2039 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown (127/134)!

Finished off the sample from VariaTEA – I debated adding milk to this but I’m really glad that I didn’t because that would have been really, really weird. This cup was pretty significantly different than the last one I had.

To start, the rosemary was very strong and intense in this cup. In fact, it was very close to being too much; but it kinda worked with the sweetness of the fig and the floral of the rose. Overall, it sorta made the mug especially herbal and borderline savory, though and that weirded me out. The caramel was kinda missing in this cup though. I feel like I’m not totally ok with that. I like caramel…

But on the whole this was a good cup; very weird and definitely memorable. I must say though, I think I’ll be good if I don’t have another rosemary heavy tea for a long, long while. It was maybe too different; but I’m so happy I got to experience it especially when it was so lighthanded in the first cup.

I guess the rosemary in the sample must’ve sunk the the bottom of the little baggie?

Cameron B.

I’m not sure I can get behind rosemary in tea. Sounds weird… :P

TeaBrat

I have some Rosemary white tea and it’s actually good!

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
2039 tasting notes

Taken with milk.

My tin of this is empty enough now that I’m able to see part of the bottom of the tin when I scoop it.

Ooh!

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So I already know I love this one cold but I finally tried this one hot for the first time and I loved it! All my favourite things about this one cold brewed stayed true in the hot version: it was delightfully amazing with ripe, juicy and vibrant notes of Acai and Juniper accented by blueberry and cranberry notes which made this a jumble of berries in the best way possible.

Also, I hadn’t thought of this until now going to log this one and seeing it in the listed flavours, but there were totally pine notes too! I knew there was this extra flavour in the hot cup that wasn’t in the cold brew, and that’s definitely what it was. Hmm.

But yes; this was super flavourful and yummy and sweet and mellow and perfect. How could DT ever discontinue this blend? Now that I know this is awesome hot and cold it’ll be hard to keep from drinking it at a faster rate.

Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Cranberry, Pine

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Sipdown (128/135)!

Well, I cold brewed this sample from VariaTEA so I could finish it in one go, and because I knew it had stawberry in it and I thought that might be nice cold brewed. I’m wondering now if I should have had it hot though? It’s not that it was unpleasant, it just was completely unremarkable and average.

Pretty much is was an ok black base (no distinguishing flavours/characteristics) with a mellow “strawberry jam” type flavour to it. The maple in this was completely missing: like a lot of shitty fathers it seems it packed its bags and slipped out in the dead of night thinking no one would notice, but its absence was definitely felt.

Oh well; another blend tried but also another that wont be missed.

Flavors: Jam, Strawberry

mj

LULZ @ the deadbeat dad simile

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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample of this one! I pulled out a few black samples out of my closet to work on since my sipdown drawer was looking a little lonely, and this is one of them. I must say, the sample section in my closet is looking awfully empty right now; I’ve been doing a great job of keeping my cupboard at a reasonable number lately.

Also, I have to admit that I don’t remember much about this cup though I do strongly remember the second one I had of it (the sipdown one; which I’ll write about later – there’s more stuff in the queue to get through first). Because of that I’ll just have to rely on my notes to summarize what my thoughts were when I had it…

- Made in my timolino
- Visually lots of interesting things going on in the leaf
- A little hard to pinpoint what’s in this/the flavours based on sight and smell
- I don’t taste any rosemary… Thank God?
- Why does Rosemary instantly remind me of lesbian alien lovers!?
- Oh, this is why: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdykbgfLmJ1rb5pqfo4_500.jpg
- It’s a Homestuck thing…
- Back to tea: Even if I don’t taste Rosemary I do taste the rose, which is well balanced
- The fig is stronger than I expected it to be
- The caramel just makes the fig seem richer, like some sorta glaze?
- Is caramelized fig actually a thing?
- The black base is JUST A TOUCH bitter, but nice overall
- Yeah, this is better than anticipated
- Just weird; like canon alien lesbian lovers…

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Fig, Rose

Cheri

lesbian alien lovers?!?!

Cheri

But this tea sounds interesting

Roswell Strange

http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6 Rose Lalonde and Kanaya Maryam are both characters in this webcomic, and their ship name is RoseMary. One is a human female, and the other is a troll who is presumed to be female (trolls don’t have as defined gender roles or just gender in general in comparison to humans). Late in the comic they have a canon relationship.

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Cold Brew!

An extra long one, at that: I started it when I got home from work a few nights ago (like I usually do) but because I started much later (cleaning shift) this wasn’t strained until significantly later than I normally would have done it.

Still delicious though; like fresh squeezed pineapple juice with the light scent/taste of orchids over a greener than usual oolong base. Very natural and thirst quenching.

And now I’m wondering how much pineapple/pineapple flavoured stuff I actually consume in a week. I think it must be a lot because I drink lots of pineapple flavoured tea, and I have loads of other pineapple stuff in the house. I mean, today alone I’ve had toast with pineapple cream cheese, two slices of cheese and pineapple pizza, and a Pina Colada milkshake, and I’ve only been awake for about 4 and a half hours so far…

Man I love pineapples.

Cheri

That is a lot of pineapple.

Stephanie

This one is superb

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So yeah; I had a cleaning shift earlier in the week: 5:30PM until 11:00PM – or at least that’s what it was supposed to be. Instead the cleaners decided that in addition to a scrub they would wax our floors too, and of course that meant that I had to stay until that was done because I definitely can’t leave ’em alone in the store…

So my shift was extended until 1:30AM – and it’s not so much that I mind staying late because I really don’t; I’m a night person anyway and would have been awake anyway, plus more money for me! The downside was that the other person in the store with me was my assistant manager Val who I sorta hate (at the minimum, we don’t get along well) so I had to spend extra time in the store with just him (and the cleaners) and he was highly pissed about having to stay late. Except, it’s more his job to stay late and “role with the punches” than it is mine…

There was lots of awkward silence as we sat in the back not doing anything, for hours. We just had nothing to talk about…

yyz

Awkward. Its difficult being stuck in those situations.

I don’t mind extended hours either, but its nice when you work with people who can’t roll with the punches. One of my jobs was very chaotic that way. When you ran into people who freaked out about delays or extended programs you started to wonder what they were doing there, as it was the kind of job who required highly adaptable people.

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
2039 tasting notes

Well, another day off work so another day to tick some notes off my queue; I was actually going to go to Folk Fest today with Tre since he got back in town this morning and he said he’d go with me – but I guess he has a BBQ to go to, and I don’t want to go on my own. There’s always next year though, right? Besides it’s not like I haven’t experienced similar before at Regina’s Mosaic; I went to that every year for years – so it wont kill me to miss out.

This was my “early morning cup of orange juice”, so to speak, earlier in the week. I had a late cleaning shift which gave me some extra hours to myself in the morning/afternoon and I made some tea to take advantage of that. I had the whole “orange juice after brushing your teeth” thing going on though because, well, I’d just brushed my teeth. Woops.

But that went away and then I was able to really enjoy this one and everything sweet, juicy, and tropical about it. Yummy!

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So, if you don’t want to hear about Tre’s sorta sex life, skip to the bolded line!

I think I’ll end my night’s tasting notes with this one, and pick up the back log of notes maybe tomorrow night? I want to watch more Gossip Girl this evening, and I still need to stream tonight’s episode of Big Brother so that I can compare thoughts with Tre. Although, he’s actually in Regina right now – he left yesterday afternoon. He’s spending the next three days with a girl named Brooke (a former classmate of mine; and a sort of perpetual “crush” of his for the last year or so). He basically got booty called or whatever you call it when it’s a three day stretch of… Well, you know.

He was very elated and took some time off work to go. So, I guess I’m happy for him and, err, “little him”? Even if I don’t exactly like Brooke that much (for a variety of reasons), and if I think that he’s maybe being used to scratch some, uhh, itches? I mean, at least he’s pretty aware he’s being used?

People are weird. Sometimes sex is weird. And, I feel like I know more about his sex life than is normal for friends/roommates. I mean, I know the rather intimate details of his, uhh, first time. Is that a normal thing roommates share, ‘cause if it is I missed that memo and I definitely don’t plant to reciprocate on the sharing of details.

In other, non Tre related, news: I had to close the store with my manager a few nights ago and that was awkward as hell. It was very weird because it sorta felt like I had to hold her hand through the process: she does not normally close (in fact; she NEVER works in the evenings unless it’s a cleaning shift) so she was very out of practice with how everything was done.

It was honestly like I was closing by myself but under some weird sort of supervision, because I had to do my half of closing and then reteach her how to do her half. It’s a good thing I’m awesome (and not at all modest) though, because I was able to carry us both through closing and still get us out of the store on time and on schedule. I think I earned some major brownie points!

But enough of that!

We’re ending the night on this tasting note (and off colour rant) because it’s tasting note 1771 and that feels like a fun enough number to end up. I don’t think I can count it as a monumental number; but yeah, it’s fun.

Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample of this! I likely would not have picked it out for myself, but turns out I would have been very wrong in doing that! Why? Because this was pretty fucking spectacular. Honestly, I don’t think it’d be much of a stretch to call this the best (or at least close to) chocolate tea I’ve had – and I am not really a chocolate tea person. Rather, I’m pretty impartial to chocolate in my tea.

But this was deeply satisfying and indulgent in the most surprising of ways, with very thick, rich dark chocolate notes that reminded me of fancy truffles! And then combine that with almost equally rich notes of caramel and honey with an insanely smooth black base and an undertone of earth notes from the Pu’Erh and you have a really well formulated breakfast (or really anytime) blend that’ll have me enchanted for days.

Seriously; this should be called something more interesting than “Bolder Breakfast”. How about Seduction Tea? ‘Cause, you know, that’s much more on point. I have (well, “had” – the sipdown note for this is in my queue) one more cup of this and I definitely cannot put off having it. I need this one again! Mmm!

And so yeah, we’re gonna end the night on that semi uncomfortable and weird tasting note. Sometimes I feel like I share too much on Steepster; but at least I gave you all a heads up. Besides, this is sorta like a mostly tea focused diary for me; so I want to write about what’s relevant to my life in addition to tea. I don’t want to feel guilty about that…

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Honey

mj

Don’t feel guilty! You never fail to entertain :)

OMGsrsly

:D I guess it depends on how close you are as friends with your roommate! I’ve had a roommate/friend share stuff like that before, when my BFF doesn’t even share details. I don’t really care either way, as long as I don’t have to provide information I’m not comfortable sharing!

VariaTEA

I had a roommate angrily yell at me the very, very intimate details of her first time so don’t worry, it’s not that strange. Mostly I think it depends on the person because some people like to share and others don’t. It could be worse though as my roommates and I used to hear a roommates sex life…every…single…night.

sundaysipping

Don’t feel guilty. Your notes are always awesome!

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God Damn It; why do all my local grocery stores pretty well refuse to sell passion fruit!? Seriously, I have been looking for actual honest to goodness passion fruits all bloody summer but I’ve had ZERO luck, AND THEY SHOULD BE IN SEASON!

Oh well; at least I have this tea though – and it really is pretty damn delicious even if it’s not exactly like an actual passion fruit. This was a cold brew and it was very sweet and thirst quenching. It actually helped to off set some rather miserable Ramen noodles, which have become my staple break food/supper at work since we sell them and lately I have not been able to leave the store on break to go to the food court for some slightly better food.

This particular cold brew was extra sweet and reminded me a little of passion fruit puree? Minus the weird texture/mouthfeel. It had a hibby tartness on the end of the sip though. Still, very good.

But for cereal; where are all the real life passion fruits!

Bear With Me

Come out to the Island, passion fruit are in 90% of the grocery stores right now (and I have several in my fridge as I type)

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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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