4451 Tasting Notes


I’ve felt really restless all day today, so this afternoon I downloaded a bunch of new music onto my phone and whipped up a large travel thermos of this matcha whisked into some cold coconut milk and I went out for an aimless walk/stroll.

I ended up going around the block a few times, down to the frozen over duck pond three or so blocks away, and finally settled back at the mini ‘playground’ built in between the four different condo buildings surrounding the one I live in. I stayed there about half an hour, just taking in the fresh air and listening to some music.

This was really good matcha; it was my first tasting and I had a hard time gauging whether it would be more orange or vanilla heavy based on the dry smell of it alone. At first as I started drinking it I tasted the coconut milk more than anything else but slowly the flavour of the matcha itself seemed to build. I’d definitely say that the vanilla comes off as initially stronger; apart from the taste of the coconut milk it’s the first thing that jumps off and creates a silky coconut and vanilla top sip combo. However, as it just starts to fade the orange kicks in and is this sweet, fruity counterpart. For a few seconds, this is very creamsicle like and then eventually the vanilla has been masked by the orange and the result is delightful, soft orange notes.

All in all, I thought this was the perfect balance struck between sweet/creamy matcha flavours, which typically do really well as lattes, and brighter fruity matcha flavours which are generally the ones I tend to want to drink straight. It’ll be interesting trying this in the future without the coconut milk as well because it was so present in the flavour, and paired so well with both the vanilla and orange.

Also, song pairings! It was a long walk, so I listened to a lot of different things. However, the one match up that really stuck out to me was this one:


I liked it ‘cause it was mildly upbeat and sort of summery, which worked with the Creamsicle flavour I had going on. However, it’s also a little melancholy and sad which worked with my surroundings as I walked; the sun was setting, it was cool out but not cold. Everything was quiet, still, peaceful…

It just all pulled together so nicely.

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Thank you mom for thinking this sounded unique!

Of all the teas that have come and gone in seasonal DAVIDsTEA collections, one of the ones I regret not stocking up on the most is Cool Cucumber and this delightful blend has all the elements that I adored so much in that tea PLUS the addition of sweet, summery orange/citrus. The cucumber is full force, and combined with notes of fresh orange and honeydew melon this is by far the most refreshing and Spring time/Summer time feeling cold brew I’ve had in weeks.

Like, holy fuck it’s SO GOOD.

Add to that the fact I got to enjoy it whilst eating a really lovely home cooked meal, and I was practically knocked off my feet with how tasty it was. Like, thank you so much to James and Coconut for introducing me to You Suck At Cooking because I’ve been slowly experimenting with some of the recipes and this last one I tried was phenomenal.

For those curious here it is: https://scontent.fyyz1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16807004_10209647210270997_4558985927393466575_n.jpg?oh=0100ee303f85f0d43951489311f8a649&oe=59478C32

Sea salted, fresh dill and mustard glazed green beans! Obviously that’s a slight twist on the original mustard green beans from You Suck At Cooking – dill just makes everything better though. After that was done, I used them as a topping on a Sesame bagel with some dill infused cream cheese. The cream cheese was hand made as well! Add on a sprinkle of cheddar and I was set!

Normally I don’t like mustard, but everything about this meal and its tea accompaniment just worked for me.

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
4451 tasting notes

So my mom, sister, brother and I celebrated Family Day a little early this year since I didn’t have today off. That basically meant a supper out together at East Side Mario’s I had a nice roasted pepper and pesto pasta dish then some shopping at Chapters where I nabbed a new tea related book which I’ve yet to skim over yet.

After that I did my grocery shopping, and the finally we finished the day by checking out a new ‘cafe’ in town called Borads n’ Beans where you can grab a cup of coffee/tea or whatever and play a few of hundreds of different table top games as long as you want for a $5 fee. They’re open most nights until 1AM and so it’s a really nice bar/club alternative with a cool aesthetic and chill atmosphere.

We played a game of Mouse Trap, for the nostalgia, and then a game called Truth Be Told which was a cool family bonding type thing where we learned some interesting stuff about one another that we didn’t already know. #Number2Achoo Finally we finished up with a few rounds of Exploding Kittens. It was a REALLY fun time, and I totally want to go back. It was just the best place…

As for this tea? Well it was my travel companion for a day out of the house. It got lugged around in a carry mug in between stops, and I enjoyed slowly sipping away at the creamy vanilla goodness. Such a lovely cold brew…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.


Sounds like a fun evening!

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drank Momma's PB&J by Tiesta Tea
4451 tasting notes

So, one of the coffee bars in town has started carrying some Tiesta Tea blends, which my mother saw when she was there over the weekend. She very thoughtfully picked out four of the more interesting/unique sounding ones for me as an early birthday present!

This was one of them, and while I can’t say that I’ve never tried a PB&J flavoured tea before I will concede that they’re not exactly ‘common’.

- Much like 52Tea’s PB&J tea, but fruitier/tarter
- Still enjoyable overall; kind of weird? Basically echoes my 52Teas experience…
- The “PB” tasted more like almond butter to me
- I felt like I should add milk, but in this blend that would curdle

I finished the cup still uncertain of how I felt about this one overall. Regardless, I was super appreciative for the chance to try it and since the minimum purchase amount was 50g I’ll have more cups ahead of me to figure this one out.

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Hot Cuppa.

Needed the caffeine and wanted fruity, so opted for this. Mildly regretted it since it was so damn sour. Like a blackberry warhead, if that was a flavour warheads came in.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Sipdown (205)!

From the GCTTBR6…

I pulled the last tsp or so out of the box because I remembered I strongly liked this one the first time around and I wanted to revisit and see if I still felt the same way. Turns out I do, this was still a really strong, amazing and tasty cup! Don’t really have any new observations to add because skimming my previous tasting note it appears I picked up on the same things this tasting as the last one.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8N8ESXNyZc&index=27&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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Latte Sipdown (206)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!

This was a fairly average latte overall. The cool mintyness was reflected in the steeped up brew, and it was creamy both in mouthfeel and flavour. That said, I didn’t think there was anything substantial here to set it apart from the other dozens of mint blacks I’ve tried over the years. Ultimately, a nice one shot.

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This is a queued tasting note.

So, I’ve had this tea before but it was way, way back when I was still just in the first stages of experiencing loose leaf tea. I didn’t like this back then, but looking back at those old tasting notes I have to say that I think it probably had nothing to do with the tea itself and was just that ultimately I had not yet developed a palate trained enough to appreciate straight white teas.

Fast forward roughly three years, and I’m drinking this one iced with a touch of honey and enjoyable it significantly more. While I saved 5g to try Gong Fu I thought I’d have some fun with this 5g, and I definitely did.

Cup Jot Notes:

- Light bodied
- Fresh hay, straw, cucumber skin, honeysuckle, underripe peach
- Refreshing, crisp and somewhat cooling
- Very smooth

So yeah, it just took time and exposure to more straight teas (white and otherwise) to develop an appreciation for this tea. Now I can taste the nuances and layers much better.

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drank ME to WE by DAVIDsTEA
4451 tasting notes

Came in on my day off last week (on my way home from the other job) and this was one of our Teas of The Day that we were sampling, and since we can’t get it as a staff drink because it’s our charity partnership tea I decided to pick up a cup. Even if I didn’t love it last time, I want to give it a chance because I talk about this tea a lot as an employee and I really respect and appreciate the charity partnership we have with the WE Foundation and how this tea ties into that…

It is growing on me; the more I drink it the more I seem to appreciate the fruit punch aspects of it. The cherry is nice; reminds me of a lot of commercially available fruit punches though. Which is the say, it’s kind of sweet. Ultimately, there’s still SOMETHING about this that doesn’t mesh with me though.

I came back to the store after a few hours of shopping and supper though, and while I was going to get something else to drink I had a thought. Our other tea of the day was Maracuja Mango and so I got a cup mixed 50/50 with ME to WE and Maracuja Mango. We affectionately named it ME to Mango. It was an improvement, to me, on the straight ME to WE! The sweetness was more mellowed out which worked better for my tastes, and the fruity flavours had more of an overall tropical vibe from the Maracuja Mango. Those notes complimented the preexisting fruitiness of ME to We, but added new depth of flavour.

So yeah, thumbs up for ME to Mango!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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So true facts…

This tea has the “do not latte” symbol on the tin because the hibiscus in the blend can curdle this if you get enough of it in the leaf. That said, your odds of curdling this are literally like less than 1/10 because there genuinely just isn’t that much hibiscus in this.

And this tea… it makes THE BEST lattes!

On its own, I just find this generally way too sweet/rich but as a latte that aspect is quite a bit more muted and the creaminess of the white chocolate is exaggerated in a very indulgent way. It just feels so much more balanced overall, and makes for a really perfect sweet treat. So, I mean, do it at your own risk because it could curdle but I think this is worth the gamble for how good it is.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4NhcPKeNRY

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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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.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

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 Goal for The New Year (2017) is to make time for at least one long, proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for…

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additive. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, overly vegetal or marine, 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 or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot

If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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