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1208 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (207/209)!

I’m glad this is gone; getting Christmas teas out of the way is definitely something that I welcome and besides I’m really getting sick of this one, which is sad because I liked it so much the first time that I had it. But take this cup for example; total let down!

I even sort of got the soggy cracker flavour that VariaTEA was experiencing so strongly with each cup. So, on that note I’m sad to be finishing this off on a slightly sour (rather, soggy) note and to feel like I need to be lowering my rating…

A lot.


I am still loving this one. I went to Target recently to try to stockpile but they were out. Which is fine. Now I can hoard the remaining bags making them more special.


I am sorry I sent you so much that you got sick of it :P

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I picked up milk on the way home from work because I was super excited about all the new matcha and just HAD to get some so I could try at least one of them today. It was a hard pick, but eventually I settled on this one.

So, 1/2 tsp. of matcha whisked into cold milk. I was a bit concerned because it hardly frothed up at all but it seems to be completely blended/mixed in so that’s good. I’m practically done the cup and haven’t encountered any lumps.

Taste wise; this starts of as kinda sweetened/sugary milk with is a bit disappointing but then in the aftertaste you get more of a true cotton candy flavour – and it works pretty well with the cold milk. In addition, there’s also a slight vegetal taste in the first part of the sip though it’s not too much or anything like that and it’s only a tad bit noticable. I’m not sure what flavour level this is, but I’d wager it’s either delicate or possibly distinctive.

Overall, this is nice and enjoyable though maybe a little average when it comes to sweet flavoured matches. I wish the cotton candy was maybe a bit stronger – but I’m very happy drinking it as is too.


I use a martini shaker when I am doing matcha in cold milk. Works awesome and you usually get a wonderful froth too.

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In my timolino, at work.

I’m actually getting really sick of this one; I just can’t take the spices in it! At least I only have one more cup left of it – so I can finish it quickly and then not have to worry about it at all.

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Sipdown (208/210)!

Made this in a timolino (a little overleafed to use it all up) and brought it to work! I drank it while on break, and it was really good and yummy! This one definitely travels really well.

I have to say, I’m not that sad that it’s gone though, even if it was consistently good and I got to experiment with it in a lot of ways. This’ll just open up my cupboard even more to be able to try out other pear teas, because gee whiz do I love pear tea! Besides, this is from my very first online order and one of my first teas so it definitely feels like I’ve accomplished something in finishing it off!

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, pear.


I have a tin of Perfectly Pear by Sloane Tea Company. Would you like some samples of that? I bought it about a year ago, but I think it’s still good.

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I cold steeped this one over night (12 hour total), and then poured it into a water bottle for my first day of work. It was great having some refreshing tea with me while training to make everything feel more comfortable/at home.

Taste wise, it was flawlessly amazing and just like it tastes hot, expect – well, you know, cold! I love how full out pineapple this one is! Umph!

As far as the first work day went? Really well! I thought the job seemed easy enough and that I was picking things up really quickly and the people who are (temporarily, until construction in my store is finished) my coworkers are all really cool! The break room is huge, and has a nice tea set up so for the month or so I’m at that location I think I’ll bring some simple tea equiptment or matcha over so I can make things fresh while on break! Very, very exciting!

Plus I have my schedule for the next two weeks and I’m getting plenty of hours! All good things!




That’s great! :)

Butiki Teas

Congrats on your first day! :)




Congrats, that’s awesome news!!

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This morning before my first day of work I intercepted a MASSIVE package from aisling of tea/De right before the mailman was about to leave (without knocking). I only noticed because I was up in the bootroom trying to find my work shoes. If I hadn’t bee, he’s have left and I’d have been none the wiser.

Seriously though, there’s well over 250g worth of tea from what they sent me including a TON of matcha which I’m very, very excited by. I’m going to be set on matcha for a nice long time! Hooray! They also sent me the cutest most adorable plush Polar Bear and he’s currently hanging out on the couch along with my pile of build a bears.

Anyway, this was also included in their swap pack which was very unexpected and which I was really excited by. It was the first “tea” I had all day. However, sadly I didn’t really like it too much.

Personally, I ADORE white chocolate. I even, around Easter, would put in special requests to the “Easter Bunny” to only received white chocolate eggs/candies because I can’t stand other hard chocolate in larger than a Hershey kiss size amount – I get sick of it way too quickly. However, the problem I had with this was that it was WAY too sweet and sugary.

Like, I know white chocolate is sweet; I’m not an idiot. But this took it to a whole new level and I couldn’t finish more than a bite size this morning and then another small bite size later in the evening with supper while on break. It likely didn’t help that the matcha in this was super seaweedy, which was mostly counteracted by the sweet white chocolate but kinda left an unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth on top of the sweetness.

So, I’m going to see if I can pass this on to someone else – but if not I’ll probably very slowly finish it off over the course of the next few days. Thanks so much though aisling of tea/De – if you haden’t passed this along I would have bought a whole bar for myself and then been pretty disappointed, so I’m glad I got to try this in a ‘no risk/loss’ way.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Seaweed


So I am glad I got you the Cadbury bar instead of this. It being sold out was a sign :P

aisling of tea

Yay! I’m glad the package made it to you!


Yeah, I had a similar reaction to this chocolate bar, although you were much gentler about it than me. I just thought the sweet/salty combination (especially the seaweed notes) didn’t work at all.

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Officially the last tea of the night; delicious! Kinda tired though (need me sleep for tomorrow’s shift) – so not much else to write on it, heh…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Plums


Good luck tomorrow!


I hope tomorrow goes super well for you!


Sleep well and good luck!

Roswell Strange

Tre just got home, he’s piss drunk and very loud.

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One of the last teas of the night; bagged and caffeine free for convenience. One more cup of this and it’s a sipdown – the plan is to finish it off tomorrow night.

It’s a little sad how drinking this one has kinda become a chore. Lowering the rating a bit to reflect that…

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

“Why hello again, Sexy”. That’s what I said to this blend upon opening up the package of it and making a piping hot cup of it. As it was brewing, the hello developed a bit more into a “Get in my mouth now, bitch!”.

I was lucky enough to receive about 25g of this from both VariaTEA (for my birthday) and Scribbles (as an add in to the package she sent me). That makes me a very happy tea drinker; I’ve just fallen so in love with this one! This cup in particular is from Scribbles’ package. Since it was the older of the two I figured I’d use that one up first.

This tea is just amazing though. It is so creamy with plump notes of vanilla, and has such a thick mouthfeel and rich caramel taste that I cannot get enough of it. Once I’ve emptied the DT tin currently filled with Birthday Cake this is what’ll be going in its place! It’s for sure going to be a nightime staple for me – and I think it’s not unjustified for me to say that it’s my favourite rooibos blend from DT overall (I think Gingerbread would maybe be second? And then Jessie’s Tea). It deserves a much higher rating here on Steepster…


Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Vanilla


Hahaha, the first paragraph, oh my.


I wish my experience with this tea mirrored yours.It just seems so glorious when you describe it.


Mmm I need to try this one now! You’ve convinced me lol

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I’m happy that my first ever Mariage Freres tea is this blend, Marco Polo, which the company is very well known for here on Steepster. The sample was provided by my tea triplet VariaTEA – I’m assuming because she wasn’t all too impressed by it.

Dry, I don’t smell a lot. I guess some fruit – but it’s light and generic. I suppose that could be from the packaging and the fact it’s been sitting in my sample drawer for a little while now. I’m hoping the taste it much more flavourful.

Brewed up, it didn’t smell nearly as delicious and aromatic as the Creme Brulee from DT I was brewing up so it really didn’t hold my attention all too well. And then, once it was brewed up I wanted to dig into the Creme Brulee – and instead had to force myself to get to this one so I could try it before it went stone cold.

Now that I am trying it, I think it tastes pretty decent. I really like the black base used here and if all Mariage Freres’ black teas have a base like that then I’m sure this company and I will get along just fine. However, as for the rest I think the fruit here lets me down a little. I can’t for the life of me figure out what kind of fruit this is supposed to be. Strawberry? It’s definitely not a stone fruit – that’s for sure, and I don’t get apple, banana or any type citrus in any distinct way. So, to me, that kinda leaves berries as the most likely thing they’re going for. I don’t know.

The other thing I get from this is a floral in the end of the sip and aftertaste – and overall I’m not minding it but as I get to the bottom of the mug it’s kind of starting to build up in a perfumey/chemical way. I’m not smiling too fondly on that.

I don’t know… It’s just not distinct enough! I want more!

So overall thoughts? I think I side with VariaTEA all in all with not being incredibly blown away by this one or totally buying into the hype. I’ll stick to many of my other blacks over this one.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

Maybe it would have been more enjoyable if it wasn’t so hyped especially since it is not bad, just nothing special

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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 teas I ever drank were bagged mint teas (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. My favourite teas are flavoured ones (doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc). And thus far in my tea journey, blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, but I’ve also developed a very strong liking towards mate and whites. For the most part, I really enjoy everything else as well. The exception is green tea – which I very much dislike. I have found a few heavily flavoured greens that I enjoy, but I’m always very wary in trying green blends.

My favourite fruit flavours in regard to tea blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple (pineapple is my favourite fruit). I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I also have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. And I adore anything creamy. Since I’ve used flavoured teas as a way to cut out soda from my diet, I am always up for trying soda inspired blends. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas!

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger (I tend to avoid blends which mention ginger as an ingredient), and raisins (I’ll typically flat out refuse to try anything with raisins – I hate them that much). 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 especially adore silver needle teas. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I 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.

As far as cold brewing goes, I do prefer to have my tea hot – but I always keep a selection of herbals and fruit blends to cold steep. I do a daily 25 oz. cold brew which I either have first thing with breakfast or take in a thermos to drink at work, in addition to the hot Timolino(s) I also bring with every work shift. On average, I have six cups of tea a day.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and that’s always how I first try a tea. 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 “tea 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.

As far as ratings go, I try to rate things comparatively to other teas I’ve tried. If I like it less than something rated, say, a 90 then it wont be rated more than a 90. Instead I’ll try to find a rated tea I like about the same amount and then the tea I’m drinking gets rated that number. If I find I like it in between two rated teas then I’ll rate in a number in between those ratings. I also wont restock anything with a rating lower than 80, unless it’s a bagged tea (but bagged teas need to have a rating of at least 75 for me to consider stocking them).

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 people in my life, within my new city, are my friends Robyn and Kristina.

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).

Kristina is also a friend from highschool, though not nearly as close. We’ve become much closer since she moved here a few months after I did and we both realized we knew hardly anyone.

She lives less than 10 minutes from my house, and is over here a fairly large amount of time. Recently, she’s also undertaken the huge task of introducing me to Metal music and slowly getting my involved in the metal community here in Saskatoon. It’s a work in progress.

She’s not a tea drinker, but thankfully she’s always excited to hear me ramble and is often really amused by the teas I take with me different places.

I’m very much into clay and sculpture and, if I’m being honest and not modest, I’m really good at it. I also play way too much Pokemon for my own good, and watch more TV than one person should. I’m a huge sap and cry during TV and movies all the time, even if nothing terribly sad is happening.

I’m really wordy and have this tendency to write way more than is necessary or relevant, and that often carries into my tasting notes and reviews.I feel like that probably gets annoying for the people following me…

And, on that note I think I should maybe shut up a little bit now?


Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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