2620 Tasting Notes

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This is a queued tasting note.

Made some of this one for myself and the Sobey’s “Extra Team” (our two dietitians, Chef Darcy, and the event coordinator Silviu) last week – I just brought in a few tbsp. of the tea, and a couple DT filter bags. I’ve been slowly but continuously sharing tea with them the last few months or so; but I brought in a lot last week.

I really, really enjoyed my cup – the papaya was really strong and vibrant with honey notes and caramel-like notes from the mulberry as support. The jasmine wasn’t super pronounced, but more so just contributed a nice, soothing calmness that had me completely relaxed – and honestly ready to just curl up and take a nap (which maybe isn’t the best thing when you’re about to start a shift). Everyone else loved this one too – though it probably helped that I overleafed all of their mugs since I was worried they wouldn’t taste all of the subtleties.

And now it’s time to put the tin back into my closet again for the next few months. I really wish RiverTea hadn’t have closed so I could drink this more casually/leisurely like I want to but as it stands now I’ll probably never get this one again after I’m out for time to hoard it again! It was still really cool getting to share it with someone though…

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My tummy has the gurglies…

I just finished baking two dozen cupcakes and I most definitely ate too much cupcake batter because I’m a foolish person. It was fun playing around with new recipes though; the ones I made are Vanilla/Cherry/Zucchini with a Strawberries and Cream matcha icing. I can’t even think about trying one right now – but Tre played ‘Guinea Pig’ for me and tried one without the icing and one with. He says that without is amazing; very moist, with a good balance of zucchini and cherry. With, he didn’t like as much – though it wasn’t because of the vegetal factor like expected. It’s ‘cause the strawberry blends into the cherry too much and it gets too strong taste wise. Of course, I’ll test them for myself later and record a note for them…

This is a queued tasting note.

Made this one up in my timolino with a little bit of milk splashed in. I realized that with the change of season, I’ve been neglecting my rooibos teas pretty badly so I pulled about five of them out of my cupboard to incorporate into the work week. This is the first one I steeped up.

The mouthfeel was very thick and rich, and the creaminess of the milk only help extend that feeling. Creamy vanilla bean notes dominated the cup in a way that made me think of thick, frosty vanilla milkshakes (only hot?). The last few sips were a touch medicinal tasting; perhaps from the rooibos base, sitting in the timolino for an extended time or possibly a combination of both.

Milk seemed to simplify the complexity/layers of this blend – but it was enjoyable overall, and perhaps the best way to drink it in a timolino. I find with more complex/nuanced teas, the timolino strips that away anyway or it just becomes too much of a distracting paying attention to the tea when I just want something casual to sip on during my work commute.

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drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
2620 tasting notes

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Tasting note time! I haven’t posted anything here on Steepster in a little while because I just finished a six day streak at work, and I haven’t had any energy (or time, really) to write anything before or after work. Today’s my day off though so lets see what I can write today!

This sample comes from MissB – I saw the coconut shreds in it and automatically assumed it’d make a nice cold brew, so that’s how I prepared my sample. After it was strained this smelled distinctly chocolatey and nutty; no actual coconut notes which is what made me go for a cold brew in the first place.

The taste is reminiscent of DAVIDsTEA’s Choconut Oolong to me – they both share a very similar sweet chocolate flavour with a syrupy sweetness at the end of the sip. In the latter’s case it was caused by licorice root – for this one, while it does remind me a little of licorice root, it’s more so because of the marzipan. And that’s another key difference; Choconut was hazelnut while this is much more distinctly almond. It’s supposed to have pistachio too – but I’m not getting any of those notes.

And, I actually didn’t taste the coconut at all throughout…

It’s good; but I just put Choconut Oolong to rest after finishing off like 200g of it so I think I’m trying this one a little too soon – all I can think of as I sip on it is Choconut Oolong and I made myself so sick of that one just because of the sheer volume of it that I went through.

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My daily cold brew! Sample provided by the lovely MissB.

I’m wondering if I should have prepared this one hot; I saw the rose petals in the blend and immediately thought it’d do well cold brewed but it was pretty weird. Initial flavours I noticed with the very first few sips were rose, cardamom and clove – but the more I drank the less clove-y flavour there was and the more the cardamom built along with a bit of heat from something else – chili? The rose stayed light but consistent and noticeable throughout. It took a while to actually pick up any substantial fruit notes; and the first one I noticed was the orange.

The whole thing was weird and very muddled; I knew I was tasting a fruit note other than orange, but I couldn’t tell what and the cardamom was very strong. I’m not the biggest fan of cardamom in the first place; it’s better as a supporting note rather than the dominant one, in my opinion. Eventually I went and looked up the ingredients – which I hadn’t prior. Mango! That was what I was missing. I’m not really a huge mango fan either; and paired with cardamom? The idea of that is one big shoulder shrug, at best.

Turns out this also is a green/black mix, which I definitely didn’t realize. I thought it was all black, so the confusion of thinking it was a black base but actually tasting green tea as well probably didn’t help with the weird muddled mess of flavours I was getting.

Hot definitely would have been better, as well as having a more clear idea of what was in the blend. As it stands, I didn’t dislike this one but it was a mess to get through and far from impressive. There’s a lot of ingredients here that I’m not big on in the first place, as well. I’d be up for trying it again hot – but otherwise I think this will be one that’s easily dismissed and forgotten.

Today was my last day off from my “Mini Easter Vacation”. I enjoyed the extended time off immensely; I’m so very much not ready to go back to work tomorrow. At least I get to sleep in since I’m working a night/closing shift. Oh boy, my favourite…

Flavors: Cardamon, Orange, Rose, Spices

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Thank MissB but, uhh, no thanks…

Took one whiff off the dry leaf and sneezed so loudly that Tre came out of his room to see what had happened and if I was ok. This smells so insanely spicy and peppery, and I just instantly knew that would going to translate into the taste and I’d hate it.

And how right I was; it was a flurry of very strong spices: Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, and thyme. The one thing in this that could have been redeeming, the clove, was sadly the one thing I couldn’t taste at all. And not for lack of ‘looking’ for it. Maybe that’s because I steeped it for a way shorter period of time that suggested; but I was fearful that a minute longer than the three I gave this and I wouldn’t recover from the fireball of spices.

Nope; not for me guys! It’d be wrong to rate it though – I’m so very biased with this one. And, this is the last teabag/sachet from this company that MissB sent me; sadly all of the teas from this company were flops for me. But I bet a spice lover would get a real good kick out of this one…

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This was my afternoon/early evening tea; it made me super sleepy for whatever reason…

It’s one of the ones Tre got me for my birthday, and this is my first time having it since then. He picked up 100g, but I actually asked for a lot less – when I initially had this one I had very mixed feelings, and I just wanted the chance to revisit it to reassess how I felt since I’ve been on a rhubarb kick the last few months.

It’s better than I’m remembering it, that’s for sure – but it’s still kind of off. The strawberry came through very well, and the rhubarb as well in the finish – though the flavour was definitely a lot less strong than the strawberry. It was weird because there’s a creamy element from the yogurt in the blend but also quite a bit of tartness from the large quantity of hibiscus. I mean, it could have been worse; the hibby did blend with the strawberry/rhubarb’s natural tangyness at least a little bit, though not seamlessly. There were also some tarter apple notes in the background.

My favourite Greek Yogurt currently is from a brand named Oikos – and it’s an Apple/Rhubarb flavour. If this was less tart and more creamy it would be a strong likeness to that yogurt, I feel…

Haven’t actually had this cold yet (as far as I recall) so that’ll be the next thing to try! At least I didn’t hate this – if I had, I would’ve felt awful given how much I now have thanks to Tre. I bumped the rating up from a 61 to a 69…

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Thank you MissB for the sample! I think this is the first Fortnum & Mason teabag I’ve steeped up from the ones you sent me? I made it when I got home from shopping/the bank today.

This review is for the bagged version of the tea, obviously. The leaf in the bag is kind of interesting looking; there are a lot of little white flecks and bits mixed in with the very broken up leaf. It reminded, purely visually, of crushed oreo cookie bits with little flecks of the white filling. I wonder what they actually are; tiny dehydrated peach bits? Perhaps lemon bits/peel?

I’m surprised by this blend; it’s more flavourful and robust than I was expecting – the peach flavour is very full on rather than more subtle. My initial thought was that it reminded me a hint of peach pie filling/cobbler filling. No crust, obviously – just plump, sugary sweet peaches! There are other fruit flavours I’m noticing – the lemon, obviously. It, too, it very sweet with limited to no acidity. It’s almost ever borderline like the filling from a Lemon Meringue pie? But there’s one more fruit flavour I’m noticing – and my gut it telling me it’s generic melon. There’s nothing that indicates that there should be melon flavour, though. So I think I’m just crazy.

Other reviewers are describing this similar to fuzzy peaches; but I disagree a little bit. While it’s certainly not a totally natural peach flavour I thought that there was some degree of realism to it; which is why, what with all the sweetness, I thought of pie filling. There’s real fruit in that – but also a lot of sugar and syrup/glaze.

The base itself was pretty nice; I thought it was present but didn’t over take the fruit. Honestly, this is the best bagged peach tea I’ve ever had – and it’s better than some loose leaf ones I’ve tasted too. If I had to go with a single defining word to describe it I’d likely pick “Plump”. Thanks MissB, this was a winner in my books!

Maddy Barone

That sounds nummy!

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
2620 tasting notes

“First” Review, eh? I see someone’s rated it already, but not written anything for it – and of course there’s DAVIDsTEA’s little blurb they do for each tea, but that hardly counts as an objective review…

I picked up an iced To Go cup of this one while I was downtown today; I had a free birthday cup of tea that was going to expire soon, as well as a free 50g bag that I used to get more Elderflower Spritz; my favourite from the Spring Collection. I also picked up 50g of Jungle Ju Ju to play around with in my Mate Gourd…

I was very skeptical about this blend; I don’t much care for lavender myself, and I couldn’t see it going well with the strawberry, blueberry or other fruity things in the blend either. However, the quince was certainly an intriguing aspect; I’ve only had one other Quince tea but I really, really enjoyed it. As well, I do quite like the pairing of strawberry and spearmint! So despite reservations, it was worth a go.

I decided on iced because the associate I asked said that hot was better for relaxing to/brought out the lavender more and iced was more refreshing and fruity. As I was waiting for the tea to steep, I talked to a different associate about this one – kind of probing for his honest thoughts. He’s one of the ‘newer’ associates at my location, and doesn’t know me as well as some of the others there – by which I mean he hasn’t quite figured out he’s allowed to be super brutal honest with me about not liking stuff, and that he doesn’t have to try and “up sell” to me. I’m there with a list in mind; you can’t talk me into something stupid – and I know tea. Basically he said that it was better iced than hot, and that he almost always understeeps it because the lavender gets potent when you don’t. He described the tea as “softer”/gentle.

I actually initially didn’t really taste the lavender at all; my first few sips were almost entirely strawberry with a bit of a crisper spearmint backdrop. Hints of blueberry were present as well. The rosehips/hibiscus in this are pretty toned down; I think they just contributed a very slight tartness that blended in near seamlessly with the natural tang of the strawberry. Sadly, I didn’t pick up on the quince at all.

About half way through drinking this one I sort of couldn’t help but like burp a little bit? Something wasn’t sitting quite right with me and it resulted in this weird hiccup/reflux sort of cross. And that’s when I started to taste the lavender – every time I’d ‘hiccup’ I get this flood of gnarly lavender flavour in my mouth. Very strong; borderline perfume-y. So, I’d take another sip to get my the taste out of my mouth – and then like thirty seconds later it’d hit me again and I’d get that nasty lavender breath. Repeated the cycle until the tea was gone – and then a few minutes later I was fine again.

Overall; this was better than anticipated for sure – I thought that the strawberry in particular was well executed, and the spearmint pairing definitely made for a light, fun fruity treat. It wasn’t “in your face” juicy – just a nice, softer drink like the associate I spoke to had described. I’d be interested in trying this one again to see if the same reflux type thing happened again – if it’s something caused by the lavender and going to be a regular occurrence when I drink this tea, then that definitely negatively impacts how I view this one (that lavender breath was NASTY), but if it was a one time deal then I think I could maybe get behind this one a bit better because the floral aspects were pretty in check, hiccups aside.

Today’s word of the day is…

Milieu! Totally a new word for me; this one means: “_surroundings, setting”. It’s the first new word I’ve encountered in probably a few weeks!

rosebudmelissa

lavender seems to effect me that way, too. I really dislike it, so I’ve resolved to avoid it even though I don’t mind the taste.

Tealizzy

Ha! Lavender breath! This note made me laugh!

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Tea Soda!

My little sister went home around 9AM this morning – she was just feeling so sick, and she thought it’d be best to cut her trip/vacation short. I am crushed but I understand and, reluctantly, this is was probably the best choice. But I still have time off from work; so I spent the day rewatching my favourite Willow/Oz episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and watching Xiaolin Showdown on Youtube – it’s a quirky kids TV show that I was super into when I was like 12…

Tomorrow I’ve gotta go take out rent ‘cause my landlord gets back from his vacation in a few days – and I’m going to stop at DT too to grab some refills and stuff. Plus, I’ve got a free cup of tea to redeem from my birthday! But anyway…

So when I tried this the first time it tasted a lot like super sweet powdered peach drink crystals somehow crossed with Tang? And I got it into my head that because this is pretty artificial and ‘cause of that ’juice’ aspect it’d make a good tea soda. Welp…

It was drinkable, and I can see some people liking it but I don’t think it’s for me. It was almost too sweet. And the apricot in this ended up getting amped up in a really weird, totally fake/artificial way that was really forward and aggressive. Totally a turn off. The peach/nectarine were both conveyed really strongly too; but unfortunately in the same over the top, unrealistic candy/juice mix sort of way. I am definitely disappointed by this brew.

What I really wish DT had done with this blend is go for a far more refined and subtle approach with natural, more raw and unrefined flavours. Basically; I want the Butiki version of this tea…

Wah wah wah.

Flavors: Candy, Sugar

Uniquity

Tara from Buffy is going to be at the sci-fi con in NS this year. I’m pretty pumped. Good use of your day off!

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Thank you MissB for the sample!

This one came in a sachet, and I definitely brewed it up in a smaller mug than I typically use because there definitely didn’t seem to be enough leaf in the sachet for a normal Roswell-sized cuppa. I was even sort of skeptical about the size of mug I did go with – 8 oz. Surely it wasn’t enough leaf bits of apples and stuff for a rich or defined flavour.

My expectation was that it’d be a “Forever Nuts” type of tea (Anyone know what the ‘original’ Forever Nuts blend was? Is there even a way of knowing?) but it was a little bit different than most incarnations of that blend which I’ve tried – and I’ve had several at this point. For one, I didn’t really taste a lot of nuts. Maybe a little bit of almond but I’m stretching here. It was mostly apple, actually, with a bit of cream in the finish. And not even a super cider-like apple flavour that some of the ingredients in here, namely the cinnamon, would lend themselves well to.

I was almost instantly reminded of those dehydrated apple chips that seem to be kind of big in grocery stores now. I know the one I work in has variations in the Natural Source, chips and produce sections of the store. If you don’t know what I’m talking about these are the ones I’m thinking of in particular:

http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2011/11/30/9049379/Brothers-All-Natural%20FRUIT%20CRISPS%2010%20varieties.png

Now, to be fair, the only ones I’ve actually tried are the Fuji Apple but it tasted like that to me! Very fresh and strong apple flavour, but no “juice” component. Side Note: The chips themselves are really weird because they are crunchy like a potato chip. That is, until you start to chew them! And then the apple-like texture comes back and you wind up with a mouthfull of spongy, apple mush. If it weren’t for the weird texture I think I’d actually like them.

But anyway; the tea was alright! I liked that it wasn’t totally like Forever Nuts – but I also think that was the intent so in that regard it missed the mark a little bit? But even still; even though it made for an interesting apple tea it wasn’t a mind blowing one either. You’re possibly better off just trying the weird dehydrated apple chip things…

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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.

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, 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

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!

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

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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