4480 Tasting Notes


Drinking this one this evening, probably my last tea of the night and if nothing else my last caffeinated tea of the night. I added some coconut milk to this cuppa and I have to say that with the addition of coconut milk to the tea, this is a strawberries and cream tea done right. So good!

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Final one of the Malt Shop collection.

This was the tea I was least excited about originally; it’s not that it sounded bad but I don’t love green tea and I’m pretty impartial towards chocolate teas in general. Plus, chocolate and green tea? I haven’t had wild success with that pairing in the past. Though it is worth note that as of this tasting note, this is the ONLY green tea in our collection with chocolate in it. So, if nothing else I feel like this fills a hole in that category a bit.

However, this one surprised me the most and actually wound up being my favourite of the collection. That said, it wasn’t without it’s flaws: both the hot and iced cups I tried had that melted down white chocolate goo/oiliness that no one likes experiencing in the mouthfeel and this does also have stevia in it which I did find I could taste somewhat, especially in the hot format.

What I absolutely adored about this one though was that the flavour reminded me SO HEAVILY of White Chocolate Frost which is one of my all time favourite Winter/Holiday teas; and one I’ve wished DT would bring back every year since the one it came out. This is as close a tea as I’ve ever experience! It’s super minty and refreshing, but has lots of creaminess/silkiness from the white chocolate. I couldn’t taste the green tea base at all in either the hot or iced cups so it also felt like it was a herbal, just like White Chocolate Frost. The small differences in flavour boiled down to a lack of peppercorns in this blend and some slight milk chocolate notes from the cocoa nibs/powder. Also lets be real, the peppercorns in WCF never had a super strong impact on that tisane in the first place anyway.

Both hot and iced versions of this were good, but iced ultimately comes out as my preferred of the two – less stevia taste overall. I can’t wait to try this one as a latte!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.


Ahh, I was wondering how this would compare to white chocolate frost! I still have some of it. Can’t wait to try this one.

Evol Ving Ness

Ms. Strange, had you tried 52Teas White Christmas? It sounds similar but no stevia. I wonder how it would compare.

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Second up from the Malt Shop collection.

Of the three, I was the most impartial to this one. Like, it didn’t sound particularly bad and none of the ingredients set off red flags but nothing jumped out to me either. Unlike Vanilla Swirl, I got a chance to drink this one hot and iced.

Overall, this still ranks in the middle of the three teas for me. I thought it would be better iced, but actually I liked this one better hot! As an iced tea, it did have some lovely creamy strawberry notes but also a lot of underlying grassiness and bitterness that made the overall brew pretty harsh. The hot tea, however, was free of this bitterness and instead was a much more light hearted, creamy and ripe strawberry note with fruity undertones of the papaya and subtle, soft grassyness. It tasted more like a milkshake to me that way, honestly.

Still overall I think this one is relatively forgettable – though I’m sure I’ll enjoy several cups of it on shift before this collection departs.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.


I liked the flavor of this one but found the flavor was pretty bland.


*subtle…not bland.

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drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
4480 tasting notes

Yet another collection launched today; this time the Malt Shop collection which features three ice cream inspired teas – this one, a herbal, and two greens called Mint Chip Sundae and Strawberry Shake. This was the first one I sampled because it was the one I was most intrigued by – in large part because it was the only non green tea.

I tried this one iced and I have to say, for a tea called “Vanilla Swirl”, there’s not much vanilla flavour going on here. In fact, there’s not much flavour in general to this tea. It’s just very, very delicate with the faintest presence of the lemongrass, pineapple, and white chocolate. In that order, as well. I think a more accurate name would have been Lemon Froyo or something like that? Because definitely seems more on the lemon side of the spectrum than creamy vanilla. Inaccuracy to the name aside, though, I didn’t hate this one. I mean, it does ring in as my least favourite of the collection but when you discard the incorrect name it’s a nice, subtle lemongrass tea with some faint creaminess.

Though, I was hoping this would make for a good vanilla latte and I just don’t see that happening – the delicate flavour would get completely drowned by the milk.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.


Haha looks like they messed up with naming this one then. I will still try it when I get the chance. I don’t like vanilla anyway.


I hope I love this one, it sounds quite tasty. I’m worried I’ll just taste lemongrass though. Too bad, I was really rooting for rootbeer flat to come back. Maybe this summer?

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So, when the matcha collection came out DT released a few different matcha inspired recipes on their blog and for the first time in a while I had everything I needed already at home to make one of them! What did I make? Ceremonial Matcha, Avacado and Coconut Milk Popsicles!

Now, even though I techinically had everything in the recipe anyway I did make some substitutions to make this one a little more my own. Since I have an excess of Ceremonial Matcha lying around the house I used that instead of Kale, and I doubled the amount used because I really wanted a strong presence of it. As well, instead of sweetening this with agave I decided to use Matcha Honey because I like honey more than agave, and it would continue to up the ratio of matcha goodness in the recipe.

Here’s the OG recipe though: http://blog.davidstea.com/en/kale-matcha-avocado-popsicles/

Honestly this was SUPER easy/quick to make and a good early morning snack/breakfast type alternative for my bus rides to work. I mean, it would be even better if it was consistently warm outside but there’s not much I can do about that side of things. The flavour’s good though; very strongly avacado and grassy/oceanic matcha with creaminess from the coconut milk and just enough underlying sweetness to still make this feel like a treat. Personally, I don’t own a blender so I blended all of this by hand and so I definitely had lumps of avacado in my “batter”/mix when made this a bit thicker/slimy but it still worked overall for me.

I’d recommend giving it a shot of green smoothies/avacado are kind of your jam.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This is a queued tasting note.

So I drank this quite a while back whisked into some cold water with little slices of meyer lemon. I wanted to wait to write about it until I had some photos uploaded, but then I got lazy and didn’t upload the photos very efficiently so this note has just sat and sat.

Basically, this started off quite lovely tasting. It was definitely strongly kiwi with hints of acidic lemon. Very tropical feeling? In a lot of ways it also strongly reminded me of DAVIDsTEA’s now retired “Kiwi’s Big Adventure” blend which I suppose makes a lot of sense since that was a green tea with kiwi and lemon. Apart from that, this also had a pretty strong floral undertone. Admittedly, by the end of the milk jar the flavours had built up in a way that tasted pretty artificial though, and the lemon was mighty strong.

For the record, it paired really nicely with my chia, yogurt and berry cup! Made for a really lovely breakfast sitting out on the porch up until around the last third of it or so.




Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOV6I4fYnvQ

Chalk this band up with the likes of Fallout Boy and others who don’t know how to give a song a title with an appropriate length.

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Brewed up this sample, which was a freebie that Teavivre tossed into my last order, Western style! I wasn’t really sure what to think because I’m not super familiar with the taste of straight Osmanthus and when I’ve had it in blends I’ve struggled to differentiate it from the flavours of whatever else is in the blend. Due to my lack of familiarity I just brewed this one exactly like the sample package said to – for the time I split the difference of the three to eight minutes and I went with a solid five minutes.

So what were my overall thoughts? This was really nice and smooth; quite sweet and floral overall. The sweetness reminds me of cane sugar, and the floral notes are kind of magnolia-y? There’s also some mild fruity undertones; peaches/apricots. I enjoyed this best while it was still hot; the last little bit I drank pretty cold and at that point it tasted relatively bitter. Still interesting overall though.

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My morning cuppa.

I feel like I just got up, and already I’m ready for a nap. I just finished another long Mandarin Lesson – they’re broken up into 1/2 to hour long sessions with between five to ten shorter ten minutes sessions in between the giant ones. This one was about colours, professions, how to ask questions, and the differences between saying I/You/We/They in sentences/questions. Of the “big” lessons I’ve done so far this was actually the easiest. Even still, it’s just mentally exhausting though.

I picked a guayusa BECAUSE I knew it would be mentally stimulating/exhausting and I figured I’d definitely want the caffeine. I wish I’d picked something with a bolder flavour too though, because the delicate notes of this one were more calming than I think would have been beneficial. I want to be “slapped awake” with flavour so I can focus on the damn Mandarin.

Oh well; soft earth and lime notes primarily with a linden background flavour and finish. Not much cola to be seen anywhere, though. Which is a shame; I want more cola from this. So much more cola. Also, for whatever reason, as this cooled it started to feel kind of brothy to me? I think that’s the linden, more than anything.

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Made a hot cuppa last night while I was doing Mandarin flash cards. It was supposed to be like a treat for doing well; you know, positive reinforcement? However, the tea tasted so flat/bland that it didn’t really work like I’d wanted.


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Had a nice Western mug of this a few nights ago; lots of good notes of wet earth, wet wood, cocoa, dates, and molasses. Definitely no regrets with buying more of this tea – it continues to be an unwavering favourite of mine.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p-qilKyOmo&index=27&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC trained Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My Goal for The New Year (2017) is to make time for at least one long, proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for…

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additive. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, overly vegetal or marine, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot

If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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