4809 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown (231)!

Second hard sipdown of the week…

Finished this one off hot, straight and pure. That back to basics style of finishing it off seemed the most appropriate way to honor this tea – my first Butiki tea. It’ll be missed, always. The best watermelon tea I’ve EVER tasted, and likely ever will.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Welp, that time has come…

Finished this one off as an iced tea with a splash of milk and I have to say that drinking that sweet, creamy pina colada beverage felt like everything ‘summer’ coming to a head. That bright, creamy penicillin yellow beverage is just SO incredibly good. A million thanks to VariaTEA for sending more my way and extending my experience with my absolute favourite tisane from DT…

Maybe next summer, Tropicalia, we’ll reunite again. Maybe next summer…

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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More of a chamomile flavour than last time, which resulted in a much more unpleasant flavour overall. I still enjoyed the bright mango notes, but they were fleeting and drowned out by that nasty, floral sickly sweet and gross chamomile bullshit.

Oh well, at least I was out like a rock not twenty minutes from finishing the cup.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (234)!

Finishing this one off this afternoon as a cold brew, just to do something different with it. I actually really like this cold brew – like, A LOT more than I enjoyed the hot cups of it. It’s really quite silky and smooth with primarily bergamot notes and then hints of jasmine and something creamy in the undertones. It almost tastes like it could be a cream Earl Grey blend, but I don’t think there’s actually vanilla in this tea so I don’t know where that’s coming from…

Really though, it’s great. Even if the vanilla flavour winds up being a ‘phantom note’ concocted by my subconscious, this is a very smooth brew with the perfect ratio of bergamot/earl grey flavours and floral notes.

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Quickly whipped myself a cup of this one right before I took off from work to head home;

I know I understeeped it because I was rushing to make it to the bank to drop of the night’s deposit and still get to my bus on time but even still I thought the honey note was beautiful and soothing, and I appreciated the red fruit undertones that were just present enough to be identifiable. It was also very lightly grassy, and the finish was sweet and a touch nutty.

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drank The Buzz by DAVIDsTEA
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new tea guide made this one iced for herself a couple days ago to cross another tea from the wall off her list of things to try; she didn’t like it though, and rather than see it go to waste I decided to finish it instead.

Problem was, I don’t really like it either. I find the ginger is VERY strong, and I think the lemon notes taste rather pithy/bitter like lemon rinds. So, I had to add A LOT of honey to it in order for it to wind up being palatable for my tastes. Obviously with all the honey it was very, very sweet – but more than that it made the lemon bright and juicy instead of bitter. I mean, this isn’t something I’d do again because it takes A LOT of honey for this tea to taste good to me but I’m happy I saved it from being dumped.

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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Hot with milk.

Pretty much the most comforting tea I’ve drank all week; it tasted EXACTLY like sticky rice and had the softest, smoothest earthy finish. All my coworkers were kind of disgusted by the idea of a rice tea, but then they tried it and now I think I’ve created new rice scented tea converts!

CrowKettle

Apprehension seems to be the general first response, but I love these now :)

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Another cup with more citrus/orange than cucumber.

To be fair, I didn’t see ANY cucumber in the leaf I had measured out, but at the same time I’m hoping this isn’t going to be a trend. I mean, I do really enjoy this tea even without the same degree of cucumber I experienced the first few times I tried it but it’s the cucumber that really makes it special.

That said, I’ve learned that it really doesn’t matter if this is cold or hot, like this cup was. The tea is gonna taste quite delicious regardless!

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of this tea but I tried it as a latte the other day and it really changed my perspective on it. The creamy lime notes this tea originally has are just the perfect compliment to the creaminess of the milk – and the green tea base it completely hidden away where it can’t bother anyone.

In fact, I even have a lime flavoured ice cream at home that tastes EXACTLY like this latte.

It’s wonderful.

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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Heyyooo – tasting note 4800!

So, I ordered this one for myself knowing that I likely wouldn’t like it. I’ve never been a fan of lavender, and the idea of basically a straight lavender tea makes me cringe so badly. The challenge for myself was to push past my comfort zone and find a way to enjoy a tea that was completely contrary to my tastes.

So I brewed this one up hot and straight initially – I had to try it first before deciding what to do with it. It was definitely too intense/floral for my liking, and it reminded me of bath soap. However, it also gave me an idea!

With a bit of added coconut agave, this was the result:

- Very strong, natural lavender notes
- Had a nice freshness to it and a tropical flavour quality
- Resulted in what tasted like a superior/better quality version of DT’s Jessie’s Tea
- Really fresh and with the perfect amount of sweetness!
- It suddenly went from tasting like bath soap to a very serene, peaceful cuppa!

What a perfect fix to a tea I otherwise would NOT have enjoyed!

mrmopar

Knock them out Ros!

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually four(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 certified 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. I can’t say I’ve been doing great staying on track with this resolution.

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, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, and honey, but only in moderation.

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, often Chai spices in general, overly vegetal or marine/seaweed, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

I also have a mild allergy to mushrooms! You wouldn’t think that’d be an issue when it comes to tea – but you’d be surprised.

Currently exploring/looking to try: Shou Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas!

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

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

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

Location

Regina, SK, Canada

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