1470 Tasting Notes


Coldbrewed into a world of nope. It tastes like grapefruit that’s a few days too old and dried out. It’s not a pleasant tart, it’s a stomach-churning tart. Like taking a bite out of a white grapefruit peel.

Maybe it will be better hot. I hope so. I hate wasting tea, but I don’t think I can finish this.

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
1470 tasting notes

I love this tea. My tin is almost empty and this is Not Okay. Must restock ASAP. It saved my life many times when I was a little worker bee, and now that I’m a stay at home Queen Bee, it gives me the pep I need to finish cleaning before we have company tonight.


Bah! The life of a queen bee is so overrated! You get to have sex once with a bunch of drones you just met, then spend the rest of your life inside laying eggs all day every day and don’t even have time to stop and feed or bathe yourself. Others do that for you. I think I’ll take a worker bee position! In addition to being a tea nerd, I’m also a huge bee geek and I need to try this tea someday! :D

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
1470 tasting notes

Coldbrewed. This is…okay. Just okay. It’s juicy enough and I loved the first sip, but as the cup goes on, it’s less and less tasty. It’s got a weird taste to it that I’m going to assume is the chamomile, as I’m not overly familiar with it. My next cup will be a sipdown and that is more than okay with me.


I also had an issue with the chamomile in this. It got to a point where even the smell was off putting.


Yep I have to agree with the chamomile in this one! Reminds me of the old dulce & banana but without the strong banana flavour it’s just offputting haha – finishing the bag will be a struggle! The struggle is real!


Thanks for the info. This is now off my list to try. Chamomile is just not a flavour I like.

Roswell Strange

I struggled with this one too.


Well, I just dumped the rest of my bag into my mason jar to steep for tomorrow, so yay for getting rid of it. I find that I’m more willing to drink a tea if it’s coldbrewed because I made myself get used to drinking massive amounts of cold water when I was working. And this way it’s done and Future Rita’s problem, because I hate to waste tea, so I’ll drink it and curse Past Rita the whole time XD


oo good idea! maybe it’ll mellow out a bit coldbrewed, think I’ll follow your lead for the rest of my bag too


Good luck to you!!

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Coldbrew Sipdown (387/370)

This is so good. So, so good. I need to get my hands on more of this bright, juicy blend.

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This was a pleasant surprise of a sip down. (385/368) I was expecting overwhelming rooibos flavor, but it isn’t. Instead I got a nutmeggy-caramel flavor. Coldbrewed the last of this and I’m glad I did. This is a nice moment on this snowy day.

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Sipdown! 386/369

It’s gone! YAY! For literally years, I have picked up this blend, wrinkled my nose, and put it back. But enough is enough, so I cold brewed this overnight with about twice the leaf I needed in an effort to empty the bag.

Full disclosure, it’s easily been two years since I got this blend and it’s been stored in a plastic ziploc baggie. So…I’m not holding my breath on this one.

I’m not going to change my rating because, well, it’s old. But despite twice the leaf, it’s weak and tastes like lemon cardboard. I’ll chug it for the sake of hydration, but I am glad to finally get it out of my cupboard.


Congrats on getting an OLD one out of the cupboard. I’ve recently started being more “firm” about drinking older teas first. I don’t have anything that’s “years” old, but need to get serious about drinking the older stuff before it becomes OLD. LOL Thanks for the reminder on WHY I need to be doing this. :))


Exactly. Now, I do have several tea that are kept in tins that are years old and still very good, but this just isn’t one of them.

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I freaking love this tea. I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed it before. Oh well.

As we were packaging up some of this for Christina, I knew I needed to have some soon. Unfortunately, every time I remembered it, it was after 4 pm and I knew that if I had a cup, I wouldn’t sleep.

But today, it was awful hard to get up, so I am all over this matcha thing. This matcha is lovely, I’m drinking it cold with some sugar and it tastes just like a wintergreen lifesaver. Yum.


I am embarking on my “discover all the matcha!” journey, and wintergreen is also among my favourite mint tastes. May I ask what level of flavouring you thought was appropriate for this matcha? nom!

Roswell Strange

Is this one any good in milk? I only do my matcha one of two ways; club soda or cold milk. I don’t think it’d be great as soda – but I’m thinking it might make for an interesting, creamy “candy cane” like milk drink.


keychange – I ordered all of my matcha at the delicate level because at the time, Red Leaf Tea was still doing their “free matcha for reviews” and anything over delicate was extra $, though this one I would drink at any level, it’s so darn good.

Roswell – I imagine it would be, but I drink my matcha mixed with agave or sugar and water, so I can’t say for sure.


mmm i am so definitely doing this in milk when I get it! I bet it’d be awesome.


I can’t wait to see how you like it, keychange!

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drank Cherry Tea by Red Leaf Tea
1470 tasting notes

My wife loves cherry, so I chose this for our shared cold brew tonight. I had a sip before I added my agave and hoo boy. It was lip-puckeringly tart. So I added my agave, fixed my wife’s cup for her, and I added sugar to mine.


So I have a painfully sweet cup because I can’t be bothered to pay attention XD. It’s good, but it’s got so much hibiscus, it’s making my stomach hurt. This blend is all for her.

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Oh God bitter. Bitter bitter bitter. I only let it steep for two minutes at under boiling and it is almost too bitter to handle. Maybe I over leafed or something. Will rate when I try this again.

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I opened my cupboard to find this tea because spelling is not my friend. I was amused to discover that Detox from DavidsTea is my most-drank tea, and since I tend to only drink it after a night of too much booze, that just says a whole lot about my life, doesn’t it XD.

Anyway, I coldbrewed this overnight in an effort to both use this up and have something different. The leaves were a bit of a disappointment as I strained them out. Usually oolongs unfurl beautifully, but these were just brown wilted leaves. Sadness.

I’m not a straight tea drinker, so I couldn’t tell you about any of the nuances of the tea, but I will say it is light and refreshing in a way a black tea could never be, but for me it is nothing special.

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


Scarborough, ON



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