2999 Tasting Notes


Heya! Notes from teas I had today! Hoorah!

This was cold brewed; finally crackin’ into the 50g I bought in my most recent RiverTea order. Summary of thoughts; 50g wasn’t enough, I should have gone for 100g. Seriously.

This is such a good raspberry tea! And for me it really, really stands out as a fruit blend because on top of being very genuinely raspberry flavoured it’s also insanely creamy with beautiful vanilla notes. It’s so lush and refreshing and doesn’t even get close to treading into overly tart hibiscus territory. Yummy!

Flavors: Berries, Raspberry, Vanilla

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I bet I can sum this one up in three lines:

So much vanilla.
So much cream.
So much… Smoke?

Yeah, I made it in my timolino – and there was this insanely smokey quality to it that was really gross. I ended up dumping it. I’ve been trying to figure out what I last had in this particular timolino (I used the one I don’t usually use) and I can’t remember – but what would I have had that was some smokey other than Lapsang? I don’t think I’ve had The Woman any time recently – and it’s the only Lapsang blend I have at the moment.


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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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The other tea shot that I cold brewed! This one was soaked in Raspberry Vodka instead of Gin, but I bet it would have been really good in gin too! I wanted to finish off the vodka though to free up some fridge space.

Like the Gin & Redberry Tonic, this was also 1 tbsp. of leaf, though I used two shots worth of raspberry vodka since that’s how much I had left. It was also pretty good, but I think I liked the other one just slightly more. To me, this was strongly raspberries and orange/tangerine with some grapefruit somewhere in the mix. Again, no alcohol burn. That’s always a win. On the negative though, there was a weird taste that reminded me of children’s chewable vitamins.

I guess I’d call it chalky?

But yeah; for tea infused alcohol not so bad at all.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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In addition to getting home last night and having tea swaps and eggs to greet me, I also had cold brewed tea shots! Woo!

A few days ago I stopped at the liquor store and picked up an assortment of stuff; Rootbeer Schnapps, Spiced Rum, Cream Liqueur Shots, and Gin! I also already had Raspberry Vodka at home. I decided to mix some tisanes and alcohol and cold brew myself tea shots. For this one, because PUNS ARE AMAZING, I used a tbsp. of tea leaf in a shot glass worth of gin creating… Drum roll please.

A GIN AND REDBERRY TONIC! I am so proud of myself right now.

Best part? It was actually really, really good! No alcohol burn, and fruity and lemony with juicy berry and sweet apple notes. It had a very smooth aftertaste too! Definitely gonna have to do this one again! It’s a shame I couldn’t talk Tre into trying a sip – I think he would have actually liked it.

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The last one from Courtney!

Visibly, this one has a TON of lemon grass and hibiscus and stuff in it, so I was definitely a little scared of making a hot cup so I took the route of cold brewing. I have to say, I didn’t really love this one so much as a cold brew; it was super, super hibiscus tart and after a few forced gulps I dumped out the majority of it.

Sorry Courtney, while I totally appreciate receiving it I can sorta see why this one wasn’t so much for you. That’s ok though; I’m willing to play around to see if I can get it to work better for me. It just sucks because last night I really could have used something cool and refreshing to sip on.

Last night I had a definite not awesome evening. It started with balancing the cash profit for the day and doing the closing paperwork. One person does the cash, and the other does the paperwork – and then at the end we both come up with a total number for all the profits for the day, and they’re supposed to match. Except they didn’t. My number for cash was $250 less than the paperwork number. That’s a big difference.

It took an extra hour of Bobbi and I scouring the paperwork and recounting every till to figure out what was wrong; turns out neither of us has screwed up – our assistant manager did earlier in the day when he was doing a deposit. He dropped five $50 bills ($250) in an earlier deposit but had incorrectly filled out the paperwork for his deposit (he forgot to record the 50s, but recorded all the other bill/coin he dropped) so that money was unaccounted for. We had to call him at 10PM and explain to him how big of a fuck up this was; not just because it screwed with our paperwork but because the inaccurately recorded deposit is sealed in the vault that Brinks collects – and which cannot be retrieved by store employees, regardless of whether they’re a Keyholder/Ass. Store Manager/Manager or otherwise. It through our whole night off.

And then, on top of things I ended up forgetting a completely full 2L of Milk at the bus stop which made me feel like a total idiot, and then for the cherry on top (because FUCK THE NEW BUS ROUTES) I got on the wrong bus home and ended up taking a 40 minute bus ride and getting off the bus farther away from my house then when I had started (I normally don’t take the bus home because I’m only a 15 min. walk away, but I had armfuls of groceries I was nervous about having to carry home). God Damn.

Plus side? There was tea and eggs waiting for me when I got home! My swap from Cameron B. had arrived, and Tre had made midnight over easy eggs for me because he know my day was stressful! Aww!

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Another given to me by the awesome Courtney!

Dry this smells pretty strongly of coconut/chocolate, which is fairly appealing. I can definitely see that as being a very good thing.

For my prep, I made it in my timolino. I was very careful to watch the time as it steeped given that I’ve experienced a too harsh black base from HI on more than one occasion. Overall, I thought that the coconut/black tea were the strongest notes with cocoa notes and something else mildly offputting and hard to identify trailing behind. I was kinda reminded of kelp? But also not kelp. Not a whole lot of “graham” unless that’s what the weird flavour is meant to be.

As for the base; it was still a bit bitter despite my precautions. Oh well, looks like I just have some playing around to do so I can figure out the best way to enjoy this one.

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Took a break from logging to make supper and watch Big Brother with Tre; now to finish off the last of my tea logging for the night so I can start fresh tomorrow! And, I’m mostly through the big stuff anyway!

This one was a cold brew; I thought maybe the vanilla would pop more as a cold brew, and that overall this would be a really nice refreshing cold treat to energize me during work. And while it definitely wasn’t bad as a cold brew, it did lose the depth and flavour nuances that I experienced hot. I mean, overall the cold brew could probably be summed up as cold brewed spearmint with a vanilla hint/undertone – and really that’s not anything different than the Mint Mate I stock from Tea Desire, and that’s much cheaper and more attainable for something practically the same.

So I’m definitely sticking to a hot cup for the last of this given that I definitely got more from the hot cup; it was just a better experience overall even if the cold brew wasn’t bad per say.


I find that a little teeny tiny bit of sugar helps bring out the vanilla flavor.


The one time I tried this cold, I thought it was interesting but not terribly inspiring, even with sugar. When it comes to buying mint teas, they have be fairly unusual for me to get them again.

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (137/144)!

Last sipdown in the queue, though hopefully I’ll get a few more in today once I’m done logging.

I made this a hot cup; it really wasn’t so bad except that it was especially tart and the orange stood out a little bit more than all the other flavours. The bubble gum flavour trait was still present too; how interesting. I definitely like the tea pop/cold brew versions better but I’d still drink this if it was served to me!

I don’t know; I may have to grab 50g more of this one…

Flavors: Orange

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I really wish this was a perfume or body wash or something because it just smells so amazing and creamy and delicious! I always find myself stealing sniffs from the tin it’s in. Anyway, I was in a definite Genmaicha mood a few nights ago and this is actually the only Genmaicha I have in the house currently so I totally indulged in a very large mug of it!

There is definitely a thick creaminess to this one that a regular, plain Genmaicha doesn’t have; sometimes I’m not sure if I’d say marshmallow – but it’s definitely close. Yummy!

Flavors: Cream, Marshmallow, Roasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Vanilla

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Tasting note number 1700! Woot!

Anyway, I added a tsp. of this matcha into a pudding cup of caramel pudding; honestly I didn’t expect to be able to taste the matcha but I just wanted that matcha buzz and I thought that out of the matcha I own this one would clash the least with caramel flavour. At I was pretty right; I couldn’t taste this one at all until the after taste and then surprisingly it tasted distinctly like maple.


That’s a wholotta notes, congrats!


OMG, that is a HUGE number of notes. How long did that take you??

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You drink so much tea! Congratulations on 1700. :)


And your notes so detailed! Congrats!


Wow, that’s great! :)

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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.

Not that long ago I began 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 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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