565 Tasting Notes

drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
565 tasting notes

I’m glad I started my day off with this one. It was a day.
My kids (4 and almost 6 years old) are doing JK and SK online. It’s crazy… so many video chats…
Anyways, the internet refused to work and so I spent the day trying to fix it but my husband came home from work and had it working within 5 mins of getting home. Apparently in my attempt to fix it, I actually messed it up a bit more… OH WELL!!

So the day started with this one as a hot latte with 1% milk. It was so good. Like so good. It ended up being my only tea today, so at least it was a good one! haha

It’s a sweeter tea, so if that’s your thing, then go for it. If you don’t like sweetness, then this would not be the one for you.

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drank Ruby Black Tea by Cha Gloriette
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Long story short… I just finished five years with Davidstea. During that time, I had two kids and drank so much davidstea, that my cupboard is about 99% them now. COVID meant that my store was one of the ones that got shutdown so now I’m mostly at home, which is ok… but if COVID continues the way that it looks like it’s going to, then I guess it’s a good thing I am. I might have to homeschool my 4 and 5 yr olds.

Fun positive that happened during COVID… I finished writing a novel!!! 73,000 (ish) words. (About 280 pages). I’m so happy!! I’m trying to write a second novel but it’s been tough going. Maybe in the new year.

I definitely wasn’t expecting the tea to taste like that… lol I got this one probably 3 years ago at the Toronto Tea Festival, and I’m FINALLY trying it.

It reminds me of Nepal Black from Davidstea, but is definitely stronger. It has a strong tobacco taste to it and I’m getting some straw like the other reviewer here. I feel like I’m getting a hint of floral too.

This tea is pretty smooth, which I like. Really no bitterness or astringency either, which again I like. I don’t like when teas leave my mouth dry. This one definitely doesn’t do that.

My sample of this one was a teabag, so really only one cup of this to try. I think I would get this one again, but only when my tea collection goes way down.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Tobacco

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Wrote a book while taking care of two small children? WOW! Welcome back! Tell us more about the book!


Welcome back and a novel to boot. Bravo!


Thanks everyone! It’s good to be back.
The novel is a young adult fantasy fiction which is totally outside my comfort level, but the story came to me and I just had to try. It’s out with friends/family for feedback and editing at the moment. I’m hoping I can find an editor and maybe a publisher this year. I really want to see it in print. :)

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drank Ruby Black Tea by Cha Gloriette
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I had this one this morning and I quite enjoy it. I find I love a very simple black tea first thing in the morning. Usually a straight black tea or something with a hint of fruit or even mint. This one definitely works that way.

So the cherry flavour is actually quite strong in this one but it’s not so much that I’m turned off of it. It’s a nice simple black tea with enough flavour that it doesn’t get lost even with some milk or sugar.
I really love this one and I know what is left of it won’t last much longer! Yum Yum!

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
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I’m so sporadic with my reviews of teas… oh well. I’ll try and do better! haha

I got this one years ago when I made an order and it was one that was put in by mistake. I didn’t order it and it wasn’t on the packing slip… so I just went, oh well, and started to drink it.
I didn’t care for it initially… It needed something more… Well, I finally figured out what it needed. It needs some milk and some vanilla agave to make it superb. Now, I’m down to my last 3 cups of this one. I have enjoyed it, but I’m would hesitate to order it as I think there are other teas I would enjoy more.

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drank Strawberry & Kiwi by Basilur
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Nice, slightly sweet tea with a strong strawberry flavour.

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Our store has been sampling this as a hot 2% latte with chocolate agave (it’s their signature drink right now) and it’s flipping good!!! I love it so much. Can’t get enough! And the Jasmine isn’t super strong on it which is nice.

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I had this at the tea festival last year and loved it. So much! But when I got it home. I could never copy how they had done it at the festival (they did it as a latte, but somehow I couldn’t do it at home).
Anyways, the other thing I had with this one was that every time I made this one I would end up with an upset stomach. I don’t have a clue as to why. The only thing I can think of is the honey as I never eat honey. Like ever. I don’t like the taste of it. SO now I’m wondering if maybe I have an allergy or maybe just an intolerance to honey… Who knows…?

Evol Ving Ness

If I recall correctly, they used soy milk in the lattes at the tea festival. Perhaps give that a try to see if it makes a difference.

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drank Uva by Basilur
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Merry (belated) Christmas and a happy New Year! I’m still lurking around here somewhere. I really want to review my teas more again so I can figure out which ones to keep in the cupboard and which to not.

Anyways, I’m finishing up a small sample sized bag that I got almost a year ago from the TO tea festival. Up until this cup, I’ve quite enjoyed this tea. Didn’t have any issues with it and really loved it. Nice and malty which is what I enjoy.
Today, I’m not really enjoying it. It’s probably because I forgot to time my steep.
I had the loose-leaf version of this one. So, yes it’s good. Today’s cup wasn’t…
On the whole, I don’t think I would get this one again. I have others I enjoy a bit more.

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I LOVE this cup. It’s so beautiful too!

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Updated Dec. 14/16
I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m the proud mommy of two sweet little boys! One born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
The second one came just Monday evening at only 2 weeks early so he’s healthy and perfect!
Life just got so much more busy and crazy but I’m so excited.
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream), and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

Green teas, pu’erh, and matcha are starting to grow on me but I’m very picky about them still. I am finding I like pu’erh tea cakes much better than loose. And with matcha I much prefer flavoured ones over straight.

I still don’t really care for mate teas but there a couple that are the exception to that.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D


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