2476 Tasting Notes

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Cold Brew Sipdown (122)!

Couldn’t help but think of Anna when drinking this hedgehog-y tea. It comes from the lovely MissB though. I’m loving drinking these samples from your travels abroad. Gotta thank you and the H&W for including me even though I’m far off in Saskatchablah.

I admit; I had to look up what Quince is supposed to taste like. I didn’t have a clue what it was. I’m incredibly proud of my taste buds though because I when I tasted this I thought it tasted incredibly akin to very ripe apples and Bartlett pears and, after looking Quince up, I learned it’s supposed to taste like an apple/pear cross. Score one me! Seriously; I was tasting the quince before I even knew what it was.

I also thought that there was a light floral undertone to the flavour too though; it rounded the tea out and made it feel more layered in flavour though there were moments where with the fruit it tasted borderline perfume-y. The green base was…

Well, it was green. Really green actually in that sort of colour equals taste way – but I couldn’t break it down further for you. I was focusing perhaps a little too much on figuring out what the quince was and less on the backdrop for the flavour. I didn’t mind it though; it all went together very well. I’m not big on green teas in general; but fruity is the way to go with flavouring them, in my opinion. Kinda hard to mess that up (unless the base itself is shit).

Thanks MissB – this was surprisingly really lovely! I almost wish I hadn’t passed on my last little bit of it to someone else (though I’m sure she’ll love it). I’m curious how this one would have done hot…

OMGsrsly

Quinces are very very floral. There is a super short harvest season in the fall – maybe your work will carry them!

Sil

someone else may have more of this…there was quite a large volume. i could dig through jones box but i’m lazy lol

OMGsrsly

Kittenna sent me a bunch. I had some and put it in either CrowKettle or Bear With Me’s bag.

OMGsrsly

(What I’m saying, Sil, is that you don’t need to send me more and if you find the energy to dig through my box that’s cool.)

Sil

oh if kitenna sent you a bunch it’s not in the box lol

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So this is a sample I got from Stephanie.

It is a tea…

I drank it. Umm, I forgot to write anything down and I recall absolutely nothing except that I kinda liked it. But really; I couldn’t tell you anything about what it tasted like. Whoops. But thankfully I’ve got enough for another cup, which I will most definitely actually pay attention to next time!

Sucks though; ‘cause the whole point of my requesting this one was that I wanted to explore more straight Keemun’s since I feel like I’ve tried so few plain ones. Straight assams are much more my jam…

Kinda bummed I didn’t write any tasting notes yesterday; the “word of the day” was a really fun one – Scuttlebutt (rumor/gossip). I really wanted to share it – which I guess I’m doing now, but it feels a little like I’m cheating? The word of the day is outdated! I can’t think of why you’d use this one instead of rumor though – unless, like me, you just really like saying it.

Anyway; the “actual” word of the day today is trajectory which is “The curve that an object travels along through space (such as a bullet, a rocket or a planet in its orbit)”. Not nearly as fun a word though, in my opinion.

Sil

if you remind me sometime in the future i have lots of this

whatshesaid

Yeah this one was tastyyyy

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Sipdown (123)!

Supper tonight was alfredo with green pepper and little cut up vegetarian hot dog chunks. It was kinda borderline kiddish, but guys can I just say that I’m really proud of myself for eating more healthily this new year. I’ve added so much fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet; easily tripled the amount I used to eat, and double the amount of tofu/soy based food I used to have so I’m considerably less iron deficient than I was (I’ve been iron deficient pretty much non-stop since I switched to a vegetarian diet ten years ago). Plus, I’m also either eating a daily thing of yogurt or having a smoothie – or both. Big changes for me. And I feel better, too.

Plus – just from dietary changers alone, and no added exercise or anything, I’ve lost about 8 pounds in the last month and a bit. That maybe doesn’t seem really significant, by my whole life I’ve NEVER been able to lose weight, ever. Only maintain it – so it’s a big deal for me.

Anyway – this is a queued review.

This is the last tea I had to try from January’s Amoda box. I actually drank it the same day as TheLastDodo did because her review encouraged me to actually try it, but I’m behind on writing tasting notes a little.

I have to agree with both people who’ve already had this – it’s a little weird, for sure. Not your average white tea by a long shot. I cold brewed my sample, which I think neither reviewer before me did – I kind of wish I’d done it hot now, because they both seemed to enjoy it better than I did and I’m wondering if that’s the difference.

But, my first, unfiltered opinion was that this had very strong, robust notes of orange rind and burnt hay. But after finishing my 25 oz. brew I think calling it “burnt hay” is maybe a little harsh; it was just really strong, and there was also a malty note present that, with the combination of hay and orange rind was doing some weird flavour things. I also tasted a very crisp, vegetal flavour that reminded me a lot of cucumber, but cucumber with the peel. It’s hard to describe the taste of cucumber peel – but it does have a distinct flavour. I don’t know; maybe mineral and bitter kind of apply to the flavour?

I’m a little sad I didn’t taste the melon that Dodo and LiberTEAs did, because I have a hunch orange/melon would work together a little better than orange/cucumber; but melon (especially green melons) and cucumber do have a comparable taste, so I see where they were each coming from.

Overall; this was fascinating and I think worth trying just because of how different it is but it was a little too weird for me, I was intrigued but a little uncomfortable drinking it and so, unless I was maybe trying it hot, I wouldn’t have it again – and I wont be purchasing any more.

Funny Side Note – if you look up the wikipedia page for cucumbers one of the sections is “In The News”. And while there is something reasonable under the header, all I can picture now is my local news dude reporting on the days stories and saying something like “…And when we come back from our next commercial break we’ll get to today’s breaking story; cucumbers!” What about cucumbers Mr. Anchorman!? What about them!?

TheLastDodo

:( it’s too bad you didn’t like it! It never even crossed my mind to cold brew it.

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Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample! I’m surprised how quickly your package made it to me; usually things from the States take longer to arrive. Crossing my package makes it to you as efficiently!

I have to say, the mix of teas you sent me is both exciting and intimidating. Tons of new to me things; especially all the green teas. Probably like 8/10 of the samples are things I’d have never even come close to picking for myself; but that’s not a bad thing AT ALL because I know I’m gonna learn so much from trying different things! I’m actually dying to try the Tai Ping Houkui but I’m struggling to figure out what to brew it in; the leaves are HUGE

Suggestions would be appreciated!

I’m drinking this one Western Style with a splash of milk since the tea description mentioned it going well with milk. I wouldn’t have thought so, ‘cause of the Lapsang but it actually does work really nicely. I have to admit; my palate has seriously changed over time because I am loving Lapsang right now. It actually bothers me I don’t have any straight Lapsang stocked right now, because I’ve certainly been craving it. Tre calls in “Gentleman’s Tea” which I think is super charming and adorable, and I’m gonna start doing it too. But yeah, I was really happy to see this in my swap package!

I can tell I’m in a ramble-y, wordy mood so I’m gonna try and keep this short and sweet. But we all no I’m terrible at “run on” tasting notes…

But, it’s obviously smokey from the Lapsang – more of a campfire smoke though than an ashy, tobacco smoke. There’s a lovely, but light, malty note coming from I assume the Assam as well – and an unrefined earthyness from the Pu’Erh, which is probably only exaggerating the “Campfire Smoke” taste. I’m curious is this would taste a little brisker without the milk; thankfully I have enough leaf to revisit and try it again plain! Honestly not sure what the oolongs contributing here; I don’t think I’d know it was in the blend if I hadn’t read it in the description.

Really good though! Thanks so much Dodo! It was nice to come home from work today and brew this one up, since I went without my morning cuppa…

OMGsrsly

A tall and skinny glass! Maybe a canning jar? Size depends on how much leaf you have, of course. I have a “test tube” glass from Ikea I’m saving for when I get to try long teas. :)

Roswell Strange

Yeah; I was thinking using the mason jar I typically use for cold brewing. I feel like a tea newb ‘cause I don’t even know if the leaves are gonna need that much expansion room, but if they do I think it MAY be the only thing I have large enough.

OMGsrsly

Isn’t that 24 oz? Do you have enough leaves for it? :D

Roswell Strange

Yeah, 25 oz. I need to double check sample size; but I’m like 75% sure I have enough leaf to give it a try once. Dodo was really generous with the sample sizes she sent.

Roswell Strange

And if not, I suppose I don’t need to make the full 25 oz. jar, right?

OMGsrsly

True! But those are the really long flat leaves, right? Apparently they “dance” as they steep!

Roswell Strange

Yeah, they are. I have no clue what you mean by dance – but that sounds fascinating! Maybe I should be doing some research here…

OMGsrsly

I don’t know what it means either! But I was researching the tea one day, and that’s what someone said. :)

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Gonna work on a few tasting notes for a little while; I’ve done a bad job writing the latter half of this week – but I had super weird and polar opposite hours that ‘caused my sleep pattern to get SEVERELY out of whack. I’ve all the last 72 hours, aside from getting ready for work, bussing to work, and actually working, asleep. No free time…

The one exception being when I woke up yesterday at 1AM (after sleeping for ten straight hours following a File Maintenance shift starting at 5AM) and watched Soul Surfer on Netflix super early in the morning (1:30AM until like 3AM?) and cried like a little baby. I don’t know why it made me so emotional; I mean I’ve read her book and I didn’t even cry that much at the book; but the water works were GOING. Thank God Tre’s still out of town – I’d have never lived down that much tears.

But then after that, right back to sleep until 9:30AM when I was woken up by a phone call; I was supposed to start work at 9:00AM! There’d be a communication when I was getting my schedule though, and I’d written down someone else’s shifts (one of the other Kelly’s who work with me; there’s four in total for our department). I didn’t think I started until 11…

So rough start to my day I guess; but it’s gone really well otherwise! I obviously didn’t have time to make any tea while getting ready for work – I wound up there makeup less, without showering, in an unwashed uniform. Barely had time to grab some things from the fridge to make a lunch before my cab had arrived. Thankfully I had this one cold brewed and prestrained; so I wasn’t totally tea-less!

You know what though? As tasty as this one was, it wasn’t really really similar to the Saskatoon Berry tisane I have from the same company. Really, you could go look at my tasting note for that one and it’d convey almost everything I experienced with the cold brew for this one.

And I guess that makes sense, they do have really similar ingredient lists but I was hoping the different proportions of stuff in the blends would make for some more noticeable contrast. The one sort of justifiable and significant difference is very pleasant though; this blend has Chokecherries in it, and the Saskatoon Berry doesn’t. You can taste them in here too; and they’re sweet and almost jammy. But I think a little more like a sweet and tart compote. Subtle difference; but still different.

Still haven’t tried either of the two blends hot yet; the hibiscus scares me. What’s the middle ground between cold brew and hot cup? I need to do that next, I guess…

Flavors: Berries, Cherry, Hibiscus, Tart

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
2476 tasting notes

Had to run some errands today; the most important of which was picking up new work shoes since the soles of the ones I have now are cracked so I made a mug of this to take to the mall with me. Added a little splash of milk; mostly the cool it down so I could drink it right away, and less so for the flavour.

The tea itself was very, very good – I’m getting down to my last few cups of it sadly. I’ll really miss it when it’s gone! Today’s cup was rich and creamy with some malt and sweet potato notes as well as a warm hot honey flavour. It didn’t last very long; maybe half the bus ride to the mall? Definitely long gone by the time I’d actually arrived.

I went and got new work shoes at Target, and picked since they’ve got everything on sale ‘cause they’re liquidating (bye bye Target – it was sorta nice having you in Canada while it lasted) I got another pair with a really cute floral pattern just ‘cause as well as a fancy pair of socks with a skateboarding pug on them. They’re silly, so just my style…

I could have probably spent a lot in Target but I restrained myself and left with just those items. I knew I was probably gonna end up spending money at some of the other stores in the mall anyway, so it was easier to just walk out with the three things.

Sil

i miss this one….so want to hoard the rest of mine

Cheri

My spouse called Target the $100 store. He can’t walk in and spend less than $100 even if he has one thing on his list.

Anlina

My ex worked at Walmart and everyone there called Walmart the $100 store.

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Sipdown (114)!

Need to go to bed, but I’m on a really good tasting note roll right now…

Anyway thanks again Stephanie for the sample! I used extra leaf this time around since my biggest complaint with the last brew was that the flavour was weak and watery. This cup was a little less bland and had some notable differences; it was sweeter with a much more distinct and present vanilla flavour though to me it came off just a touch like artificial vanilla extract and less so like, well, actual vanilla.

There was still a fair amount of cinnamon – that part was definitely consistent. But where I gained vanilla flavour, I definitely lost the cooling, refreshing flavour of the mint. I think I just slightly prefer the vanilla flavour being present over the mint, despite the fact the mint was more natural, but having both present would be ideal. I mean this is Vanilla Mint and not Vanilla or Mint, right?

The earthy Pu was very subtle; most present in the aftertaste. It read to me like damn soil, with a light sweetness to it. I think I’d have really enjoyed the flavour if it was more present.

So to summarize; this was better than the first cup but only slightly. I just want more flavours from this one – more of all the flavours (except maybe the cinnamon). I think it could be really good, if it weren’t so light.

TheLastDodo

Ooh, I just got this blend! Maybe I will have to add some ‘meh’ puerh to it to make it stronger. Oh! Or Coffee and Cigs + this O.o

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Cold Brew Sipdown (115)!

Ok, so my first review of this was pretty glowing and my second a little more critical and negative…

This, my third, is somewhere in the middle. Not as bad and bitter as the last time I tried it, and not as pure and teaming with Bartlett flavour as the first time I had it. Just like a mild pear flavour and very grassy/leafy base. So, I was kind of both simultaneously relieved and let down. I really wanted to taste the wonderful flavour I wrote about the first time around! Guess that’s not happening though.

Probably wont revisit this one unless someone sends it to me down the road at some point; if nothing else I’ve just learned it’s pretty temperamental and hard to produce consistent cups – and ain’t nobody got time for that.

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drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
2476 tasting notes

Like promised (mostly to myself, admittedly) I came back and revisited this blend when I wasn’t sick anymore. And yeah, definite improvements for sure because it tasted like something other than plain hot water, but I still thought that even with some extra leaf in the mix it was pretty mild of a flavour.

Mostly it was chamomille to me, with some fragile lemon notes. Does it make sense that I’m calling them fragile? Maybe not – but I just got the impression that if I were to focus in on them too hard they’d break or vanish or just cease to be. It was as if they were the ‘shadow’ of citrus that once was present and flavourful. A little frustrating, to say the least. And not surprisingly, I couldn’t taste the goji at all despite seeing some in my measured out leaf. Someone send me straight goji! No, seriously; I’m convinced there’s something wrong with my brain where it just flat out refuses to perceive that flavour…

Sorry Stephanie ‘cause I really do appreciate you sending a sample of this one to me, and to Stacy for kind dissing your tea. I can see why this was some people’s jam, but it doesn’t do much for me other than make me a little sleepy. I guess that’s good though…

Points for sleep tea!

OMGsrsly

You can sometimes find straight dried goji berries in either the natural foods section or the dried fruits section in grocery stores. I know that Superstore carries them, but I haven’t seen them at Safeway…

rosebudmelissa

Mountain Rose Herbs sells them online

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drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
2476 tasting notes

Sipdown (116)!

It’s not actually dropping my cupboard number though ’cause I just noticed that while I added one of the February Amoda teas to the Steepster database I forgot to add it to my cupboard. Urgh.

So, I kind of forgot I even had this tea at all, hence why it took so much longer to sip it down compared to the other tea samples I bought from DAVIDsTEA around the same time. To me, that speaks volumes about how memorable it is as a blend overall. But anyway, I made my last cup of it hot ‘cause I’m pretty sure my first was cold brewed.

It was ok actually; very sugary and sweet with strong, lingering notes of pineapple, melon and kiwi which combined with the overlying sweetness just reminded me of candied fruit or maybe just candy in general. I also loosely tasted a sort of bubble gum flavour (from the pineapple, perhaps?) way back under all the fruit flavour. The lemongrass in the blend was also present in the end of the sip and I think detracted a touch from the rest of the flavour. The rosehips in the blend? Also pretty strong; but I kinda like rosehips so it worked for me.

The last few sips were super, super bitter though. I guess from dust/fannings sitting at the bottom of the thermos for too long. So that’s kinda my bad for not drinking it a little quicker, I suppose.

Overall it’s nice enough but in the long haul I think it’s pretty average an offering from DT and not a blend I’m going to remember. There just wasn’t anything significant or special about it. Just a sweet fruity green – and I’ve had plenty of those before.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a nearly twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchablah, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually a little over a year ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious, serious obsession.

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, 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 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

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends.

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Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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