3382 Tasting Notes


Cold Brew Sipdown (125)!

Thanks for the sample Kittenna! This one is pretty nice; very very chocolatey with a nice coconut undertone. It’d be good for an after dinner sweet craving fix. However, while I find it pretty tasty it’s also pretty average as far as chocolate teas go. Nothing to phone home over.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Dark Chocolate

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Tea comes from Kittenna!

I was SO tempted to spike this with rum the first time I made this, but ultimately decided it’d be best to try it plain before making any major alterations.Also, it amazes me I’m still trying ‘new’ Butiki blends. Truly, Butiki is a company that just keeps giving…

- This was VERY lime flavoured, and had a sour tinge
- Also a hint of orange
- Quite pithy
- I would’ve liked to see the flavour more well rounded
- And sweeter over sour…
- But I realize flavour may have faded over time
- And I’m not trying this at ‘optimal’ freshness…

Flavors: Citrus, Lime, Sour, Tart

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Happy National Pie Day!

To celebrate I finally tried out this matcha, from my most recent order. It seemed appropriate to have a pie tea on pie day. I’m debating drinking all my pie matcha today since I have three different pie flavours right now but I’m also just a little worried that might be caffeine overkill.

I had high hopes for this matcha, and it smells great in the package. However whisked up in a cup of cold milk it was a fair bit disappointing. There are definitely nice apple and cinnamon notes initially and I am totally reminded of apple pie in the best way. Things take a turn in the finish of the sip though; the flavour quickly falls apart and tastes very artificial and very chemical which is something I really wasn’t expecting: especially since this is only delicate level of flavouring. What it reminds me of is cheap cinnamon flavoured toothpaste. Gag.

I’m not calling this one a write off just yet: I’ve certainly had much worse flavours (such as the Sangria) but something about the way I’m prepping this or the amount of matcha I used no more than I normally would have DEFINTIELY needs to be adjusted for this to really be enjoyable.

Regardless, happy Pie Day!

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This is a queued tasting note.

So stoked that I don’t have to hoard this one anymore, since I picked up three ounces of it during Black Friday! I can pretty well indulge in this whenever it floats my boat because there’s now no shortage of it in the house! Yummy notes of cedar and pine, corn silk, cream, malt, and herbs. Often it tastes like rosemary, but today it’s just nondescript herbaceous undertones.

Prior to this cup I had finished a way too sweet mug of DAVIDsTEA’s Caramel Corn and this was the perfect redeeming cuppa! Plenty flavourful without being bogged down by unnecessary sweetness…

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
3382 tasting notes

This is a queued tasting note.

I’m pretty well still enjoying this tisane, though I find I have to be in the right sort of mood to do so. Like, the mug I brewed of this a few days ago was fine overall but it just wound up a little too one-dimensional sort of sweet. And that kind of flat, straight up sweetness was just kind of cloying. It may have been a little better if I could pick out notes like the cinnamon, coconut, or apple to differentiate between the sweetness but in at least this cup that wasn’t the case.

Evidently I’ll be waiting to enjoy this sometime when I’m really craving something sweet and not just when I sort of want a sweet cuppa…

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Sipdown (126)!

Another from the lovely Christina!

I was excited to get to add the flavours of this LS to my yixing pot: I have to say that it’s coming along very nicely. I can take it out of the box it’s stored in and immediately smell smoke notes! I’d love to get to a point where I can pour plain water out of the teapot and have it take on a subtle smoke flavour…

I enjoyed this tea Gong Fu out of the yixing, but also paired with a Pineapple Fried Rice which was phenomenal. Pineapple and LS is one of my favourite pairings because you’re basically pairing the sweet, juicy and tangy fruit notes of the pineapple with the more meaty, savory and smoky LS. It’s sort of the same idea as pairing pineapple and ham. Yummy! It certainly elevated the session, as well.

The tea itself was great too; this isn’t an overly strong Lapsang Souchong. More than anything it’s like a sweet, woody LS with a more smoky undertone/finish. Delightful but overall fairly mild, all things considered. Quite smooth though – as far as LS goes.


Ooh! Pineapple upside down cake with LS?

Roswell Strange

Hmm, I think a Pineapple Upside Down Cake COULD work if it had more fruitiness than your run of the mill cake. Or equal fruitiness, at least.

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Sipdown (127)!

Thank you Christina for the sample!

I made a large mug of this one last night, with a little splash of milk. My little sister and I are binging on movies she hasn’t seen but are “classics” of a sort. We started with 13 Going on 30 and then ended the night with The Truman Show. Today, I’m hoping to get in a combination of 50 First Dates, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Yes Man. All of those are movies you just have to see at least once.

The was a really good tea; I can see it making a lovely everyday drinker. Dominant notes of baked bread, malt, and raisins/muscat (perhaps from the Darjeeling in the blend) with softer notes of honey and plums. It reminds me loosely of Fruit Cake which definitely seems appropriate for a holiday blend. Good Fruit Cake though; with real fruit and not just candied globs of red and green “mystery fruit”.

Very solid tea, with nice layers of flavour! I really enjoyed it.


Oh man, I watched 50 First Dates and 10 Things I Hate About You too many times to count with my sister when I was a teenager!


I’ve watched 10 Things sooo many times too. Good choice!

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Cold Brew: Two Bags/25 oz.

Lovely red/brown liquor! First time I’ve look at the liquor and really pictured Red Velvet in addition to tasting it. Flavour was good too: both silky and lightly tangy cream cheese notes with a lovely sweetness from caramel/chocolate notes and a freshness/juiciness from the raspberry notes. Strong woody (rooibos base) finish.

Only one tea bag left…


I was wondering about this tea. Perhaps I should try it out ;)

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Wow, cold brewing this one is a definite no.

It’s insanely, stupidly, horrifically sweet with a slight edge of medicinal flavour. It almost takes me back to the nightmare that was “Currant Affairs” which is DEFINITELY in my top three “Worst DAVIDsTEA blends of all time” alongside the cherry cola one and Queen of Tarts. Nope nope nope.

Into the box of packed teas you go…


Hahahaha. Cherry Cola. Oh that was so bad. I wonder, is it still the lowest rated tea here on Steepster? Yes, yes it is. The only other lower rated tea has 0 tasting notes, so I’m not going to count it. :) (It’s on page 1424 of all teas by rating at this time…)

Roswell Strange

Right down there with Aloha Pu’erh, which I never got to try but sounds AWFUL.


I think if I had to go back in time, I’d definitely try to taste more of the “worst teas”. Hahaha. My poor taste buds. :)


oh man Cherry Cola… So bad…


Can’t say I cared for this one either

Roswell Strange

@Kristal I REALLY liked it hot, but the cold brew… Nope. I’m gonna keep experimenting though: I did buy 50g so I’ll get to play with this one for a while.


Fair enough! Glad you like it in some way, anyways ;)

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Sipdown (128)!

This is a special note…

It’s my 3333th Tasting Note! What a fun number!

I chose this tea to write about for that tasting note for a couple reasons. Firstly, it’s definitely a more popular tea here on Steepster and I liked the idea (which I think was suggested by Equusfell) of dedicating a more monumental tasting note to something I’ve been saving for a special occasion or a tea that’s very well regarded within the community. Secondly, it’s sort of a miracle I’m trying this at all. And by that I mean that, when I placed my Whispering Pines order on Black Friday there was a definite goof made on my part. Instead of sending the order to my new address in Regina I accidentally sent it to my old Saskatoon address.

It shouldn’t have made it to me. By the time I noticed the error and managed to get in contact with Brenden the tea had already been shipped off and there was nothing he could do. I spoke to postal workers both in Canada and in the states and there was nothing they seemed to be able to do to reroute the package. Initially, my former roommate wouldn’t reply back to me about sending it my way either (we didn’t part on good terms). It seemed like a lost cause and a write off of an order. However, like a week after tracking was showing the package as delivered in Saskatoon I got a message from him saying he’d sent it my way. Three weeks pass and, well, nothing. Saskatoon and Regina are three hours away from each other so that’s not normal shipping times. Then, out of the blue, Whispering Pines order! I think that’s my 2016 ‘tea miracle’ all used up already. But hell; I’m not complaining.

So yeah; I think this tea has a fair bit of significance that makes it worthy of being note number 3333! And of course I drank it Gong Fu! Actually, I had the session with my mom who’s starting to appreciate pure teas quite a bit more as of late – though she still prefers, as she puts it, things that are “Coconut Cream Pie” flavored over “Mud Tea”. But we’re getting there…

Here’s the TLDR; of my tasting notes from the session:

- Eight+ Infusions
- Starts off very robust with a brothy, thick mouthfeel
- Very mushroomy with kind of meaty notes, earth notes, and wood notes
- Also starts off surprisingly sweet despite a strong savory/umami profile
- Evolves into a more lightly woody/earthy body sip
- With definite rich vanilla notes!
- My mom described it as a sweet pork rind flavour…

Very awesome Shou all around! I can see why people who are drinking WP Pu’erh as some of their first time pu’erhs fall for Pu’erh so hard. It’s such a unique and interesting kind of flavour and it really holds your attention.


hahaha I think your mom and I are on the same page with regards to “mud tea” :P


Wow, that is a lot of 3s!


Ha! Sweet pork rind. That’s an interesting note. :) Congratulations on 3333!

Christina / BooksandTea

Happy 3333!

I love reading your tasting notes because you describe flavours that are really subtle, unusual (to me), and precise. I wish I had your palate!

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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.

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 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 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.

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


Regina, SK, Canada



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