3364 Tasting Notes

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Wow, cold brewing this one is a definite no.

It’s insanely, stupidly, horrifically sweet with a slight edge of medicinal flavour. It almost takes me back to the nightmare that was “Currant Affairs” which is DEFINITELY in my top three “Worst DAVIDsTEA blends of all time” alongside the cherry cola one and Queen of Tarts. Nope nope nope.

Into the box of packed teas you go…

OMGsrsly

Hahahaha. Cherry Cola. Oh that was so bad. I wonder, is it still the lowest rated tea here on Steepster? Yes, yes it is. The only other lower rated tea has 0 tasting notes, so I’m not going to count it. :) (It’s on page 1424 of all teas by rating at this time…)

Roswell Strange

Right down there with Aloha Pu’erh, which I never got to try but sounds AWFUL.

OMGsrsly

I think if I had to go back in time, I’d definitely try to taste more of the “worst teas”. Hahaha. My poor taste buds. :)

TheKesser

oh man Cherry Cola… So bad…

Kristal

Can’t say I cared for this one either

Roswell Strange

@Kristal I REALLY liked it hot, but the cold brew… Nope. I’m gonna keep experimenting though: I did buy 50g so I’ll get to play with this one for a while.

Kristal

Fair enough! Glad you like it in some way, anyways ;)

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Sipdown (128)!

This is a special note…

It’s my 3333th Tasting Note! What a fun number!

I chose this tea to write about for that tasting note for a couple reasons. Firstly, it’s definitely a more popular tea here on Steepster and I liked the idea (which I think was suggested by Equusfell) of dedicating a more monumental tasting note to something I’ve been saving for a special occasion or a tea that’s very well regarded within the community. Secondly, it’s sort of a miracle I’m trying this at all. And by that I mean that, when I placed my Whispering Pines order on Black Friday there was a definite goof made on my part. Instead of sending the order to my new address in Regina I accidentally sent it to my old Saskatoon address.

It shouldn’t have made it to me. By the time I noticed the error and managed to get in contact with Brenden the tea had already been shipped off and there was nothing he could do. I spoke to postal workers both in Canada and in the states and there was nothing they seemed to be able to do to reroute the package. Initially, my former roommate wouldn’t reply back to me about sending it my way either (we didn’t part on good terms). It seemed like a lost cause and a write off of an order. However, like a week after tracking was showing the package as delivered in Saskatoon I got a message from him saying he’d sent it my way. Three weeks pass and, well, nothing. Saskatoon and Regina are three hours away from each other so that’s not normal shipping times. Then, out of the blue, Whispering Pines order! I think that’s my 2016 ‘tea miracle’ all used up already. But hell; I’m not complaining.

So yeah; I think this tea has a fair bit of significance that makes it worthy of being note number 3333! And of course I drank it Gong Fu! Actually, I had the session with my mom who’s starting to appreciate pure teas quite a bit more as of late – though she still prefers, as she puts it, things that are “Coconut Cream Pie” flavored over “Mud Tea”. But we’re getting there…

Here’s the TLDR; of my tasting notes from the session:

- Eight+ Infusions
- Starts off very robust with a brothy, thick mouthfeel
- Very mushroomy with kind of meaty notes, earth notes, and wood notes
- Also starts off surprisingly sweet despite a strong savory/umami profile
- Evolves into a more lightly woody/earthy body sip
- With definite rich vanilla notes!
- My mom described it as a sweet pork rind flavour…

Very awesome Shou all around! I can see why people who are drinking WP Pu’erh as some of their first time pu’erhs fall for Pu’erh so hard. It’s such a unique and interesting kind of flavour and it really holds your attention.

VariaTEA

hahaha I think your mom and I are on the same page with regards to “mud tea” :P

__Morgana__

Wow, that is a lot of 3s!

OMGsrsly

Ha! Sweet pork rind. That’s an interesting note. :) Congratulations on 3333!

Christina / BooksandTea

Happy 3333!

I love reading your tasting notes because you describe flavours that are really subtle, unusual (to me), and precise. I wish I had your palate!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold Brew Sipdown (129)!

This is the tea that I had to finish off in order to have the tin space for the Juicy Orange I restocked; it came out decidedly spearmint with very little melon. Though, there still was quite a lot of cucumber despite the fact I used up the cucumber chunks in the blend a while ago. I’m gonna wager it was so minty because the spearmint had settled to the bottom of the tin though.

Still the best cucumber tea I’ve ever had, I think. I hope that some day it comes back at DAVIDsTEA so I can grab more again. It’s unique and so, so refreshing.

TeaNTees

I agree about this one. Lovely cucumber tea! :)

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drank Juicy Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a queued tasting note.

So, I started packing teaware last night which was, uh, eye opening. I have quite a bit of teaware; I mean even in Saskatoon I had a lot but in the last three (four?) months here in Regina I’d say I’ve arguably doubled the amount. Likely, I’ll have as many boxes for tea/teaware as I will for everything else that’s moving over to the new house.

Choosing what could be packed NOW and what I’ll be packing last minute was the hard part though: it’s only approx 1 1/2 weeks until I move but that’s basically saying “Yes, I definitely wont drink that/use that before then” and… Well…

I like options. Lots of options.

One thing I’m certainly NOT packing up just yet is my mason jar I use for cold brewing because, of course, I enjoy a daily cold brew. Though in the case of this tea enjoy might be a stretch. To put it simply, this was not what I remembered it to be. Not that it was bad it just was so much MORE flavourful and robust than I’d expected from it. To be honest, it was too robust at time. The orange just began tasting very cloying, and that detracted greatly from the experience.

It may go without saying, but promptly after finishing the cold brew my tin of this blend WAS put in a box…

VariaTEA

When I moved home from Montreal, so much of my teaware got packed up and it was impossible to go through all the boxes to find it so I ended up buying a lot of things new. Granted, I don’t have quite what you had and it basically gave me an excuse to go buy another Nordic mug and gravity steeper. My tea, on the other hand, didn’t even go in the moving truck. It traveled with me.

tigress_al

It’s so true that you don’t realize how much of something you have until you have to put it in a box…or several boxes!

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This is a queued tasting note.

Had this one cold shaken in a timolino…

According to Steepster I’ve only written one tasting note on this (prior to this one) and that’s definitely not true! I have very clear memories of drinking this at least three times. Damn. I wish Steepster wouldn’t eat tasting notes; it’s frustrating when you go back to a tea’s page to see how you’ve past tried a tea or what you’ve observed before. I picked this as the fourth tea in my most recent order because I’d tried it before and knew I’d liked it a lot back then – now I can’t read my tasting notes to see what particularly I’d noted!

Anyway, this was pretty good cold shaken in water. I know what I’ve tried previously, years ago, was Distinctive level flavouring but this order I only got delicate level of flavouring because my tastes have changed enough that I don’t need such a strong level of flavour to enjoy the matcha. It was grassy and floral with a secondary sweet candy flavour that kicked in after the initial sip.

Very “Bazooka Joe”. The gum of my childhood.

rosebudmelissa

I don’t think I’ve had Bazooka Bubblegum in years, it was definitely the gum of my childhood, too.

Fjellrev

Awesome that you pinpointed it as Bazooka Joe. I always wondered exactly what kind of bubble gum this would be like.

TheKesser

Bubble gum matcha?!?! OMG. I just went to their website. Are they located in the US?

Roswell Strange

They are indeed in the US

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This is a queued tasting note!

Much thanks to Christina who very kindly ordered me 50g of this during Black Friday since I didn’t want to place an order for a single tea! Tea friends are the best friends! And, if I ever ordered from somewhere you’d like to get some stuff from please let me know because I’d be happy to return the favor!

After getting this in the mail, I decided I needed it immediately. However, it was quite late in the day so I cold brewed it for early in the morning so as not to give myself a bad caffeine buzz before bed. This was pretty tasty; not a carbon copy of what I remember but still very good.

The big difference is that I remember this having potent sweet potato notes. The cold brew didn’t have that flavour so much, but it did have a very lovely dark chocolate taste in conjunction with malt and stonefruit notes. Also, I did taste a kind of vegetal note: though not in the same way I’d use that term with, say, a green tea like a Sencha. More so, this reminded me loosely of carrot juice. In a good way.

I’m hoping a hot cup will bring out more of the sweet potato flavour I remember, but I’m not in any way disappointed by the flavour I got here.

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Sipdown (130)!

So, I’ve had a busy week because… I’m moving!

Not to a new city or anything crazy; just across the city and out of my parent’s house (again). I’ll be living with two of my closest coworkers, which I think is a pretty awesome arrangement. Honestly, I’m really looking forward to it! The downside, of course, is packing. In between working full time I’ve barely been able to focus on packing: I’ve set a mini goal of doing a box a day of packing though and since I don’t start moving until February 1st I think that’ll give me enough time to have everything boxed up. However, because my attention has been elsewhere I’ve gone and built up a queue of backlogged tasting notes: I was so proud of myself for staying on top of them! That sure didn’t last long though.

Right at the top of the queue is this tea, which I finished off mid week last week Gong Fu in a glass gaiwan. I really wanted to get to look at the leaf while it was infusing because it’s so pretty. The tea was good too; very light body overall but with yummy lemon, malt, and butter notes.

This was also the gong fu session where I’d ordered crepes from a local specialty shop. I was trying to put my new food pairing knowledge to practice so I got a lemon meringue crepe which I thought would compliment the sweet, confectionery and lemon notes of the tea. However, the crepe place just floured my crepe with lemon curd and it was so strong that, while the flavours suited each other, the flavour of the crepe drowned out the delicate profile of the tea. Thankfully I’d gotten in a good four or five infusions before the crepes arrived and put a bit of an end to the session.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (131)!

I stopped by DAVIDsTEA last night after work and bought 50g of Juicy Orange and Buchu Superfruit, which means that I need to clear out some tin space for those two teas. That’s actually not all that hard for me to do though, ‘cause I’ve got two DT sipdowns I’ve been putting off for a while – which include this tea.

This cold brew is lovely! It’s sweet, juicy, and just a little tart strawberries accented by a lovely confectionery-type coconut note. There’s a light pineapple taste in the finish that can be picked up once the strawberry dies down a little. Overall, it’s a really nice cold brew – though perhaps inappropriate for the weather – it’s finally starting to get as cold as it normally is this time of year. I’m still really happy I stocked up on this one in the summer! If it reappears this year doubtful but possible I’m sure I’ll grab more.

Evol Ving Ness

I really like this one as well. Here, it is often around in the DT shops as well as online as a pre-packaged iced tea envelope in the sale bins. I don’t know how fresh those envelopes are, but still. Just a thought.

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Cold Brew!

I’m regretting not buying more of this in that East Indies group order because even though I’m drinking this pretty infrequently I’m making really large quantities when I do have it, so the leaf is getting used up quite quickly overall. Plus, the tea from that order tastes a lot fresher than what I was buying specifically from Della Terra. Yummy sugary cake with a sweet fruit glaze! Om nom nom.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cake, Caramel, Cherry, Molasses, Pineapple, Sweet

Marzipan

Maybe we will do another soon.

TeaNTees

I feel they’ve held up really well too! I have enjoyed each that I had received and, like you, wish that I had bought more! Ha Ha. :)

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A few days ago I drank the exact same Arnold Palmer drink from this note…

http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/318778#comments

Only difference is this time I really didn’t enjoy it. Just making a note here for myself for future reference. DO NOT BUY IT AGAIN!

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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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