5553 Tasting Notes


Drank a mug of this in the afternoon when I was doing the ‘pizza waiting game’.

This weekend is ‘oolong’ themed, but like I mentioned in an earlier tasting note I’ve been feeling off today. In addition to a mix of mild physical issues like a headache, flippy stomach, and some cramps I’ve also been off and on disassociating all day. So I’ve avoided steeping Gong Fu and just stuck with Western cups.

Not going to lie, I may be having some issues with the disassociation right now as I write this tasting note. I’m trying to push through it though because actually physically typing out tasting notes generally helps me feel a lot more grounded and is relaxing for me. However, apologies if there are weird typos and such. Weirder than normal, that is. My fingers don’t really feel like my fingers at the moment…

But anyway! I made a big mug of this. However, I also made one for my roommate Trey because I thought that being able to drink something the same and at the same time as him would help me feel a little bit more connected/with it. It didn’t.

The tea was still really good though! Very smooth, creamy and warm caramel notes with a subtle hint of saltyness and overall umami flavour. The grassy notes of the oolong base still seem to feel a little out of place next to such a rich, smooth sweet note but I’m getting used to them. Plus, they’re not bad anyway. Just off?

This whole day has been off though, so it is what it is.

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
5553 tasting notes

First tea of the morning, with honey.

It was really interesting trying this one with honey – it kind of changed the flavour distribution quite a lot. Like, this was still very roasty/nutty but the sweeter, fruity notes of blend were really exaggerated and I got more of a brightness from the plum notes which I usually don’t. Other fruit notes too though; like apricot and nectarines! Very fascinating overall and really damn tasty. I’d very much like to try it again to see if this was a one off or if that flavour distribution could be recreated.

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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Welcome back to my cupboard, yummy tea buddy!

I got several new things in this most recent 52Teas order but this was the one thing I picked which I had tried before sort of; Butter Beer isn’t new to me but Anne’s reblend of it is that I simply just wanted more of…

This weekend I’m having an “only oolong” themed weekend because I just ordered a ton of it and so I wanted to show some love to the oolong already in my stash. I had pulled several things from my cupboard to have session with, but I’ve been feeling a touch under the weather/light headed today so instead I recoiled under the bed sheets, ordered pizza, and have been drinking Western cups of tea all day instead, whilst finally watching Stranger Things.

Honestly, this isn’t the most delicious thing I’ve had all day but it is the thing that’s made me feel the best. The ginger is good for my upset stomach, and something about the grapefruit is making me feel a bit more grounded. I’ve been very light headed the last few hours. I don’t know which is the two main ingredients is responsible for this, but it’s also helping to take the edge off a headache I’ve been nursing too.

Not going to lie; I took my first couple of sips and genuinely started crying. Not because of the tea, mind you, but for completely unrelated reasons. However, my roommate didn’t know that and from his perspective it definitely 100% looked like I took a few big sips and started crying because of the tea. He just sort of muttered to himself, under his breath, “Jesus, if I ever start crying like that over my Scotch shoot me or at the very least get me into rehab”. Is tea rehab even a thing? Probably not; but even if it was I’m not ready nor willing to go.

And with the way this community enables one another, there’s going to be no intervention forcing me there any time soon.


There is to be absolutely no Tea Rehab. Ever!

Tea addiction is a good thing!

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This is really good for headaches. That is all.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Honey, Mint, Vanilla

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I was gonna drink this one Gong Fu the other night, but ended up having some Yabao instead notes from that session to come later. I had already pulled this one out of my stash though, and it seemed a shame to put it back without having tried it…

So I drank it Western which I felt like, at the very least, would give me a starting off point for what to expect when I do eventually Gong Fu it.

- Dry leaf smells wet/dank/musty/earthy (pleasantly so)
- Reminds me of old books? In a good way
- Smooth, sweet and earthy with lots of wet wood/decaying wood notes
- Petrichooorrrr!!!
- Finish is honey sweetness
- Resteeped; same notes

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
5553 tasting notes

Sipdown (179)!

Yes! Finally finished this one off! And about time too, it was one of the oldest teas in my cupboard…

I really enjoyed this one when I first got it, but excessive consumption of it and the fact my leaf had aged/gone pretty stale made these last cold brews far less enjoyable. This one had some strawberry notes in it that were nice, but it was pretty dull too. So I’m pretty happy to have finished it.

Maybe in the summer I’ll look for another bamboo tea alternative because I do enjoy bamboo based blends – but I’ve had enough of this one to make do for a LONG time.

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drank Carrot Cake by TeaTaxi
5553 tasting notes

Commute tea!

I enjoyed the range of mild spice notes; they all seem to fuzz together a bit to the point where they weren’t super identifiable but it did do a nice job to create an overall “spiced cake” vibe/feeling. The carrot itself was lighter, more in the second 1/2 of the sip and finish. Top notes were sweeter coconut.

Pleasant, and warming! Really nice for shitty winter weather and snow.


We have the same here as well.

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Sipdown (180)!

So, if the picture of this tea looks familiar it’s because Matcha Outlet is the name of the new website that Red Leaf Tea has moved over to! I actually placed a Matcha Outlet order around a month or so ago and my matcha recently arrived! So, I’m looking forward to trying some new flavours.

This one came as a little sample with my order. Can I make a confession? I never actually ever tried RLT’s Caramel Matcha. It was super hyped, and I always meant to but there were other things that always seemed more interesting. So, I’ve tried Creme Brulee and Caramel Popcorn and a ton of other sort of similar variations but not just straight up Caramel. Technically this is a different company, but it’s still the same matcha/product so I feel like it still sort of counts…

I latte’d this: in cashew milk ‘cause it’s what’s on hand at the moment.

It was SO good! Very very rich, even though I’m pretty sure this sample was only delicate flavour level. The best part was just how creamy it tasted though. In many ways I felt like the caramel was melting in my mouth. It reminded me a lot, actually, of Macintosh Toffee bars! Of course, nutty undertones from the cashew milk I used. Still really good though; and the nutty profile complimented the gooey caramel.

Yum yum yum!

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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
5553 tasting notes

This review is for the Guava Cadabra infused White Chocolate.

So, we’re selling a whole bunch of the chocolates from previous collections right now as part of our Boxing Week/Semi Annual sale and I’m taking advantage of that a bit to try some of the ones I missed throughout the year.

I was, of course, drawn to this one in particular because it’s white chocolate. And actually, it’s really solid! I like that despite having the creamy white chocolate this is still really robustly fruity, just more of a creamy fruity. I tasted very, very ‘guava-y’ with just a hint of the mango. No big bits of stuff to hurt your teeth, either!

I’m glad I tried 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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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a queued tasting note.

Had this one iced the other night while we were doing set up for the Feel Good collection. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to drink, so I just let one of my coworkers pick for me. This was her choice. To be honest, I wasn’t SUPER thrilled but I went with it. This isn’t really a favourite of mine, but it actually tasted pretty solid; very melon-y. So I guess that serves me right for being so judgey about 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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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.


SK, Canada

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