5573 Tasting Notes

drank Magic Potion by DAVIDsTEA
5573 tasting notes

Iced!

So, I recently acquired an iced tea press from a coworker who didn’t want it anymore. I put off getting one for a really long time because I just didn’t see the appeal of them, but then I ended up getting two of the newer Tea Press model and I fell in love with the style of them. That sort of made me regret never getting an iced tea press, because there’s an aesthetic appeal to the fact they’re clear – you get to see the tea, something you can’t do with the Tea Press.

This was the first tea I tried out in my ‘new’ Iced Tea Press, and I 100% picked it for the aesthetic of that gorgeous, deep indigo coloured infusion. I have no regrets either, it looked so cool and I got so many customer inquiries about what I was drinking so it wound up being a really good talking point with customers too. And you know what? The blueberry/bilberry flavour with the raspberry and apple undertones? Super satisfying flavour wise too. So there were just no regrets at all, only good times.

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.

VariaTEA

I own probably 5-6 iced tea presses and 1 regular Tea press which went missing and therefore needs to be replaced

Arby

If you don’t have at least 4, how can you steep a multitude of iced teas for a get together? lol that’s my brain’s explanation, anyway. I have only one iced tea press, but I’m wanting to get a glass one.

Roswell Strange

Oh jeez, I don’t know if I’m winning or losing in the ‘travel mug’ department. I guess it depends how you look at it. Anyway, this is what I’m currently sitting at (from DT alone):

- 1 Iced Tea Press
- 1 Milk Bottle (from a few summers ago)
- 1 Matcha Maker
- 1 Iconic Cup
- 2 Carry Mugs
- 2 Tea Presses
- 4 Lock Tops

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Midday cuppa.

This is one that I got in my November Sipsby subscription box. It’s a completely new company to me, which is great ‘cause that’s the whole reason I was interested in Sipsby in the first place: discovering new companies. I am glad this is the tea from the company they chose to send me; I browsed through this company’s website and I’m pretty sure that this is the only tea I’d have considered ordering from them anyway.

It’s definitely not bad, but I do find it really delicate/light in flavour. I’d have thought that with the sage and rose, which is a more heady floral element, it would have a touch more body to it? It’s sweet though, and the contrast between the savory/herbaceous sage and clean, perfume-y rose is really nice. They highlight each other well, and it seems to draw out sweetness from both of them. There are also some nice lemon undertones, and typical notes of straw. It really is a nice profile!

…I just want more of it.

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I got a Teawarehouse order in the mail today with a couple pretty new teacups, so I figured I’d pick something to Gong Fu today and test out one of my pretty nice pieces of teaware. I didn’t have to do much thinking about which tea to choose though; I actually got a coin of this tea as a freebie with my order so I just went for that.

I actually have a sample of this that I bought from W2T but I haven’t tried it yet, so this gives me a way to without cracking into that sample! Oh, and this is the cup that I’m ‘breaking in’ today:

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It’s a nice size/shape to hold in my hand, and appearance wise it’s even prettier in person than it was on the site. Perhaps the best thing about it though, and the most pleasantly surprising, is the texture of the glaze on the cup. It’s satisfying/kind of stimulating to touch, especially on the inner lip where there are so many nerve endings. It’s just making me really happy to drink out of…

I’m initially a lot less impressed by this tea though – I broke the coin in half and gave it a rinse to try and open it up a little bit but I’m three steeps in now and I’m finding it pretty bland tasting/unexciting. It has very basic hay/straw notes a the tiniest hints of cream and floral finishing notes but I have to really push myself and focus to get them. I’m doubtful this is going to be a great session, but I’ll keep going for a little while and see if anything changes for me. I’ll just update the rest of this note steep by steep with any in the moment thoughts and we’ll see where that gets me…

Steep Four/Five

- These ones have a little more body to them; a mix of floral, straw, hay and honey
- I don’t know why I’m so surprised this tastes so generic white tea to me
- I mean, it is white tea; I guess I’ve just come to expect a little more from W2T?

Steep Six/Seven

- More of the same, hints of autumn leaf though
- And like a wood chip-y sort of finish
- Still blannnddddd

Yeah, I’m bored with this one to be honest. Kind of surprised I even gave it seven steeps if I’m really laying it all out there. Maybe part of it is that it was a coin? I find coin teas are sometimes a bad representation of a tea’s flavour. Thankfully, I do have a regular sample of this one so I can revisit it again and see if the different pretty style does anything to improve the experience for me – as well as try it Grandpa/Western.

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/Gcu-fOQ7iDg

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drank Blue Moon by The Canister
5573 tasting notes

Iced!

I think I’m actually happy that I’m gonna have so much of this one to explore, ‘cause this is my second time trying it out and I’m finding that for a fruit infusion/tisane I’m enjoying it a pretty decent amount. It’s not without room for improvement, but I think with the quantity of this that I have on hand I can probably nail that given time.

Basically, it’s like a candied blueberry flavour/body with a bit more of a tart/sour hibiscus and orange edge to it. Ideally, I want to try and cut down the sourness and get the whole profile to more of that plump, juicy candied sort of territory.

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drank Cola by Dammann Freres
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Sipdown (413)!

Finished this one off early this evening, just as a teacup. I brewed it with less water than normal to try and get a stronger/more concentrated cola flavour. I also over steeped it quite a bit too, though – so I did get a more full bodied Coke sort of taste but also a TON of bitter/burnt finish. It’s fine though, I think I’ve officially made myself sick of cola teas for a while. I’ve just had too much, too quickly.

So, it’s probably a good thing this is a sipdown.

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Sampled a little bit of this out of the brewer a few nights ago.

Of the new teas released this winter, this is definitely still my favourite. I liked it initially for the strong, buttery orange notes but the more I’m familiarizing myself with it the more I actually notice the walnut in it. It definitely imparts and almost maple like flavour and I’m kind of digging the maple orange duo. You have to watch it though ’cause the orange has a tendency to build to a near overwhelming point and can get just a touch pith heavy.

I want to come up with cocktail ideas for each of the winter teas this year – but I’m struggling really badly to come up with one for this one. So thoughts are totally welcome! So far I’m thinking trying to do some sort of “Blueberry Tea” spin with Amaretto/Grand Marnier but I’m not sure yet.

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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Iced Latte.

I thought this would be a really good iced latte, but it was a little… blunt?

Like, all three main flavours WERE represented here – mint, vanilla, and grapefruit but it just didn’t have the creamyness or sweetness that I’ve experienced from this one in the past. It was very, very crisp and clean and almost had a little too much of that menthol/mint quality. I just wanted a little bit of softness, and a silky smooth mint/grapefruit/vanilla trio and I felt a little bit assaulted by the profile. I think a little sweetener probably could have fixed most of those issues but I just wasn’t feeling added sweetener that just so I just left it and drank it as it was.

Just a touch disappointed, still, though.

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Hot tea latte… creation… thing…

Started with a normal hot cup of this one, then added some milk half way through steeping to add some creamy elements to play up on vanilla in the tea. I probably could have stopped there, but I didn’t. Nope – after that I frothed up some milk and honey for a sweet, fluffy foam to top off the mug!

And from there I just enjoyed sipping the tea through this mountain of sweet, airy honey milk goodness. I’ll be honest, it was a little more like drinking milk with added tea than the other way around but I did like the flavour a lot! It was really smooth and creamy with the taste of the milk itself and the vanilla in the blend with this brighter passion fruit top note. Not much overall body; just a nice fluffy and light sort of thing.

Easily finished without much thought.

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drank Guava Mango by Búcha
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Revisiting this one for two reasons:

Firstly, it’s very convenient for me to get a hold of and, secondly, because I’ve now had way more different kinds of kumbucha than when I first tried this one. Sipping on it now and I’m noticing a few things; it’s much sweeter than I initially found it, and it’s a lot more juice like than I found it at first taste. It almost even reminds me of a sweet, fruity spritzer type thing – if it weren’t for the hint of cider like tang in the background.

Also, very guava.

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Cold Brew!

I do think I enjoyed this one a little bit more as a cold brew – the flavours seemed a bit juicier and the finish was very crisp/clean. I got a lot of apple, again, but also quite a strong presence of lime and hints of lemon as well. However, once again I just did not taste the peppermint in the blend apart from the part it likely played in terms of that really clean/crisp finish. What is a Mojito without mint!?

Maybe this is a good candidate for some peppermint agave experimentation…

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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 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.

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