2565 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown (191/196)!

I don’t think people understand that when a store closes at 9PM that doesn’t mean the employees go home at 9PM – it means that’s when we get to start closing; and for a big store like Dollarama it takes quite a while to close. Christ.

So, today at 8:55PM we had a lady come in and start shopping – FIVE MINUTES TO CLOSING. That wouldn’t have been such a big deal if she was just quickly grabbing one or two things – but that wasn’t the case; instead she had to do all her grocery shopping and buy all the stuff for her wedding: a few hundred fake white/yellow flowers, all our champagne flutes (which we have to wrap individually), place settings…

And because we weren’t closed yet we had to let her shop and stay open until she was done. Ughh! We didn’t even get to start closing until 9:40! Because of her me and my closing cashier both missed our buses. At least I’m within feasible walking distance: I felt really bad for Ruby though because this late at night the buses only stop by once an hour so she had to wait an extra long time to get home.

Fuck people.

But anyway; I finished this off in my timolino with milk today. Scratch another Butiki blend off the list, as well as one less black tea in my cupboard meaning more space in the closet for black blends! Hooray!

I’m not to sad to see this go; it’s way to hard to get it right. I don’t want to waste more time on it trying to perfect brewing it – so goodbye Irish Cream Cheesecake. It was an experience, at least…

OMGsrsly

Oh, that is so frustrating. I hope your co-worker got home OK.

CelebriTEA

You need to can an ok from higher up to be able to post a sign stating that after 8:45 pm you csn only accept orders of 6 items are less!

Cavocorax

That is soooo annoying. :| Aren’t you allowed to tell her at 9 that, “Sorry, the store is closed. Can you please come up to the till so we can check you out?” I’ve had a few customers screw me over like that as well, but they generally don’t stick around more than 5-10 minutes afterwards…

whatshesaid

Those people are the WORST. Like you have nothing better to do than wait around and serve them. The kind of person who has no respect for others or their time

Butiki Teas

Wow, so inconsiderate. Some people only think sbout themselves.

Indigobloom

Inconsiderate she is! Sometimes the customer is NOT right…

Indigobloom

(channeling Yoda today)

Roswell Strange

I’m pretty sure those types of people are the ones who’ve never worked a guest service/retail job themselves… :/

VariaTEA

At the store I worked at, we started closing the tills at 9 so someone like that would be unable to make their purchase as the register was closed. Also, working in retail, I quickly learned how horrible customers can be. I mean, I once had a lady tell me to “go f*** myself” because I told her we stopped selling the comforter set she wanted two years ago. And when I apologized for the inconvenience and told her next time she should feel free to call us before making the drive to the store and we would be happy to check to save her the trip she told me to “f*** off” and then told her son to drop everything he was carrying on the floor.

Angrboda

Do you not have some sort of ‘we close in five minutes, please make your way to the tills’ call out or something? We do here. In Denmark, that lady would have been told (politely of course) that it was very close to closing time.

Roswell Strange

We’re not allowed to do a final call; store policy is to close at nine if no one is in the store but if people are still shopping to allow them to do so, uninterrupted, until they’re finished. @VariaTEA – I’ve definitely experienced that, and it really sucks. I’ve had people throw stuff at me because they can’t return/exchange it (Dollarama has a strict no returns or exchanges policy that’s advertised on all entrances and printed on every receipt). The best is when they ask/demand to speak to the person in charge: 9/10 that happens to be me, since I take over command of the store once my manager goes home for the day, which is usually half an hour after I’ve started my shift.

VariaTEA

People are the worst. And the final call thing is sort of bullshit since employees shouldn’t have to stay just because people are inconsiderate.

Cavocorax

That’s brutal. :| And it’s poor policy for your store. I can see someone being completely oblivious to closing time and would be completely understanding about hurry the F up, (and I can also see others who wouldn’t care.. but why not weed out those that do?)

Angrboda

The best is when they ask/demand to speak to the person in charge: 9/10 that happens to be me,
So, when that happens, do you go away and come back immediately and ask what the problem is? :p

Roswell Strange

@Angrboda Man that would be hilarious; but I think would often piss them off even more :P

Angrboda

Probably… It’s the sort of thing one wishes one dared to do. :p

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Sipdown (192/197)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample! I decided to cold brew it and take it to work.

Basically, this came off as the “green version of Des Roses et Des Bonbons” to me; same cherry flavour, same light rose flavour, same almost candy sweetness to it. However I didn’t like the green base and I thought it kind of detracted from the yummy flavourings: it was very grassy. But that’s ok; I have lots of Des Roses et Des Bonbons and I love that one so I’m still set and not sad to see this one go at all!

And hey, at least it didn’t taste medicinal.

That’s always a plus with cherry tea!

VariaTEA

I far preferred Des Roses et Des Bonbons as well. Though, I didn’t mind this one, it certainly pales in comparison.

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Breakfast tea! Thanks 221tea for the sample! I’m always up for trying another Stash blend – and you made this one sound very good so I was excited to receive it.

I think this is my first Stash tea in something other than a straight up bag; this one is in pyramid sachets/pouches like H&S does. There didn’t look to be a lot of leaf in it though, so I made it in a smaller cup. I didn’t want this coming out thin because I used one of my regular/larger mugs.

It was very good though and I’m happy with the mug choice because the flavour was quite rich! It’s hard to explain though other than saying that this simply tastes just like peach cobbler with just a the faintest impression of the guayusa in the aftertaste. There’s a nice balance of cinnamon to the peach to give this a sort of “crust” like depth on top of the juicy peach filling flavour, as well.

I shared one sachet with VariaTEA – but I look forward to my last cup of this, while I also kind of want to post pone it because I think I’ll miss this blend very much. As a non-peach lover I was really satisfied with the taste of this one.

VariaTEA

Ooooh. I am excited to try it!

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Backlog from this morning.

I had other plans for breakfast teas but when I saw that my massive (25 teas! All of which I’ve never tried – and I great mix of straight and flavoured) package from 221tea had arrived I quickly changed my mind and made up the two new Stash teas she sent me because A) I love Stash, B) They were both mate/guayusa blends which makes them perfect for the morning, C) they’d bagged so obviously more convenient, and D) they just sounded so damn good!

The name/“description” for this baffles me. If it’s a black tea then it’s obviously not herbal, so why even bother labeling it as such? I can wrap my head around a mate/black hybrid but the “herbal” in the name really isn’t necessary…

Dry, the bag for this smelled really intensely like caramel and black tea with a touch of earthiness that I’m assuming it being contributed by the mate. No presence of salt to be found. Steeped up this is surprisingly… Smokey!?

What’s in this that is making it so damn smokey? It’s like rich, lightly burnt caramel with an intense wave of campfire smoke (with some raw “earthiness” because of the mate). I actually had to go look up the ingredients to see if they mixed Lapsang Souchong into this; doesn’t specify but apparently there’s Monk Fruit in here. What is a Monk Fruit? Are they smokey? Fruit isn’t supposed to be smokey…

Anyway; the flavour notes here were definitely surprising to say the least – but I actually very much enjoyed the cup and thought it was a nice switch up from the mates I own. I couldn’t resist sending one of the bags to VariaTEA to see her thoughts.

Thanks 221tea!

Cavocorax

The herbal part was confusing! I nearly put it with my decaf teas, and that would have been a huge mistake! Haha.

VariaTEA

This sounds strange. Also, I know there is a sugar substitute made with Monk Fruit so I doubt that is where the smokiness is coming from.

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Tea Package from 221tea/Brian showed up this morning before work! I’m in tea sample heaven this morning! Seriously, as if I didn’t have enough choices already…

But, thankfully, despite my cupboard ballooning up by 25 numbers I’m still under 200! Hooray! As long as I don’t receive either of my orders on the same day then I should be able to get in enough sipdowns today to decrease my numbers to the point where I’ll be safe and within my comfort level.

Also, I got a bunch of goodies that I don’t think my tea triplet VariaTEA has tried yet! So… More tea for her too! Gotta share the tea wealth ;)

Anyway, among lots of Teavana samples I also got a fair bit of rock sugar from 221tea. I don’t usually sweeten my tea so I figured that I’d just eat one of the lumps of sugar straight to just kind of get a feel for exactly how sweet the rock sugar is so that if I ever feel like sweetening a tea I’ll have an idea of how much I can use before pushing into cloying territory.

I think one lump’ll be my limit. This isn’t too sweet but it’s sweet enough that one lump would do it for me – especially since they’re pretty large.

Thanks 221tea! It might take me a little while to put this rock sugar to good use but it will get used eventually – possibly more by Tre than by me, but still!

221tea

It melts nicely at higher temps, I sometimes have some left in my infuser for the lower temps. I’ve never thought to eat one! Haha. I’ll have to try that!

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Sipdown (169/173)!

It’s a shame that the dry leaf for this one smells so damn good but the taste falls really flat most of the time. I thought I’d at least attempt to make it a bit more drinkable for my last cup of it so I added a splash of vanilla vodka (the last of our vanilla vodka) and a spoonful of Lemon Pie Filling/Spread to sweeten this up.

I think it helped a little bit but for the most part this was still somewhat hard to finish and I was tempted to dump the last half. I’m glad I stuck it out though – the last sip was really sweet so I’m thinking lots of the spread probably ended up sitting at the bottom despite intermittent stirring throughout drinking it.

If only this tasted like it smells; that’d make for one creamy, vanilla lemon treat! Instead this tastes like rind/peel. Sorry but not sorry to see this one go; another DT sample out of the cupboard!

And hey, I did make it under 170 today!

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Malt

VariaTEA

So your sipdowns today are making me jealous :P

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
2565 tasting notes

Sipdown (170/174)!

In an effort to finish this guy off tonight I doubled up on the recommended leaf and used a slightly larger mug; I also added some milk. This is very good and hitting all the right notes tonight with the potent strawberry flavour and lovely black base.

I can’t believe my first experience with this one was so negative! Or rather I should say the circumstances surrounding when I drank the tea were really negative. I remember it being right around Christmas time and I had made myself this massive “breakfast at night” kind of meal with this huge plate of scrambled eggs and a mug of this. And then just minutes after finishing the eggs and this tea I got violently sick and threw everything up…

I thought that I would never not associate this tea with that circumstance; but thankfully even though that was a really unpleasant memory I’ve been able to enjoy pretty much every single cup of this since! Right now I’m all “Ruby Pie”ed out though so I’m glad this is a sipdown and I can spend some time apart from this blend. I know I’ll come back to it eventually though! It’s too good not to ;)

Courtney

That can totally ruin something for you. I made the mistake of eating one of the animal crackers from the dry tea one time. The dry flavouring on the tea turned my stomach so much I avoided this one for months. Thank goodness I got over it. And yay for you enjoying it now too!

whatshesaid

Glad I’m not the only weirdo who picks things out of the steeped tea blends to eat….haha. Like the pecans out of maple pecan oolong

This ruby pie is on my must try list! Next time, Butiki, next time

Scheherazade

I ate one of the bunny grahams, too, just out of curiosity. It had much the same effect on me, and I haven’t enjoyed any of my cups quite so much since! I guess I’ll come back to it eventually :)

whatshesaid

Ohh wait, I’m the weirdo who eats things out of the wet tea leaves, you guys are smart enough to do it ahead of time, haha.

Though I won’t be eating those cookie bits anytime soon I guess!

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Sipdown (171/175)!

Congrats to me on finishing off one of my oldest teas!

This was my very first Genmaicha; I got it in September of last year and we have had quite a journey! This one really is a perfect example of how, as tea drinkers, our tastes really change over time. Originally I hated this one; I remember rating it something like “20” or equally low: it tasted like seaweed and was very offensive to my palate. But tastes change and over time this grew on me – a lot! Genmaicha is now a staple evening tea for me, and one of the only “straight” teas I drink on a regular basis. I also recently learned that I really like my Genmaicha with added milk (like I’m drinking now). Back at the start of my journey the thought of “seaweed tea and milk” probably would have really turned my stomach…

I’ve even gone questing to try as many Genmaicha blends as I can and I think I’ve got a fair number under my belt now – but plenty more to try still, of course!

And you know what this means!? There are finally no other Genmaicha blends in my cupboard to keep me from cracking open my Marshmallow Treat! How exciting is that!? I might open it later tonight – but if not then I definitely plan to finally indulge in that one tomorrow! Mmm!

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Sipdown (172/176)!

I wonder if I can get under 170 today…

Anyway, I decided to take advantage of my empty mason jar from this morning’s cold brew to steep the last of my flowering teas and just have a really nice, more aesthetically focused tea drinking experience this afternoon.

This is not the nicest flowering tea I’ve had – by far, but I appreciate getting to sit down and really taking the time to enjoy it for what it is: and that’s a nice, light mint green tea with a simple bloom with a small splash of colour to it.

I don’t think I’d get this again despite it being fairly solid flavoured – I want to try new bloom teas or stick to blooms with either a more potent flavour for home use (like today) or a more showy appearance for when I’m sharing them with others.

I know I’ve sent this to VariaTEA so I look forward to hearing her thoughts! :)

Flavors: Grass

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Sipdown (173/177)!

Well, goodbye custom blend! I didn’t realize that drinking you this afternoon would be a sipdown but that’s ok – I think we’ve run our course.

Today I had this one hot and I think looking back on it that was the better way to drink this one: it felt less, and I know this isn’t the right word but I think it’s close enough, “musty”. The bergamot was mild but present and the right was just light citrus and berries with a sort of tingly feel on the tongue in the end sip.

It was definitely a great way to re-purpose three blends that I wasn’t a fan of to begin with, so cheers for that. Now I’ve freed up another tin though – so I think after it finishes air drying (I washed it out because the bergamot was very strong smelling and I didn’t want it tainting anything going in here) I’ll be moving Ombrelle de Papier out of its bag into the tin. That should help make some room in the “white tea” section of my tea storage closet for when my 52Teas order arrives (I have two pouches of white tea incoming).

Hooray! Lots of tea drinking progress today!

VariaTEA

I used polident tablets to clean out my tins and it got rid of the scent pretty well.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a barely 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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