4562 Tasting Notes

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- Top notes of roasted nuts, wood, and cinnamon
- Very smooth with a silky mouthfeel
- Soft body and background notes of fruits; raisin, peach, plum
- Has a really well rounded sweetness to it overall
- Finish it mildly floral in a non distinct way
- Greatly enjoyed this
- Especially the marriage of darker oxidized oolong qualities and stonefruit notes

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So, this was the free sample that Lauren added into my most recent order – it’s not something I would have picked for myself because I’m not a huge ginger fan but that said I took a sniff of the dry leaf and it didn’t smell so bad. Definitely kind of Ginger Snap like with some molasses and honey tones to it.

Queue up one teacup of steeped tea later…

I’m not in love with this, but I know that’s just because I don’t like ginger much unless it’s tempered with fruit notes and the ginger is actually quite strong. It definitely has a bit of a spicy, throat tickling kick to it as well. That said, the honey notes in the background marry with the spice really well and it has a nice brown sugar and molasses quality to it as well. I definitely get the name, and think the vision here was REALLY well captured. It just totally boils down to this being something that’s just not my jam overall.

Beautifully executed for what it is though!

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Fruit Punch black tea just sounds like such a good idea, but when I brewed this one up this afternoon I was sadly disappointed by an overall lack of flavour. What’s especially disappointing is that the dry leaf smells REALLY lovely/strongly of fruit punch. It just doesn’t carry over into the taste…

Not that it tasted bad; but just very strongly of somewhat plain/average black tea. Strong but relatively flat malt notes, and just a general “stillness” to the flavour if that makes sense. There were subtle peachy undertones I suppose but nothing that screamed “Fruit Punch”. Also somewhat oddly floral?

Again – I didn’t HATE this but it wasn’t what I was hoping for/expecting. Thankfully due to the really low cost of this I do have plenty left to play with so hopefully I can coax out more flavour in future infusions.

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80

Lazy Gong Fu session…

I think about five steeps in total? I used a bigger gaiwan, so this was quite filling since I was the only one drinking it. Really good though; super chocolate-y with sweet potato, malt, and honey undertones though. It felt like a very indulgent treat.

That’s about it; I didn’t take notes. Just enjoyed it as it was.

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This is a thing I drank – but I understeeped it, so it was watery and then I forgot about it so it was weird and luke warm when I drank it too. So all in all not my best cuppa…

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 Sunny Citrus by DAVIDsTEA
4562 tasting notes

Well hello familiar tea!

I have to say, I was pretty excited to see this one back as a limited edition Easter Tea. While I didn’t love it last time it was around two years ago, roughly I didn’t hate it either, and it definitely seems appropriate for the season. Plus, it’s a much more solid choice than Jolly Jellybean which is the tea DT has used around Easter the last few years.

I was actually gifted this tea as well, by a Value Village coworker as a good bye present. Only two more shifts until I’m officially not an employee there! I don’t know how I feel about being gifted something from the company I’m currently working at/leaving Value Village for though – is that odd? It feels kind of odd. Probably the best thing they could have picked though since this tea isn’t being sold loose, so I wouldn’t have gotten to revisit it on shift like I normally do with the teas that come out with these mini collections.

The reason for that is because this reblend has added sugar flowers in it that contain peanut oil, so it’s only being sold is prepacked things as a way of decreasing allergen risks.

Anywho, this tastes pretty well exactly like what I remember this one tasting like but maybe like just a little bit weaker/more watery? Still pretty good though. I’ll probably use the bulk of what I was gifted for cold brews, honestly. The sounds like a nice summery way to use this one up.

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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Cold Brew!

Stole some more of this from my mom since she’s not drinking it – and I don’t think it hurts to revisit things just to see if your tastes have changed/evolved at all.

I didn’t hate it this time around, but it still had that really intense “Tang” vibe and unnecessary sweetness that I think kills this overall. I have to say that I think it’s the blackberry leaves that do that – at least partially, anyway. I used to really enjoy blackberry leaf in blends but now the more I experience it in herbals/tisanes the more tired I grow of it as an added ingredient. It’s still better than stevia or cane sugar, 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 Rose Oolong by Tea Ave
4562 tasting notes

With a touch of honey.

I think I enjoyed this one a little more when I was still on that massive rose/floral kick earlier in the year but it’s still pretty good. The mix of grassy and vegetal notes and floral undertones is balanced pretty well. I actually just wish that those floral notes were more weighted towards rose though; I don’t taste enough distinction here for me to really be completely happy with it/immersed enough.

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Just noting that this makes a REALLY stellar iced latte; I’ve enjoyed it a few times at work that way thus far and will likely continue to do so until we run out of it. It’s just super creamy with the right amount of silky chocolate and refreshing undertones. Plus, with the milk I really do feel like I’m doing the “Sundae” part of the blend justice.

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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My first tea from Oolong Inc!

I have to stay, I’m starting my Oolong Inc. exploration on a pretty positive note; I was really impressed with overall cost of the tea and shipping, and then on top of that it arrived really efficiently as well. The packaging seems pretty solid, and they even included this tea as a free sample in addition to what I had ordered. All positive starting signs.

The tea leaf itself seems pretty broken up looking and has a lot of fanning looking bits. I made this into an iced tea though, and I have to say I don’t really feel like I’m getting any bitterness/overwhelming astringency which would have been my principle concerns from such broken up looking leaf. In fact, this is pretty smooth with quite defined lychee tasting notes. It does taste a touch artificial, but I don’t mind it. Very juicy, and floral and as an iced tea I think it works REALLY well. I feel like it almost has a honeyed quality to it as well, which is nice.

If the rest of my teas from Oolong Inc. stay in roughly this quality range or better I think I’ll be really happy with this order overall.

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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 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

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