3551 Tasting Notes

Today’s cold brew!

I’m feeling really drawn in by the deep, intense bergamot notes of this brew. I don’t know what it is about my mood today or the emotional place I’m currently in, but in conjunction with the tea I feel very grounded at the current moment. Hmmm, it’s almost like this brew has a bit of a citrusy/bergamot laden “musk” or “dankness” to it. But in a very pleasant way…

Don’t know if I can phrase that any better at the time being…

Mikumofu

Totally get what you mean about the pleasant dankness! (And I think I’ve never seen those two words next to each other before…)

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drank Power Berry by DAVIDsTEA
3551 tasting notes

First to review this one too?

Anyway, when I was writing my review for Cinnamint Mate this is kind of what I was talking about in regard to the more “busy” blends that DT has been pushing lately. Frankly, this isn’t the worst offender but there IS a lot going on.

From the dry smell, I didn’t think I’d like this much – it smelled both chalky like berry multivitamins but also like it should have been fairly medicinal tasting. I think the medicinal aroma comes from the combination of currant and juniper, both of which have a tendency to easily stray down that path.

The flavour was a surprise though: the top of the sip was a very bright, simple berry note. I want to say it was “clean” in so far as it didn’t taste excessively sweet or artificial, but that’s not the best choice of wording because none of the berry flavours initially came through specifically. In the sense of what type of berry note I was tasting, that first sip/impression was very muddled/muddy. Once that brighter, fruity top note faded that’s when I found this tea became most interesting to me. @ith the initial wave of berry flavour over I found the body of the sip was a more muted berry note that was more dominantly raspberry and blueberry, and sweet in a way that actually very strongly reminded me of the “blue” flavour of cotton candy/fairy floss. Now, THAT was unexpected. The finish was a more earthy/damp kind of mate finish.

Jury’s still out on this one.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Raspberry, Wet Earth

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This is a queued tasting note.

Didn’t work much of backlogged notes today; I spent most of the day out of the house and the rest of it was spent dying my hair. I went, in the span of two days, from a dark brown with purple tones to stripping all the colour our and dying it the most ethereal pastel pink. I feel like it’s cotton candy and I could just eat it!

And speaking of ethereal things; this tea is pretty wonderful as a late night cuppa. Now that I’ve learned that it’s best hot and plain, I really enjoy it. The white tea is supple, and the notes of cream/vanilla marry in the most intoxicating and romantic way with the lavender. Honestly, this might just be the first lavender tea I’ve ever owned that I’ve been seriously sad about getting closer to a sipdown with. And I am indeed close to one: only around three mugs worth of tea left! Sure, this is an easy restock but all the same when you want to hoard a tea you want the hoard the fucking tea.

Anyway, a hot cup of this before bed makes for an easy sleep and happy dreams!

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Cold Brew Sipdown (135)!

So this is apparently meant to be like a ‘spiritual successor’ to Cranberry Pear? I kind of get that ‘cause Quince is a little like pear, but I’m also skeptical at the same time. Cranberry Pear is one of my all time favourites teas from DAVIDsTEA and it’s sorely missed…

Actually, this doesn’t taste bad. It’s very potent and I definitely, definitely taste the quince which is coming off as a strong, floral pear type of flavour. It’s also apple-y, and I suppose that between the two it sort of evokes the pear notes in Cranberry Pear. However, it’s just too strong. The thing I really appreciated about Cranberry Pear was how naturally creamy that blend was, and the silkyness of it. This is bold and not all together super natural. Like, it does have that vague “chemically enhanced”/artificial vibe. Also, the hibiscus! I get that the tartness of the hibiscus is probably meant to be a little like the cranberry in CP, but it just doesn’t meld together as nicely with the quince.

Sorry, but this doesn’t work for me. It’s probably not 100% fair to be comparing it to Cranberry Pear so directly, but what other choice has DAVIDsTEA left me? You’ve discontinued one of my favourite blends, and even the staff members say this is meant to kind of replace it. Of course I’m going to draw comparisons, and when you get down to the brass tax this just isn’t as good as CP was…

Fjellrev

Still don’t get why they discontinued that one. Ugh.

Gooseberry Spoon

I’m glad you reviewed this as I almost impulse bought some due to my love of quinces. I like hibiscus but if it tastes anything liike quince should I do not see it working at all.

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
3551 tasting notes

Went to this really cute tea place/cafe near my house today with my little sister!

I’ve been meaning to go since moving into the condo ‘cause it’s so close but I’ve just never quite had the time. It’s all Asian style and, of course, they specialize in bubble teas and milk teas. She grabbed a honeydew flavoured black tea with pearls/boba and I grabbed a taro milk tea with pearls/boba.

Mine was delicious! I’ve wanted to try taro flavoured bubble tea for such a long time because it is a more traditional flavour and I’ve just never really done it. I’ve had taro before in its regular form: we made them once at Sobeys to sample in the store. They basically cooked ‘em like potatoes and they were pretty good. Kind of sweet and very starchy? I expected the taro tea to be more purple, taro is awfully purple after all and every time I’ve seen taro bubble tea it’s been quite a creamy but dark purple. Mine was mostly a milky colour with a slight purple hue.

The taste was good: hard to describe other than just saying that ‘it tasted like taro’. I mean, I guess breaking it down that’s like saying it was kind of starchy/potato like with a nice natural sweetness and a bit of a nuttyness as well. In addition to the subtle, sweet umami profile there was the creaminess of the milk as well. Very yummy and refreshing, and not at all an overwhelming profile. I definitely understand why this is a traditional flavour!

EDIT: For Regina tea friends, the place was called SweeTea Cafe and it’s down in the East End. The service was quite nice too; the staffer was very helpful/friendly.

Fjellrev

Mmm, taro bubble tea. Good choice.

Plunkybug

Taro is always a good choice!

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Sipdown (136)!

The rest of this matcha is going to Scheherazade where hopefully it will be appreciated! Gotta share the matcha love, am I right?

I’m sipping this down in two parts: the first is whisked into some almond milk, which was very tasty but really strong. It actually reminded me a little bit of DAVIDsTEA’s Nutty By Nature mate blend which was stonefruit and nuts. I believe I also commented on that blend that it was a little too sweet/cloying for my tastes but the idea behind the pairing was good. That’s my feelings about this matcha milk: almond and apricot go together splendidly, but this is just much too sweet. It probably doesn’t help I’m using vanilla almond milk which is sweeter in the first place.

The second part is in pasta: I made shell pasta and yellow bell peppers for brunch with a really rich sauce made from figs, goat cheese, garlic, almond milk and apricot matcha. I know that sounds like there’s a lot going on but the flavours work wonderfully together to make something very rich and creamy with a great contrast between the savory garlic and the bright, sweetness of the apricot/fig. Everything is well represented and delicious!

This wasn’t my favourite matcha overall but it wasn’t bad at all either! Some fun and interesting things came from experimenting with it.

Fjellrev

That sauce sounds amazing.

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First TOTD.

I stopped at DAVIDsTEA yesterday and got small sample sizes of all these newer teas; originally I was gonna hold off and wait ‘cause I hadn’t seen reviews of any of them up yet on Steepster but since I was in the area I figured I’d take the plunge and be the first to review a lot of ’em…

First things first; I like that the feel of this tea is really basic. Lately DT has been both over complicating their blends to a point of excess (I know the employees at my DT pretty well, and I know they share the same opinion so it’s not just us consumers), and adding in ingredients that most tea drinkers have very mixed thoughts on. Stevia and hibiscus, I’m looking at you! By contrast to those newer blends, this one is simple with its three/four key ingredients.

That’s all it needs though: every single flavour is represented in the steeped up cup and they’re all very well balanced. In each sip I can taste the cinnamon, mint and mate without feeling like any one is more powerful than the others. Like marketed, this is refreshing and relaxing and it does indeed freshen my nasty garlic breath (I’m eating garlic pasta for brunch) to a point where I wouldn’t feel guilty kissing my boyfriend with garlic mouth. I feel like sometimes DT thinks that “simple” means boring, but it really doesn’t have to if the flavours are there and the blending is good.

More teas like this please.

Kristal

Haven’t tried this tea, but I agree 100% with you in your other sentiments!

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Sipdown (132)!

This sample comes from Kittenna and I believe this is the correct one? There are a few versions here on Steepster…

Brewed this up Gong Fu today; kind of a lazy Gong Fu though where I just poured infusions into a bigger pitcher, so the flavour notes of each infusion got all mixed up and what not. Personally, I didn’t find this one to be mind blowing or anything – pretty typical of a Tieguanyin, actually. It had that sort of sweet vegetal/grassy combo note in the forefront of the sip and characteristic floral and slightly fruity body/finish. The floral notes were kind of in line with lilies and orchids, and the fruit notes were peachy but in a way that was almost a touch under ripe?

Also, this had a mild roastiness to it that, in combination with the grassy/vegetal component, treaded the line of tasting like sort of crisper, crunchy Autumn leaves. It wasn’t quite there though. More so, I’d say it evoked a feeling of that cusp right where Summer is transitioning into Autumn and the green leaves on the trees are just starting to go orange. I really enjoyed that quality in today’s session.

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Split a pot of this in the morning with Trey and his dad, who was back again today to do the second coat of paint in Shauna’s room. I was very cautious about my steep time because I didn’t want to serve something bitter or harsh, and I definitely ended up understeeping a little because, to me at least, this came out tasting fairly watery/light. Admittedly, I’ve gotten to a point when I’m brewing things Western style where I really neither measure the leaf I’m using or time the infusion – I’m quite comfortable eyeballing everything now and I usually do a decent enough job of it.

Trey’s dad obviously didn’t mind the weaker taste or didn’t notice though. Trey had one cup, I had two and he very happily had the majority of the pot – four cups!

Flavors: Lemon, Vanilla

Fjellrev

Mmm, I do like this one.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (133)!

This is another one I got in my online order as a free sample; again, I’m assuming it will be returning as a part of the Summer Collection this year but that’s just a prediction. I don’t know that’ll 100% be the case.

This blend’s been in and out of the shelves for the last five or so years, right? Personally I’ve only been drinking tea for around three years myself – and even still I’ve never tried this until today. The dry leaf smell was intoxicating: it smelled like watermelon in the same wonderful way that Butiki’s Watermelon Xylophone does to me. Then I looked up the ingredients… and they are weird.

The flavour was good though! It’s not really as natural as Watermelon Xylophone is, and honestly I didn’t really expect it to be since this is DAVIDsTEA we’re talking about but my hopes were a little more up after smelling the dry aroma. It’s definitely a definitively watermelon taste though, not a generic ‘melon’ note. I quite enjoyed it and found it appropriately sweet and hydrating. The carrot/beet root didn’t bug me at all either, apart from some weird carrot sediment at the bottom of the vessel.

I totally get why this one keeps making reappearances on DT’s wall – and I can definitely see myself grabbing more to experiment with. I see lots of potential with this one, for sure.

Kristal

If I remember correctly this tea was there in 2012 when I started drinking tea and then it hasn’t made an appearance since last summer (at which time I bought 250g because I was so excited for it to be back) :)

Tea In Spoons

I thought they brought this back a few months ago in one of those prepackaged boxes. Maybe I’m mistaken?

Kristal

Hmm, not sure. I know I did buy it late in the summer last year. I heard that someone got Luscious Watermelon as a sample in their most recent online order so it might be coming back as part of the summer collection. We shall see!

Roswell Strange

@Kristal That’d be me who get it in their online order; as stated here. But @Evol is right that it did come back at some point in the prepacked boxes (along with Caramel Corn and one other I can’t remember), I just don’t remember how long back that was.

Tea In Spoons

I know it looked like an air balloon and I’m pretty sure it was 2015. I want to say after all those summer teas came out.

Tea In Spoons

I wanted to try it, but I know I can never drink enough tea.

Kristal

@Roswell Strange, oops! Sorry, must have skimmed over that part.

Roswell Strange

Also, Summer Collection Confirmed: Mango Fruit Punch, Luscious Watermelon, Caribbean Crunch, Pura Vida (still need to review), and Pom Diggity. Just Peachy is coming back as a “Core” tea. Employees are no longer allowed to say Permanent Tea ’cause things are getting discontinued more frequently…

Tea In Spoons

Thanks for confirming! Now I know what to look forward too.

Kristal

“Employees are no longer allowed to say Permanent Tea ’cause things are getting discontinued more frequently…”

What a shame that is! It makes me feel like DAVIDs is less and less reliable

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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.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

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 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 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, Petrichor

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 (just to be on the safe side)!

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

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

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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.

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