2065 Tasting Notes


So I made a hot cup of this because I’m finding hot is a lot better than cold brewed, which is just way too tart. However this time I slightly underleafed and understeeped which resulted in a significantly lighter pink brew that tasted the best of any cup thus far; enough so I think I may have to actually raise my rating.

While there was still some tart hibby tang to this; it was a lot lighter and sweeter with some really prominent notes of juicy, almost candy like lemons and strawberry. Strawberry Lemonade, if you will. In fact, it really reminded me of a Strawberry slushie with a pump of that “shocker” stuff that the local convenience store sold when I was a lot younger, living in Regina – except, you know, hot. But really delicious and summery.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemon, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

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Sipping this one right now, cold brewed.

There’s no passionfruit, but loads of banana flavour. Kinda wishing I could sacrifice some of that banana for just a touch of passionfruit, but I guess I’ll have to be happy with what I can get and enjoy it as is.

Flavors: banana, Floral

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Sipdown (118/125)!

Woot! Look at those numbers drop! Hooray!

But anyway; breakfast tea! And when I say breakfast, I mean that for once I actually drank a tea and consumed a meal at a normal time accurate for meal it’s named for. Shocking, really.

Anyway; I’m almost through my Design A Tea samples. This is the second last one; but I’m gonna finish them off today. This is the only one I picked with an oolong base; and I just went with something safe for it: Pineapple and Coconut which is pretty much just my favourite flavour combination of all time. So it’s kinda 50/50 between having high expectations for the blend, but also knowing without much of a doubt that I’ll enjoy it regardless.

Dry, the pineapple in this smells so strong and intoxicating. You can smell the coconut, but the lush fruit does a pretty damn good job of masking it. Om nom nom, pineapples! And steeped up, this was actually really impressive. The pineapple was really vibrant, juicy and lush and reminded me a lot of the pineapple flavouring in Red Leaf Tea’s Pineapple Matcha (which I find to be very distinct from other pineapple flavourings – such as Butiki’s which has sorta the natural acidic tang to it or DAVIDsTEA’s which is more subtle and candy-like). The coconut was very buttery and tropical and it really complimented the buttery, greener oolong base.

I drank most of this hot, but I let the last few sips go cold and it was probably just as good cold as it was hot; though I thought the coconut and oolong base were more noticeable in the cold tea.

So while this wasn’t exactly a unique or out of the box flavour combination, I think it was a successful one! Definitely quite enjoyable!

Cameron B.

Oh, it’s a green oolong? I didn’t expect that. :P

Roswell Strange

The samples come in little tea bags/satchets (just like this use at cafes or some tea shops for to go teas) – I probably could have taken the tea out to look at it beforehand, but I didn’t. I just picked apart the bag now though, and visually it doesn’t look like a green oolong – although that’s definitely what it tasted like to me.

Cameron B.

That’s interesting. I’m glad you tried it first because now I can keep that in mind when I design my teas later. :P Thanks for taking one for the team! ;)


The “oolong” in the generic drop down choice is a Formosa (higher oxidized) but they also have a greener Ti Kuan Yin available… if that helps.

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Made in my timolino, and I drank about half of it hot at work and it was delicious (I shared a bit with Bobbi and she liked it too; which is very redeeming since the last one I shared was the awful Mujicha). However, then I came home from work and still had half a timolino with tea, and as I expressed in my Coconut Grove note this morning I fell asleep soon after getting home…

Well, I’m drinking the second half of the timolino now; and it’s gone ice cold. For perspective, this was made over 24 hours ago. But you know what, it still holds up really well. I mean, it’s a bit bitter which wasn’t the case yesterday when I had it hot; but it’s still very flavourful with lots of really yummy vanilla/melon notes (and banana?). I think if you made this one iced by flash chilling it (as opposed to letting it sit 24 hours) it’d be really good!

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
2065 tasting notes

Sipdown (119/126)!

Damn you work; since I had to get up at 6AM yesterday to open the store I was exhausted when I got home – I am not a morning person. Usually at 6AM I am sound asleep, having just gone to bed two(ish) hours ago. And so because of exhaustion I fell asleep at about 8PM only to wake up an hour ago at 8 AM. Fuck. Why. I don’t want to be up this early, but now I am…

If this is what normal people do every day, it’s awful!

Anyway, I cold brewed this yesterday and that cold brew finishes off the leaf that whatshesaid was so nice enough to give me! I can’t thank her enough – it’s because of her I got to enjoy a few more cold brews of this and then finally reach a place where I feel I can move on.

Honestly? This last cold brew just wasn’t super satisfying; it was good when it was ice cold but after it started to warm up it just tasted weird and funky, like the coconut in it was just starting to turn. But that made me realize that I’m ok with this being the last of this one – I was crushed when I ran out the first time, but now I’m accepting that I had a good run with this one and now can move on to enjoying something else!


sounds normal to me, unfortunately!

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Sipdown (120/127)!

Look at all the sipdown progress! Which is good, because Camellia Sinensis finally restock Le Tropicale so I put in the order I’ve been wanting to make for the last two months! And it’s a small enough order too; three teas. But it feels good to have an actual order in coming, even if all the teas are new to me and in 50g quantities. I know that if I dislike anything there are plenty of people here to share with.

As for this blend (which is the last one in my queue btdubbs) it was really interesting! I honestly anticipated not liking but I was intrigued by the idea of a grapefruit tea (I don’t think I’ve had one or, at the very least not a memorable one) and I remembered 52Tea’s Brown Sugar Grapefruit Shou Mei so I tried pairing something relatively similar. Sorry Frank; I ripped off your brain child on this one.

Anyway; it was good – at first. It was strongly and specifically grapefruit but without a lot of bitterness or tartness to it. I think that’s what the maple really contributed: it sweetened the whole thing up and kept things upbeat. On the whole I was reminded of breakfast? Well, not my take on breakfast because for me that’s usually microwaved pizza hastily eaten before running out the door for work. But like, rich people/movie breakfast where someone brings you a platter of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in bed with a fat stack of maple waffles and sausage links accompanying it. Not my kind of breakfast; but kinda idealistic and nice.

Except then the cup cooled and it started to taste really funky. The grapefruit just kind of built up in my mouth and tasted spoiled – like someone had left out that “perfect breakfast” for a couple of days and I was picking at the leftovers. Ew.

So I don’t know if this is a success or not. It was very on point at first, but then it turned bad. I guess on the whole it was better than I thought it’d be, though. I suppose I just have to say to drink this one hot? Anyway, I’m rating a little conservatively because of the latter half of the mug. But seriously; when this was good, it was good.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Citrus, Grapefruit, Maple, Maple Syrup


Haha! I love your notes! :)


Who has time for breakfast? Even when I have time, I seem to reheat leftovers or something. (Today it was leftover fajitas for breakfast, just the chicken, pepper and onions, with some cheese, because I was way too lazy to deal with anything more than that.)

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Sipdown (121/128)!

Another one from VariaTEA – we are both out to try as many Monk’s Blends as possible it seems, so I absolutely appreciated the pass on from her. I did something a little bit different with this sample though; I cold brewed it.

I sipped on this most of the day (I didn’t do much tea drinking today – I spent most of the day eating leftovers and trying not to pass out instead, seeing as I need to go to bed at a “normal” time since I work early tomorrow) and it was enjoyable enough. Despite being cold brewed, there was still this weird sort of astringency with the black base that felt off the whole time. I’d have been totally ok with it though if the grenadine was sweet enough to compensate – but this sorta wasn’t.

It just never got to the level of sweetness that I felt it should have. I mean, yes it was definitely the flavour of grenadine but just barely. And then, there wasn’t any rich vanilla either to push it further.

I think my overall conclusion is that Monk’s Blend is a tea best served hot.


Would you like another teaspoon or two to try hot?

Roswell Strange

Nah; that’s ok. Thank’s though.

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Sipdown (122/129)!

Taken with milk. I thought maybe that’d push this one to be more flavourful, especially since I really over leafed this mug to use up the rest of the sample from 221Tea but somehow the opposite affect was acheived.

Instead this came off as lukewarm, slightly oily milk with a bit of extra sweetness. Really, really mediocre (at best). But at least it’s done now, right?

Right. And I have better banana teas anyway.


Which banana teas would you recommend?

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So this one came way of MissB about half a year ago in the 12 Days of Christmas exchange. At the time I held off on making it because I was intimidated by the quantity you have to make at one time for a bag of this. But yesterday I just sorta went “nope, fuck it” and set one of the bags up to cold brew overnight.

What a mistake that was.

After an eleven hour steep this was the same intense dark brown colour as Rootbeer or Coke, but without the fun bubbles and carbonation. I feel like it was at that point I knew I had made a terrible mistake. I really did make an effort to drink and like this one, but honestly all I got from it was the taste of really, really burnt toast. Like, black charcoal toast.

By some miracle I convinced Bobbi to try some at work and she made the biggest face I’ve ever seen her make in regard to any tea I’ve had her try. She was maybe a little nicer about describing it though; she called it “burnt coffee”. Either way, we agree it tastes very burnt.

I have one more pouch of this left – I will probably cold brew it just to get rid of it (I debated passing it on to VariaTEA but I really feel like she would not enjoy it) but with a significantly shorter brew time.


Flavors: Bitter, Burnt, Burnt Food, Char, Toast


Well thank you for saving me from this horrible taste experience

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
2065 tasting notes

So Design a Tea’s Tropical Snowflake put me in the mood for this one, and I was more than willing to steep myself up a cup and satisfy that craving. With the more than agreeable state my cupboard is in right now, making what I want when I want it is a satisfying luxury I feel I can afford.

It’s been a while since I had this one I think, and when I opened the tin I was blasted with the strong and INTENSE aroma of rich, sweet apricots! And then steeped up this was perfect; creamy, rich and buttery coconut with juicy “ready to explode with juice” apricot. And yes, despite the intense flavours going on this one still manages to real all of that back in and maintain a soft, delicate but full flavour.

When you want apricot; nothing tops this one.

Flavors: Apricot, Coconut, Cream, Honeysuckle, 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.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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