2260 Tasting Notes

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drank Acai Berry by Octavia Tea
2260 tasting notes

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Balls, why did I write so many jot notes for this one? I’m lazy, and my shifts almost over and I want to catch up on tasting notes so I’m just going to paste them here directly…

- Dry, smells strongly of Acai berries and is just a little tart
- Very juicy and defined Acai berry taste
- Blueberry notes are also subtly present and possibly red currants
- Kinda “jammy”
- But they’re soft
- White base is very soft and has some honeysuckle type notes
- REALLY enjoy this one
- It actually strongly reminds me of DT’s Superberry blend
- Probably a psychological transfer from the comparison of the two but I taste pine…
- Even though it’s junipers which taste like pine
- This is the first tea I’d actually restock for myself!
- I can see why it’s one of their Best Sellers
- Can’t find the hibiscus in this one at all!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I like your notes in little bullet points, not sure why but they make me happy. Also yay to the lack of hibiscus and pine notes

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Finishing off this sample from Cameron B.! Like she suggested, I doubled up on the teabags in the hope of getting a less watery flavour. Definitely worked!

- Mild but present black base; very very slightly floral
- Blueberry has a “preserve” or “waffle topping” sweetness to it
- Vanilla notes
- Doesn’t go overboard with sugary sweetness though
- Much more enjoyable this way!

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I was going to attempt to make a joke, but it was really weird and bad. What was it you ask? Well, if you insist…

I woke up yesterday morning with a kink in my neck; in more ways than one!

See it’s “funny” because I really did wake up with a painful kink in my neck (it’s still kind of there), but I also had a really intense and weirdly romantic/sexual dream about one of my coworkers at Sobeys. It was really, really weird though because I don’t find him attractive even a little bit. But “dream me” certainly didn’t feel the same way. Now next time I have a shift with him it’s gonna be hella difficult making eye contact. Cringe.

Anyway: this cold brew was really, really good yesterday. All of the “red things” in the blend were really present and sweet and a little candy like. So, the cherry, rhubarb, and strawberry. Reminded me of Strawberry/Rhubarb pie filling. You know what I mean: sweet and candy like, but kinda… Supple?

I also was able to just subtly pick out the pineapple and I thought MAYBE the pear too? But I’ve never tasted the pear in this one before and it’s possible that I only thought I was tasting it because I was also drinking a Golden Pear Liqueur/Spirte mix drink. So I don’t know.

I need to pay more attention to the individual flavours in this next time I have it, and less so to the flavour as a “whole” because I think I’m missing out on some of the subtler nuances to the tea.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

OMG I hate when dreams like that happen!! It makes things so awkward and the entire time you are like ‘brain whyyyyyyy’

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Ok story time; and I’m still SO PISSED about this.

Ok, so at work on Tuesday we had a Gingerbread Man making work shop and my break happened to fall during the middle of it so I spent my entire breaking going all out and making this really detailed Gingerbread woman. She was wearing a bikini and had a sun hat and flip flops and shades. The point was that it was ironic, ’cause of the whole “Winter” thing and she was in summer attire. Point is, it took up my whole break and I was really proud of it.

I showed it off to a whole bunch of coworkers and then, right before I signed back in, I ran up to the staff room and stuck it in the fridge along with my other groceries. Because I work at a grocery store, there’s pretty much always free food in the staff room but the rule is that if it’s on the tables out in the open it’s for everyone, but if it’s in the fridge it belongs to someone or is someone’s lunch. So, I figured it’d be safe there. Ideally I’d have put it in my locker, but my winter jacket is too puffy and there wasn’t room without crunching it.

Three hours later I’m done my shift, sign out and head upstairs to grab my stuff before catching the bus. What do I see on the table? HALF my gingerbread woman. Someone not only went through my groceries in the fridge, but they stole my super awesome gingerbread woman ate part of her, and then left her out in the open! WHAT A DICK MOVE! I was flaming mad, and if I knew who did it I probably would have snapped on them really, really badly. I didn’t even get a picture of her!

And sure, I didn’t lose any money but I lost all the time/effort making her, and I was so damn proud! I made sure to take my half a gingerbread woman downstairs and go complain to every single cashier still working so that, if any of them are responsible for her ill fate they felt damn guilty about it. I mean, anyone in any department has access to that fridge so someone in Grocery, Deli, Cheese, Meat or Kitchen could have done it – but I just have a gut feeling it was one of the highschoolers in my department. I think some of them are thoughtless enough to do it.

SO PISSED!

Tea was in a timolino with milk. Very thick mouthfeel and rich, creamy vanilla flavour with light bergamot undertones. Very “London Fog”.

Cameron B.

Murderers!

OMGsrsly

What jerks! >:(

Christina

I kinda wish you had confronted someone about it. I’m feeling a lot of vicarious rage for you!

darby

I feel for you, I’d be so mad I’d never get to sleep!

Fjellrev

Ugh, people are Schweinhunden. Sorry you put so much into something only for some jackass to ruin it all.

Marzipan

Pig dogs?

Anlina

Ugh that sucks.

Kaylee

That sucks! Although posting about it did lead to Fjellrev posting that awesome picture.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

That is just evil! You do not eat someone’s creations unless given permission fumes along with you

carol who

Fjellrev – love the picture and how completely appropriate.
Poor Roswell :(

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Cold Brewed.

The flavour of this one has really deteriorated over time, which is pretty sad but to be fair this is also more than a year old. At least I’m almost out of it – just a little sad that my last cups of this beauty wont be the best cups of it.

The honeybush base was very, very strong with the rootbeer actually being the second strongest flavour overall. Didn’t get any sort of “float” aspect at all. At this point I only have enough leaf left for one more cold brew, two hot cups, or possibly one Tea Soda? Might make that soda today and if it still comes out weak just add some Rootbeer Schnapps…

Unofficial Steepster Survey/Data Poll

A few days ago in chat we were talking about our ages (for whatever reason, can’t remember how it came up) and now I’m curious what the “average” age is of Steepsters users. I’m also curious who the youngest and oldest Steepster users are – so if you’re comfortable sharing would you guys mind commenting with how old you are?

I’m 19 – can anyone hear “beat me” for youngest user on Steepster?

Anlina

I’m 32.

Nightshifter

32 also :D

Roswell Strange

My guess is that the majority of Steepster users are late 20s or early 30s (Like, 27 to 33).

OMGsrsly

Shh, Roswell. I’m 35. Don’t make me older than average! ;)

MissLena

23 right here :) I joined when I was 21 though

Butiki Teas

I’m 35 too.

Roswell Strange

Aww, sorry OMG! PS. I joined when I was 18 :P

Cameron B.

I’m 24. :)

Sil

omg…we can be OOOOOLLLLLLLDDDDDDDD together lol 35 Here haha

K S

147… not really, but at 58 its kind of the same thing. I got socks older than most of you ;)

OMGsrsly

Woo! Age-twins with Stacy and Sil!

KS, I have IRL friends your age. :) I’m right in the middle of my extremely widespread social amoeba.

Anlina

This is kind of neat to see. I tend to assume people on the internet are around the same age as me, unless there’s good reason to believe otherwise, and I’m pretty sure I’m wrong a lot of the time.

Roswell Strange

So far VariaTEA and I are the youngest; but yeah, this is fascinating! I didn’t realize so many of you are in your thirties. @Anlina, I think I must do the same thing as you because in my head I “aged down” a lot of you :P

Butiki Teas

Roswell Strange-I would have never assumed you to be 19. I always assumed late 20s-ish.

Yay for 35 club!

Nxtdoor

Oh gezus. I’m 40.

Roswell Strange

@Stacy, I guess I’ll choose to take that as a compliment ;)

OMGsrsly

We’re all young on the internet! ;)

Ost

I just assumed that everyone was in their 20s and up here-I just turned 20 in October though. When was your b-day?

Roswell Strange

Mine? March :)

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This was my To Go latte at Tea Desire on Tuesday. I was totally going to try something new, but then I saw this on the shelf, and after the Caramel Black that was to Tea of Day to sample I couldn’t get caramel out of my head and, well, the rest is obvious…

I had the same problem with this one as I did with my last latte from Tea Desire; it was very thin and watery, but this one was prepared by a different associate so I’m wondering if maybe Tea Desire has just switched up their latte formula? I really hope that’s not the case! This water/milk ratio just isn’t right…

Taste wise it was good though: the earthyness of the Pu’Erh was muted and just kind of subtly floated under the sweet, smooth caramel flavour. And the milk foam, of which there was lots, was the BOMB! It was super, super creamy/rich seductive caramel flavour. I could eat buckets of the light, fluffy stuff!

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Yesterday at Calendar Club we received so much stock that I spent my entire shift unloading it, and had absolutely no time for internet. Seriously, they just about tripled our stock! So time to catch up on tasting notes…

Tuesday, where I’m picking off from, I had a large gap between shifts so I went down to the mall and deposited my paycheck and, because I was in a “spending mood” bought myself a beautiful, over sized sweater with a giant duck on the front. It’s cuter than it sounds, believe me. I also got some antibiotics for my infected gums (damn you, Wisdom Teeth!) which have healed up nicely now, and I went to Tea Desire.

This was the sample tea of the day, and it’s one I’ve never had before so I gave it a try. I have to say I’m a little saddened – not by the tea, but by the sample tea set up. Tea Desire used to have this really, really ornate clear glass teapot filled with the tea of the day, and you’d get the sales associate to pour you a little plastic shot glass worth of tea. They’d keep it on a stand and directly underneath would be a lit tea light candle keeping it hot. But now they’re using a metal thermos type thing with a “pump” dispenser. It’s probably more effective at keeping the tea hot and I guess it’s more accessible for customers to pour the tea themselves – but it feels less special.

As for the tea, I’m honestly slightly frustrated because there’s no record of it on the Tea Desire website at all. Which pisses me off a little bit, because now I can’t accurately add it to the database. And, I swear 90% of the dozen or two Christmas blends have been added as little ingredient blurbs at the very least, but not this one. Boo!

So, all I can remember from the ingredients list is black tea base and caramel bits. But I know there was other stuff in this too. Otherwise, in regard to the flavour, it was very, very faintly bitter – possibly from sitting in that thermos thing for most of the day. The black base was pretty apparent and brisk, but then softened a little bit by a darker, richer caramel flavour. Kind of like the “dark caramel” they use in Reisens candies. It was also a little malty. I’m not sure how the “bakery” aspect fit in – nothing I tasted indicated that for me.

Not bad overall, but I wish TD would do a better job getting the seasonal teas up on the website – if only as ingredient blurbs. Not only because I want to accurately add this to Steepster, but because the website is how I choose what I want to try as To Go teas (I look them up at work) and helps guide what I want to look at when I’m actually purchasing tea…

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Malt

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Guys, there’s a scavenger hunt in the mall right now for one of the nearby elementary schools so the place is just flooded with adorable little snot babies. And one of the clues on the hunt is to find the name of the “Painter of Light” from the Calendar Club Kiosk (me!). The answer is Thomas Kinkade, but I’ve had cutie pies coming up to me all day asking for help. It’s so precious!

But the tea…

My first “miss” from Octavia Tea. And, it’s not even so much that it’s bad – it’s just really, really weird? Dry, it smells delicious – kind of like “Tropical” flavoured Fruit Rollups? Just yummy, and kinda sweet and candy like. Steeped up, however, there’s something hard to describe about it. I wanted to initially say that it was like low quality, “healthy” Fruit Roll Up equivalents that my Mom used to buy for school lunches ‘cause she couldn’t afford the name brand but that’s a little harsh, and not super accurate either.

More so, I’m picking up one the pineapple/apple really heavily but the pineapple feels a little artificial and then the apple is more of a tart apple, and then more tartness from the rosehips and that’s a whole lot of tart together. However, something is keeping it mostly in check: not the mango, I don’t think, because I don’t so much actually taste mango. I’m thinking maybe the red currants? I would have described it more like a “dull strawberry” but there’s no strawberry in this and strawberry is closer to red currant than mango.

Anyway, there’s a sort of flat sweetness (if that even makes sense) coming from the red currants that mostly counterbalances all the tartness, but just falls short. Wah wah wah. Things “missing” other than the mango: the rose petals (hooray) and the white base in general. Honestly, this felt more like a tisane than anything else. \

So conclusion: a little disappointed, but this was still drinkable overall. Just wouldn’t really drink it again unless, maybe, it was cold brewed…

And that’s it for today guys: I’m practically done my shift and this was the last tasting note I had to catch up on for now. So have a good day Steepster!

See you tomorrow :)

Cheri

Sounds like a fun time, Ros. Too bad the tea wasn’t better!

OMGsrsly

Hee! Snot babies. :D

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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Pretty well nothing is worse than taking a drink of something and expecting on flavour and getting something totally different. I did this last night on the bus ride home. For whatever reason I had convinced myself that I had steeped up Butiki’s Rootbeer Float so when I had a sip of this…

Spit take. That’s what.

Actually though; I think I thought it was Rootbeer Float because that’s what was in the fridge cold brewing.

Once I realized what this was it was all good though. Tasted, essentially, just fine. Only weird thing was this almost tangy fruit note that kept cropping up; that may have been because I was super, super tired though. Or it may have been a lingering flavour from whatever I last brewed in this timolino. Who knows.

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
2260 tasting notes

Sipdown, but not really because I never entered this in my cupboard.

My brother still has a lot of the Bamboozled that he bought from DAVIDsTEA over Easter before they discontinued it, so I took advantage of that and stole about a tablespoon of it from him to cold brew when I got home: I wanted to revisit this one and see how I felt about it now.

Turns out: I’m not a fan. This tasted really, really artificial to me. Like super low quality artificial powdered peach drink mix, and tart pineapple? I didn’t go back and reread my old tasting notes, but this isn’t anything like I remembered it being. I’m going to nudge my rating down, though not as much as I want to just because I know I’ve had good cups before and maybe this was stored poorly by my novice tea drinking brother.

Probably should have left this one alone…

Fjellrev

My palate completely rejected this one through and through, from the artificial fruity notes to the cellar-like bamboo.

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.

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