1976 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (118)!

I’ve got a little bit of backlog to get through that’s built up over the last few days but thankfully not a lot, so since it’s my day off today and tomorrow in between catching up on TV I’m gonna aim to clear my queue.

This one I actually “stole” out of the 50g bag that I bought for VariaTEA a week or two ago; it’s a blend we had both enjoyed and last time I picked up 50g of it I split that between the two of us. Even though I liked it, when I ran out I decided I didn’t need to restock – presumably she has now run out or is low, and she does want to restock. For me, that meant I could take advantage of a more rare chance to nab a very small amount, since Tea Desire doesn’t do sample sizes or anything (the smallest size you can get is 50g).

I remembered this is really good cold brewed so that’s what I used the tbsp. I stole for – I can always order this hot from the store To Go but I can’t get a cold brew from them. And it was delightful like I had remembered; very sweet and indulgent and fun with very defined walnut notes complimented with sorta maple and chocolate flavours. Some kind of chocolate dipped nut dessert is what was brought to my mind. As for the sandalwood – a flavour I’m not a fan of – I didn’t notice it at all.

So, this was a fun “throwback”, if you will! And don’t worry VariaTEA – I’m compiling tea for you right now, and it’ll make its way to you shortly! :)


That sounds yummy.

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Made in my timolino for work today, but I’m drinking it at home instead.

The water I steeped this in earlier today was definitely a little bit too cool, but I was running late and didn’t have time to fiddle with it so I just went with the temperature it was at. So, because of that, this isn’t as good as it could have been, though it’s still pretty nice. It’s very “Pecan Pie” tonight – rich, sweet and slightly “dry” pecans are the most distinct flavour and then a caramel/maple sweetness followed up with oak and sort of buttery “pie crust” notes. Mmm!

DAVIDsTEA take notes; this is a flavourful, natural, and realistic maple flavour! Not whatever foul thing you did with Maple Sugar for the Fall Collection.

Also; starting tomorrow the city has the transit system on lockout while they renegotiate the bus driver contracts (or something to that affect). The drivers are asking for more than what they’re currently getting – and the city doesn’t want to give it to them, so until they reach and agreement/understanding there wont be any bus service in the whole city. People are pissed. I mean, so me it’s a mild nuisance/annoyance because I live reasonably close to anything I need access to but at least three of our store employees rely very heavily on the bus to get to work and get home.

Plus all the people who don’t work for us, of course. Some people cannot afford to drive/taxi to work (or, like me, don’t even know how to drive) and are not within reasonable walking distance to wherever they work. Plus, all the university students are fuming because, unless they live out of town, they all have to pay a mandatory fee for a yearly “UPass” (basically an “unlimited” bus card) that now does them no good at all. And then, several students have no way to classes now. It’s a fucked up situation.

Hopefully the lockout ends quickly. Supposedly last time this happened it took nine weeks for things to be resolved…


The bus drivers went on strike Summer 2001 here in Vancouver. The whole summer. I got a cheap bike and rode it everywhere. Man, I got fit. (But a strike is different from a lockout.)


That sucks. Transit strikes are ROUGH. I agree that a lockout is different, but the impact on most people’s daily lives is the same. Although I’m a whole lot less sympathetic to a lockout than a strike. Especially when it’s being done by the government. That’s just bonkers. In what universe is that serving the public?

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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
1976 tasting notes

Just got home from work, and I’m trying to catch up on reading everyone else’s tasting notes from throughout the day – done most of them now. Unfortunately Steepster is being a little problematic for me and, for about half of people’s notes, when I go to “like” them the site crashes. And the ones I can click on, I’m not even sure if the likes are sticking or not.

I’m trying, guys!

Anyway; I made this cold brewed for work because I was following the sort of idea that since DT’s Oh Canada was fairly outstanding this, being similar, likely would be as well. And, it was a good hypothesis proved to be fairly accurate – though I think hot still is a little better. It’s more “gooey” and rich. This was nice though; it was a very sweet treat with deep caramel and butter notes and then a very pronounced hazelnut flavor that sorta ran under that for the whole sip and then lingered a little longer than the caramel in the aftertaste. Layeredis how I’d describe it, I think.

One sorta downside; I usually find the rooibos to be well hidden in the hot cup but it was pretty noticable (in a woody way) in this cold brew. I don’t mind the taste of rooibos, but this would totally be a negative for some people.

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Last tea of the night.

Made this one when I got home from work simply because I was craving a good, White tea. I’m so tired now though – I’m almost literally fighting to stay awake to write this note. So since I’ve done a more detailed description of this before I’ll just use jot notes and keep things short/simple:

- Strong Aroma of Anise/Licorice
- Very “dewy” in flavour (“fresh”)
- Bold anise/licorice notes softened by ripe pear juices
- Milder Cream/Hay notes
- I slightly oversteeped so there’s a very faint bitter edge

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
1976 tasting notes

Sipdown (107)!

Wow – look at those numbers drop! Go me!

Made this one in my timolino for work. Was semi dreading it, but was very excited about finishing it off. In reality, this was the best cup I’ve been able to produce. For once, that super weird and inharmonious apple/oatmeal taste was dramatically toned down and that really improved the cup. Even still, it wasn’t awesome though – the maple still came across as very “try hard” and artificial.

C’mon DAVIDsTEA – you’re a Canadian company; you should know how to do maple correctly. Ugh. So disappointed.

Sami Kelsh

My Canuckian heart is slightly saddened by this. Oh DAVIDsTEA, I remember you well. I hope they reformulate it better!


Just got back from a trip to Canada…brought back some delicious maple syrup… so this post made me laugh hysterically!:P

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Sipdown (108)!

Finished this one off as a cold brew. Now I need to make a trip to McQuarrie’s because I no longer have any McQuarrie’s teas in my cupboard and that’s a disservice to my local loose leaf store.

This cold brew was decent; very strong on the rooibos, but not in a medicinal way. Instead, it leaned heavily on the wood chip side of things. And then, there was the buttery taste that I’m coming to associate with more “low grade” rooibos blends. But other than that, there was some nice gentle floral notes and a strong fruity flavour! So it wasn’t a bad way to see this one finished off.

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Sipdown (109)!

I need to restock this. Need to.

But anyway; I wanted to use this last bit up in an unconventional and memorable way so last night I steeped the last of the leaf into a small, concentrated batch and made it into Simple Syrup, which I then used this morning to make into a Tea Pop to drink while getting ready for work.

I have to say; drinking this one as a tea pop was a really drastically different experience. I almost couldn’t tell this was even the same tea – though it was still really good. It had a spun sugar/cotton candy like flavour to it – you know, sweet burnt/caramelized sugar. and then vanilla. If it weren’t for the sweet, fruity grenadine at the back of the sip this would pretty well be unrecognizable.

So summary; very candy like in the sugary sweetness – more so than a Monk’s Blend usually has with the grenadine aspect.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cotton Candy, Grenadine, Malt, Sugar, Vanilla


I love this tea!!!

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Was craving something cold, so alongside my hot cup of Bravissimo I also made this one into a cool, tea soda. I actually made the syrups for two tea sodas – but I’m saving the other to be used tomorrow, probably while I’m getting ready for work because the prep will be super easy.

This one totally lends itself to a soda format; though fruit flavours tend to fit that format really easily. This tastes very sugary and sweet with bright punch-y notes of passion fruit flesh, and apple pomace. I know it’s the apple pomace I’m tasting too because after having DT’s Sweet Apple Cider blend so recently (which also has a lot of apple pomace) I can very easily draw comparison. It’s almost candy like in the level of sweetness but retains a still somewhat natural passionfruit flavour. Any tartness there normally would be is also taken care of by all the extra sugar used in the simple syrup recipe to make the soda flavouring.

This is fun! I’d serve this to someone, without a doubt. And, I may make it for myself again. Probably the best “conventional” fruit based tea soda I’ve made thus far, though I’ve yet to really make a bad one…

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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
1976 tasting notes

Two late night herbal teas; this one and Pink Passionfruit. I wanted tea, but it’s stupid late right now so caffeine free was the only way to go.

I’m giving a bunch of this one to my friend Robyn, so my tin is really really sparse right now. That’s ok though; I’m ready to sip this down, even though it’s such a phenomenal sick tea. This cup was very chamomile and licorice root heavy with some peppermint faintly present. It was sweet and smooth, and now I’m sleepy.

This one just has such a relaxing effect.

Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint

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Sipdown (110)!

Well, it took me a little while to finish off this sample from Sil but I definitely enjoyed it. Today it happened to be in a timolino; I think I would have enjoyed it better with a little milk but there’s no milk in the house, so…

But yeah; this wasn’t really an exceptional tasting black tea – the coolest part was totally the “flowering” aspect and even that is a little dull. But still. Not bad.

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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