2400 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown (124)!

Almost logged this as Marco Polo; oops!

I still think this one tastes very, very similar to a traditional Monk’s Blend, though I didn’t find this cup nearly as soft and vanilla flavoured as the last one. In fact, it had a sharper, bitter edge to it that cut into the lush, grenadine and other fruit flavours. Again, no presence of spice in this blend for me – even with me consciously trying to pick it out this time around.

Still good though! But for a blend that just reminds me of Monk’s blend I’d probably be better off, well, just buying Monk’s blend. It’d be easier to get a hold of and probably less costly…

Also; this was my 2400th tasting note! That’s not a hugely significant number, but it is a lot and it does mean I’m gonna have to stop and try to find an appropriate tea to celebrate 2500 with since that’s my next really big landmark number, and it’ll be fast approaching now.

caile

That is a lot of tasting notes – yay!

carol who

+1 Congrats!

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Today’s sick tea of choice.

Three large mugs; two normal ones, and one double bagged. This was a good choice; I burned through teabags I wouldn’t have touched otherwise, and the mint was soothing on my throat and made it a little easier to breathe!

Slightly tea related; Face Eater Guy text me today. I still haven’t written the tasting note from our 2nd date yet (it’s in the queue guys!) but one of the things I was gonna talk about was that we made him a “DAVIDsTEA’s ‘worst hits’ Sampler”. Which is as bad as it sounds; based on his suggestion (I guess maybe we’re both a little masochistic) I helped him pick out around five of DT’s “worst teas”/most commonly disliked teas as an introduction to tea for him.

It’s probably the best worst way I could introduce the guy to the world of tea. But hey, it can only get better from there! Right!?

Tonight he made his first cup; Lapsang Souchong Star. Definitely was NOT a fan. Which made me a wee bit giddy. Am I a terrible person for that? Maybe. Probably. Best rest assured tea frens’ – the damage done with these bad, bad blends will be corrected with good ones! And he knows full well I picked some of the nastiest ones I could think of so it’s not like this is gonna shape his opinion on all tea.

carol who

LOL! Oh, you are evil! :)

DeliriumsFrogs

That’s absolutely hysterical. lol

OMGsrsly

OMG. Did you get the Cola tea? Is it even still available?

Anlina

Did you get Aloha Puer in there? Because that is spectacularly bad.

I actually enjoy their Lapsang Souchong, though it’s not my favourite.

Roswell Strange

We ended up getting these ones:

- Lapsang Souchong Star
- Hibiscus Punch
- Queen of Tarts
- Coffee Pu’Erh
- Genmaicha
- Garcinia Goodness

And then he got 50g of Mint To Be for himself since he actually liked it. I helped pick all of them except for Genmaicha; that was the sales associate’s suggestion because he figured since Face Eater has like no clue how to properly brew tea it’ll get gross ‘cause it’ll go bitter super quickly. I think there could have been other green teas that’d do that better, but I guess this one was cost effective…

Roswell Strange

If Aloha Pu’Erh or the Cherry Cola were still available, I definitely would have picked those ones out too :P

OMGsrsly

I think I have some Cherry Cola, Roswell. I’ll try to remember to check when I get home. (Also, Face Eater! Ahh! What a hilarious nickname.)

Kaylee

Maybe Davids just shouldn’t try to do pu’erh blends…

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Made in a timolino!

- Just as good as I remember it being!
- Sweet, buttery apple pie/confectionery notes
- Perfect amount of tart “zip”
- And rich, nutty pistachio
- I really, really appreciate the nutty flavours in this blend!
- With just a pinch of rooibos base!

Also, friendly reminder VariaTEA that in addition to having a bunch of other tea samples for you, I have a full 50g of this waiting to be sent to you!

VariaTEA

Oh dear. I keep seeing teas and thinking I should make you samples and then I get distracted but I will definitely be sending something your way soon. Also, I found something I bought for you at Christmas time in a bag so I will be sending it along as well.

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Thank you Marzipan for the tea! I drank this what seems like ages ago, but just now getting around to writing about it. It was buried pretty far down in my queue. Thankfully, I wrote a lot of jot notes down when I did drink it…

- Cold Brew
- Sadly I think I have evolved past added sprinkles and bits in my tea
- Which is honestly a little sad; it feels like I’m being a bit of a buzz kill
- Liquor is a slightly more red amber colour; from the sprinkles I think
- Taste wise there’s something about the black base that irritates me
- I wonder if this company uses the same base for all their black blends
- ‘Cause I liked Vanilla Black Magick but struggled with Pumpkin Chai
- Definitely registered the peppermint/vanilla
- The chocolate came through in a weird way; very artificial tasting
- Perhaps artificial flavour was more from the sprinkles though…
- Chocolate didn’t seamlessly blend with the other flavours either
- What does the popcorn contribute!?
- No but seriously, does the popcorn do anything other than look cute!?

But yeah; on the note of evolving past sprinkles in my tea, recently I shared with one of my supervisors how into tea I am and she suggested I try DT’s Birthday Cake blend. I had to really, really hold in the loud scoff I wanted to make because she’s my superior at work. And, when I was down in Regina my Mom said she was telling coworkers about how I’m “going through a huge tea phase” (the wording she used pisses me off; definitely not a ‘phase’ – but that’s not the point here). All her coworkers urged her to buy me DT’s Birthday Cake blend.

Part of me is frustrated that particular blend seems to be many people’s shining standard of “good tea” when it’s really not, but I’m also conflicted because it is, in fact, that particular blend that got me interested in tea in the first place. Just goes to show how far I’ve come as a tea drinker, I suppose.

Anlina

I haven’t had Birthday Cake in ages but I do remember really enjoying it. I’m definitely more of a straight tea person these days, but I keep getting reminded of why I like flavoured teas too.

Mikumofu

I end up feeling quite conflicted about sprinkles and added stuff too…if they’re contributing something, it can be great and creative, but if not then they just add weight.

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drank Pear Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2400 tasting notes

Cold shaken in some vanilla flavoured Milk2Go; not as good as I remember it being. Which is sad, because I didn’t really like this in plain milk to begin with. Probably gonna just stick with water or “Matcha soda” from now on…

Today’s word of the day is quagmire. And no, not like Family Guy. The actual meaning of quagmire is: 1. a soft, swampy ground that gives way underfoot; 2. a a difficult situation from which it is hard to escape : predicament. I like the sentence my calendar gives for this one as an example because it could fit either of the two definitions.

“Once they crossed the bridge, the soldiers found themselves in a quagmire they weren’t prepared for”.

Very clever.

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Feeling a little better/less stuffy. I think a combination of mint tea, a cold and high in vitamin C smoothie, and soft oatmeal is helping! So, I guess I can work on some of the things in my queue for a while. I have to admit, posting so out of order lately has been driving me really, truly nuts. I hate doing it – but this queue has gotten really out of hand…

Drank this one hot a long while back; the blackberry flavour was really strong and it sort of propelled me into a state of strong blackberry cravings. I scoured my Sobeys store, and eventually I was able to find the Blackberry Happy Planet smoothie I was looking for (damn, I’ve fallen so in love with these smoothie mixes – it’ll be awful when they’re no longer on sale anymore)!!! So, that satisfied some of the blackberry madness.

But then, actual physical blackberries went on sale for the week so I bought two cartons of blackberries, some of which were blended into the Happy Planet smoothie mix. SUPER BLACKBERRY SMOOTHIE! …And, right around this time Butiki was asking for flavour ideas for blends to use up tea; so I suggest Blackberry Cider. Still a little sad that didn’t become a thing – but blackberry cordial did and that’s even better! So, I got some of that in a group order. Very excited!

So much blackberry! In a good way.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
2400 tasting notes

Sick. Sick. Sick.

I had a rather boring tea drinking day yesterday; just four large mugs of this blend hot. Like I mentioned in a note yesterday, I’m quite sick – and this is the only one of DT’s “Cold Fighting Teas” I actually own, so I’m drowning my sickness in it. I don’t even really know if it’s doing anything to help; but I guess it does feel a little soothing on my throat?

I’m tired of drinking this one though; I totally Redberry Tonic-ed myself out yesterday, so now I need to find another good sick tea…

Anlina

Get better soon. I always find Jessie’s Tea soothing when I’m sick. The Meyer lemon herbal and Citrus Dream also sound like they’d be soothing.

MissLena

I recommend Super Ginger and Cold 911 :) if you like ginger and mint!

Roswell Strange

I’ve switched to Moroccan Mint for now; I think the mint might help my headache, and make breathing a touch easier.

M

I second the Super Ginger and Cold 911. I keep both of those around for days when I feel gross.

Roswell Strange

I don’t own either of those blends though; and at this point I’m too sick to go and get them…

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Sipdown (125)!

Somehow this made it into my bag of tea that I took with to Regina, and then home with me. I don’t really know how; I certainly didn’t grab a bag of it from my Mom’s cupboard. Best I can reason is that, since it’s one we were looking at/considering making tea pop with, someone – in an effort to “tidy”, tossed the bag we were looking at for ingredients into my stuff?

Anyway; I drank it – because that’s what you do, right? I wasn’t impressed with it at all though; it reminded me of a crappy, bagged tea version of DT’s Bravissimo, sorta. Mostly it tasted like weak, watery licorice root? And maybe some spices like cardamom. But very unimpressive and flavourful overall.

VariaTEA

Something tells me I would definitely not be okay with this one.

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Sipdown (126)!

Finished this off yesterday in my non-broken glass tumbler. Sadly the one I’m left with leaks, really badly, so it was a messy ride to work on the bus.

To finish this off I used about 1 tsp. – all that was left, in a 50/50 mix of hot water and milk. It was really good; creamy and silky with a nice, cooling peppermint flavour. I’ve found that in straight milk this tastes chalky, but that didn’t come through with the 50/50 mix. I actually enjoyed this one a lot, even with it’s super powerful smell. I’m still so sorry it contaminated the rest of the matcha samples I sent you Cameron B.

On a frustrating note; I called into work sick today – I have a horrible headache, and super scratchy/sore through. Kind of typical cold stuff; but it would have been awesome to have this around today because it’s such a great sick tea; especially in straight cold water. But how could I have known I’d be sick? Ugh…

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Cold Brew Sipdown (127)!

I swear, each time I drink this I taste the cashew in it even more!

This cold brew was delicious; the cashew flavour was rich and accurate, and the raspberry sweetened it up without dominating the drink. I do think the cold brew brought out more base flavour than I’d have liked – I had the same issue I’ve had with RiverTea’s Absolute Spearmint blend where the smell or the cold brew made me feel super nauseated but the taste was fine. Prior to this, I thought it was the spearmint making me feel sick, but maybe it’s the oolong? Both blends use a pretty green oolong. I’m gonna have to try cold brewing other green oolongs to see if this is consistant; and if it is I may have to stop cold brewing my oolongs then. While they taste fine, I feel so gross smelling them…

I have no clue what the cold brew is bringing out though…

Anyway, I did enjoy this one anyway despite funky cold brew smell! Regardless of the smell I experienced, I think this one was better hot though. I’m happy I got to taste it; but I can say with confidence I’m not going to miss it too much, and I’m happy with the small portion I purchased. It was just enough for me!

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Hello;

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

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 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

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.

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Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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