3981 Tasting Notes


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Cold brewed this time around. I definitely like this one hot better, but there’s something nice to the cold brew as well if you can strain it before it gets too potent. Let it go on steeping too long and it becomes a little like a hellish potpourri. This brew was lovely and very tropical. So, essentially, very strong pineapple and coconut notes. Still had great supporting floral notes though.

For this to come out especially tropical in taste is just a bit off beat from what it usually is, so what better song to match it with that something equally off beat with the same “floral” tie ins.


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Finished this one off in a larger Western teapot without any milk this time. I definitely think the sweet, nutty notes are a lot more prominent when you drink this without additives. Sadly, one pro to the milk was that it cut the oilyness of the mouthfeel a bit and without it I think that aspect of the tea/mouthfeel is much more present.

I never intended to have this one around long term; I just wanted to revisit it because I was craving the banana and liked having an alternative late night tisane on hand briefly. So for a blend I was just revisiting I think it was pleasant overall. Definitely not regrettable.

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I wish I had taken jot notes during this Gong Fu session but we were also playing a big family game of Monopoly so multi tasking by playing and steeping was enough of a challenge without throwing in note taking. I lost the monopoly game, badly, by the way.

I think I got around ten infusions from the last of this leaf – wasn’t counting but I know it was a pretty lengthy session (by my standards) so it would have been roughly around there. Overall, I liked this one Gong Fu quite a bit. I don’t know that this prep style totally fits in with the way this tea has been marketed and that overall aesthetic feel. I mean, a tea inspired by Ventura Highway seems to be quite distanced from more traditional Chinese brewing methods. But the flavours worked and that’s the most important part, in my opinion.

Overall flavour notes throughout the session were sweet lemon curd/pie filling, sweet grassy notes, vegetal snap peas, crisp fresh air, and floral notes of orchid and lily. The lemon was the strongest note apart from the overall grassy/vegetal base note combo that was lightly present in each infusion. The lemon was stronger and more vibrant but didn’t have the same overall, stretched out presence those notes did because the lemon was a top note that faded into other notes. I think that sort of crisp, clean air sort of note contributed to a very clean, well rounded flavour profile overall and it strongly reminded me of both Spring time air with fresh grass, dew and blooming flowers but also pure ‘mountain’ type air. REALLY refreshing on the whole. Floral notes emerged later into the session, and more so in the finish than anywhere else. They were a nice touch.

I think this is something I could very well be tempted to order again if I were placing an August Uncommon order anyway and it was still available – but also I don’t know that it’s something I’d seek out were I not ordering already anyway. Still – very happy with each experience I had with this one.



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This made for a really nice breakfast tea the day after Thanksgiving when the whole family was kind of still in food coma mode. The ginger in the tea was particularly appreciated what with all our fat, bloated Turkey (or in my case Tofurky) tummies. I could have gone for just a touch more grapefruit though; I felt that flavour note was the tiniest bit lost compared to my first mug of this.

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Going back to Thanksgiving…

This is one of the teas that I brought over to my mom’s to drink during Thanksgiving weekend. It’s actually kind of funny I chose this one because one of the other things I got to enjoy that weekend was a Banana Nut Bread craft beer that she had bought ’cause she thought the flavour combination would appeal to me.

So first I enjoyed a larger Nordic mug of this with a lot of milk – the addition of the milk really brought out the creaminess of the banana in the blend and then some of the underlying sweetness of the raisins. Also retained that sort of ‘cakey’ feel this one has that I think it meant to be the ‘bread’ aspect of the blend. Downside to adding milk is that I definitely felt I lost some of the more prominent nutty notes.

Of course I followed up my Banana Nut Bread tea with a Banana Nut Bread beer. Not bad as far as flavoured beer goes – maybe a little dry? Personally I’m VERY partial to really dark beers such as Guinness and this was a little weird for me ’cause it was a more pale ale. I definitely got banana notes, but mostly I actually got the “nut” part of the profile. So, overall, it was a really cool juxtaposition going from two Banana Nut Bread flavoured drinks that showcased different elements of the confectionery treat.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Cti12XBw4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=321

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So, when this tea came out as part of the seasonal collection last(?) year I didn’t actually try it in loose form – just as the chocolate bar. I was very skeptical of it because I’m not a huge cardamom fan in general and I really disliked that it was presweetened. I very much tend to stay away from adding sweetener to my teas. But it was CRAZY popular and now it’s back as a permanent part of the collection so I figured I’d bite the bullet and try it. I actually redeemed one of my freebie teas for 50g because I figured if I didn’t like it I DEFINITELY would know people who would want it. Cough*SIL*Cough.

First impression…

Well, I didn’t hate it. I definitely think the spice notes and ratio were spot on. I was so worried this would be a terrifying amount of cardamom but I thought it was both clear and tasteful in its proportions. And then it was nicely softened by warming cinnamon notes as well. The sweetness was actually quite reasonable as well. The biggest issues I had overall were that I wanted a stronger, more custard-y/eggy “French Toast” note to strengthen that part of the flavour. I got some of what I was looking for, but not nearly as much as I was craving. And then I also found this had quite a long lasting astringent finish. NOT bitter, mind you – but just super drying.

However overall I actually did like it – and it’s a blend I’m more than willing to put in the effort with to find a prep method that really works for me.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE-3BFx2OE0&index=156&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ


i can understand wanting more french toast. i also ADORE cardamom!

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So, got this one as a latte maybe like two weeks ago? A little less than that, maybe?

I quite liked this in latte form – I found the different preparation style really pushed this blend to deliver flavour in a totally different way. It was thick, and creamy with sweet, decadent milk chocolate notes with a natural but ‘sugared’ tasting orange finish to contrast the chocolate notes. When I say sugared, I’m thinking like orange slices/segments with granulated sugar drizzled over. Still the natural fruit – but with that confectionery sweetness to boost the natural sweetness. Both of these lovely notes came together in way that reminded me of a creamier Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Really tasty; but the comparison made it feel oddly seasonal at the same time.

Not much contribution from the Pu’erh base – I think the strong added ingredients in combination with the milk drowned out any earthiness it may have added.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfTje59G-4I&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=4

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drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
3981 tasting notes

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Stole a cup of this from my mom’s stash over Thanksgiving because I wanted to revisit it. I drank it hot, which may not have been the best choice. It wasn’t bad – definitely delivered the grenadine notes that I feel are absolutely critical in a Shirley Temple and it had nice orange undertones. The hibby was also quite tart though and even the syrupy sweetness of the grenadine couldn’t totally save this one.

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This is growing on me as a ‘pacifying’ before bed sort of tea, but the flavour still is missing the mark. In fact, I found that I got even less rhubarb in this cup than the last. But holy shit did it knock me right out.

Pros and Cons…

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Thanks VariaTEA for the sample.

I didn’t look at the ingredients prior to trying this one so I kind of got to challenge my tasting abilities in that regard. The chocolate in this, for me, was really evident and I thought it presented itself in a smooth, straightforward way that was natural and not too cloying. I got creamy, custardy components as well which led me to believe that either this was milk chocolate or it incorporated vanilla, if not both. I think, maybe, the former is the case? The description of this one doesn’t do much in the way of elaboration.

Once I did look up the ingredients I was very surprised to see that I missed a key one: pineapple. Pineapple is one of my personal favourite flavors so the fact it completely passed by me was disappointing. I’m not sure whether to chock that up to a weak flavour in the blend or bad observational skills. But even if I had noticed it I have to say I’m not totally sure what place it would have had alongside the chocolate. I mean, far be it from me to say that pineapple isn’t part of the recipe for happiness ’cause man do I love me some pineapple. But pineapple and chocolate? It seems like a weird mash up.

Overall – just going by my blind impression I thought this was about average. Drinkable, but not exceptional or restock worthy. Knowing the ingredients? I’m more critical because I don’t think the flavour was properly balanced or clear. So I think overall this is maybe just a little less than acceptable/average?

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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.

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 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.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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