4541 Tasting Notes

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Made as a latte.

I know a Milk Oolong latte feels kind of redundant, but I was really strongly craving milk and I was curious what, if any, flavour notes would come through. Admittedly, this was like 90% just wonderful, creamy steamed milk but the other 10% was a mix of very mild floral notes, sweet grass notes, and butteryness. It came together to make a surprisingly very delightful drink – perfect for my intense milk craving.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J417T5crtm4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=3

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.

Evol Ving Ness

Have you ever tried milk oolong as a cold steep? Would that even work?

MrQuackers

Milk flavoured Oolong in a Latte. There’s a reason why they call you strange. Mooahahaha :)

Roswell Strange

@Evol,

I don’t believe so; but I can’t imagine it’d go well. My guess is that the buttery aspect of a milk oolong blend (particularly any of the flavoured ones and not a natural one) would be VERY drawn out/exaggerated in an unpleasant way.

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I had a fun morning experimenting with some of my new flavoured honeys from the farmer’s market yesterday – kicking things off with this one.

I made mugs both for myself and my mother with some milk and coffee infused honey mixed into the steeped tea. I chose coffee because when I was doing my sommelier course there was a section in the Food Pairing/Cooking course about tea infused cocktails and one of the ways EG was suggested to be infused was alongside drinks incorporating Baileys and/or Kahlua. I can kind of see it, I guess.

Honestly? The coffee honey has a pretty light flavour overall anyway so it wasn’t really intensely present in the steeped tea anyway but the delicate sweet and creamy coffee undertones and addition of the honey flavour DID nicely suit the bergamot in the blend. All in all it came together as a surprisingly delicate, soothing drink with relaxing and peaceful flavour notes.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC34pEYL5Ps&index=2&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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Steeped Western style at work.

I really appreciate the profile of this one steeped up Western, but I think I enjoyed the drawn out experience of drinking it Gong Fu a little more. The flavour notes are essentially the same though; sweet honey, fruity undertones like that of stonefruits in particular nectarines, and floral tops notes. It’s so smooth and very relaxing.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRwD9JL2sO0&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=4

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drank Euphoria by Kusmi Tea
4541 tasting notes

Yes!

I love the combination of chocolate and orange so I was pretty sure I was going to like this one; happy to see I was right. The chocolate comes through more strongly than the orange, and makes for a sweet, rich top note where as the orange offers a fresh, bright finish as it slowly transitions into the sip. The base comes through quite strongly as well; both roasty and earthy, which compliments the chocolate notes.

I think this one would make a pretty killer latte.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1vQMIisJuc&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=6

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drank Turtle by Banff Tea Co.
4541 tasting notes

Another tea from the Banff Tea Co. that my coworker brought in to share with the staff!

We had this one hot, but we oversteeped it by a few minutes so we added some milk and agave to compensate for the bitterness that was drawn out from the extended steep time. I definitely didn’t like this one as much as the White Vanilla Coconut but it wasn’t bad either. Mostly I thought it just had a relatively generic chocolate and nutty profile. To really make me think of a turtle chocolate I would have wanted more creaminess and caramel notes.

Thanks for the share, regardless, Leah!

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drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
4541 tasting notes

Sipdown (203)!

I’m sad to say that this is a sipdown.

I wish we’d never retired this blend – but what can I do about it now? This last cup was more peach than papaya, but more guayusa than peach. Actually, it was a lot of guayusa since that’s mostly what was left at the bottom of the tin. Still tasty though, and super comforting and yummy.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqwYXSG-zuA&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=9

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So, one of the silver linings to moving has been that my commute to Value Village in the morning from home has gone from a 55 minute bus ride to a 5 minute one. Not only that, but the bus to get to work leaves later (meaning I can sleep in a little more) but gets me there earlier. So, instead of drinking a tea on the bus I can pack something with me and make/drink it there in the staff room.

This was the first thing I brought – and it was lovely. Very strong roasted quality, peanut notes, wood notes, and hints of spice in the finish. One of my coworkers sitting next to me while it was steeping kept leaning in the smell it because it was SO GOOD.

So comforting, as well.

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My week has definitely NOT gone how I originally thought it would.

It started off pretty well – things were going well at work, my birthday was quickly approaching, and I was only a few days away from a week of paid vacation at Value Village. However, then the completely unexpected happened. I came home from work during the week and my roommate was waiting for me with an eviction notes. I had until the 30th to move out of my house…

Suffice to say I was incredibly shocked and pissed off. While I don’t really want to get into it too heavily on Steepster, I think there are a lot of things that factor into what happened. For starters, I know that Trey, James, and myself have been growing apart for a while now. We used to go out regularly together, and drink frequently and at one point we even all worked together. Now? I’m working on average 65-70 hours a week between two jobs, barely drink anymore and when I AM home my spare time is spent quietly reading, drinking tea, learning Mandarin or cooking. Their spare time? Out partying, drinking at home or loudly gaming. Our interests don’t align anymore.

As well, both of them currently work at the same company – one which I am STRONGLY and vocally against. That’s always been a source of discord among us. Their company is basically one of those stupid insurance based MLMs – you know, the legal loophole to a pyramid scheme. I hate how it runs, and the cult like mentality of those who work there. Seriously, they would come home from work and continue to talk about NOTHING but work for a solid five hours whilst drinking. They’ve phone called every single one of our mutual friends AT LEAST twice to try and get them to sign up/join and if someone says no then they wont make time to hang out with them again in the future. If you’re not in then they don’t have time for you in their life. So, suffice to say things weren’t GREAT between us as far as roommates go because I refused to drink the kool aid – and while I was happy they were finding success and ‘fulfillment’ from their job, I definitely wished it was through a better/healthier outlet.

As far as my eviction? I hadn’t realized things between us had reached that level of distance yet. And yes, technically it was well within Trey’s right as landlord to evict me. I signed a lease agreement and by the most slimy of technicalities I also broke it giving him just cause to evict me. The frustrating part is that the aspect I broke in the agreement was broke MONTHS ago, and I’m pretty sure they only waited until now to evict me because they have someone else lined up to move in another one of their coworkers who I know was looking for a new place to live recently. So, now they’ll have a condo full of little pyramid scheme puppets and can all be cult-ish together.

Thankfully I was able to move in with my mother on really short notice, since I hadn’t been apartment hunting since I didn’t know I was going to be moving. It may have been the worst blizzard/storm of the year and it may have took _ten grueling hours in 95km/hour winds but I got all of my stuff out of the condo and into my mothers just a day after receiving my eviction letter. So, at the very least I don’t have to spend the rest of the month in a toxic environment where I know I’m not wanted – and I can enjoy my vacation in peace/silence. While moving back in with parents is anything but ideal, I’ve done it before under worse circumstances when my Saskatoon roommate raped someone in our house and I moved from Saskatoon to Regina OVERNIGHT so now I just move on and rebuild. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

Rinse and repeat.

Oh, and the tea? Tasted like fruit loops! It was some much needed comfort in the chaos that was moving day. Seriously, it was the ONLY tea I drank all day during the crazy and it was the perfect moment of calm and quiet.

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.

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like the move was a kind thing you did for yourself. Onwards and upwards!

Rosehips

Eeeek! That’s a lot of drama. I’m sorry things are not ideal, but I’m glad you are out of that environment.

VariaTEA

So I felt weird “liking” this in light of the contents but I liked it for the moment of calm with the tea and not for all the craziness. That I really am sorry to hear about and definitely think you will come back from this better than ever…you always do.

Indigobloom

Wow. That is a lot of nasty ju ju. I hope they see the light beyond that koolaid one day soon. Bleh. Big hugs your way if you want them :(

Roswell Strange

Thanks everyone for the love and support! It’s weird to say, but ever since I started my independent living journey in Saskatoon four(ish) years ago Steepster (and the community of people on it) has become such a rock for me. Throughout all of it, I’ve always been able to find comfort here on the site, with a cup of tea in hand. I’m feeling so much better today about the whole situation, truly.

Super Starling!

Glad you’re living somewhere less toxic. I know living with one’s parents isn’t perceived as “cool.” Think of it this way: if your parents are kind enough to welcome you home, they’re pretty awesome parents — which so few people have. You are very lucky. Enjoy your fruit loop tea and find somewhere great to live (which sounds like, honestly, literally anywhere other than your old place).

Scheherazade

I’m glad you’ve found some peace, and were able to enjoy your birthday and vacation in peace. Living with parents isn’t ideal (I know – I’m currently doing it while I try and find myself a flat I can afford…), but it’s definitely better than putting/keeping yourself in a bad situation. I hope things start to pick up for you again soon :)

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drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
4541 tasting notes

Last weekend we were sampling this tea as a latte and since I was initially curious about this as a latte I decided to try it that way too. Plus, it never hurts to have product knowledge of what you’re sampling anyway.

After my initial first tasting, I had decided that I didn’t think this would work as a latte because I thought the more delicate flavours would get lost in the milk. However, that was not the case, and the notes came through pretty clearly. Unfortunately, the notes that were coming through? STRONG notes of lemongrass with that stevia tainted sweetness. If you like creamy lemon teas and aren’t anti-stevia I can see that being a really nice, smooth combo but it wasn’t one for me.

I definitely preferred this one straight, and iced.

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.

Evol Ving Ness

Lemongrass in a vanilla tea—-what were they thinking? (And never mind the stevia or any other sweetener as that’s a whole other discussion.)

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Drank this one as an iced tea, with a 1/2 pump of agave because I was sharing it with a coworker and I was a little worried they wouldn’t like it if it wasn’t sweetened at least a little bit…

This was pretty good as an iced tea, but of everything I drank that day I have to say that it was my least favourite thing. It had a clear honeyed taste to it and some mild hay notes but the most interesting this was the cool, bordering of cucumber like undertones to the sip. Like a sweeter cucumber, I guess?

Not bad – but not something to revisit either.

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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.

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