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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
2260 tasting notes

Couldn’t make this pop up in the search bar (even after hitting enter) so I searched my cupboard for it, and while doing so found a Butiki blend that I no longer have but which wasn’t removed from my cupboard apparently, so now I’m at 196/198! Yay!

Anyway, I did get around to resteeping the leaves, and I must say I think I like the resteep a bit better; it still has a little malt to it, but the chocolate/caramel notes are much more present and intense, and there’s a very faint baked bread taste. However, at the end of my cup this started to get bitter and gross.

Despite liking the resteep more I wont push for a third resteep ; I’m not really feeling this one too much now. Two cups today was enough to hold me over for at least a little while. Definitely need to be moving on to something fruitier for my next cup, though!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Chocolate, Malt

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!

I was really craving Pistachio Cream but the sample of that is buried in a bag in my closet, so I picked this out instead because it sounded good too. I actually didn’t realize that it’s a white until I was portioning it out and really got a chance to look at the leaves. Huh.

Steeped up now, and it smells and tastes delicious! Like, I definitely get chocolate chip cookie dough from this! And, it’s so creamy too – with a nice, thick mouthfeel and almost marzipan/almond brittle sweetness to it. Definitely delicious, and really hitting the spot! I’m excited there’s at least one more cup of this! Colour me impressed.

There’s also something painfully familiar about this blend too – and it’s killing me that I can’t place what that is. I’m sure that sometime tonight I’ll have one of those “AHA!” moments out of the blue and just scream it out!

I think, overall, it’s been a really good tea day today (so far at least)!

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That awkward moment when you’re trying to smell the dry leaf of a blend, and instead you just wind up with a bunch of tea leaves up your nose…

Anywho, I’ve only listened to the first three or four episodes of WTNV, but that does include the first appearance of the Apache Tracker, so I do know a bit about the character. With Adagio blends I think it’s kind of important you understand the character, because their rating (since they are so unique) should incorporate not only how they taste but whether they accurately represent their namesakes.

I was excited to get this one from aisling of tea because Adagio blends are so tricky to get your hands on here in Canada unless you have a tea mule or are willing to shell out lots of money for the shipping. Plus, if you don’t want the full sampler of something, then 3 oz. is a lot to get for a blind try. And, on top of the fandom/character itself I thought the teas that compose this blend all sounded really interesting too!

My friend Robyn may have been a little more excited than I was though; she’s really into WTNV.

Anyway, now that this is steeped up I think it’s really incredibly good! The first thing I notice is actually the really rich and full almond/hazlenut with a dark chocolate weightiness to it; and then the roasted mate’s earthiness and the black base. All in all, I’m actually incredibly impressed with the flavour of this one! It sort of reminds me of Tea Desire’s Bralisiano but with more more nuttiness where that one has sweetness.

I would totally buy a full 3 oz. pouch of this one! Out of all the teas I’ve ever had, I think this one – hands down – does the best job of really capturing and conveying a flavourful and distinctly “nutty” flavour.

As well, the nuttiness totally matches with namesake of the tea, though Cara mentions it being “offensive” in the description, and the flavour of this one is anything but. However, all in all I think this is a good character portrayal and I’m super pleasantly surprised.

Onto the shopping list!

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Nuts


I should try mine! I’m not hugely into the character so I’ve been delaying trying this, but apparently I’m missing out.


What is WTNV? I have a feeling that I should know, but not coming up with anything.

Roswell Strange

Welcome to Nightvale :)


What a jerk.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
2260 tasting notes

Thank you Cavocorax for throwing this in as an extra is the sample package you sent me! I never would have thought to ask about it, but it does smell really interesting and I’ve been curious about trying it since getting it; there was just a few other samples/teas I wanted to get out of the way first.

Now that it’s steeped up I’m finding it really interesting; much more so than before. The most prominent thing that I’m picking up is the maltiness of the blend; I really love that quality in tea (yay for trying enough straight teas to figure out my preferences; malt and baked bread notes!). If this tea were an onion, the malt would be the first and largest layer. Underneath that I think would be a layer composed of sweeter chocolate and caramel notes, and then the layer under that has this borderline smokey quality to it. I can tell immediately this is a tea I’m going to want to resteep because I’m sure that subsequent steeps are going to shift the layers and reveal more things.

So, I’ll probably do a second tasting note for my resteep; I don’t plan on resteeping right away; I’d like to finish my other cup of tea, watch some TV, and maybe have a short nap first. But I will resteep it at least once more today!

Thanks Cavocorax! I haven’t decided yet how much like this one and I likely wont until the resteep, but it is enjoyable at the moment and was a fun, layered experience. I wish I wasn’t so tired so that I could maybe be a little more thorough with my description; I feel like this one deserves a more more detailed one.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Tobacco

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Oh good! I’m happy you enjoyed it. :) I try to pop in extras when I can on the off chance you might find something new you wouldn’t otherwise buy.

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Sipdown (197/199)!

Thank you VariaTEA for providing this one! I was going to wait until I had company to brew it up, but with work now it appears that wont be for a long time, and I thought this would be really nice to enjoy on my day off, plus an easy sipdown.

It’s really hot so I haven’t gotten to drink it too much yet; just small sips – but so far I think it tastes really nice. Kind of like strawberry jam, actually! Plus it’s really pretty to look at! I’ll edit my note if any other interesting flavours present while I drink it, but for now I think this is lovely – and I’m really enjoying it!


This is my favorite out of the bunch I think.

Aimee Popovacki

i liked their strawberry and peach blooms for making iced teas… sad they didn’t continue having them.. maybe they will be back this summer!


They show up occasionally on DAVIDs web specials page

Aimee Popovacki

yeah I noticed that.. I still have a couple left from last year!

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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmm! This is a cold brew; somewhere right around 24 hours give or take a few in either direction. And man is this a cold brew done right!

Seriously; this is so refreshing and thick and juicy tasting! It’s one of my favourite tisanes from DAVIDsTEA, and I think it’s especially good because there’s really nothing else quite like it! I don’t know of any other tea that has such a full guava flavour paired with this sort of rich mango sweetness. The two compliment each other very well.

Eventually, once I’ve cleared out some tins. I’d like to have full tins of Redberry Tonic, Pink Flamingo, Pink Passionfruit, Tropicalia, this one, and maybe Bamboozled (I already have the better Buddha Bamboo, from Tea Desire) just for cold brewing! That means I need to clear out three tins. That’s kinda doable long-term, right? I mean, I know already I wont be restocking Bravissimo and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and once I finish off White Chocolate Frost there’s nothing left to restock; so there you have it!

Jen M

If you want Bamboozled you’d better decide fast; it’s being discontinued.

Roswell Strange

Lol, you’re a little late to the game; this tasting note is 2 months old and since I’ve restocked on Bamboozled, written several more tasting notes on it, bitched about all the discontinued teas, and finished off my Bamboozled again ;)

Jen M

I have no idea how much you drink in 2 months. I was just merely trying to be helpful. Sorry.

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Sipdown (198/200)!

I cold brewed the last of what VariaTEA sent me just to finish it off, since it was terribly hot and I didn’t want to go down that route again. In total, it cold brewed for 12 hours/

This time around, the chocolate tasted a lot richer and less “dusty” and old. And again, I didn’t get any sort of spice from this either like I originally thought I would. However, there’s just something really unforgivably awful about the orange in this; it’s hard to describe but it just tastes… Rotten.

So, after a few larger sips I decided that I couldn’t handle the rest, so instead of fighting through 25 oz. of it and feeling sick, I just dumped it. Good riddance!

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

I tried this a few times, a few different ways and dumped every single cup. I hoped you would have more luck with it so I am sorry to hear you had the same experience.

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Last tea of the night!

The logic behind picking this one, besides thinking it’s tasty, is that it could kinda be an extension of “birthday themed teas” in honor of celebrating VariaTEA’s birthday today! I do realize this isn’t actually a birthday inspired tea; but you know blowing out candles on a cake and such… Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch?

This cup was delicious! It was definitely rich in flavour and beautifully captured a toasty marshmallow with caramel sweetness; actually one of the better cups I’ve had of this one, period. At one point I went to take a sip only to realize the mug was actually empty already – and I was crestfallen…

Side note type thing/date update: The guy I’m going out with on Wednesday and I have finally figured out what we’re going to do! The evening will start out with tea at DAVIDsTEA downtown (they have a sitting area at my store), where we can talk and get to know each other better – and then we’re going to walk from there to the indie theatre where they’re hosting a screening of The Room!

I think it’s cool we have a shared interest in really shitty movies! But you know what’s even cooler? Tommy Wiseau is actually going to be at the theatre doing a meet and greet/Q&A type thing because he’s in the city all this week and some of next!

I’m trying not to psych myself out/get nervous now, because there’s still more than half a week to go, but I have a feeling this is going to be really memorable, and for good reasons!


have fun :)


I hope you have a great time on your…is it a date or an outing?


Have a wonderful time!


Your date sounds like it will be awesome! I hope it goes well :)


Also, I feel so honored by all the teas you are having in honor of my birthday!

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Sipdown (199/201)!

I’m extremely sad to say that the sipdown for this one, which I hoped would be an enjoyable departing cup, was a disappointing mess!

For some reason I cannot explain (because I brewed it no differently than usual) this still up to be incredibly bitter and dry tasting – enough so that I couldn’t stand to fight my way through the mug, and I ended up dumping the cup after four or five sips.

What a let down!

However, I’m ready to move on; more cupboard space and back under 200!

I also just noticed this was my second pumpkin tea of the day, and I almost made some Pumpkin Pie matcha for “Pie/Pi Day”, though I’m about two hours late, except I ran out of milk. That would have been three Pumpkin teas in one day…

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Whisked up into the last of the milk! It only made about half a cup…

It’s Tre’s turn to buy milk next; and I’m really hoping he does so sooner rather than later, because there are so many more matchas I’m dying to enjoy – like the Mocha one from aisling of tea. This one, however, is from Courtney.

I picked it out tonight because it’s VariaTEA’s birthday!!! I just had “Birthday Cake” from DT two days ago for my birthday, so I wanted to switch it up a little – and I thought this could maybe still count as celebration tea because is is still a “cake” afterall.

Anyway, this cup was good despite being small! It whisked up really nicely, and frothed nicely for me too! Yay!


hehehe yay for cake, any cake, for birthday celebrations!!

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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.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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