3958 Tasting Notes


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This made for a really nice breakfast tea the day after Thanksgiving when the whole family was kind of still in food coma mode. The ginger in the tea was particularly appreciated what with all our fat, bloated Turkey (or in my case Tofurky) tummies. I could have gone for just a touch more grapefruit though; I felt that flavour note was the tiniest bit lost compared to my first mug of this.

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Going back to Thanksgiving…

This is one of the teas that I brought over to my mom’s to drink during Thanksgiving weekend. It’s actually kind of funny I chose this one because one of the other things I got to enjoy that weekend was a Banana Nut Bread craft beer that she had bought ’cause she thought the flavour combination would appeal to me.

So first I enjoyed a larger Nordic mug of this with a lot of milk – the addition of the milk really brought out the creaminess of the banana in the blend and then some of the underlying sweetness of the raisins. Also retained that sort of ‘cakey’ feel this one has that I think it meant to be the ‘bread’ aspect of the blend. Downside to adding milk is that I definitely felt I lost some of the more prominent nutty notes.

Of course I followed up my Banana Nut Bread tea with a Banana Nut Bread beer. Not bad as far as flavoured beer goes – maybe a little dry? Personally I’m VERY partial to really dark beers such as Guinness and this was a little weird for me ’cause it was a more pale ale. I definitely got banana notes, but mostly I actually got the “nut” part of the profile. So, overall, it was a really cool juxtaposition going from two Banana Nut Bread flavoured drinks that showcased different elements of the confectionery treat.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Cti12XBw4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=321

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So, when this tea came out as part of the seasonal collection last(?) year I didn’t actually try it in loose form – just as the chocolate bar. I was very skeptical of it because I’m not a huge cardamom fan in general and I really disliked that it was presweetened. I very much tend to stay away from adding sweetener to my teas. But it was CRAZY popular and now it’s back as a permanent part of the collection so I figured I’d bite the bullet and try it. I actually redeemed one of my freebie teas for 50g because I figured if I didn’t like it I DEFINITELY would know people who would want it. Cough*SIL*Cough.

First impression…

Well, I didn’t hate it. I definitely think the spice notes and ratio were spot on. I was so worried this would be a terrifying amount of cardamom but I thought it was both clear and tasteful in its proportions. And then it was nicely softened by warming cinnamon notes as well. The sweetness was actually quite reasonable as well. The biggest issues I had overall were that I wanted a stronger, more custard-y/eggy “French Toast” note to strengthen that part of the flavour. I got some of what I was looking for, but not nearly as much as I was craving. And then I also found this had quite a long lasting astringent finish. NOT bitter, mind you – but just super drying.

However overall I actually did like it – and it’s a blend I’m more than willing to put in the effort with to find a prep method that really works for me.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE-3BFx2OE0&index=156&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ


i can understand wanting more french toast. i also ADORE cardamom!

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So, got this one as a latte maybe like two weeks ago? A little less than that, maybe?

I quite liked this in latte form – I found the different preparation style really pushed this blend to deliver flavour in a totally different way. It was thick, and creamy with sweet, decadent milk chocolate notes with a natural but ‘sugared’ tasting orange finish to contrast the chocolate notes. When I say sugared, I’m thinking like orange slices/segments with granulated sugar drizzled over. Still the natural fruit – but with that confectionery sweetness to boost the natural sweetness. Both of these lovely notes came together in way that reminded me of a creamier Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Really tasty; but the comparison made it feel oddly seasonal at the same time.

Not much contribution from the Pu’erh base – I think the strong added ingredients in combination with the milk drowned out any earthiness it may have added.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfTje59G-4I&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=4

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drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
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Stole a cup of this from my mom’s stash over Thanksgiving because I wanted to revisit it. I drank it hot, which may not have been the best choice. It wasn’t bad – definitely delivered the grenadine notes that I feel are absolutely critical in a Shirley Temple and it had nice orange undertones. The hibby was also quite tart though and even the syrupy sweetness of the grenadine couldn’t totally save this one.

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This is growing on me as a ‘pacifying’ before bed sort of tea, but the flavour still is missing the mark. In fact, I found that I got even less rhubarb in this cup than the last. But holy shit did it knock me right out.

Pros and Cons…

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Thanks VariaTEA for the sample.

I didn’t look at the ingredients prior to trying this one so I kind of got to challenge my tasting abilities in that regard. The chocolate in this, for me, was really evident and I thought it presented itself in a smooth, straightforward way that was natural and not too cloying. I got creamy, custardy components as well which led me to believe that either this was milk chocolate or it incorporated vanilla, if not both. I think, maybe, the former is the case? The description of this one doesn’t do much in the way of elaboration.

Once I did look up the ingredients I was very surprised to see that I missed a key one: pineapple. Pineapple is one of my personal favourite flavors so the fact it completely passed by me was disappointing. I’m not sure whether to chock that up to a weak flavour in the blend or bad observational skills. But even if I had noticed it I have to say I’m not totally sure what place it would have had alongside the chocolate. I mean, far be it from me to say that pineapple isn’t part of the recipe for happiness ’cause man do I love me some pineapple. But pineapple and chocolate? It seems like a weird mash up.

Overall – just going by my blind impression I thought this was about average. Drinkable, but not exceptional or restock worthy. Knowing the ingredients? I’m more critical because I don’t think the flavour was properly balanced or clear. So I think overall this is maybe just a little less than acceptable/average?

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drank Jolly Litchi by TeaTaxi
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This was one of the teas I got to enjoy over my Thanksgiving break thanks to the sample from the lovely VariaTEA.

Personally, I still think Lychee is a flavour for more better suited for sweet, floral green oolongs or black teas that can provide contrasting richness but this wasn’t unpleasant at all. The rose in the blend definitely got swallowed up by the naturally floral notes of the fruit and the strawberry was subtle and supportive in its role. Really the only complaint is just that the vegetal green tea base didn’t seem appropriate alongside such a sweet, lively fruit.

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Commute to work tea, from last week.

Simple, smooth roasty tea with wood, cinnamon, and nut notes. One thing about brewing Western is that there’s less floral/fruity undertones and sometimes that’s a nice aspect to experience with this blend. But still super satisfying! Especially early in the morning.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-8P5Rgdbw&list=WL&index=4

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, I just spent a solid ten minutes looking for my cupboard trying to find this only to realize that it had accidentally been removed. I guess there goes the progress from tonight’s sipdown, eh?

My review for this one is gonna be a bit different tonight. When I was drinking this I had one of the worst toothaches I’ve had all year. Like, constant unending “in tears” pain for upwards of three straight hours. So just to take the edge off I was literally chewing up extra strength gel cap advils around the sore area and then drinking this tea in between painful chomps because I read that cold treating can be effective temporary pain relief. So, my cold brew had been in the freezer about half an hour after straining so it was especially cold. Of course – if you’ve ever chewed straight up advil before you know that it tastes absolutely vile. I was fighting my own gag reflex so hard. But in addition to tasting vile all on its own it also leaves a weird taste in your mouth for like half an hour afterwards that taints everything you’re eating/drinking.

So in the case of my cold brew…

Every swig of tisane tasted like I was taking a bit bite of a peach that had started to ‘go off’/begin rotting. But it didn’t stop there – in addition to having this bad peach flavour I also got to experience something that I haven’t since quitting smoking. Which, for the record, was nearly four years ago. It immediately took me back there though. What was that? The sensation of eating or drinking something immediately after finishing a smoke. It was like my rotting peach had been dropped in a puddle and then rolled around a little bit in an ashtray.

It was worth it though: even if it tasted poorly it took the edge off just enough that for the first time in almost three hours I was able to stop crying and clutching my face in pain.

EDIT: So I just saw an old tasting note of this that starts off “so I’m rewatching The 100 right now with a coworker…” and I’m just so taken aback now in a positive way. That coworker is now my boyfriend, and I’m so much happier now than I was then. Man it was cool to get to revisit that memory tonight. I’m blushing so much now…


This made me cringe at first but then also smile. :) That’s a nice memory! Hope your tooth feels better ASAP, dental pain is the worst

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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.

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 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.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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