4941 Tasting Notes

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Iced!

I’ve had this one cold brewed quite often, but never iced before and I have to say that there are some subtle differences between the two styles. Firstly, this iced cup seems a lot sweeter and brighter to me; perhaps because the caramel melts down more when it’s brewing versus a cold brew? It’s got that strong caramel/honey sweetness though and then a LOT of very floral fig/rose. The finish is more in line with apple and pineapple though.

I’m very into how lively this cup is tasting though, and I appreciate the brightness of all the fruits in it. I also shared it with a couple coworkers; usually they enjoy the tea I bring to work but the REAL sign they’re into something is when they go in for a second, or even third, sip – and both coworkers I shared this with did just that!

This is so nice to have on hand for summer.

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Iced!

Grabbed this one to sip on during a walk around the part, with the guy I’m seeing but also not ‘seeing’. If that makes sense. He’s very allergic to apples, so I try to pick something apple free whenever we’re meeting up, and the whole oolong collection right now is apple free so that’s a good starting off point.

This one wasn’t bad iced; it was REALLY sweet and I don’t know that in the moment I was craving something with quite that degree of sweetness. However, the strong coconut notes and creamy undertones were what I was wanting, and I found them very refreshing and summery. Really pleasant for an afternoon walk. The other downside was this had a bit of an oily mouthfeel from the melted down chocolate, so that was a bit off putting but not a deal breaker at all.

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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Sipdown (249)!

I think I need to channel my inner Sil and step up my sipdown game, because soon I’m going to find myself crossing the 250 tea mark and that is NOT a route I want to go down.

I finished this one off last night at work and I have to say that I found the contrast on the intense peppermint and the sweet, juicy watermelon a lot less abrasive this time around. I mean, I still think there was a degree of discord between the flavours but certainly not to the same extent. I can’t help but wonder if that’s because, even after that one cup, I am already just slightly conditioned to the weird overlap of flavours though.

Bottom line, this one isn’t bad but it’s just really quite weird too. Maybe spearmint would have been a better mint pairing? Spearmint is naturally a little sweeter, so maybe it would have tied in better to the sweeter melon which still having that cooling/refreshing aspect. I don’t know; I doubt I’d purchase this one again but I’d probably drink it if offered.

Sil

haha i am slow close to having just puerh in my cupboard lol it’s so sad…

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drank Tanzania Gold by Silk Road
4941 tasting notes

Made a hot cup of this one at work the other night, with a small splash of milk because I accidentally let it oversteep a minute or two longer than ideal and I was worried it’d be WAY too harsh since this is a CTC and steeps up very quickly.

Milk was the perfect band-aid for that screw up though; this becomes a beautiful and full bodied black tea with all the bright, brisk and malty characteristics of a solid Kenyan Black tea and hints of citrus in the undertones. Very, very smooth and with a fuller mouthfeel from the added milk. This would be great for a morning cuppa instead of a more traditional breakfast blend, but I also really enjoyed it late into the evening as something bold that could keep me going during the rest of my shift.

teepland

This one sounds wonderful since that is what I am usually looking for in a tea! I am going to add it to my wish list!

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Tragedy has stuck, Steepster fam!

So, this month has brought about another round of teas being retired by DT and sadly that includes the following: Dark Chocolate Delight, Countess of Seville, Main Squeeze, Green Rooibos, and this tea – so if you’re a fan of any of those I suggest stocking up because stores wont be supplied with them anymore come end of June. Also, they’re all 40% off right now…

Anyway; I was pretty choked up about Main Squeeze and Green Seduction. I’m still debating whether or not I need to stock up on Main Squeeze, but I definitely grabbed 100g of Green Seduction since my plan had always been to do so after I finished off my tin of Movie Night. Basically, I just expedited the process.

The first thing I did with the tea leaf after I got home with it was make a cold brew! Lots of awesome, natural pomegranate flavour with some other sweet red fruit notes for support; largely raspberry. Though, I did find there was a bit of a currant flavour too. I just greatly appreciate how intensely fruity this one is and how ALL the fruit notes are just very natural and realistic tasting. It’s also just quite smooth.

Glad I stocked up; this one will be missed! It’s my go to recommendation when people come in looking for iced green teas/fruity green teas in general.

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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So, after months of working closing shifts at work these last two weeks have been filled with opening shift after opening shift. I’m slowly adjusting to getting up at a drastically different time of day; but mate and guayusa blends have become a pretty integral part of my morning routine.

I have a different incentive lately too; the guy that I’m interested in is MUCH MORE of a morning person than I am, so getting up early means long conversations while I get ready for work/bus to work and he’s just the sweetest. Like, a literal cinnamon bun. We’ve been on a few dates now, and everything is just going really well. Honestly, Steepster Family, I’m just very happy in general right now.

So this tea, though! I brought in some of my own stash the other day just to have a different mate option for the morning while opening the store. I made it up as a latte, which was a first for me/this tea and it was VERY good. Really sweet, which I think is a given, but also just solid milk chocolate and coconut notes with smooth, almost candy-like banana undertones. Hints of caramel and vanilla? Just very pleasant and the perfect sweet treat to jump start the morning with.

10/10 – would totally latte again.

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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Didn’t like this one hot, so I tried it as a cold brew.

Basically, I still didn’t like it.

It’s just very artificial and chemical tasting still; almost exclusively with the “cream” component of the tea and not the peach, though. The finish is a little chalky, as well. I mean, I guess next thing on the list is to try it with milk to see if I can cover up some of that cream taste; but not sure what route to go next if that doesn’t work.

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87

So, I ordered the summer collection from AU almost faster than I actually read all of the tea descriptions – but I saw this one right off the bat and instantly I knew I needed to try it! Something about the flavour combo REALLY jumped out to me. Maybe because it’s an apple tea that’s purposefully apple with an actual tea base? You know, NOT a herbal with just lots of apple as a filler…

- Dry leaf smells AWESOME! Lots of sweet, candied green apple notes and hints of licorice
- Reminds me a lot of the green apple Jelly Belly candies

I steeped it up in a large mug, which I drank early in the morning sitting outside on the porch before work – it was a very tranquil and pleasant experience.

- Tastes very smooth, with a really beautiful and CLEARLY defined green apple note
- It’s got the natural, realistic sweetness of apple but finishes in a near candy-like way
- Likely from the extra boost of sweetness from the fennel
- The black base is very faintly malty, and a touch floral with hints of spice
- Some of that spice may also be from the clove, though I didn’t find it that defined?
- That floral characteristic only adds to the nuance/realistic nature of the green apple
- Arguably the best green apple tea I’ve had
- Partially because it’s green apple without being sour
- The faintest bit astringent on the top of the sip
- But in a pleasant way that mimics apple skins

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a19ZNSGwko4

Anyway, I deeply loved this one right off the bat! I’m gonna rate somewhat conservatively because I think part of that might just be new tea excitement but I could see this one definitely being something I’d want to purchase in a larger quantity.

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Cold Brew!

A very, very grassy one with a lot of sharpness to it and an almost harsh starting sip. The body was alright; it was more generically floral and the finish was fruity with the normal strawberry notes. Maybe this was just left to cold brew for too long and it got too potent/strong? I’m not totally sure.

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So, we went over to my Dad’s house last night for birthday cake/supper and to hang out with our step nephews for Liam’s birthday which was pretty fun. It was also a good reminder of why I don’t ever want children; my nephews are fucking intolerable once you’ve been exposed to them for more than an hour or so. God help me if I was stuck with them forever. After cake, the ‘adults’ had tea/coffee while my nephews and Liam played in the living room. To their mother’s chagrin, he was teaching them how to wrestle.

My step mom actually picked the tea I was drinking though; they’ve accumulated so many different kinds of tea from me over the last few years and it’s kind of nice letting them choose something for me because it’s like revisiting my cupboard from two years ago; lots of long since forgotten favourites!

This one wasn’t too bad; but it did show its age a fair bit. At this point, it was a Christmas gift from two years ago – so pretty old. Still, it had that nice ginseng sweetness and woody quality with some soft grassy notes too. I think the age worked in my favour a bit though because my step mom DEFINITELY overleafed and had this been at peak freshness I think it would have felt pretty overwhelming. This was nice, though.

I even convinced the five year old to eat a tea leaf; which was pretty entertaining.

Arby

I too realised I don’t ever want children due to young family members. I love them, but I never, ever want to deal with that on a daily basis. So much money and effort that could be better spent on travelling and fancy teas.

Fjellrev

I totally agree, I don’t want children either. I get a little tired of people saying, “You’ll change your mind.” Because we all have the same life goals and values, apparently.

Lynxiebrat

Same…for the longest time I thought I wanted kids, but been finding out in the last few years that I don’t have the patience.

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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

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