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#ProjectTeaWall

This is a queued tasting note.

Had this one iced, almost a week ago, with a lot of added milk – and I mean A LOT. Obviously I’ve had Orange Pekoe before; just not the one that’s sold at DAVIDsTEA. So, had to cross it off the list but I made sure to have some fun with it/try it a new way too.

I mean, for Orange Pekoe this is pretty nice. It’s quite malty, and it has a sort of underlying nutty sweetness to it as well. I personally feel like it tastes a wee bit like walnut? The added milk really exaggerated the creaminess/malt notes of the tea, and it made for a surprisingly refreshing cup of tea. It also had hints of a sort of maple-y flavour, though perhaps that’s sort of me expanding on the sweetness of the walnut notes since maple/walnut is a bit of a given pair.

Honestly, if I’m going to drink a straight black I’d usually pick something better that plain Orange Pekoe, but this was enjoyable! It’s not something I’ll be clearing out tin space for or anything, but I wouldn’t feel bad recommending this to a customer for a basic black either.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

Soon you won’t be the sales associate saying “I’ve never had it personally but hear it’s…”. You will be the most well informed tea guide there is haha

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This is a queued tasting note.

Drank this one as a commute tea earlier in the week; I’ve been working so much at both jobs this week that I’ve gotten so behind on my tasting notes so I’m trying to sneak in a handful tonight. Gotta keep things short and to the point though…

On that note; I liked this one well enough but it’s definitely not something I’d order again. In fact, it’s not even something I picked out for myself in the first place: it was my free sample from my order that was selected for me. But it wasn’t bad; it was just really chocolate without a lot of other flavour to give it any sort of depth or nuance. Yeah, smooth, rich and creamy chocolate – but just chocolate. I’m not too big into chocolate teas, so it didn’t thrill me. I appreciate it for what it was though.

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drank Carrot Cake by TeaTaxi
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This is a queued tasting note.

- Made a pot of this for myself!
- Definitely a spiced carrot cake/spice cake feel
- Heavier on the clove/cinnamon/ginger than other spices
- Coconut is a nice touch; brings out some sweetness
- The carrot notes definitely come through pleasantly
- Would like to see some “Cream Cheese” component
- But it DOES taste good/get the flavour across

VariaTEA

I have a tiny sample of this I should probably get to trying. My samples are actually piling up seeing as I just got the December teas and I still have a sample from September haha

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Advent Calendar Day Two

So, I was pretty rushed this morning getting ready for work which meant no morning commute tea, which is definitely how I plan to drink most of the teas from the advent calendar this year…

However, I do work at a tea shop in the evenings so I just brought the little sachet/bag with me to work and I drank it there – it meant crossing off one less thing from the Project Tea Wall list, but I didn’t get behind on my advent and so early into the month too! so I’ll take it…

This was pretty lovely, I’ve gotta say. It basically tasted like gingerbread cookies without a super strong molasses-y note. For someone who doesn’t like ginger, I sure do like gingerbread. It’s gotta be the added sweetness, I think. And then of course that warming, sweet gingerbread flavour was supported by light, fresh orange/citrus undertones. I’m at the point in my “tea drinking career” where I’ve tried my fair share of gingerbread teas, but I’ve gotta say this is definitely one of the better ones! Plus, totally in line with the season/appropriately Christmas-y!

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s tea is!

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drank Pecan Pie by Dammann Freres
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Advent Calendar Day One

Hooray; it’s finally time to start drinking my advent calendar teas! This is the first year I’ve done a Tea related advent, and I’m super excited that this is the one I’m doing as I’ve admired this one specifically ever since I got into tea in the first place.

And this is a wonderful choice for the first tea as well because, when I placed the order for the advent as well as other teas, this was the one tea I didn’t order that I was REALLY back and forth on. So now I get to try it anyway! Can’t complain about that.

I really enjoyed this one a lot; but there was definitely something about it that missed the “Pecan Pie” mark for me. I did taste pecan notes, for sure, but more than anything else this one reminded me of almond/marzipan and pistachio. Actually, a whole lot of pistachio in particular. That really sweet nutty note was delicious but in my opinion is sort of lacked the almost “maple-y”/caramel sweetness that the filling of a Pecan Pie has or any of the bakery/confectionery notes you might see in a tea in order to replicate the flavour of the crust.

Though, this wasn’t completely devoid of nuance. While it didn’t do much to strengthen the idea of pecan pie in my mind I did feel like there were some more general warming spice undertones beneath all of the almond/pistachio sweetness. The kind of spice notes you get naturally from tea though, and not the sort that would result from added spices like cinnamon, etc. Still – it was a nice added layer of flavour.

As a “Pecan Pie” tea I think maybe this one is in need of a little bit of rebranding? I just don’t get that flavour drinking it – but as a nut melange sort of thing, I think it was really quite nice and smooth. I enjoyed the cup a lot! It was a really lovely way to start off the calendar…

Nattie

Gah, I’m so jealous! Next year. Next year I will get that calendar! I’m glad you mentioned that this tea misses the mark – I’m always looking for maple pecan teas to replace Butiki’s and now I can take this one off my list!

Roswell Strange

Glad I could help :)

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drank Witch's Brew by DAVIDsTEA
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#ProjectTeaWall

So, I realized on shift tonight that if I don’t cross this off my list for Project Tea Wall soon I may not ever get a chance to try it again because it was limited edition and my store’s stock is getting relatively low, so when we’re out we’re out.

Instead of iced teas like I’ve been drinking recently at work, I got this one hot instead because one of my coworkers said it was a lot better that way. I trust her opinion when it comes to chocolate-y teas so that’s what I went with. Honestly; this was kind of exactly what I expected it to be. And by that I, of course, mean it was essentially just a chocolate rooibos. Nice, simple, straight to the point – and I suppose appropriate flavour wise for a Halloween tea as well, which is what this was created for originally. What did pleasantly surprise me a little bit was actually that I didn’t find it too cloying or sweet which is what I had anticipated happening given the added sprinkles in the blend and fact it’s basically just a chocolate tea. But no, it was nice and balanced without any weirdness from the melted down sprinkles either.

Overall I’d say it’s a bit simple for my tastes, especially since I’m not too big on the chocolate teas anyway but it was enjoyable overall as a one time sort of thing just to experience it. And I mean, maybe if it was still Halloween ‘season’ I could see myself leaning more towards it for thematic reasons since it wasn’t unpleasant by any stretch.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Nattie

Best. Job. Ever.

Kristal

Although I enjoy chocolate, I’s also not think chocolate teas.

Roswell Strange

@Nattie,

Not gonna lie – so far it’s probably my favourite job I’ve ever had. Only downside, thus far, are that I can’t work more hours ‘cause of my other job and that I’m only seasonal.

Kristal

I dunno how, but I royally screwed up my last comment. I meant to say “I also do not enjoy chocolate teas”. I think I was on my phone. Damn auto correct

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Sipdown (141)!

Finished this one off as a pot of tea with lunch!

I chose this one specifically for my lunch today because it is more of a casual “background” tea that doesn’t have a majorly commanding presence and I thought that would mean it wouldn’t detract from any of the tasty flavour notes of what I was eating.

Lunch today was a quesadilla that used cheddar/jalapeno tortillas, thinly sliced Asian pear, swiss cheese, and a fig/balsamic infused chevre cheese. It was wonderful! The tortilla wasn’t too spicy because the chevre acted as more of a cooling agent, and the fruity fig and balsamic notes we sort of balanced by the crisp, refreshing and almost floral notes of the Asian pear. The swiss and the pear were a natural pairing as well. It just all came together in a wonderful way!

And like anticipated, the tea was great because I still got the faint taste of the malt but nothing about it out did the dish either, and that was really what I wanted the focus of the meal to be. This may be the ‘natural calling’ of this tea; a perfect tea for food pairings because the flavour isn’t totally lost but it doesn’t command attention either – so it’s a really smooth, easy drinker. I’m happy I found a nice way to use up the last of it today.

VariaTEA

Your lunch sounds tasty :)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (142)!

Ok, so I caved and I placed a very small DAVIDsTEA order online ‘cause I’ve been craving Spiced Pumpkin ever since it was brought back for Autumn and it’s online exclusive so I just haven’t placed an order ‘cause who can justify $5.00 shipping for $8.00 of tea? Not me, that’s who. Especially when there’s no point in adding to the order ‘cause I can get any other tea I’d want 50% off if I buy it in store/at work…

But free shipping, y’all! So I FINALLY got my Spiced Pumpkin tea without having to worry about disproportionate shipping or losing out on my in store, staff discount! So that meant finally being able to sipdown the last of this yummy, dessert tea because I’ll finally have something that can fill the tin/replace it.

And you know what? This cup is really nice! Most of what was left in the tin was apple bits so it’s quite apple-y, but a sweet, caramel apple note with softer coconut undertones and whisps of cinnamon. Lately I’ve been finding this one a little sweet for my tastes, but I think it helps that I’m eating this after having gone out for supper with parents and having an equally sweet dessert; so it matches with the flavour/sweetness level of the last thing I consumed.

Supper was good too;

I had a Spinach, Granny Smith, Pecan, Cranberry, and Feta salad with a citrus dressing and then my mom and I split a “Make your own S’mores” type dessert where we got to roast our own marshmallows for S’mores just like you would at a campfire. I was so paranoid I was going to set a fire alarm off though ’cause I like my marshmallows with a charred to death, black “husk” with all that yummu, gooey melted marshmallow filling. No “golden brown” toasting here; those fuckers are getting lit on fire. But it was all good; no alarms went off and everything tasted pretty darn yummy!

As for the tea; I’m not too sad to see it go. Like I said, I’ve found it a bit overly sweet as of late. I think, in general, I may have just grown out of it. I’m still quite glad I’m finishing it off on a positive note though, and I definitely don’t regret getting as much of it as I did because it was one of my Go To favourites at one point.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Kristal

It’s $10 shipping now, at least in Canada :/

LOVE spiced pumpkin BTW!

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Had a really nice, relaxing evening yesterday!

I made some peanut noodles, my favourite at the moment, played some Pokemon Sun, and then had a SUPER relaxing bath while sipping on a cup of a this tea – which is easily one of the most calming, relaxing ones I own. The bath was divine; I used this bath melt thing I’d been given as a gift from Lush and it smelled like lightly spiced citrus and made the bath water this shimmery, “glowy” yellow colour which was all kinds of lovely and today my skin feels so soft and gentle.

And of course the tea was the perfect balance between floral, calming lavender and sweet, silky vanilla. In conjunction with my bath it felt like I was having some sort of spa day and just really, really treating myself. Which is what I was going for; after a long week at both jobs I just needed a “me day”…

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drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
4113 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

So, I just realized the other day on shift that both of the mate/guayusa teas I stock from DAVIDsTEA are actually retired now, and even though that’s information I think I already knew about each individual tea the realization that meant BOTH of them was disheartening…

So now I have to figure out what to stock instead when they run out; and that may be soon for this one. I mean, I do love Main Squeeze so probably gonna switch back to that one when I finish this one off. But a Cocoa Canela replacement? We don’t have anything super similar. I guess Chocolate Rocket; I do enjoy that one too – but it wont be the same thing.

Anyway; this cold brew was lovely! Really, really peachy overall and so fresh tasting! I enjoy the lush quality of the guayusa base so much with this one – that’s kind of the reason why I had picked this over Main Squeeze since I like the added flavour of both but the base of this one better. The other tea we currently sell with a guayusa base is Queen of Tarts, and I’m just not a fan of that one in any sort of way. Hopefully in this coming up year DT will release a few more mate/guayusa teas with carried flavour options from what we’re currently selling because I do feel the range of ones we carry right now is a little restrictive.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Flavors: Peach, Rainforest, Stonefruits, Tropical, Wet Earth

Kristal

Once I use up some of my cheaper green teas I’m thinking of switching to Mate/guayusa blends for “work day” teas. They don’t become bitter and give you a kick in the pants :P

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) 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.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals 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 Bergamot. 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.

Currently I’m seasonally employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

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