4457 Tasting Notes

So, I know I drank this whisked into cold matcha milk because I wrote it down, but I don’t remember literally anything else about drinking it…

I think I liked it? Normally I note otherwise if I didn’t. I don’t see why I wouldn’t have; I enjoyed it as a hot matcha latte and cold wouldn’t have been much different.

EDIT: Coconut Milk…

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drank Pom Diggety by DAVIDsTEA
4457 tasting notes

Sipdown (209)!

Well, after what feels like fucking forever I’ve finally managed to finish off the last of this tea! I hate how much of a rollercoaster it was, because the few REALLY good cups I enjoyed definitely made me want to push through it even if the majority of these cups were pretty bad.

This last brew, iced, wasn’t terrible but it definitely had a lot of that cloying, stevia sweetness that I found really awful in the majority of these cups. I mean, also some fresh and hydrating pomegranate notes but tons of stevia overall. It’s the pom notes in this tea that I really like – thankfully since first trying and buying this tea I’ve found one that’s part of our core collection that delivers on that which I like better: Green Seduction! So, that’s a pretty good compromise, I think. Yummy pom, not stevia/blackberry leaf overload.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCXsRoyFRQE&index=11&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (210)!

In a way, I’ve been ready for this sipdown for a while. For months I’ve been sitting on what I’ve known was going to be my last cup of this – but I didn’t have anything to fill the tin with because all my tins are colour coded by tea type, and I haven’t ordered a mate or guayusa blend in a LONG time. However, I decided to treat myself to some Kusmi teas on Friday for payday and one of them was a mate blend and so now that there’s something on the way that can go into this tin it was time to say goodbye…

Even if I’ve been prepared for this sipdown for a while, every Butiki sipdown definitely still hurts. This tastes really good though; like freshly sliced apples with cinnamon sugar! It’s got a nice damp, foresty/rainforest note from the guayusa too. Very natural, realistic and with the perfect amount of sweetness. You know, not unlike pretty well all of Stacy’s masterful blends. I highly debated sharing this with coworkers today, but in the end I decided to be selfish and keep this last brew all to myself.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxjFUja2Arg

That bearded fellow killing the drums is my coworker Tanner! It’s so cool hearing great music coming from people I know – and really surreal seeing music videos and such produced at my local bars. I hope they nail the tour they’re about to go on.


What Kusmi teas did you get?!

Roswell Strange

Euphoria and Algothe :)

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No, I haven’t forgotten about Project Tea Wall – I just don’t have a lot of teas left to drink for it. I realized it had been a LONG time since I crossed something off the small list though, so I tried this today as a latte! I also added a little honey, because breakfast blends are typically drank with milk and sweetener and my sweetener of choice is honey.

I’ve started doing a new thing when I make latters with honey, and that’s that I’ll add the honey to the milk as I steam it/froth it rather than to the tea as it steeps. I don’t know why, but it seems to make a difference to me as far as the finished product goes. Smoother, I guess?

This was pretty tasty; I’d say apart from the honey flavour itself and overall creaminess of the milk used this had solid notes of malt, raisin, and dates and a bit of a light floral undertone. I’d imagine as a straight tea this would be rather full bodied and brisk; as a latte it was smooth but still rich. I enjoyed it a lot, though I think Irish Breakfast is still my overall favourite breakfast blend that we carry.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Sipdown (211)!

So this is from the GCTTB, but the fifth round. So, I’ve had it for a while now and it’s a little old. There are so many times I’ve gone to drink it but then been enticed by newer things or fancier things, or just stuff that’s a little more convenient. I figured enough was enough, it was time to drink it.

I made this one as an iced tea today, nothing added. It was my first tea of the day, and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. I scribbled notes on my cup in sharpie as I drank it, because I got a lot of nuanced and layered flavour from this one and I knew I’d want to be able to note that properly. So my cup scribbles:

- Light roast, some peanut like notes in there along with that
- Honey top notes and finish but not body
- Body is more fresh cut grass
- Fruity undertones; nectarine, quince, fresh apple

Admittedly, I wish I’d gong fu brewed this BUT it was still really enjoyable for how I did end up steeping it!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeBrnuQxEsQ&index=5&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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Sipdown (212)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I drank this one on the way home from work today as a latte; when I smelled it I thought that the flavours really seemed like they’d be suited well for that style, and the sample size VariaTEA sent me was the perfect amount to brew it as such.

I definitely enjoyed this one, though there were a couple aspect that I was either neutral towards or that didn’t completely work for me. What did work for sure was the overall creaminess; both the milk, marshmallows and silky chocolate all contributed to create a really smooth, velvety mouthfeel and flavour that was very rich and indulgent. I also liked that the chocolate wasn’t terribly in your face; had it been much stronger I think it would have felt over bearing and could have hidden the cherry notes.

The cherry is sort of the area that was a little amiss to me; not bad – just not totally what I’d expected or wanted. It was very candy like, and I think something sweet but more natural would have worked better. As it stands, this was pretty artificial. Not the worst though; it could have gone the sour/tart or medicinal routes and that would have been even more calamitous.

So overall, a nice smooth medium bodied tea with flavours well suited for a latte.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWDWfx-Pl0U&list=PL87NPs59pOxOKvHww24aW9bIW-xUMuk85&index=3

I actually just listened to the whole, self titled, EP by this band on the way home. It was my first listen through but I was REALLY impressed. It’s very emotional music, but at the same time incredibly peaceful and calming. I felt very lost in it all – to the point where I nearly missed my bus stop because I was too focused on the music.

And let me just say, I’m SO thrilled that I love this because the entire band is from Regina, where I live, and not only that but I have a personal connection to one of the members, Tanner. He does the drums and some of the vocals. I know him from DAVIDsTEA because he actually works there with me! I knew my coworkers had gone on about how killer his band is, but I sort of always kind of thought “Oh, I’m sure they’re not bad but they’ve gotta just be kind of biased because we all know him so well, and love him” but no, they’re really good.

They have one more EP, so about to go listen to that right away…

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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So, I’ve tried Frank’s take on this tea before – but this was my first tasting of Anne’s version. I had to skim my old tasting notes to remember what I thought of the former blend, but it looks like it came off as vaguely rootbeerish to me with buttery and cream soda like elements too.

This time around, I thought that this was much more strongly and passably a “root beer” flavour. If anything, maybe a root beer float because there was creamyness to it but more so a vanilla like creaminess that made me think of vanilla ice cream rather than butter or cream soda. The only other thing I observed that was really of note was that the finish had a subtle roastyness to it from the chicory in the blend. Overall and ultimately, I thought this was very smooth and enjoyable.

Now, does it taste like what I imagine butterbeer should taste like? No, not really. I’ve always kind of thought of butterbeer as a butterscotch/cream soda kind of hybrid, or maybe like a buttered rum? But regardless, it’s a fun blend and it makes the fandom part of me quite happy.

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Sipdown (209)!

Well, it only took me just over a month but I finally finished off the case of this that I purchased in January. Still definitely not my favourite ginger ale ‘flavour’ but by the end of the case I was enjoying them a fair bit. I’d call this one an acquired taste overall.

Also, it helps if you haven’t had straight ginger ale in a while because then you can sort of mentally ‘blur’ the taste of the green tea and ginger ale so it’s much less distinct and unpleasant…

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Happy Valentine’s Day Steepster!

Anyone have any big/special plans? Personally, I work this evening at DT so nothing related to the holiday for me not that I’m seeing anyone right now anyway but I did do something for me today! I shaved my hair, which had regrown to about inches long since I last shaved everything completely off, into a mohawk! It’s been since highschool since I last rocked a mohawk, and let me just say that having one now feels good. Plus, for my first time shaving a mohawk all by myself I think I fucking nailed it.


Also, Wasabi posed with me!

Apart from that, I’m just enjoying drinking good tea and listening to some killed music while I have the apartment all to myself. Oh – also I put together little Valentine’s cards for my DAVIDsTEA coworkers with a personalized tea sample for each of them depending on their tastes. That’s why I’m drinking this tea; I measured out a cup for my friend Kandyce who likes flavoured tea, specifically things that are either fruity or just kind of weird. I think this ticks off both criteria?

And then as I was measuring her tea, I of course had to make myself a cup too. I was surprised by this; 52Teas does flavoured genmaicha well but usually the additional flavour is pretty subtle. In the case of this tea, I thought the mango was REALLY strong/bold and prominent. That’s not to say I didn’t like it; in fact I found it to be super realistic, natural, and both ripe and juicy tasting. It was very good, but covered a lot of the roastiness from the genmaicha. The latter was there though; it was like you were hit with a wave of intense, rich mango and then as that faded/the initial impact wore off there was smooth, subtle roastyness and sweet coconut notes. Ultimately I would have liked a touch more roastyness/“sticky rice” flavour but it’s hard to criticize too much because even if that aspect wasn’t completely nailed in my opinion it did still taste amazing.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqCsg4U3iqQ&index=8&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

I listened to a lot of Parov Stelar while drinking this; I’ve been on a HUGE electro swing/nu jazz kick lately and Parov Stelar is like the best of the best. This was the song I got most into though while I was drinking this. The volume was on max, and there was some serious dancing taking place.

Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Pine, Roasted, Toasted Rice, Tropical, Vegetal

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Cold Brew!

This was my last tea of the night yesterday; I called it an early night since I was really over tired already and then on top of that I added like four shots of whipped cream vodka into my 25 oz. brew of this and that made me tipsy enough to be even sleepier.

The choice of whipped cream vodka mixed with this tea was inspired though; it really made the caramel notes in the blends so much richer and creamier and overall just made for a very sweet, silky brew. Whipped cream vodka is dangerous though because it makes whatever you mix with it so smooth. I finished my mix of tea/alcohol in like half an hour because it tasted so heavenly, and only afterwards realized it was the equivalent of doing four vodka shots in half an hour.


Ali Bee's Bake Shop

Hmm… I’ve never thought about mixing my tea with alcohol. I’ll have to look that up. I do have this tea and it’s fabulous. Maybe I need to pick up some whipped cream vodka….. like my 2 vices into one ;)

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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.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

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 Goal for The New Year (2017) is to make time for at least one long, proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for…

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additive. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, overly vegetal or marine, 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 or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot

If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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