5573 Tasting Notes

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Midday cuppa.

Opened the bag of this to measure out the leaf needed for the brew and I just instantly knew that not only would it be a good cup but it was gonna be a good afternoon too. This is just one of those teas that is reassurance in a cup. Sweet, refreshing, upbeat and positive! I love the brightness of the orange and like that it’s not acidic because I think that if this tea had that acidity to it that the bite from that would take you out of the cup and the experience too much. The cucumber? It’s cooling and refreshing and makes everything feel fresh!

Sadly the coffee store that carried this one in town, where I originally got it from, no longer carries it which is just awful news. It’s not on Tiesta’s website either – so now I’m stuck in the hard place of deciding whether or not to ration this/hoard it forever or to embrace a sipdown sooner rather than later…

Tough choice to make.

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drank Rosé All Day by DAVIDsTEA
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Iced tea.

I was really, really craving the strong and sweet grape/currant notes of this one so I decided to dip into the small bag I stocked up on before we sold out of this tea during the summer. I cracked open the bag and took a big inhale of the aroma and it was so satisfying. Seriously; it was exactly what I had been craving in terms of flavour.

I brewed my iced tea exactly the same way I would have if I had been making it in store while I was working and I was so excited to try it after I had it all strained/prepared. However, I took my first sips and my excitement soon faded. It was weak. Like, really weak – at least compared to the delicious, and hella satisfying aroma I had only just inhaled. What the heck? I’ve never had issues with this producing a weak brew before! I mean, it was good but just NOT as satisfying as I wanted it to be…

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 was just in the mood for something really different this morning, so I opted for this one.

I did add a little honey to it because as much as I just wanted something different I wasn’t quite ready to kick off the morning with something so earthy/savory without getting a little sweetness out of the cup. It was actually very good with the honey; it exaggerated some of the notes that are often present in the cup but not main focuses like nut, cocoa, and espresso notes! The rest of the flavour wasn’t so much “bean-y” as it was earthy – really earthy, actually with soft smoke undertones and a roasty toasty quality.

Love this one! It’s so unique, and pleasant and smooth.

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Had this tea for supper today… Kinda.

No, I didn’t just make a bowl of soup/broth and call that my supper; instead I made mashed butter potatoes with a tablespoon of this mixed into them to season/add flavour. Add a tiny baby handful of shredded cheese on top and you have supper! I think I chose this one for seasoning as part of the rosemary kick I’ve been on as of late; the flavour was actually significantly more weighted towards the black pepper in the tea/soup mix though so that was basically the bulk of what I experienced. Still really tasty though! I definitely plan on using this one a lot more with cooking.

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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One of the teas I grabbed from C4 when I was on vacation!

I’ll be completely honest; I think this tea was SUPER overpriced for what I paid for it, and I looked at the ingredients prior and I’m almost positive that steeped up I’m going to find the taste of this tea average at best. I still felt like I needed to buy it though; there was something about the idea of buying fandom inspired teas at Comic Con that just deeply drew me in as a concept. I was also thinking a little bit of my sister when I chose this one in particular; I don’t dislike Harley Quinn myself but I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan either. My knowledge of the character is probably pretty average. However, my sister is obsessed with Harley Quinn so I thought that this was something I could probably also share with her that she’d have a strong appreciation of.

Aesthetically speaking, the tea is pretty gorgeous! The sprinkles in the blend actually add a really stunning pop of colour – the greens/blues in particular really appeal to me since they’re something you generally don’t see in tea blends with this sort of pigmentation. It doesn’t stop there though; the peppercorns add an equally pretty red colour and I find that with how many there are in combination with the black tea base that it’s actually channeling that red/black colour pairing that’s so distinct with Harley’s traditional appearance. I’ve always loved that look more than the red/blue that’s associated with her so much now because of the Suicide Squad movie.

The aroma, but dry and steeping, is very chocolate heavy. Hints of strawberry and just candy in general. I guess that sort of sweet candy/dessert tea flavour makes a lot of sense to me with her character. For whatever reason I don’t think that’s what I would have chosen if I were making a HQ blend myself but now that I’ve been presented with it as a concept I’m on board. There’s also this sort of romantic connotation, I think, with the whole “chocolate covered strawberry” thing too, and while I don’t personally love Harley & The Joker together because of the abusive nature of the relationship I think it’d be remiss to not have some sort of nod to that relationship since it is a BIG part of her character. And the little bit of spice from the peppercorn also feels appropriate.

Taking my first sips now…

Yeah, it’s very chocolate heavy in terms of flavour. Like, the whole sip is just dominated by the presence of this milk chocolate taste. It doesn’t particularly strike me as a nice milk chocolate flavour though: quite artificial, and it even has that waxy quality that low quality milk chocolate has. The rest is a bit of a mess. Hints of strawberry in the top of the sip, but it’s a quick hint of flavour, and then it vanishes. I actually want more of it; a lot more of it – I think it could probably salvage some of the clusterfuck that comes next.

So, after that fleeting strawberry taste, I’m hit with the peppercorn and I have to say that I really don’t like it. It’s not that it’s too spicy or that it tickles my throat in a bad way or anything: it just tastes really dull and stale and I’m sorry but the taste of stale peppercorns is pretty fucking low on my list of preferred flavours. Then there’s this flavour that’s a little hard to explain: I don’t know where it’s coming from but it’s REALLY strong in the finish and quite lingering. It reminds me of… bell pepper? But also not as fresh/natural as a bell pepper. It’s almost like an artificial bell pepper flavour, than then was paired with cheap milk chocolate. It’s kind of awful.

I don’t know, in theory this had a lot of promise and conceptually I don’t think the ideas/ingredients were bad both in terms of character representation or with how they should have worked with one another. The execution is just awful though, and it makes for a mighty unpleasant cup of tea.

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/BtvJaNeELic

So, I have a theory that you could pair ANY Lorde song with Harley Quinn as a character and it would work perfectly. However, I like this one in particular. Not totally sure why; just really vibes well with me. If the tea was actually good tasting, then I think this would have been an EXCELLENT pairing.

Flavors: Artificial, Bell Pepper, Candy, Chocolate, Green Bell Peppers, Peppercorn, Strawberry

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Hot cuppa, but with a twist.

So, DAVIDsTEA is selling tea infused hot chocolate sticks this year. Basically, it’s a giant cube of tea infused chocolate with an identically sized marshmallow on top that you stir into a cup of water or tea, and when it melts it infuses into your water/tea making a very rich tea hot chocolate.

One of the flavours we’re doing it a Matcha Matsu white chocoate and while I was steeping this I couldn’t stop thinking about how that would probably be a really nice pairing with this tea. I mean, it would amp up some of the green tea notes in the tea, and Genmaicha/green tea in general already pairs so well with white chocolate: strawberries too, for that matter! I really wasn’t interested in the marshmallow though, and I didn’t want it to be as strong as the whole ‘cube’ or matcha matsu chocolate would make it. So instead I just bought one of the matcha matsu mini chocolate bars and mixed in a single piece of it into my steeped tea.

It actually worked really well too! I was correct, and the steeped up tea and chocolate combo tasted a lot more vegetal and green, with some distincter marine qualities to it too. That actually wound up being the main flavour of the whole cup. It also tasted creamier, although the mouthfeel was NOT as creamy as the flavour. It was actually kind of oily, from the melted down chocolate. This wasn’t shocking though; in fact it was pretty expected. Both the soft strawberry notes and roastiness kind of settled into more of an undertone/finishing note in the sip. Softer, but not lost.

I actually really liked it! It was something a little more different I could do with the tea to change up the flavour, but that wasn’t too crazy in how it changed it. I mean, it still tasted like Strawberry Genmaicha – just with a little “extra” going on.

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Tea Press!

So, I bought this one in July and I remember being SUPER excited about it because of the fandom aspect and then also just the description of the tea in general. I don’t know why it took me so long to even get around to trying it, honestly…

I’m actually a little disappointed though. The listing for this tea describes it as tasting like rootbeer, which is the element that made me very excited for it. However, in practice I don’t think there’s ANYTHING in this that reminds me of rootbeer at all. In fact, it’s actually pretty darn similar to The Forest Witch’s Butterbeer blend just without the creamy/coconut components. That’s not terrible but it’s not what I was stoked about. So basically, it’s a very allspice and clove heavy profile with some cinnamon undertones too. I like clove a lot, personally, so I’ll definitely finish this if it continues to be a really clove strong flavour. However I didn’t really need another spicy tea added to my cupboard.

Welp.

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Picked this one out a few days ago to sip on because of the roses in the blend, however when I actually had it all steeped up it wound up being the milk chocolate notes that I was most into. That’s actually a little weird for me personally too, since usually I’m not the world’s biggest chocolate in tea fan.

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.

Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate, Creamy, Floral, Rose, Smooth

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
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Just a simple hot cuppa.

As always this was really nice and creamy with coconut notes, but I actually thought that this time around the apricot was a lot more tropical tasting – almost pineapple like in terms of flavour. Still very good, though!

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Iced Tea!

I wanted something fruity, but wasn’t feeling any of my normal “at work” go to options. A coworker suggested this one, and in the moment I thought it was a brilliant idea. However, once it was steeped up I just found it a little too sweet/potent and after a very short period of time it just started to taste really cloying to me. I guess that’s why it’s not one of my go to options…

I think I just enjoy this one a lot more as a hot tea, to be honest.

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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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 about five 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 than 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.

A personal goal of mine has been to do a 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 goal, but I haven’t forgotten about it!

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives. 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, mushrooms, 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…

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

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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