4425 Tasting Notes


This is a queued tasting note.

Had this one as a cold brew, and I definitely liked it better the second time around! Everything I mentioned from the first time was still true but this time I felt like the fruit flavours were just equally richer and more pronounced/distinct. In particular, the orange and cranberry just had such great clarity.


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Had a really nice mug of this one on shift earlier in the week with some added milk. I debated latte-ing it, but there are extra steps we have to take to latte this one in store because the banana disintegrates while infusing and will jam our gravity steepers and I was feeling lazy, so latte this one I did not…

Also, apparently I’m Yoda now.

Anyway, it was great! Really smooth, silky and sweet with lots of banana flavour and creaminess. When I did that big herbal tea restock recently I definitely debated getting a tin of this for at home, but honestly it’s just so heavy that even with my staff discount I had a hard time willing myself to buy it knowing I’d go through it so quickly and that 100g would barely be any ‘leaf’ anyway. So I think for the time being I’ll just stick to enjoying it on shift.

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.


This one is definitely best with milk or as a latte :)


This is awesome as a latte, but soo expensive and a pain to make.


I guess I’m just repeating what you said though, haha. More caffeine needed

Evol Ving Ness

I find this one does best in teabags that you can toss away when you are done rather than the painful task of declogging tea gear.

Roswell Strange

Yup; that’s exactly how we do it in store.


Same, Evol.

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From the Regional Group Buy.

I set this one aside to drink today, and the timing of my Gong Fu session just happened to line up with when the Pumpkin Earl Grey bread that I baked today came out of the oven, so I wound up with a somewhat unintentional pairing of the two.

I think this is my first green tea from Columbia; I have to say I’m definitely looking forward to the Columbian Black tea over the green but I’m down to try just about anything once. Before I started eating the bread, my impression of this tea was sort of neutral at best? I found it rather grassy, but in a sort of lawn clippings/less sweet way? If that makes any sort of sense? Essentially – it was grassy but not so much a sweet or pleasant grass note. Also a bit smoky in the top of the sip, with a somewhat creamy finish. Very interesting overall; probably a bit closer to a Chinese style green over a Japanese just in flavour. Not really my sort of thing, though.

However, pairing it with the pumpkin EG bread was a game changer though because the bread was really rich and sweet, and covered a lot of the unpleasant grass notes I was getting. What it didn’t cover was the smoke note though, and that tasted wonderful alongside the pumpkin and citrus/bergamot. Lovely pairing of sweet and smoky!

Unfortunately, you can’t really commit to a tea on the condition you’re always going to be drinking it whilst eating Pumpkin Earl Grey bread because that means always needing to have PEG around and I just can’t ensure that’ll happen. So, I’m gonna have to play with the rest of the sample (maybe Western style) to see if I can enjoy it any better without the food pairing.

Daylon R Thomas

The black has a very strong licorice/anise taste.

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So today is my first day off in over two weeks…

While mostly I just want to be lazy around the house today, I figured I should probably also do something that I can count as productive. And I decided that productive thing would be baking some bread! Of course, I’m not a real baker so I used a box bread recipe thinger; but I customized it and made it my own.

The main things I added were pureed pumpkin, and of course I had to include tea! In this circumstance I used this Earl Grey and mixed the fannings from two of the tea bags into the batter, and then I swapped out the water for the recipe with a very concentrated Earl Grey brew. Like, five teabags for ten minutes sort of concentrated…

Also, I don’t own a bread pan apparently even though I was SURE I did so I had to improvise a little bit. So, instead of baking my bread in a bread pan I used a roughly loaf of bread shaped/sized casserole dish instead. Thankfully it worked just fine, and now I have delicious Pumpkin Earl Grey bread to snack on for my day off!

The bread is sweet, rich, lightly spiced and has wonderful pumpkin and Earl grey flavours exploding from it with each bite. I cut myself off a thick slice and also melted some Swiss Cheese on it as well, and that only added to the divine, sweet flavour. I’m just loving this combination so much; it’s the best thing I’ve baked in recent memory honestly.

And a picture: https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15541620_10209019867587822_7333098820095302600_n.jpg?oh=5aecc0b175e31f1307d651cd555a4e4b&oe=58B19C28

The tea is the Columbian Bitaco Green Tea from LP’s Regional group buy. Review on that tea and the pairing to come next…

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Advent Calendar Day Twelve

Wow, half way through already!? That seems kind of crazy.

I like this one a lot though; it very light and refreshing with soft flavour notes although it doesn’t lack in flavour. Primarily, I’d say this mostly takes like lime/passionfruit and has a borderline tropical like quality. However, it’s also got a really soft ginger finish which greatly compliments the lime. Other flavours which crop up throughout sips are freshly cut grass, from the base, and linden leaf.

One thing I’ve noticed throughout this calendar is that DF seems to really enjoy incorporating ginger into their blends. However, I don’t seem to mind that overall. They generally do it well.

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First tea of the morning!

This is my first day off both jobs in… ages. Like, literally over two weeks.

So the plan for the day is basically just to enjoy as much tea as possible and relax. Sounds easy, right? Well – I’ve pretty well been confined to my room literally all morning because our new roommate hasn’t moved his stuff over yet, so he slept on the couch last night. Which is connected to the kitchen/main living space. I was trying to be polite and not wake him, but by noon I’d reached the point where I felt it was an appropriate enough time of day I could move about and not be an ass for doing it.

So I started by making myself, and him, a cup of tea and then making us each a bagel with maple chevre and some cubed pineapple. I was hoping the soft sounds of my making breakfast in the kitchen and the aroma of fresh food/tea would wake him up. No such luck; it’s now an hour later than when I’d initially made breakfast/tea and his food is still sitting on the kitchen counter untouched. Oh well, I tried.

The tea was actually pretty good though! When I first opened the sample packet like a week ago to smell it the aroma actually made me feel pretty uneasy/sick so I waited to try it and thankfully it sat well with me this morning/early afternoon.

I was SO excited for this one when I saw it announced for this AU collection; I’m not the world’s biggest bergamot/EG fan but I do have a soft spot for flavoured Earl Grey. I will say both the plum and clove, which are the extra flavours in this EG, come through quite strongly. However, do they go together is the more important question. The answer to that question is… kinda?

It’s just weird and slightly spiced but not really? Also, with the strong bergamot notes and the plum there was something sort of perfume like/chemical to the combination that seemed just a touch off to me. However, that said, whatever caused that seemed to calm down as the tea cooled, and the flavours came together a bit more smoothly overall as well. It wasn’t bad overall; just a little disjointed as a blend. I loved the clove flavour, though!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cloves, Floral, Lavender, Perfume, Plums, Stonefruits


R and R is die you workaholic!


Waiting til past 12? Wow that’s more than generous!

Enjoy your day off! :)

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This is a queued tasting note.

From the same night I was drinking the Sticky Pudding pearls from Q2T at DT while on shift. One of my coworkers pointed out to me that both teas I brought with me were “Sticky” teas, and we had a good laugh and the completely random coincidence of that.

As always this was delightful; it made me think of the former ASM Zoe though. I always meant to bring her a sample of this one because it’s one we talked about at length and in great detail, and she’s such a hardcore oolong fan. However, I never ended up getting any to her before she moved to BC…

She would have adored it, though.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Brought this one with me to DAVIDsTEA to drink on shift earlier this week. Everyone was pretty excited about it/the dry smell. It’s so sweet and rich smelling and the name and then the appearance of the leaf really draw you in.

Here are the notes I scribbled on my cup drinking it:

- Added milk
- Malty, sweet, caramel, freshly baked bread, cocoa
- Smooth with no bitterness, minimal astringency
- Almost tasted like an Assam profile?

I loved it a lot overall; the one change I think I’d make is a slightly shorter steep time because I went with around five minutes, and I’m pretty sure that’s where the astringency came from. Also, I think I’d like to try it without milk as well – the primary reason I added it in the first place was to soften the astringency, and if that wasn’t an issue I don’t think the milk would be needed.

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Evol Ving Ness

Totally love that you are exposing/converting DTs people to other brands, one by one, while at work.

Roswell Strange

It seems only right that people who work in a tea shop are familiar with everything on the market/try as much as possible ;)

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
4425 tasting notes

Drinking a cup of this one cold brewed before I head off to bed.

Or attempt to head off to bed, that is.

Our roommate situation got resolved today: for a while we’ve been searching for a third roommate and struggling to find one. However, our good friend James ended his relationship with his girlfriend today – and since they were living together in her apartment that meant he needed somewhere to move, and quickly. So, that timed out nicely for us. It’s unfortunate circumstances for him, though.

It’s somewhat weird, though. James used to spend A LOT of time at this condo because he was dating our old roommate Shauna; and then they broke up and he stopped coming around because that would have been awkward. The room he’s moving into now is Shauna’s old room; I bet that feels strange to him. In addition, up until like three weeks ago he was technically my boss at work? I mean, I worked in a totally different area of the store (Value Village; not DT) but he was my superior. Eventually, because of mutual friends and what not, people are going to figure out we’re living together now…

That’s not a HUGE deal; it wasn’t a secret between coworkers that we were friends outside of work. However I think this MAY be an eye opener to some people just how close we were outside of work. I don’t know if that will affect things for me or not? I suppose I’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.

And then of course there’s just the fact that James is a LOUD person. He’s been in the condo less than five hours now “officially” and the sound of blaring video games and him and Trey drinking/gaming together is already significantly louder than I’m used to the apartment being at this time of night. I’m hoping it’s just the excitement of them living together (they’re best friends) and that over time that’ll tone itself down a little.

So yeah – those are the things I’m mulling over tonight while I drink my cold brew…

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.


Yikes, I hope things turn out well for you. These types of situations can get frustrating over time, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I feel you on the noise thing. Some people seem to carry noise around them. They don’t seem to have the same need for silence and peace that others do.

My new neighbours, over a year now, are like that. There is always sound and noise coming from them. There are children jumping, crying, babbling. Adults talking or screaming or laughing. TV on. Sports noise on. Exercise motivation on. Noise and sound. All. the. time. I know, it’s just life for them, but damn.

In my experience, it is best to introduce your need for, occasional, quiet earlier rather than later with people who share your space.

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
4425 tasting notes

So let me tell you a tale…

A few nights ago this was my cold brew for the day – the same day I ended up heading to my mom’s for the evening rather unexpectedly to help out with a family project/Christmas thing for my Grandma. Whenever I head over to my mom’s house I try to bring tea with me for her to try.

So, she of course asked to try what I was drinking. I had to awkwardly tell her that I’d brought with me the one tea that she happens to currently have more than 30g of at her house. In fact, no only does she have more than 30g but she probably has closer to 300g of it. Oops.

I enjoyed it though! Happy I bought some of this for at home.

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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 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 Goal for The New Year (2017) is to make time for at least one long, proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for…

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additive. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, overly vegetal or marine, 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 or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot

If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m 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.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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