4941 Tasting Notes

drank Cantaloupe Ice by DAVIDsTEA
4941 tasting notes

Made up a strong, hot cup of this one to sip on yesterday ‘cause I was just in the mood for something melon-y. It was good, with sweet melon notes and tangyness and some apple undertones. I still maintain that the more times I drink this one the more I’m able to taste/pick out the carrot notes.

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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Finished this one off hot at work while doing some sampling! I think I enjoyed this one better as a hot tea; it was smoother and I think that very perfumed/artificial quality was significantly smaller. Mostly, it tasted like light, delicate berries (raspberry, cranberry) with floral undertones, a smidgen of grassyness and just a faint bit of cinnamon. I don’t really know why it came across so much lighter bodied as a hot tea than an iced tea, but the more muted graham/cinnamon/perfumey/aritificial tones just worked better.

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Drank this one Western at work;

I feel like Bitterleaf really wants me to love this tea as they’ve sent it along as a freebie in my last two orders now. Thankfully, I definitely enjoyed it and if this Western infusion was any indicator, I’ll probably like it a fair bit Gong Fu as well.

Just jot notes, ’cause like I said I was at work and such.

- Clean flavour; smooth taste and crisp non-lingering finish
- Hints of something fruity in the undertones (red fruits)
- Very earthy, but not overly damp/wet earth: more like clay?
- With honeyed date notes and cocoa

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkaMiaRLgvY&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=1

Whoever puts together the radio set/playlists for the various music stations at DAVIDsTEA must really have a thing for British Indie bands ’cause one of the stations/playlists we frequent (there are eight, all with varying themes) is CONSTANTLY playing The Smiths/The Kooks/The Wombats, all of which are English.

mrmopar

7581’s are usually solid when stored right. I think they found the good ones.

Bitterleaf

We sent it as a free sample twice? Someone at BLT headquarters clearly dropped the ball…

Roswell Strange

It would have been an easy mix up; my latest order was from a completely different address since I recently moved! Besides, more tea meant more to share with coworkers, and I really liked it myself as well. No harm no foul!

Bitterleaf

Well I’m just glad it wasn’t something you hated… promise it’ll be something different next time!

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Well, if you look at the source of inspiration for DAVIDsTEA’s other Mother’s Day tea this year (Lady Marmalade) and compare it to the tea description/source of inspiration for this one I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s a stark difference in the marketing…

This is sort of meant to be both a non-traditional/creative and elegant take on an Earl Grey! The closest thing we currently stock to compare it to would definitely be the Cream of Earl Grey Blend – both have very strong, silky vanilla notes. However, because of the white tea base I find this one to be even creamier and softer, with a really nice delicateness to it. It’s also fairly buttery, both from the white chocolate and the apple.

Also somewhat different is that unlike all of our other Earl Grey blends this one uses bergamot peel rather than just bergamot oil. I wasn’t sure myself just how much that would effect the flavour, but I think it still comes across really clearly. If you know bergamot/Earl Grey you’re GOING to recognize it in this tea. It’s not really lacking in flavour either; while it’s complimented by more creamy/soft flavours like white chocolate and vanilla the bergamot itself is pretty robust. Apart from that, just add in a pinch of apple notes and a pinch of something floral like rose!

I was sampling iced teas today in store; both this one and Lady Marmalade, and then The Earl’s Garden and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait since those two fit the ’mother’s day’ theme. I kept tally of how many of each sample I gave away, and while I certainly served plenty of SRP and Lady Marmalade I gave away over twice as many samples of this tea as I did the one that came in second place. People were just fascinated by it!

I’ve yet to try this one iced myself, but I REALLY liked it hot. I’m super curious to do it iced though just based on the reaction I had today sampling to people!

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.

Michelle

Hmm, I wouldn’t think to try this one iced. Its def a hot go to for me :)

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drank Lady Marmalade by DAVIDsTEA
4941 tasting notes

Mother’s Day Teas!

I was so curious about this one because of the name; I was really for a really bomb AF orange flavouted black tea, maybe with like brown sugar notes or some other underlying sweetness? Imagine how surprised I was so see that there isn’t ANY orange or even citrus fruit in the blend in the first place. Now I’m just bracing myself for the wave of people who’ll inevitably be confused by the name.

That said, I know a lot of British-styled marmalades are citrus or stone fruit with ginger so I’m just going to use that approach when talking to customers about it. “Yeah, it’s kind of like a British style marmalade with apricot and ginger!”. That’ll do.

I actually REALLY love the flavour though! The apricot is by far the strongest fruit note here, and I think it’s both natural tasting and sweet and jammy – so it kind of works for me as a ‘marmalade’ flavour. A customer today said it best though: with the creamy vanilla/custard-y undertones this is actually a little more like an ‘Apricot Creamsicle’. I do feel like I’m experiencing a touch of Deja Vu as well when it comes to the apricot. It’s like I’ve tasted this specific apricot flavour (sweetness/degree of realness) in something else. Another tea? Maybe, but I’m leaning towards not.

Hmmm, what else? Well, for starters, I actually don’t taste a few of the ingredients in the blend at all. Ginger is probably the most surprising: I can smell it in the dry leaf, for sure, but I think it’s pretty well masked in the taste. This is almost entirely, to me, a creamy apricot flavour. I also can’t taste the stevia at all – and actually, none of my coworkers can this time around either. Maybe it’s just a really low level of it? What I do taste is hints of apple, and some floral undertones.

Overall, this is very smooth (particularly for a black tea) with some great supple apricot notes and fresh cream notes! It’s fun, and I think something I might even end up buying for at home. Only complaint is the misleading name.

PS. According to the back of the tin, the tea is named after the Lady Marmalade song. You know, this one… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQa7SvVCdZk

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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I do believe I saw this on the AQ2T site around a year ago, and I was pretty fascinated by it then however I missed out on buying it – so when I saw it last time I placed an order I had to pounce! The entire concept of this tea just sounds so good to me, and I’m very optimistic about the overall flavour! I want it to work so badly.

- Lots of spice in the top: cinnamon/nutmeg
- Hints of carrot but not as much as I’d like there to be
- Some brown sugar sweetness/molasses-y undertones
- Those, combined with the spices, really emulate “cake” well!
- Toasty, but not as strongly as a Genmaicha normally would be
- Still very pleasant overall and really warming/comforting

On the whole, I think it represents “Carrot Cake” and the spices in a carrot cake really nicely. In my humble opinion, there are definitely areas that could be improved upon but it really isn’t a bad tea at all. I’m not even remotely mad that there doesn’t appear to have been an attempt made to recreate the “cream cheese frosting” and that’s usually a MUST for me when it comes to carrot cake flavoured things. It just works well without it.

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So, much to my surprise, I received another Tea Sparrow subscription box in the mail today from the lovely VariaTEA! Surprise mail is really just the best mail; especially when it’s tea mail!

Everything in this month’s box looks so good, so of course I brought one of the pouches with me to work so I could try one of them right away! I do think this tea was probably intended to be drank iced, but it’s REALLY snowy in town right now and I wasn’t in an iced tea mood at all, so I made my cup of this one hot.

It brews up a nice ‘cherry’ red colour with some impressive clarity. For me, the colour was beautiful, but also the first sign that this was going to be a tart tea. I wasn’t wrong either; the bulk of flavour here is hibiscus – straight and strong. Some sour/tangy pineapple notes do cut the straight hibiscus flavour a little bit, but it does wind up being a pretty strong sour/tart note overall despite the duo tone of the flavour.

I wish I could have tasted more mango/papaya because I think they COULD have offered a really interesting flavour combination overall, sadly they were lost in the infusion. Raisin is another ingredient that is pretty unique/interesting and that I feel could have contributed something more unique to the flavour profile but it too was pretty drowned out.

I will definitely revisit this one iced, mostly to see if that results in more balanced flavour.

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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!

I’m sipping on this one now while catching up on tasting notes/before I have to get ready for work. It’s pretty nice; I definitely didn’t expect the chocolate notes to be as robust as they are but it’s a pleasant sort of surprise. The toffee isn’t coming through for me, which is a shame, but the hazelnut is here in the undertones and finish! It’s probably a little too sweet for me overall, but I’m still enjoying this teacup of it!

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Thanks for the tea MissB!

I tried this one last night; it was pretty nice! The dominant flavour note with this one is hay/straw. Like, lots of hay and straw. It’s a very full bodied, prominent flavour notes that almost eclipses the other things going on here. That said, there was also a softer, sweet nuttyness and some earthy undertones. As the tea was really cooling down/getting room temperature I also started to pick up on some lingering fruit notes in the finish. Almost peachy? But also somewhat reminded me of strawberry leaf.

I’d call this a pretty peaceful cuppa overall; something to sip on when you want the flavour notes of a white tea with more body/intensity. Very nice for a bagged tea, as well.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4kJalb2bc&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=6

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Finished this one off right after work, meaning I steeped the cup on my way out the door and then drank it on the bus ride/walk home. The walk home where, I might add, it started to snow! Like, it’s almost May! Can’t we be done with snow now!?

This was a really nice cuppa though; it had a light to medium roast overall and soft undertones of caramel and cocoa in between all of the toasty goodness. Also hints of other toasty/roasty things like brown rice and barley. The finish did have a weird sort of lingering taste on the tip of the tongue; kind of the taste/feeling of licking a copper penny? If that makes ANY sense at all. I still really enjoyed it though, and that warming toasty feeling was the perfect ‘hug’ while it was gradually getting colder/snowier.

I’ll miss this one!

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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 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.

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