4676 Tasting Notes

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I do believe I saw this on the AQ2T site around a year ago, and I was pretty fascinated by it then however I missed out on buying it – so when I saw it last time I placed an order I had to pounce! The entire concept of this tea just sounds so good to me, and I’m very optimistic about the overall flavour! I want it to work so badly.

- Lots of spice in the top: cinnamon/nutmeg
- Hints of carrot but not as much as I’d like there to be
- Some brown sugar sweetness/molasses-y undertones
- Those, combined with the spices, really emulate “cake” well!
- Toasty, but not as strongly as a Genmaicha normally would be
- Still very pleasant overall and really warming/comforting

On the whole, I think it represents “Carrot Cake” and the spices in a carrot cake really nicely. In my humble opinion, there are definitely areas that could be improved upon but it really isn’t a bad tea at all. I’m not even remotely mad that there doesn’t appear to have been an attempt made to recreate the “cream cheese frosting” and that’s usually a MUST for me when it comes to carrot cake flavoured things. It just works well without it.

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So, much to my surprise, I received another Tea Sparrow subscription box in the mail today from the lovely VariaTEA! Surprise mail is really just the best mail; especially when it’s tea mail!

Everything in this month’s box looks so good, so of course I brought one of the pouches with me to work so I could try one of them right away! I do think this tea was probably intended to be drank iced, but it’s REALLY snowy in town right now and I wasn’t in an iced tea mood at all, so I made my cup of this one hot.

It brews up a nice ‘cherry’ red colour with some impressive clarity. For me, the colour was beautiful, but also the first sign that this was going to be a tart tea. I wasn’t wrong either; the bulk of flavour here is hibiscus – straight and strong. Some sour/tangy pineapple notes do cut the straight hibiscus flavour a little bit, but it does wind up being a pretty strong sour/tart note overall despite the duo tone of the flavour.

I wish I could have tasted more mango/papaya because I think they COULD have offered a really interesting flavour combination overall, sadly they were lost in the infusion. Raisin is another ingredient that is pretty unique/interesting and that I feel could have contributed something more unique to the flavour profile but it too was pretty drowned out.

I will definitely revisit this one iced, mostly to see if that results in more balanced flavour.

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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!

I’m sipping on this one now while catching up on tasting notes/before I have to get ready for work. It’s pretty nice; I definitely didn’t expect the chocolate notes to be as robust as they are but it’s a pleasant sort of surprise. The toffee isn’t coming through for me, which is a shame, but the hazelnut is here in the undertones and finish! It’s probably a little too sweet for me overall, but I’m still enjoying this teacup of it!

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Thanks for the tea MissB!

I tried this one last night; it was pretty nice! The dominant flavour note with this one is hay/straw. Like, lots of hay and straw. It’s a very full bodied, prominent flavour notes that almost eclipses the other things going on here. That said, there was also a softer, sweet nuttyness and some earthy undertones. As the tea was really cooling down/getting room temperature I also started to pick up on some lingering fruit notes in the finish. Almost peachy? But also somewhat reminded me of strawberry leaf.

I’d call this a pretty peaceful cuppa overall; something to sip on when you want the flavour notes of a white tea with more body/intensity. Very nice for a bagged tea, as well.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4kJalb2bc&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=6

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Sipdown (216)!

Finished this one off right after work, meaning I steeped the cup on my way out the door and then drank it on the bus ride/walk home. The walk home where, I might add, it started to snow! Like, it’s almost May! Can’t we be done with snow now!?

This was a really nice cuppa though; it had a light to medium roast overall and soft undertones of caramel and cocoa in between all of the toasty goodness. Also hints of other toasty/roasty things like brown rice and barley. The finish did have a weird sort of lingering taste on the tip of the tongue; kind of the taste/feeling of licking a copper penny? If that makes ANY sense at all. I still really enjoyed it though, and that warming toasty feeling was the perfect ‘hug’ while it was gradually getting colder/snowier.

I’ll miss this one!

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
4676 tasting notes

Iced Latte!

I added in some of the new coconut agave as well since this tea has coconut in the dry leaf and I thought it’d be a natural tie in/compliment to the flavour. It certainly did NOT taste bad, but at the same time I do think it would have tasted better without. It’s just that it would up being a little TOO much coconut, and I felt like I was sacrificing the flavour of the walnut because of that and the walnut really should be what’s the star here.

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 Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
4676 tasting notes

Tea Infused Popsicles!

I really liked the last batch I did, so I decided that I’d make another using a different herbal that I love – and since muddled grapes were the winner last time over the muddled dragonfruit I through some of those into the popsicle molds too!

I think overall I liked the Magic Dragon ones better just because they were a lot stronger/more intense in flavour but these were nice too – sort of like a semi muted version of this tea when it’s iced/cold brewed. The grapes were a nice touch; they went perfectly with the tea just like the had with the Magic Dragon.

Honestly, it’s just really nice having a cold tea infused treat around now that it’s warmer. It feels like a really indulgent dessert, even if it’s not much more than frozen tea. However, it’s still treating yourself – and a good alternative to something sweeter/worse for you health wise.

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 a mug of this one a few nights ago with some cashew milk added in! It was very nice and silky, with more emphasis on the buttery coconut and whisps of sweet nuttyness from the milk I’d added in. The pineapple was still present, but more muted/less bright and it served as a sweet undertone more so than anything else.

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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Made a pot of this to drink this morning with breakfast while reading an interesting presentation about Millennial purchasing statistics/trends contrasted against those of Baby Boomers, and how to market towards Millennials effectively. It was pretty interesting overall, but also there were some weird, stand out facts too.

Like, did you know the 2nd largest purchased “ready to consume” beverage of Millennials is Drinkable Yogurt? I didn’t – and that seems pretty weird/abstract too. I mean, the number one drink makes sense (Energy Drinks). But drinkable yogurt!?

Anyway – the tea was really good! I liked it a lot better prepared hot than iced. It was far, far smoother with REALLY good and distinct raspberry, orange, and lime notes just like you get from the potent, mouth watering smell of the dry leaf. Also, it was the faintest bit creamy/vanilla tasting too which I think works with the “Sherbet” component as sherbet is a creamy frozen dessert made with dairy, egg whites or gelatin.

Yum!

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So, a while ago I made a really nice baked brie with blueberry compote topping with a side of Blueberry Jam tea infused brown sugar syrup topped fresh fruit. However, what’s a meal without a tea to accompany it?

Since the meal itself was so thoughtfully planned out I knew I wanted a tea that would be enjoyable but wouldn’t detract from the tastes I had so thoughtfully paired together. This was that tea! I had a few infusions of it Gong Fu while I was eating the meal that were nice but appropriately delicate so as to not add anything to the overall flavour that would muddle it up.

Though, after the meal I did continue the session with another five infusions so I could enjoy the nuances of the tea itself too and appreciate what it has to offer too! Some jot notes I took after the meal:

- First 3 infusions were with the food; mostly a delicate straw w. peach taste
- Definitely a delicate white peony w. notes of straw, hay, fresh flowers, & peach
- Soft flavour decline, though! Definitely lasted longer than I anticipated it to

Here’s a link to my Blueberry Jam review where I talk about that a bit more and how it tied into the meal: https://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/356575#likes

And some more pictures of everything:

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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 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 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…

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 spices, overly vegetal or marine, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe 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: 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
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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