1928 Tasting Notes

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God Damn, I accidentally closed the tab and now I have to start the tasting note all over again. I hate that so much; but it was my own fault…

Kristina slept over Saturday night/Sunday morning, but I had to get up really early to head to work so Tre made all of us eggs and then we said our goodbyes and I left. I felt like a bit of a turd just abandoning her at my house, but that was better than kicking her out while she waited for her bus, I suppose. It was super awesome having her back in town though; I miss having her around!

As for the tea; I’ve had this awhile so it’s good I’m finishing it up. Since it’s the way I’ve enjoyed it the most and most often, I emptied out my tin by cold brewing what was left. Super creamy, super limey but not a lot of rooibos or honeybush base. So, perfect. The 2 oz. of this I had was good down to the very last of it as well.

I’m sure I’ll likely restock, but for now I’m happy to wait until Spring or Summer when I’ll be craving it a bit more frequently. And this way I can move something else into the tin, as well. Ah yes; coveted tin space!

Cameron B.

I actually have extra empty tins right now, clearly something is amiss! :o

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
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So after a day out with Kristina prior to the concert we met up with two of her friends right before out went out for supper. Both of her friends, Garett (I might be spelling that wrong) and Travis were really nice and very welcoming; although we didn’t have much in common other than Kristina.

We went out to a local cafe on the same block (I’d been before; it’s a nice place – kinda styled to be like an old fashioned Diner). Kristina got stew, Garett got Fish & Chips, Travis went with fries and a coke, and I couldn’t resist breakfast for supper; so toast, eggs, hash browns, and a cup of EG. Obviously this was not the most quality EG blend – but it was good enough for the situation, and I wasn’t expecting top class from the restaurant anyway. I’ve learned not to do that.

Kristina’s friend Garett very kindly paid for all of our food, which just blew me away. It was a really, really nice gesture. And then, after that we headed off to the show. We got there at about 7:30PM, but the band didn’t actually start playing until like 9:30 – so for a while we just kinda hung out and talked, and everyone checked out the band merchandise.

Travis actually ended up paying for my ticket to the show since he hadn’t had to pay for his supper (I felt like everyone was being really nice ‘cause I was so uncomfortable and out of my depth just being there), but then because he’d done that he didn’t have the cash to get the band shirt he wanted – so I paid for that since I hadn’t had to pay for a thing all night at this point. I didn’t mind doing it ‘cause even if I didn’t enjoy the style of music we were seeing so much, everyone else did – and only a cut of ticket sales goes to the band; but merch. goes straight to them so probably the best way to support ’em.

We met up later with Kristina’s cousin; he seemed nice and really intellectual. He’s from Regina, like Kristina and I, but just recently moved to Saskatoon. Once the music really got going they all migrated up to the front of the stage, but I stayed and hung out at the back – and proceeded to drink, a lot. From about 10:00PM to 2:00AM when the concert ended, I had a constant stream of Fuzzy Navels in front of me. Kristina originally offered to hang out with me sitting down, but I know that’s not her thing so I insisted she go head bang right up at the front of the stage like I knew she wanted to do.

That’s just not me; even if this hadn’t of been a Metal Concert I’ve never been that person who wants to get up close and personal with the band; I much prefer to sit back and do my own thing. But as it was, the concert was a Metal one and most of it just sounded very loud and like screaming to me, but with a pretty good beat overall. It got better the more alcohol was in my system, that’s for sure.

For a while there was a moshpit going; basically everyone I was with was in it. It was small, but intense. Kristina ended up bruised pretty well everywhere from the waist down (like deep, intense bruises), Garett had this MASSIVE red bruise right between his eyes, and Travis wound up with this huge gouge under his right eyes and a killer black eye as well (it was already starting to go super purple and look swollen at the end of the night). Plus it was of course very, very loud. There would be moments between songs or when bands were switching over (five people played) where no music was going, and everything had that half/deaf tunnel sound – if I could hear at all. Some moments I was pretty much totally deaf (and I was at the very far back of the club); can’t imagine what it was like up front. And they were all just so happy about it.

I have to say though, out of everything last night there was a pretty awesome moment when the headlining band played something I recognized! Here’s the link to it on Youtube, so you can all enjoy it too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeRZ7fqUp9g

Again, nothing against Metal music AT ALL but man that’s not my kind of thing. Though if I learned anything, it was that Metal Heads are super, super welcoming to Newbs like me, and really nice people. Lots of people can get snobby or protective about their music, but they were all like “Hey, Welcome! Come on in – here’s what’s going down tonight! Get involved and love it!”.

… And after all that we went home to my place where we promptly fell asleep ’cause Kristina was coming off her Adrenaline rush and I had to be at work in six hours. Blah.

Indigobloom

Sounds like a blast!! well except for the bruising part. You have good friends :)

Roswell Strange

**Under his right eye; he does not have multiple right eyes.

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This is what I started to cold brew on Friday, and the plan was to take it with me during my day out Saturday w. Kristina – but due to sleeping in really late I didn’t have time to strain it in the morning, so when we took the bus back to my place to kill time for a few hours before the show, I used that time to strain this and have myself something cold to drink. It was good. Super raspberry, very thirst quenching and juicy. I love this one. Just love it.

We didn’t do much at my place; had some munchies, watched some stupid Youtube videos. She showed me some of the music I was gonna be seeing at the concert that night; most of it just sounded like loud angry men screaming, but it made her happy which made me happy so that’s good.

And then after a few hours her friend Garett came and picked us up since we were going to the show with him and his roommate/her friend Travis, and we went out to eat before the show started!

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Before we left Tea Desire, I got my third Tea To Go for the day; I felt so judged by Kristina. At this point, I’d had two super caffeinated things so I felt the need to offset that so I decided I was going to be having rooibos.

I told her to pick out one that sounded like it’d make a good latte, and she actually picked Strawberry Cream but the sales person actually highly advised against getting it; and I’ve learned that if that staff advise against something usually to heed their warnings since 95% of the time they’re taught to recommend EVERYTHING, or at least give everything its own little spin to make it sound good (my DT friends have totally fessed up to having to do this – they’ll avoid saying things like “I don’t like it” and instead say “It’s very fruity/floral/sweet/etc.” or “Blank who works here really likes it”). So when they advise against it, there’s usually a good reason and they’re being super blunt/honest with you.

So I went with Kristina’s second pick instead; this one! It was good – thought not mind blowing. It was definitely very smooth and silky from the milk, and I’d say more heavily chocolate than almond but it’s possible the milk was just drowning out the almond. Some marzipan sweetness poked through though! It was almost a little floral too; I swear I picked up on some rose notes.

So I sipped on this one while we walked over to Chapters to go browsing, and so Kristina could pick up the most recent copies of the European metal magazines she reads. I’d never actually been to this Chapters; there are a couple in Saskatoon – and this is the biggest one I’d seen. We had a fun time looking around; and then of course I got sucked in by the little ‘tea station’ they had set up.

The had lots of Tea Forte, some bags of loose tea from a company called Pluck (never heard of ‘em, but there wasn’t anything exciting) and lots of tins of sachets from Harney & Sons – I was very excited about the Harney, but turns out they didn’t have either of the two I’m looking to acquire more of; Wedding Tea and Soba Cha. I was very tempted to buy something anyway because I desperately want to own a Harney tin (they’re so pretty!) but I couldn’t justify getting 20 sachets of something I just wont drink.

Bleh.

It was fun though! And after that we bused back to my place…

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drank Sansangria by Tea Desire
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So we bused down to Center Mall after DT and the record store; the main goal here was to go shoe shopping for me so I had decent shoes for the concert/work since the ones I own now are literally falling apart in pieces – but there wasn’t anything work appropriate in my size at the store, so that yielded literally nothing.

Tea Desire is in the same mall though, so we stopped there because how could we not? This was the tea on sample for the day, so we each tried a little shot glass worth. Kristina liked it and while I didn’t dislike it I thought it seemed like something much more suited to be iced/cold brewed. It was super orange/citrus flavoured with pineapple notes more present in the undertones/end sip. Pretty tart and sour, but with a lot of natural sweetness. I could be tempted into buying some in the future.

While we were there I restocked on Caramel Pu’Erh and Buddha Bamboo as well; and picked up more Walnut Truffle for VariaTEA. Kristina was so amused by how much tea stuff there is, and by all the colourful teaware. Understandable though, because even I am often amused by how much tea stuff there is an by all the colourful teaware. I’m happy that fascination has yet to go away.

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One highly caffeinated To Go bevarage at DT isn’t enough, apparently, so to contrast my latte w. Kristina I also grabbed one of these babies, iced, To Go before me headed out for the day.

It was pretty good; it tasted like petrichor (the smell of the earth after it rains); very earthy, very fresh, with some natural sweetness to it. Rainforest, through and through.

The whole reason Kristina was in town was to go to a Metal Concert (Arsis; and four other bands opening for them) with me, but at this point it was about 12:30PM and the doors to the show didn’t open until 7PM so we had a lot of time to kill. We ended up taking the longer, more leisurely walk to the bus terminals downtown while I sipped on this. Along the way we stopped at this older, vinyl record place. I’d never been before, but it was really cool. The whole store had this very welcoming, but dated atmosphere and the staff were pretty low key and casual. It was fun.

I didn’t get anything, but she got a (Metal) album. It was fascinating watching the staff members find the CD; she brought the case up and they used an indexed filing system to go through these MASSIVE cabinets of archived CDs to find the correct one. So “old school” – which seems like such a judgmental thing to say? But it was cool. You don’t see a lot of stores using an organizational system like that anymore.

And then we caught the bus and were off to another mall!

Flavors: Moss, petrichor, Rainforest, Wet Earth

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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Just a little bit of backlog; I spent all Saturday out with my friend Kristina, and then yesterday I worked in the morning and promptly fell asleep when I got home so now, since I have the day off, it looks like it’s an appropriate time to log tasting notes. Man, it’s 9AM and it just feels so wrong that I’m wide awake. But that’s what I get for passing out on the couch at 8PM yesterday…

So lets get into my Saturday, shall we? Kristina was supposed to get in from Regina at 11:00 so I was going to meet her downtown at 11:30, but in order to get ready, shower and stuff and catch the bus in time I needed to get up at approx. 9:00 so that’s when I had my alarm set for. So I ended up waking up on my own thinking I was up before the alarm had gone off; I casually checked what my phone for the time and what time was it? 11:00. I fucked up. Apparently, I had my phone on vibrate so I wound up sleeping through the alarm. So I got ready stupidly fast; no time for showers or tea or really even like brushing my hair? And I had to take a taxi to meet her; even still I wound up being late. She was cool about it though. I guess she just knows me and what to expect, at this point…

We met up at DAVIDsTEA because it’s a good meeting place, and it’s close to the Bus Depot downtown; and Thank God we did ‘cause no tea in the morning or prepared To Go? That’s terrible! So, I met up with Kristina and we caught up on what was new with her life since moving back to Regina over a hot latte. I picked this one; mate is pretty well the only way to start off a busy day out.

This was pretty decent; you could really taste the coffee in it alongside the very roasty mate, which is sort of coffee like on its own too. There are so many different kinds of coffee beans in this though; and I am so vastly unknowledgable when it comes to coffee, so there’s no way I was able to pick up the differences between them all. I also was able to pick up on notes of vanilla and white chocolate among the creamy, frothy milk. Mmm! Man do I love lattes. I also feel like I very slightly tasted the chicory and some nuttiness, but mostly I think that was drowned by the milk.

But this definitely significantly jump started my day, which was the intent. And man, what a day it was! So much was packed into the day! It was fun though, and I look forward to elaborating in tasting notes to come!

EDIT: Should probably point out this was obviously with the new formula.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (117)!

No problems with finishing this one off; a little birdy (the manager at my local store) told me she was 95% this was going to be coming back in the winter, so if I decide I do want to replenish I’m confidant I will have the chance to do so in a couple of months.

This was delicious and very comforting; lots of sweet rose and almost cherry heavy marzipan notes, but also other stuff like coconut, apple, cinnamon, and nuts. There’s a bunch going on with this one but despite the potpourri of ingredients it feels tried together and succinct, and it doesn’t make your head hurt like other blends can when you try to consciously pick out the many different things happening.

I’ve enjoyed this one, even though I totally didn’t expect to.

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Steeped up and taken with milk to satisfy a creamy dessert tea craving, and also because it’s conveniently caffeine free – once I’m done logging teas for the night it’ll be straight to bed for me; a while ago I said that I was going to be going to a(nother) Metal Concert with my friend Kristina, who is busing into the city for the day to see it with me.

Well, time flew by quickly so it’s time to go see it tomorrow! The concert doesn’t start until 7PM but she’ll be getting into the city tomorrow a little before noon so it’s going to be a really early day, at least by my standards, so I need to catch some extra Zs . I’m not sure how we’re going to kill time – but we will. Hopefully she’ll be tired from the long bus ride and not want to do anything too out there until the concert starts. I’m meeting her at DTs, so that should be fun. I’ll be sure to try something new while I’m there!

This was good; very custard/creamy in flavour with that lovely confectionery coconut taste. Exactly what I was hoping for; so glad it delivered (not that I really anticipated it not delivering). I’m surprised Tre didn’t demand a sip; he loves coconut stuff and the smell was intoxicating.

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1928 tasting notes

Sipdown (118)!

Well damn it took an excessively long time to sipdown this weird matcha. And, I never did find a way to prepare it where I really enjoyed it. Some were better than others, that’s for sure, but nothing was great.

This time to polish it off I made a small, slightly overleafed cup in cold milk (because I need to use up the milk I have right now). It tasted ok; but weird like anticipated. I gave Tre a sip of it and while he didn’t like it, he did “give some feedback”. He said it tastes like cinnamon candy and at first I told him he was crazy, but then when I went back to finish the cup I could see that actually – now that he had said it, it sorta did in a very weak way.

That actually made it easier to finish the mug.

Go Tre?

Flavors: Cinnamon

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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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