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New August Uncommon Teas!

I’ve been waiting for what feels like ages to see if AU was going to do a summer collection, and a few weeks ago I got an email asking if I wanted to preorder the new teas before they officially launched on the website and, guys, I jumped on that shit so quickly. The collection came yesterday, so of course I had to try something immediately.

I went with this one because it’s the herbal/caffeine free one from this collection and by the point I was ready to make a cup of tea after work it was pretty late into the evening.

So, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m the tiniest bit sick of melon teas; we’ve just had so many come out at work this summer than it feels a little played out to me. However, honeydew/mint? That’s a bit more different so I definitely WANT to get on board with it. I cracked the bag though and was a bit disappointed; something about the dry leaf smells VERY weird to me. It’s maybe a bit too harshly minty and the watermelon smells off. I can’t place it; it’s just off.

I brewed it up anyway though, and I’m glad I did because the steeped tea is definitely a step up from how the dry leaf smells. The peppermint actually IS very strong; however as strong as it is it’s also quite soothing. It’s very cooling/refreshing and definitely has the more herbaceous sort of taste of natural/actual peppermint versus flavourings. The juicyness of the melon is a bright contrast and I think that contrast actually pleasantly highlights the cooling elements of the mint and then the sweetness of the melon. I will say that it’s arguably more watermelon like than honeydew, though. Not that I particularly mind.

Of course this IS August Uncommon we’re talking about so the packaging is filled with all sorts of artistic imagery tied into what flavours and moods are supposed to be evoked by the tea. Supposedly this one is kind of like ‘sunbathing on a boat’ or some such similarly worded thing. I don’t think that’s it at all though: I certainly found myself strongly thinking of something specific when drinking it but for me it was a lot more ‘having a picnic in the middle of a thunderstorm’ like.

Overall? Not bad! The “herbal” teas from AU have been a bit hit or miss for me and I think that trend sort of continued with this one – though I definitely didn’t dislike it either.

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So, this review is for the Frozen Raspberry infused dark chocolate bar pictured here:

https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/gifts/product/tea-infused-sweets/dark-chocolate-with-frozen-raspberry

It’s been hot lately – that’s no secret, I’ve been bitching about it constantly afterall! The perfect way to counter that is ice cream though, and what’s better than ice cream with some fancy ass toppings!? So, I made myself a nice big bowl of pistachio icecream with plenty of chocolate shavings of DT’s Frozen Raspberry chocolate bar.

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I know it looks like mint chocolate, but I swear it’s NOT.

- The dark chocolate ‘base’ works well with this sweeter nut
- The raspberry comes through in a way that’s almost booze-y
- That rich, deeper raspberry note adds a great fruity layer of flavour though
- Plus dark chocolate itself sort of has a berry like sweetness to it
- So the raspberry was just a smart pairing w. the chocolate in general
- Elevated icecream = success

EDIT: Wow! Only a hundred tasting notes left until 5000! That’s a hell of a landmark. Now I guess the pressure’s on to pick a tea worthy of it…

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.

VariaTEA

There was a time when we were neck in neck tasting note wise and now I’m only at 3410. Gotta pick up my game :P

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Hot mug, with some Vanilla Toffee creamer splashed in too for extra richness first thing in the morning – sometimes you need a bit of extra indulgence.

- Sweet; the creamer helped focus the “cream cheese” part of the Carrot Cake
- And what’s a carrot cake without frosting!? Nothing; it’s nothing.
- And the tea itself brought everything else together into one nicely wrapped package
- Lots of spice, but in a smooth way that seems to work for carrot cake
- Definitely cinnamon, but also cardamom/allspice?
- Only thing that appears to be missing is the carrot itself!

Still, very good cuppa!

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drank Peachy Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
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I said I was gonna try this one as a latte, and I follow through.

I did opt for an iced latte though ‘cause it’s been such a sweltering, miserably hot week at work. The mall just needs better air conditioning overall, honestly.

- Reminded me a little of lychee bubble tea; same strong milky, sweet floral fruit combo
- Overall a BIT improvement from the plain iced tea
- Also really enjoyed the peaches & cream vibes too
- The peach actually does remind me a lot of Just Peachy and the brightness of that one
- HOWEVER; the damn white hibiscus!!!
- It’s totally not as bad as a latte, but it definitely still affects the overall flavour

So, all in all this was totally an improvement and it definitely made for a cup enjoyable enough to see through to the finish. However, I see can’t see this as a tea to stock up on at all, and I don’t know if I liked it enough as a latte to make any sort of habit of drinking them at work…

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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Last Forest Witch tea to try!

There’s always room in my cupboard for a fandom tea, so I was excited about this one. I guess I didn’t browse the ingredients SUPER thoroughly though because I didn’t realize until I cracked the package open just how much spice is in this blend. Ugh…

It honestly didn’t taste too bad; lots and lots of sweet ginger and allspice with this overall creamy candy like sweetness which I know was from the butterscotch chips. Actually, it sort of reminds me of the clotted ginger cream hard candies that the speciality candy store sells in town. I think they MIGHT be British? They’re not too bad, so the comparison isn’t a terrible thing.

However is it Butterbeer? In my opinion, based both on how the books describe it and other tea interpretations I’ve tried, not really. Still and OK tea though.

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Iced Latte.

Because I fucking could.

So, this was REALLY earthy tasting, with a strong bean like quality and gentler smokiness to it. Also, very roasty as well. It was kind of super weird, and one of my coworkers described it as tasting “sort of like bitter coffee grounds” and they were kind of correct in that. Like, I didn’t see it before but as soon as the comparison had been made I couldn’t shake it. At the same time, because of the high milk content and that sweeter earthy and vegetal kind of quality I was also strongly reminded of Taro Bubble tea. And, I’ve yet to have red bean bubble tea but I feel like it would probably taste somewhat like this too.

It was just so weird, but in a pretty good way.

MrQuackers

You’ll be drinkimg an Iced Soap Latte soon for that potty mouth!

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drank Ginger Kombucha by unkown
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So, my mom came home and surprised me the other night with a bottle of Ginger Kombucha! However, it wasn’t labelled or anything so I’ve no idea where it’s from or even really how she got her hands on it. My guess would be that it’s a homebrew.

Regardless, it was VERY good. I’d say arguably the best kombucha I’ve tried yet. Though to be perfectly fair that’s not a huge competitive pool, but even still. It basically tasted like ginger beer. Not ginger ale, mind you – but really good ginger beer with maybe a bit more acidity/vinegar-y tang. I’m not usually a huge fan of ginger either, but damn…

I also used a bit of in an a Kombucha Coleslaw recipe I’d stumbled upon. It was very easy to do, and I have to say I actually really liked the overall flavour too. I mean, lately I’ve been a “slaw fan” in general but this just worked out really nicely and I felt like it brought an extra, special sort of quality to the dish – though obviously it wasn’t fizzy or anything.

Yummy! Wish I knew where this was from…

mrmopar

You could be a Southern American! Slaw is big time in the South at Summer.

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- I’d forgotten I’ve tried this one before! It seems very different from the last time…
- Just based on skimming the old tasting note; that is
- More roasty/toasted in flavour
- Has a bit of a peppery/spicy finish to it
- Body is sweeter; more like honey and rye?
- I suppose it does have some floral undertones
- And a woody quality though, like in the company description

I did enjoy this one initially, but just looking at the old tasting note it definitely raises a few flags for me just how wildly different these two infusions were considering they were both no frills Western style infusions…

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So, I’ve been putting off trying this tea because I was kind of scared about the degree of spice it might have – I’ve had a Frank era 52Teas blends with OBSCENE amounts of Spice (Napalm Ferret, anyone) and I definitely wasn’t in the mood for that…

But…

- This had very mild overall spice, which was surprising
- Does sort of have the light back of the throat tickle peppercorn teas have to me though
- I like the strawberry; it reminds me of the strawberry in Strawberry Genmaicha
- Has a roundness to it
- Really mellow, soft tea overall;
- Enjoyed it even though it was very UNLIKE the description

And yes – I DID shake up the package first. I just didn’t find this one all that impactful.

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drank Sunny Citrus by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold Brew!

Made this one as part of a more elaborate breakfast during my days off this week. I added a pinch of creamed honey to the tea to sweeten it because it had a pretty strong tangy/sour lemon quality to it. Even though it didn’t even remotely taste like orange, the whole “strong citrus drink for breakfast” type thing definitely had me in that fresh squeezed orange juice and hearty breakfast mindset.

My breakfast was actually a really good garlic sesame seitan and egg scramble with a very sharp cheddar, red pepper, and onion. It was a great balance of savory elements and spices, and and that also was just a very good contrast to the brighter, sweet fruity flavour of the tea. All put together, both tea and breakfast had this very nice almost artisan kind of feel.

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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 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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