3833 Tasting Notes

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Commute tea!

Even though it’s summer now, this amalgamation of typically Autumn flavours was amazing. You have pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, molasses, brown sugar, and sweet potato notes that together just create the most decadent pumpkin pie flavour.

It’s definitely not the right season for this right now, but I’m going to have to remember this tea for the fall and winter – especially ‘cause DAVIDsTEA’s super popular Pumpkin Chai just never quite did it for me. This is DEFINITELY better.

Thank you Scheherazade!

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Cold Brew!

Lots of gooseberries in this one, like three or four? I think pretty well all of the ones from this latest sample bag wound up in this specific brew. The result was a brew where the citrus notes just dominated the spearmint.

It was pretty good; and eating the gooseberries afterwards was the best.

Fjellrev

Drool, gooseberries. I wish they’d make a blend without all kinds of other distracting notes.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (138)!

Thank you Scheherazade! I was really excited when I saw this one in your swap package because I’ve had it before (I think from you, actually?) and I quite enjoyed it so revisiting was very nice. I wont go in depth; this tasted exactly like I remembered it from last time. So, suffice to say, I was not disappointed.

Flavors: Apple, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Fruity, Orange, Orange Zest, Tart

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Another from Scheherazade! I remember reading one of her tasting notes and thinking that since sounded like it should be quite good even though she’d expressed disappoint towards it.

Personally, I started by cold brewing this because LiberTEAS talks about icing it. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was wanting either. While I would have enjoyed something more plummy or with cherry notes to it, I found that this was more of a peach/nectarine sort of flavour without any other stonefruit notes coming through other than those ones. And I think I see what Scheherazade meant when she described this as “dusty”. It’s a shame I don’t taste the plum or cherry because, skimming through other reviews, a lot of people did get those flavours. I’m just not one of them.

Still have enough leaf left for a hot cup, so I’m hoping I’ll get a better range of stonefruit flavours from that one.

Flavors: Floral, Peach

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drank Cherry Bakewell by Twinings
3833 tasting notes

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Thank you for the sample Scheherazade!

Not entirely sure what a “bakewell” is? Based on the flavour, I’m definitely thinking some sort of pastry? Anywho, I drank this one as a commute tea on the way to work; from the moment I opened up the teabag wrapper this smelled really surprisingly amazing! Cherry pie filling, essentially…

Tasting Notes:
- "Cherry Filling/7-11 Cherry Pastry flavour
- Also a bit of a pudding/custard taste?
- Oddly makes me think of Banana Cream Pie
- Vegetal finish
- Weirdly satisfying?

The banana notes perplexed me quite a lot; not so sure where that was coming from at all. But overall I was delightfully surprised by this one. I’d totally drink it again.

Flavors: banana, Cherry, Overripe Cherries, Pastries

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Well, this was better than that cup that made me feel super nauseous when I was feeling sick: however something about it still didn’t taste quite right to me either and I can’t exactly place what it is. The taste wasn’t bad: cinnamon and bright peach with a playful tartness from the rosehips. It should have been good but peach is one of those flavours that is so hit and miss for me. Some of my worst tea drinking experiences have involved peach flavoured teas; and when I think back on them I instantly just don’t feel quite right. Stomach gurglies, and all that jazz…

So I think that because I now have that strong mental connection to when I drank this while feeling sick and it making me feel so gross afterwards that I may have dug that slippery slope of peach flavour an even deeper hole. I may be in a place now where, regardless of the cuppa itself, I just associate this tea and it’s flavour with the feeling of sickness…

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This is a queued tasting note.

Well, it’s pretty well summer time and what does that mean? Barbecues and beverages! Sometimes the bevvies are tea, sometimes they’re alcohol, and sometimes they’re both! We had a “roommate” BBQ last week and I made iced tea “cocktails” for everyone using Brisk as the base.

1 oz of vodka
1 oz of Peach Schnapps
And then the rest of the glass filled with Brisk…

They were quite good! Better than Brisk on its own, actually. The peach schnapps really made it quite delicious. It was like some sort of iced tea peach candy? Fuzzy Peaches with out the tartness, perhaps? Perfectly appropriate for the first BBQ of the summer though!

Also, Happy Mother’s Day Steepster Mommies!

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This is a queued tasting note.

Picked this one out as my commute tea on Monday ’cause I was craving something sweet as well as a black tea and I thought that this would be bright enough to jump start my day/afternoon. The grenadine was delicious and really hit the spot, but the black tea came off as brisk and very tannic. It actually had enough astringency that while the taste was there the mouthfeel was very unpleasant and distracting.

Hmmm…

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grenadine, Red Fruits, Tannic

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Thank you Scheherazade for the sample!

I was really happy to get a chance to swap with you again. Hoping you love the matcha.

This is my first pick from the goodies Scheherazade sent me; I asked for a random mix of stuff, and she certainly didn’t disappoint. Random is my new go to: I always end up with things I’d never have picked for myself and quite often I end up pleasantly surprised. That’s the case with this one, for sure: I’d have avoided it ’cause of the “spice” element and the fact pumpkin teas so rarely ever taste like actual pumpkin.

This is great though: first and foremost I very clearly taste the flavour of real pumpkin and that definitely makes this better than most “pumpkin” teas which typically drown out any actual pumpkin in the blend with pumpkin spices. And on that note, while I totally taste the cinnamon and ginger in the blend they’re subdued in comparison to the flavour of the pumpkin and the cinnamon really just reinforces the pie element of the tea because it makes me think of pie crust. I don’t find them intrusive or drowning at all which is a big relief. I don’t even mind the ginger.

As well, there’s a sweetness to the tea which is appropriate to the notion of pie filling. I’d never add sweetener to this myself as that’d be over the top, but what’s here seems almost natural while capturing that confectionery element. Of course, it isn’t natural: it’s definitely from the candy bats in the blend – but that’s fine. It’s not artificial tasting. It’s like brown sugar and vanilla? Without actually being brown sugar or vanilla though.

Final observation/comment: While I normally don’t lean towards Ceylon I think that it’s appropriate as a base here because it does have such a mild/soft flavour compared to a lot of black teas and that suits blends well, especially blends that focus on flavours as delicate as pumpkin. Squash in general doesn’t pack a lot of “oomph” as a flavour. Not the same way other fruits/veggies do.

Really, really impressed and surprised with this blend! Only small criticism is that I wish there was a stronger taste of the clove.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pumpkin, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla

Scheherazade

Glad you liked it :) It’s my favourite pumpkin tea.

tea-sipper

Love this one.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Yikes! Way too tart! I think all I’m tasting is the most sour strawberry flavour ever and hibiscus. What happened to this cold brew!? Yuck…

Side question: anyone know if “nut” milks (almond, cashew, coconut) can curdle? I want to try to bring out the creamyness of this tea but I’m scared of the hibby overload curdling the milk. I don’t even know if that’s a thing that happens but don’t want to find out through putting the theory to test…

Gooseberry Spoon

They can but it will depend on a lot of things such as what nut milk it is, the temp, how acidic the tea is… You’ll have to try it out to know for sure but your best bet would be trying to minimize heat shock to the milk by either heating it up to the same temperature as the tea or adding cold brewed tea to cold milk.

Lynxiebrat

Try pouring some into a smaller cup and putting the nut milk in. Let us know:)

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) 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 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.

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