4540 Tasting Notes

drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
4540 tasting notes

Cold brew, and then turned into a tea pop with the soda stream.

I split this one three ways to share with my sister, mom and myself. We all had rather different reactions to it as well so I think I’ll just do a blurb on what we all thought…

Roswell Strange:
Personally, I was relatively “meh” about this one overall. There was definitely both a sourness and a medicinal quality to it which wasn’t pleasant, but the taste of the red fruits was pretty nice. It gave off sort of a sour red fruit/berry punch sort of vibe? But, you know, fizzy. The rooibos base was ALSO very strong/intense. Cranberry was the strongest fruit note, and then the currant which I think was also what gave this a medicinal quality.

Sister Strange:
She pretty well hated this; she said it was VERY bitter. I’m gonna guess that what she was actually referring to was the medicinal taste though because I definitely didn’t get bitterness at all. Despite hating it, she drank the whole cup. In her words, “it’s like that car accident affect thing where you can’t look away, but with pop”.

Mother Strange:
She loved it, and finished her cup quicker than either my sister or I. She said it was fruity, but also reminded her of a really good, dry red wine or sherry. I was definitely surprised she liked it as well – I would have pegged it for too sour for her usual tastes.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbnN5bA-iUM&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=29


I have a Soda Stream…should give soda tea try.

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Finished this one off at work the other night with some added in honey. I may have added in a bit too much honey because the taste of the honey itself was a bit strong, and definitely a touch more so than I’d have wanted. Even still it did nicely play off the anise notes of the tea itself, and the buttery/creamy artichoke flavour that seemed to be going on as well. Other than that, it was just rather grassy.

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Drinking a mug of this currently, though it’s now gone cold because I had sort of forgotten about it. I’m trying to finish this one off at the moment because I just got my Camellia Sinensis order and I added a lot of Hojicha to that order and I really don’t need two on hand…

My breakfast this morning is a Peanut Butter and Banana Crepe topped with salted peanuts, from this local crepe place. I swear to God delivery crepes are kind of the best thing ever. I mean, screw ordering in pizza – this is where it’s at! It’s also a really smart food pairing with the Hojicha because the tea already has a nice, pronounced nuttyness to it and the addition of both peanut butter and salted peanuts really exaggerates that in a truly lovely way. The roastiness is also just very complimentary overall.

Apart from that general overall nuttyness and roasty quality, this tea also has the faintest caramel/honey notes and a surprisingly fruity/jammy undertone. I do very much enjoy this Hojicha and when it’s gone that will be sad but Hojicha doesn’t tend to be too drastically different overall from company to company, so I’m sure I’ll love this new one quite a bit too.

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Drank this one Western style at work, and honestly I wasn’t paying attention to it AT ALL. I was so busy doing deep clean tasks, and helping customers and the before I knew it I had thoughtlessly sipped the whole mug down without making note of just about anything…

I mean, I did observe at little bit with my very first few sips but not a lot. Just that overall this was surprisingly smooth and silky bodied, which to me made very little sense given the company’s description of the tea. I also recall lots of top note sweetness. It made me think of nectarines which is also weird when you look at the tea description…

I don’t even know.

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Just a good, old fashioned cold brew!

This one is actually from my mom’s tea stash but it’s one I used to have a fair bit of so I thought that it’d be neat to revisit it. It did taste pretty well exactly what I remembered it tasting like; quite strongly orange flavoured with undertones of both spices, like cinnamon and peppercorn, and nutty notes. The nutty notes were definitely more weighted towards pistachio; they had that particular pistachio sweetness to them.

It was fun to revisit this one, though I’m pretty content with not having it in my cupboard. It’s good, but not super special or mind blowing. Good nostalgia trip, though.

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I’ve only got two more teas to go now before I’ll have tried all of the teas on the wall minus the one I’m allergic to. The only two left now are Japanese Sencha and Sweet Dreams, which I can’t drink because it’s backstocked. Seriously; we haven’t received a shipment of it in like two months. And on that note, if anyone is willing to send me a cup or two worth of it so I CAN cross it off the list I’d be happy to pay the shipping costs!

But anyway, this tasting note is about Gyokuro Yamashiro!

I drank this one Gong Fu, paired with this cute little Koala cracker/cookie things from Japan that one of my coworkers gave me as a birthday present. They has a nice matcha cream filling to this that was fairly sweet, so I thought that putting these two things together would work well because it was matching green tea with green tea, but giving a bit of butteryness from the cookie ‘shell’ and the sweetness of the creamy filling.

As for the tea itself; I expected not to like it because I’ve really yet to have a super positive experience with Gyokuro but I definitely didn’t hate this one. The big thing for me was that throughout the session it maintained a very clean profile without ANY bitterness or astringency and, while some people might not like this quality, I also loved that the finish was really brief and didn’t linger. What there was lots of was marine notes though; this was a very seaweed-y tasting tea with great floral and sweet undertones of peach or some other fruit similar to that. It was also quite grassy.

I’d say I got about seven nice infusions, with some noticeable tapering of flavour in the last two or so. However at that point it was time to head out for my birthday supper and so that was that for the session. This one was a great surprise though and while I certainly wouldn’t say I’m excited to revisit it, I’m also definitely NOT opposed to trying it again which is more than I can say of most green teas.

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.


I like this one brewed weakly and drank with Sushi. Otherwise, I just find it too strong for a green tea. If I dropped this into a thermous and left it there, it would be grapefruit.

Funny that I love matcha though. My guess is that this is another overpriced tea.

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drank Cantaloupe Ice by DAVIDsTEA
4540 tasting notes

Soy Latte!

After my first iced tasting of this, I was genuinely surprised that this was able to be made into a latte. I was sure that the tangyness I experienced in the finish of the sip for the iced tea was tied in to some sort of citric acid type shenanigans and that would make this curdle were you to add milk. Not the case though, so I had to try it.

Let me just say, I tried this so you don’t have to…

This is no Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream, folks! The weird, tangy juiciness I experienced in the iced tea STILL comes through in this as a latte but it just feels mismatched against the taste of the soy milk. Now, it’s certainly still drinkable but I just really felt like there was a strange disconnect the whole time. Also, this tasted REALLY strongly of carrot juice too, which was… not great.

So, I just don’t know.

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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Wow this tasting note is from a long while back – all the way back before I moved out even!

Remember when I said I’d gone to the farmer’s market? Well I picked up Beluga Lentils and the reason I did that was because I’ve been sitting on a really interesting tea infused lentil soup recipe for a while now. It needs Beluga Lentils and I’ve had a hell of a time finding those. Well, low and behold there they were!

So, the recipe calls for basically making a broth out of Lapsang Souchong – it said to use two tablespoons of Lapsang but I really like the smokyness of Lapsang so I used three instead. After you’ve brewed up your strong, concentrated Lapsang broth you add in two cups of the black lentils and a can of diced tomatoes – one with all the juice and crap in it. Adding diced red onions was also an option but I didn’t have any on hand so I didn’t do that. Then you cook that on the stove top until the lentils are soft and have absorbed the majority of the water/stock so you have a thick stew like consistency. It took around 40 minutes, for me. Add salt and pepper to your tastes as well as a handful of finely chopped cilantro or parsley. I used parsley ’cause cilantro is kind of meh…

Obviously the recipe is a lot more exact but I don’t feel like typing it all out.

Anyway, this was really good! The smokyness of the Lapsang came through REALLY well and I could definitely tell that this was tea infused. As well, the Beluga lentils are quite earthy and that definitely complimented the smoke notes. The tomato? Well it was tomato – it worked well with everything else going on. Honestly, I didn’t taste the parsley a whole lot; in the future I think I would definitely double up on the amount I used to see if that changed anything.

Also, this recipe makes A LOT of Soup/Stew – enough for three REALLY big hearty bowls worth. It kept me fed for quite a while – and that was good because lentils are definitely a vegetarians best friend.

And finally, a picture for you all: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209875954589462&set=a.1008778773681.2000980.1051291635&type=3&theater

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Currently drinking this one while I try to balance between studying and writing tasting notes from the long queue I’ve built up…

I’m really happy to have this one back in my cupboard again because it’s a tea I’ve pretty consistently enjoyed since my first tasting of it. It’s probably my favourite Tea Ave offering overall, honestly.

This cup is really smooth with a light to medium body. The predominant flavour notes are floral ones; lily and orchid, mostly. There’s a creamed honey quality overall, though a mild one and I find this has some very fragile, light peach and ginger undertones. Sweet ginger mind you, not a spicyness. Just a tinge grassy, as well.

It’s a good study buddy.

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Sipdown (199)!

I’m positive this is going to be very short lived since I have four things incoming mail wise, but right now I’m just going to choose to be excited about the fact I’m currently under 200 teas!

I finished the last of VariaTEA’s sample hot at work – the profile was definitely differet from the cold brewed tea pop I had earlier in the week, but the tea wasn’t unrecognizable either. The big thing was that this hot brew was a lot more weighted towards the strawberry notes, and while sweet also had a distinct tartness too. Like slightly underripe strawberries? Definitely from the hibiscus. I would have liked to see more of a cream component in the hot brew, for sure.

All in all I definitely enjoyed this one, but in the grand scheme I anticipate it being pretty forgettable.

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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 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


Regina, SK, Canada



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