4796 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown, but it doesn’t count ’cause I drank it just as fast as I received it.

Guess who’s sick? This tea drinker right here! There’s a really nasty cold going around work, and I appear to have caught it. Right now I’m at day number five of feeling like literal human garbage. It’s the kind of sick that just has me feeling miserable and unmotivated to do anything…

Drank this on the first day I realized I was sick; it was soothing and pacifying and helped me breath again when I just felt so badly stuck up. And then, just like that, it was gone. And I felt like trash again. Honestly haven’t drank much tea since then: less than five cups over five days. I just feel unmotivated to brew anything up, even though I know tea is good for a cold. But I can’t taste it, so what’s the point?

Indigobloom

feel better soon!

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Cold Brew Sipdown (137)!

A pretty average sipdown, and not a really devastating one. We’ve come a point in the year where the flavours of this tea don’t really enchant in the same way that they do in the fall or winter. That’s not to say the flavour of buttery, pistachio pastries is a bad flavour. It’s actually a delicious flavour. It just doesn’t feel right seasonally. And this is a really easy tea for me to restock, so it’s for the best that I’m out of it for the time being.

Until we meet again.

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Everyone knows what Pocky is, right? I found an ‘off brand’ version of pocky in my grocery store in the Asian Foods aisle, and they had a couple really cool flavours like blueberry, mango and… green tea!

I didn’t buy the blueberry, but I got the mango and the green tea. Mango was better. The green tea tasted like most “green tea” flavoured snack foods: a highly sweetened version without much of a distinct vegetal or grassy taste. This particular incarnation had a strong creamy flavour from the yogurt coating. Tasty, but not quite the flavour I was looking for.

S.G. Sanders

They sell the green tea ones at a place called World Market near my house. They’re pretty good. However, I’m still a fan of the chocolate ones.

Roswell Strange

Strawberry is still my favourite :)

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Drank this one on the commute to work, Western style of course. The roasty, more oxidized base was certainly a stronger presence in the mug as far as the flavours go. However, there was also an underlying plum flavour and a hint of a floral quality. So, pretty characteristic of how this one normally tastes brewed up Western style.

And I restocked it! I had two freebie teas to redeem, so I wound up getting 50g of this and of Ginger Pear (more bang for my buck) ‘cause they’re two teas I really like that I needed to restock. Since I ordered online, I also grabbed The Glow because you need to actually buy something to redeem freebie points online. And of course DT gives you samples with each order; this time the teas that I presume will be a part of the summer collection showed up as sample options! So of course I grabbed those as my samples. For those curious…

Luscious Watermelon is gonna be back, and then the three new teas I had options to grab were Caribbean Crush, Pura Vida, and Pom Diggity. I wound up getting Luscious Watermelon and Pura Vida and Pom Diggity. Pura Vida is a green tea with pineapple and coconut and Pom Diggity is black tea with pomegranate, though it does have stevia in it. Not sure what the fifth summer tea will be? Didn’t see anything else new or returning in my sample options.

Kristal

I do enjoy Luscious Watermelon, but it’s too bad that a lot of the summer collection will be caffeinated- i prefer my fruit blends to be herbals. Prob for the best though- last summer my hubsand and I drank a 2L pitcher of iced tea per day and always using loose leaf teas is wayyyy too expensive (loose leaf works out to cost 3-5$ a pitcher compared to the $1 of bagged herbals). Less temptation is good for my wallet ;)

Kristal

Thanks for the infpo on some of the summer teas though! :)

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Emptied out a tin, so I finally broke open the 50g of this I’d bought in my last order since I now have tin space for it! Oooh man, the smell of the tea when I cracked the bag open was just heaven! So must juicy rhubarb!

The cup itself was delicious; I could definitely tell that the tea was fresh because the flavour was just so much more potent than any of the other times I’ve tried this. The rhubarb flavour was true, and just the right balance of sweet and tangy which is what rhubarb should be, ideally. The mug was just underline by this really silky creamy custard note as well. It’s honestly such a perfect juxtaposition of flavours. Best part is that you can’t really taste the base so you just get to be lost in the delicious flavour notes.

Noms.

S.G. Sanders

Mmmm. Sounds heavenly!

tea-sipper

I broke into a new pouch of this last night! I remember saying GLORIOUS on the first sip. :D

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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmm! Refreshing cold brew, with thirst quenching notes of tropical guava and mango! As the weather warms up I have a feeling I’ll be switching over to cold brewed tisanes over other teas fairly quickly…

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drank Grasshopper Pie Puerh by :D
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TASTING NOTE 3500!!!

This tea comes from the uber thoughtful Stephanie who sent it out around Christmas time. I feel a little bad that I didn’t drink it around the holidays, but I did make sure it was drank in a form that was at least semi monumental!

While I still have enough of Steph’s sample to try this hot, I used the majority of it for my first tasting as a cold brew. Personally, I adore cold brewed chocolate and mint combos so I was pretty sure I’d like this cold brewed. I’ve never actually had grasshopper pie, but it looks and sounds delicious. My experience with the cold brew was that it was a largely earthy and chocolate flavour highlighted by a much lighter, refreshing mint finish that created a nice refreshing end sip.

Thanks Steph!

Sil

god that sounds delicious!

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Drank on the commute to work.

Admittedly, when I’m on the bus to work I’m not paying a lot of attention to much other than making sure I don’t miss my transfer or stop – it’s usually at like seven in the morning and more often than not I’m functioning on a mere five or so hours of sleep. It’s not my best time of day…

So, I wasn’t paying the most astute attention when drinking it but nevertheless I enjoyed the mug. Definitely picked up on cocoa and sweet potato notes with a fruity undertone. The fruity undertone reminded me of stonefruit but more in line with plummy and dark cherry notes. Very rich, and comforting. And quite appropriate for an early morning cuppa, if I do say so myself.

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Drank this one again, but as an evening cuppa.

I don’t think I enjoyed it as much the second time, though all of my initial observations from last tasting remained true. I wonder if it was a mood thing or a time of day type thing? Regardless, I think it probably boils down to my atmosphere effecting the experience of drinking the cuppa.

But that said, it wasn’t bad. Just not good in the same way…

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Not a tea bath.

I finally bought a travel mug type thing to replace the one that accidentally got thrown out at work a few months back. Don’t worry, it wasn’t one of my really nice DAVIDsTEA ones or anything: it’s just one of those coffee type ones that doesn’t keep my tea boiling hot for five fucking hours, that way I can drink something on the commute to work. Which is what I did with this one. I quite enjoyed it; everyone knows I’m not a big green tea fan but I could see myself drinking this almost as equally as I’m using it for tea baths.

The first thing I noticed about this was that it has a whisp of a smoke note to it. It’s subtle, all things considered, but definitely one of the top notes. The rest of the flavour was a pretty nice buttery artichoke kind of flavour complimented with a grassy tone. I definitely don’t get the marine-like notes commonly associated with Japanese greens; this is very much a typical Chinese green. Additional things I noticed were a very light peach note, but only after the tea had significantly cooled down. I found that the hotter this was the more I picked up on the smoke notes and artichoke qualities. Anyway; I enjoyed it overall. It’s pretty good for grocery store green tea, albeit more high end grocery store green tea.

I bet it would make a good soup stock…

Flavors: Artichoke, Butter, Grass, Metallic, Peach, Smoke

Mookit

Glad you liked it! One of my favourite green teas that I drink a work. :) I agree that it’s one of the better grocery store teas!

Kristal

Green tea as soup stock? hmm, that would work well in veggie soups :)

Roswell Strange

I’ve done it before in my Sommelier course with Genmaicha; it wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great either. I definitely think this would be better.

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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 four(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. I can’t say I’ve been doing great staying on track with this resolution.

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, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, and honey, but only in moderation.

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, often Chai spices in general, 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…

I also have a mild 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: 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

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

Location

Regina, SK, Canada

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