3693 Tasting Notes


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Made in a timolino to finish it off, and at least I can say this is better hot than it is cold brewed, so that’s something. It was more vanilla than anything else. However this company is doing their vanilla flavouring definitely appeals to me though; if I did do more exploration of the company it’d be with their vanilla/cream blends for sure.

It also had a sort of toffee note to it. Not sure what contributed that flavour though; there’s not really toffee in the blend to begin with and I don’t think I’m meant to be tasting that note with this one. C’est la vie.

Today’s word of the day is adage. An adage is: a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation : a proverb. I’ll certainly try to use this one at work today, but with hardly any voice at all hooray losing my voice… that may be difficult to do.


Woo hoo Christmas Magic!

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
3693 tasting notes

Time to start getting ready for work soon…

Really want to call in sick, but can’t afford to again. At least I have tomorrow off, right!? Right! And dentist Monday morning. Ick.

I was inspired to cold brew this one based on a review aisling of tea did on it. Or, I think it was aisling. It’s possible it was her sweet wifey de – sometimes I get their reviews mixed up, and with “sick brain” right now I don’t trust my memory too much. In the review, aisling/de basically called out how expensive this would be as a cold brew, and I definitely don’t disagree with them – but I couldn’t get over how delicious it was tasting in my head, so I had to actually brew it up just the once to sate my curiosity.

And it was really, really good! Basically this super sweet, rich butterscotch and coconut drink! Man, I really, really love mulberries! I can’t believe back in my ‘tea newb’ days I hated the way this one smelled/tasted. It reminds me, a lot, of the Butterscotch Schnapps everyone here on Steepster knows I’m so fond of.

But yeah, just reiterating – damn this was expensive when you think in terms of how much 50g costs, how heavy the leaf is, and how much leaf is spent up by cold brewing. So this was just a one off “treat” and NOT something to make a habit of, for sure.


Mmmm, I’ll have to try cold brewing this. Still have some of my 50g free from FS plan left.


I’ve been wanting to try this one for quite some time! I may need to wait till I get some free tea from my frequent steeper points though…

Roswell Strange

Yeah, I’ve used my freebie tea on this one so much; unless their’s something else I really need to stock up on or want to try this is my default freebie tea ‘purchase’.


I always try and get the best bang for my buck so I usually go with Matcha. Last time though I went with butterfly Jasmine (nearly $20/50grams!) and I love it :)


Heh, I got matcha and butterfly jasmine too. I figured I might as well get teas that cost more than I really want to spend.

Roswell Strange

Oolong Supreme for me last time! One I wanted to try, but costs a ton too; figure if I don’t like it I can send some out to other Steepster people who, like me, are hesitant to buy it ’cause of the price.


I wanted Oolong Supreme with my first because it is $19.50 (ouch!), and they were out, so I got Gold Rush instead of waiting to see if/when it was back in stock, and then they got Oolong Supreme back, so I go more, and shortly after that, made it to my next 50g, but I already had both Gold Rush and Oolong Supreme, so I ended up getting Mighty Aphrodite…not the best bang for my buck, but something I’ll drink up.

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I slept a lot yesterday. From like 5PM to Midnight, and then from around 2AM to 9:30. It’s a good thing I start late today though; I slept through my alarm clock by nearly 3 hours!

I’m losing my voice guys; badly. Work today is gonna be interesting. I’m just picturing myself croaking at the customers while bagging their fruit; “Excuse me sir, is it alright if I put your condoms with the pineapple?”. The rule is bag similar things together; but we all know those two are linked ;)

Anyway; tasting note: I mixed like two tsp. of this in a cup of coconut yogurt because doesn’t Coconut Cheesecake sound good? But, it tasted really off – super grassy/vegetal with weird yogurt tang and the colour/consistency reminded me of gross sewage slime. I had a seriously difficult getting any of it down; my gag reflex was working overtime.

But in all honesty, despite the grassy/vegetal taste from the matcha, I know this is a me thing and not a tea thing; I’ve always had a deep hatred for yogurt in any form but “Frozen Yogurt”. The texture/consistancy and taste always makes me gag and feel sick; especially vanilla yogurt (for whatever reason). So, you might be asking yourself why, then, I even own yogurt. But I’ve been trying to eat better lately so, since I don’t eat any meat, I’ve been adding yogurt into my daily smoothie to get more B12 into my system. I mean, I do eat eggs and drink milk; but not enough to meet the daily recommended minimum…

I thought by adding matcha I’d make the yogurt more palatable and could have it straight; but nope! Not doing that again…


Yikes! That does not sound super good. If you’re going to work today, could you do hot honey and lemon? Just squeeze some lemon, spoon of honey, in microwaved water if you have to? I always had it as a kid, so IDK if it’s actually helpful or if it’s a comfort thing.

My only suggestion for B12 is a sublingual tablet. I used them when I was veg, and found they helped quite a bit when I basically lived off bread and fruit. :)

Roswell Strange

No honey at home (I know; it’s borderline blasphemous for a tea drinker) or fresh lemons; just bottled lemon juice. But, instead of good tea for work I think I’m just going to make hot lemon tea today…


That works too. Hope you feel better soon! Mom always used to make it with bottled lemon. :D It doesn’t taste the same with fresh lemon, even though I’m sure it’s better for you.

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Sipdown (124)!

Almost logged this as Marco Polo; oops!

I still think this one tastes very, very similar to a traditional Monk’s Blend, though I didn’t find this cup nearly as soft and vanilla flavoured as the last one. In fact, it had a sharper, bitter edge to it that cut into the lush, grenadine and other fruit flavours. Again, no presence of spice in this blend for me – even with me consciously trying to pick it out this time around.

Still good though! But for a blend that just reminds me of Monk’s blend I’d probably be better off, well, just buying Monk’s blend. It’d be easier to get a hold of and probably less costly…

Also; this was my 2400th tasting note! That’s not a hugely significant number, but it is a lot and it does mean I’m gonna have to stop and try to find an appropriate tea to celebrate 2500 with since that’s my next really big landmark number, and it’ll be fast approaching now.


That is a lot of tasting notes – yay!

carol who

+1 Congrats!

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Today’s sick tea of choice.

Three large mugs; two normal ones, and one double bagged. This was a good choice; I burned through teabags I wouldn’t have touched otherwise, and the mint was soothing on my throat and made it a little easier to breathe!

Slightly tea related; Face Eater Guy text me today. I still haven’t written the tasting note from our 2nd date yet (it’s in the queue guys!) but one of the things I was gonna talk about was that we made him a “DAVIDsTEA’s ‘worst hits’ Sampler”. Which is as bad as it sounds; based on his suggestion (I guess maybe we’re both a little masochistic) I helped him pick out around five of DT’s “worst teas”/most commonly disliked teas as an introduction to tea for him.

It’s probably the best worst way I could introduce the guy to the world of tea. But hey, it can only get better from there! Right!?

Tonight he made his first cup; Lapsang Souchong Star. Definitely was NOT a fan. Which made me a wee bit giddy. Am I a terrible person for that? Maybe. Probably. Best rest assured tea frens’ – the damage done with these bad, bad blends will be corrected with good ones! And he knows full well I picked some of the nastiest ones I could think of so it’s not like this is gonna shape his opinion on all tea.

carol who

LOL! Oh, you are evil! :)


That’s absolutely hysterical. lol


OMG. Did you get the Cola tea? Is it even still available?


Did you get Aloha Puer in there? Because that is spectacularly bad.

I actually enjoy their Lapsang Souchong, though it’s not my favourite.

Roswell Strange

We ended up getting these ones:

- Lapsang Souchong Star
- Hibiscus Punch
- Queen of Tarts
- Coffee Pu’Erh
- Genmaicha
- Garcinia Goodness

And then he got 50g of Mint To Be for himself since he actually liked it. I helped pick all of them except for Genmaicha; that was the sales associate’s suggestion because he figured since Face Eater has like no clue how to properly brew tea it’ll get gross ‘cause it’ll go bitter super quickly. I think there could have been other green teas that’d do that better, but I guess this one was cost effective…

Roswell Strange

If Aloha Pu’Erh or the Cherry Cola were still available, I definitely would have picked those ones out too :P


I think I have some Cherry Cola, Roswell. I’ll try to remember to check when I get home. (Also, Face Eater! Ahh! What a hilarious nickname.)


Maybe Davids just shouldn’t try to do pu’erh blends…

Roswell Strange

It’d probably be a hilarious nickname if he knew about it… Which he doesn’t. But pretty well everyone calls him it; you guys on Steepster, Tre, and coworkers too. Oops.


It looks like I either got rid of it or sent it away. Actually, I think I sent it to someone in the tea group. I don’t remember who, though.

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Made in a timolino!

- Just as good as I remember it being!
- Sweet, buttery apple pie/confectionery notes
- Perfect amount of tart “zip”
- And rich, nutty pistachio
- I really, really appreciate the nutty flavours in this blend!
- With just a pinch of rooibos base!

Also, friendly reminder VariaTEA that in addition to having a bunch of other tea samples for you, I have a full 50g of this waiting to be sent to you!


Oh dear. I keep seeing teas and thinking I should make you samples and then I get distracted but I will definitely be sending something your way soon. Also, I found something I bought for you at Christmas time in a bag so I will be sending it along as well.

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Thank you Marzipan for the tea! I drank this what seems like ages ago, but just now getting around to writing about it. It was buried pretty far down in my queue. Thankfully, I wrote a lot of jot notes down when I did drink it…

- Cold Brew
- Sadly I think I have evolved past added sprinkles and bits in my tea
- Which is honestly a little sad; it feels like I’m being a bit of a buzz kill
- Liquor is a slightly more red amber colour; from the sprinkles I think
- Taste wise there’s something about the black base that irritates me
- I wonder if this company uses the same base for all their black blends
- ‘Cause I liked Vanilla Black Magick but struggled with Pumpkin Chai
- Definitely registered the peppermint/vanilla
- The chocolate came through in a weird way; very artificial tasting
- Perhaps artificial flavour was more from the sprinkles though…
- Chocolate didn’t seamlessly blend with the other flavours either
- What does the popcorn contribute!?
- No but seriously, does the popcorn do anything other than look cute!?

But yeah; on the note of evolving past sprinkles in my tea, recently I shared with one of my supervisors how into tea I am and she suggested I try DT’s Birthday Cake blend. I had to really, really hold in the loud scoff I wanted to make because she’s my superior at work. And, when I was down in Regina my Mom said she was telling coworkers about how I’m “going through a huge tea phase” (the wording she used pisses me off; definitely not a ‘phase’ – but that’s not the point here). All her coworkers urged her to buy me DT’s Birthday Cake blend.

Part of me is frustrated that particular blend seems to be many people’s shining standard of “good tea” when it’s really not, but I’m also conflicted because it is, in fact, that particular blend that got me interested in tea in the first place. Just goes to show how far I’ve come as a tea drinker, I suppose.


I haven’t had Birthday Cake in ages but I do remember really enjoying it. I’m definitely more of a straight tea person these days, but I keep getting reminded of why I like flavoured teas too.


I end up feeling quite conflicted about sprinkles and added stuff too…if they’re contributing something, it can be great and creative, but if not then they just add weight.

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drank Pear Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
3693 tasting notes

Cold shaken in some vanilla flavoured Milk2Go; not as good as I remember it being. Which is sad, because I didn’t really like this in plain milk to begin with. Probably gonna just stick with water or “Matcha soda” from now on…

Today’s word of the day is quagmire. And no, not like Family Guy. The actual meaning of quagmire is: 1. a soft, swampy ground that gives way underfoot; 2. a a difficult situation from which it is hard to escape : predicament. I like the sentence my calendar gives for this one as an example because it could fit either of the two definitions.

“Once they crossed the bridge, the soldiers found themselves in a quagmire they weren’t prepared for”.

Very clever.

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Feeling a little better/less stuffy. I think a combination of mint tea, a cold and high in vitamin C smoothie, and soft oatmeal is helping! So, I guess I can work on some of the things in my queue for a while. I have to admit, posting so out of order lately has been driving me really, truly nuts. I hate doing it – but this queue has gotten really out of hand…

Drank this one hot a long while back; the blackberry flavour was really strong and it sort of propelled me into a state of strong blackberry cravings. I scoured my Sobeys store, and eventually I was able to find the Blackberry Happy Planet smoothie I was looking for (damn, I’ve fallen so in love with these smoothie mixes – it’ll be awful when they’re no longer on sale anymore)!!! So, that satisfied some of the blackberry madness.

But then, actual physical blackberries went on sale for the week so I bought two cartons of blackberries, some of which were blended into the Happy Planet smoothie mix. SUPER BLACKBERRY SMOOTHIE! …And, right around this time Butiki was asking for flavour ideas for blends to use up tea; so I suggest Blackberry Cider. Still a little sad that didn’t become a thing – but blackberry cordial did and that’s even better! So, I got some of that in a group order. Very excited!

So much blackberry! In a good way.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
3693 tasting notes

Sick. Sick. Sick.

I had a rather boring tea drinking day yesterday; just four large mugs of this blend hot. Like I mentioned in a note yesterday, I’m quite sick – and this is the only one of DT’s “Cold Fighting Teas” I actually own, so I’m drowning my sickness in it. I don’t even really know if it’s doing anything to help; but I guess it does feel a little soothing on my throat?

I’m tired of drinking this one though; I totally Redberry Tonic-ed myself out yesterday, so now I need to find another good sick tea…


Get better soon. I always find Jessie’s Tea soothing when I’m sick. The Meyer lemon herbal and Citrus Dream also sound like they’d be soothing.


I recommend Super Ginger and Cold 911 :) if you like ginger and mint!

Roswell Strange

I’ve switched to Moroccan Mint for now; I think the mint might help my headache, and make breathing a touch easier.


I second the Super Ginger and Cold 911. I keep both of those around for days when I feel gross.

Roswell Strange

I don’t own either of those blends though; and at this point I’m too sick to go and get them…


I third Super Ginger and Cold 911! Or spearmint + peppermint too :)


…Hope you feel better!


Oh! Also Cold Zing from David’s is a good one too. It’s a green tea though

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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 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 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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