4546 Tasting Notes

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
4546 tasting notes

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

So, today I’m turning 22 – which I realize isn’t much, but considering I started my Steepster journey when I was eighteen the four years since then feels like it’s been a long, long time. So much has happened in that time!

Honestly, I’m not really doing much to celebrate today – I’ll have supper with my family tomorrow when we all have the evening off work, but after a while you sort of stop making a big deal out of birthdays don’t yet? I mean, I don’t even mind that we’re not doing anything. It’s like one half of me is hella hyped for today, and the other is all “meh”. I did treat myself to two birthday tea orders – one from Camellia Sinensis and another from Oolong Inc, and I am drinking Birthday Cake tea because it’s thematically appropriate but that’s really about it.

As for the tea – I made it into a tea pop, on a whim. I haven’t decided yet if I like it carbonated. I also added something Butterscotch Schnapps because I’m an adult and if I want to add booze into my drinks than I’m damn well gonna. It tastes kind of like cream soda? A sweeter, more vanilla centric cream soda? There’s sort of some sponge cake notes, vanilla, maple, brown sugar – things in that flavour family. It doesn’t hold the carbonation as well as the other two I’ve made since moving either.

So yeah – mixed feelings.

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.

Rosehips

Happy Birthday! May this be the best year yet.

Evol Ving Ness

Happy birthday to you, Ms. Strange!

Memily

Happiest day to you!

mrmopar

Happy Birthday!

TheKesser

Happy Birthday!

Teatotaler

Happy Birthday! :)

Kaylee

Happy birthday!!!

Indigobloom

Happy birthday!!

twinofmunin

happy birthday! i like reading about the modifications you make to your teas. :) in this case, i never would have thought to carbonate it and add butterscotch schnapps, haha.

Cindy

Happy Belated Birthday!

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Tea Pop!

Man, I’m only just started with tea pops – that’s such a huge plus to living at home and I plan to milk it so much. This one was really good too; I drank it while enjoying a nice baked brie with red pepper topping on my favourite cranberry/hazelnut crackers and I have to say that drinking something cranberry while also having it in the crackers really pulled everything together quite nicely.

Plus, the tea pop itself was also just really tasty. Think cranberry spritzer/sparking cranberry water but a bit more robust and tart in flavour with some apple undertones. I’ve always said this tea had an effervescence to it, and now that I’ve literally carbonated it I don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake that aspect of it. Yummy!

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Sipdown (200)!

Finally finished this one off at work; hot with some milk. It was just like a rich, creamy black licorice milkshake which is pretty well my favourite kind of milkshake, next to Saskatoon Berry. Only thing missing was that thicker mouthfeel that I’d associate with a good shake. I know I had reached a point where I was pretty sick of this one and tbh I’m not quite over that BUT I do want to eventually restock on this one because it’s just nice to have a licorice option in my cupboard that’s not “licorice root” or “anise”.

Good, solid, black licorice.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E73IQx21DEo&index=1&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Arby

Black licorice, rootbeer, and Saskatoon berry are my favourite milkshake flavours!

Roswell Strange

Ha, that’s hilarious because Rootbeer is definitely my third favourite! Is your fourth, by chance, strawberry?

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Finished this one hot with some added in cinnamon honey! The addition of honey was really interesting because it was for a very smooth, put together drink with great levels of natural sweetness and warming spice but the cinnamon itself also seemed to be just strong enough to kind of hide the distinctness of the different nutty notes in the blend. So instead of a more specific nutty taste, this was a lot more generically nutty. On the other hand, it did give it a better overall buttery, cinnamon sugar dusted pastry sort of feel. So, I’m not sure how I ultimately feel about it I guess?

Regardless, this tea is DEFINITELY going to be missed – I enjoyed having it around.

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#ProjectTeaWall

So yesterday I tried this tea iced – my first time trying it!

No, at least as far as I’m aware, this tea isn’t coming back any time soon. So how did I get to try it when it’s been retired for quite some time now? Well, my coworker Sarah has a pretty massive stockpile of it since it’s her all time favourite tea to ever be made by DAVIDsTEA and when she mentioned this the other day I told her I never actually had a chance to try this one before it was retired, so she brought me a sample of it on our last shift together.

Just going on dry smell alone, I could really get a strong sense of the lavender and rose but the fruity notes seemed a bit more abstract to me. Steeped up though, the blueberry REALLY strongly comes though and I have to say that I adore the sweet, juiciness of it contrasted against the smooth, delicate rose notes and stronger lavender. I do tend to enjoy, in general, pretty well every blend DT has made with blueberry though. Blueberry Jam is obviously my favourite, but Dark Chocolate Delight, Buchu Superfruit, Bear Trap, Serenity Now, Blueberry Matcha, and even to some extent Blue Lagoon have all been teas I enjoyed. Only one that jumps out as a blueberry tea that I overall disliked is Blueberry Muffin.

I do wish I could taste the currants in this a little more – they’re rather lost in between the blueberry and floral notes. This is super hydrating and refreshing though, and in my opinion pretty damn well balanced. I 100% see why it’s Sarah’s be all and end all. That said, I also feel like I get why it was retired too. There’s a lot of overlap between this one and Serenity Now as far as flavour goes: both prominently feature lavender and berry notes while also both being caffeine free. It makes sense to only carry one when they’re filling the same position in the wall, so to speak. How they picked which one? Well, that part I don’t know. I enjoyed this but I also enjoy Serenity Now and I think I’d be happy seeing either on the wall, personally.

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.

Arby

I had no idea it had been retired. D:

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Late night mug of tea in bed; my room gets so cold now that it’s in the basement to the point where it’s borderline unbearable. I don’t even know how I used to handle it – I guess I just got used to it? And now that I’ve been living in a condo building on the second floor for a year I’ve lost that built up resistance to the lower temperature?

Anyway; it’s nice having a tea set up right next to my bed because then when it does get horribly cold I can just brew up a mug and keep cozy that way. That’s exactly what I did with this tea; I’d been craving it for a few days now at work and then other things kept distracting me from it. I always forget that I actually already own this one; and I can make cups of it at home. I don’t know why it seems to be so forgettable for me; I do greatly enjoy it…

Anyway, this got a LONG steep because I wouldn’t come out from under the covers to strain the leaf. The situation was sort of: “One more minute wont hurt it” – times fifteen? To be fair, it didn’t hurt it. It just made for a very floral tasting brew with strong, muddy notes of cinnamon that complimented nicely. The peachyness was actually lighter than I’d thought it’d be after such a long infusion, but the brightness in both the top and bottom notes was pretty nice. It was a little “Peaches & Cream Oatmeal” like but not as much as normal.

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 (202)!

No big, glorious whole raspberries in the last of my sample – but still a relatively enjoyable cup. Instead this was much more weighted onto the creamy, white chocolate aspect of the blend with soft hints of the raspberry. Still just a little too sweet for my tastes, but I think I actually like it better with more creamy elements than with a more noticeably tart raspberry note.

Still not a restock though.

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’m a bit behind on my goal of having at least one full Gong Fu session a week; a combination of long work hours and unexpectedly moving has resulted in that. I’m hoping that since I’m on vacation this week I can catch up the sessions I’ve fallen behind on though…

I started with this one; a Ripe I’ve been really excited about drinking for quite some time now that I’ve just pushed back behind other shinier, newer teas the last few weeks. I didn’t take notes because I was watching old Bones episodes with my mom at the time of drinking it and I was more interested in just drinking the tea and enjoying it as an experience/moment.

I’d say I got a good eight or so steeps from this, and could have got more but I ran out of water in my thermal jug and I was too engrossed in the episodes to want to get up and boil more. The tea was really good right off the bat though; very thick and velvety mouthfeel with strong, sweet earthy notes, notes of wood, dark chocolate, molasses, dates, raisins, and wet leather. Very sweet overall, but very naturally so. Really robust and enjoyable, and right to the point.

A great session, truly.

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Tea Pop!

It’s been so long since I’ve had a tea pop, but my mom has a Soda Stream so I’ve been heavily taking advantage of having the ability to make tea pop again!

This was my first one – I started by cold brewing it, and then instead of making a concentrated batch and mixing that with carbonated water I instead just directly carbonated the cold brew. I know that’s technically not recommended, but I’ve read a lot of reviews/articles about people carbonating non water liquids and after taking some of the recommended precautions I decided the risk was very minimal, and worth taking.

The payoff was great; this was super strongly flavoured with the perfect amount of fix/carbonation. The flavour was pretty solid too; very clearly defined strawberry notes with an interesting creamy undertone. Sometimes I buy Italian Sodas from Cookies by George in the mall I work in, and this tasted almost exactly like their Strawberry flavour. They even do a whipped cream topping on their Italian Sodas, and that’s exactly what the creamy element of this tea tasted like. Sweet and tasty! The only, small, negative was that the aftertaste had a very artificial quality to it. At least it wasn’t a lingering note, though.

Thanks VariaTEA!

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I need to drink this tea more, because damn do I really enjoy it when I do. Lots of roastyness typical to a Genmaicha, and then some squash notes and vanilla with tiny little hints of the juniper in the finish. This is old now, but still quite good.

MissLena

I miss Verdant’s blends :(

Daylon R Thomas

So jealy that you guys got to try them with Butiki. :( Some of Verdant’s sounded pretty awesome, especially the Tie Guan YIn Earl Grey they had.

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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 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

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