3889 Tasting Notes

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
3889 tasting notes

Begrudgingly giving this another chance since i received about 25g of it as an early Christmas present and I’d feel like a bitch if I didn’t at least try it a different method than the first one which was so… Ew.

So, I had this hot at like 5AM while I was getting ready for an opening work shift on Sunday. And to be honest it was definitely a bad choice not because of the taste but because of the serious lack of caffeine. Taste wise, it wasn’t as bad as the cold brew, and that’s because I think there was a lot less of that super weird sour note that conflicted with the creamy coconut.

I’d describe the hot cup as mostly green apples with some spearmint, and the tiniest bit of coconut. Probably good there was less coconut this time around: the coconut and the apple just do not go together in this one for me. Has anyone done this as a latte? I still have some to burn through, and I feel bad throwing it out. I’m wondering if that’s a viable prep option?

Anlina

You could always swap it. It seems pretty popular.

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Thanks Cameron B. for the sample!

It appears I’m on a blueberry kick right now – and not just blueberry tea. In addition to the blueberry teas I’ve enjoyed as of late I’ve also “splurged” on super fancy Blueberry/Vanilla Goat Feta, and a bulk amount of Blueberry waffles, and yesterday I bought the stuff for Blueberry muffins. And, it’s just the weirdest thing because I don’t even really like blueberries. So that’s the long summary of why I requested this one in exchange for the DT samples I sent Cam’s way.

I have to say though, I was pretty disappoint with this one – and not because I’m “secretly” not even a blueberry fan. The reality is, it wasn’t heavy enough on the blueberry, or anything for that matter, to interest me. Just kinda bland and watery, with the faintest berry flavour that I know I wouldn’t have been able to blindly identify. Cam sent a few bags though, so I think next cup I’ll just try doubling up on the teabags and see if that fixes the problem.

Cameron B.

Yeah these bags are meant for 6 ounces each, so I generally use two.

Roswell Strange

Mine was in 8 oz – figured that was close enough. Guess I was wrong :P

darby

Yep, I’ve found that you can really only use 6oz for theirs….I never read directions! Lol

TeaSource has this amazing blueberry tea that tastes like blueberry pancakes!

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Combining teas can be great… Or it can be awful.

Recently I cold brewed this and Cornelia Bean’s Passion Fruit blend together, and you can read the long summary of the results for that here:

http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/278286#likes

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Sipdown (100)!

Woot! I’m down to 100 teas (technically less, just behind on tasting notes) and officially hit 200 followers last night! Just watch, one of you butts will go unfollow me now.

I cold brewed this to finish it off, but I didn’t actually have enough leaf for a decent cold brew so I “stretched it out” with some of DAVIDsTEA’s Pink Passionfruit herbal blend. The more passionfruit the merrier, right? Err, wrong.

Now to be fair I think this was still better than the straight Passion Fruit cold brew tastes, but there was something very artificial about the fruit flavour. Sometimes these can taste that way individually but it was really exaggerated together. And then, on the tail end of that flavour was this very floral quality and the same funky black base from Passion Fruit that I got with the last cold brew – which I thought was from the CB sitting in a water bottle for hours all day, but I guess not because this one didn’t wind up sitting around for an extended period.

I think I may be describing it fairly harshly though – the reality is that despite the negative things going on, it was still drinkable. Although it’s not a combination I’d try again, and I certainly wont be looking to get more of this one. It’s just been too much of a hassle to make it work for me.

Sil

woot! yay for 100!!

Roswell Strange

It wont last; I have Octavia Tea and WP incoming, plus goodies from group Butki orders, and a larger quantity of a Verdant blend from an order with Kittenna, and whatever you crazy Torontonians send with Kittenna when she visits over Christmas :P

Roswell Strange

And whatever I buy at Cuppa’T on the weekend (yay early birthday presents!). Also, my Mom has informed me that she brought me tea back from Disney when she was there (Alice In Wonderland?) but I don’t have a clue when I’ll see her next, so I don’t know when that’ll make its way to me…

Roswell Strange

**Early Christmas presents… Birthday isn’t for a while. Heh.

Kittenna

7 hours later and you still have 200 followers ;)

Kittenna

You forgot whatever Kittenna foists upon you herself during her visit. Muahaha. Although I’m trying to keep it to things I actually thing would interest you (and that you haven’t tried) and that’s proving more difficult than I thought. For all y’all. :P

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Sipdown (100)!

Made this one as a latte side beside my Mulberry White Latte, so this one also got in on the cookie dunking! And while the other was delicious, this one was definitely the better one for cooking dunking. It’s just a more dessert-y tea in general.

Taste wise, this is definitely less “marshmallow” then the hot cup I enjoyed was, but I can taste the sweet nougat and nut flavour in addition to the thick, creamy and frothy milk. This is definitely one of those dessert teas built for milk.

Would consider restocking this one; I feel like I didn’t get to play with it/enjoy as many cups as I would have liked to overall.

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RIP RiverTea.

I’m having a really hard time accepting this. I mean, next to Butiki, RiverTea was one of my very, very favourite tea companies, and now both are no more. At least Butiki gave us a chance to stock up, but I’m incredibly choked up over the blends that I loved from RiverTea that I’ll likely never get a chance to try again.

I’ve loved RiverTea since before they were actually open: I was very lucky to be part of a group of contest winners who got to try out some of their teas, prelaunch. This is one of the blends I originally tried – and one I was really impressed with. They had such beautiful packaging, and any time you ordered from them everything felt so thoughtful and personalized, from the extra little gifts in each box (I love my Swan “Teaball”!), to that “For a happier Roswell” sticker on the tissue paper. Plus, such reasonable shipping prices and not only free samples with each purchase, but samples in resealable bags.

And for me the worst part is that I’ve had an order ready to be placed with them for months, but I waited until Black Friday to do all my orders at once – and now I don’t have a chance. So I most likely missed my opportunity to get more of my favourites. Which is heart breaking. So heart breaking.

RIP Mulberry White
RIP Tea of Kings
RIP Infinite Good Feeling
RIP Sweet Seduction
RIP Marquis de Gris
RIP Sweet Helen
RIP Magic Summer
RIP Boatsman
RIP Cherry Dream

And RIP all the other I didn’t get to try, but really wanted to. Those were some of my favourites, if it wasn’t clear…

I hate that I have to eulogize them. HATE IT.

But that aside; I made this one as a latte and of course it didn’t disappoint. Not even a little. I mean, it was a little different as a latte because it’s a more gentle tea in the first place but the fruit flavours in it like the caramel-esque mulberries and papaya were still present and made for an interesting and very, very relaxing light fruit flavoured hot milk drink that calmed all my nerves and made me feel so relaxed. So very relaxed.

It also was phenomenal for dunking the chocolate chip cookies I got from DAVIDsTEA. Those cookies were tasty to begin with, but they’re the perfect “Stiffness” to not turn to mush in hot milk but still soak it up and get soft and yummy!

TeaNecromancer

RIP Rivertea, I will immensely miss you and your teas :(

Sil

you could email them and see if they have stock left since they didn’t really announce they were closing.

Fjellrev

In a way, I’m kind of glad I never ordered and experienced it. Ignorance is bliss. But at the same time, I’m kicking myself. I kind of did what you did. I was just on their site a couple months ago plotting an order but then thought to wait until BF to see if they’d have a good sale.

Kittenna

I only had just started to hear about RiverTea, and hadn’t quite made it to the website yet, but given what I’ve heard people say, this is another big loss :(

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Totally a blueberry tea! Again, the very much dominant flavour in this is sweet blueberry candy, although I can in fact confirm that the orange flavour I was tasting in the last mug was not from the orange chocolate I was eating since I tasted it again in this cup.

So overall: very flavourful blueberry candy with sweet, juicy orange flavour and a smooth black base that hangs out nicely in the background. I think I also maybe tasted raspberry in this too but it was hard to discern amongst the blueberry. If I didn’t already stock another much more easily available blueberry I’d definitely be stocking this one – it was really good. Raising my rating.

Also; two side notes from work today. I have determined that one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do it explain to a very old, bitchy woman how a calendar works (like, seriously!?) and that it’s the best feeling when you’ve had someone come in every day for weeks asking for one specific thing and it finally comes in stock. They just light up when you present it to them.

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, I love the feeling when you make a customer so happy like that. But it’s amazing how rude some customers can be. Makes me wonder where they work, or have worked if they’re retired.

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This one’s from Friday – and on Friday I ended up calling in sick to Calendar Club. When I woke up in the morning I promptly, like first thing (also warning; possible TMI), threw up. I just felt so gross and awful; so I called me boss and told him I couldn’t come in, and went back to sleep. Then I woke up at like noon and remembered that I do, in fact, have a second job that I should either go to, or I should call in sick there too. In the end, I wound up actually going to it and overall I felt ok. Shaky at first, but ok.

And, since I had started my shift late (unrelated to me feeling sick: I was scheduled outside of my availability in the first place) I stayed late, so in the end I ended up making as much money as i would have if I hadn’t been sick at Calendar Club. So it wasn’t really a loss, profit wise.

This is the cold brew I brought for lunch. And honestly I don’t know why I thought this would even be a good idea as a cold brew; maybe because I have so much of it since I went a little overboard on restocking when Butiki first announced the shut down. It wasn’t really a good cold brew though, and I think I should have foreseen that. For starters, at some point in the brewing process the potato cubes turned to mush so even just in regard to mouth feel this was unpleasant; you don’t want to really taste bits of stuff in your tea, right?

But taste wise; this was really, really intensely potato (no duh, what with the super integrated potato cubes) and then really intense/bitter green tea with cinnamon and apple aftertaste. Couldn’t get behind it at all. I almost spat it out with the first sip, but I was sitting in a very crowded staffroom full of mostly strangers.

TLDR; stick to hot cups of this.

Cheri

I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better.

Fjellrev

Damn, I hope you’re going to feel 100% soon if you’re not already.

Kittenna

No fun! I hope it was just a random thing and that the weekend was better!

Roswell Strange

Thanks for the concern guys, but definitely feeling fine now. Tre thinks I was either dehydrated (not super likely IMO) or my body was super stressed/over worked from the extra hours. But again, doing fine now!

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Made in a timolino.

I accidentally overleafed this because I wasn’t paying attention while measuring it out, and the result was a disappointing brew that was way too sweet in a really artificial/low quality caramel kind of way, with a super sugary nut/marzipan after taste. I only finished about half of it – even after a super long shift it was just too much for me.

Boo.

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Something in this cold brew was off, but I’m not sure what which is really frustrating. Ahh!

The high pitched ringing being broadcast over the mall radio/intercom is back and it’s driving me crazy. Seriously my head hurts SO MUCH. I can’t fucking take it.

Cheri

Is there anyone you can report it to? I wonder if it’s one of those that are in the range that you can hear but people older than you can’t???

Roswell Strange

I asked a customer if they could hear it, and they said only super faintly and only after I had pointed it out – but it’s SO INTENSE for me and non-stop. So maybe…

Roswell Strange

I should note, the customer looked to be maybe 40?

Roswell Strange

I just asked one of the seniors, who said she can’t hear it at all.

Cheri

It’s quite possible it’s in a frequency that older years can’t hear then. You might want to report it and see if they can shut figure out what it is and shut it off.

OMGsrsly

Oh, yeah. Like fluorescent lights, or CRT monitors, or the “mosquito” noise that they test for age related hearing changes with? You’re probably not the only one.

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