2390 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (204/208)!

Now I’m into the backlog from yesterday – so, about half caught up?

After a day of just black teas, I’ll admit that it was pretty nice to have a mix of things again, and to get some sipdowns/new teas into the mix as well.

I was not sad to see this one gone at all – and I thought that this second cold brewed batch was much more on point with the hot batch I had which tasted very strongly of beets. Icky, and no thanks. I am thankful for the sample from VariaTEA though, because I would have been curious otherwise, but this is not something that I think will ever find its way back into my cupboard. Or at least, I really hope not.


I will refrain from sending you more in the future.

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And finally this concludes the teas I enjoyed during my day of Perfect/Favourite blacks.

This one is relatively new to me, and I don’t think it’s perfect but it is very enjoyable and provides an interesting deviation from just a normal caramel black because of the marshmallow. It’s the kind of tea that I would share with my non-tea drinking family because I think it’s flavourful enough for them to enjoy it, and I think the sprinkles and such would amuse them. Also, I do believe that they could pick up the marshmallow flavour.

It’s also the kind of tea that makes me think of campfires because of the toasty marshmallow flavour, which is maybe backwards with what S’mores is meant to do – but I think this does it better.

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Mint teas are a nice, relaxing way to end the day with, so this was part of my last round of black teas for the night. It’s not a “perfect” tea, but I do greatly enjoy it and it’s earned a spot in my cupboard as a nice minty, dessert/late night tea.

I find I’ve maybe grown apart from mint teas now, which were at one point the only tea I drank, but it felt wrong to do a day of black teas and not include at least one mint tea. It doesn’t hurt that this one is fudgey too.


Minty fudgey tea sounds great!

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Best. Cake. Tea. Ever.

Not a perfect black, but a really yummy one. Since first trying it, I’ve definitely grown much more fond of it too and I’m actually running out of what I do have so I’m kind of hoarding it. This was a good excuse to break it out, though.



I have a sample of this and have yet to try it. Perhaps I will have to break that out sooner rather than later.

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The taste of this one is amazing and I adore the super creamy caramel flavour. It is by far one of my favourite teas in my cupboard, and I hate to admit that it actually slipped my mind earlier in the day because the tin had gotten pushed to the very back of my storage closet.

I would say that the only thing that keeps this from getting a perfect hundred score is the mouthfeel, which I have a really hard time describing. It’s just sort of ‘off’, but not in an oily or thick or thin way. It’s almost powdery? But that’s not quite the right word either. Whatever it is, it’s not a big thing – just a very slight annoyance/distraction.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of my favourite chais, and probably my favourite black chai – though I don’t really have a large love of chai in the first place and the ones I go for tend to be pretty sweet.

Normally I prefer this one with milk, and sometimes honey but I drank this cup straight because we were out of milk. It was pretty good, and pretty typical/consistent to what I’d normally expect.


I have never had this one with milk but I imagine it would be quite tasty. Also, DAVIDs suggests a bit of brown sugar and I can see that being very good but I don’t sweeten teas.

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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So now we’ve moved out of my favourite blacks into ones I just really love or frequently enjoy. This definitely makes that list. It’s one of the first dessert teas and black teas in general I ever owned and one I still find perfect for a simple, indulgent after supper beverage. I appreciate highly that it almost never seems to get bitter or astringent either, and it’s awesome with or without milk.

It’s super consistent, and that just makes it a ‘winner’ to me in general. So yes, while not a perfect tea, it does rank quite highly to me.

Also, I can’t figure out why but the house suddenly smells very strongly of peanut butter and some kind of meaty lasagne/noodle dish. But no one has cooked anything or made food since last evening…

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On a whole, I don’t think I’d consider this a perfect black, but it is one I very much love and enjoy. This cup in particular, however, was a perfect cup with a brilliantly smooth black base and a very rich and just a touch floral juicy lychee taste.

I think the key may have been that I added in 1/2 tsp. extra of leaf (I grabbed the 1/2 tbsp. measurement instead of the tsp. measurement). I’m going to need to test that again, because Holy Delicious.

Flavors: Lychee

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Definitely a new favourite, but this one absolutely makes it into the day of Perfect Black teas. I’m running a little low at the moment so I haven’t been drinking it daily anymore, but it had to be included. Just had to.

It’s lovely and sweet and just ‘mmmm’, and if I had my way I’d share it with everyone because it’s kind of one of those teas everyone needs to try.


Have you had Monk’s Blend from anywhere else? Every time I see it, I am so tempted to build a cart :P

Roswell Strange

I’ve had Tea Desire’s, and several at different restaurants but I wouldn’t be able to tell you where they received theirs from. My Aunt also stocks it (she’s a tea drinker like us Steepster Folk) but I don’t know where she gets hers from either. It tastes like garbage, though ;P


This is one of the first teas I ever bought a full pound of. Can’t remember how long it took to drink it all down, but even as it aged and lost a (very small) bit of potency, it was good to the last leaf!

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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So, not a perfect black but it is one I very much enjoy – in part because of the namesake/cultural reference, and in part because of the sticky caramel popcorn flavour. Sadly I’ve maybe neglected it for a while because I haven’t watched any Doctor Who in a while – but my day of perfect black teas was a good excuse to pull it out.

Alas, I oversteeped the cup and it was pretty bitter. And with so many other black teas to fit into the day, I didn’t stop to make another cup worth.

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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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