom

Kittenna

I have it on my “owing people/people owing” list, but without an amount. It will all get sorted out, I’m sure. Would like to do a Toronto meetup soon, and then things for Roswell can be compiled (if people other than me have stuff to pass along).

Kittenna

VariaTEA – I am not that desperate for it, haha. Not with shipping prices the way they are, and how busy I’ve been. :D

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Cold Brew!

Really happy I like this one ’cause VariaTEA just sent me 25g of it in addition to what I bought for myself. This is coming from her sample, not from my own tin of it – and call me crazy but I feel like hers has a bit more peony?

It’s good though; I love the peony flavour of this one. With the nice white tea backdrop and weird crop up of strawberry/pink jellybean notes I’m still very into this tea! I don’t know why but it makes me think of this movie:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon_Farm_%28film%29

I watched that so much as a kid/when I was living in Eyebrow that I wore out the VHS tape of it that my Aunt rented out in the video section of her convenience store. Oops. Kinda want to go watch it now, actually, for the nostalgia factor but I don’t think it’d hold up to my memory of it.

Also; Tre just walked out of his room and gave me the biggest “What the Fuck” face ‘cause I’m eating popcorn with a spoon. Sorry, but it’s so sticky/buttery! This was the easiest way to go about eating it without getting my keyboard all gross…

Maddy Barone

popcorn with a spoon. Well, necessity is the mother of invention. LOL

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Sipdown (115)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!

This is one of those teas I’m simultaneously infinitely grateful I got to try and also wish I had never taken a sip of because I’m totally in love now and probably wont get a chance to have this one again.

I’ve had two of Stacy/Butiki’s Pumpkin teas prior to this: Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0 and Pumpkin Creme Brulee and while neither were bad, they weren’t super satisfying either. On the other hand, this is easily the best of all three pumpkin teas and basically everything I could want out of a pumpkin tea. It’s also probably the best tea I’ve had in general in a very, very long time.

To start, it’s got some absolutely incredible and robust pumpkin notes. My personal biggest complaint with pumpkin teas is that you can’t actually taste the pumpkin and the focus is more on the spices and that’s completely not the case here. Along with that strong ‘pumpkin innards’ flavour is some really great rich, cream flavour that to me tastes pretty accurate to Irish Cream. It creates a very thick mouthfeel and full, well rounded base flavour with wonderful supporting notes coming from the Pu’Erh base and other additional ingredients.

The Pu’Erh was earthy in a really sweet, fresh way instead of a grimey, sludgy and murky way. It crept up on having petrichor like notes – which is my favourite smell/flavour in the entire world for people who don’t already know that. And even though it didn’t quite nail it, the slight overlap was enough to basically have me drooling. There was also this really wonderful taste that reminded me of eating fresh picked, unwashed vegetables from the garden. Sweet dirt; as much as that can be a thing.

Since I don’t like the obvious and easy pairing of Pumpkin and Spices I was pretty pleased this didn’t fall into that cliche trap. I did taste some nutmeg but it made me more think, with the Irish Cream notes, of a lightly nutmeg and cinnamon dusted slice of Pumpkin pie ala mode.

So there was a lot going on with this one but it all tied together to create such an amazing cup and steamy, tasty art. I can’t believe I was stupid enough to not order this one when Stacy was closing up shop. D’oh!

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Holy Fuck.

- 2 tbsp. of Chai Powder
- 2 loosely packed tbsp. of margarine

Melted down together, stirred up and spooned over fresh, air popped popcorn.

I don’t care that this uses a lot of margarine; it’s sticky, and sweet and probably the best damn popcorn seasoning I’ve ever tried next to Ketchup shaker popcorn seasoning. And ketchup shaker is pretty hard to compete with ’cause I shake that shit on fucking everything to season it.

I will ABSOLUTELY be having this again…

VariaTEA

For some reason I thought you were making something with French toast when I started reading the note hahahah

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
2638 tasting notes

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I’m not quite sure why you passed this one my way; maybe ‘cause of the goji berries since that’s something I’ve been exploring recently? Either way I’m happy you did because when I made it today I definitely had a different experience than when I got it iced at DT a while back…

When I got this last time it was very, very mild in flavour but this is a lot more rich and distinct! I definitely would not have called it a chocolate tea the first time around but now I’m really picking up on that flavour note. Licorice root, almond, and hay are also all especially present with just a touch of fruityness from the orange/goji. I suspect it’s a bit more from the orange though since it has a faint citrusy edge. After a little while it started to taste a tiny bit musty though.

Still, it’s an improvement!

I’ve been looking a lot at job listings recently; it’s not that I dislike my current job because I definitely don’t but I don’t feel super satisfied or challenged being there either. I went from having a lot of responsibility to having essentially none, and while I make decent money (more than I made as a supervisor) and have much better management I feel like I’m more invisible and not doing something as worthwhile. I feel like to reach that level of satisfaction I’m craving I’d have to either actually be “advancing” throughout the company/have some level of authority or be doing something that’s going to create amazing experiences/stories or just be a really unique job to begin with. And, I’ll be honest I miss working so close to home as well…

I just applied to work at an Offsale/liquor store – I feel like that’d be the kind of unpredictable work environment I’m craving. It’s also a lot closer to home, and the hours would be 6PM to 3AM which is a lot more my style too. The other job I’m looking at is working for an inventory company. I know I’d probably hate the job itself, but it’d mean travelling and never working in the same place and that sounds appealing right now too…

But damn; I feel so dissatisfied right now. I have for a long time – the same way I did before I moved here, but I feel like I kind of have the chance to do something about it now? It’s the money aspect that scares me though: I’m in a pretty secure spot right now and doing something else… Well, there’s a risk to that.

PS. I bumped my rating up a bit.

VariaTEA

I sent the sample because I remembered reading a note where you mentioned wanting to pick up more to try it in a different way. So I figured I would help you out with that :P

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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I definitely toyed with picking this one up, but I have another Coffee/Mocha Rooibos blend I usually keep stocked up so I figured that it probably wasn’t worth ordering since I didn’t anticipate it to be much different. But definitely glad it worked out and I’m getting a taste after all!

It’s been a while since I had actual coffee ice cream; and I always associate it with this cat I used to own named Peanuts. Back when I was, uhh, maybe five I was living in Moosejaw but would drive down to this small town called Eyebrow every other weekend to visit my Dad. Eyebrow’s a retirement community kind of out in the middle of nowhere; it’s population is probably like 200 people MAX; most of which are seniors. There’s an elementary school there that’s K-12 with all the students feeding in from about five other comparably sized communities in the area. All the kids are basically the children of farmers, the younger people who own/operate the few businesses in the area (a restaurant, bank, ice cream shop, and a few grocery stores spread throughout the different towns) and the teachers themselves. My grandparents and one of my Aunt’s live there, and at one point so did I.

But that’s all kind of beside the point; the point is I had a cat named Peanuts. He was the runt of the litter and never grew more than the size of a kitten. My Dad is a big fan of coffee ice cream so we always had a big tub of it, and he’d set out this teeny tiny little bowl with a scoop of coffee ice cream for the cat. Of course it made him go kind of crazy; and in hindsight it probably was terrible for him but at the time I thought it was so funny. And that’s ALWAYS what I think of whenever I see/have coffee ice cream…

Taste wise; I definitely get the coffee and a bit of slight roasty flavour but I think I might be missing the ice cream component. I do taste a little vanilla, but nothing creamy per se. It’s a little disappointing but this still tastes pretty divine. The honeybush pokes through a fair bit though so it’s definitely not for people who dislike rooibos/honeybush and the woody kind of taste. What the vanilla is reminding me of is those vanilla wafers that grandparents always seem to have on hand; when I first started drinking coffee I’d always dip those wafers into it. I also drowned it in milk, but that’s beside the point too. A few sips seemed to have a metallic tang to the aftertaste, but it wasn’t unpleasant – just a touch weird.

Definitely happy I tried this one if for no other reason but to have that bit of nostalgia. I like the Latte Macciato I keep stocked a little bit better just for the hint of chocolate it has, but this was tasty too! And definitely more different than I thought it’d be.

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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.

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, 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

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!

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

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.

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