2379 Tasting Notes

drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
2379 tasting notes

Ok, so I did make more tea which brings todays total tea consumption (counting the note I plan on writing after this one) to ten teas today, and out of those ten there were four sipdowns. That’s not too shabby!

I was gonna drink this while watching The Voice (one of my top three picks went home last night, and now I’m sad) but it’s just a recap episode so I started a new show instead. My tea twin is currently watching Gilmore Girls but I couldn’t get into it, so I decided to watch Psych instead! That gives me seven seasons to burn through if I end up really liking it – and so far it’s good. And the opening clip is so darn catchy!

As for the tea, this is pretty good but tonight it’d tasting a little woody in addition to the thick, vanilla/caramel pudding notes and that’s a tiny bit distracting – but this is still one of my all time favourites and I’m really glad that I took the time to indulge in a mug today. In fact, all day I’ve struck a really nice balance between trying new things, getting sip downs in, trying samples, finishing older teas, and spontaneously picking favourites/drinking what I’m craving.

It makes me feel like my day off was very well spent despite the fact I really didn’t do much of anything but drink tea, watch TV and write tasting notes!


Ahh I love Psych! Such a good show! Sad it’s over..but probably for the best xD

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I was running low on this gem (only about two cups left!), but with Butiki arriving today I now have a DT tin filled to the tippy top with this one, and a whole ‘nother bag left over for a refill when that’s gone – all stocked up, like it should be!

I made a mug of this today, and I was kinda worried that I used water that was a touch too hot but my mug turned out perfectly fine so I needn’t have stressed. I drank the first half hot, and then let the second half cool down and am now sipping at it slowly. It’s like drinking watermelon juice straight from the melon! No one does watermelon tea like this. No one.

And this is the last tea in my queue! So, I got all caught up today! And, actually really truly today since there’s still a whole THREE MINUTES until midnight. That said, there’s only three minutes until midnight so, likely, this is going to be the last tea this evening or, if nothing else, it’ll be strictly caffeine free for any subsequent cups to this one.

Work in the morning!

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Sipdown (108)!

Uh oh. I’m sorry Anlina but despite how thoughtful it was of you to include this one, it’s definitely not agreeing with me. Not even a little bit.

As soon as I opened the packaging, it just smelled really wrong and off to me but I hoped maybe whatever seemed funky to me would sort itself out as this as steeped. Not the case. I’ve been sipping on this mug for the last three or so hours, but I haven’t made much progress – and every time I do take a sip my nose crinkles up so much. It’s like making a three year old eat their vegetables. I just don’t want to.

Breaking it down, I can taste the coconut and some other buttery flavours, as well as the lime and some seriously vegetal oolong and individually I might be all about those things, but they’re not coming together harmoniously for me. Yeah, Tea Emporium “Put the lime in the coconut” but should they have!? Have they just gone too far!?

Yeah, I think so.

VariaTEA I measured out about a cups worth of this for you and it’ll get sent to you eventually in one of our frequent swaps. I don’t really expect you to like it since you don’t really like oolong to begin with, but I could be wrong and it might be worth a try anyway. Who knows.

As for me, I think I’m just gonna dump out the rest of my mug.

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Wow, this was really, really creamy and anise heavy tonight. It almost totally buried all the pear and base flavour although ultimately both were still partly present. I enjoyed the cup but was overall hoping for something that was a little more balanced out.

And now my whole living smells very strongly of anise.

I think I’ve asked before, but is anyone else watching The 100? A tumblr user made a VERY cool gif based on a suggestion I made, and now I have all the feels. I just want there to be like four more seasons released all at once tomorrow so I have something to mass stream; I hate watching TV shows as they actually air. My heart can’t take it.

Cool thing about this fandom, though, is that pretty well EVERYONE agrees on the ships in it. Like, it’s pretty much a universal constant that the fans agree Bellamy and Clarke are perfect for each other; they compliment one another and bring about the best in each other but are two solid, unique characters who can function on their own too. I mean, there are other totally cute pairing in the series (Octavia and Lincoln, Finn and Raven, etc). but there are really no ship wars.

It’s beautiful!


My roommate, boyfriend, and I all watch The 100, separately. Haven’t watched the new season yet though. I’m not overly into the show for whatever reason – it’s taking a lot for things to grab me lately.

Roswell Strange

I really like it because it reminds me a little bit of LOST – it has the same survivalist feeling and intensity/drama but with a cool space element. You can even compare both the Grounders and the Mountain Men to The Others, in lost. And the character growth/development is very well done in my opinion. I hope you get into it – it’d be nice to have someone to gush with about it!


I never actually watched Lost – my boyfriend recently started it (I believe he’s somewhere in season 2 now), and I can understand the comparison. Perhaps I should watch that one too (though I just started Buffy, hahahaha. Wanted some easy-watching slightly spooky stuff.)

Roswell Strange

Oh man; you have to watch both! Those are both my ALL TIME favourite TV shows ever, though BTVS slightly more. Just slightly though. LOST definitely has a much wider range of characters, and is harder to follow along with (it’s the kind of show where if you miss an episode you’re FUCKED) but the payoff is so worth it, and there’s so much feels! Season Three is my favourite season, for that one. Who are your BFs favourite characters? I always and to the end adored Charlie and Sawyer, but Claire, Hurley, Jin, and Kate were favourites too. And then later on Desmond and Ben. BTVS is great too; and the Scooby Gang gives me uber feels to, but in a different way. I was a fan of the later seasons of BTVS (four onwards) but I’m a HARDCORE Spuffy shipper and those are the seasons that feature him more heavily. I actually got to meet James Marsters (Spike) at Comic Con, and he’s amazing in person!


LOL. I’ll probably focus on one, then the other. I’m in Season 2 of BTVS right now, and I saw that Angel is also on Netflix (though I don’t know its exact relationship to the former (timeline-wise, I assume it’s about Angel lol)… I’m sure it will become clear once I start it. I do know that there’s some sort of something between Buffy and Spike, but that has yet to become clear (I wasn’t completely oblivious to the premise of the show… just mostly. I believe it was deemed inappropriate for me to watch by the parents, and we only had one TV anyhow). It’s neat that you got to meet him in person :D

As for Lost, we haven’t discussed it much, but I’m sure he has favourites. He gets more into shows than I do, I’d say, and also has more time to watch things somehow.


lost got weird…though not as weird as battlestar… watching the 100 as well, along with way too many other shows lol buffy was a good time.

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Indulged in some Butiki teas today!

If it wasn’t sold out already, this is one I definitely would have added to my Butiki order – it’s probably the best straight black I’ve ever had. Even just opening the tin, my kitchen was instantly enhanced by the smell of honey, baking cookies, and caramel.

I added the smallest splash of milk just to make the mouthfeel a bit thicker, and it was perfect. So perfect. When I made this, I made three other cups at the same time – but this one was the first one I finished, and ages before all the others. It was just animal instinct; when reaching for one of the four cups my hand instantly veered in the direction of this one!

So good!

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Sipdown (109)!

Thank you Marzipan for the sample. I don’t think I’ve had anything else from this company or, if I have, it hasn’t left an impression. I have to say though that based on the name this looks like something that would definitely catch my interest. And smell wise, it’s very chocolately and rich. I’d say it “makes me teeth hurt” on smell alone or something along those lines, but with the recent tooth predicament that seems a little off colour to remark.

I cold brewed my sample from you because I’ve had great success in the past with cold brewing richer, dessert teas; both with and without chocolate and caramel flavours. And, this one got a long cold brew since I started it yesterday in the early afternoon, several hours before I normally begin brewing for the night, but didn’t strain it until the usual time I do every morning (when I’m getting ready for work). Something very close to 24 hours, anyway. At least 20.

This is very, very impressively rich and sweet. The name, for one, is really accurate. The full bodied dark chocolate and cocoa notes marry perfectly with this really rich, thick and sticky caramel flavour and it makes you want to pick at your teeth for all the caramel that’s managed to get stuck in the little gaps and creases or whatever. It’s really that good. It’s actually, probably, the best desert tea (of any tea type) I’ve had in ages. It reminds me of brownies, fudge, cake, those dark chocolate coated caramels (Reisins?)…

Yeah; I was really impressed! I drank every last drop of the 20 oz. brew I had made! And that still wasn’t really enough.

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My big Butiki order arrived this morning (technically early afternoon) and like a kid on Christmas morning I dug into it and pulled out all the teas in their pretty packaging, opening a couple of them so I could take in the freshness and the smell.

And then it was like someone told me Santa wasn’t real and there was this moment of sadness where I realized “this is the last big Butiki order I’m ever gonna have” and that all these teas – the mass amounts, are to stock up because someday I’m going to be drinking the last cup of one of my favourites, and then eventually all of my favourites will be gone. That’s really sad!

So, I made a cup of this alongside my first round of teas for the morning. It tasted raw, and earthy and damp. The fruit flavours were very nice; the blackberry was unrefined but sweet, and the lime really pronounced. My last order, I contemplated getting more of this – I enjoyed my sample but wasn’t sold. I’m really glad I decided last minute when placing my big order to add in some guayusa blends (this one, and a new one). No one does guayusa quite like Stacy and I like this more than I first realized, months ago!

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Sipdown (110)!

Thanks again Anlina so much for this sample! I’ve really, really enjoyed it – it’s just perfectly suited to my tastes.

This last cup was hot because I only had enough leaf left for either a hot cup of a small or weak cold brew and to me I thought trying a new prep method would be more satisfying. I have to say, that cold is better and the way to go with this one, but the hot cup wasn’t bad at all. The hibiscus was a little sharper and more pronounced like expected, but it never reach an overpowering level for me personally – and I thought if anything is exaggerated the cranberry a little bit more.

I’ll be looking out for the chance to get more of this one!

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drank Chai Apricot by Tea Desire
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Sipdown (111)!

Wow, I’ve had this tea for a long time, but I finally finished it off this morning which was nice. I feel rather accomplished about it, actually. But since I was kinda sick of having this one straight and hot I did something different for my last cup (I’ve decided I probably wont restock – for a non Chai fan it takes to long to finish this).

So, I made this as a latte. It worked ‘cause my milk is on the brink of expiring but not quite there, and milk makes Chai rather tolerable in my opinion. So I generously over leafed the mug and the result? Just phenomenal. All the flavours I don’t like in this tea were totally masked; the ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns! And the flavours I do like? Well, they were the ones that ended up being strong enough to shine through the rich, creamy milk. So there were thick, full notes of cloves and fennel and then lush, fruity notes of apricot made so rich by the creamy milk. It was really good.

It doesn’t make me change my mind about restocking; but it’s a helluva great way to remember this blend!

Also, link drop because this clip made my laugh so hard tonight and of all the tasting notes left in my queue for today, this is the one that it probably makes the most sense to leave it? Sorta?


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Happy Belated Birthday Luke…

Really happy I had yesterday off from work – and not just because of the cluster headaches. November third is just a rough day to me, and I was out of it and I needed to distract myself, badly. That’s in part why I binge watched MMFD, and maybe even contributed a lot to the headaches. I just tried not to think about it. It’s hitting me more now though, than it did yesterday.

So I made this one hot; last few times I’ve gone with a cold brewed route and I like this cold brewed, but it’s definitely just as good hot too. This cup was almost surprisingly more apple than anything else; in a really light and fragile way. Even though I’ve been working at sipping this down for a while now (it’s so light; I didn’t realize 20g of it would be so much when I originally picked it up) I will be a bit sad when it’s gone ’cause it is a very gentle, delicate herbal tea.

Fragile, even.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a nearly twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchablah, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually a little over a year ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious, serious obsession.

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year 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, 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 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

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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