2910 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown (129)!

Tried this one cold as per Liquid Proust’s recommendation!

It tasted like grape juice. But, like, really really nice grape juice. Organic, fair trade grape juice squeezed between the thighs of Parisian nuns that costs you $15 an ounce. Really enjoyable; though honestly a little more watery/less concentrated than the hot version which I guess I slightly prefer. But only slightly, ’cause this is some damn good grapey/winey tea.

I’d really like to stock up/buy more but honestly I have no clue how I’d go about doing that…

Liquid Proust

… Well, I do have two other grape teas :) one which is even better! I can send them your way.

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Sipdown (130)!

I don’t know how, but I’m feeling more hungover now at 11:00PM than I felt all morning when I was actually hungover…

Finished this off as a pot of tea though; and I made sure that I took the time to pay attention to the flavour of it as every other time I’ve made steeped this up I’ve failed at doing so. What I observed was a solid trio of well balanced honey, cocoa, and malt notes that comprised a thick but very velvety and smooth liquor.

I actually now kind of get why people really dig this tea, and finally feel comfortable giving it a numerical rating; I’d likely revisit it again myself – but not sure whether or not I’d order it given how many comparable blends I’ve got. It would be great supporting a Canadian company, though.

Nicole

Sounds like something I could add to an order when I need more Minted Monkey. :)

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Cold Brew!

From yesterday; very robust jasmine flavour – nothing like the soft, fragile hot cups this steeps up, but really pleasant regardless. The intense jasmine flavour was pretty well a solitary flavour though. I’ve had hit or miss cold brews with this tea, this was on the better side of the spectrum.

Also, I just have to take a moment to rave about a movie I watched pretty recently! I first saw the trailer for it on Tumblr and I remember thinking it looked so good, but then kind of forgetting about it. That is, until I found it on Netflix a few days ago! It’s called Boy Meets Girl and it’s a RomCom style movie about a trans girl named Ricky and her best friend Robby (played by the GORGEOUS Michael Welch) and a girl she’s recently watched named Francesca.

Here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNdW9TzxGrk

The representation is great; the trans actress who plays Ricky (Michelle Hendley) is such a cutie, and does this phenomenal job at delivering a really solid performance that shows her vulnerability and is really empathetic. Plus even the dialogue between characters is wonderful in regards to opening up healthy conversations about something a lot of people might not be familiar with like, say, my roommate Tre who said he learned A LOT he didn’t know just from the conversation between characters.

Wonderful movie; a new favourite of mine. You’ll probably cry, but watch it anyway!

Lindsay

Oooh, thanks for the movie rec! :)

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I feel like I’ve had a lot of this matcha lately, what with the 20+ cupcakes I consumed this week that had this matcha infused into their frosting…

In addition to the cupcakes, however, I took the time to make this cold shaken in a timolino of cashew milk – I’ve now made so much matcha in this particular timolino that the little rubber seal thing that stops it from leaking has been permanently stained/tinted green. I should use this as an excuse to buy another timolino and dedicate this one solely to matcha…

Finally I found a matcha that not only tastes good in cashew milk but which, in fact, tastes better! It’s creamy and the cashew milk adds a nuttyness that now makes this somehow seem ‘complete’ even if I didn’t realize it wasn’t in the first place. The cinnamon and pastry/crust like element of the flavour seem more drawn out and the berry flavour isn’t drowned out/overpowered – just muted enough for the other flavours to really feel balanced.

Yes. Good. A+ matcha beverage.

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Tea soda from yesterday.

I made the syrup for the soda a few nights ago at home, and then just brought it in for my shift in a little container with a can of club soda. Because of the colour of the liquor and the shape of the container it almost definitely looked like one of those “pee sample” pots/containers you’d have to fill out at the doctor’s for testing and that sort of thing. I kind of felt a little weird taking it out of my bag to mix…

It was so good though; perfect sweet lemon notes fluffy vanilla and almond pastry notes. It could’ve been a vanilla cake type thing, could have been a sugar cookie – either way it was delicious and the perfect kind of elegant flavour of something worthy of being sold in a high end Patisserie in Paris. And somehow, it just works as this super light, refreshing tea soda. I wanted to share it with coworkers, but ultimately didn’t because I am a selfish, selfish person and drank it all by myself.

Also, there’s the fact is looked like weird bubbly pee – and I just felt too tired to explain to vapid highschoolers what a tea soda is.

Marzipan

I would like the pee soda recipe please. Seriously.

Roswell Strange

2 tbsp. of leaf steeped in 2 oz.boiling water for about 10 min. then strained, dissolve approx. 4 tsp. of sugar into the concentrated tea; cool it all down and mix with a can of club soda :)

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Made a giant mug of this not too long ago; and it was incredible.

I had been having a really rough day dealing with some work stuff that I’m not really allowed to talk about (basically I’m acting as a “go between”/mediator between my store manager and a few employees who’re filing a complaint with the hopes of getting someone fired; it’s stressful stuff and there’s more to it but I probably shouldn’t elaborate) and I got home and brewed this up and it was so good, and stress relieving that I wanted to cry from the release of emotion.

The taste was…

Man, it was this incredibly thick liquor with an intensely rich malt and cream flavour. With each sip I felt like I melted into my mug a little more. More symbolically it felt like I was drinking the embodiment of fog rolling in on a gray, dreary landscape. I don’t know why; but this tea just transported me to that setting and I felt like I could’ve been standing on a porch with a woolen shawl on sipping my tea from a big oversized mug – not laying on my couch watching Youtube.

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And this is why I love tea guys; you can get as technical as you want about the process of making it, the flavours in each type or whatever but in the end I think it boils down to what it makes you feel and for me, more than any other drink, tea makes me feel such incredible things; either reliving childhood memories, or evoking the thought of being in some far off distant land or making such vivid and violent emotions arise.

No wonder discovering tea, and the journey of exploring it, pulled me out of one of the most distraught, depressed states I’ve ever been in back a few years ago prior to my moving out to Saskatoon. Sometimes I truly think tea saved my life.

sren

Yes, tea alters my atmosphere. :)

Nicole

Nice tasting note. :) Glad you had a little liquid stress relief.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
2910 tasting notes

So I revisited my “Redberry Gin & Tonic” cold infusion I made last year!

I had a fun, low-key night in with friends yesterday; drinks and horror movies. It was relaxing and definitely needed; we had some Ben & Jerries with Baileys mixed in best idea ever and tea infused shots. I can’t even remember what the horror movies we watched was called, but it was a good solid slasher with just enough “jumpy” parts to keep up on edge.

And just like I remember, this really is SO GOOD. It’s incredibly fruity, and for whatever reason having the tea infused in drowns out all of the alcohol burn. No chase needed. I wish I’d made more; probably will before summer’s over ‘cause damn is it good! I wonder if I have any other herbals from DT that would work well. What do people think of Just Peachy infused gin? I don’t know why, but personally I tend to stick with more citrusy flavours when it comes to gin but a part of me thinks that’d work.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Made the mistake of making this in a timolino on a morning where I was just really, really craving LS. It took three denture bathes to get the smoke smell out of the thermos. Wont be repeating that again…

With a splash of milk this was pretty tasty, but not as smooth as I remember it tasting the first time I brewed it up which is kind of odd ’cause milk is usually really good for smoothing out rougher/choppier blends. It was fairly smokey, with a bit of a leathery note to it. Some sweetness as well. Ultimately, I think I liked it better plain though.

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I made this one as a cashew milk latte much earlier in the week. I’d been wanting to since I first picked up my cashew milk; it seems like such an obviously good match for flavour. It was decent; like I expected the cranberry and almond notes from the tea stood out and complimented the nutty flavour of the cashew milk splendidly, but the vanilla was all but drowned by the other more dominant flavours.

I also encountered quite a bit of bitterness, which is something that I’ve only encountered before with this latte. I disliked it a lot; it detracted from the overall flavour of the tea so much. It’s weird too, ‘cause I’ve never really had issues with bitterness from the straight tea before. Blah. Disappointing.

Oh! Tre’s back!

He came home a few days early, so he ended up walking in on me playing FNAF4 topless ‘cause it was super gross and hot in the basement and I was looking for anyway to cool down. It was super awkward. But hey, at least it’s less empty/quiet here! I was starting to get empty nest syndrome…

Nicole

This also makes a really good ice cream. :)

Nicole

This also makes a really good ice cream. :)

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This is a queued tasting note.

When I popped open the cardboard “tin” of this in the morning the smell of the dry leaf kind of made me feel really nauseous; I wondered if maybe the leaf was too old? But the more I think about it the more I think it had to do with getting up at 5AM for work when I’d only gone to bed at midnight the night before. I am not a morning person!

In actuality, the brew tasted delicious when I finally did get to it later in the work day; more papaya and sweet, almost caramel like, mulberry than anything else but I tasted the calm medley of jasmine and chamomile notes in the aftertaste too. I think I’m done hoarding this though; I fear if I keep the leaf around much longer it’s really gonna lose everything that made it special – though it is still fine currently.

TeaNTees

I miss RiverTea and Butiki more than I could ever say. So many fantastic blends are no longer available in their absence. Try and relish what little bit you have left of this lovely tea before it is gone forever! :(

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Hello;

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

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

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 straight 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, sometimes mango or peach

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, and anything with Goji berries

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

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Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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