3384 Tasting Notes

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This is a queued tasting note.

Apparently the last time I had this tea was in November of 2014 which is… a long time ago.

At some point after finishing off the tin I had of this I developed the impression that this had been discontinued. The other day I was in DAVIDsTEA looking for something to get To Go because all my tea was packed up and I needed a tea fix desperately; I saw this on the shelf on got excited! I grabbed it iced; and I’m happy I did because after well over a year of not having this (and my tastes definitely changing over that time frame) it turns out that I DO still like it.

- VERY strong chocolate flavour
- Don’t remember it being so strong??
- Lovely raspberry truffle type finish though!

When I finish off Cocoa Canela I may get this instead of restocking that one; I like the idea of this being a less monotone flavour/one note tea. And I feel like my cupboard is sorely lacking a good raspberry “every day” tea at the moment.

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This is a queued tasting note.

Drank this one cold shaken in milk back during the week I was all packed up/in the process of moving. Mostly this tasted like cinnamon and pie crust; I really craved more of the “filling” to be perfectly honest. However it was still really delightful overall even if this is one of the less consistent matcha flavours that I own.

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First tea in the new place! I don’t think I could have picked anything better either; it tasted just like home! Comforting home…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Cranberry, Floral, Pineapple, Rose

VariaTEA

Congrats on the move! How is it?

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This cold brew is an improvement upon the quite sour/tart hot cup I last had but the lime is still only semi-sweet and relatively pithy and the base is lacking any real contribution. I wish I could taste more of, well, anything. However it’s certainly not bad.

It just isn’t “punchy” either.

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drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
3384 tasting notes

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Sample comes from Kittenna! I’m pretty sure she sent along this generous sample because the last time she passed it along around a year ago I quite liked it. She’s thoughtful that way! I don’t know what was up with the packaging though, but it handily wins the award for “hardest sample to open”. It was a resealable zip bag but I couldn’t for the life of me get it open. I eventually resorted to cutting open the sample and transferring the rest of the leaf to a new bag.

I cold brewed this sample; can’t remember if that’s what I did last time but I could see myself doing it that way. The flavour was nice; mostly cinnamon with a mix between fresh pear notes and a more “poached pear” flavour. The base left a little to be desired, but the light malty notes it lent did add something to the tea which elevated to a better brew than it would have been without the malt notes.

Steepster users who work in retail/have worked in retail before what’s the most fucked up thing you’ve seen? Yesterday at work I had one of those “only in retail” moments where you want to shoot yourself.

For those who don’t know, I work in the donation center at a thrift store partnered with a few non profit organizations. We get some characters in shopping, and I’ve seen some messed up donations come in. However, yesterday I was mostly working fitting rooms as a favour for one of the cashiers who was a little slammed. While I was watching the fitting rooms, an adult male literally took a shit in a change room.

He just walked out of the change room and out of the store without saying a word to anyone. I, at the time, didn’t think much of it because quite often people are dicks and leave the clothes they’ve tried on in the floor of the change room for us to pick up/rehang which is what I assumed he had done. But nope. He LITERALLY shit his pants/all over the floor and walked out of the store with a pair of pants he’d obviously stolen to replace his shitty pants. Fucking people…

So yeah, that’s the story of how I literally cleaned up shit yesterday.

tigress_al

Seriously! That’s messed up

OMGsrsly

Insert horrified face emoticon here. OMG.

Indigobloom

Ew. We had to fire a guy for downloading porn, even after we gave him warnings…

TeaNTees

That’s so messed up! :{

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Drank this one hot late at night while watching Netflix with a friend. I added quite a bit of almond milk to it because I thought it’d really compliment the flavour because this blend has almonds in it anyway. However what ended up happening was the flavour, specifically the lemon, warped into that nasty note that I DISTINCTLY remember tasting in DAVIDsTEA’s Live Wire Lemon blend that I know I compared to the smell of a gerbil’s scent gland. So much yuck and so much nope…

VariaTEA

As I started reading I was like "adding almond milk sounds like a great idea and then I kept reading and was like “maybe not”

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So, my new commute to work is 45 minutes long as opposed to the the five minute bus ride I was taking prior to moving. It’s kind of a bitch, if I’m being honest – however on the plus side it’s the perfect excuse to brew up a travel mug of tea for the bus ride there which just lets me sneak in an extra cup into the day!

Today was my first time taking the bus, actually. It wasn’t bad at all – I expected to have trouble finding my stop or transferring but everything went as perfectly as it could have. So that was one less thing to stress about, tbh.

And the tea was good! I added a splash of almond milk so it’d be cool enough for my to drink right away on the bus and it did wonders for the tea. It was smooth, with a sweet flavour and rich/creamy mouthfeel and a lovely eggyness to the taste with nutmeg undertones. I’ve become pretty fond of this tea overall.

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Cold Brew!

Quite astringent and drying, but with a lovely sweet grapey flavour that kind of compensates a little bit for that unpleasant mouthfeel. And, if nothing else, the mouthfeel does kind of remind me a little of wine. Less so Ice Wine ‘cause that’s pretty sickly sweet stuff and less dry but still wine none the less.

I actually have some ice wine right now; I’m very close to a sipdown now so maybe I’ll infuse what leaf I have left into some actual ice wine for the sip down.

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Pistachio matcha milk. Not really a lot to say about that one, to be honest.

However, other exciting news! People who’ve been following me on Steepster for a while now know that I’ve had problems with my teeth for a long time now. Well, good news! Next Wednesday I finally am getting my wisdom teeth removed! When I found out I was finally getting in to get it done I damn near cried. I’m just so relieved to finally be getting them taken care of.

Lala

Good luck with the wisdom teeth! Glad you are getting it figured out.

tigress_al

A little bit of pain will be worth it in the end! Good luck

OMGsrsly

YAY!!! Once it’s all healed up it will feel so much better.

Indigobloom

Wisdom tooth pain is the worst! I’m glad you’ll be able better soon :)

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Well, this last week has been an absolute whirlwind!

But the important thing is that as of tonight, I am officially moved into the new house! I’m so excited to be moved out of my parents house yet again, and I think this new situation will be a really good one for me!

I actually don’t have a ton of queued posts from the week; most of my tea was actually packed up early into the week so I wasn’t drinking a lot of tea this last week. I’ll have to make up for that. The reality is, that I drank a lot of matcha because it was the last tea to get packed up (because I store it in the freezer). I’ll have to drink this one again more properly and at a time I can really focus on it because really none of the tea I had this week got any proper attention, and my notes from this week are shit…

Case and point, this is all I wrote for this tea:

- Floral forefront
- Grapey finish; a little mild but quite nice!

So, I will revisit this again. Also, I’m not gonna rate it until I get a chance to have it again as well because I just know I didn’t put the time into appreciating this new matcha to rate it with any semblance of precision.

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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.

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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Regina, SK, Canada

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