2067 Tasting Notes

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
2067 tasting notes

Damn; that Thanksgiving mug of this was such a bad idea because it prompted non stop craving for more of this; and the more I have of it, the less I have left to have…

It’s a terrible thing. I can’t have my tea and drink it too. Life is unfair that way.

This is delicious though; just a little bit of milk so that most of what I’m tasting is the tea itself, but the mouthfeel is a touch thicker and the peach just a slight bit creamier. There were three full yogurt drops in this cup so it’s very creamy. There is a light oily film on the top though, and I’m not sure if that’s from the large amount yogurt drops or if it’s ’cause earlier in the day Tre blasted this with Febreze earlier tonight.

That’s how desperately I wanted to drink this cup; I’m willfully ignoring possible Febreze contamination.

Cheri

I’d bet it yogurt drops causing the film.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, I have a strawberry tea that has little yoghurt drops in it, and it gives it a little floaty film as well. Definitely doesn’t diminish the taste, though, so I wouldn’t worry!

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Tre and Amy are having a fight right now (in Tre’s room) and I’m just sitting here, very awkwardly in the living room, trying to pretend I can’t here.

EDIT: He just came out of his room because he had to grab his charger, and he just mouthed the words “So awkward” to me.

But anyway; you know how sometimes you’re just in the mood to watch horrible TV or movies that you know are shitty in, like, every aspect possible? That was me last night and this morning; so I watched the entire Twilight Saga. I have some regrets; but it was what I was in the mood for. The cold brew I drank this morning while watching Breaking Dawn made it better though; I’m surprised how good this one turns out cold brewed.

It was sweet, and the “Candied Almond”/marzipan aspect of this really pushed through but then there was this lighter cinnamon sugar thing going on, and this super yummy French Bread note that kept popping up. Delicious! I’ll absolutely have to do this cold brew again!

Sadly, I’m almost out of this one now though…

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Oh wow; I’m out of this one again. I cold brewed it to take to work yesterday as per the norm, and I have to admit this was not the best cold brew I’ve made. In fact, it might have been the worst. For the first time ever I tasted the hibiscus quite strongly, and there was some other tartness contributed by pineapple and orange flavour notes which, just like the hibiscus, are not normally present at all.

I’m thinking these elements of the blend must have just sunk to the bottom of the package, and that’s why it was so pronounced. That said, even though this is probably the worst yield I’ve had it was still drinkable and ok tasting – just not up to its usual standard. This is back on my shopping list, and if RiverTea ends up doing anything for Black Friday or Cyber Monday I’ll definitely be getting more of it sooner rather than later; there are a couple RiverTea blends I need to restock on now, and a few I’d like to try as well.

Unrelated to this tea, but still related to tea…

Yesterday there was an Antiques show/sale in the mall I work at (like I’ve mentioned before, it is a very senior oriented mall). At first I wasn’t really excited or very aware of it at all but at some point during my shift it dawned on me that antiques could mean old teaware! So on my break I ran over to the ATM, withdrew some cash and went shopping.

There was a lot of very cool stuff – tea related and non tea related. Pretty well every vendor had a decent size selection of tea sets, old teapots, saucers, and teacups. One vendor had a GIANT tin of Ceylon Tea from 1910. But out of all the cool stuff and teaware nothing really drew me in and made me want to buy it. Except for one thing. I saw it, and immediately knew that it had to be mine.

So, I am now the proud owner of an Antique Jasperware Wedgwood Teapot! Here are some pictures I took of it:

http://kissmyassam.tumblr.com/post/100473455064/guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist-antique

The thing that immediately drew me to it was the obvious Greek influence. I’ve always loved Greek Culture, but when I studied different art styles and periods in my IB Art Course I really learned a lot about the developing art style related to Greek Pottery; it’s my favourite, though somewhat niche and specific, art style/period. But then, the see that adapted to a teapot – and one so beautifully shaped (it fits PERFECTLY in my hands guys; like, it’s the perfect size to be cradled by my little baby hands), it was instant in love.

The antiques dealer didn’t know a lot about it other than that she didn’t think it’d ever been used, but upon closer inspection I think it was – the inside is very well cleaned without tea staining (probably why she thought it was unused) but inside the spout theirs’ some darker tea staining that makes me think it was probably used for black tea quite a bit.

I also spent some time last night studying and researching Wedgwood potter’s marks so I could date it – and based upon the potter’s marks, the placement, and the font I’m very confidant this piece is from between 1908 – 1929. So, possibly, this teapot is over a hundred years old! That’s so cool!

I ran out of time today to clean it, but since there’s some notable dirt build up inbetween the white decals and where the handle meets the body of the pot I’m going to try and clean it tomorrow. I want my new Wedgwood (I have named him Julius, after Julius Caesar) to shine! Although, not really because it has a matte finish. But the point still stands.

What a beautiful, unexpected find!

TeaBrat

cool teapot!

darby

Beautiful!!!

Anlina

That is gorgeous!

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drank Green Tea by Lipton
2067 tasting notes

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Update on the Tre nesting thing: His casual fuck buddy was coming over which is why he was being a douche about the house being “messy”. Also, she was being creepy and hell while we were watching the new episode of Jane The Virgin. She was at a friend’s who lives on our block too and she kept texting him saying she was staring at our window.

Update on the Transit Lockout: It is over! Bus service resumed today, and the city is offering free transit services for the rest of October to help compensate for the lack of service we’ve had for the last month or so. The lockout ended not because an agreement was reached but because the arbitrator they brought in discovered that the whole lockout was unlawful to begin with. Apparently the city failed to meet the legal guidelines surrounding proper notice – and so it was ended, and the drivers who missed out on over a month of pay will have to be compensated.

Update on the sore teeth: The only reason I’ve kept this tea around so long is ‘cause it’s supposedly good for putting over sore teeth; the tannins help ease the pain or something. It’s been awhile since I did the research. So I’ve been trying to do that, but it hasn’t been helpful so I’m just throwing out the last few bags since I don’t drink this anyway.

Cheri

Yay for transit lockout being over!

Tre needs to understand one does not clean for a casual fuck buddy. Also, casual fuck buddy should not be texting about things like staring at the window. That’s crossing casual fuck buddy lines.

Blodeuyn

Sorry for the drive-by comment, but Cheri, this made me giggle. :D

OMGsrsly

Yay buses! And I totally agree with Cheri. :D

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Cold brew to finish this one off. The last little bit I had was mostly crushed, broken leaves and stems but surprisingly it still produced a very nice brew that had a bold, sweet raspberry flavour and a confectionery “icing” vibe to it that definitely encapsulated Raspberry Pop Tarts.

And speaking of, I’m sad because the store hasn’t gotten any Raspberry Poptarts shipped to us in months; just stupid Chocolate Fudge. I want my raspberry!

This was a pretty good 52Teas blend – I’m happy that Marzipan came up with the idea for it because I enjoyed finishing this one off even if I didn’t end up falling in love with it.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
2067 tasting notes

There was an incident in the morning when I was steeping this where, as I was putting away the tin, I dropped it and the lid of the tin popped off – spilling about half of my tin all over my shag carpet. It was no salvageable. I cried real, actual tears.

But at least not all of it was spilled. So not a total loss. But not a fun day or tea experience; ergh…

Kittenna

:‘( Look on the bright side – at least this tea is a current offering from an easily-accessible vendor, instead of not. Still sucks, but at least it wasn’t a Butiki, or a retired tea!

Roswell Strange

Yes; all those things are things I’ve very thankful about! I can just take the trip downtown and get more whenever. It was still sad though because it’s one of my favourite DT blends.

Cheri

I’ve spilled matcha on myself two mornings in a row now. If you were wondering, a lint roller does not get matcha off of ones clothes. I wound up walking around with a green tint to my black shirt all day yesterday.

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Blueberry Jam & Gin Tonic.

Cold Steeped a tablespoon of this in a few shots worth of gin for a couple days. That used up the last of my gin, and I wasn’t totally sure this would go well flavour wise but I had to at least try it. I was going to mix the concentrated brew with some Tonic Water but in the end I decided against it after I’d strained it and just chugged it all back instead.

The two flavours (tea and alcohol) were surprisingly compatible. And tasty. Reminded me of Blueberry syrup in the sweetness. And really, that sweetness was surprising and unexpected which made it more pleasant. And very minimal alcohol burn!

Anlina

Oh that sounds amazing!

Cheri

Interesting idea. I think I got rid of the rest of this tea, though. I liked it the first time I had it, and then it started having a really weird taste to the end of the mug.

darby

Sounds like a good idea to try with vodka too!

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Double digits! Holy fucking shit. I don’t even know when the last time that happened was. Like, a yearish ago? Damn.

Anyway; to finish this one up I added some milk and brewed it in a timolino for work. I didn’t add the milk because I thought it was bring out any of the flavours especially, but the last time I had this I thought it was rather bland and muddled so the goal with the milk was just to sort of add any sort of flavour.

And it was ok; mostly I just tasted the milk and the black base and I was alright with that because that was drinkable and not bad tasting – on a few sips I somewhat got some cinnamon but otherwise nothing remarkable or notable. I’m definitely fine with being out of this one now.

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Tre is nesting right now; and being a huge ass about it. Every time he spends the evening out he comes homes and wants to clean the house from top to bottom. I have no problem with that, but the asshole part comes in when he starts doing the following:

- Dumping all my clean clothing from the dryer onto the floor instead of asking me to move it for him

- Pouring all my Halloween candy into bowls without asking if I wanted to separate it by type (which I did) and without taking into consideration that he just occupied the only bowls big enough in the house to do baking in or make popcorn in (both of which I wanted to do)

- Spraying Febreze ALL OVER my steeping tea, take-out and the tealeaves sitting on the dishwasher that I was saving for later to resteep because he’s too much of a thoughtless ass to check if there was important stuff there, thus ruining a whole bunch of tea and expensive food

- Throwing out a whole stack of papers from the kitchen counter which included receipts from the post office with tracking info on them and pay stubs

Seriously you asshole; there’s a point where you’re no longer cleaning and you’re just being an thoughtless douchcanoe. You reached that point half an hour ago. Stop thinking about just yourself and take other people into consideration; and if you really want the house to be cleaner, how about you vocalize that and ask me to help? I wouldn’t mind.

Roommates are hard sometimes.

But anyway the tea…

This was a cold brew that I made for work. It was more heavy on the apple flavour than the raspberry this time around – but both were present and sweet. Very natural. It reminded me a little bit of those raspberry Arizona Iced Teas that get sold everywhere, but way less sweetened. So, basically, it was good.

tantonino

Basically, it was good!

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Was craving this so badly; and it really hit the spot. The vanilla in this makes this tea. Truly it does. I wonder; what’s the version of this that Della Terra is currently selling? I haven’t been on their site in months – but there’s always some version of this floating around.

Come Black Friday I may want to get more of this and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Della Terra’s been awfully quiet as of late though, right? Or am I imagining that?

Kittenna

You’re not imagining it. And I thought I saw a reference to that on their FB as well – that it had been a while since they made a post. I haven’t ordered from there in ages, nor have I tried a bunch of the teas I’ve received from there.

VariaTEA

Isn’t Bats in the Belfry their current version of this tea? I also have Anti V-Day Treat which is a vanilla mint tea that I can share.

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.

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