3656 Tasting Notes

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drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
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Melon strawberry goodness. I am really loving this one.

Daddyselephant

Oh man I had forgotten about this blend, I think the wife and I need to plan a Tealish trip soon!

VariaTEA

I picked it up along with a bunch of fruit teas in a joint order with Sil since I was looking for a bunch of caffeine free options for cold brewing and tea pops. This one will probably become a cupboard staple.

Fjellrev

Nice combination.

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drank Mocha Latte by DAVIDsTEA
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My tea twin, Roswell Strange, reminded me about this tea which I actually tried about a week to go as an iced latte to go while wandering downtown Toronto looking for stuff to buy for my sister’s bachelorette party.

The sales person told me that as an iced latte, it tastes a bit like an iced cap. Though I am not sure I would go that far, it definitely had a chocolate coffee flavor, similar to the iced capps made with chocolate milk…but much thinner. When I let my friend try the tea, she said it “tasted like vanilla smelled…which I guess means it tastes like vanilla”. Once she mentioned that, I noticed it too. Also, that comment made me laugh which meant noticing the vanilla made me laugh too.

Ultimately though, most of this got tossed because at the end of the day it was like a thin flavored milk drink and in the hot, hot sun, milk wasn’t really sitting well.

VariaTEA

She definitely meant to say it tastes like vanilla but sorta flubbed on the delivery. It was just funny because I could see her working through her thought process as she spoke.

Super Starling!

All I can think about is Ron Burgandy in a beard yelling “MILK WAS A BAD CHOICE.”

VariaTEA

I may or may not have debated quoting that because that is certainly what was running through my head when I was drinking this that day.

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Used in my smoothie and it did not disappoint. The banana element paired seamlessly with the frozen banana which harmoniously paired with the chocolate and vanilla of the pudding. All this heightened by the coconut cream element. It’s like a creamy chocolate banana shake. Yum!

Super Starling!

How do you use them in smoothies? Do you steep a cup of tea and then use that cup as the liquid base? Or are you putting the tea itself in it somehow?

VariaTEA

I steep a concentrated amount and use that and some milk as the liquid. Unless I am using matcha in which case that just gets dumped in.

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90
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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This whole tea is very muted. If I focus, there is chocolate and there is orange…sorta… but its all just muddled together and one note, which is kind of a shame since it is supposed to represent such an awesome character.

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown

This is infinitely better cold brewed but still not great. Curse you, licorice root!

Evol Ving Ness

Passed on this one in store today. The fall collection doesn’t impress me much.

VariaTEA

Yeah, nothing really jumps out as worthwhile. The only one I couldn’t get that I was interested in was the Blueberry Muffin tea, though I am not that broken up about it.

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Yesterday my tea of the day ended up being a Blueberry Tea from the Keg. Essentially they bring a Brandy Snifter with a shot of Grand Marnier and Amaretto and a small pot of tea with one Lipton teabag. It was really nice and warm and comforting…like a hug in a glass…but it wasn’t blueberry. The other elements took over and more than anything I got a nice citrus/ orange flavor. I don’t know if I would get it again but it made for a nice finish to a tasty meal. Plus, it paired nicely with my tiny Mango Creme Brulee dessert.

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91
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
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So I started my “job” on Monday (quotes because I am not getting paid but rather it is placement that is part of my school program that is costing me $15/day for parking) and my life has basically been waking up almost 3 hours early to sit in traffic for what feels like forever to then nap in the parking garage, go to work, come home in yet another traffic-filled drive, eat dinner, and turn in. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Honestly, if not for my 365 days of tea thing on instagram, I probably wouldn’t have even looked at the kettle this week. Though I guess this is life. Plus, it comes with a cool title which makes it sound like I am legit – “Immigration Case Analyst”.

Work is fairly interesting at least though I am not loving my “mentor” who is pretty fake and seems far more interested in gossiping with the other girls in the area than she is in teaching. Anytime she does give me something to do, it is clearly something just to keep me busy and out of her hair, like filing or organizing the file folders on the computer. Luckily, she tends to pawn me off and have me shadow another girl in the office who is actually teaching my stuff, or if she has nothing new to teach me, she arranges for me to go with someone else who can show me something they are doing. So I am not loving it but it could be worse.

Anyways, back to the tea…I made this as a smoothie and when I took my first sip the first thought that came to mind was that this was a deeper flavor than normal. Weird description but its what came to mind. It is like the difference between milk chocolate and dark. This isn’t overly sweet but still has a great dessert flavor. It is sort of nutty but this definitely captures creme brulee. Add to that the banana element from the smoothie and its like bananas foster with a dark chocolate drizzle. Rich and satisfying while also being a little bit sophisticated.

KiwiDelight

That parking fee…

VariaTEA

That’s actually super cheap tbh. The other parking lot nearby we used when we went to buy my sister’s wedding dress and I think we were parked for like 2-3 hrs. and it cost over $40

Evol Ving Ness

Why not park at Finch and take the subway down?

Evol Ving Ness

Also this tea sounds fab.

KiwiDelight

Oh wow. I thought one dollar per hour was bad (it’s the fee for smaller cities near where I live).

VariaTEA

@Evol Ving Ness, you now need to pay to park at Finch, add to that the cost of the subway, and the fact that Finch parking is basically impossible to find and it is not much cheaper and far less convenient to subway. The alternative is taking the GO train but that is also $14.30/day and requires leaving home a 1/2 hour earlier. Unfortunately driving is the best option and it just isn’t a great one. And the tea is really quite lovely!

Evol Ving Ness

I had no idea. You would think that we would want to encourage drivers to take the TTC to alleviate congestion on the roads. But no, apparently not.

VariaTEA

Unfortunately the TTC is losing a lot of money while also spending a lot of money and they needed to make that back somehow. Hence the parking fees. Sadly, driving is my best option and it really is not a great one.

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72
drank Nutty Granola Crunch by DAVIDsTEA
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This smelled like granola. It was simultaneously impressive and weird because this was completely accurate, in scent, at least.

In taste, the granola flavor transfers over as well. It’s like granola but with melted peanut butter on it. Alas, there is also an underlying sweetness creeping around under everything else that really detracts from the whole thing. Some experimenting is needed and this isn’t my favorite tea but it captures the flavor you’d expect from the name so that is a good start.

On another note, today I discovered mold in my push button iced tea tumbler. It was not a fun discovery especially because when I went to clean it the little rubber stopper fell down the drain and disappeared forever. I took it as a sign to say goodbye :(.

Also, why does this have the pic for the Pom Cider tea?

Roswell Strange

Hmm; interesting. This is the blend that I personally found least appealing; in concept and dry smell. Still haven’t tried it yet. Sorry the hear about your tumbler, though. I hate when teaware bites the dust.

Plunkybug

Mine smelled and tasted very weird.

Roswell Strange

Well, tried it – and it’s actually my favourite overall from the whole collection. Huh.

VariaTEA

Haha, RS, glad you enjoyed it.

And Plunkybug, I am sorry you didn’t. I don’t think this is a favorite for me but it’s pleasant enough to get through the sample pack I grabbed.

Plunkybug

I’m thinking of trying it again just in case it was me and not the tea.

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Omnomnom. This made for a full-flavored and tasty smoothie. It tasted like a cookie in a cup and it was great. Thank you, OMGsrsly

Plunkybug

Love this stuff.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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