2385 Tasting Notes

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
2385 tasting notes

Well, I got into Regina yesterday at about four; met up with my Mom at 4:30 and then we spent the next few hours doing some shopping – ended up stopping at a DT so I could pick up a few tins, and my Mom and I each got a latte to go. I really wanted to get a Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait latte but the sales reps wouldn’t make it for me because of the hibiscus. They were afraid it’d curdle; I was willing to risk it though!

Mom got a Blueberry Jam latte; she ended up not actually liking it though which made me a little sad – it’s one of my all time favourite DT blends. This is what I ended up settling on; it just didn’t hit the spot at all. Orange with some cinnamon – but a little soapy? Just wasn’t my thing.

Then we got home and I took a motherfucking bath. That might not seem like a big deal; but at someone without a bathtub in the house and who hasn’t had a bath in over a year it was one of the most indulgent, relaxing things I could have done! And I plan on having a bath every day I’m here with a tub available!

And then we watched If I Stay and I cried a lot…

I didn’t expect to get into the movie as much as I did, but it was really, really good. Very sad; but well done. I like Chloe Moretz as an actress though; I don’t know if I’ve ever been disappointed by something she’s done.

I also, finally, got my two tins of Alice In Wonderland tea from when my Mom and sister went to Disney – I’ll have to add them into my cupboard later. So yeah, my first little partial day in the city was nice! Today I get to open the last of my Christmas presents as well; I’m pretty sure I’m getting more tea? Heh…

Anlina

What? They were worried about hibiscus curdling milk but not orange??

whatshesaid

Oh man, I saw those Alice teas when I was at Disney, I ended up not buying them (because i am pretty sure what mostly interested me were the tins moreso than the actual tea) so I’m interested to hear what you think!!

Roswell Strange

The tins are gorgeous right! I’m excited to try the tea too :) Will definitely post reviews!

Sil

not sure i’d love teh teas now that my horizons have expanded but i thoroughly enjoyed them when i first had them..

also OMG YES to the BATH!!!

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Not much longer to go on the bus!

I split a pouch of this one with Kittenna in a shared Butiki order. Even though the flavourings all sound wonderful to me, the base has me wary; I do not like green tea and even though I’m generally viewed Stacy’s flavoured greens more favorably than other companies I’m still hesitant.

I cold brewed most of my half; I tend to really enjoy cold brewed pear flavours, and I like iced tea with jasmine as well so I thought it’d suit my tastes really well. Wow, the anise flavour is definitely a little stronger than I was expecting. I like it; but it’s bold. Anise is tricky though; it’s a strong flavour that people tend to feel rather polar about.

And even though the anise in this is dominant, I can still taste both pear and jasmine! The jasmine in particular is well done; sweet and fragrant without tasting like the perfume lady at The Bay just spritzed you right in the face. The base is actually nice; it has a light spinach taste that I find pleasant, and it works well with the flavouring. I know Stacy is pretty well done blending now, but a version of this one without the anise would be really interesting. I just personally thought that since both pear and jasmine are in the title they’d be a little stronger and more of the focus of the tea.

Overall I did like this one though, even though it wasn’t quite what I expected! It reminds me a lot of Camellia Sinensis’ Peking Opera blend which is also Pear/Anise but on a white base. Of the two I think I like Peking Opera better, but mostly because of the base it uses and my personal preferences. It’s nice to have something comparable to drink since this is no longer available for purchase even if I did want to get more of it.

Flavors: Anise, Floral, Jasmine, Pear, Spinach, Vegetal

tantonino

What’s your process for cold brewing?

Butiki Teas

I wonder if the anise being strong was because it was cold brewed. We didn’t use any anise flavoring, so it was just from the pieces of the star. I never tried this one cold, so I’m not sure.

Roswell Strange

All my cold brews are done in a 25 oz. during the day while I’m working; I use at least double the recommended leaf, but if it’s a milder tasting tea quite often I triple the leaf recommendation/leaf I would use for a hot cup. My cold brews all get approx. 10 hour steeps, occasionally a few hours less or more (my routine is to pour out the day’s cold brew into a thermos for work, clean out the mason jar and immediately start steeping a new tea – which then gets strained shortly after I get home from work. That works out to roughly 10 hours factoring in travel time for work.

Roswell Strange

**My routine…

Roswell Strange

Also, I’ve finished this tea off now Stacy (just haven’t written the note yet); I did the last cup hot and I have to say that while the flavours were far more balanced the anise was still really, really strong.

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Sipdown (125)!

Despite consistent sipdowns it feels like my cupboard is jumping up quite a bit again; thankfully I packed a few things for my trip to work on sipping down, and I have several more sipdowns to write about that are buried in my queue.

The bus is very quiet right now; for a while there was a kid crying but they’ve fallen asleep now. You can sort of just here the faint clicking of the keys on my laptop keyboard being struck as I write. I hope I’m not pissing people off. I did sit in the back away from everyone else though. If need be I can placate the masses by feeding them the strawberry Pocky I packed for nourishment.

To finish this tea off I had it hot. It was rather unremarkable and not so worthy of a long winded tasting note; plenty of hay notes and something a touch vegetal, but light – and then a sweet, toffee flavour. Cold brew is better. If you have this one do it cold brewed or iced.

My butt is falling asleep from sitting in the same position for an extended period of time. Darn. In between tasting notes I’m sort of just doing random quizzes. This is one I thought was pretty interesting/well done. It’s Canadian slang words. I’m curious how Americans, Europeans, or even Canadians (or people from other areas of the world) would do on it. My score was 16/20. So obviously I’m not a perfect Canadian after all.

http://www.playbuzz.com/debbiemorgan10/how-many-canadian-slang-words-do-you-know?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=prom-hotstuff&utm_campaign=how-many-canadian-slang-words-do-you-know&utm_term=FB_lookalike_fb_shares_ca

OMGsrsly

“Hack a dart”??? I have never heard that one.

OMGsrsly

I got 17. But then, I don’t really watch hockey and I’ve never smoked…

Cheri

I am a True Canadian at 17/20. Funny, there was only one that I was pretty sure of but not 100%. The three I got wrong, I was kinda sure on one, but then decided I was wrong and picked a different answer. Hah. The other two, I didn’t know at all.

Roswell Strange

I’ve heard of “Hack a Dart”. I got Puck Bunny, Parkade, Keener, and “Deke Out” wrong. I’d never heard the last one used; I feel silly I got the others wrong though. Bunnyhug is apparently Saskatchewan specific slang?

OMGsrsly

“To deke” is basically “to dodge”. OR I’ve heard it used as “to fake out”, so you deke a punch meaning you either dodge to avoid it OR you are faking a punch so you can get the other guy.

Language. :) I also got parkade wrong, as we usually call it underground parking if it’s underground, and parkade if it’s above ground? IDK. Bunnyhug is not what we call it here – it’s a hoodie, whether with a zip or not. Hood? Sweatshirt? Then hoodie. But at least I know what a bunnyhug is!

Lindsay

I also got 16/20 :)

Veronica

American who has never been to Canada here… I got 7/20. :)

Anlina

17/20. Some of those terms are super regional and others are ones I never realized were distinctly Canadian.

darby

Love it! Got 11 right and I’m south of the border in Minnesota.

Anlina

We were in Minneapolis recently, and talking to someone about parking downtown for a restaurant we wanted to go to, and he kept saying we could park on a “ramp” and we had no idea what he was talking about. And then eventually went, “Oh you mean a parkade!”

Kittenna

16/20. I missed the same as you, Roswell, except I got Parkade (thinking of Midtown Plaza here), and missed “Hack a Dart”.

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From miss Stephanie!

The art I commissioned from her and tea samples made it to me not even twenty minutes before I left to go to the bus depot; so I didn’t have time to take pictures for you guys or add any of the tea samples into what I packed for my trip. I don’t know if she took any pictures before mailing stuff off, but if she did I have no problem with her sharing them so you guys can see!

The whole packaged smelled like this matcha; despite all the bags she had it in. So fruity; and so much berry! Even though I was really rushed to leave, I quickly opened up the sample baggie and measured out about 1 tsp. to shake up and add to the bottle of vanilla Milk2Go I was bringing with me. I’m a little sad my first impression of this one wont be straight; but it smelled too good to not try as soon as possible.

If I’m being honest, I’ve never had a rich berry pie before. I mean, yes I’ve had all sorts of pies with berries – my favourite of which is Saskatoon Berry (Robert; I will be tickled pink if you make me a Saskatoon Berry matcha), but never rich berry. My understanding is that it’s basically sort of an amalgamation of every sort of berry pie? Someone correct me if I’m wrong about that though. If that’s what it is, it sounds delightful and yummy!

Initial thought upon drinking this one: Man I hope we don’t hit a bump in the road! It’d suck to spill matcha milk all over myself on the bus when I still have like two hours left in my trip. But then after I had finished with that thought and successfully not spilled anything my next thought was something along the lines of “man, what I rich berry flavour! Oh – I get it. I get the name.” Yeah, I can’t say the berry in this is anything really descript but if it’s just sort of meant to be “all berries” then I can understand and accept why that is. In the vanilla milk, it’s exceptionally creamy and smooth too – like a mixed berry milkshake, sort of.

Still working on drinking this and I’m noticing something else too; there’s a buttery cinnamon note to this matcha as well. At first I didn’t really get why, but then it clicked that it must be meant to taste like a cinnamon dusted pastry crust! And once I realized that I totally tasted it; it just comes together to create this very complete and well rounded flavour of pie! It’s not just “an assortment of berries dumped together” – it’s berry pie. And I’ve had other pie matchas (Pumpkin) from RLT before – I can say confidently that the crust element in that blend is not as well executed as it is in this one. And now that I’m really getting into the pie aspect of the matcha and not just the berry, the vanilla in the milk is reminding me of a dallop of vanilla ice cream on top. Perfection!

This is cool! I’m happy Stephanie sent a fair amount of it, because I know I’m going to have fun experimenting with it! One of the better “fruit” matchas I’ve had, for sure!

Flavors: Berries, Butter, Cinnamon, Pastries

Stephanie

Glad you enjoyed the matcha and I’m extra glad the art arrived safely :D

Sil

stephanie.. WE WANT PICTURES

Sil

awesome! love it!!

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Cold Brew!

I’m currently stuck on a bus for the next three(ish) hours with not a lot else to do but write tasting notes. That’s good, ’cause it means progress on my queue – but it also kinda sucks because typing on a moving bus is really, really hard. There may be a quite a few more typos in my next couple tasting notes than usual.

In case anyone’s curious; I’m on a bus because I’m headed back to Regina to visit my Mom, sister, and brother for the next four days. I still have one very late Christmas left to celebrate and that’s finally happening now! Other than that, it’s just kind of going to be a mini-vacation sort of thing. Hopefully my family wont be too bummed that I’m going to want to spend most of my time working on backlogged tasting notes!

This cold brew was able to be made thanks to the generosity of Cameron B. Since I liked my first one so much she sent me a whole bunch of the tea leaf. Maybe revisiting wasn’t such a great idea though, because this cold brew tasted so very, very much different than the first did.

It had an overwhelming amount of cut grass and seaweed notes and was very bitter and harsh on the pallet. And yes, the pear flavouring still did taste fantastic and juicy and wonderful, but not enough so to make up for the overwhelming grossness of the base. Sadly I don’t remember how long I let this cold brew sit for – though I know I used the same amount of leaf.

I’m not going to change my rating of 80 yet; I’m still holding onto the hope that with some tweaking I can make another batch of cold brew that tastes as good as the first one I did.

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Sipdown (120)!

Ugh; I’m all sniffley, and I feel clammy. I wonder if I’m getting sick!? Bleck! No! Tomorrow I’m headed to Regina for my final Christmas (really late, I know) and a mini-vacation. I don’t have time to go and get sick! Ergh.

I wont be as long winded with my review for this tea this time around because I think I stated my feeling about this one rather well the first time around, and my second cup had the same lovely sweet tones and light, in-check smoke flavour. Im really sad to be out of it; I never anticipated falling so in love with this blend.

Thankfully it looks like I’ll be getting a little more from Sil! Hun, you are a God send. Thank you in advance!

…And now off to work!

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Sipdown (121)!

Today’s word of the day is Paradigm. Before I give you guys the definition; I’m just gonna share a personal story; when I first learned this word in highschool I did so by reading it; so for longer than I care to admit I said this as “Para-Dig-Em”. Embarrassing. You should be saying/reading it as “Para-Dime”.

The meaning!? 1. an example to show how something is to be done : model : pattern; 2. a theoretical framework in a discipline of science within which theories, laws, and experimentation are formulated. And now you know.

- In a timolino
- Just a touch bitter (perhaps oversteeped or doesn’t travel well in a timolino though)
- Buttery with cream, vanilla, and cocoa notes
- Least impressive cup of this one so far
- Still, this was relatively nice and I’m happy I tried it!

Cameron B.

I knew someone who also thought it was “para-dig-em”, I’m sad now that I can’t remember who it was! :P

OMGsrsly

Oh, English! Colonel/Kernel still gets me every time. :/

Kittenna

I also mispronounced colonel for a bit when I was young. My boyfriend, however, knows of two much more embarrassing pop-culture words I mispronounced when we were dating early on. How was I supposed to know how made-up words that I’d never heard spoken aloud were pronounced? (He still makes fun of me. I’m not telling you the words.)

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Cold Brew!

This one was a sort of surprise find in December when I was in Regina, and stopped at Cuppa’T to pick some stuff up. I hadn’t expected to see this available for purchase since it’s one of Cuppa’T’s summer blends and last year when I was hunting for it back in January and March I was told it’d be unavailable until the summer – and then I wasn’t back in the summer to look for it!

I’ve had this one once previously, but I adored it. Seeing it again and fearing I wouldn’t see it again anytime soon after I purchased 100g of it hoping that my tastes hadn’t drastically changed in the year since having it, and that I’d still love it.

- As amazing as I remember it being!
- Strong notes of dragonfruit, sweet cranberry, and passion fruit(?)
- Not sure about the passion fruit since it’s not in the blend; that’s what I got though
- Lesser notes of kiwi/pineapple/blueberry
- It’s just so juicy and flavourful with an ALMOST “punch” like quality
- Uber refreshing! Not too juice like or sickly/sticky sweet

The fact this tasted as perfect as I’ve built it up to be in my head was such a big relief!

EDIT: I should note, that because of this tea I’ve started eating actual dragonfruit!

Even though, for a fruit, it’s pretty expensive I’ve been aiming to eat at least one (but usually more) a week! It’s delightful in fruit salad or cut into fine cubes with just a small splash of white rum mixed with it. The fruit itself isn’t super flavourful and there’s a high water content, but what you can taste is phenomenal.

It doesn’t dethrone Pineapple as my favourite fruit – but it’s up there! Top 3 favourite fruits for sure!

Anlina

Omg this sounds AMAZING!

Roswell Strange

For the record, since you have easy access, the closest I’ve ever seen another tea come to this one is the Dragonberry blend from Cornelia Bean!

Roswell Strange

Actually, I just looked up the two and they have identical ingredients – though I’ve had both, and I think the Cuppa’T blend has more dragonfruit in it than the CB one?

Kittenna

I feel like fresh-picked dragon fruit would be amazing. I don’t trust most exotic fruits in stores :P

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drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
2385 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Had this one strained and ready to go yesterday, but I’m just getting around to drinking it now. Dry, I thought this smelled surprisingly intrigueing; definitely got the prickly pear smell and a very candied pineapple flavour.

There is a lot of stuff going on with this blend; I definitely taste the prickly pear. I recognize the distinct taste from the Prickly Pear tisane from Tea Desire that I like so much. To me, it tastes somewhat like a melon/kiwi crossbreed. It’s much less sour/tart in this blend than in the Tea Desire blend. I can also taste pineapple, though it’s certainly not the star of this blend, and it tastes rather candied, and also a little dulled down. The lemongrass comes through as well, but it’s a pleasant addition to the flavourings in this blend. It adds just a little “zip”. There’s also a muted grassy tone from the green base; it works well with the jumble of fruit in the blend. And now that I’m thinking about it, the grassy/light vegetal tone in this actually reminds me a little bit of bamboo!

Finally, I’m tasting something… Red? I want to say it’s maybe strawberry or raspberry though I know there’s nothing related to raspberries in the blend, and the only strawberry related thing is strawberry leaves. I don’t know what strawberry leaves taste like; are they anywhere similar to the fruit? I’m going to Google it…

Just looked it up; apparently the leaves do taste relatively like the fruit! So, I’m not crazy for thinking I’m tasting strawberry.

Overall I think this is nice – nicer than I expected anyway. But it’s not amazing, and the aspects of it that I enjoy are ones I can experience in some of the other blends I stock anyway. It’ll be interesting to try it hot; I have a feeling the profile of the tea is going to change quite a bit.

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Sipdown (122)!

I believe this was one that came free with one of the group orders we did, and then just kind of got split up between the people in the order?

I made mine yesterday morning to drink on the ride to work; I saw in the description this is recommended as a breakfast blend and my morning tea to work is as close to a breakfast tea as I usually get; so that seemed like a good match. Definitely debated drinking this with milk, especially after reading Kittenna’s review, but ultimately went with a straight mug.

Sipping on it, all I could think with this blend was that it was very bready tasting with lots of cinnamon notes, and maybe even nutmeg? I’ve reread Stacy’s description for this tea and I can see that I was probably experiencing the “Spice” and “Biscuit” notes she described; but I think I missed out on the other things she’s made note of.

I don’t know – this was nice, but not overly complex or layered in my opinion. Overall I suppose I’d probably just call it somewhat average. Part of me is relieved by that; I don’t have to worry about getting more. If that’s even still an option for this one; I don’t know if it’s sold out yet. I have enough leaf left for a very small cup; but I’m going to pass it on to a coworker named Nathan. I’ve been sharing tea with him for a while now; he’s a bit of a tea snob in his own right (he literally wont drink anything but tea), though his main interest is Chai.

So far his favourite tea I’ve shared with him has been Latkes and Applesauce, coincidentally also from Butiki. I think he’ll appreciate this one though!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Kittenna

Yes, you assumed correctly. I just split between those involved, and someone got the last of the package in their box. I don’t remember who. :P I had my single cup.

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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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