3556 Tasting Notes

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Picked this one out as my commute tea on Monday ’cause I was craving something sweet as well as a black tea and I thought that this would be bright enough to jump start my day/afternoon. The grenadine was delicious and really hit the spot, but the black tea came off as brisk and very tannic. It actually had enough astringency that while the taste was there the mouthfeel was very unpleasant and distracting.

Hmmm…

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grenadine, Red Fruits, Tannic

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Thank you Scheherazade for the sample!

I was really happy to get a chance to swap with you again. Hoping you love the matcha.

This is my first pick from the goodies Scheherazade sent me; I asked for a random mix of stuff, and she certainly didn’t disappoint. Random is my new go to: I always end up with things I’d never have picked for myself and quite often I end up pleasantly surprised. That’s the case with this one, for sure: I’d have avoided it ’cause of the “spice” element and the fact pumpkin teas so rarely ever taste like actual pumpkin.

This is great though: first and foremost I very clearly taste the flavour of real pumpkin and that definitely makes this better than most “pumpkin” teas which typically drown out any actual pumpkin in the blend with pumpkin spices. And on that note, while I totally taste the cinnamon and ginger in the blend they’re subdued in comparison to the flavour of the pumpkin and the cinnamon really just reinforces the pie element of the tea because it makes me think of pie crust. I don’t find them intrusive or drowning at all which is a big relief. I don’t even mind the ginger.

As well, there’s a sweetness to the tea which is appropriate to the notion of pie filling. I’d never add sweetener to this myself as that’d be over the top, but what’s here seems almost natural while capturing that confectionery element. Of course, it isn’t natural: it’s definitely from the candy bats in the blend – but that’s fine. It’s not artificial tasting. It’s like brown sugar and vanilla? Without actually being brown sugar or vanilla though.

Final observation/comment: While I normally don’t lean towards Ceylon I think that it’s appropriate as a base here because it does have such a mild/soft flavour compared to a lot of black teas and that suits blends well, especially blends that focus on flavours as delicate as pumpkin. Squash in general doesn’t pack a lot of “oomph” as a flavour. Not the same way other fruits/veggies do.

Really, really impressed and surprised with this blend! Only small criticism is that I wish there was a stronger taste of the clove.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pumpkin, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla

Scheherazade

Glad you liked it :) It’s my favourite pumpkin tea.

tea-sipper

Love this one.

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Yikes! Way too tart! I think all I’m tasting is the most sour strawberry flavour ever and hibiscus. What happened to this cold brew!? Yuck…

Side question: anyone know if “nut” milks (almond, cashew, coconut) can curdle? I want to try to bring out the creamyness of this tea but I’m scared of the hibby overload curdling the milk. I don’t even know if that’s a thing that happens but don’t want to find out through putting the theory to test…

Gooseberry Spoon

They can but it will depend on a lot of things such as what nut milk it is, the temp, how acidic the tea is… You’ll have to try it out to know for sure but your best bet would be trying to minimize heat shock to the milk by either heating it up to the same temperature as the tea or adding cold brewed tea to cold milk.

Lynxiebrat

Try pouring some into a smaller cup and putting the nut milk in. Let us know:)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Commute tea! Made this with some added cashew milk; it was pretty good. The milk tempered a lot of the sugary sweetness and I was left with a brew that was essentially caramel, subtle but juicy pineapple, coconut and a little bit of a nutty taste with a rich, creamy mouthfeel.

My friend Paige, whom I made a tea sampler for, just finished trying all of the teas in the sampler and this was her overall favourite. She was sad that it’s no longer for sale. Admittedly, I’ve found that this is losing some of its novelty to me. Considering passing along the rest to her…

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So, we’ve all had a tea (or teas) that we bought for reasons completely unrelated to the tea itself, right? The art on the wrapper looked super cool? Or the name was really geeky? Well, I bought this one because I was looking for aged oolongs to sample and the year 1984 caught my attention as I’m a pretty big fan of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm novels. I needed 25g of this, stat, for that reason alone. So, buckle up guys, gals, and people inbetween or otherwise ’cause the Orwellian puns in this review are gonna be doubleplusstrong!

Also, this is a stream of consciousness review, meaning I essentially just took jot notes as I was drinking of my immediate thoughts and that’s basically what I’m writing up now. Unfiltered, pretty much. Bonus, unintended Newspeak puns!

- Started with a five second rinse…

Infusion One: Less than five seconds
- Light brown/gold liquor
- Roasty/mineral aroma
- Peppery “tickle” on the forefront of my tongue and back of my throat
- Dank/wet earth and mineral notes
- Woody/vegetal; oak
- LIGHT roast overall

Infusion Two: Seven seconds
- Stronger Plusstrong roast aroma; slightly more nutty plusnutty
- Darker Plusdark brown liquor with a red tinge
- Roasty/peanut top notes
- Brothy; stewed veggie and mineral body
- Cocoa finish?
- Still woody

Infusion Three: Seven seconds
- Leaves look like black velvet w. spare brown/olive hues
- Earthy/roast/nutty aroma and same liquor colour
- Rich top notes: peanut, earth, barley, cocoa
- Very Plusnatural body; wet earth, woody, nuts
- Mushroomy and raisin finish
- Plussweet!

Infusion Four: Ten seconds
- Brothy/meaty umami aroma but still sweet
- Earthy/wet soil, musk, mushroom, peanuts, cocoa
- Slight raisin background taste
- At this point has a bordering salt flavour?
- Still some roast but it’s a little less unstrong

Infusion Five: Twelve seconds
- Liquor is lightening up in hue; it’s plusgolden again and has an unred tinge
- Smells like wet soil/rocks/leather/salt
- Reminds me of a salt lick rock I had as a small child…
- Beginning to taste doubleplussalty
- Salted peanuts and seaweed???
- Uncocoa notes and starting to be unsweet

Infusion Six: Twelve seconds (Last Infusion)
- Seasalt and earth smell
- Doubleplussalty!!! Definitely seasalt and seaweed
- A touch of a peanut taste
- Relatively monotone/flat flavour overall though

So yeah, that’s it! I think my personal sweet spot was the third infusion? I liked infusions two to four a lot though, but after infusion five the experience was definitely declining quickly. Also, a note – when I say I had a salt rock as I kid I literally mean somehow I was given something like this: http://globalendurance.com/store/products/redmond-rock-sea-salt-lick/ and for whatever reason I would carry it around and, like a horse, occasionally lick it. I think I was maybe six? Don’t remember what happened to the bloody rock or how I even got it, but yeah that’s a thing…

Also, maybe a handy reference? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Newspeak_words

Mikumofu

A doubleplus good review!

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So, a week or two back I went to the SweeTea Cafe with my fam, and we got bubble tea. What I didn’t write about was that I also picked up a bunch of green tea mochi! I’ve actually never had mochi before prior to this – honestly, I expected something maybe a bit more similar in texture to a macron? The flavour was really nice: definitely more of a “green tea” taste than your typical green tea flavoured candy/confections. However, the texture was odd. It was a weird cross between a little bit pasty, and also very doughy. Not sure how much I liked it overall. I think I’d need to try it again in a different flavour to really make up my mind?

Indigobloom

I love mochi! especially when it has the red bean paste inside. Yum.
But I know what you mean, it is rather odd :)

Gooseberry Spoon

Were they made there or prepackaged? There’s a big variation in packaged mochi quality. If you have a stand mixer and an hour to make a mess in you could always try making your own: http://justhungry.com/homemade-mochi-pounded-rice-modern-way

Roswell Strange

They were prepackaged; thanks for the recipe though! Definitely adding that one to my list of stuff I need to try :)

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Cold Brew!

Definitely a little rich/cloying for my tastes, but the overall strong berry flavour was really delightful, and perfect for a hot day like today. I definitely got a strong flavour of blueberry and black currant. As I’ve said before I’ve never tried Buchu on its own so I think the flavour of it must be similar to blueberry or currant and then just blends into the profile of those two fruits. I definitely couldn’t taste the base, either. What I did taste a bit on the end sip/in the aftertaste was a little bit of a floral note though? Pretty nice.

I’m happy I ONLY grabbed 50g when this came out because it’s not a tea I’m going to miss in the long run, but now that it’s more Spring/Summer time I’m happy to have more of this. It’s seasonally appropriate and I do enjoy it enough to have warranted a restock.

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (129)!

This one just really isn’t my jam, so this last mug will be a “sipdown” for me and I’ll be passing along the last bit of the sample to either my coworker Laura (if she’s interested) or my little sister – one or the other, anyway.

Best way I’ve found to enjoy this/get through a mug of this one so far is hot with milk but we don’t have any cow milk in the house so I figured I’d try it with vanilla almond milk since that’s what I do have on hand. It’s not as good as with cow milk, but it’s not awful. Definitely get a lot of chocolate notes and a cakeyness, with an element of vanilla/cream and then a nuttyness from the almond milk. Of course, as I’ve found is true with each time I’ve tried this, there’s also a lot of artificial/chemical type flavour notes and that’s what really detracts from the tea.

I think it just boils down to the fact I’m no longer the “target audience” for this tea. As much as I like rich teas, I’m not all that into overly sweet ones anymore. And there IS a difference between the two. As well, while I started my tea drinking during by falling in love with DAVIDsTEA’s Birthday Cake blend I’ve certainly progressed past the point of getting excited by sprinkles and chocolate swirls in my tea. They’re great to capture someone’s attention, but once you’ve really developed your palate they don’t have the same “oomph”.

It’s just kind of gimmicky, isn’t it?

Kristal

I totally hear you. Would have LOVED this tea 3-4 years ago, not I’ll pass. I still like birthday cake as occasional treat though-always in latte form ;)

Roswell Strange

Only time I drink Birthday Cake now is cold brewed; and only when I’m at my mom’s house and can steal it from my sister’s stash :P

tigress_al

Yep, once I started drinking the really good straight tea, sprinkles just don’t do it for me anymore!

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Sipdown (130)!

Had a really nice Gong Fu session with the one early in the morning today while I was making breakfast for myself and Trey’s dad, who’s in town today finishing up Cathryn’s room. Cathryn’s the new roommate; and she moves in this evening so pressure’s on!

I got nine infusions from the bloom today before it was spent. The first two were softer, before it had really opened up and the cups were a bit more one dimensional with a mostly light cocoa flavour. The third, fourth and fifth were the sweet spot today: natural cocoa notes from the tea, and a lovely trio of vanilla, custard and nutmeg presumably in combination with the base tea and the added flavours. The rest of the sips slowly had less vanilla/custard flavour as the flavourings deteriorated, and they became a little more malty and a bit more floral until the eight and ninth infusions were the leaf was clearly giving the last of what it could give and beginning to taste a lot more watered down.

This is arguably still my favourite Liquid Proust offering, only rivaled by Peach vs. Bergamot. I’m happy it’s as popular as it is, because that means I can restock it and hopefully not have to worry as strongly about doing so quickly because as much as I really want to place another LP order I don’t know when I’ll get to it – so many companies to order from, and have to prioritize a little bit by what I’m going to sipdown the soonest/what’s the most “seasonally appropriate” teas/blend and finally how badly I want to try new things…

For anyone considering an LP order, though, this is one that I HIGHLY recommend adding to your order!

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Yeah, the other day when I brewed up August Uncommon’s Low Country I totally should have made this one instead: it’s definitely what I was craving. Thankfully I figured that out though and I was able to make a late night mug of it for myself yesterday to finally sate that craving…

As per usual, this was faint whisps of tobacco smoke throughout with bright, sweet cherry top notes and a more woody background note with silky vanilla running throughout the sip like a vein of gold. There’s something magical and exotic about this tea, while still feeling kind of quaint and comforting.

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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.

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