2037 Tasting Notes

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Cold Brew.

This was my zen during a terribly work day. We had two of our main employees quit within the same wee; Ruby (one of our main stockers) and Billi (our main cashier) because they were being treated disrespectfully by our manager Carole. That left us cripplingly understaffed (and led to my 50 hour work week). I had stress headaches every day, for hours at a time. We’ve now hired like seven more people though; so we’re well staffed now. All is good.

This cold brew was very coconut/banana/pineapple strong. Actually, this is the first time I personally tasted the pineapple, which others have described experiencing. And I really appreciated the flavour contribution. I do love me some pineapple.

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89

Sipdown (111)!

I sure am glad I’m making good sipdown progress, ’cause I still have a swap with Marzipan and my Secret Pumpkin on the way still, as well as a probably huge package from VariaTEA and I think TeaAve Oolong samples (anyone heard whether these have shipped?)…

So to finish off my 20g sample of this one, I turned it into tea syrup using a Simple Syrup recipe, and then I floated it in club soda to make a tea soda – which I enjoyed sipping on while getting ready for work in the morning.

- Decided to try this one because the CB reminded me of gingerale
- Very sweet; actually relatively gingerale like
- Pear very supple, fresh and “breezy”
- I definitely want to restock this one

So next time I free up a tin this is what’s going to be filling it.

Tealizzy

I was wondering about the TeaAve samples too. Haven’t heard anything. Hopefully it’s not like the Par Avion incident.

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75

Raspberries and Cream; perfect thing for satisfying a sweet tooth. Working towards a sipdown on this one, now – and I think if I did finish it off I’ll officially not have anymore 52Teas in my cupboard? Might have the change that.

EDIT: I’m a liar – I’ll still have Marshmallow Treat.

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80

Sipdown (112)!

- Oversteeped
- I am shocked, but I’m actually picking up the cinnamon notes in this!
- I also get a weird vegetal note; my gut says Squash but my head says no
- Cream/Hay
- Thick mouthfeel
- Weird, but ultimately really good

Thanks again 221Tea and Brian!

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88

Cold Brew.

Strong Acai/Juniper flavour followed by very vivid pine notes. Base mostly covered by the fruit. Super refreshing.

One Night In Bangkok just started playing on the radio; I’ve had it stuck in my head ALL week and this doesn’t help.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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This is what I was drinking when I found out Butiki was closing. Although I’ve already written about how sad I was finding that out (that sadness still stands), and have placed my order already – my queue is VERY far behind.

This particular cup was more black base than anything else. Meh.

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73

Sipdown (113)!

And back to backlog… So much backlog.

My last set of days off I was making such good process in clearing out my queue, but then I got called into work to cover my coworker’s shift because she was feeling super sick. It sucked, ‘cause I hadn’t had a day off in ages – but we were so understaffed that I was literally the only person who could come in and fill the shift. So I did. Even though I originally said no; I changed my mind because my sick coworker has covered for me so much in the past, and I felt like a huge dick. But man; another five hour shift on top of a 45 hour week. And then Thanksgiving weekend happened (happy belated Turkey Day fellow Canadians!) and that made me not so tasting note focused. But here we are!

This time around I added milk to my cup. Here are the notes I recorded:

- Still reminds me of Gingerbread ‘cause of the spices and molasses flavour
- White chocolate still escaping me a little but the milk helps make this richer
- Thick mouthfeel
- Nice pumpkin flavour
- Tastes “confectionery” and I feel like I’m getting cheesecake crumb/bottom
- Just not the actual cheesecake
- Not gonna restock in bulk but may get another 20g or so

If I manage to make it into a store before this one is gone, I definitely plan to try it as a latte. I think it’s well suited to that.

Cameron B.

This one sounds pretty tasty. :D

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73

WAY less clove-y than the cold brew which is major disappointing. And really that’s the flavour that mattered the most, to me anyway. The rest was muddled and hard to discern.

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89

Cold Brew!

- Still very impressed with this, although the ginger was slightly more noticeable
- With the sweetness & hydration from the pear I was reminded of Ginger Ale
- Not as floral, though it wasn’t SUPER floral hot anyway
- I think this is really helping me get over my ginger fear!
- And the base was a little more noticeable as a cold brew

TeaBrat

oooh, I love ginger myself :)

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Timolino.

This isn’t aging too well, thankfully I’m almost out of my original 100g. Might just dump it all out anyway though if the next two cups or so turn out bad too.

This one really highlights my growth as a tea drinker though; this used to be my “definition” of a good black dessert tea. Not the case any more.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Cheri

Sometimes tea just doesn’t last, and it’s better to have the good memories of cups while it was still fresh than the bitter disappointment of those last cups that just aren’t good anymore.

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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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