3709 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (107)!

Thank you 221Tea and Brian for the sample; sorry it took so long to get to!

Steeped this one up Western style; I thought it produced a very nice, smooth malty cup with some sweeter cocoa notes and some light handed earth notes. It was pleasant to sip on while I was getting ready to go out!

I ended up going out to work, on my day off, since we just hired four new people. I wanted to meet them on their “first day” when I was off the clock – and they wouldn’t yet know who I was or that I’m in a position of authority over them. That’s sorta the best way to form an impression of them. You can tell a lot about how someone is going to be based on the way they treat total strangers going through their checkout.

Do they smile? Make conversation? Do they seem confidant counting back change?

So it was a good afternoon out of the house. And they all seemed ok based on that one snap impression (which I have since expanded on working alongside and training them).

Michelle is my age and very fun and friendly; great people skills. She lacks a lot of work experience, but is trying very hard to learn and is catching on to things at a consistent pace. Ka Yan is the only one of the four who isn’t a cashier; she’s a fulltime stocker/aisle owner. She’s pretty quiet/shy but very kind and soft spoken when she does talk to you. She works very independently and doesn’t need much direction. Laura is absolutely the strongest worker/cashier of them all and catches on to new things the quickest of all of ‘em – but she’s not good with people at all and has a very brash/harsh demeanor. So we’re gonna have to work on that.

And then there’s Noah. Noah is also my age and they’re probably the one I’d most likely be friends with outside of work. We’re both pretty damn nerdy, Tumblr/fandom type people. This is their first job – so they have lots to learn but Noah’s definitely making an effort. I know they’re having the hardest time, out of all the new hires, connecting with other coworkers though – there’s NO ONE else “nerdy” or like them at work other than me – it’s the same thing I kinda had difficulties with (my at work BFF Bobbi has admitted to really disliking me at first because I was “weird”) but I kinda had an advantage since I was in more of a position of authority – and Bobbi had to spend time with me for our position and got to know me that way. I also had more confidence because I had previous work experience very similar to what I do now. And then, there’ the fact that Noah’s “real” name is Maryam, but they don’t identify that way and they’ve asked people to please refer to them as Noah. No one we work with other than myself has even the slightest clue how to broach that request and people feel a little unsure about what that even means. So currently I’m the only person doing it, even though I’ve tried to advocate on their behalf and explain why it’s important and respectful.

I’m hoping they’re stop being so ignorant the longer they work with Noah. But all in all, I’m rooting for them! I like Noah as a person, we get along great! They have some room for improvement as an employee – but they’re learning! Like Bobbi did with me, they’ll just have to first connect with other things to grow close as coworkers…

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Mini Queue to work through today!

This one was a cold brew that I had last Tuesday on my day off; strong raspberry, cream and vanilla notes were all present like usual with a little bit of extra floralness from the rose petals in the blend. Usually I don’t taste them, but they were coming through more so than usual.

Did anyone else watch the premier of Jane The Virgin last week? I didn’t even know it was a thing, but Tre asked me if I wanted to watch it so I watched with him – I have to admit that the premise is really far fetched but I was hooked pretty well instantly! It reminded me heavily of Ugly Betty and Dead Like Me; the same sort of bright/bubbly characters and narrative style as the former, but with some of the more twisted humor of the latter.

Basically, there’s only one episode so far (the second airs tonight) so you should all watch it so I have someone to talk about it with! ;)

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Got ready for work quick enough this morning that I can get in one tasting note from my queue while my work tea for the day steeps in the timolino!

This one is a very old tea from a swap with VariaTEA that took place almost a year ago. One of our first swaps; where we actually prearranged what we were sending one another instead of just sending any and everything. And, like an ass, I’ve put off trying this one until now. My justification being that I thought this was a Chai; and after I’d figured out I don’t like Chai I had zero enthusiasm to try it. But, I couldn’t just get rid of it until I’d tried at least one bag.

So that was the plan here; try one bag, hate it, and either ditch the rest in a swap with someone or possibly just through it out. To ease the anticipated awfulness I added milk. But shocker guys; this is NOT a Chai. It’s a beautiful, sweet custard like cup of hot, silky smooth butterscotch and vanilla sweetness. With just a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give this a holiday feeling and add some depth. So, I did not throw this out – and I look forward to the many subsequent cups I’ll have of this during this Christmas season.

It was a much needed reminder to actually CHECK THE INGREDIENTS of a tea instead of just assuming you know what that tea is all about. I mean, obviously, I was shocked and confused my first few sips – but in a good way.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Custard, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Cameron B.

I remember this one being my favorite of the Celestial Seasonings holiday teas! Unfortunately I did not see it at my local Target.


Hahahaha I hate chais too but I quite like this one so luckily its not a chai.


Another non chai person. I have never noticed this on the shelf. Looks like another trip to Target!


:o This sounds really tasty! I like chais too, though.

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
3709 tasting notes

Very sad this wasn’t one of the Back From The Dead teas announced today; I probably would have pissed myself in excitement if it was. And that’s hardly an exaggeration. The new Halloween perfect mug is AMAZING though; I want it. So much.

Anyway; Thanksgiving was Monday – and I don’t really have _ a lot_ of teas that fit well as a Thanksgiving themed tea other than, like, pumpkin flavoured stuff – so instead I just made this one in my timolino with some milk ’cause it is sorta “fall like” and the holiday (happy belated Turkey Day guys) was a good excuse for making this one, which I normally hoard – hardcore.

It was rich, thick, and very creamy with this super smooth “smoked peach” flavour. I guzzled it; and regretted drinking it so quickly so much. I should have savored each drop and taken little baby sips.

Also, because I had to work the holiday I ended up buying Pumpkin Pie and ice cream for all the employees working during the day! Aside from Tre, they’re really my family here in Saskatoon so that was the best way to spend the holiday – just working alongside some really great people, drinking some great tea.


That sounds so good.

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
3709 tasting notes

My sore teeth are back; have been for the last three or four days now. And, surprisingly, it’s on the same side and the same area as where the dentist fixed my cavities last time. It’s not constant, and I haven’t really broken down and really cried yet from the pain like last time – but it’s something I think I probably need to check out and get looking at again.

I’ve taken to chewing up like three or four advil at a time (yes, chewing) on the sore side and just letting my mouth go totally numb. I think I might be developing a resistance to whatever is in Tylenol or Advil, ’cause I can take like three or four at a time and it does nothing.

Anyway; this tea is sweet strawberry/currant Fruit Loops! And then, the bamboo brings that sugary fruit sweetness down a bit, and makes things more “gentle” and a bit vegetal. Best bamboo tea EVAH.


Try clove oil applied with a q tip. It tends to numb the pain. Be careful with it though its pretty intense.


i was going to say, my other half uses an actual clove when he has issues…

Terri HarpLady

yes to cloves or their oil.
My teeth have a tendency to get food stuck, & then the aching starts. I use a water pic regularly, which has helped a lot, & you can even put warm salt water in it, which is really helpful.

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I’m really liking this new trend of brewing cold shaken matcha milk to work with me; it’s quicker than steeping tea in the morning, and tastes so so good. This one is so so good too; sweet and delicious! I’m happy I sent a sample to VariaTEA so she can enjoy it too!

I’m confidant I’ll be ordering this in my next (probably far off) matcha order. Bumping my rating up a touch.

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In my timolino! I managed to wait the perfect amount of time in the morning after the kettle finished boiling, while getting ready for work, to make a more delicate white tea. I should really splurge/make that important investment and get myself a variable temp kettle. Anyway, this was delicious! Sweet pineapple and fruity rhubarb with just a touch of strawberry over top a sweet, flavourful honey white base. Mmm!


wait for christmas if you splurge on a variable kettle… when i picked mine up, i was able to get it for more than 100$ off


I just got one at Canadian Tire. It was about $70 and I’m still happy with it, although once it goes (and it could last ages!) I will get one I can program by degree.


You drink enough tea that I think a Variable temp kettle is justified. Just keep an eye out for sales though. I know I did and got mine at a nice discount.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
3709 tasting notes

Cold Brew. Caramel and date notes, but mostly rather bitter and astringent.

Also hey! Look at me doing good at keeping my tasting notes short and sweet! Makes getting through my queue much easier ;)

The Cookie Lady

I ordered some of this when Butiki announced it is closing, simply because it is such an unusual flavor for tea that I thought I might never see it again. Could you taste the tamarind beneath the bitterness and astringency?

Roswell Strange

I struggle with this one; sometimes I produce really good cups where the Tamarind stands out in a good way, and others are very bitter and astringent; I think I’m probably not the biggest fan of whatever base Stacy used in this and I think the line between under and over steeping must be very thin.

Butiki Teas

I think we must have the temperature parameters set too high. Maybe try it at 190F degrees if possible? It shouldn’t be astringent at all. The base tea has changed over the years and become a little more Darjeeling-like. We should have changed the steeping parameters.

Butiki Teas

To clarify, I meant that the harvests taste different, not that we held this tea for several years.

The Cookie Lady

Maybe that’s it then! I’ll be sure to try it at 190F when I get mine, Stacy. Thanks for the info! I’m not even sure I’ll like tamarind in a tea, but I’m such a sucker for teas that are out of the norm (an I end up loving them more often than not). I’m excited to try it.

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- I think this is far better hot than cold
- It was vegetal and roasty almost on a 50/50 level
- Vanilla was still present and it sweetened everything and added depth of flavour
- And unlike the CB I could taste juicy apricot! Lighter, but present.
- There was an almost indescribable elegantness to this
- Felt like an accurate representation of the character to a fairly good degree

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Mixed 2:1 with Maple Syrup Matcha as the “2”. Despite using more maple this was the dominant flavour. You can read more about that in the full note here:


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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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