5930 Tasting Notes

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
5930 tasting notes

Tea Press.

Didn’t actually pick up the lavender in this infusion, which was weird to me. Instead it tasted like strawberry hard candies and rose water Turkish Delight with a sweet, and refreshing spearmint finish. It made me wonder if spearmint Turkish Delight is a thing, ’cause I feel like as long as you were using a sweeter mint like Spearmint or Wintergreen that could actually be a really unique and refreshing thing. Especially if you were to go for a hybrid flavour like ’Rosewater and Wintergreen".

Some confectioner needs to make that happen.

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With milk, and vanilla agave.

This tasted like some sort of super sugary, fancy coffee shop drink marketed towards teenagers; “Chocolate covered almond Frap with two pumps of Vanilla Syrup and a dark chocolate drizzle topped with whipped cream, cocoa powder, and crushed toasted almonds”. Some sort of nonsense on the ‘secret menu’ that has a dumb name like The Chimera Frap. But I mean all of that said, I was craving sugary sweet chocolate nonsense when I made it and that’s what I got so…

I was a happy tea drinker.

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Sakura Sushi

“Chimera Frap” – that’s awesome. :)

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So…

Adding peppermint agave to this tea seems like a really good plan. However, I’m hear to tell you that it most definitely is not. Or at least wasn’t in my case. Like, this is already a very sweet tea so the sweetness of agave just pushes it so far past the line of being enjoyable. I wanted lots and lots of minty goodness, and I got that – but I also got this wave a sweetness that I bet would be too much for even a sugar crazed, screaming five year old. Skip the agave, and just enjoy this tea for the delicious brew it produces on its own is my recommendation…

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At work, with milk.

I’ve been training our new Keyholder at work this week and part of that is doing tea tastings to introduce her to the most popular blends in each category of tea. Of course, when it comes to black teas this is almost always a crowd pleaser. It’s actually been a long time since I’ve had it myself, so I made a cup for me as well.

Flavour wise, it was exactly as I remembered it being! Super creamy and decadent with those familiar and comforting bergamot and vanilla notes! Simple, rich, and pretty nice all around. What actually threw me off was the thickness of the liquor – like it was so heavy and creamy that I actually went and double checked the date on the milk because I figured there was no way that could be normal but it was, so I really don’t know what was up with that. It really had me scratching my head, though!

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Loved the concept of this one, and the dry leaf’s aroma was equally enticing! It smelled like robust, sweet oranges and marzipan! I was sure I’d enjoy it. Steeped up there was something quite off about it though and I’m almost positive it’s whatever AQTT is using as the ‘orange’ flavouring because it had the same very harsh, chalky, bitter and artificial orange taste that made Blood Orange Punch so unpleasant/undrinkable. At least this one, for me anyway, wasn’t that bad and I was still about the finish the cup even if I wouldn’t describe it as a ‘good’ flavour – I think the use of black tea base and general sweetness of the almond went a long way to making that happen though. Those parts of the blend were lovely.

I’m like 90% sure that it comes down to that orange flavour though. I can’t speak for others, but I think I’m just personally really not a fan of it.

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

I’m sad to hear this but not surprised :(

My vendor for a handful of flavors recently reformulated some of their citrus flavors. I think this one has been changed the most. Or at least has been the most divisive in my office too. I’m currently trying to find a new source. I’ll probably be holding off on orange teas until then.

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
5930 tasting notes

Ok, so last time on my ‘quest’ to try every bubble tea flavour I went for Strawberry and it was only alright. I was gonna do Coconut next, but a coworker convinced me to skip straight to honeydew so that’s where we’re at now…

It was ok. I mean it definitely isn’t a natural honeydew flavour but instead that very sweet, creamy and candy like flavour that artificial honeydew things have. I actually usually like that flavour a lot – honeydew is probably my favourite of all the melonds, naturally or artificially speaking. That said, this was SO FUCKING SWEET. Like, ‘Oh my God’ levels of sweet. I don’t think I could do this one again unless I was really craving something sweet. In fact, as much as I enjoyed the flavour I actually had to enlist the help of some coworkers to finish it because I was getting like sugar shock or something…

Easily the sweetest bubble tea I’ve had to date.

Flavors: Honeydew

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drank 2016 Trap Bird by White2Tea
5930 tasting notes

Sipping away at a Western style mug of this one currently. It’s going to be my last tea of the night; I just wanted something to drink while working on some reviews and Shou actually makes me sort of sleepy so it works as a before bed tea too.

I’m struck by how clean and smooth this one is, with a really thick and almost syrupy seeming mouthfeel. The balance between sweet and umami notes is also really nice; I can see it being even better if you were Gong Fu-ing as well! Main note I pick up on is wood, like cedar/pine. However, other notes are a sort of ‘semi salted’ Earth note, sweet smoke, and raisins/prune. More of those raisin notes in the top of the sip than anywhere else, with the more umami aspects coming out in the finish.

It almost seems like this would be a waste of the tea itself, but I can imagine this making a bomb as fuck soup stock or broth. Toss in like a handful of onions/shallots, some celery, carrot, pinch of brown sugar, and firm cubed tofu and you’d have an awesome dish. If I end up liking the rest of my sample Gong Fu enough to cake this, then I’ll try that out – but if I’m just gonna be working with this sample amount then I’ll leave this as an idea untested…

Mastress Alita

I can’t use the little flavor packets that come with ramen because they contain MSG which is one of my migraine triggers, so I actually use tea as the broth in my ramen and it works very well! I’ll have to put this one on my list. At the moment I’ve been using very lemon-gingery/fennel teas.

Roswell Strange

I like Genmaicha, Houjicha, and Matcha a lot used as broth; fennel sounds like it’d be right up my alley though so I’ll add that one to my list! ;)

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New Collection!

As a whole, this collection kind of makes me feel conflicted. I mean, I like matcha a lot but I also don’t like green tea and most of the teas in this collection are green teas. I wanted to like this one though; it sounds like an awesome concept.

The dry leaf smells pretty good too; definitely sweet and nutty from the almond with the same sort of creamy aroma that Let It Snow had, probably from the white chocolate curls that they both have in common. Steeped up? It’s not for me. I mean, my issue actually isn’t with the green tea itself – it just tastes like a stevia bomb has gone off in my mouth. Usually I don’t even register the taste of stevia in most teas, but this is really intense to me so I can’t even imagine how someone who’s much more sensitive to stevia would react to it.

I’ll likely try it a few more times just to be sure – but I’m probably just gonna have to pass on this one overall. Can’t love ’em all.

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 was a bit disappointing with the new collection because I’m also not a big matcha fan or green tea fan. Zestfully green of course is tasty, but the new ones are less appealing. Milk and stevia? no thanks. I wish they would stop putting stevia, whey, and lactose powder in teas.

Roswell Strange

I’m of different minds on this; personally I certainly wish there was less stevia/hibiscus/licorice roots in blends because it’s something I don’t like. However, you’d be surprised by the amount of people who actually come into the store specifically looking for those ingredients. There’s DEFINITELY a demand for that. So, I don’t think total elimination of those ingredients is the solution – but maybe just working on finding a better balance?

Lexie Aleah

Stevia definitely should not go anywhere near green tea.

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
5930 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

I wonder if this will come back this summer…

I’m the majority of the way through my reserve of it now; for a long while I was hoarding it just in case it didn’t come back but I’ve reached a point where I’m kinda like “meh, I’ll just finish it and if it comes back great and if not ok”. Like, just a hair above being totally apathetic towards it in general. I mean, it’s still a great flavour – I loved this cold brew because it was super sweet and juicy and really well balanced between the pineapple, mango, and coconut. I just don’t view it anymore as this jaw dropping thing that I can’t find a replacement for from other companies if I were to really give finding a replacement a good try…

(I still kinda hope it comes back 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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drank London Fog by Silk Road
5930 tasting notes

Evening cuppa, while playing games with the famjam.

I added some vanilla agave to this one – I don’t know why but I feel like every time I’ve made this one since first getting it it’s tasted less and less like vanilla, which is sad ‘cause the vanilla is 100% why I wanted it in the first place. It’s weird for a tea to degrade that fast though, so I don’t know what’s up. Added vanilla agave helped a lot though. It was still kinda astringent though, which was a little bleh.

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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 about five 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 than 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.

A personal goal of mine has been to do a 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 goal, but I haven’t forgotten about it!

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives. 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, mushrooms, 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…

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

I also have a real life pet – 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.

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