2265 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
2265 tasting notes

We’re doing the copy/paste thing even though this probably deserves a paragraphed tasting note…

- Also, bubblegum…
- Succulent, sweet, juicy, and authentic
- The green rooibos base is perfect too!
- Newly “tinned” and will be forever hoarded because it’s PERFECT
- Courtney is a fool for selling it to me
- Even Tre, tea skeptic that he is, said that is perfect and doesn’t need anything added

Flavors: Candy, Green Melons, Honey, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

Cameron B.

Have you had their Melon Oolong?

Roswell Strange

I have not; would love to though. There are several Lupicia teas I’d order. Melon Oolong, Kotobuki, the new Autumn one that’s pumpkin/sweet potato. Really the only thing I’d be overly cautious of is blindly buying a black blend; I haven’t been impressed with their black base in the ones I’ve tried so far.

Cameron B.

Well the Melon Oolong and Golden Honeydew seem like the same flavoring to me, but I like the oolong version slightly better because of the base. :)


Do you want me to send you some Melon Oolong, Roswell? I could stick a sample in the mail next week. :) (I have 100g and am trying to not give any to my BFF, who I bought it for. So good!)

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Kinda just want to get through my backlog, so I might just start copy/pasting my notes directly instead of forming them into full sentences, or God forbid paragraphs.

- Visually, I really don’t see any white chocolate nor do I taste any… Smeh.
- Reminded me a bit of Gingerbread (from DT); same base and very similar spices
- Also maybe that cookie/cake like component could be one they share
- Pumpkin is present though
- It’s really good in a hard to place way and I like it better than Pumpkin Chai
- But the name doesn’t seem accurate

Flavors: Cake, Cookie, Ginger, Pumpkin

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Made into tea syrup and drizzled over vanilla ice cream because that seemed like it would work. It was basically very sweet coffee syrup. Just coffee syrup – no chocolate or nuts or anything. That sugar really brought out the java.

And really it was almost too sweet, but since it didn’t quite cross that line it was pretty good overall.

Flavors: Coffee


That sounds good this way, over ice cream.

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
2265 tasting notes

Back to the backlog! We pick up at the mall, right after my DT trip prior to seeing Hedda Gabler. My friend Robyn, who I went to the play with, had just arrived at the mall!

First things first we stopped at the food court because I was starving; and I loaded up on assorted food from the different places. I got a Veggie Poutine, Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, Pizza, and a Passion Fruit Bubble Tea. I’d never noticed the Asian restaurant (I can’t remember the name) in this mall had bubble tea; so I pounced on the chance to have some. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed at all though; the passion fruit flavour was spot on but it kept separating way too fast for me to drink it, and the “bubbles” were really mushy.

Nellie’s Bubble tea has spoiled me; I fear nothing will compare.

After the food court we did some shopping around the mall; I bought this cute wool sweater thing that I normally would have stayed away from (it’s from a store that typically does not sell clothing in my size/cuts that flatter my body type) but Robyn talked me into it, and then we went to the bigger clothing place that carries all the super fancy designer/big brand name fashion-y clothing and cried over the pretty things and expensive prices. I ended up buying this GORGEOUS but EXPENSIVE scarf with this detailed design over the whole thing of an ancient world map, in French. It is now easily the most expensive accessory I own.

After that, the play! It was at my city’s version of a Broadway theatre, and the majority of people there were definite theatre snobs (which I say in a mostly loving way). Very fancy, somewhat over the top dressy attire – and very not my “look”. I mean, I was wearing Cargo pants and a Spiderman hoodie. Still; I felt justified in being there and didn’t let their staring hinder my enjoyment one bit – especially since we had front row, dead center tickets! Cost a ton, but so worth it. It also helped knowing how in depth Robyn and I had both studied this play; and that we knew it inside and out, unlike probably most of the patrons. We were there for a reason.

Before the play started we enjoyed sipping fancy alcoholic beverages in the lobby with everyone else; ‘cause I guess that’s a thing you do at live theatre. They had a really cool featured drinks menu with selections inspired by the play; lots of German wines and mixed drinks inspired by the characters. We each got one that was Vodka, Pear Puree, and cranberry juice – it was very sweet, but delicious!

The acting was phenomenal, the set well done, and all in all it was a really, really perfect night and performance!

carol who

Sounds like a wonderful evening! What play did you see?

Roswell Strange

Hedda Gabler! :)


Man, now I want to have bubble tea and see a play!


That sounds like an awesome evening! Your new scarf sounds amazing, too. :)

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drank Rhubarb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2265 tasting notes

So what they say about not judging a book by its cover is probably a good lesson. Well, definitely a good lesson – but yeah, I was reminded of it by this tea. When it was still being called Hot Mamma I had no interest in it, but now that it’s Rhubarb Chai I was apparently intrigued enough to get it To Go.

But some likely needless backstory first; after I got my cab I went to the big mall downtown since I hadn’t been since the Transit Lockout started and there were several things I needed to do such as go to the bank and withdraw rent, mail some tea stuff to people at the post office, and of course make a trip to DAVIDsTEA. I ended up walking away with a good haul:

- 70g Mulberry Magic
- 50g Gold Rush
- 20g Ginger Pear
- 20g Garcinia Goodness
- 10g Pumpkin Patch
- 10g Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Rhubarb Chai TO GO

And then, because I spent over $30 I also got a free Iconic Canvas bag. It’s pretty nice quality, and even though it’s pretty well just free DT advertising, I like DT and will likely use it for a work bag. I also wanted to get a sample of Poached Pear and 50g of Cocoa Canela but my store had neither. Also, I was initially gonna do Pumpkin Cheesecake as a latte but my store’s fridge was broken so they had no milk on hand to make a latte. This was the back up choice – picked it because I like rhubarb but it was still out of my comfort zone what with the ginger and chai elements.

The initial taste was very present and distinct ginger but it wasn’t unsettling – just powerful. That faded into a fruity rhubarb flavour similar to the rhubarb in Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, but highly sweetened with licorice root. I like licorice root, but it’d likely be way too much for someone who doesn’t. The licorice root lingers long after the end of the sip.

Definitely a sweeter dessert Chai, and I liked it. No way I’d stock up, but I’d certainly drink it again if I was offered some.


Why is there a Transit Lockout going on?

Roswell Strange

The transit Union workers contracts expired, and the Union and the city couldn’t reach an agreement for a new contract – so to pressure the Union into accepting a smaller wage/benefits increase the city locked them out during the negotiation process. It’s been about two weeks since the lockout began, and there’s no sign of it letting up anytime soon.


Oh, gosh….>.< I really hope for the sake of all commuters that it ends soon!


Don’t worry, you have a sample of poached pear coming in the mail or at least you will when I drop the package off later today

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I really, really hate posting out of order – but my small swap with Starfevre arrived today and when I opened it I just KNEW that this was the perfect tea to celebrate my 2000th tasting note with, even if I’m not having it in the “right order”. Wow. So many notes in what feels like such a short period of time…

I made this one whisked into cold milk because, when I was talking to Starfevre about this back when she was packing it for me, she told me she prepares it in hot milk. That seemed weird to me for champagne as a flavour, but I trust her and that’s how I typically take my matcha anyway…

It was actually really good! I wish I hadn’t been so cautious with the amount of matcha I used because I think this could have been far more flavourful; but it was sweet and surprisingly smooth. A little hard to describe; but champagne itself is sorta hard to describe other than “it tastes like champagne and is bubbly”. Obviously this wasn’t bubbly. I look forward to my next cup with an increased ratio of matcha to milk!


congrats on 2000!


Wow, 2000! That’s awesome. :D


Hmmm…this hasn’t been on my list of ones I want to try, but now I think I want to try it.


2000?! Oh my gosh!! claps and adds fireworks Congratulations!!

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Sipdown (114)!

I hate this transit lockout. To get downtown to see Hedda Gabler and do some shopping I had to take a taxi ($20 cab ride), which is one thing – but because nearly everyone taking transit has to cab places now it took me about 20 min on hold to even get to a real person, and then like another 15 for them to have a cab ready for dispatch.

Oh well; I sipped on the last of this in the mean time and it helped me keep my frazzled nerves all together. Such strong sugar snap and honey notes. I’m really, truly a fan. So thank you akgrowngirl for thoughtfully adding a sample of this to our long time ago swap. I would have been oblivious otherwise.


Do you have Uber or Lyft in your area?

And what did you think of Hedda? My sister directed it as her thesis play.

Roswell Strange

Well, I was already very familiar with the play, so I knew what I was getting in to. In my last two years of Highschool we studied it in a great deal of depth in my advanced World Literature course, and I did my master World Literature thesis paper on it. Biggest shocker was that we were pronouncing Thea’s name incorrectly.


How were they saying it?

Roswell Strange

Like “Tay-ah”.


I think that is an acceptable alternate pronunciation, but I think it’s supposed to be thee uh.

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First off, let me just say that I am CRUSHED that Butiki is closing and I’m still having stress headaches about not having the chance to place my order yet, but I wish the amazing Stacy all the best in whatever she decides to do next! And, a capybara has to be the best reason to retire, ever.

Furry not-so-little rodent babies.

But yeah. So, a few days ago I went and watched a live performance of Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler at my local theatre; but before I got ready for a day out I started my day out right by drinking my current favourite cold brew. This one! It was strong and bold with lots of coconut flavour and the usual balance of fruity and floral nuances.

I’ll miss this when it’s gone but I’m not having the same extreme reaction to not being able to replace it; this one was always advertised as limited edition, after all.

Does that mean that all Butiki teas are now limited edition, in a way?

Butiki Teas

Thanks, Roswell Strange! Hahaha, yeah all Butiki Teas are limited edition now. It was supposed to be limited edition and we were going to remove the ‘limited’ once we figured out that it’s a keeper.


I agree that a capybara is the best reason to retire ever. They’re SOOOO cute.

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Made in my timolino, but unfortunately this is just another example of why I shouldn’t always drink tea and multi-task (or rather attempt to multi-task) because at some point I got distracted and stopped paying attention to the taste of what I was drinking.

I just remember a generalized sort of impression of this being smooth and comforting. Like, that “homey” nesting sort of feeling when you curl up with a bundle of blankets? I’ll need to pay more attention to the sipdown.

I fooded too fast guys; my delivery order got here and I ate a whole pizza in under ten minutes. Now I feel queasy…


Hahaha, no longer feeling queasy? (Yum, pizza.)

Cameron B.

I don’t think I can eat a whole pizza…


“I fooded too fast” is an amazing phrase. I hope you feel less queasy soon


be careful with fooding! :D

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
2265 tasting notes

Cold brewed.

Strong Eucalyptus and Hibiscus combo highlighter with citrus flavours. Was ok, but ultimately it felt like I was drinking it in the wrong season.


Urgh, I never got this one to work for me. I believe I wrote very unfavourable tasting notes on it. Maybe I dislike eucalyptus?

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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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