drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

Ok, so, a few tasting notes…

1. I put sugar (fair trade organic cane) in the mug, but when I put the infuser over my mug, it was tres full. Like to the brim full. So I didn’t add any milk, nor did I stir the sugar in at the bottom. I just began sipping.

2. I’m having leftovers for lunch…vegetable stew with rice, from a West African take away place that just opened up near me, so there is a slight spicy, savoury feel to the veg.

I just got 1/3 of the way down the mug before I realized I had room to stir the sugar in now, and add milk if I wanted to! It is a perfect compliment to the lunch. It has the right amount of balance of sweet and nutty and smooth. It is not heavy or light…it seems very balanced. I don’t know how to explain it, really, but the black and white aspect does come through, in a subtle way. It’s sorta like a large jazz band…there are lots of parts that make up the overall sound, but it is smooth and sleek. That is how I feel about Checkmate…a simple smooth taste, but complex.


I need to try this one!

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


Victoria, BC

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