2725 Tasting Notes

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NO NO NO NO NO!

Made this hot in a timolino for work today; I thought I’d need the caffeine boost (I was right; it was painfully slow at work – bad weather and May long weekend = no one getting groceries) and this was the most convenient mate/guayusa blend to grab in the kitchen when I was rushed.

I thought this was bloody spicy when it was cold brewed, but it’s so much worse hot! I tasted nothing but chili pepper, and it was making me cough and my eyes water. I don’t do spicy things! The vast majority was dumped out – I fear the level of creativity that’s going to be needed to finish off the rest of this bag…

If anyone wants a sample (or all of the rest), let me know – I can probably afford to send out a few letter mail type samples to a few people or send it all off to one person right now (fuck money). You’ve been warned, though!

I bumped my rating down.

Today’s word of the day is/was… Precipice!

The definition is: “a very steep and high face of a rock or mountain : cliff”

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76

Prior to trying this blend, I’ve had exactly three cola flavoured teas: Cola Matcha from Red Leaf Tea, Cherry Cola & Cake from Della Terra Teas, and DAVIDsTEA’s Cherry Cola black tea. I remember that so specifically because all of them were super memorable experiences, and not for a good reason. In fact, DT’s Cherry Cola blend may actually be the worst black tea I’ve ever had. Cola just seems to be something that doesn’t apply well to tea, so I’m going into this tasting with extreme reservation and fairly low expectations.

I probably wouldn’t have purchased this one at all if it weren’t for the fact I got some in a group order, and therefore got to pick up a small size of it. It also helps it’s from Dammann Freres – I’ve yet to really find a “flop” from them, though there have been a few blends that just didn’t click because of personal taste. I have faith that if any company can pull off a cola tea they’re likely to be the ones to do it.

I’m cold brewing this – I just personally think that cola flavor kind of only works cold. I’ve had hot coke before (it was a dare) and it didn’t go over well. I have to say, the dry leaf of this smells pretty wonderful. It definitely conveys the smell of coke without any of the chemical/artificial qualities that I’ve experienced with every other coke tea. I don’t know how they do it! There’s even a whiff of vanilla to the smell as well!

I’ll come right out and say it; this is easily the best cola tea I’ve had. Simply put, it tastes like those shimmery silver cola ball candies that are basically pure sugar – though not as cloying as you’d imagine. There’s a really nice freshness to the tea and more natural notes as well like very mild citrus and possibly also pear. It’s ‘fancy’ cola ball candy! Definitely no sweetened needed with this one though; it’s just barely treading the line between natural sweet and ‘cavity’ sweet. I like that the base is also pretty strong, but not overly brisk. The fact it’s decaffeinated is a huge plus – as a generalization black tea is my favourite type and being limited with how much I can drink at night without the jitters is definitely a concern of mine; this will fit seamlessly into my evening routine.

I can totally see why this is marketed towards children as well; it’s something familiar flavor-wise, definitely sweet enough on its own, obviously healthier than actually giving a child a bottle of Coke, and what parent is going to complain about the lack of caffeine!?

My opinion on cola teas has been completely changed; and I’m already imagining interesting ways to try this one: tea soda, as a latte (because ‘floats’), and possibly even hot…

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72

Sipdown (119)!

Finally finishing off this forgotten sample from TheLastDodo which she sent up months ago. I’m drinking it hot while getting ready for work because I woke up a few hours early and had the time to do so!

Not going to lie; other than remembering I cold brewed this the first time around I couldn’t remember what I thought of it at all so I had to go back and read my tasting note for it. Turns out I didn’t really have much of an impression in the first place; I didn’t even initially score this!

However, as I’m sipping on it now I definitely think there are some very interesting, and nuanced things that I clearly missed when it was cold brewed! It’s like this tea has three ‘levels’ of flavour that hit you one after another. The first is very, very short – and it’s just like a punch in the mouth of of sweetness; definitely fruity goji and maybe the jujube too? That’s an ingredient I’m not too familiar with but based on what I’ve read the flavour is similar to what jujube is supposed to taste like. Of course, you can’t forge that there’s a lot of rock sugar in this too which adds to the sweetness.

Then you transition into the second ‘level’ of flavour – savory/herbaceous. It’s got the vegetal notes from the green tea base, and the strong flavor of chrysanthemum but also something very brothy too; it’s very, very borderline reminding me of cheddar and chives and potato. I love it; but it’s strange and I don’t know which of the ingredients is causing it. Then we fade to level three – sweetness again. This time the sweetness is more raisin and ginseng with a pinch of goji, and it’s the flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

It’s also my least favourite part of the tea; probably because of the raisin.

I’m very happy I tried this hot though; it’s so incredibly different from what I remember the cold brew tasting like, and very unique overall as well! I definitely don’t think I’d buy this for myself because there were certainly unappealing aspects but I’d be curious to try it hot again to see if the flavours I picked up were the same, and I feel like I learned a lot trying it.

Thanks again TheLastDodo!

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drank Kris Grey by ETTE TEA
2725 tasting notes

Sipdown (120)!

I started cold brewing this one last night, before I really knew that my cheek was infected and that that would affect my tea drinking tonight – though to be perfectly honest I wasn’t expecting great things from this cold brew anyway. The more I’ve thought about that initial first hot cup I had of this one the more I’ve realized it was pretty dissatisfying overall. And in general I just find cold brewed EG less tasty as well.

Turns out this one is breaking that trend though; even with ‘mouth impairments’ I thought that this was the smoothest tasting cold brewed EG I’ve had to date: the bergamot seemed to be at a more appropriate strength than it was brewed hot and I actually picked up on the vanilla notes I felt were lacking the first time around. It was silky, and had a rich, full flavour without sacrificing the flavour of the base in favor of a stronger bergamot flavour.

So, I’ve definitely changed my mind about this blend a few times now! Take that as you will – maybe it’s just not a super consistent brew? One thing is for sure – I still don’t think this is as sparkly as advertised; with the cold brew in particular the liquor ended up such a dark amber/brown that you really couldn’t pick up on the subtle sparklies at all.

C’est la vie.

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Sipdown of sorts…

Because of my sore/infected cheek from whatever it was that cut it I ended up sipping down all of the loose cloves from the box today. I know, back from when the dental issues were at their very worst last year, that cloves are great for not only cleaning out the mouth but numbing sores as well so I definitely relied heavily on them today.

It sucks I don’t get the satisfaction of seeing my cupboard number go down though. In fact, it’s shot up because of the Dammann Freres teas that showed up today!

The pain I’m experiencing is definitely different than the pain of a toothache – but it’s just as intense in its own right. It hurts a lot to smile or even move my mouth to speak. This super strong, super intense clove tea helped though. I also learned that while I LOVE cloves in general I don’t like them super concentrated and on their own – this was surprisingly bitter!

Indigobloom

is it like an abscess? those are the worse!!

Indigobloom

Errr worst. Dang autocorrect

Roswell Strange

I’ve had abscessed teeth before (that’s what most of the dental pain from last year was) – this is just an infected cut. It’s almost fully healed today as well. Yay!

Indigobloom

Nice! take it easy, that sounds so painful

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Cold brew that I came home to Sunday morning after drinking with Billi and the gang…

I’ve been kind of mixed about this one; it’s got good qualities but it can also feel like too much is going on because of the vast ingredients list – and some of the flavours are a little weird together. This cold brew was under leafed specifically to try and avoid that.

It still came out tasting heavily of potpourri; cinnamon, rose and coconut in particular. However, with a very mild hangover there was something super, super appealing about that to me and I guzzled it down. In a normal “state of mind” I think I likely would have found it too intensely floral and perfumey. Maybe it was good I was kinda hungover?

Downside to having a hangover on a Sunday though? It happens to be the landlord’s day off too and lately his new renovation project has been replacing all the tile flooring in his half of the house. So from noon until about ten thirty at night (dear God; regardless of being hungover WHY is it necessary to be doing construction THAT BLOODY LATE!?) it was just constant hammering, pounding and drilling. Would’ve been annoying on its own – but was made that much worse by already having a slight headache.

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67
drank Nestea by Nestle
2725 tasting notes

Had a few cans of this one Saturday night; I went drinking with my friend Billi, her fiance, and a few of their friends – yes, the same Billi I got SUPER hammered with last time.

Things were pretty chill this time around; it was fun but not crazy. You know how I know it wasn’t crazy? I can actually remember the whole night. Billi actually wanted to get blackout drunk but (and maybe I was being a bit of a buzzkill – I did have the next day off afterall) I kept thinking of last time’s wicked hangover so I kept myself in check. Just a few beers and a shot of vodka chased by my Nestea.

We ordered pizza, played Mario Kart and, strangely enough, got into this half sober religious debate/conversation about the subtle differences between each type of Christianity and how Christianity in general relates to other religions.

Just a fun time, overall!

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90

Today’s cold brew.

This is one of the blends I was hoping to see back for the summer collection, but sadly no. Maybe that’s for the best; today’s brew was very juice-like and didn’t quite hit the spot like it normally does, flavor wise. The apple definitely outweighed the flavour of the passion fruit and it was just a pinch too “juice crystal” sweet.

I’ve been avoiding new teas today; I cut the inside of my right cheek open yesterday and when I woke up this morning it was heavily swollen and infected: I’ve been using an over the counter oral paint/antibiotic to treat it and it does make it feel better for a while after applying it. It also tastes totally dreadful though; I’m wondering if it’s at least partially responsible for why this tastes funky – though the other teas I’ve had today haven’t appeared to be affected by it.

I really want to try something new though; my Dammann Freres teas from the group order put together by the incredible Marzipan showed up and they’re just sitting on my kitchen table right now, taunting me…

darby

Don’t know if you have it in Canada but Oral B makes a medicated rinse that works wonderful!

Maddy Barone

Ouch! Hope it heals up quickly. Sounds very unpleasant. :(

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85

Early afternoon iced latte!

I hardly ever make iced lattes, but because I forgot about this one as it was steeping (it got a painfully extended 20 min. steep time) today I was able to make that happen – and it was really good! Because of the super long steep time the flavours were very strong, albeit pretty duo-tone: chocolate and cinnamon. Definitely tasted like really fancy chocolate milk but in a good way.

Refreshing with the caffeine buzz snuck in there (and finally kicking in a few hours later).

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I was supposed to be going to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm/Zoo today with a coworker and her five year old niece, but plans changed last minute (oh well – there’s lots of summer left to do it later) so I get to go through some of the backlogged tasting notes from this week! That’s actually kind of nice ‘cause I was itching to write but didn’t think I’d have time to today.

This one was made in a timolino but had tragically gone lukewarm by the time I got to it on the walk home from work so I was drinking it at a weird and less than desirable temperature. It tasted strongly of vanilla custard, orchid and spinach and had a weird drying taste as well – possibly from timolino prep but possibly from the temperature too? It was something unpleasant that I haven’t noticed with prior times I’ve tried this one though.

Hopefully just a fluke.

I keep seeing cute postings about Killian/Emma from Once Upon A Time on my dash and I’m starting the ship the two of them even though I don’t watch the show. Is this something I should be getting into? I’ve already got Steven Universe, Big Brother, WLIIA, and Bones to keep up with weekly and I’m trying to get caught up on Continuum and Brooklyn Nine-Nine too, but if it’s worthwhile I could probably make room for a new show…

darby

I love Once! I haven’t seen much of this season because of work but really loved the first couple.

VariaTEA

Once goes up and down tbh. At times it can be really good while at other times it can be quite boring. Also, Emma and Hook/Killian were adorable when they first started having feelings for each other but even there relationship can be painfully bland at times.

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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.

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, 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

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!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

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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