3438 Tasting Notes

drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
3438 tasting notes

I’m back on Jenny Craig so I am trying to get back into my healthy lifestyle. Prior to going on the diet the first time (a few years back), I drank copious amounts of water so when I started the diet, I had no problem getting in my daily amount and then some. Then, as I continued on Jenny Craig and needed to find something to get new flavors into my life, I found tea. I still always had water everyday but I also drank a crapton of tea (minimum of 6 16 oz cups daily). Tea drinking replaced my water drinking so when I went on my hiatus from tea, I stopped drinking everything for the most part so now I am reteaching myself to stay hydrated. I have been averaging about 3-4 litres of water daily now so that leaves little room for tea. Nonetheless, I am trying to find a balance so I am slowly starting to bring tea back into my diet with caffeine free blends.

I grabbed this tea because I wanted something sweet and fruity given its the springtime and that seemed to fit the season. This fit the bill. I iced it since it is rather warm and sunny and the result is awesome. The rooibos is almost completely faded to the background while strawberry remains constant and strong throughout the sip. Notes of pineapple and caramel pop up here and there, both complementing the berry flavor beautifully. It’s really delightful and definitely satisfying.

On a side note, I start my new semester tomorrow and I am already a little panicked. I only have 3/6 syllabuses so far and I already determined a week from hell. My brother’s best friend, who used to live with us but moved to Detroit for uni a few years back, is getting married June 18. My whole family is invited to the wedding in Detroit. My mother has decided this is the perfect time/place for me to buy my Maid of Honor dress for my sister’s wedding in September so she wants me to go early (Thursday) with her and my brother to Detroit and come home late (Monday) as opposed to going with the rest of my family Friday-Sunday. Problem is, the 3 syllabuses I DO have informed me that I have midterms on June 21, 22, and 23, each worth 35% of my grades and since I don’t have my syllabuses, there could be more stuff that I am required to do. That’s a lot of stress and a lot of studying time I am missing out on. Okay. Rant over.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Having this iced and the lemon note is back

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Today this tastes like maple syrup soaked pancakes.


Did you add milk? I can never seem to pull the pancake flavour from this one.


I didn’t add anything. 2 tsps in 16 oz for 2 min at 200 was my prep method and it just seemed to work. Other times it hasn’t so who knows what changed this time.

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I’m actually drinking this so I thought I would log it though it is not as tasty as it was last night. Oh well.

Anyways, I don’t have much new input to say about this personal favourite so I will just ask: anyone watch game of thrones last night?!? About that, I do have a lot to say and most of it is along the lines of OMG HODOR! OMG DRAGONS! OMG JON! And the thoughts continue in that fashion.


shhhhhhhhhhhhhh no spoilers!


Tyrion just gives the show what it needs—-comedic breaks from all the darkness.
The baby was just too much though….


Haha Sil, that was my means of avoiding spoilers!

And Tyrion is absolutely amazing, such an awesome character. And yeah, that was…something with the baby.

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Prepped as a tea affogato using honey frozen yogurt and 6 tsps of leaf. Again, my proportions are off so this is a lot more liquid/tea than I needed and the frozen yogurt melted much faster than the ice cream, however this tea brewed in such a concentrated manner still makes for a great treat. It is bringing out the mocha quite s bit and the honey ribbon of the frozen yogurt married perfectly to boost the butterscotch elements. It’s creamy and sweet and liquid dessert and hitting the spot so all in all I’m happy even if this wasn’t perfect.

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I have brewed tea the past few days but unfortunately had no desire to drink it. The cups have sat next to me all day without one sip taken. Tea apathy. I had it before and I am trying hard to ensure it doesn’t happen again as I have a stash that needs drinking.

Today I took a sip. It’s not a lot but it is a step in the right direction. It also helps that this tea is great. Today it’s a smokey yet still very silky vanilla. There are spots of cherry essence but the vanilla is what coats the tongue and leaves you satisfied.

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drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
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This is definitely bubblegum. Weird but true. I’m not sure what is the cause but this is somehow 100% bubblegum. Not bad but also not expected.

Alchemist's Fire

I wish I’d snagged some of that one last summer, it was so yummy

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown though I never logged the sample so my number isn’t dropping.

On the plus side, I am getting a bit of my taste back and this morning I was able to fall asleep again without the assistance of medicine so it is safe to say that I am probably on the mend.

Consequently, I decided to use my free time to clean up my room a bit. I basically got through only one cupboard but filled a bag of clothes/shoes/purses to donate and another of garbage (such as my many pairs of converse that I wore right through the soles). Along the route, I found a bag from my European exploring and inside were some teabags I bought when I was in England so that was a fun find. This tea kept me company while I cleaned.

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like a fun day. Hurray for feeling better!


YAY! cleaning! haha


Gah, I hate when I forget to add teas to my cupboard! Something is so satisfying in seeing the number drop

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought this when it was the tea of the month and tbh I think I convinced myself I liked it more than I did because I liked the packaging. Anyways, I have had it a couple times since buying it and since have put off drinking it. Consequently, it got put on my sick teas line-up of things I wouldn’t mind “wasting” since I can’t actually taste the tea well.

With that said, I am getting some flavor. The sweetness from the cinnamon is being brought out by the honey and there are fleeting wisps of berry. Not great but also not caffeinated so a good choice for staying hydrated.

On a side note, my mom started cooking while I was brewing this and between the raw meat and the tea and the sickness, I got a whiff of wet dog from this which made me nauseous. I haven’t gotten it since but I must be really loopy because I have no clue what would give off that scent.

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drank Black Opera by Mariage Frères
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I made this because I have a lot of it and then realized I made a $50 sick tea…that I can’t really taste. What I am getting between the fruits and the honey is a touch of jam.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, no. Colds and flu are the best of times for all the teas you normally don’t want to drink. But then, you know this already. Hope you are on the mend.

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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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