3764 Tasting Notes

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
3764 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Man, isn’t this just the most perfect cold brew? It’s SO incredibly refreshing and thirst quenching and perfect. All the flavours in this are beautifully and artfully conveyed too with, in my opinion, no one aspect drowning out the others. I shared this one with my coworker Bobbi and she was able to identify ALL of my main components: cucumber, spearmint, and melon!

I horribly regret not getting more than 50g of this. I thought that once the season changed this wouldn’t fit into my tea line up as well as some of the others, but I was so wrong. It’s a perfect tea; regardless of the time of year.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, this one makes a killer cold brew.

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Last cup Halloween night. Steeped up a mug for me, and one for my Dad since he said he wanted to try a new tea but wanted something without any caffeine in it. I was making this already, so it was perfect. I offered some to my brother too but he wasn’t interested. Someday I’ll get him really into tea (he did love the name, so that’s something).

Dad said the mug was very “rich” which could be either good or bad coming from him; he’s not too big on sweets and lately has really insisted that, when he visits, everything be sugar free. Some new diet or something? I definitely didn’t add any sugar to either of our mugs though.

I too thought it was definitely sweet though; made me glad I changed my mind about overleafing my cup after all. There was even almost a “boozy” schnapps quality to the taste that I kind of associate with the sweetness of butterscotch or caramel – and then with the strong almond in the mix it gave a vague “Amaretto” vibe to the cup. Mmm!

Cameron B.

Sounds fantastic! I love butterscotch and almond… :D

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Sipdown (114)!

Thanks Marzipan for the sample! It seems like you really helped provide me with some good pumpkin teas for Halloween! And, I’m very appreciative of getting a chance to try this soon to be unavailable blend.

I have to say, I did like it but my mind wasn’t blown. I know the general opinion seems to be that this is better than Pumpkin Milkshake, but based on my recollection of that blend (it has been a while…) I think I liked that better. It was more creamy, and I think I tasted the pumpkin just a bit more. This had some really lovely brown sugar and caramel notes to it though that made it feel really rich and decadent, and then with some cinnamon and nutmeg notes on top of that. It felt really Autumn-y. I just wish the pumpkin had’ve been a touch more pronounced.

I do appreciate though that, as far as Pumpkin teas go, this one isn’t heavy handed on the spice. That aspect was just right.

Nattie

I had this tonight too! Yummy (:

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Someone should help me find a replacement strawberry white tea, ideally silver needle, because I’m still not over DT discontinuing this one. Ergh. They discontinue so many of the good white blends. Smeh.

Anyway, Halloween I made a HUGE mug of this one with some milk added in. I’d never done milk in this blend before, and I was a little nervous it’d curdle or clash or whatever but thankfully it didn’t – it just made for a thicker, creamier cup of juicy strawberry flavour. A little bit like a rich, silky strawberry Campino actually. You know – those yogurt candy things! We’ll call that the “Halloween Tie In”. Erh, yeah…

Cameron B.

Sounds yummy. I want a strawberries & cream silver needle!

Kittenna

Hadn’t realized they discontinued this. I still have the original ‘Strawberry White’ in a tin, lol.

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Sipdown (115)!

Thanks Marizipan for the sample! I saved this one to drink on Halloween ‘cause it seemed so perfectly suited to the holiday! When I made it, I added just a bit of milk ’cause I expected it to be rather spicy and I thought that’s help tone things down a notch.

I was quite happy, ‘cause when I took my first sips I was flooded with this beautiful, thick clove flavour! Man, I love cloves and this was so heavy on that! Best surprise ever. And then, that milk added a nice richness and thickness to this so even though I mostly was only getting that one flavour it still felt like a very “full” tea. I’m curious though; why is the pumpkin is angry? If I tasted like cloves, I’d be a very happy pumpkin…

Flavors: Clove

aisling of tea

I loooooove cloves. I always buy that clove gum whenever I find it and when I smoked, clove cigarettes were my favorite.

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Ok, I’m not really that sure how to rationalize this one as a Halloween themed tea. Can we pretend I dressed up as Aphrodite instead of just having really strong Red/Black eyeshadow game? Does that make it count? Probably not.

Anyway; this was my daily cold brew and it was very nice – raspberry/apple cider but, like, chilled? I tasted something extra in it though that my gut wants to call “starchy” but that’s also completely not the right word. I only tasted it near the end of the brew but it was kind of distracting though. I had fun drinking this one ’cause I was using a Halloween silly straw with a little skull on top, and every time tea flowed through the skull it made a shrieking noise!

Now that’s Halloween themed.

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drank Prickly Pear by Tea Desire
3764 tasting notes

And we’re travelling back to Halloween, ‘cause that’s when I last wrote tasting notes! I ended up doing like “half” Halloween teas on Halloween, and then half caffeine free/lighter teas to counter balance. This is one of the caffeine free ones I picked!

I feel like maybe it can count as “Halloween” very, very loosely ‘cause it’s almost candy like in the sweet, fruity flavour (although there is a sharper sour/tartness at the front of the sip but that was even fairly toned down). Can we pretend that it was a cup of “Sour Patch Kids Tea”? Does that make it more themed to the holiday? That’s what I’m gonna tell myself. No talking me out of it!

But other than the more muted than usual beginning tartness, this had some very beautiful sweeter kiwi and melon notes, with a faint floral rose finish. It looked very pretty steeping too – there was a whole rosebud in the leaf, and the longer it steeped the more petals separated from the bud until it looked like I was steeping a handful of blush pink rose petals.

Get on that aesthetic.

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Sipdown (113)!

Made in my timolino yesterday to sipdown because it’s a Pumpkin Tea now instead of Sweet Potato, and with Halloween fast approaching I liked the idea of a “themed” tea flavour wise, but not so far as the namesake goes. I didn’t drink it until about 10 hours after making it though (WELL into my work shift) because after my dental work my mouth was SUPER frozen for HOURS. And then, I was in a fair bit of pain when it finally “thawed” as my mouth “adjusted”.

You all know that feeling when you almost have to “relearn” to chew because of fillings that feel like they’re not totally right…

Work was crazy too; we SMASHED the records for both total netsales in a day AND total number of customers. Customer count was 1126 (previous record was about 900) and the netsales were just over $9000 – previous record for that was $8000. And trust me, you could FEEL the difference in how busy it was. We never stopped moving (and I never stopped drooling, it felt like) and a lot of stuff didn’t get done or was done sloppy. For just two people working in the evening (me and one other girl) we were terribly overwhelmed.

Tea wise – softer, less distinct cinnamon/pumpkin spice flavour with muted vanilla and a faint “bread” taste to it. Good, drinkable but not exciting and not worth seeking out any time soon. But a fun blend regardless!

Cheri

I’m glad to hear that you finally got that dental work taken care of. I hope it starts feeling better.

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Sipdown (114)!

Really thought I’d finished this but VariaTEA surprised me with more, so I got in one extra cold brew! It was very coconut/orchid heavy and quite thirst quenching. But since I’d already made peace with not getting to have any more of this, I’m not finding myself sad now that it’s gone again.

Anyway; I had this yesterday before dentist appointment #2. Because I can only get my wisdom teeth fixed by a specialist, this appointment was just more X-Rays of other areas of my mouth, and then I got a filling in a tooth on the right side of my mouth and, since the filling that the last dentist did fell out, I got that replaced too. I spent the bulk of the day with my mouth completely frozen dealing with a hellish hoard of people at work. Yeah; I had to get dental work and then survive and 8 hour+ shift. So miserable…

I may have drooled on myself. A lot. My mouth was SO frozen.

But, here’s the good news. For the first time in about two weeks I’ve had solid relief from tooth pain! It’s not all gone – my wisdom teeth are causing some pretty bad jaw tenderness/soreness but it’ not at the point where I feel like crying anymore and I can chew things relatively comfortably now! Plus, with Tylenol, it’s manageable now!

Yay! Still waiting for my wisdom tooth referral to go through, but I have another appointment in two weeks to get more fillings so all is on track! Only downside is that with dental costs, I probably wont be getting a ton for Black Friday this year…

But being able to painlessly drink tea is worth it.

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drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
3764 tasting notes

Sipdown (115)!

Ooh, the DT website is down for maintenance right now… That’s exciting!

Thank you Marzipan for including this in our swap like I asked. I have to admit, it was Lauriel’s burning desire to try it that even put it on my radar. Otherwise, I probably would have just dismissed it as another apple tea – and those don’t typically excite me too much.

- It’s ok; black base stays away from the usual, strong 52Teas flavour
- Which is good; I’ve grown sick of that distinct flavour
- The apple is present and sorta soft; actually kinda like pie filling
- I couldn’t tell if it was more green or red apple
- Reading the description now I can see why; this incorporates both
- But that’s mostly where the comparison ends; wish I could taste the crust though
- Little bit of cinnamon thrown in there though
- Surprisingly, better than I expected!

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Hello;

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.

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 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 ;)

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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.

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