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So true facts…

This tea has the “do not latte” symbol on the tin because the hibiscus in the blend can curdle this if you get enough of it in the leaf. That said, your odds of curdling this are literally like less than 1/10 because there genuinely just isn’t that much hibiscus in this.

And this tea… it makes THE BEST lattes!

On its own, I just find this generally way too sweet/rich but as a latte that aspect is quite a bit more muted and the creaminess of the white chocolate is exaggerated in a very indulgent way. It just feels so much more balanced overall, and makes for a really perfect sweet treat. So, I mean, do it at your own risk because it could curdle but I think this is worth the gamble for how good it is.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4NhcPKeNRY

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Blueberry Muffin by 52teas
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Sipdown (207)!

Made this one at work the other night, and because I made it so late into the evening we had already deep cleaned and sanitized the gravity steepers for the night so instead of using one of them to brew in I used a tea sachet.

I was really distracted by closing tasks and, you know, doing my job that I never actually took the teabag out. Thankfully this is honeybush, and it didn’t get bitter. In fact what did happen was that I got a more honey and muffin heavy flavour! That extra boost of confectionery goodness was perfect, and just put the final nail in the coffin in regard to the accuracy of this blend.

It was a splendid way to sip this one down!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC34pEYL5Ps&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=21

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Sipdown (208)!

So, before I added this to the GCTBB I set aside one of the bricks for myself so I could try this Western style to contrast against the Gong Fu infusion of it that I have previously tried. You know, I thought this would be more appropriate as a Western infusion but ultimately I liked it better Gong Fu.

It’s not that it tasted bad Western, but overall I just thought it was much weaker in regard to overall flavour than my Gong Fu experience was. Sure, it was vegetal/grassy from the green tea and the rose itself was nice, smooth and natural but the whole thing was just kind of watered down tasting to me.

Still made for a calming cup before bedtime though.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaAFGnuIhu4&index=189&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&shuffle=1707

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a queued tasting note.

This review is for the Love Tea #7 infused shortbread that we sold this year as part of the Valentine’s Day collection of tea, teaware, and tea infused treats.

I’ve tried most of the food that’s launched since starting at DAVIDsTEA, honestly, but I haven’t written about a lot of it because they’ve been boxes of chocolate with like four different kinds of chocolate, and that would involve mini reviews for each kind. Or, we launched gummy candies for this collection but I didn’t review them because they’re not actually tea infused – just peach candies. Stuff like that…

I thought this one was worth a review though because I have actually reviewed the other short breads I’ve tried, and this is also the first time as far as I’m aware that Love Tea #7 has been incorporated into any of the tea infused treats. Overall I liked this a lot as far as the shortbread element goes; it was tasty, a good consistency for shortbread, and the chocolate was a superb addition. As far as the “tea to shortbread” adaptation goes/how accurate it was to the tea, I think this missed the mark a bit. Sure the chocolate element of Love Tea #7 was well represented, but the rose was totally lacking to me and the strawberry was quite sporadic.

Overall I walked away having enjoyed the shortbread, but as a tea infusion I don’t think it delivered as well. Perhaps worth a one time purchase to sample, but not something you’d need to stock up on since it is limited edition.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Enjoyed this one iced last week. I wanted high caffeine and fruity but not overly so, or tart/hibiscus. This met both criteria. I thought the apricot was very smooth and sweet, and even a touch creamy maybe? The almond was mild comparatively, but I enjoyed the marzipan like sweetness it brought to the undertones of this drink. Really refreshing overall.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpaOh4poNms&index=13&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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So, I know I drank this whisked into cold matcha milk because I wrote it down, but I don’t remember literally anything else about drinking it…

I think I liked it? Normally I note otherwise if I didn’t. I don’t see why I wouldn’t have; I enjoyed it as a hot matcha latte and cold wouldn’t have been much different.

EDIT: Coconut Milk…

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drank Pom Diggety by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (209)!

Well, after what feels like fucking forever I’ve finally managed to finish off the last of this tea! I hate how much of a rollercoaster it was, because the few REALLY good cups I enjoyed definitely made me want to push through it even if the majority of these cups were pretty bad.

This last brew, iced, wasn’t terrible but it definitely had a lot of that cloying, stevia sweetness that I found really awful in the majority of these cups. I mean, also some fresh and hydrating pomegranate notes but tons of stevia overall. It’s the pom notes in this tea that I really like – thankfully since first trying and buying this tea I’ve found one that’s part of our core collection that delivers on that which I like better: Green Seduction! So, that’s a pretty good compromise, I think. Yummy pom, not stevia/blackberry leaf overload.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCXsRoyFRQE&index=11&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (210)!

In a way, I’ve been ready for this sipdown for a while. For months I’ve been sitting on what I’ve known was going to be my last cup of this – but I didn’t have anything to fill the tin with because all my tins are colour coded by tea type, and I haven’t ordered a mate or guayusa blend in a LONG time. However, I decided to treat myself to some Kusmi teas on Friday for payday and one of them was a mate blend and so now that there’s something on the way that can go into this tin it was time to say goodbye…

Even if I’ve been prepared for this sipdown for a while, every Butiki sipdown definitely still hurts. This tastes really good though; like freshly sliced apples with cinnamon sugar! It’s got a nice damp, foresty/rainforest note from the guayusa too. Very natural, realistic and with the perfect amount of sweetness. You know, not unlike pretty well all of Stacy’s masterful blends. I highly debated sharing this with coworkers today, but in the end I decided to be selfish and keep this last brew all to myself.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxjFUja2Arg

That bearded fellow killing the drums is my coworker Tanner! It’s so cool hearing great music coming from people I know – and really surreal seeing music videos and such produced at my local bars. I hope they nail the tour they’re about to go on.

VariaTEA

What Kusmi teas did you get?!

Roswell Strange

Euphoria and Algothe :)

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No, I haven’t forgotten about Project Tea Wall – I just don’t have a lot of teas left to drink for it. I realized it had been a LONG time since I crossed something off the small list though, so I tried this today as a latte! I also added a little honey, because breakfast blends are typically drank with milk and sweetener and my sweetener of choice is honey.

I’ve started doing a new thing when I make latters with honey, and that’s that I’ll add the honey to the milk as I steam it/froth it rather than to the tea as it steeps. I don’t know why, but it seems to make a difference to me as far as the finished product goes. Smoother, I guess?

This was pretty tasty; I’d say apart from the honey flavour itself and overall creaminess of the milk used this had solid notes of malt, raisin, and dates and a bit of a light floral undertone. I’d imagine as a straight tea this would be rather full bodied and brisk; as a latte it was smooth but still rich. I enjoyed it a lot, though I think Irish Breakfast is still my overall favourite breakfast blend that we carry.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Sipdown (211)!

So this is from the GCTTB, but the fifth round. So, I’ve had it for a while now and it’s a little old. There are so many times I’ve gone to drink it but then been enticed by newer things or fancier things, or just stuff that’s a little more convenient. I figured enough was enough, it was time to drink it.

I made this one as an iced tea today, nothing added. It was my first tea of the day, and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. I scribbled notes on my cup in sharpie as I drank it, because I got a lot of nuanced and layered flavour from this one and I knew I’d want to be able to note that properly. So my cup scribbles:

- Light roast, some peanut like notes in there along with that
- Honey top notes and finish but not body
- Body is more fresh cut grass
- Fruity undertones; nectarine, quince, fresh apple

Admittedly, I wish I’d gong fu brewed this BUT it was still really enjoyable for how I did end up steeping it!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeBrnuQxEsQ&index=5&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) 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.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals 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 and as of late oolongs 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 Goal for The New Year (2017) is to make time for at least one long, proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for…

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additive. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, overly vegetal or marine, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot

If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

Location

Regina, SK, Canada

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