4941 Tasting Notes

Last of the new teas, also iced!

This is DEFINITELY my favourite of the three new ones, and by a lot. I mean, whenever DT releases a passionfruit blend I always kind of hold my breath because I have no history of feeling “middle ground” or neutral towards them – it’s all in or all out. The last passionfruit blend, Passion Punch, was an ‘all in’ one for me so statistically I was banking on this one being a flop. Nope!

So, some of my coworkers think I’m REALLY crazy for the comparison but the minute I tried this one the only thing I could think of was Five Alive! My brother and I used to practically drink that stuff by the gallon in elementary school and to me this tastes exactly like the Tropical variety which Wikipedia is now informing me was made up of “Orange, Apricot, Guava, Mango, and Passionfruit”. I mean, this has 2/5 – and they’re DEFINITELY the most major ones, too.

It’s honestly just really bright and refreshing and the balance between citrus and tropical fruits is really great – slightly more orange than passionfruit, but with that tangy sweet finish that passionfruit has. It feels both exotic, and really familiar like drinking a glass of orange juice with your breakfast. Plus, I think the sweetness level is right where it needs to be and it makes me so happy that’s been achieved without any sort of added sweetener and with an organic tea too, nonetheless.

I mean, obviously I have a bias here but I definitely recommend checking this one out! It’s a pretty solid iced tea option, and for the next little while likely going to be my go to iced tea recommendation.

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.

Arby

I wasn’t going to try it, but you’ve convinced me.

Sébastien Tremblay

Same, I dont know why, but this one reminded me of the old Davids Tea, when I was excited for a new tea. This summer was really bad in my opinion, with new arrival every month, and just redundant blend. I hope the new director improve on that in the future

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Next up of the new teas; also drank this one iced.

I’d say thus far, within our store anyway, this has been the most popular of the three new citrus teas. I don’t mind it, personally it’s middle of the pack for me. It actually reminds me A LOT of Electric Lemonade but with a more clearly defined strawberry flavour and arguably less lemon. Plus, obviously, it’s caffeine free and Electric Lemonade is REALLY caffeinated. I think I expected it to be a bit more tart, honestly? But I thought it was pretty sweet and juicy.

It’s weird though because I’ve heard the full range now of “this is way too tart/needs a TON of added sweetener to be drinkable” and “this is SUPER sweet, DT needs to cut back with their new blends”, but not so much middle ground? And I feel like I’m kind of middle ground towards it…

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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New teas!

This time it’s three herbal teas, all centered around a “citrus” theme. Whether this one is “new” in the complete sense of the word is debatable, though – all of the ingredients are actually identical to the Ruby Red blend from a few years back. I THINK it’s just a different proportion of ingredients? It’d be interesting to compare them directly.

I did all three iced – this was probably my least favourite of the three but I didn’t actually dislike it. I just enjoyed it less than the others. It’s actually a huge improvement upon Grapefruit Granita though, so if you were someone looking for a grapefruit tea that didn’t enjoy that one this might be nice to try out. I thought it was pretty accurate to actual grapefruit: very bright and sweet initially but with a stronger somewhat playful bitterness towards the end. I think the bitterness comes from all the chicory in the blend contrasted against the other ingredients, personally.

It might be interesting to use this one in cocktails/mocktails though (with gin?), or perhaps in some kind of baking? Like if you infused it into an icing or something for lemon cake? I think that would probably be REALLY nice.

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 Cancer by The Forest Witch
4941 tasting notes

This is still pretty pine-y, but mostly it’s sweet, bright kiwi with hints of lemon and melon. I’m actually liking it even more today than I did last time, even though I did let it sit a little too long and now it’s a weird temperature that’s just slightly above room temp!?

Also, it’s pretty lush, fresh and bright and those sweet, lively fruit notes are a really nice counterpart to my lunch, which is a cheese fondue made out of this GREAT melted down Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese which is creamy, buttery and kind of nutty. I’m dipping fresh grapes and crackers in it, so it’s already this nice, sweet and kind of light snack/meal and the tea just mimics those vibes and that kind of fun, upbeat flavour profile.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyv0ZlW0yS0&index=4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

I’m pretty much keeping that upbeat, fun and lively feeling going with my music pairing today – which is essentially just the Moana soundtrack. I mean, that’s perfectly in line with not only the vibes of the tea but the meal, too! I keep gravitating to this particular song though; it’s just the perfect mirror to the mood/aesthetic I’m striving for.

Super Starling!

WHY IS IT CALLED CANCER? Is it named after the astrological sign, as opposed to the disease?

Roswell Strange

Yes – this particular vendor has a whole line of horoscope teas.

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84

Made myself a cup of this one at work a few nights ago.

I was actually scooping it for a customer, and the aroma was really enticing me so as soon as I’d rung her through I immediately had to drink this one. I actually used to drink it a lot more, but lately I’ve found myself actually forgetting about it quite a bit. Which is silly; it’s a good tea and one of the few options in our mate section right now without lemon, so it should get a bit more love.

The raspberry is the best part; it’s sweet and rich without being bright and candy like. Couple with that darker chocolate sort of flavour, I actually find it reminds me a LOT of this really nice raspberry dark chocolate truffle liquor that I’m really into at the moment. I should try and find a way to combine the two into some sort of cocktail because I bet that would be REALLY amazing. Speaking of the chocolate notes though, they were actually a lot lighter than I remember them being! I mean, not to say they were absent because they certainly were not, but there seemed to be a lot more focus/emphasis on the raspberry, toastiness of the mate, and then the sweetness of the almonds as well, which was really marzipan-y with that kind of cherry like undertone to them that they sometimes have.

Hmm; maybe this would be a good hot toddy? Big mug of this, steeped up strong with a splash of that dark chocolate truffle liquor, some amaretto and maybe some mezcal for a slight smokey flavour? Like, a smoked chocolate raspberry sort of thing with a nutty finish? I can see that being really good. Alternatively, a think a pinch of Lapsang Souchong would add a very interesting dynamic to the flavour profile for this one too.

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.

Super Starling!

This is one of my favorite DT blends. :)

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drank Chai Apricot by Tea Desire
4941 tasting notes

Latte!

I mean, it’s about time I actually made this one into a latte – that’s kind of the thing you do with Chai, after all. There were no surprises with this one as a latte; it was very smooth with a thick creamy mouthfeel and just an absurd amount of delicious, warming clove, cinnamon and fennel spice notes. The apricot was this lovely sweet, brightness at the top of the sip that gave the whole drink a really fun pop of flavour, and made it feel like a great twist on a typical Chai Latte, which this essentially was. I mean, with the green base tea it was lighter overall than a black based Chai would have been – but all the boxes for the spice notes, the creamyness, and the warming, comforting quality of the drink itself were all checked off.

I shared some of it with a coworker who has fairly different taste preferences than I do; he’s VERY into rooibos, dessert blends, and sweeter teas in general. His favourites from DT are Cotton Candy, Creme Caramel Rooibos, Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, and Saigon Chai. Pretty well all of those are ones I’m not too huge on; however this tea is something we were both able to actually agree on as being REALLY good. It even blew his mind a bit that it was a green tea base, since neither of us are green tea fans generally speaking.

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70

I made this one with an extra minute of steep time, a little less tea leaf and then the addition of both milk and cane sugar which resulted in a very thick feeling, creamy cup with a lot of malty sweetness from the black base, some honey notes and then a very soft and soothing lavender flavour. Lavender isn’t my favourite taste at all but with the right amount of doctoring this was actually a very peaceful and relaxing drink that certainly made it easy enough to wind down with for the evening.

It was also my accompaniment on the trip home from work, where I was reading a very, very interesting video game(ish) related article shared to me by someone else. I don’t know AT ALL what I expected the article to be when they said it was really unique and interesting but this was certainly NOT it:

http://letsplayvideogames.com/2017/06/the-transgender-rabbid-who-got-into-kinky-sex-a-laurakbuzz-expose/

Thoughts? I’m just… confused, I guess? I don’t know – intrigued as well, I suppose.

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69

So, I had a Camellia Sinensis order show up today! I actually placed the order not really for any tea in particular but because they were carrying an absolutely STUNNING jellyfish teacup that I just 100% needed to own. You guys don’t even understand; jellyfish have been my spirit animals as of late. They’re these gentle, floating water blobs that zap you when you get up in their personal space – how perfect is that!? Plus, all my good friends refer to me as an “asexual jellyfish”. I don’t know where that even originated, but it’s just a term now. So now I have this equally bad ass jellyfish teacup!

Anyway; while I was ordering I DID pick up some tea too – because you just gotta. That’s how addiction works. I chose this one because I have tried a Columbian Bitaco tea before and I thought it would be interesting to compare the two mentally, especially since this one was a pretty reasonable price.

The dry leaf for this one is really sweet smelling with distinct notes of honey, cocoa, and graham crackers that definitely piqued my interest/curiosity. Steeped up, it’s kind of similar to the dry aroma? I mean, it’s got hints of malt and honey but it’s also pretty brisk and full bodied with a thicker mouthfeel and a somewhat astringent and tannic finish. Also, a bit of a burnt sugar sort of flavour, too.

I mean so far my initial impression is that I like the other black Bitaco tea better it was smoother, and it had this very fascinating anise flavour to it. However, I think some tweaking could produce a very interesting infusion. Either less leaf, or less steeping time would probably fix the astringency and I bet milk and sugar or honey would make for a really nice breakfast tea with some of those honey notes getting exaggerated nicely.

Definitely excited to see where this tea will go.

Current rating is a conservative 69, with the belief that appropriate tweaking will result in a brew deserving of a better score.

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Hot mug of tea on the front steps with a bowl of cherries, and some good music!

So, this second time around i feel like I definitely got more of a feel of the “spice” elements of the flavour profile. The finish was very clove heavy, with even a sense of ginger or even cinnamon. All of that, of course, on top of the very herbaceous flavour of the basil itself. It was actually a very nice compliment to the cherries as well because it sort of created this sweet “spiced cherry” sort of flavour profile with the same great juxtaposition between savory and sweet that you get from pairings like sage and blackberry or peach and thyme.

In fact, I think I’d be REALLY on board for a “Spiced Cherry and Tulsi” type of blend; either herbal, rooibos, honeybush, or black. Cherries, tulsi, clove and the tea base, maybe with a bit of cinnamon? Can I put in a formal recommendation for Anne of 52Teas to make that!? It would be SO good!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iWIufREVVM&list=WL&index=2

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69

Pot of tea early in the morning with brunch!

This still isn’t my favourite straight black, but I did enjoy the pot I made of it for the most part. It was really rich and full bodied with some nice nutty notes to it and underyling sweetness. The combination of those two made me think of walnuts quite a bit, actually. However, it was also very tannic/astringent which was sort of… meh.

Flavors: Nutty, Walnut

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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

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Regina, SK, Canada

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