1684 Tasting Notes

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My brother and I practically just peed ourselves watching Birdemic! I’ve seen it many times because it’s one of my favourite poorly done horror movies, but it was the first time he’d ever seen it and he found it so horribly done in the best way possible; just like I do! Seriously, if you love poorly done horror movies or just bad movies in general you need to check this out! It’s up there with the likes of The Room, Trolls 2, and Sharknado.

This is what I made to drink with the movie. Last time I had it hot, it was incredibly sour and tart and sort of a pure hibiscus taste, but I wanted to give it another shot with less leaf and a shorter steep time to see if that improved things. So, this time I used 1/2 tbsp. for my 12 oz. timolino steeped for just two minutes.

Taste wise, it was still pretty sharp and sour though certainly not as much. That part of the tea is really unenjoyable, to be honest. However, the aftertaste (similar to what I remember from last time) is nice and creamy and just the right amount of sweet and sour strawberry with a sort of rum feel to compliment the creaminess. So – it’s kind of hard to fairly judge it because you have two major extremes: super shrill kind of sour that overwhelms you at the start of each sip, and a nice creamy and fruity taste that lingers after the sip, letting things end nicely.

Ugh.

I still need to try this cold brewed to see how that changes things, but this is just so fickle, so unless it’s amazing cold brewed there’s no way I’m getting it again…

VariaTEA

omg Sharknado. If you want another movie like that, you really need to check out Titanic 2 on Netflix. I watched it with friends and we talked about its ridiculousness all weekend.

Shadowfall

You should also check out a movie called Sharktopus. Which is absolutely just as hilariously awful as it sounds. Not sure if it’s on Netflix since I don’t have Netflix to check. Lol.

Roswell Strange

I’ve seen so many bad shark movies! Sharktopus, Two Headed Shark Attack, Land Shark, Sharks in Venice, Sand Sharks, Megashark vs. Crocosaurus, Ice Sharks… A lot of those are on Netflix, and definitely worth checking out!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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After supper tea! My Dad wanted something with caffeine, so I made him a cup of Hot Lips and my stepmom and I both wanted something without caffeine so I made up each a cup of this!

1 1/2 tsp. of leaf, 8 oz. each with boiling water for six minutes. The whole kitchen smelled lovely. This is also the first time I’ve had it in a clear glass too, so the first time I’ve gotten to accurately see the steeped colour; and it’s so pretty! Both my stepmom and I were amused by the beautiful colour.

I was a little afraid I’d have the sort of experience that VariaTEA had and love it one time and find it revolting the next, but that thankfully wasn’t the case. This was a very lovely apple cinnamon strudel type tasting tea with a lovely flakey pastry feel and nuttiness to it. I should have tried to drink it a little faster while it was hot though, because it wasn’t nearly so good cold (but still not awful).

I brought up enough with me for at least one more cup, maybe two.

VariaTEA

I am so glad you still like it! I really don’t know what happened with this one. It was like a switch. The cacao tea seems to have gone the same way.

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This was the third tea I took with for the roadtrip from Saskatoon to Regina. I barely drank it on the ride up though, because I wanted to save some for my brother to try. He is definitely not a tea drinker; in fact he hates most teas, but I thought this might be something he’d like because he is a coffee drinker and this is a coffee flavoured tea.

The preparation, was 2 tsp. of leaf steeped in boiling water (in one of my 12 oz. timolinos) for six minutes. Steeping, it had a very bold and rich coffee smell with hints of chocolate. Very robust in smell.

Flavour wise, still super flavourful but not nearly as robust and bold. The woodiness of the rooibos comes through consistently and constantly in the background of the sip. The mocha flavour is quite strong and bold, but in a sweet way like the creamy and sweet coffee flavour of an iced cappuccino. There are wisps of darker milk chocolate fluid throughout. Super tasty – and a nice in between of a sweeter coffee and regular tea.

I was never really a coffee drinker, even before I got into tea. I did enjoy the occasional iced cap though, so this is nice to have around. I think it’d make an incredible iced latte or latte slushie! Probably going to be a restock; I don’t really have anything like it.

I did share some with my coffee loving brother, but he thought it was revolting and actually spat it out… Drat. I thought I had found a winner.

I also had my “Christmas” with them, and got some interesting and emotional gifts; a framed picture of my deceased brother which was really emotional to receive, a Spiderman toque, and some jewelry. I also got many gifts totally unrelated to any of my interests and which only exaggerated how well my Dad doesn’t know me; such as an iTunes gift card, a magazine about the anime Evangelion (I’ve never even seen an episode), a bottle of coke (I stopped drinking pop months ago)…

And, I also got the DAVIDsTEA Holiday Collection, despite my expressing direct disinterest in receiving it and having my brother warn them of that. Oh well… It’s the thought that counts.

Fjellrev

I’m relieved that you like it! I never tried it as any type of latte but I’d imagine it would work very well. Perhaps milk would put a damper on the base and bring out the other flavours even more.

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On the fifth day of Christmas Steepster gave to me five golden rings…

So out of order! Anyway, this was a perfect pick for day five from Momo! I actually have a small tin worth at home anyway, but the convenience of a small package I could just toss in to my teas for Regina was too good to pass up, so this came to Regina with me even though I wasn’t totally expecting to take it.

I split a cup with my Stepmom who pronounced it “very flavourful”, which is totally true. This was super smooth caramel tasting, just like usual. A fair bit of the coconut stood out on its own too. Thank you Momo – my step mom and I both enjoyed it.

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So, my Dad and Stepmom are actually really interested in tea, though they know nothing about how to properly make it and they only own two teas (DAVIDsTEA’s Long Life Oolong and some kind of bagged African vanilla tea). That just means they’re super open to listening to me gush about loose leaf teas though, and trying lots of the blends I brought up with me!

So, I made this for my Dad as his first ever Butiki tea since he claims to love oolong! He said it was very good but didn’t provide details about what he thought it tasted like or anything. I stole a few sips, and to me it tasted very bready with some spices and maybe some faint rum taste.

The preparation was just Butiki’s suggested steeping guide.

Fjellrev

It’s always nice to help friends and family discover new teas and/or develop an appreciation for it.

tigress_al

It is so fun making new tea converts……mwhahaha…….

Roswell Strange

(PS. tigress if you have time I’d love to go out for tea with you sometime while I’m in the city!)

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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Second tea for the roadtrip to Regina! I recieved this from Aimee Popovacki, and I’m really glad I did because this is something that strongly piqued my interest from DAVIDsTEA but I couldn’t justify getting any because of the price and the fact that there’s green tea in the blend too.

Dry, this smells amazing: like a green apple Jolly Rancher! Sweet and incredibly juicy, and maybe a little sour? No present smell of the base tea. My preparation was 2 tsp. of leaf for 12 oz. of 90 degree celsius water, steeped for four minutes. The smell is sweet apple, and maybe a little bit of caramelization? Like a lightly caramelized apple. I smell the white tea more than the green tea.

Taste wise – this is like a full blown caramel apple. Like, a very juicy red apple with tons of thick caramel with it. How odd; none of the listed ingredients or DAVIDsTEA’s description make this out to be a caramel apple tea, but yet that’s exactly what this tastes like! It’s incredibly good – sweet, juicy apple with none of the tartness that apple teas tend to lean towards. There’s nothing expressedly green about this which was my biggest concern! It was great hot, but once it got cold it was rather bitter. That was a bit disappointing, though…

I think I’d totally buy more of this though! I have enough for several cups left though (at home in Saskatoon, though – so that’ll be it for a while).

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, I’m in Regina now until at least the 15th (possibly until the 17th)! Now instead of dealing with an annoying roommate, I get to deal with an annoying brother! Which, of course, I mean with love…

Anyway, I made this along with two other teas for the ride from Saskatoon to Regina – an old favourite and two new ones. Taste wise, this was just perfect! Thick mouthfeel, and pina colada sweetness – consumed in my waterbottle as a cold drink. I think I downed it not 10 minutes after leaving the city…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
VariaTEA

This was the first tea I ever gave away because I bought 50 grams and there was no way I would ever drink it. I don’t like Pina Colada so it REALLY was not for me. I am glad you enjoy it though :)

Roswell Strange

I really love pineapple – so this is totally my kind of tea ;) I might just be my favourite DAVIDsTEA blend, ever.

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Just over a 1/2 tbsp., 185 degrees steeped for five minutes.

So perfect! Sweet, juicy, and delicate but ever so flavourful. Definitely a favourite!

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Received this from Lala! She was super thoughtful and sent out Christmas cards to people with tea samples. The tea comes from a local store that I’ve never been to, but plan on going to when I’m up in the city the next few weeks. I really wanted to try this one out prior to leaving, to now if it’s something I’ll want to stock up on while I have the opportunity to do so.

Dry, the leaf smells exactly like what I had wanted from Butiki’s Almond Indulgence; it’s sweet and candy like, with clear almond smell – but the hard to describe almost fruity sweetness of almond extract or almond flavouring in baking! So good!

For my preparation I went with a just slightly heaping tsp. of leaf in 10 oz. of boiling water, steeped for four minutes. I just ordered pizza, so I’m drinking this while eating cheese and pineapple pizza and two bite brownies (I felt too sick to actually cook anything, but was starving). It’s a weird pairing, honestly.

The tea tastes very good; very cakey or like pastry like which really ties in to the “sweet almond baking” thing that the dry leaf reminds me of. It’s very almond with a smooth black base and a very light hint of cinnamon. So, so tasty! Yeah, I’m totally going to be picking up more of this!

Thank you Lala!

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Sample Sipdown (158)!

I just finished having a scalding hot shower to hopefully help me feel better. Whilst showering, my teeth didn’t hurt at all and my sinuses were perfectly clear. After leaving the shower – immediate tooth pain but still clear sinuses. I suppose that’s better than nothing, though it makes me want to stay in the shower for the rest of the day and get all wrinkly and pruny.

I raided the kitchen whilst raiding my tea cupboard (well, closet). I decided to use up the sample of this that I swapped for with Kittenna just yesterday. She was able to find me a one cup size amount of this to brew up. While preparing the cup (whole amount of sample, 10 oz. of boiling water steeped for 5 minutes) I found a bottle of pure brandy extract and dabbed a cotton ball in it which I then stuck in my mouth by my sore tooth. It’s actually quite significantly numbing the pain, though as a result I keep drooling all over myself like a total idiot. It doesn’t taste too bad though, considering it’s quite concentrated and I am not a fan of the taste of brandy to begin with.

Dry, the tea smells really good. Very sweet and heavily creamy rootbeer; like rootbeer candy (I immediately thought of A&W Rootbeer flavoured suckers that the chain used to give out). It even almost smells fizzy. Steeped, this loses any “fizzy” quality it might have had but retains the super creamy rootbeer smell.

I’ve tried a fair bit of “rootbeer” teas lately (Butiki and Della Terra’s versions, 52Tea’s Butterbeer which is like a rootbeer tea) and this is actually quite good. Taste wise, it’s probably the most “pure” tasting one (no chemical or heavily artificial taste) on the initial sip, and it has a thick, weighty creaminess to it – likely contributed by the white chocolate. I also get flickering notes of anise and cinnamon.

The liquor itself is fairly thick and pleasant in that way, though it does have an oiliness to it that is a little unpleasant. That’s to be expected though when you’re dealing with chocolate in tea (the other blend with white chocolate in it that comes to mind is White Chocolate Frost, which is a total oily mess too). There are some floaties in the cup too, but that’s never a problem for me. The aftertaste is less tasty and has a mildly unpleasant and kind of vaguely chemical tasting, so that’s a little bit of a disappointment.

I think I may like this better than 52Tea’s Butterbeer despite the oiliness and slightly unpleasant aftertaste, though not by leaps and bounds. I have a whole pouch of Butterbeer to still enjoy though, and this was the first and last of this blend. And ultimately, Butiki’s Honeybush take is the best one I’ve tried – still!

Mmm, so many fun rootbeer teas to explore! Thanks Kittenna for giving me the chance to do that with this one!

… And now back to sticking brandy soaked cotton balls in my mouth.

yyz

Cloves help too. When I had an issue with some teeth. I made a tea of sage, cloves, cardamon and ginger. That helped a bit. Sage is good for sore throats. Clove oil is numbing. My sympathies that type of pain is horrible.

jeweledthumb

It’s not unusual for your teeth to ache when you have a sinus infection (disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional but I get sick a lot). If the steam helped while in the shower, you may benefit from nasal irrigation. You can get a neti pot at most pharmacies and also saline solution. Boil clean water, add your salt solution stuff and irrigate once a day. It’s a lifesaver if you a) remember b) have the time.

lindsayb612

at the risk of sounding foolish, what is a sipdown? it’s probably painfully obvious, I just don’t like assuming.

Aimee Popovacki

i actually liked the davids rootbeer too.. it came out at the same time as their cherry cola which was a huge fail.. but this one i feel like got lumped in with that one, and was assumed to be terrible.. it wasn’t bad at all!

Roswell Strange

Cherry Cola was… Disgusting to put it lightly. This was surprisingly good though! And, a sipdown is basically just finishing off all the leaf you have of an individual blend. You can also “sip down” large quantities of tea slowly (just using the leaf up).

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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.

Location

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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