3709 Tasting Notes

drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
3709 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

I feel like I had bad luck with cold brews from DAVIDsTEA this week; but not this one. This one was solid, and it’s usual sweet and sour pleasant peach self. However I will note that sticking with the trend of the week’s cold brews not coming out as typically as they usually do I did noticed something new about this one.

For whatever reason, and as far as I can recall I haven’t experienced it in the past, this brew had a distinctly herby flavour to it underneath all of that peach. Now, that’s not too surprising given the fact that there are more herbaceous ingredients in this blend – but I just found it interesting that they were actually quite noticeable for once.

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So earlier in the week I made a pitcher of this bad boy cold brewed, and since then I’ve already polished the pitcher off. The pear flavour of the brew was so lovely, sweet and refreshing that I’m surprised it took as many days as it did to drink it all. In addition to the lovely front flavour of pear, this also had the exotic flavour of quince. I don’t usually taste the quince as strongly as it came through this brew, but that floral and apple-y pear like flavour was enchanting this time around.

And I say it begrudgingly, but that very slight spicy ginger kick at the end of a super fruity and refreshing sip was a very nice touch as well. I kind of hate that ginger is growing on me, even though it’s only slightly. We still very much have a love/hate relationship. You could say we’re “frenemies”.

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Whipped up a cold brew of this into a bit of a make shift tea cocktail earlier in the week…

Basically, I just added a couple shots worth (like two and a half) of Malibu Coconut Rum into my normal 25 oz. cold brew and then I just enjoyed. It was richer and sweeter, with a more pronounced coconut flavour and exaggerated buttery/toffee sort of component with the pineapple taking a bit of a small step into the background. Though, the pineapple WAS still very much a present flavour. The additional flavour of the rum of course complimented the pineapple and coconut – I mean, this was essentially the tea cocktail version of a Pina Colada so OF COURSE it tasted phenomenal.


Booze makes everything better ;)

Roswell Strange

Very True; now that I’m out of Malibu I think next on the list is to try this one with some really, really dark rum and see how that tastes.


insert “but why is the rum always gone?” joke here ;p

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Commute tea on a windy/rainy day – pretty much my favourite time to pull out my tin of this and whip up a hot cuppa. Seriously, if you were to skim my tasting notes on this tea I think about half of them would incorporate rain or bad weather of some variety…

This tasted magical: lots of cranberry in this brew particularly, but in general the fruity notes present in this blend were more prominent than usual and they definitely out weighed the other notes like cinnamon or coconut. Very lovely!

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Sipdown (140!)

Yet another tea from the week that wound up tasting a little too sweet/cloying. I can’t really blame this mug, which was hot rather than cold brewed, for tasting bad because it was over leafed though; I think if ANYTHING the problem was that I let it steep far too long. But basically it was like a hot cup of thick, viscous mango syrup. You know, the syrup consistency of the concentrate mixed in with carbonated water to make soda. That kind of thick, sugary sweetness. Also, it was DEFINITELY predominantly mango rather than a mix of tropical/citrus notes and the intensity of the mango didn’t do the tea any favours.

It’s frustrating that this wound up being a bad cup though, because 50g gets used so damn quickly. Seriously, I bought myself 50g of this and that made one cold brew and two hot cups. So, three beverages in total for 50g of tea. Kind of ridiculous.


Fell out of love with this one last year. My palate doesn’t care for sugary drinks anymore, plus between this blend being so heavy and DAVIDs uping their prices, it’s just too expensive :(


Agreed with the tasting note and with Kristal! I had pretty much the same observations.

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drank Pom Diggety by DAVIDsTEA
3709 tasting notes

Well, I certainly wouldn’t call this a success story but I finally made my first bad batch of this tea. It was in the form of a cold brew, and essentially I just made it far, far too concentrated. I think I must have grabbed a tablespoon instead of a 1/2 tablespoon when I was measuring, and then instead of using one tbsp worth of leaf this wound up actually being two tbsp of leaf. It was sickly sweet/cloying and the taste of stevia, which normally doesn’t actually bug me too much, was so intense that I was kind of gagging.

I made it through maybe a quarter of the cold brew before dumping it in the sink. I don’t know about you guys, but I certainly don’t have time for bad tea.


There is way too much tea out there to waste time drinking bad batches! :)

carol who


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My commute tea for the day;

I’ll admit; I’m not the biggest fan of this blend. It’s far from bad or unpleasant, but I’m really disinterested by it in general. Even this latest hot mug was just… there? I picked out notes of earth and chocolate with a thicker, brothy mouthfeel but the flavours were all quite muddled and bland and it was a really forgettable cup overall. Basically, it was just something to drink on the way to work for the hydration/caffeine and the routine.

In my personal opinion, I think that LP certainly has better blends out there.

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Welp; that time of the month so I pulled out the raspberry leaf since it’s supposed to help with cramps/soreness. Don’t know that it really did all that much to help, honestly. However the sweet, herbaceous and grassy notes were quite comforting.


I have a herbal blend that I drink during my period that has raspberry leaf as a base. I add gingeroot (I tend to get rather nauseous and that really helps), mint, chamomile and lavender.


I haven’t tried too many blends for this, but I know ginger helps with cramps.


I’ve been using it for awhile. In talking to other people, the best way to use it is to experiment. I find that taking it after I start, and after cramping begins, a cup fixes me right up! but I have friends that need to time it so they have a cup or two before things actually begin, and then each day throughout. Oh and someone recommended crampbark to me as well, but I’ve yet to find some.


(and by before it begins I mean a day or two before, if you use a tracker)


Herbs Teas & Treasures sells some

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Made a cup of this; got a lot more basil in the leaf I measured out this time around than I did last time so the colour wasn’t quite purple but more of a really lovely deep blue/green colour. Kind of a tealish hue? Still absolutely GORGEOUS but not the same as last time.

The flavour was actually very similar though despite the different ratio of ingredients in this cup. That’s sort of the problem with herbals that use such huge pieces like this one: it’s hard to get the same balance of things each time. But strong, sweet basil notes regardless – little bit of a floral body. Very soothing!

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Tried cold brewing this one again; it’s definitely growing on me ever so slightly. This brew I found that the flavours seemed to muddle together/blend into one another more smoothly than past cuppas. If I close my eyes and take a sip, it’s exactly like liquid Coffee Crisp, with apple notes. Mmm!

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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 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.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

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 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 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, Petrichor

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 (just to be on the safe side)!

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

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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