3979 Tasting Notes


Hooray Dammann Freres group order!

This has been on my wishlist for… 11 months?! According to my last tasting note, that is.

I liked this one so much that first time having it, and I remembered that tasty, tasty cup so vividly that if no one else had wanted to split this in the group order I would have happily taken 100g. As is, I wound up with 50g and I’m tickled pink about it. The intensely sweet toffee, lemon, and vanilla smell of the dry leaf was more than enough to validate the decision to get some of this.

I made this one up as a hot latte tonight; I was actually going to do Fig Fraiche (or however you spell it) but since I’ve never had that one straight before I thought it’d be better to do this instead and try that one plain first. Definitely, definitely a divine latte!

I do think the toffee flavour was a little bit lost; this tastes like a very thick, creamy lemon tart or pastry with a sweet meringue whip. Notes of lemon, lemon peel, vanilla, buttery pastry, and cream were dominant with just a hint of floral notes and papaya. Black base were pretty drowned out, not that I care.

I could get lost in this tea – and in fact I did. Seriously; I lost like ten minutes of time just cradling the mug and smelling the sweet lemon cake aroma! My rating from eleven months ago definitely still stands.

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Drank this in sachet form – it was an extra sample that Marzipan tossed in with the stuff from our DF group order. I can’t say I’ve had the ‘regular’ black version for comparison.

I don’t know if this one really left a whole lot of an impression; while it definitely smelled very richly of vanilla the taste was rather subdued. I don’t get too huge into straight vanilla teas anyway, but this was kind of weak even for my tastes. However, the flavour of the rooibos was equally muted so I guess that balances out overall. It’s kind of creamy too, which helps. It’s better than an extremely rooibos heavy blend, anyway.

Sweetener might make this one pop a little more, but I’m not gonna go through the effort of finding out.

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Totally just spilled milk down the front of my shirt trying to sip the last bit of milk from the cereal bowl. I’ve been a total klutz today; which is partly why I’m having cereal for supper instead of actually using the oven. At this point, I think I’d burn the house down.

This was cold shaken into a bottle of Milk2Go “Sport” Vanilla at work today – it’s basically the same thing as the regular vanilla Milk2Go I normally use, but with skim milk, 26g of protein (great for vegetarians), and other good ‘healthy’ stuff. The taste didn’t suffer either; super creamy banana pudding! Though the texture was a bit off; I think from the whey powder in the drink more than anything else – I’ve noticed the same sort of “powdery” mouthfeel with other protein drinks that have whey in them.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
3979 tasting notes

Simple cold brew!

Nothing new for me – though it was super, super tasty! Emphasis on the cranberry this time around! Creamy as well. I drank almost all of the cold brew at work on break, but I’m finishing off the last few sips now as I crank out a couple reviews.

Also watching Treasure Planet; it’s been years but I had the spontaneous urge. Definitely crying over animated characters like a little baby…

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Made this hot in a timolino for work today; I thought I’d need the caffeine boost (I was right; it was painfully slow at work – bad weather and May long weekend = no one getting groceries) and this was the most convenient mate/guayusa blend to grab in the kitchen when I was rushed.

I thought this was bloody spicy when it was cold brewed, but it’s so much worse hot! I tasted nothing but chili pepper, and it was making me cough and my eyes water. I don’t do spicy things! The vast majority was dumped out – I fear the level of creativity that’s going to be needed to finish off the rest of this bag…

If anyone wants a sample (or all of the rest), let me know – I can probably afford to send out a few letter mail type samples to a few people or send it all off to one person right now (fuck money). You’ve been warned, though!

I bumped my rating down.

Today’s word of the day is/was… Precipice!

The definition is: “a very steep and high face of a rock or mountain : cliff”

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Prior to trying this blend, I’ve had exactly three cola flavoured teas: Cola Matcha from Red Leaf Tea, Cherry Cola & Cake from Della Terra Teas, and DAVIDsTEA’s Cherry Cola black tea. I remember that so specifically because all of them were super memorable experiences, and not for a good reason. In fact, DT’s Cherry Cola blend may actually be the worst black tea I’ve ever had. Cola just seems to be something that doesn’t apply well to tea, so I’m going into this tasting with extreme reservation and fairly low expectations.

I probably wouldn’t have purchased this one at all if it weren’t for the fact I got some in a group order, and therefore got to pick up a small size of it. It also helps it’s from Dammann Freres – I’ve yet to really find a “flop” from them, though there have been a few blends that just didn’t click because of personal taste. I have faith that if any company can pull off a cola tea they’re likely to be the ones to do it.

I’m cold brewing this – I just personally think that cola flavor kind of only works cold. I’ve had hot coke before (it was a dare) and it didn’t go over well. I have to say, the dry leaf of this smells pretty wonderful. It definitely conveys the smell of coke without any of the chemical/artificial qualities that I’ve experienced with every other coke tea. I don’t know how they do it! There’s even a whiff of vanilla to the smell as well!

I’ll come right out and say it; this is easily the best cola tea I’ve had. Simply put, it tastes like those shimmery silver cola ball candies that are basically pure sugar – though not as cloying as you’d imagine. There’s a really nice freshness to the tea and more natural notes as well like very mild citrus and possibly also pear. It’s ‘fancy’ cola ball candy! Definitely no sweetened needed with this one though; it’s just barely treading the line between natural sweet and ‘cavity’ sweet. I like that the base is also pretty strong, but not overly brisk. The fact it’s decaffeinated is a huge plus – as a generalization black tea is my favourite type and being limited with how much I can drink at night without the jitters is definitely a concern of mine; this will fit seamlessly into my evening routine.

I can totally see why this is marketed towards children as well; it’s something familiar flavor-wise, definitely sweet enough on its own, obviously healthier than actually giving a child a bottle of Coke, and what parent is going to complain about the lack of caffeine!?

My opinion on cola teas has been completely changed; and I’m already imagining interesting ways to try this one: tea soda, as a latte (because ‘floats’), and possibly even hot…

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Finally finishing off this forgotten sample from TheLastDodo which she sent up months ago. I’m drinking it hot while getting ready for work because I woke up a few hours early and had the time to do so!

Not going to lie; other than remembering I cold brewed this the first time around I couldn’t remember what I thought of it at all so I had to go back and read my tasting note for it. Turns out I didn’t really have much of an impression in the first place; I didn’t even initially score this!

However, as I’m sipping on it now I definitely think there are some very interesting, and nuanced things that I clearly missed when it was cold brewed! It’s like this tea has three ‘levels’ of flavour that hit you one after another. The first is very, very short – and it’s just like a punch in the mouth of of sweetness; definitely fruity goji and maybe the jujube too? That’s an ingredient I’m not too familiar with but based on what I’ve read the flavour is similar to what jujube is supposed to taste like. Of course, you can’t forge that there’s a lot of rock sugar in this too which adds to the sweetness.

Then you transition into the second ‘level’ of flavour – savory/herbaceous. It’s got the vegetal notes from the green tea base, and the strong flavor of chrysanthemum but also something very brothy too; it’s very, very borderline reminding me of cheddar and chives and potato. I love it; but it’s strange and I don’t know which of the ingredients is causing it. Then we fade to level three – sweetness again. This time the sweetness is more raisin and ginseng with a pinch of goji, and it’s the flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

It’s also my least favourite part of the tea; probably because of the raisin.

I’m very happy I tried this hot though; it’s so incredibly different from what I remember the cold brew tasting like, and very unique overall as well! I definitely don’t think I’d buy this for myself because there were certainly unappealing aspects but I’d be curious to try it hot again to see if the flavours I picked up were the same, and I feel like I learned a lot trying it.

Thanks again TheLastDodo!

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drank Kris Grey by ETTE TEA
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I started cold brewing this one last night, before I really knew that my cheek was infected and that that would affect my tea drinking tonight – though to be perfectly honest I wasn’t expecting great things from this cold brew anyway. The more I’ve thought about that initial first hot cup I had of this one the more I’ve realized it was pretty dissatisfying overall. And in general I just find cold brewed EG less tasty as well.

Turns out this one is breaking that trend though; even with ‘mouth impairments’ I thought that this was the smoothest tasting cold brewed EG I’ve had to date: the bergamot seemed to be at a more appropriate strength than it was brewed hot and I actually picked up on the vanilla notes I felt were lacking the first time around. It was silky, and had a rich, full flavour without sacrificing the flavour of the base in favor of a stronger bergamot flavour.

So, I’ve definitely changed my mind about this blend a few times now! Take that as you will – maybe it’s just not a super consistent brew? One thing is for sure – I still don’t think this is as sparkly as advertised; with the cold brew in particular the liquor ended up such a dark amber/brown that you really couldn’t pick up on the subtle sparklies at all.

C’est la vie.

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Sipdown of sorts…

Because of my sore/infected cheek from whatever it was that cut it I ended up sipping down all of the loose cloves from the box today. I know, back from when the dental issues were at their very worst last year, that cloves are great for not only cleaning out the mouth but numbing sores as well so I definitely relied heavily on them today.

It sucks I don’t get the satisfaction of seeing my cupboard number go down though. In fact, it’s shot up because of the Dammann Freres teas that showed up today!

The pain I’m experiencing is definitely different than the pain of a toothache – but it’s just as intense in its own right. It hurts a lot to smile or even move my mouth to speak. This super strong, super intense clove tea helped though. I also learned that while I LOVE cloves in general I don’t like them super concentrated and on their own – this was surprisingly bitter!


is it like an abscess? those are the worse!!


Errr worst. Dang autocorrect

Roswell Strange

I’ve had abscessed teeth before (that’s what most of the dental pain from last year was) – this is just an infected cut. It’s almost fully healed today as well. Yay!


Nice! take it easy, that sounds so painful

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Cold brew that I came home to Sunday morning after drinking with Billi and the gang…

I’ve been kind of mixed about this one; it’s got good qualities but it can also feel like too much is going on because of the vast ingredients list – and some of the flavours are a little weird together. This cold brew was under leafed specifically to try and avoid that.

It still came out tasting heavily of potpourri; cinnamon, rose and coconut in particular. However, with a very mild hangover there was something super, super appealing about that to me and I guzzled it down. In a normal “state of mind” I think I likely would have found it too intensely floral and perfumey. Maybe it was good I was kinda hungover?

Downside to having a hangover on a Sunday though? It happens to be the landlord’s day off too and lately his new renovation project has been replacing all the tile flooring in his half of the house. So from noon until about ten thirty at night (dear God; regardless of being hungover WHY is it necessary to be doing construction THAT BLOODY LATE!?) it was just constant hammering, pounding and drilling. Would’ve been annoying on its own – but was made that much worse by already having a slight headache.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) 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 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.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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