4130 Tasting Notes

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
4130 tasting notes

Drank this one earlier in the week on shift;

This particular shift I didn’t end up crossing anything off the list for Project Tea Wall because I spent the whole shift in the back stock room working on various projects, so this was the only tea I drank that day.

I made it up for myself as a Soy Latte though because I was craving a latte, but wanted to try something familiar and, at the same time, that I normally wouldn’t think to make as a latte. It was between this one and Mango Madness but I can always make Mango Madness at home, and I wasn’t 100% confidant that all the citrus in the latter wouldn’t curdle the milk.

This was definitely different as a latte; but not bad. It still had that special brightness to it, but mostly it was creamy cherry with rose/floral undertones. The coconut didn’t come through at all, really. It definitely satisfied the craving I had in that moment, and I appreciated the nice level of sweetness it had overall too. Even if it’s not my favourite latte I’ve ever had, it wasn’t the worst either.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This is a queued tasting note.

It sort of feels like AU releases a new “smoky” tea with each collection, doesn’t it? The last one, Silencio, didn’t really deliver on the smoke notes in my opinion though so I definitely took the ‘smoke’ descriptor for this tea with a grain of salt. I was wrong to do so, though, because I think this is arguably the smokiest tea that AU has released to date.

Honestly, it was almost even a little to harsh for me. I like smoky teas; but I kind of borderline felt attacked by this one. However, I did enjoy it even if it was a bit jarring. Plus, the dark cherry/overripe cherry undertones that crept through underneath that thick top layer of smoke was really lovely. Very rich, and in a way sultry as well.

What it actually reminded me of was a more blunt and heavy handed version of Adagio’s The Woman – which is the fan blend for Sherlock’s Irene Adler. Personally, The Woman is by far my favourite Adagio blend to date. So, the fact this one made me think so vividly of that one is a good sign! It means with just the right bit of tweaking to just slightly mellow out that smokey edge, this could be a truly divine tea instead of just a quite good one.

I also really want to try it with milk, as well.

VariaTEA

When I was reading your description I was like this sounds like The Woman, which I am currently drinking, and then I kept reading and laughed.

Roswell Strange

When AU announced this one I was definitely hoping it’d be comparable – I’d prefer to buy from AU than Adagio for that sort of flavour combination. Need to play more with this sample, but I could definitely see this being one I stock up on/get a tin of. Finally got my larger quantity of The Settlement! Now just to decide if I want more of Ventura Highway…

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Sipdown (146)!

I guess ultimately a forgettable one, though? I know I drank this cold brewed but I didn’t take notes ‘cause I was at work and now I can’t remember if there was anything stand out or out of the ordinary for this brew. I guess not? It probably just tasted like it did any other time I’d cold brewed it…

Regardless, while I’m not happy to see it go I’m not disappointed either. I’ve just gotten tired of it at this point, and I’m not looking to stock a coffee tea right now.

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For the first time in ten days, I not only got my full eight hours of sleep but I also got to sleep in! It felt blissful, and I woke up feeling so relaxed/refreshed. I do work today at DAVIDsTEA, but I’m enjoying having the morning to myself to just eat a nice, home cooked breakfast and drink some tea…

I finally invested in a milk frother after what seems like ages of meaning to get one; and by “invested in” I mean one of my coworkers bought a new one and gave me their old one. Regardless; I am now in possession of one! So I’m drinking some matcha almond milk, and that milk frother is the fucking bomb. Seriously; I’m in love already! It was easy to use, and now everything is light, frothy and fun. I even have a frothy matcha milk moustache as evidence!

And of course it tastes great too; definitely sweet but a particularly “bubble gum” flavoured sweet as opposed to a simply sugary sweet. The almond milk flavour is strong as well, so my bubble gum drink has nutty undertones – but it’s not bad, just maybe a very slight bit weird to be tasting the bubble gum and the almond milk. I think I’ve done this pairing (or cashew/coconut) before though, and that’s usually the case anyway. It’s just sticking out to me a bit more today than it normally would.

VariaTEA

Is it a frothing machine or a handheld frother? Also, do you have a gravity steeper yet?

Roswell Strange

Hand held; and no gravity steeper yet. Someday ;P It’s not a huge priority right now, tbh. Not with how much teaware I have already.

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One more review ‘cause my queue is getting ridiculous, but then I think I better use the sleep because this is looking to be like the fifth day in a row where I’ve gotten less than five hours of sleep at night…

- Cold Brewed, and consumed at Job #2
- Shared it with a coworker who I know has an appreciation for straight teas
- She really liked the fruity notes; she described them as strawberry like
- Red Fruit undertones; don’t entirely agree with “strawberry” but it’s along those lines
- With a light, bright cream/honey top notes
- And body notes of lightly roasted nuts
- Very smooth, medium bodied “easy drinking” tea; good for thoughtless consumption

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a queued tasting note.

So, I’ve got like 2 1/2 people left to get holiday presents for and all three of them are getting tea related things. The first is the lovely VariaTEA though to be perfectly honest I still don’t entirely know what I’m grabbing for her, the second is my Grandmother, and the 1/2 is my Secret Santa person from the Tea Chat group on Slack. The ‘1/2’ is ’cause I already bought 1/2 the gift on Black Friday, and I just have the second half to go now.

My grandma is going to be getting an infuser mug from DAVIDsTEA though ‘cause I got her tea samples and sachets last year just to test the waters on weather she’d like/use them and since that was a success it’s time to invest in something more permanent! I’m also grabbing larger amounts of the samples I nabbed her that she liked the most, and then I wanted to get something new as well…

Last year all I grabbed was green tea options ‘cause that’s what she drinks the most of but it was suggested to me that she might like something caffeine free for before bed, and that’s where this tea comes in to play! My grandma loves all things lavender, so those were the options I started exploring as night time blends for her. I ruled of Jessie’s Tea because she’s not big into coconut and from what I remember the coconut notes in that one are pretty strong. So that leaves this one…

I decided the best way to feel out whether it’d work for her would be to actually drink it, so during one of my shifts last week I did just that. I was actually surprised by how much I liked it myself given that I’m not a fan of lavender and from what I could remember when I tried this one years back I wasn’t a fan then either. To be fair, the element I liked a lot about this one when I made it this week wasn’t the lavender though; it was the really juicy, sweet and ripe strawberry notes that came through so clearly.

I think this will work perfectly, though! It’s really refreshing, what with the cool spearmint finishing notes. Plus the sweet strawberry and apple-y quince flavours aren’t too sweet or tart to be really jarring for her. And of course, it does taste a lot like lavender so I think she’ll really appreciate it. I just have to remember to let her know this is a milk free tea because of the hibiscus…

So one more Christmas present figured out! I just have to go out and acquire it now…

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

Save your money, I don’t need a gift especially after all the gifts I bought myself haha.

Roswell Strange

Pffft; we’ll see :P

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Advent Calendar Day Three

Ooh, a tisane!? I don’t think I’ve actually had a Dammann Freres tisane before, so part of me was really excited to pop that cherry. The other part of me was all “Darn, caffeine free for my commute tea…” and somewhat bummed out. I’ve been F/T at both jobs this week, so I’m essentially running on fumes. Caffeine is pretty well my best friend in the whole world right now.

But this was SO good! The range of fruit flavours was just perfect because it featured several clear and distinct notes, but was harmonious and didn’t feel bogged down with ingredients either. I’d definitely have to agree with DF that rhubarb was the key note here; and what a note! I love rhubarb so much, so any chance to try a new tea with that lovely sweet and slightly tangy profile is bound to be a winner in my opinion. The linden in the blend was also quite strong. I think because I drink a lot of Bluebird Tea Company’s Lime + Cola guayusa blend I associate the flavour of linden with lime now because linden makes up such a large part of that blend. So mentally I kept flipping between tasting linden leaf and rhubarb and tasting rhubarb and lime. Funny how the brain works like that. Other fruity notes present were orange/fresh citrus, and a strawberry-esque note. I say “esque” because it wasn’t quite strawberry OR raspberry, but leaned a little more towards the former than the latter.

Medium bodied overall, and really fresh! Perhaps a little weird for a winter/holiday tea given the summery fruit notes – but delicious regardless. Only thing it’s missing, in my opinion, is the caffeine content.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Had this one iced, almost a week ago, with a lot of added milk – and I mean A LOT. Obviously I’ve had Orange Pekoe before; just not the one that’s sold at DAVIDsTEA. So, had to cross it off the list but I made sure to have some fun with it/try it a new way too.

I mean, for Orange Pekoe this is pretty nice. It’s quite malty, and it has a sort of underlying nutty sweetness to it as well. I personally feel like it tastes a wee bit like walnut? The added milk really exaggerated the creaminess/malt notes of the tea, and it made for a surprisingly refreshing cup of tea. It also had hints of a sort of maple-y flavour, though perhaps that’s sort of me expanding on the sweetness of the walnut notes since maple/walnut is a bit of a given pair.

Honestly, if I’m going to drink a straight black I’d usually pick something better that plain Orange Pekoe, but this was enjoyable! It’s not something I’ll be clearing out tin space for or anything, but I wouldn’t feel bad recommending this to a customer for a basic black either.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

Soon you won’t be the sales associate saying “I’ve never had it personally but hear it’s…”. You will be the most well informed tea guide there is haha

Roswell Strange

That’s the goal!

VariaTEA

Next you will have to try everything as a latte so when people ask what’s the best latte you have an answer to that too :P

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Sipdown (146)!

This is a queued tasting note.

Drank this one as a commute tea earlier in the week; I’ve been working so much at both jobs this week that I’ve gotten so behind on my tasting notes so I’m trying to sneak in a handful tonight. Gotta keep things short and to the point though…

On that note; I liked this one well enough but it’s definitely not something I’d order again. In fact, it’s not even something I picked out for myself in the first place: it was my free sample from my order that was selected for me. But it wasn’t bad; it was just really chocolate without a lot of other flavour to give it any sort of depth or nuance. Yeah, smooth, rich and creamy chocolate – but just chocolate. I’m not too big into chocolate teas, so it didn’t thrill me. I appreciate it for what it was though.

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drank Carrot Cake by TeaTaxi
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- Made a pot of this for myself!
- Definitely a spiced carrot cake/spice cake feel
- Heavier on the clove/cinnamon/ginger than other spices
- Coconut is a nice touch; brings out some sweetness
- The carrot notes definitely come through pleasantly
- Would like to see some “Cream Cheese” component
- But it DOES taste good/get the flavour across

VariaTEA

I have a tiny sample of this I should probably get to trying. My samples are actually piling up seeing as I just got the December teas and I still have a sample from September haha

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) 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.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals 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 Bergamot. 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.

Currently I’m seasonally employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

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