2652 Tasting Notes

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This was my final tea from last night; bagged because I didn’t want to wash out an infuser, and caffeine free because it was like 3 AM…

Overall, not too bad. Again, the strawberry was flavourful, but the pomegranate not so much. And overall, I thought this cup was kind of weak tasting so I was a bit let down.

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86
drank White Angel by Tea Desire
2652 tasting notes

Man, I really need to up the rating on this one! It’s just grown on me so much, and I find it incredibly delicious now. The trick, I guess, was the not cold brew it but instead ice it; that brings out much different flavour notes. Plus, it still holds its own plain too.

Anyway, creamy tropical coconut (I love white coconut blends, I’ve discovered) and a very bright and juicy apricot flavour with an underlying presence of pineapple. It’s like a twist on your typical “Pina Colada” type drink. Plus, the white tea is lovely, and the green tea hardly makes itself well known.

Yes, when I run out of this I’ll likely get more; though probably not until I have space to put it in a tin instead of leaving it in a bag. High value/restock teas get the upgrade to a tin! I’m sure I must have some white teas that are currently in tins which I don’t want more of…

Oh, my custom “Earl of Goji Wine” blend! Yes; this can have the tin space from that one.

Flavors: Apricot, Coconut, Cream

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78
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
2652 tasting notes

Couldn’t make this pop up in the search bar (even after hitting enter) so I searched my cupboard for it, and while doing so found a Butiki blend that I no longer have but which wasn’t removed from my cupboard apparently, so now I’m at 196/198! Yay!

Anyway, I did get around to resteeping the leaves, and I must say I think I like the resteep a bit better; it still has a little malt to it, but the chocolate/caramel notes are much more present and intense, and there’s a very faint baked bread taste. However, at the end of my cup this started to get bitter and gross.

Despite liking the resteep more I wont push for a third resteep ; I’m not really feeling this one too much now. Two cups today was enough to hold me over for at least a little while. Definitely need to be moving on to something fruitier for my next cup, though!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Chocolate, Malt

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90
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
2652 tasting notes

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!

I was really craving Pistachio Cream but the sample of that is buried in a bag in my closet, so I picked this out instead because it sounded good too. I actually didn’t realize that it’s a white until I was portioning it out and really got a chance to look at the leaves. Huh.

Steeped up now, and it smells and tastes delicious! Like, I definitely get chocolate chip cookie dough from this! And, it’s so creamy too – with a nice, thick mouthfeel and almost marzipan/almond brittle sweetness to it. Definitely delicious, and really hitting the spot! I’m excited there’s at least one more cup of this! Colour me impressed.

There’s also something painfully familiar about this blend too – and it’s killing me that I can’t place what that is. I’m sure that sometime tonight I’ll have one of those “AHA!” moments out of the blue and just scream it out!

I think, overall, it’s been a really good tea day today (so far at least)!

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94

That awkward moment when you’re trying to smell the dry leaf of a blend, and instead you just wind up with a bunch of tea leaves up your nose…

Anywho, I’ve only listened to the first three or four episodes of WTNV, but that does include the first appearance of the Apache Tracker, so I do know a bit about the character. With Adagio blends I think it’s kind of important you understand the character, because their rating (since they are so unique) should incorporate not only how they taste but whether they accurately represent their namesakes.

I was excited to get this one from aisling of tea because Adagio blends are so tricky to get your hands on here in Canada unless you have a tea mule or are willing to shell out lots of money for the shipping. Plus, if you don’t want the full sampler of something, then 3 oz. is a lot to get for a blind try. And, on top of the fandom/character itself I thought the teas that compose this blend all sounded really interesting too!

My friend Robyn may have been a little more excited than I was though; she’s really into WTNV.

Anyway, now that this is steeped up I think it’s really incredibly good! The first thing I notice is actually the really rich and full almond/hazlenut with a dark chocolate weightiness to it; and then the roasted mate’s earthiness and the black base. All in all, I’m actually incredibly impressed with the flavour of this one! It sort of reminds me of Tea Desire’s Bralisiano but with more more nuttiness where that one has sweetness.

I would totally buy a full 3 oz. pouch of this one! Out of all the teas I’ve ever had, I think this one – hands down – does the best job of really capturing and conveying a flavourful and distinctly “nutty” flavour.

As well, the nuttiness totally matches with namesake of the tea, though Cara mentions it being “offensive” in the description, and the flavour of this one is anything but. However, all in all I think this is a good character portrayal and I’m super pleasantly surprised.

Onto the shopping list!

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Nuts

Cavocorax

I should try mine! I’m not hugely into the character so I’ve been delaying trying this, but apparently I’m missing out.

Lynxiebrat

What is WTNV? I have a feeling that I should know, but not coming up with anything.

Roswell Strange

Welcome to Nightvale :)

Isaila

What a jerk.

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78
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
2652 tasting notes

Thank you Cavocorax for throwing this in as an extra is the sample package you sent me! I never would have thought to ask about it, but it does smell really interesting and I’ve been curious about trying it since getting it; there was just a few other samples/teas I wanted to get out of the way first.

Now that it’s steeped up I’m finding it really interesting; much more so than before. The most prominent thing that I’m picking up is the maltiness of the blend; I really love that quality in tea (yay for trying enough straight teas to figure out my preferences; malt and baked bread notes!). If this tea were an onion, the malt would be the first and largest layer. Underneath that I think would be a layer composed of sweeter chocolate and caramel notes, and then the layer under that has this borderline smokey quality to it. I can tell immediately this is a tea I’m going to want to resteep because I’m sure that subsequent steeps are going to shift the layers and reveal more things.

So, I’ll probably do a second tasting note for my resteep; I don’t plan on resteeping right away; I’d like to finish my other cup of tea, watch some TV, and maybe have a short nap first. But I will resteep it at least once more today!

Thanks Cavocorax! I haven’t decided yet how much like this one and I likely wont until the resteep, but it is enjoyable at the moment and was a fun, layered experience. I wish I wasn’t so tired so that I could maybe be a little more thorough with my description; I feel like this one deserves a more more detailed one.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Oh good! I’m happy you enjoyed it. :) I try to pop in extras when I can on the off chance you might find something new you wouldn’t otherwise buy.

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Sipdown (197/199)!

Thank you VariaTEA for providing this one! I was going to wait until I had company to brew it up, but with work now it appears that wont be for a long time, and I thought this would be really nice to enjoy on my day off, plus an easy sipdown.

It’s really hot so I haven’t gotten to drink it too much yet; just small sips – but so far I think it tastes really nice. Kind of like strawberry jam, actually! Plus it’s really pretty to look at! I’ll edit my note if any other interesting flavours present while I drink it, but for now I think this is lovely – and I’m really enjoying it!

VariaTEA

This is my favorite out of the bunch I think.

Aimee Popovacki

i liked their strawberry and peach blooms for making iced teas… sad they didn’t continue having them.. maybe they will be back this summer!

VariaTEA

They show up occasionally on DAVIDs web specials page

Aimee Popovacki

yeah I noticed that.. I still have a couple left from last year!

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84
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
2652 tasting notes

Mmm! This is a cold brew; somewhere right around 24 hours give or take a few in either direction. And man is this a cold brew done right!

Seriously; this is so refreshing and thick and juicy tasting! It’s one of my favourite tisanes from DAVIDsTEA, and I think it’s especially good because there’s really nothing else quite like it! I don’t know of any other tea that has such a full guava flavour paired with this sort of rich mango sweetness. The two compliment each other very well.

Eventually, once I’ve cleared out some tins. I’d like to have full tins of Redberry Tonic, Pink Flamingo, Pink Passionfruit, Tropicalia, this one, and maybe Bamboozled (I already have the better Buddha Bamboo, from Tea Desire) just for cold brewing! That means I need to clear out three tins. That’s kinda doable long-term, right? I mean, I know already I wont be restocking Bravissimo and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and once I finish off White Chocolate Frost there’s nothing left to restock; so there you have it!

Jen M

If you want Bamboozled you’d better decide fast; it’s being discontinued.

Roswell Strange

Lol, you’re a little late to the game; this tasting note is 2 months old and since I’ve restocked on Bamboozled, written several more tasting notes on it, bitched about all the discontinued teas, and finished off my Bamboozled again ;)

Jen M

I have no idea how much you drink in 2 months. I was just merely trying to be helpful. Sorry.

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Sipdown (198/200)!

I cold brewed the last of what VariaTEA sent me just to finish it off, since it was terribly hot and I didn’t want to go down that route again. In total, it cold brewed for 12 hours/

This time around, the chocolate tasted a lot richer and less “dusty” and old. And again, I didn’t get any sort of spice from this either like I originally thought I would. However, there’s just something really unforgivably awful about the orange in this; it’s hard to describe but it just tastes… Rotten.

So, after a few larger sips I decided that I couldn’t handle the rest, so instead of fighting through 25 oz. of it and feeling sick, I just dumped it. Good riddance!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML
VariaTEA

I tried this a few times, a few different ways and dumped every single cup. I hoped you would have more luck with it so I am sorry to hear you had the same experience.

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85

Last tea of the night!

The logic behind picking this one, besides thinking it’s tasty, is that it could kinda be an extension of “birthday themed teas” in honor of celebrating VariaTEA’s birthday today! I do realize this isn’t actually a birthday inspired tea; but you know blowing out candles on a cake and such… Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch?

This cup was delicious! It was definitely rich in flavour and beautifully captured a toasty marshmallow with caramel sweetness; actually one of the better cups I’ve had of this one, period. At one point I went to take a sip only to realize the mug was actually empty already – and I was crestfallen…

Side note type thing/date update: The guy I’m going out with on Wednesday and I have finally figured out what we’re going to do! The evening will start out with tea at DAVIDsTEA downtown (they have a sitting area at my store), where we can talk and get to know each other better – and then we’re going to walk from there to the indie theatre where they’re hosting a screening of The Room!

I think it’s cool we have a shared interest in really shitty movies! But you know what’s even cooler? Tommy Wiseau is actually going to be at the theatre doing a meet and greet/Q&A type thing because he’s in the city all this week and some of next!

I’m trying not to psych myself out/get nervous now, because there’s still more than half a week to go, but I have a feeling this is going to be really memorable, and for good reasons!

TeaBrat

have fun :)

Lynxiebrat

I hope you have a great time on your…is it a date or an outing?

TheTeaFairy

Have a wonderful time!

VariaTEA

Your date sounds like it will be awesome! I hope it goes well :)

VariaTEA

Also, I feel so honored by all the teas you are having in honor of my birthday!

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty 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.

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 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

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!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

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