3384 Tasting Notes

drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
3384 tasting notes

This was implemented a few times as a “sick tea” last week at work when I was all drippy, cough-y, and gross. Hot lemon/citrus with nice berry notes that are strong and sharp enough when brewed hot to actually have some taste during a time when basically nothing had taste.

Such a versatile tea.

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Sipdown (117)!

Thanks again to Liquid Proust for sending this along to me when I ordered from him!

I think I liked this more the second time around, but maybe that’s because I was focusing a lot less on deciphering the flavours of the tea and just enjoying drinking it. I really got potent notes of the dragonfruit and strawberry, though – it was a little like drinking the Dragonfruit flavoured mineral water? Except with a strong grassy flavour that cut through in the finish.

I’ve certainly had my fair share of Dragonfruit mineral water from back when I worked at a movie theatre: we sold three flavours (Dragonfruit, Lemonade, and Orange) and the others were much too tart/sour for me so I probably drank my weight in it. And I am not a petite woman. It was tasty stuff and conveyed the flavour well.

The last little bit of tea leaf went to my mom, who brewed it up hot. Since both two times I drank this were cold brewed I would have loved to steal a few sips of her hot mug but alas she made it while I was at work so no such luck. She liked it a fair bit though; she did find the green tea bitter but probably because she either used too hot of water or oversteeped it. While she’s a tea drinker she isn’t a “tea drinker” the same way most people on Steepster are, so unless I make the tea for her there’s usually at least some user error. However, she really liked the fruity flavour. I don’t think she got dragonfruit the same way I did, but she certainly tasted berries.

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Impulse purchase while grocery shopping…

Even thought this barely counts as tea I definitely enjoyed it. I think more than I did last time, because my ‘60’ rating seems a little critical? I mean, you have to acknowledge this for what it is: sure it’s nothing fancy but it’s easily accessible and convenient, smooth, and tasty enough to pack along for lunch at work.

Plus: lots of protein = great for vegetarians.

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This tea always seems to make a reappearance in my cupboard whenever I’m really sick. The last time I had bought it I also picked up my beautiful textured yellow Perfect Mug if I’m correct? This time I nabbed some more tea, but managed to forgo any teaware.

My ‘haul’:

- 50g of Peanut Butter Cup (I liked it enough to restock; it was my freebie 50g)
- 12g of Cold 911
- 12g of Korean Sejak
- A hot “To Go” of Ginger Beer

I cold brewed this one and took it to work the day after I picked it up and I have to say that this doesn’t taste as nice cold brewed as it does hot. After a week of not much else other than Buckleys I want to say this could easily (when cold brewed) be branded as “Buckleys Lite™” with the addition of orange. That’s because of the combination of the eucalyptus and pine-y juniper berries though.

That said, even if it didn’t taste wonderful it cleared up my sinuses really well, and was incredibly hydrating. I should have tried to stretch it out through the day, but instead I’d guzzled it all down two hours into an eight hour shift.


Good choices! All ones I like :)


I’m also a fan of the Peanut Butter Cup!

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Happy (Belated) Turkey Day to my fellow Canadians!

I cold brewed this one for work today just to switch things up from the last time I had it, but it’s still not doing it for me. I’m sad to report that after a couple swigs after hauling in some dressers someone wanted to donated I decided to go without tea/hydration for the rest of my shift rather than drink the rest of this…

Sorry Liquid Proust

I’ll continue to experiment, though.

Liquid Proust

If it sucks it sucks, no need to be sorry. I’m just baffled at the floral… It’s a roasted oolong that shouldn’t have any floral notes.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
3384 tasting notes

This is a queued tasting note.

I thought a cold brew of this tea might be a bad idea but I tried it anyway. However, I was correct in my assumption. It’s not that it tasted bad, per say. I did finish the entire 25 oz. of it after all which I wouldn’t have done had I found it truly awful. It’s just that it was very, very sweet with a weird combination of notes (caramel, pineapple, cinnamon, apple) that are simply just way better suited to a hot preparation.

The pink colour was gorgeous though. Like a sunset.

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Tragic Sipdown (118)!

Parting with this tea makes me quite heartbroken as, in its prime before it started to lose flavour/juiciness, it was easily one of my most favourite teas and I think probably also the first Butiki tea I rated 100? (Though I know I’ve rated many more 100 since). I might be wrong about that though: if this isn’t the first one I scored 100 than Watermelon Xylophone was.

This last cold brew was really nice though: even if the lychee had faded substantially I still really enjoyed the floral notes of the base (very strong lily notes) as well as the subtle peach and green grape notes I picked up too. I’m happy I’m finishing this off with a fond tasting rather than some of the last cuppings I had that were a little less than satisfactory.

Next Butiki earmarked to be finished off is Flowery Pineapple Oolong – that’s another one which hasn’t aged super well…

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Grapes, Lychee

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Tea 108 Cuppings: Week Three

These cuppings were from the week I was super, super sick and basically not drinking any tea so they didn’t go over all that well (I’m feeling so much better though) but alas I guess I’ll write about them anyway.

Similar to the idea behind Week Two’s cuppings, this week I sampled four different bagged Green teas each of which was from a different company. I actually did this part of the week’s cuppings probably at the height of when I was most sick and I was so sick and so heavily medicated that I have no recollection what so ever of what each of the teas tasted like, though I did fill out cupping sheets for each tea just like I do with every cupping for class. Highlights from those cupping sheets include such vague and non descript notes as “Buttered grass” and “Teabag is trapezoidal”. It was honestly just so hard to do that set of cuppings – I was drained of all energy and ambition, and couldn’t taste/smell at all on top of that. At least my instructor was very understanding.

The last part of the week’s cuppings was a side by side of two different jasmine scented greens. I was pretty well on the mend when I did this cupping, so I got much more thorough notes for it. Jasmine greens really aren’t my thing, but these two were alright. The first was very potent but a little harsh in just how jasmine-y it was. It began to taste very chemical. It was also fairly smoky tasting. The second somehow felt “deeper” and had other floral notes like orchid. I definitely preferred that one.

Question: when other people drink straight up jasmine green tea do you get grape notes at all? It’s something I’ve casually observed before and not thought much of but both of these cuppings had really intense grapey notes to them that through me off a little bit. Though, I really enjoyed it in the second cupping because they were almost “black grape” notes, and that’s my favourite kind of grape.


Teavivre’s jasmine teas often bring grape to my mind. So it is not just you.


Yes to the grape notes. I’m actually reminded of the grape Tootsie Roll lollipops every time I have jasmine tea.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (119)!

Goodbye sweet chocolate tea! I’ve no immediate plants to make another Whispering Pines order but when I do I’m sure this will probably be included. This tea really grew on me and I’m sure the ‘new’ version is even better.

Bumping up my rating.

Maddy Barone

I just ordered the North Winds 2015. I haven’t had any yet. maybe tomorrow will be the day for that.

Roswell Strange

I look forward to your tasting note!

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This is a queued tasting note.

I had this one well over a week ago at work; I’m really enjoying bringing bloom teas to work because I don’t have to use tea filters and I can just keep rebrewing the same time over and over throughout the eight hour work day.

This was a wonderful bloom to have during the day: the first few steeps were filled with wonderful chocolate/vanilla custard flavours and the latter ones showcased more malt notes and a slight floral and fruity flavour. Basically, more of the natural flavours of the tea. Repurchasing this was a great idea!

I need to pick up more bloom teas for work.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two 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.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

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 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 default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight 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, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, 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, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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