4457 Tasting Notes


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Made this one as a latte at work a few nights ago. It was really good, but I felt like I actually tasted more stonefruit in the flavour than the rum itself. I never did get around the Gong Fu brewing this – I just fell in love with it as a latte too much.

If this is something that LP decided to revisit, I know I’d definitely buy more.

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Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!!!

Mostly, this tasted very strongly to me of honeybush, but had hints of creaminess and, for whatever reason, lemons as well. I think from a tea based around Eggnog, I just wanted a much richer flavour with a more pronounced eggyness or nutmeg quality. As is, I didn’t tasted any sort of nutmeg or other spices at all and not nearly enough custard like flavour for me to feel like I could have even blindly named this as ‘eggnog’. That said, when I put aside the lack of accuracy towards the named – it wasn’t bad for what it was.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNIU0H880XQ&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=17

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Lemon, Rooibos, Wood


Lemon? I’ll have to look for that next time I have this.

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So, I didn’t realize until literally just now looking up this tea here on Steepster, but I guess this isn’t a “new” tea like I thought it was. This was, I guess, re-released with the Matcha Collection that came out earlier in the month. Since the PLU# on the back of the tin was a new one and not an older number I just made the assumption it was a new tea and not a returning one.

My guess, and it is just a guess, is that because we’re selling this with a completely new description and it has an updated PLU# (normally returning teas are listed under their old numbers not given new numbers) is just that it’s been reformulated enough that it can’t be considered the same blend anymore – though it looks like the same ingredients to me. Just a theory…

Anyway, that’s a lot of exposition.

Basically, I did really like this tea and I was certainly quite excited for it. However, as someone who really enjoys Genmaicha because of the roasty flavour of it I have to say that I do prefer the normal Genmaicha. It’s just that this is essentially the same thing but more vegetal/grassy, and with a higher price tag. Also, I like that Genmaicha is relatively low caffeine which makes it nice for night time – but the added matcha makes this somewhat more caffeinated. So, an enjoyable drink overall but given the option I lean more towards the other one we’re currently offering.

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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Made this one, Western style, in store for my manager and myself a few nights ago. This was the first Sheng style Pu’erh she’d ever had and so I kind of challenged her to break down the flavour notes along with me, as well as compare and contrast it to Shou pu’erh that she’s tried.

As far as the compare/contrast goes she didn’t have much to go on because the only Shou she’s tried are the Silken Pu’erh we currently sell at DT and the Golden Pu’erh that DT used to carry. However, she said that the main difference was that this seemed lighter and less earthy as well as fruity.

My tasting note list:
Artichoke, Apple Skins, Peach Juices, Sweet Grass, Anise, Black Pepper, Moss(?)

Dani’s list:
Apple, peach, vegetal, a hint earthy

I enjoyed this one overall! I think maybe I like the other Laos pu’erh I’ve got from Camellia Sinensis a bit better though. It would be good to directly compare them, I think.

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drank Maple Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Welp, I tried the Kale matcha as a shot so I figured I’d just complete the trio and try all three ‘new’ Matcha flavours as the preparation style I thought they’d all be best served as. For this one, that meant making it as a latte.

We’ve been trying to learn how to make latte art/leaf designs in store so I also took advantage of making this as a latte for myself to practice; I failed pretty hard though. If anyone has any tips, I’m all ears!

As far as the flavour goes, I was actually worried this would be too rich/sweet for me but I actually found I liked it a lot better as a latte than I did when I had it straight. That’s one of the nice things about milk/lattes – it’s great at tempering flavour so for the teas we sell with a lot of pre added sweeteners I find it mellows out those notes which I’d otherwise find kind of cloying. That’s not to say it _wasn’t sweet though – just more appropriately so. Otherwise, tasted like creamy maple!

I think I was pretty spot on when I said this one would work really well 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.

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So this tea comes from VariaTEA – it’s my first tea from this company! Turns out, like her, I made the mistake of thinking the flavour of this was inspired by the drink/cocktail instead of the actual location.

I was very surprised when I took my first sip and it was so strongly spearmint flavoured, with milder citrus undertones. I’ve only had a proper Long Island Iced Tea like twice, and to be honest I kind of hated it – but one thing it definitely did not taste like was mint. That said, this was delicious. I’d totally drink it again, but also I think it would be well suited as the base tea for a tea cocktail as well; maybe like a Mint Julep type thing?


Haha what does it say about us that we immediately thought alcohol :P

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Received this one a LONG time ago from Liquid Proust.

So, spent a few hours this evening hanging out with my ASM/friend Everett. The one who I play the ‘game’ with at DAVIDsTEA where we both pick out teas for one another. He came over for tea/supper. Turns out he’d never drank Gong Fu before so we had a really nice, relaxed Gong Fu session while just talking/hanging out.

In the spirit of LP who constantly has friends over for tea drinking/sharing, and who is just one of the most incredible people on the website when it comes to sharing tea and bringing people together I decided to put down the note pad and just enjoy the company I was sharing the tea with instead of tracking every minute detail of the experience. So, I have no idea how many infusions we had or how long each of them steeped for. I just know we drank until we were ready to move onto something else. Also, I picked this tea specifically because it’s one he shared with me and I thought it appropriate to continue the chain of sharing it with others.

That said, the things that stuck out in the session for me in between just enjoying everything for the experience were that this tea seemed to start off rather smooth for me. I know Everett didn’t like the first few infusions so much (he’s not a big Pu’erh fan generally speaking), but they were much better to me than a lot of initial infusions I’ve experienced with other shengs. I just know I braced myself for bitterness, and I didn’t really get that. Maybe some astringency though? In the tail of the sip in the first portion of the session. Also, I recall some veggie notes and roughly in the middle of the session more of a tangy, fruity sweetness that made me think of apricots.

This would be fun to revisit Gong Fu when I am tracking everything much more carefully and being a far more observant tea drinker just to see whether the more memorable things that poked out from this session would also be true for that one. However, judging from this experience alone it was really positive! Of course, the atmosphere I was in is reflected in that at least a little bit obviously.

Also, I didn’t take pictures because I felt kind of weird taking pictures of our session/the food while someone else was with us but for supper we had a freshly made Greek Salad, sans tomatoes because neither Everett nor myself like the texture of them that much. Also, ‘dessert perogies’. This was my very first time making dessert perogies and I wasn’t totally sure what to expect but basically think perogie dough wrapped around strawberry pie filling! As a supper, they were a bit odd paired with the salad – especially when you factored in the onion in the salad. However, on their own they tasted delicious and I bet they would have been even better with some cinnamon sugar dusted over them or hot with a scoop of vanilla icecream on top. You know, as an actual dessert.

Just… overall it was a good session, with a good meal, and good company.


Sounds like a good time! .

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drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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So after I finished my Cucumber Citron that I’d brought with me for the bus ride to DT, and after my matcha shot, I realized that I now had a carry mug full of lemon slices that weren’t doing anything but sitting there so I asked everyone who was working for a suggestion of something that would work well with the extra lemon slices and we decided on Sweet Lime.

So, on the bus ride home I enjoyed a second lemon infused tea – and iced Sweet Lime. Compared to the Cucumber Citron this didn’t work as well for me. I think that’s because this is already a REALLY citrus heavy tea, and the addition of even more citrus/lemon made it feel very ‘one note’. That said, that ‘one note’ flavour was pretty nice. I guess technically it was two note, because it was totally both lime flavoured and lemony. A little more sour/acidic than this normally is; but not tart or unpleasant. You could just tell it was natural lemon notes/lemon juice and not flavouring. I wouldn’t waste another lemon to drink it again because it wasn’t that good, but it wasn’t bad either.

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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drank Kale Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I bussed into the store today both to pick up some of the new Matcha Genmaicha since it’s the only tea in this new collection that I haven’t tried yet and to meet up with my ASM Everett since we had planned to do something today after he got off work.

Turns out, our store hasn’t received our shipment of the Matcha Genmaicha yet so I had to get something else instead. While it was super tempting to just order a Genmaicha with some Ceremonial Matcha mixed into it, I settled for a Kale Matcha shot because I wanted to see if my theory that they’d work well for a shot was correct or not.

Final verdict? I liked it! Actually, I think I enjoyed the overall flavour of the kale matcha shot more than I do that of a Ceremonial Matcha shot. Even though you’d think it’d be more bitter because of the kale powder, it didn’t really seem that way to me. Still has a weird mouthfeel from the kale, though.

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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Had the same cold brew from yesterday another cup from the pitcher today. Normally, I wouldn’t log another tasting note for the exact same brew but I did do something different with this one that I think is worth note.

So, a few weeks ago one of my coworkers brought a lemon to work to cut up and put in iced tea – and I thought that was fucking brilliant, so when I did my grocery shopping this week I bought a whole bunch of lemons so that I could do the same with cold brews. When I tried this one yesterday, I knew that it was something that would probably work well with the extra lemon flavour so it was my guinea pig today.

One cut up meyer lemon later, and I had a really nice cold brew that was greatly like yesterday’s but with a more pronounced lemon/citrus quality. Since the cucumber was SO strong in the first place, this sort of leveled it out a little bit. Really enjoyable, and even more Spring-like than yesterday!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78DVtcsT26k&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=1

Like a lot of songs by this band, this sort of just feels like free word association, but when I first heard it I was super curious about it and so I looked it up. It’s kind of a love song of sorts, inspired in part by something overheard by a homeless man and a tattoo one of the artists once saw on a fan that they fell in love with. The overall sound is supposed to be like a downtown neighborhood/sort of slum which sets the scene for the people in the song.

I don’t know; I just really enjoy this band a lot and I thought that with that in mind and with the fun, upbeat nature of the song it worked for the bus ride I was taking whilst drinking this tea. My bus ride was headed to the heart of downtown, and we pass through a couple of neighborhoods not unlike what the artists were going for in the song, so with the flavour of the tea complimenting the tone of the song, and my literal surroundings matching the implied ones in the song it was just very immersive.

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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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