1945 Tasting Notes

drank Prickly Pear by Tea Desire
1945 tasting notes

Oh man, why do I have this rated so high? I mean, it’s really good – but it’s not that good. Gonna scale back my rating to a more appropriate number…

Anyway; I made this one hot to sip on as something vibrant and fun to end my day on, but because I know it can get really sour really quickly ’cause of some of the fruits in it I underleafed it to cut back on that. The result was a really tasty, vibrant fruity drink! It had a punchy quality to it, but a bit more tropical with some super fresh kiwi notes and some lighter melon notes supporting that in the undertone with this reaching rose flavour lightly spread out over the whole sip. Floral, but not overly. Sweet and playfully sour.

It was very Spring/Summer in vibe, and it’s getting to really be more Autumn in season so it felt a touch out of place, but it was good. This is still at its best iced, but when you make sure to dial back the leaf it can produce a nice hot cup as well.

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown (110)!

Well, finished this one off. I have to say, this wasn’t the best cup to end on but it’s totally my fault. I was steeping it alongside two herbals, and because of that I got sloppy with the steep time and this oversteeped. As a result, it was fairly astringent and bitter – though I felt that was less exaggerated as it cooled so I was able to actually finish the cup. It’s a shame, though.

And now I’ve got this super cute, teeny tiny little lime green Nina’s Paris tin since VariaTEA was so generous and sent this to me in the tin. I cleaned out the tin, but I’m not sure what I should be putting inside of it. It doesn’t have the room for anything in large quantity, but it feels like it’d be a waste to just shove it back in the closet and forget about it, or just keep it on display in the living room with nothing in it.

Tins are meant to hold things!


Green? I have pink and red but no green! Cool!


Aww, their tins are really cute so I agree it should be used. Maybe put teas you want to sip down into it because you might be more inclined to reach for a not-so-exciting blend if it is in a fun little green tin.

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
1945 tasting notes

Last round of tea for the night; it feels like I didn’t take advantage of my day off to do much tea drinking, but I had seven cups of tea which is sorta a lot right? Definitely way more than I’d have had if I had been working today…

Made this hot because before I make up my mind that I want to stock it based purely on the cold brew, I should probably play around a little or try it in more than one method right? Right. One thing is pretty certain though; no matter how you prepare it the steeping leaves are stunning. Such a deep, rich shade of green. Maybe the prettiest leaf of any tea I’ve seen? And there are some blends with cool leaf (that is actually tea leaves) out there; like in Minnesota Blend or a whole bunch of Butiki’s blends – or the little tiny snaily yums. Still, these are gorgeous.

Taste wise this was really good; the macadamia is strong with this one. Rich, creamy, nutty and smooth with white chocolate notes just like in the cold brew as well as velvety butter notes, in a confectionery way. It also just tastes so natural and green; like the smell of a giant vegetable garden or big fluffy bowls of mixed green vegetables. There’s also a bit of subtle earthiness to it. Normally the vegetable aspect of things pushes me away but the nuttiness of cookie like sweetness of this makes it work and in the end results in a very naturally sweet and gentle sort of tea to relax to.

I really, really like this one – and I think I would definitely stock it. I’ve decided that once I free up of the tins in the herbal section of my cupboard (I’m slowly sipping down Bravissimo and White Chocolate Frost) this is what I’ll replace it with! It doesn’t even both me that that’ll result in my having three mulberry teas on hand (Gold Rush, also from DT, and Mulberry White from RiverTea) because the taste of this mulberry leaf kinda drastically differs from the taste of the fruit, which is very caramel like with a light honey and fruit undertone. This has the sweetness of the fruit but in a different way; it’s more raw/earthy and has a nuttiness to it exaggerated by the macadamia. Point being, they’re different.

So far I’ve done hot and cold brewed and this has been a winner on both accounts.


So remember that time when we were even when it came to tasting notes? Well you are sorta way ahead of me now so I think you have been using your time quite wisely to get all your tea drinking/tasting notes in. I look forward to my days off on Friday and Saturday to enjoy some tea :).


Also, now that I have read the whole note instead if just the first paragraph, I wanted to say I am happy you liked this one. I am surprised I never shared it with you before. And I totally agree that the leaf and the fruit are two completely different entities. Both amazing but oh so different.


I had this one last night. I didn’t like it last year when I bought it, but I do now!! It’s a great evening tea!! I add a little rock sugar to mine. :)


If you see plain mulberry leaves in a health food store, pick some up. On their own, they are so nutty and delicious! I’ll have to try cold brewing them. :)

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
1945 tasting notes

I ordered lunch from another new restaurant today called Nellie’s Kitchen (hooray for broadening my food horizons) because I realized the only things I had at home to cook called for milk, and I’m actually all out for the moment.

Today’s meal was relatively simple; Fries, Garlic Bread, French Toast w. Maple Syrup, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Honeydew Bubble Tea! It’s so cool that Skip The Dishes (the site I’ve been using) is partnered with so many restaurants in the city; I mean how else are you gonna order French Toast and Bubble Tea to your door?

I think, overall, the food from today was not as impressive as yesterdays which just seemed so fancy. There was nothing special about these restaurant fries or whatever. Although, the pie was really really good. It had the perfect crust and the meringue to lemon pie filling ratio was excellent.

But now on to the “tea portion”; the bubble tea. Firstly, they’ve got a lot of cool flavours to choose from; I had a hard time deciding on one. Here’s the options:

- Avacado
- Cantaloupe
- Honeydew
- Lychee
- Mango
- Pineapple
- Strawberry
- Taro
- Watermelon

Like, c’mon! All the melon flavours!? And lychee and pineapple? You’re gonna kill me – thats’s basically like the summation of my favourite fruits less pears. Not fair. But eventually I settled on Honeydew because I figured it was maybe more uncommon than the others I was tempted by. It was really, really good! Definitely the best part of the meal by far.

The honeydew flavour was so strong and sweet – and the drink itself was frothy and icy and the perfect balance of thick ice and juicy liquid. Does that make sense? Yeah; I think it does. Also – my biggest problem with bubble tea is actually the “bubbles”. Usually I can’t get over the gross little gelatin balls but this one actually had little teeny tiny gelatin cubes in it, and unlike anything I’ve experienced in other bubble teas they were actually honeydew flavoured as well. They were still sorta gross, but much better than anything else I’ve ever had in bubble tea.

It’s a shame the rest of the meal was so mediocre; ‘cause I’d love to try the other flavours of bubble tea this restaurant serves but with the delivery fee it’s just so not cost effective to only order bubble tea and now a whole meal.

And now, I think it’s time for a power nap?


Bubble tea is one of my guilty pleasures :) most places can leave out the bubbles or add something else if you request.


That all sounds SO awesome! I wonder what Vancouver has that’s similar…

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drank Brasiliano by Tea Desire
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown (111)!

Another tin freed up; this one to be filled with the Apache Tracker. There’s a lot of similarities between the two blends though I think that one ultimately is more nutty and will contrast the other Mate/Guayusa blends I have in a more noticeable way – and that’s why it’s time to finish this one off. Variety in the tea cupboard is key.

But this blend has always been enjoyable though; and I remember relying on it quite heavily in the months after I moved here. The need for a tea to jumpstart my day in an enjoyable way was real. So real.

Sweet, nutty, roasty, almost coffee like. Who knows; maybe I’ll order this again sometime or it’ll find its way into my standard “To Go” rotation of teas for when I stop at the TD store!

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drank Coca River by Crio Bru
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown (112)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve been having these Crio Bru blends later at night to kind of wind down to and because they’re caffeine free but since I started the morning with a large brew of something caffeinated and another hot cup of mate I figured I needed something caffeine free to sort of juxtapose between the two.

This was really good; the chocolate taste was strong and very clear. I want to say it was a little less “thick” tasting and less creamy than some of the other blends – but not in a way that lessened the richness of it. It was just different and had a little bit of contrast. As for the “natural notes” present in this one – I absolutely did not get any blackberry (which seems very weird to have naturally occur in chocolate/cocoa) and I didn’t think too much about the green banana when I was having it but doing so now I can kinda see how what I was tasting could be compared to that flavour, it is a little bit of a stretch though.

Both Courtney and VariaTEA have written notes on this so far and have mentioned some bitterness; but contrary to their experience I did not find this to have any bitterness to it. I did, however, think there was a little bit of natural oilyness to it though, which I don’t think either of them brought up or experienced.

Decent overall; wouldn’t stock but would likely drink again.

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Oh man; I feel so tired and spacey today. Even after starting the day out with a large 25 oz. cold brew of this lovely tea while catching up on Big Brother Australia, I just feel drained. I may attempt a power nap…

But this was good; I actually had started the cold brew with the expectation I’d be taking this to work with me today only to get a call a few hours later from my coworker asking if I wanted to switch my day of Wednesday with today and get two back to back days; I had no preference either way so I agreed. I thought, if anything, I’d feel more well rested for work on Wednesday.

Taste wise; I’ve had this cold brewed before so it’s nothing new but it’s still really good. It’s mellow, raw, and earthy but still has sweetness to it . Sometimes there are sips that taste rather like bubblegum to me as well; it’s just a good dynamic blend of cinnamon, apples, guayusa, and candy sweetness that doesn’t even tread close to artificial sweetness. Mmm!

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
1945 tasting notes

Sipdown (113)!

I could have made two smaller cups with what was left most likely, but instead I just dumped this into one cup to finish it off and hoped for the best. No idea exactly how much leaf I used, to be perfectly honest.

Man. Man, oh man. Maybe I should have split it…

I wanted more butterscotch flavour from this one; and I got it. All the butterscotch stuff must have really made it to the bottom of the bag, because this was so intensely, over the top sweet. I would call it “pure sugary butterscotch” except some cinnamon was actually present in the lingering aftertaste. But otherwise; it was all drowned out. No present base, at all. The butterscotch was actually so concentrated it almost sort of took on an alcoholic quality; it severely drew Comparison to butterscotch Schnapps for me.

At first I really liked it, but then it became too much too quickly where as my previous cups were so much more tame and seemed to be lacking. If only I could have struck a happy medium between the two.

I can’t believe I’m saying it; but maybe this is a fall tea I will restock if only to play with it more and see if I can strike a balance now that I know this can produce such polarizing flavours.

Flavors: Alcohol, Butterscotch, Sugar


The fall teas made me sad this year because I found them all disappointing :(


I also found them disappointing.

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drank Raspberry by Tea Desire
1945 tasting notes

This has been sitting in my kitchen waiting to be made for a while; so many times I’ve thought of CBing it for convenience, but I’ve had it that way and it’s not on par to the hot cup. This cup was hot, and I’m glad I waited.

Raspberries? Check.
Smooth, buttery green oolong base? Check.
Mild floral notes making the juicy fruit really pop? Check.

So all in all, a really flavourful and fun cup. Not especially appropriate for the season/weather, but who cares? Not I.

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Sipdown (114)!

Well, I think I’m pretty ok with this sipdown. I was really hoping to like this one, but this cup especially came off pretty ginger heavy and the rest was just watery Dragonfruit Punch type flavour; not enough flavour to support it. Not even close.

In other news, I went way out of my comfort zone today and not only ordered something that I don’t usually get for Fast Food, but I ordered from a totally different restaurant. I ended up getting a “Grown Up Grilled Cheese” and a Pear and Blue Cheese Salad from this restaurant: https://www.skipthedishes.ca/prairie-ink-saskatoon#tabs-0-center=0

They were both really good (and much fancier than my usual pizza) and super filling. Personally, I would have liked for the Grilled Cheese to have just a little more cheese, but it was still really tasty and the caramelized onions were a fantastic touch. However, the salad? Man; sensory overload in the best way. It. Blew. My. Mind.

I never would have thought of that flavour combination; pears, walnut, blue cheese, and Saskatoon Berry vinegar; delicious. Hard to describe, but honestly just perfect. And now Kaylee and I are talking about Saskatoons in the Steepster chat and all I can think is how many awesome Saskatoon Berry teas there could be!

I’m looking at you Stacy! If you do the custom tea blend contest again this year, I feel like my entries are totally gonna have a theme to them: Saskatoons to the core! We could go milkshakes, pies, lemonade, syrup, or ever something inspired by this awesome salad. The creative juices are flowing! ;)


Ooh, you make me want to make a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch today.

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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.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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