4113 Tasting Notes


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Hmm, I think this one was better with milk than without. Although I actually thought the chocolate flavour came across better without the milk and the rose was just a little bit more distinct, this definitely tasted more artificial to me, and the oily/scummy mouthfeel was a lot more aparent.

Still, it was better overall than I expected it to be in the first place, and I guess it must have been pretty popular because both the stores in town were sold out of it before Valentine’s day. I called to see if I could grab any for a friend here on Steepster, not for myself – personally I didn’t like it enough to want any more of it.

Also, just gonna share this here because I accidentally found it this morning on Youtube, and I’m very in love with the concept!


I didn’t know I needed Adult Wednesday Addams in my life, but I don’t think I could go back now…

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…for anyone who hasn’t received their February Amoda box yet – this is only my second month with a subscription, and I don’t know if there’s Steepster “protocol” with when it’s ok to post reviews? I am the first review for it, after all…

I must say though, for a company I’m only familiar with because of Amoda, Petali Teas is now 2/2 with me. And honestly, I had some serious reservations about whether or not I’d like this one; it’s got a green base and has cardamom in it. Not that I don’t like cardamom, but it’s definitely not something I see paired with a green base. I cold brewed my sample though, because pear usually comes out really nice cold brewed and it’s really tasty.

I have to say that the hazelnut is so much, well, more than I could have ever expected from it. The flavouring is really, really strong with a sweet, borderline creamy, richness to it. It reminds me of Nutella or Beuno, except both of those are chocolate and hazelnut pairings and this is just the sweet, creamy hazelnut flavours in those scrumptious treats! And it really works with the green base too, which is very buttery and nutty in and of itself. One of the better hazelnut teas I’ve had to date.

As for the pear, it’s quite rich and creamy too and transitions smoothly from the initial, rich nut flavours. The addition of the cinnamon and cardomom really works to make it taste a little like a supple, poached pear or some kind of confectionery pear dessert. With the apple in here along with the hazelnut and spices maybe it’s like some sort of nutty crumble? I also swear that I taste vanilla and caramel or nougat of some kind too. It really adds to the sweetness of it all.

Delicious, regardless! And really more of a sweet, indulgent dessert tea than a fruitier one. This surprising blend really makes me want to get in on either a Petali tea order or Amoda’s current 20% off deal – but I’m gonna try and hold out. So far, this blend and the other Petali one from the January box are the only ones I’d want to order more of, so I’m just gonna have to wait until I’ve finished trying the other Amoda samples I have and have received my March box, and see how I feel then…

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cream, Hazelnut, Nutty, Pear, Vanilla


Pear and Hazelnut and cardomom in the same tea – ohhhhhh be still my beating heart…. (I am so not allowed but will wishlist this for later…)


Yeah, this caught my interest too. No more tea!


Thanks for adding this Roswell Strange! We also can’t get enough of Petali – hence why we featured them two months in a row. Really appreciate your style of review. It was really clear as to what to expect from the tea… which is challenging for a tea with such a strange combination of ingredients.

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Cold Brewed this sample from the January Amoda box!

It’s funny that I ended up with an Octavia Tea blend in the box because I did a big(ish) Octavia Tea sample order on Black Friday – I ended up with 10+ teas from them that, for the most part, I was the first to review here on Steepster. I easily could have wound up with this one, though in the end I decided against it because of the green base.

To my surprise, I got to try it anyway!

Smell wise, this one reminded me a lot of Tea Desire’s Asia Cocktail blend – both smelled heavily of mango and a jumble of other tropical fruits, passion fruit for this one and lychee for the former.

Taste wise, this came off fairly close to having a single flavour note for me; it was solidly a mango flavoured tea. The mango flavouring was good though – it reminded me a lot of the mango flavour in the Mango Sorbet white offering from this company, and that tea was one that I was pretty impressed with. As someone who isn’t typically a mango fan, I like how this company conveys that flavour! It just works for me; would is work for someone who actually likes the fruit? I don’t know…

It wasn’t totally a flat mango taste though; while I couldn’t taste the grapefruit at all I did pick up on the passion fruit a little bit. It’s not a flavour combination I would have really thought about prior but it works well. The green base was pretty grassy, but smooth and silky. I’m sticking with my initial impression based on the smell; despite a slight difference in flavourings this really reminds me of Tea Desire’s Asia Cocktail blend, though with a better quality base?

I wouldn’t purchase this one again; while I initially also really liked Asia Cocktail I soon grew very tired of it and I fear the same would happen with this blend, and since it’s a green I know I wouldn’t turn to it that often – but it was a good offering from Octavia Tea and Amoda and I’m glad I didn’t miss out on trying it!

Flavors: Mango

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Man, I drank this a while ago and still haven’t written about it…

Seriously; it was the first tea I tried out from January’s Amoda box!

Anyway, because I immediately noticed some similarities between this one and Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon blend I decided to try mine out at a cold brew since that’s the way I ended up enjoying Della Terra’s blend the most over all.

This was delicious and very refreshing overall! To me, I registered a very sweet, creamy lemon flavour as well as cream and vanilla and a pastry like flavour as well. It initially came off to me as a lemon meringue pie sort of flavour, but after a little sipping it hit me that this was actually much more like a perfect lemon flavoured sugar cookie! I felt like I should have been dunking it into milk or something; though that’s admittedly hard to do when you’re actually drinking tea and not eating the most perfect lemon sugar cookie ever. Another comparison I made; if anyone’s ever had Hagaan Das’s gelato they’ll know the make a to die for, creamy and smooth lemon/vodka gelato – and the lemon in this blend tasted very comparable to the natural but very sweet lemon in their gelato.

For me, this was a lot better than Leon Chiffon. A lot a lot. The lemon flavour was, I think, better executed and it was creamier, plus Lemon Chiffon didn’t have that awesome sugar cookie/pastry flavour. Another difference; more green rooibos. It was a really good, subtle backdrop for the flavouring.

This is one that I definitely looked up on Amoda’s page to see what the damage to my wallet would be if I picked up more, and now that Amoda’s doing smaller sizes an Amoda order seems closer to reality. Ultimately, gonna have to try all the teas from my three month gift subscription (thanks again VariaTEA) though – because one tea isn’t really worthwhile. Three or more? Totally justifiable in my books.


they’re doing that sale now too….there are a few teas i’d pick up to try but must resist!

Roswell Strange

Shhhhh Sil, must not think about the sale…


I should have cold-brewed this one! D’oh! I really did not like this one. It was too… lemon yogurt. In a bad way.

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So, I brought one of these bags home with me from Regina when I went to visit my Mom back in January; deliberately – this isn’t one of the mysterious ones that somehow inadvertently made it home with me.

You can pretty much just see my other note on this one because my opinion and experience about this tea didn’t really change with the second cup – though this one had a longer steep time and I think, consequently, was a little more maple-y and less apple flavoured. But everything else I experienced the first time stayed true.

Like I said the first time I had this one, I’m pretty sure it was a seasonal/holiday blend, and it’s not one of the dozens of Stash teas we carry in our store – but if I happened to find this one down the road and it wasn’t stupidly expensive, I could definitely see myself maybe picking some up. It’s pretty decent for a bagged tea – and could be a nice herbal to keep around.

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Well, this one is at least a little bit better hot than it is cold – it was less like disinfectant and had a less pronounced licorice-y ginseng flavour, but the lemon was still a little too intense and the ginger very heavy handed. So overall, more enjoyable but still very much not for me.

Today’s word of the day is: Velarium.

A velarium is the awning over the seats in a theatre of ancient Rome.

I really doubt I’ll be slipping this one into conversation today; Tre is out of town until the weekend and I’m not leaving the house today – so unless I start talking to myself then I think the best use I’m gonna have for this one is writing it here in this tasting note…

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Just finished off a pot of this one, Grandpa style, for breakfast.

I have to next two days off so I’m hoping that between both days I can totally clear out my queue; gonna start on that probably after this tasting note and maybe lunch.

My pot was really, really good though – it was interesting to me because with this preparation style I experienced a flavour note that I’m pretty sure hasn’t come across with this tea before, and since this is one I thought I’d explored pretty thoroughly it was exciting to taste something new. What was that new flavour? Bubblegum!

Yeah, it was like I was sipping on a very sweet, fresh pineapple flavoured bubblegum concoction; tasty and realistic like always with loads of juicy flavour but with a special candy sweetness too. I also felt like the floral aspect of this tea was more toned down and subtle with this preparation method, and honestly I sort of really liked that.

I also used my aroma cup from Tea Ave. for the first time – I wanted to play around with it a bit before actually using it for one of my Tea Ave samples; when I opened up my package from them it sort of intimidated me since I’ve never used something like it before. It’s important to me I feel comfortable using it so I can do a really good job reviewing; and I definitely feel more so now that I’ve watched a few videos and put it into practice.

One more use and I think I’ll be good to go for my Tea Ave samples!

Flavors: Candy, Pineapple

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So this is probably dumb sounding, but I wanted tea to drink while writing tasting notes that I then wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time reviewing afterwards. I’ve been working really hard at finishing off my queue – and I’m SO CLOSE so the really lazy part of me just doesn’t want to drink anything that’ll require lots of writing or me paying close attention until I’ve caught up…

So I made this one as a hot latte because I knew it would be consistent with the other times I’ve reviewed it, super low-effort, and tasty as well. I was right about all of those things; rich, frothy lightly spiced vanilla goodness. You can read one of my other notes on this one if you really want a break down on it…

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In a timolino.

This was really rich and creamy; definitely captured the “float”/ice cream part without needing any additives. I worry that it may have been a little too rich though, and I’ll have the same problem I had with Golden Honeydew. So, my timolino is currently getting a really, really thorough denture tablet bath after already going through a ‘boil out’ of sorts.

This note is also acting as a ‘test’ for me since I just wrote a note for Zen Tea’s Vanilla Mint Pu’Erh and it’s not showing up on my dash OR in my tealog, but I can see it on the page for the tea itself…

Gonna see if this one does the same thing.

EDIT: Yup, same thing – this isn’t showing up anywhere but on the page for the tea itself…

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This sample comes from Stephanie!

I had this one earlier in the week on the way to work and honestly, I didn’t find it very exciting or memorable. In fact, it’s already slipped from my mind so much that I’m relying purely on the jot notes I wrote down to write what I thought about it.

What I’ve written for myself is basically that it was surprisingly soft in flavour with a light earthiness and a slight cooling sensation from the mint. Mostly, it was very cinnamon heavy, which was a little unwelcome. I know there’s cinnamon in the blend, but given the name you’d expect the vanilla and mint to be the most dominant flavours – and they just weren’t. In fact, it was kind of hard to pick up the vanilla at all.

I do have at least one more cups worth, but probably two, so I guess I’ll play around with the amount of leaf I’m using and see if I can make this stronger.

Today’s word of the day is/was (I mean, the day is pretty close to over) commodious. Commodious means having a comfortable amount of space.

And I just realized something; it’s practically only a month from my birthday! Holy shit I’m going to be 20. I know the majority of Steepster users are a fair bit older than that (and I still don’t know if anyone is younger), but man I feel really old and unaccomplished now…



Oh gosh, you’re so young. Plenty of time left to accomplish things. :)

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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.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

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 Bergamot. 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.

Currently I’m seasonally employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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