3228 Tasting Notes


I have a hunch that I’ve been a really shitty vegetarian lately because a few nights ago I had this very, very intense craving for peanut butter smothered Tofu chicken nuggets – which I then of course made, and I had no regrets. It was a funny food combo; but a good one.

And that is my quirky, weird little story to go along with the fact I drank this but it’s one of those teas that just isn’t so worth writing about.


if they weren’t actual chicken, I don’t see how this makes you a shitty vegetarian.

Roswell Strange

No, I meant more like being a shitty vegetarian for not getting enough protein/iron in my diet and not being more on top of that. I’m really strict about eating meat; I’ve been Lacto Ovo for about ten years with NO exceptions (to my knowledge, anyway?).


oh. yeah, I’m usually a shitty vegetarian, in that respect. Also ovo/lacto but I make fish exceptions because otherwise I’d probably die of protein deficiency.


Oh man, nuggets and peanut sauce are so good! I might have to make something similar for dinner tomorrow. :)

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Made in my timolino ‘cause I woke up with some pretty crappy cramps and this immediately came to mind. Bonus points, ’cause it’s really tasty too!

It had very juicy notes of raspberry and apples with a milder lemon flavour present in the aftertaste. It reminded me of a very light and gentle cider type drink. I really, really like this one; it’s just a shame that raspberry leaf is a thing that I probably should not be drinking on a really regular basis. Side note; apparently me and my coworker Bobbi are “synced up” so since she had terrible cramps too we had a “bonding moment” of sorts and split the timolino worth of this before our shifts started.

She actually really enjoyed it, and was just so amused that “period tea” is a real thing.

Flavors: Lemon, Raspberry, Red Apple


sounds awful. then again, my cramps usually require percocet. cramps suck.


I stopped using my birth control (need to go see the lady doctor and just haven’t had time) and DANG. Crampy cramps and PMS like cray-cray. GAH!


hysterectomy in January, I"m looking forward to it so much you have no idea.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Cramps are the worst, mine were so bad this month that I kept blacking out…clearly I need a new lady tea. Also Starfevre so jealous of your hysterectomy!


it’s the end of a long long road. I ALREADY had myself sterilized and a failed endometrial ablation procedure. Too much scarring now to do much else but take it all out. Good thing I never wanted kids.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

At least that will bring you relief! The doctors I have been to won’t remove mine or do any of the things that may ruin my chance to have kids…thanks guys, I never wanted kids and my periods are killing me, ugh. I am hoping once I am over 30 doctors will listen to me more, only a couple more years!

Wishing you a very swift post hysterectomy recovery!


I had to wait until I was over 30 and switched doctors 3 times between 30 and 31 before someone would listen to me. Don’t give up.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Sigh, so frustrating for us ladies who have killer periods and don’t want kids! I won’t give up, I just hope I find a doctor that will listen before I go the route of my mom and grandmother, they had to have emergency hysterectomies because when they went pre-menopausal they got severe menorrhagia, one of them ended up needing a blood transfusion for it. It is scary stuff!!


It’s so frustrating that doctors think they know better than the patient what the patient wants. Keep trying. Keep advocating for yourself.


I got so lucky to find an obgyn who was willing to give me a tubal at 23, with no fighting or treating me like an infant. I’m 32 now and looking at the possibility of having a hysterectomy and ovariectomy and I have my fingers crossed that this one will go as smoothly and easily as getting my tubal.

Taking magnesium seems to have taken my cramps from please-kill-me-now to almost non-existent, but having reproductive bits is still a liability that I don’t need.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Good luck Analina! I hope you are able to have them removed!


Ahh, the struggles of those of us who don’t want kids and have killer cramps. I describe them as having a swarm of tiny piranhas in my uterus. :) I’ll have to try more magnesium!

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Sipdown (118)!

I’ve got a little bit of backlog to get through that’s built up over the last few days but thankfully not a lot, so since it’s my day off today and tomorrow in between catching up on TV I’m gonna aim to clear my queue.

This one I actually “stole” out of the 50g bag that I bought for VariaTEA a week or two ago; it’s a blend we had both enjoyed and last time I picked up 50g of it I split that between the two of us. Even though I liked it, when I ran out I decided I didn’t need to restock – presumably she has now run out or is low, and she does want to restock. For me, that meant I could take advantage of a more rare chance to nab a very small amount, since Tea Desire doesn’t do sample sizes or anything (the smallest size you can get is 50g).

I remembered this is really good cold brewed so that’s what I used the tbsp. I stole for – I can always order this hot from the store To Go but I can’t get a cold brew from them. And it was delightful like I had remembered; very sweet and indulgent and fun with very defined walnut notes complimented with sorta maple and chocolate flavours. Some kind of chocolate dipped nut dessert is what was brought to my mind. As for the sandalwood – a flavour I’m not a fan of – I didn’t notice it at all.

So, this was a fun “throwback”, if you will! And don’t worry VariaTEA – I’m compiling tea for you right now, and it’ll make its way to you shortly! :)


That sounds yummy.

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Made in my timolino for work today, but I’m drinking it at home instead.

The water I steeped this in earlier today was definitely a little bit too cool, but I was running late and didn’t have time to fiddle with it so I just went with the temperature it was at. So, because of that, this isn’t as good as it could have been, though it’s still pretty nice. It’s very “Pecan Pie” tonight – rich, sweet and slightly “dry” pecans are the most distinct flavour and then a caramel/maple sweetness followed up with oak and sort of buttery “pie crust” notes. Mmm!

DAVIDsTEA take notes; this is a flavourful, natural, and realistic maple flavour! Not whatever foul thing you did with Maple Sugar for the Fall Collection.

Also; starting tomorrow the city has the transit system on lockout while they renegotiate the bus driver contracts (or something to that affect). The drivers are asking for more than what they’re currently getting – and the city doesn’t want to give it to them, so until they reach and agreement/understanding there wont be any bus service in the whole city. People are pissed. I mean, so me it’s a mild nuisance/annoyance because I live reasonably close to anything I need access to but at least three of our store employees rely very heavily on the bus to get to work and get home.

Plus all the people who don’t work for us, of course. Some people cannot afford to drive/taxi to work (or, like me, don’t even know how to drive) and are not within reasonable walking distance to wherever they work. Plus, all the university students are fuming because, unless they live out of town, they all have to pay a mandatory fee for a yearly “UPass” (basically an “unlimited” bus card) that now does them no good at all. And then, several students have no way to classes now. It’s a fucked up situation.

Hopefully the lockout ends quickly. Supposedly last time this happened it took nine weeks for things to be resolved…


The bus drivers went on strike Summer 2001 here in Vancouver. The whole summer. I got a cheap bike and rode it everywhere. Man, I got fit. (But a strike is different from a lockout.)


That sucks. Transit strikes are ROUGH. I agree that a lockout is different, but the impact on most people’s daily lives is the same. Although I’m a whole lot less sympathetic to a lockout than a strike. Especially when it’s being done by the government. That’s just bonkers. In what universe is that serving the public?

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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
3228 tasting notes

Just got home from work, and I’m trying to catch up on reading everyone else’s tasting notes from throughout the day – done most of them now. Unfortunately Steepster is being a little problematic for me and, for about half of people’s notes, when I go to “like” them the site crashes. And the ones I can click on, I’m not even sure if the likes are sticking or not.

I’m trying, guys!

Anyway; I made this cold brewed for work because I was following the sort of idea that since DT’s Oh Canada was fairly outstanding this, being similar, likely would be as well. And, it was a good hypothesis proved to be fairly accurate – though I think hot still is a little better. It’s more “gooey” and rich. This was nice though; it was a very sweet treat with deep caramel and butter notes and then a very pronounced hazelnut flavor that sorta ran under that for the whole sip and then lingered a little longer than the caramel in the aftertaste. Layeredis how I’d describe it, I think.

One sorta downside; I usually find the rooibos to be well hidden in the hot cup but it was pretty noticable (in a woody way) in this cold brew. I don’t mind the taste of rooibos, but this would totally be a negative for some people.

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Last tea of the night.

Made this one when I got home from work simply because I was craving a good, White tea. I’m so tired now though – I’m almost literally fighting to stay awake to write this note. So since I’ve done a more detailed description of this before I’ll just use jot notes and keep things short/simple:

- Strong Aroma of Anise/Licorice
- Very “dewy” in flavour (“fresh”)
- Bold anise/licorice notes softened by ripe pear juices
- Milder Cream/Hay notes
- I slightly oversteeped so there’s a very faint bitter edge

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
3228 tasting notes

Sipdown (107)!

Wow – look at those numbers drop! Go me!

Made this one in my timolino for work. Was semi dreading it, but was very excited about finishing it off. In reality, this was the best cup I’ve been able to produce. For once, that super weird and inharmonious apple/oatmeal taste was dramatically toned down and that really improved the cup. Even still, it wasn’t awesome though – the maple still came across as very “try hard” and artificial.

C’mon DAVIDsTEA – you’re a Canadian company; you should know how to do maple correctly. Ugh. So disappointed.

Sami Kelsh

My Canuckian heart is slightly saddened by this. Oh DAVIDsTEA, I remember you well. I hope they reformulate it better!


Just got back from a trip to Canada…brought back some delicious maple syrup… so this post made me laugh hysterically!:P

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Sipdown (108)!

Finished this one off as a cold brew. Now I need to make a trip to McQuarrie’s because I no longer have any McQuarrie’s teas in my cupboard and that’s a disservice to my local loose leaf store.

This cold brew was decent; very strong on the rooibos, but not in a medicinal way. Instead, it leaned heavily on the wood chip side of things. And then, there was the buttery taste that I’m coming to associate with more “low grade” rooibos blends. But other than that, there was some nice gentle floral notes and a strong fruity flavour! So it wasn’t a bad way to see this one finished off.

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Sipdown (109)!

I need to restock this. Need to.

But anyway; I wanted to use this last bit up in an unconventional and memorable way so last night I steeped the last of the leaf into a small, concentrated batch and made it into Simple Syrup, which I then used this morning to make into a Tea Pop to drink while getting ready for work.

I have to say; drinking this one as a tea pop was a really drastically different experience. I almost couldn’t tell this was even the same tea – though it was still really good. It had a spun sugar/cotton candy like flavour to it – you know, sweet burnt/caramelized sugar. and then vanilla. If it weren’t for the sweet, fruity grenadine at the back of the sip this would pretty well be unrecognizable.

So summary; very candy like in the sugary sweetness – more so than a Monk’s Blend usually has with the grenadine aspect.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cotton Candy, Grenadine, Malt, Sugar, Vanilla


I love this tea!!!

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Was craving something cold, so alongside my hot cup of Bravissimo I also made this one into a cool, tea soda. I actually made the syrups for two tea sodas – but I’m saving the other to be used tomorrow, probably while I’m getting ready for work because the prep will be super easy.

This one totally lends itself to a soda format; though fruit flavours tend to fit that format really easily. This tastes very sugary and sweet with bright punch-y notes of passion fruit flesh, and apple pomace. I know it’s the apple pomace I’m tasting too because after having DT’s Sweet Apple Cider blend so recently (which also has a lot of apple pomace) I can very easily draw comparison. It’s almost candy like in the level of sweetness but retains a still somewhat natural passionfruit flavour. Any tartness there normally would be is also taken care of by all the extra sugar used in the simple syrup recipe to make the soda flavouring.

This is fun! I’d serve this to someone, without a doubt. And, I may make it for myself again. Probably the best “conventional” fruit based tea soda I’ve made thus far, though I’ve yet to really make a bad one…

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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 three Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie and a monkey named Enzo. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

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.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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