2485 Tasting Notes

drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
2485 tasting notes

Not much to add on this one, except it really hit the spot last night despite all the little floaties. I have a lot of it left to burn through…

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It seems silly, but after bad Fruits d’Alsace experiences the last few days I had to make this one last night to reassure myself that I hadn’t stopped liking it spontaneously.

Rest assured, it’s still really good. Whew…

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
2485 tasting notes

Sipdown (198/200)!

This is a good example of a tea which tastes drastically different when prepared in different ways. Cold brewed, like I’ve had it in the past, it’s a very sweet and juicy peach drink with a refreshing and quenching bamboo finish. This cup, however, was prepared hot because I didn’t have enough left to make another cold brew out of it and it tasted a lot more sour and had a stronger pineapple/fuzzy peach (they’re sorta sour, you know?) flavour and was also a little less “refreshing” in taste.

That’s not to say it was bad hot – it was good still, just in a really different way. I think I do like the cold brew better, though…

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Tre finally bought butter, so while my company was over last night we made Banana Pudding sugar Cookies, and I mixed in a whole bunch of the dry bits of this into the dough. I may have even overdone it a little bit because now my reserve of this is severely depleted. Maybe that’s for the better though? I still have tons of other teas and can take a break from this one for a while.

Anyway, the cookies were DELICIOUS! I really liked them, and I think my company did too – although Tre was being a butt and said they didn’t taste cooked enough, but I like when my baking is kinda chewy and he likes when he cookies are pucks and can get dunked in milk and what not.

I just wish I could have saved me from myself, because in the course of three hours I pounded back about 20 sugar cookies and then I felt a little sick all night from over eating (and now there’s no more cookies). Wah.



- A full pouch of instant pudding mix in whatever flavour you’d like (I enjoy banana or pistachio, personally)
- 1 Cup of soft butter
- 1 Cup of Flour (I use whole wheat, but all purpose or white would work too)
- 2 tbsp. of milk
- Approx. 1/2 cup of ‘add ins’ such as raisins (ick), chocolate chips, crushed nuts; this is optional

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Cream the Pudding mix and butter together in a mixing bowl (and your extras if you’ve chosen any)
3. Add in the milk and flour and mix together until a well blended and even consistency
4. On a pan, form tbsp. sized balls of dough and slightly flatten them; they should be spaced about two or three CM apart from the edge of the pan and from each other
5. Bake for 12 to 15 min. or to your own preference

Yeilds approx. two dozen.


Those cookies sound amazing. Do you have a link for them?


Hahaha I do the same thing whenever I bake a treat.

Roswell Strange

It’s a recipe I’ve just sort of “perfected” through experimentation, so I don’t have a link – but I can list it out. I’ll edit it in, just a second :)


Thanks! I have far too many Steepster screenshots for things to try at this point haha!

Roswell Strange

I’m currently looking for a sugar cookie recipe that uses lots of milk (we have a bunch to use up), and I thought it’d be neat to use milk in it that had matcha whisked in. Matcha sugar cookies sound awesome.


That does sound awesome. I’ve only tried matcha waffles so far.


Oh, and I just gave away all my pudding! Haha. Seriously tempting. Pistachio sounds fantastic. :)


Ohh, if you want to use milk and tea, make hot chocolate with it. Or take any recipe for anything that has milk, like cake, and steep the tea in it. I don’t think cookies generally have milk… Try making like a ganache, where you heat the milk and steep the tea in it, and then pour it over chocolate.


(I broke down and made banana chocolate chip cookies.) :)

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This is what I served to my company while she was over last night (along with cookies, noodles, and corn because that compiles a pretty fucking awesome meal imo).

She didn’t really comment on it, but I got the impression she didn’t really like it and was just too kind/polite to say so. I snuck a sip from her mug while I was preparing it to see if it was done (using a spoon, because I’m not just gonna drink from her cup then give it to her), and I didn’t really like it either…

Anyway, this finishes up the sample from Rosehips, though I still have the very generous sample from Keychange to get through still.


Hehe sneakily getting guests to sipdown samples. :P

Roswell Strange

I’ve been taking advantage of Tre and getting him to sipdown things for me too. Yay strategy!




Hey, definitely feel free to pawn this off on someone—no need to sip it down on my account or anything…LOL I didn’t like it either.

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Sipdown (199/201)!

Tre just headed off to work for the evening, so I’ve got the computer again and can continue with my backlog. I wont have computer access at all tomorrow, so I really want to clear as much of it as possible. It’s also nice to see the dash is back up and running, again!

In the mean time, while he was home, my swap package from Courtney showed up, and she included some really lovely looking extras. I’ve already tried one of the teas she sent to me (I’ll get to its tasting note eventually). I also found a couple things in my sample drawer that I’ve tried and personally didn’t like but I think she will, so I’ve added them to my package for her which I still haven’t sent out yet (I’m working on it). So that gets in a couple unexpected “sipdowns” for me. Yay! Still under 200!

But anyway, I had this last night while we had company over, and I made Tre a mug of it too which meant that was all of it used up! Yay! Tre’s mug was very sugared, and in mine I just added some milk in the hope that it’d calm down the unpleasant rooibos taste and mellow out the overwhelming vanilla. I’m very happy to report that adding milk did all those things – and the mug was significantly better than the last, albeit still not overwhelmingly good either.

I ended up using it to dunk cookies in!

So, I’m happy to report this was a nice enough sipdown, and I’m going to cautiously up my rating just a bit.


Woot! For both the package arriving and secret extra teas. :)

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Holy fucking butts.

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample; I was excited to make this my first tea from Camellia Sinensis because it just smelled so lovely and wonderful dry. Like sweet flowers and fruity candy!

And man, is this ever fucking tasty! I had company over when I brewed this one up – and I had to hide all my excitement because I really didn’t want to share it at all. Heh, selfish me. But really, it was super sweet delicious yummy cherry candy and candied rose and it was amazing. I’m probably going to finish my sample really quickly, and then I’ll be sad. Yup. That’s how this is gonna go down.

So, onto my shopping list I guess?


Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it :). Of course I can always share some more

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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
2485 tasting notes

Thanks Cavocorax for the very generous sample. I broke it out last night because I wanted to work on sipping down some of the blacks in my sample drawer that are in large quantity (so not one or two cup sipdowns).

This is another Rivertea blend with lots of bits, so I slightly overleafed it to try and get a few more of the chunks included (a huge piece of star anise!). Taste wise, I got prominent notes of cardamom, cinnamon, and chocolate and then slightly more background notes of the black base, vanilla, and the anise. Yes, that’s right – I finally tasted the yummy anise (screw you Ceylon Star with your no anise taste)! I do really wish it was stronger though in comparison to the spices. But I guess this is meant to be spice cake so it does it’s intended job.

Overall impression? I think this is a solidly average flavored black that would totally be some people’s cup of tea, but maybe not mine. And that’s ok.

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Mango seemed like a nice afternoon tea idea and I kinda wanted to pace myself from blacks. For whatever reason I’m a little anti-black (that sounds so bad without context) this week, which is very out of character. I guess they just seem very heavy/weighted to me right now and I was struggling to think of why that is but it hit me this morning/early afternoon; I’ve been sleeping horribly this last week, so “lighter” teas have seemed more gentle/like they could nurse me back to sleep.


Anyway, mango tea. That seemed like a good idea, and this one was really reachable (literally sitting in my tea bag chest on the dishwasher not a foot away from me) so I went for it. Dry, it does smell almost solely of mangoes, but now that it’s steeped up coconut is much stronger than initially anticipated. I actually am really happy about that though; partnered with the juicy mango this has a very nice tropical feel to it.

Thank you Kat_Maria, I’m really enjoying this one! Super happy to have lots more.


hahahaha anti-black!


Hehe reachable. Not sleeping well is brutal. I hope that ends quickly.


I’m glad you like it :)

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Thanks MissB for the sample, I broke it out today because it’s a size I should be able to sipdown relatively quickly. I wasn’t sure whether I should stick to the steeping directions you wrote out because the temp. was rather high for a blend containing white tea – but I figured you knew what you were doing and I went for it.

My thoughts based on my first few sips are kinda “eighyhh” (which is totally a thing starting now, just because I say it is). The problem I’m encountering here is that the caramel tastes really weird paired with the base teas, which are terribly reminding me of vegetable stock. Vegetable stock/broth and caramel? Eww…

And berries? There’s supposed to be berries in this? Sorry, but nope.

Actually, I just looked up the ingredients list… And what the fuck!? I’m starting to wonder if I’m drinking the wrong tea – except, I totally double checked to make sure I’d grabbed the correct TARDIS tea (I’ve got the Cara McGee one too) – because I don’t taste any of this shit?

Blueberries? Nope
Ginger? Nope (thank God…)
Cinnamon? Maybe, if I push really hard?
Bergamot? Even this one – which is typically a hard flavour to miss – is hiding on me.

The only thing I get is vegetable stock and caramel. Yeah, this is a miss for me…

A really, really weird miss; but hey, at least I have one TARDIS tea I enjoy, right?

Flavors: Caramel, Chicken Soup

Roswell Strange

So, my “ewww” shows up as hyperlinked. Interesting.


Your “eighyhh” totally reminds me of Fonzie from Happy Days. he he.


Wait…. how is chicken soup a flavour, and strawberry isn’t?
Too bad it didn’t work out.


I was scrolling casually when I saw Chicken Soup as one of the flavors and thought, “Wait, am I still on Steepster?” haha. Sounds like a weird experience.


Oh no! I love this one, I get a blueberry earl grey. But I think I steep at 180F or so. Still. Caramel chicken soup… that’s definitely something interesting to try. O.o


I think the ewww showed as a hyperlink because it has www. in it.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a nearly twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchablah, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually a little over a year ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious, serious obsession.

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, 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 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

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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