3847 Tasting Notes

Finally followed through with what I’ve been telling myself to do for months now…

I drank this as a hot cup of tea! From a teacup, and first thing in the morning because that seemed like the perfect way to do so. Earl Grey in the morning is one of those things that you really can’t beat because it just feels so right. Like starting the morning off with English or Irish Breakfast: you know it’s gonna be a good day.

The tea was so much better hot than it is cold: the bergamot seemed less dull/flat and had a more enticing and enchanting citrus quality that kind of just wrapped itself around you and dragged you in very close. It built up slowly as a mild flavour note until it was all you could think about in the sip: good, fresh bergamot! Mmm! The tea also had creamy qualities to it, more so when it was very hot as opposed to when it had cooled down. The finish was just a little floral; a bit of a mix between jasmine and lavender like notes.

And all the while as I enjoyed this cup, I was working on a very special project that has to do with VariaTea that will most definitely require your address (because I’m not totally sure if the one I have currently is accurate anymore; it’s been such a long time). It may or may not have something to do with a comment you made in the last few days. Can’t send it off until I get paid because I’m a broke, broke person; but I’m excited!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqKZ_WIK5ms&list=WL&index=9

Actually only found this cover a few days ago; but I already ADORE it. It’s just as enchanting and captivating as the tea was. There’s something ethereal about both.

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Sipdown (134)!

Finished this one off last night; it was going to be my before bed cuppa as I way to cap off the night but then Trey and I got a text (at 11PM, mind you) basically begging us to come out and celebrate our friend James’ girlfriend’s birthday with the two of them yeah, the same James and the same girlfriend from the night of Trey’s birthday where they got in a fight and broke up: they are now back together. Siri is a wonderful person, but that late at night with no notice did not make for two eager to leave the house people…

But we did; we ended up meeting up with them at a Sport’s bar (definitely not somewhere you would ever see me going by choice) for a couple drinks and some food and I actually wound up meeting Siri’s mom as part of the night. Her mother is a MMA fighter so we got to hear quite a few really interesting stories that made up for being dragged out so late at night/with such little notice.

So instead of a ‘bedtime’ cup of tea this was more a “hurry up and get your ass into something other than underwear and a tank top” type of tea. But just ‘cause I was rushing to get ready doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the tea. First few baby sips were quite smoky and a little harsh so I mellowed this out with some milk, and that definitely improved the brew. In addition to top notes of smoke, there were wood/charcoal type notes and then a very nice deep, in the background sweetness. Thick, sultry vanilla and caramelized sugar notes, bourbon, and molasses. It’s a very full bodied and in your face flavour (even with added milk to temper things) that commands attention. That said, it’s kind of sultry and seductive so even with such a powerful presence their almost a coyness to how the flavours play with your palate.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2LQdh42neg&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=68

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
3847 tasting notes

This is a queued tasting note.

So, for those in Canada I think most people are probably familiar with the exhibition? Basically, the fair/carnival that travels across the country every summer? In Regina it’s called the Queen City Ex; not sure what names it goes by in other cities. Well, for the first time in three or four years I actually went: my little sister wanted to go and I offered to take her so we could spend more time together.

God; I had forgotten just how crazy expensive everything is! It was still a really fun night of sisterly bonding, though. We rode a whole bunch of rides, had some tasty fair food (best part was absolutely the deep fried oreos), played a handful of midway games, watched part of one of the shows, and brought home a couple souvenirs as well. So essentially, we had the full blown experience.

Since I wanted to enjoy the more unique fair foods and not shell out the ridiculous amount of money that’s charged for the beverages I brought along tea for myself. Filled up a 1.5 litre container with the cold brew and basically just chugged whenever I was thirsty. It was a great plan because it was very hydrating and the taste was wonderful. Sweet strawberry and orange with licorice/bubblegum undertones. Much better than paying $6 for a lemonade or large coke.

Evol Ving Ness

Here it is called the Ex, i.e.. the Canadian National Exhibition or the CNE.

And $6 for a large drink? Yikes. It’s been a while.

Mookit

Haha, Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver! We call it the PNE. :)

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So, I’ve only ever seen this company/iced tea sold at ONE Seven Eleven in my city and it was purely by chance that I found it. However, it was really REALLY fucking good. The pear flavour was very clear and natural tasting, and it paired very nicely with the black tea base. The whole drink came off as very authentic tasting, and something I would happily drink again or even regularly stock for my super lazy days when I don’t want to pack a proper lunch for work.

Only downside? It’s really not all that readily available to me…

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Pear, Sweet

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Commute to work tea on a beautiful, drizzly morning where the smell of petrichor still hung in the air. Those silent mornings with just the pitter patter of the rain are my favourite mornings. I always make sure I’m out of the house earlier than I have to be so that I can stand at the bus stop with my tea and take it all in…

Flavour wise, this was a bit more mellow of an apple flavour than it usually is. More emphasis was clearly on the vanilla and buttery, almost “pastry” like elements of the blend. Like an apple strudel. However, you still had the dank, wet and earthy flavour of the guayusa that so strongly resonates with this kind of wet weather. Beautiful; art in a teacup. Or, in this case, a travel mug.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Cti12XBw4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=236

Listened to with the volume really low though; so as not to overshadow the sound of the rain and birds softly chirping to one another.

VariaTEA

That sounds amazing :)

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Cold Brew Sipdown (135)!

Really, really lovely cold brew! The apricot was the prominent flavour and it presented as a very vibrant, rich and juicy pop of fruit flavour with undertones of other stonefruits like nectarine. In the background, the sweet almond notes gave off that kind of marzipan/cherry flavour in addition to the perfect amount of nuttyness. It made for a very interesting and robust drinking experience that kept you captivated and enchanted with the flavour profile from first sip to last.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9blSYZrT8lo&index=313&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

VariaTEA

You are good at this song pairing thing. When you do tea swaps you should send CDs with a song for each tea :P

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This is a queued tasting note.

Well, I know I’m SUPER late to jump on this train, but the roomies and I have started watching Legend of Korra together. I watched and loved Avatar: The Last Airbender so I’m not really sure why I never got into this one while it was airing. Bottom line, though, is that I’m hella hooked. The most frustrating part is that we’ve made a rule where none of us can watch without the other…

Well, because of that we’re only 1/2 way through the first season. And the need to binge is SO REAL. Seriously, I just want to finish the fucking season! Alas, it’s hard to find nights where all three of our schedules mesh up enough to do more than one episode. So far, my favourite character is Bolin. And Pabu. I want my own Pabu, badly.

This is the tea I was drinking when we first started watching: it’s so rich and sweet. Sometimes I find that to be an amazing quality because it’s so dominantly pineapple flavoured and that’s a taste that I just adore. However, when my brew comes out very strong I often get another equally intense flavour and that’s honey. While honey is delicious and an often appreciated flavour note in tea I just find it a little bit cloying at this level of sweetness. Like someone is ladelling it straight into my mouth.

In the end, I wound up cutting the cold brew with water to thin the flavour out a bit. That wound up resolving some of the cloying sweetness and making for a better blend overall.

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Sipdown (136)!

Welp; it’s been nice while it lasted! Hopefully this one will return again, as it’s really enjoyable both hot and cold and makes a killer latte. Perfect as a summer flavour, but good all year round too. Are you picking up on the ‘hints’ I’m throwing out there DT? Good root beer teas are hard to come by…

VariaTEA

This one should become a perma fixture. It is loved by so many. Well this and Cardamom French Toast for Sil :P

Sil

I love this one tooooooo!

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Tasting Note for Tutti Frutti’s Lemonade Ice Tea Sorbet…

Interestingly, this flavour isn’t listed on Tutti Frutti’s website – but I definitely had it in stores a few weeks back for my sister’s birthday. Paired it with marachino cherries and kiwi boba. It was sweet and tart, and very refreshing. The flavour of the sorbet itself was on point, for sure. Would totally eat it again…

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drank Supreme Pekoe by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a queued tasting note.

DAVIDsTEA really does love the word ‘supreme’ don’t they? Oolong Supreme, Supreme Pekoe… Ok, maybe just those two. It seemed like more when I was first thinking about it.

Normally I’m not a huge fan of Ceylon teas – but credit where credit is due, the use of the word “graham” in the description for this REALLY pulled me in and made me curious. Also, I wanted to support the fact that DAVIDsTEA included the specific region in Sri Lanka that this tea is from (Sabaragamuwa, for those curious). It’s a personal pet peeve of mine that companies usually differentiate the growing regions of teas from other countries (China and India for example) but not Sri Lankan/Ceylonese teas. Understandably, they gave this an easier name to say than Sabaragamuwa. That IS a mouthfull, after all. The information was there, though! So, props.

Sales associate suggested adding milk and honey to this if I really wanted to emphasize the graham notes. Normally, I add neither to my tea. However, I like this sales associate a lot (she’s not one of three who work at my DT that I actually know outside of work, just a good associate) and I did pick this one up because of the graham comparison so I gave it a shot though. While I definitely feel the strong need to try it in it’s “pure” form as well, suffice to say I was happy with my milk and honey version to.

And the reason for that? It really, REALLY tasted strongly of graham crackers. Maybe more that any other tea I’ve ever had, with the exception of the ones which had actual graham crackers mixed into them (I’m looking at you, S’mores blends from various companies)? In addition to that wonderful and prominent flavour, it was also really creamy and malty with nice underlying cocoa notes. And now that I’ve made the comparison already; it did remind me a little of S’mores. If DAVIDsTEA ever wanted to tackle that flavour (perhaps in a future summer collection), then this is DEFINITELY the base tea I would recommend using.

Yum yum.

Song Pairing for the tea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDydiE52sn4&index=234&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&shuffle=2009

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Hello;

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

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Regina, SK, Canada

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