1684 Tasting Notes


Was inspired to make a cup of this late into the evening after reblogging a chain of Silver Needle photos on Tumblr; and this was serene and calming, with a noticeable cream flavour alongside the soothing jasmine – a flavour note which has not been prominent in past infusions of this blend.


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A sample from 221Tea that I tried out a few nights ago. Plan was to cold brew, which I definitely still intend on doing, I just realized I had enough leaf for a hot cup too.

Unfortunately the hot cup didn’t impressed me that much; it was like very weak, slightly wood chipp-y cinnamon water with a flat, generic fruitiness. I don’t know if I understeeped, though I definitely didn’t underleaf. I’m thinking this is probably just another Teavana let down. Oh well, it’s not like I had high hopes anyway.

Maybe my cold brew’ll go over better.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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Sipdown (132/139)!

Ooh, progress! I love watching my cupboard numbers go down…

But yeah; this one wasn’t so impressive. Maple? Ehh, a little. But it was pretty astringent/bitter and there was this weird sorta sour but also sweet flavour that definitely was not maple and I can’t place it. It’s not that whatever that weird flavour was tasted all that offensive or gross, it just didn’t mesh with everything else and it left me feeling really distracted through the whole mug.

Oh well, thank you VariaTEA for the sample even if it wasn’t super awesome. I’m happy to have tried it anyway.

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drank Brasiliano by Tea Desire
1684 tasting notes

In my timolino!

Definitely a delicious energy booster, as always. I made it on Sunday because I had an early morning shift (I hate Sundays – I always start work way too early) and I figure I’d need the energy, and I was pretty correct. It was delicious, earthy mate with coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and deep thick toffee notes. Yummy!

Sunday was actually a pretty sad day overall though; it was the last day of two of the store employees. Ludmila a sweet, caring woman who immigrated to Canada about two years ago from Russia and who basically learned English solely through working at the store quit/resigned – it was heart breaking to see her go; she was supporting three children with this job, and the company basically bullied her into quitting by cutting her hours down every week to the point where staying wasn’t a reasonable option for her and her family. It was a really emotional last day for her.

And then Benjamin, who only worked part time on the weekends, is a university student who I really, really liked working with because he’s SUPER fun and nerdy and he understands my stupid English Literature jokes, and drinks a lot, and watches Big Brother! The company let him go because we didn’t have enough weekend hours to continue employing him if he couldn’t also work weekdays.

As a sort of parting goodbye/farewell thing Bobbi (the other keyholder) and I decided to buy a cake for everything working during the day and have a sort of goodbye party in the staffroom. I think it was just what everyone really needed.

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
1684 tasting notes

So whatshesaid may be my favourite person of the week!

I had pretty much given up on ever having this beautiful, amazing, cold brewed tea again given I ran out what feels like ages ago, and this one is discontinued – but being a fabulous person she sent me more and I’m now reveling in cold brewed coconut deliciousness!

Seriously, I feel like I’ve been reacquainted with a long lost lover – this is still an amazing, refreshing and crisp coconut tea and I’m so, so happy to have more!


Yayyyyyy :)

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
1684 tasting notes

C’mon DAVIDsTEA, bring this one back! … Please?

It’s so good; creamy, sweet peaches with a very tiny sorta fruity “tang” and a lovely smokey black base. It’s divine. I want this one back, so badly! I may cry when I’m out. I’ve legitimately never had a bad cup of it either! Which says a lot to me.

This particular cup I got a large yogurt drop in the leaf too, so it was especially rich and creamy! I’m thinking this could be a very strong contender for a latte!

Flavors: Cream, Peach, Smoke, Vanilla, Yogurt

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One more cup and it’s a sipdown, which is sad. Definitely going to be a restock/reorder though – just as soon as I have enough stuff I want to justify a DTT order: I wont pay the shipping for just one tea, no matter how tasty it is.

But yeah; brown sugar, indulgent yellow sponge cake, a slightly fruity sugary glaze. You know, the usual decadent deliciousness! And while this one is good with milk, I had it straight and it was just a great reminder that this one really is the perfect dessert tea all on its own.

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Sipdown (133/140)!

Firstly, read this: http://gawker.com/my-14-hour-search-for-the-end-of-tgi-fridays-endless-ap-1606122925

I don’t understand how one person can hate mozzarella sticks so much; and also only 7 plates after 14 hours is embarrassingly low, in my opinion. I would have been aiming for like a plate an hour…

Anyway, the tea! I said I’d have the last cup worth prepared at home, so I did – and it did make a difference. In addition to the rich juicy grenadine, I finally found the vanilla flavouring and there wasn’t any bitterness or astringency (though I still feel like that was more so from sitting in the timolino for so long and less so from being prepped that way). So hooray for a tasty cuppa and some flavour improvements!

Bumping my rating just a touch.

Flavors: Grenadine, Vanilla

Cameron B.

I agree, she certainly wasn’t trying very hard… And she claims she ordered 7 plates but only ate 32 sticks, which doesn’t add up if it’s 6 per plate… :P

Roswell Strange

Oh, true! I never even noticed the math discrepancy.

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I’m an idiot; just hours ago Tre supposedly ruined his phone by dropping it in a sink full of water while he was shaving. It’s pretty water damaged so he stuck it in a bag of rice – but he’s too impatient to give it a day or so (he expected “instant results” which is just crazy) so he has now gone to Target to replace his phone tonight, which I again think is hasty.

The me being an idiot part is introduced because I texted him ten minutes after he left asking him to pick me up some fruit gushers; half an hour later I’m only just realizing that’s a really stupid thing to do because obviously he’s not going to get the text…

Anyway; the tea! I actually botched this cup, but not for the reasons you’d think. My water temperature was way, way too low – and it came out an unappealing temperature with a wonky, half assed taste. Oh well. At the time I was making this, days ago, I had a whole bunch of other blends on the go which turned out ok so it wasn’t as harsh a loss as it might have been otherwise.

And, despite a weird flavour, the champagne actually came through pretty strongly!

Flavors: Champagne


What’s even better is looking for your phone and not being able to find it, and starting to type a text message only to realize the phone is in your hand. :D :D

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Sipdown (134/141)!

Thank you whatshesaid for the very thoughtful add in to the package you sent me! Because you suggested that I’d like this specifically for cold brewing, that’s how I decided to use up the sample from you – and you were right, this did make for a good cold brew!

It had a very powerful and fragrant mango aroma with a kind of floral undertone, and taste wise the mango definitely carried through in an almost “punch like” way, along with that very light floral quality. The black base itself was a little coppery tasting, but I liked the way that played with the mango. I also could taste the passion fruit in this, which of course delighted me, although it was fairly masked by the strong mango.

Overall a good cold brew, so thanks again!

Flavors: Floral, Mango, Passion Fruits

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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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