1976 Tasting Notes

drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1976 tasting notes

In addition to getting home last night and having tea swaps and eggs to greet me, I also had cold brewed tea shots! Woo!

A few days ago I stopped at the liquor store and picked up an assortment of stuff; Rootbeer Schnapps, Spiced Rum, Cream Liqueur Shots, and Gin! I also already had Raspberry Vodka at home. I decided to mix some tisanes and alcohol and cold brew myself tea shots. For this one, because PUNS ARE AMAZING, I used a tbsp. of tea leaf in a shot glass worth of gin creating… Drum roll please.

A GIN AND REDBERRY TONIC! I am so proud of myself right now.

Best part? It was actually really, really good! No alcohol burn, and fruity and lemony with juicy berry and sweet apple notes. It had a very smooth aftertaste too! Definitely gonna have to do this one again! It’s a shame I couldn’t talk Tre into trying a sip – I think he would have actually liked it.

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The last one from Courtney!

Visibly, this one has a TON of lemon grass and hibiscus and stuff in it, so I was definitely a little scared of making a hot cup so I took the route of cold brewing. I have to say, I didn’t really love this one so much as a cold brew; it was super, super hibiscus tart and after a few forced gulps I dumped out the majority of it.

Sorry Courtney, while I totally appreciate receiving it I can sorta see why this one wasn’t so much for you. That’s ok though; I’m willing to play around to see if I can get it to work better for me. It just sucks because last night I really could have used something cool and refreshing to sip on.

Last night I had a definite not awesome evening. It started with balancing the cash profit for the day and doing the closing paperwork. One person does the cash, and the other does the paperwork – and then at the end we both come up with a total number for all the profits for the day, and they’re supposed to match. Except they didn’t. My number for cash was $250 less than the paperwork number. That’s a big difference.

It took an extra hour of Bobbi and I scouring the paperwork and recounting every till to figure out what was wrong; turns out neither of us has screwed up – our assistant manager did earlier in the day when he was doing a deposit. He dropped five $50 bills ($250) in an earlier deposit but had incorrectly filled out the paperwork for his deposit (he forgot to record the 50s, but recorded all the other bill/coin he dropped) so that money was unaccounted for. We had to call him at 10PM and explain to him how big of a fuck up this was; not just because it screwed with our paperwork but because the inaccurately recorded deposit is sealed in the vault that Brinks collects – and which cannot be retrieved by store employees, regardless of whether they’re a Keyholder/Ass. Store Manager/Manager or otherwise. It through our whole night off.

And then, on top of things I ended up forgetting a completely full 2L of Milk at the bus stop which made me feel like a total idiot, and then for the cherry on top (because FUCK THE NEW BUS ROUTES) I got on the wrong bus home and ended up taking a 40 minute bus ride and getting off the bus farther away from my house then when I had started (I normally don’t take the bus home because I’m only a 15 min. walk away, but I had armfuls of groceries I was nervous about having to carry home). God Damn.

Plus side? There was tea and eggs waiting for me when I got home! My swap from Cameron B. had arrived, and Tre had made midnight over easy eggs for me because he know my day was stressful! Aww!

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Another given to me by the awesome Courtney!

Dry this smells pretty strongly of coconut/chocolate, which is fairly appealing. I can definitely see that as being a very good thing.

For my prep, I made it in my timolino. I was very careful to watch the time as it steeped given that I’ve experienced a too harsh black base from HI on more than one occasion. Overall, I thought that the coconut/black tea were the strongest notes with cocoa notes and something else mildly offputting and hard to identify trailing behind. I was kinda reminded of kelp? But also not kelp. Not a whole lot of “graham” unless that’s what the weird flavour is meant to be.

As for the base; it was still a bit bitter despite my precautions. Oh well, looks like I just have some playing around to do so I can figure out the best way to enjoy this one.

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Took a break from logging to make supper and watch Big Brother with Tre; now to finish off the last of my tea logging for the night so I can start fresh tomorrow! And, I’m mostly through the big stuff anyway!

This one was a cold brew; I thought maybe the vanilla would pop more as a cold brew, and that overall this would be a really nice refreshing cold treat to energize me during work. And while it definitely wasn’t bad as a cold brew, it did lose the depth and flavour nuances that I experienced hot. I mean, overall the cold brew could probably be summed up as cold brewed spearmint with a vanilla hint/undertone – and really that’s not anything different than the Mint Mate I stock from Tea Desire, and that’s much cheaper and more attainable for something practically the same.

So I’m definitely sticking to a hot cup for the last of this given that I definitely got more from the hot cup; it was just a better experience overall even if the cold brew wasn’t bad per say.


I find that a little teeny tiny bit of sugar helps bring out the vanilla flavor.


The one time I tried this cold, I thought it was interesting but not terribly inspiring, even with sugar. When it comes to buying mint teas, they have be fairly unusual for me to get them again.

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
1976 tasting notes

Sipdown (137/144)!

Last sipdown in the queue, though hopefully I’ll get a few more in today once I’m done logging.

I made this a hot cup; it really wasn’t so bad except that it was especially tart and the orange stood out a little bit more than all the other flavours. The bubble gum flavour trait was still present too; how interesting. I definitely like the tea pop/cold brew versions better but I’d still drink this if it was served to me!

I don’t know; I may have to grab 50g more of this one…

Flavors: Orange

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I really wish this was a perfume or body wash or something because it just smells so amazing and creamy and delicious! I always find myself stealing sniffs from the tin it’s in. Anyway, I was in a definite Genmaicha mood a few nights ago and this is actually the only Genmaicha I have in the house currently so I totally indulged in a very large mug of it!

There is definitely a thick creaminess to this one that a regular, plain Genmaicha doesn’t have; sometimes I’m not sure if I’d say marshmallow – but it’s definitely close. Yummy!

Flavors: Cream, Marshmallow, Roasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Vanilla

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Tasting note number 1700! Woot!

Anyway, I added a tsp. of this matcha into a pudding cup of caramel pudding; honestly I didn’t expect to be able to taste the matcha but I just wanted that matcha buzz and I thought that out of the matcha I own this one would clash the least with caramel flavour. At I was pretty right; I couldn’t taste this one at all until the after taste and then surprisingly it tasted distinctly like maple.


That’s a wholotta notes, congrats!


OMG, that is a HUGE number of notes. How long did that take you??

Roswell Strange

I joined Steepster on September 4th 2013


You drink so much tea! Congratulations on 1700. :)


And your notes so detailed! Congrats!


Wow, that’s great! :)

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
1976 tasting notes

Cold Brewed!

I picked up more of this one for cold brewing (and possibly for trying a latte) because I’ve really enjoyed the last few ones, except this one wasn’t so fantastic – I think I underleafer it or something since it wasn’t nearly as sweet or as flossy.

Not horrible or anything; just not as fantastic. I think when I finish my leaf of this one I’ll probably be done with it.

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Big thanks to Courtney for giving this one to me!

For the first try, I whisked it into cold milk. Overall it was good but a little weak; next time I think I’ll up the amount of matcha I use (Courtney, what flavour level is this one?). But, that said, despite being a bit weaker than I was anticipating it was nice and did deliver a nice maple flavour. It reminded me of the maple leaf shaped sugar cookies with the slight walnut nuttiness to them and that yummy maple icing! Mmm!

I look forward to playing around with this one!

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Walnut

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Made in my timolino. Just an average, spectacular cup of hot liquid caramel/coconut/mulberry deliciousness!

In a few months when points are eligable to be redeemed again I’m definitely gonna be using some of mine on 50g more of this one; I burn through it so damn quickly! I would have used the points I had this month on more of this, but I wanted to get Caramel Corn guilt free while I still had the chance.

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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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