1819 Tasting Notes

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
1819 tasting notes

Also a post-Barcraft tea. I was supposed to be drinking caffeine free teas but I saw this in my closet while I was grabbing the Birthday Cake and I just could not resist making a giant mug of it. Drunk me doesn’t give a fuck about hoarding the precious limited edition/seasonal teas I have.

I think the logic was the mint is good for headaches so why not preemptively have a cup of something minty to ward of a hangover? It’s a stretch, but why not. I wanted it.

Actually though this was overwhelmingly cucumber flavoured (if I remember correctly though, there was a TON of cucumber in the dry leaf I use) with a more subtle mint/melon flavour in the background. Very solidly delicious. I still regret not getting more of this one; I’m totally going to finish the 50g I got and be very, very sad.

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Another caffeine free, late night blend.

Thanks again so much VariaTEA for supplying it; I’m still working through that sample bag you jam packed full for me. You’re the best tea friend ever! Mmm, roasty toasty delicious!

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So I snuck in a teaware review this morning before work but I’ve got a whole bunch of tasting notes to log as well; I didn’t do much logging over the weekend and yesterday because I spent Sunday at Barcraft with Tyrell (and then the rest of the evening drunkish), and then all Monday my brother and Dad were in town for his Birthday – and then on top of that our internet was also down for the bulk of the weekend too.

So Barcraft was pretty fun; even though I didn’t understand virtually any of what was going on game wise I thought the bar was really nice and I liked spending time with Tyrell – besides alcohol makes everything better, and they had good bar food too. The most interesting thing, I guess, would be meeting a whole bunch of his friends. Like, I know Lucas/Gwyn from DT but these people were all strangers to me. They were definitely nice though, and welcoming enough given I bet they knew next to nothing about me. Pretty much your typical gamer/sports guys in Uni; there were dick jokes, and playful insults between one another but nothing I wasn’t unfamiliar with or whatever. Afterall, I live with a guy (same “type” of guy as well), and growing up the vast majority of my friends were guys. I think I got their seal of approval?

And then after the finals we decided to go out for icecream (my treat since he picked up my bar tab, which was definitely significantly higher than the cost of the icecream). I couldn’t resist going for the weirdest flavour there (much to Tyrell’s disgust) which happened to be Pineapple Carrot Bran Muffin. I got it in milkshake format and I have to say it was pretty fucking delicious. Now I’m not gonna deny, a good part of why I thought that could be because I was a bit drunk – but I think that overall it was just a good milkshake. I’d love to see a Butiki tea version…

And then I got home to no internet and promptly watched Casanova while drunk and made myself tea! Mostly caffeine free stuff, because water consumption and a lack of caffeine while drunk is good for offsetting hangovers, and also because I just wanted tea. That involved trying this one for the first time! I bought a bunch of it in my most recent Butiki order despite never trying it just because of how much VariaTEA loves it. I figured it was a safe enough gamble because if I didn’t like it I could just pass it on to her.

Except, I do like it! So, it’s all mine. Mwah. Ha. Ha.

Basically it was super rich but still quite soft and airy with an amazing vanilla flavour and strikingly accurate sponge cake vibe to it. This is totally going to be a cupboard staple because it’s one of few herbals that I own which isn’t a fruit based blend for cold brewing! Mmm! I instantly wanted another cup of this after finishing it, but I was feeling really, really full so I passed on it. But definitely gonna have this one again, and soon!

Flavors: Cake, Cream, Powdered sugar, Vanilla

Marzipan

I really enjoy your tasting notes.

VariaTEA

So I didn’t see this until now but it makes me super happy that you’re a fan :P

Marzipan

Totes Mcgoats!

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So I finally found a good picture of this one online that shows the outside of the mug and the giraffe inside so I decided to throw it up on the site and add it to my virtual cupboard along with most of the other teaware I own. I still need to add my Adeline infuser mug and my newest mug, which I got yesterday, that has the “All My Friends are Dead” dinosaur on it. It definitely bugs me just a little that only some of my teaware is in my Steepster cupboard.

Anyway, this one: it was the first “fancy” mug I ever bought – up until this point I only had the mugs that came with my Kitchen set, which are boring and solid red. I got this one in BrewTEAllySweet (sorry if I butchered the spelling)’s tea sale here on Steepster. Subsequently, this one got a lot of use.

Typically I tend to use this one when I’m drinking tea with a very dark and foggy liquor colour because then, when the cup is full, I can’t actually see the adorable as fuck giraffe which makes it “peeking out” all the more cute and amusing. The downside to that, of course, is that darker teas tend to stain your cups more easily than other blends and this guy can be rather difficult to clean. I’ve learned that, in the dishwasher, this one wont come out clean and there’ll still be staining around the base of the giraffe or in the nooks and crannies around his neck or legs/feet. So typically this really needs to be handwashed which is a little bit tedious.

I still love this mug though, and I’m very happy to have it in my collection! It’s super cute and great for serving tea to guests with.

Marzipan

Try denture cleaners on him.

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SSTTB: Pick #14

I’ve had the Genmaicha version of this and wasn’t really a fan because the flavour didn’t come through at all, but I can visibly see a ton of cherries in the dry leaf for this one so I thought I’d give it a chance and try it anyway since I have the opportunity to.

I’ve had good success before with cold brewing Frank’s green blends so that was the route I took with this one, and I’ve strained it now this morning and am currently sipping on it while I do my make up and wait for Tyrell to come pick me up for Barcraft. It’s not really that’s is bad, it’s just that like I suspected there’s not much flavour to it at all; mostly I’m getting vegetal (maybe even a little bitter) green tea, some very faint generic fruitiness and a super subtle cheesecake kind of “tang”. There’s nothing distinct to it what so ever.

I’m definitely feeling like 25 oz. of this is too much so whatever I don’t finish by one will almost certainly get dumped out. It’s sad too because I have a hunch that this one is going to be my only tea all day…

VariaTEA

Have fun at Barcraft!

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Sipdown (150/155)!

I actually drank this last night while watching the movie Hysteria, because Hugh Dancy is such a bamf. I was gonna be done with tea for the night, but after that Thunderstorm our laundry room flooded (a few inches of water over half the floor…) I just kinda went “Fuck it, I deserve one more cup”. It also means I realized one of my “mini goals” for yesterday, which was to finish all three sample teas that came in my Butiki order.

Dry, the leaf of this one looked kinda waxy and smelled strongly of fennel. Hooray for fennel; I love fennel! Steeped up, the fennel and star anise were definitely the strongest flavours in the cup and for sure where the black licorice flavour was coming from. It was kinda weird having that flavour be provided by something other than licorice root in a tea, but I liked it a lot. However, there was also lots of spice because this is a chai (ergo why I was skeptical and only asked for a sample size) – and the cinnamon was really present and left an unpleasant dry feeling on my mouth.

If you’ve ever done the cinnamon challenge before it sort of, in a way, felt a lot like that. That definitely detracted from the cup overall and will probably keep me from ordering this one again in the future. I’m glad I tried it though because the fennel was divine. I didn’t realize how much I was in a fennel mood until I had this one and had that secret craving satisfied.

Only one thing left to say about this one; so long!

Cavocorax

… Hugh Dancy … :p

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Sipdown (151/156)!

It’s pouring outside again. Ugh, this rain is never going to let up. But hey, at least it’s not snowing, right? I’ll take non stop rain over non stop snow, which is what we had for our long ass Winter this year…

This was phenomenal. I’m sad to see it go. Although technically there are a few cups worth left but I added them to the box because I thought it would be cool to add something local(ish) – and this is one of those teas that should be shared. Besides, if all goes well I’m have another 50g bag of this in my greedy little paws soon enough.

Really hoping Tre follows through and stops at Cuppa’T for me when he’s in Regina! So many tasties that I want restocked…

VariaTEA

I hope he follows through as well :P.

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drank Peach Bloom by DAVIDsTEA
1819 tasting notes

SSTTB: Pick #13

So I’ve had this before but I really wanted to try it again to see if it lived up to the fond memories I have of it. I actually have pictures of this one bloomed, in my mason jar, and one of them is the lock screen on my phone. I just think this one is really pretty.

So I made this in my mason jar (half full because my bladder already hates me today) and watched it bloom and it was nice and peaceful. I love bloom teas; they’re so calming and relaxing, and I always feel oddly dainty when I make them.

Taste wise I still thought this one was pretty solid; I don’t remember exactly what I said last time but in addition to the soft peach notes I also picked up on notes of malt, cocoa and lilies. They all meshed together nicely. There are Lychee Blooms and Strawberry Blooms in the box still; like this one I’ve tried them before but since there are a couple of each I might take the time to revisit another one if I get the time to during the week.

Maybe on Monday when my Dad and Brother are in town I’ll serve a bloom tea so they can look at the prettiness of it too…

Flavors: Cocoa, Flowers, Malt, Peach

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Sipdown (152/157)!

Stacy was kind enough to add in a sample of this with my Butiki order. I have actually had it before and from my recollection I wasn’t super impressed but hey, why not have it again? Tastes evolve, and after Stacy was so kind to include it for me it’d be a crime to not have it.

So after a round of caffeinated things after getting up I decided a few caffeine free things were called for meaning this blend came into play sooner rather than later. As a mint chocolate tea, I still thought it was pretty “meh”/“could do with or without it”overall, but it wasn’t bad and it was a nice break from the citrus/Chai this morning.

I think it was creamier this time around? Maybe there was more marshmallow leaf in this sample than the one I’d had previously…

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SSTTB: Pick #12

This is the second Mint Chai that I drank today as a direct comparison with Whispering Pines’ Peppermint Chai. Like I said in the tasting note for that one, the two were really, really dissimilar.

Unlike the WP blend – this one didn’t really feel like a Chai at all. Instead this one seemed to be much more about the smooth creamy vanilla mint flavour which perfectly fit the earthy Pu’Erh. The Pu’Erh base in this kinda reminded me of clay a little bit, and then the Vanilla/Mint due (which was pretty evenly balanced) sweetened it up a bit and kept it from feeling gritty or unpleasant. As far as the “Chai” element, in this one the most that I picked up on was the cinnamon in it which almost made it feel Christmas-y to me? For whatever reason.

Both were really good, just in different ways. However, I think that I liked Whispering Pines’ version better even though it was more Chai like, the reason for that being that I liked the weird Halva flavour I experienced with it because of the unexpected nostalgia. It was a tea that made me experience something other than the tea, and it’s kinda hard for this one to compete with that.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clay, Cream, Mint, Vanilla

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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.

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