2785 Tasting Notes

75
drank Lemon and Ginger by Twinings of London
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100
drank America's Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you to VariaTEA for the sample!

I coldbrewed it this morning (1 tsp leaf, 500 mL cold water, 10 minutes) and really enjoyed it. I can confirm that that “America’s Birthday Cake” (American version) and “Birthday Cake” (Canadian version) taste exactly the same. The only difference is that the US version has star shaped sprinkles of red/white/blue while the Canadian version has normal rod-shaped sprinkles in a rainbow of colours.

Mmm I love the cakey, custard, birthday cake icing, and caramel flavours in this. Just so good.

Flavors: Cake, Caramel, Custard, Pancake Syrup, Rooibos, Sugarcane, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
VariaTEA

America’s bday cake in theory has toffee. Like you, I thought they tasted the same

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89
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
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Thank you to VariaTEA for the share!

Good green rooibos base with rose petals, green fruity flavours (honey dew, green melon). It is very fragrant, a decent iced drink this evening when it’s too hot to exist above ground.

Flavors: Green Melons, Honeydew, Melon, Rooibos, Rose

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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86
drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!

It’s too bad this isn’t coming back this year. I have fallen in love with it.

VariaTEA

Della Terra had an AMAZING cactus tea that they discontinued. Then they stopped being a company so I guess that tea is never to be found again. It sucks that this was the last of a tea you love. Perhaps it’ll return in the future….

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80
drank Oolong Châtaigne by Dammann Freres
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hmm this is more stone fruits (peach, apricot) and white grape) than nuts and caramel. Maybe it has absorbed some of a neighbouring tea’s flavours.

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Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Iced

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71
drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
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I can’t remember who sent me this, but it is labelled as “Angry Pumpkin” – Angry Tea Room.

I only used 1 tsp in a coldbrew, so I still have 5 tsp left. It is good though, I am not in a hurry to get rid of it.

Strong black base, slightly bitter. Strong flavours of cardamom, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, light on the ginger (chai spices). Lightly nutty. Overall, it is a good chai that makes me think of autumn or winter. I didn’t enjoy the base, but maybe 1 hour was too long a steep. I forgot I had it brewing until I went into the kitchen to find snacks (I ate some macadamia nuts…good pairing!) It isn’t something I would buy, but I did enjoy getting to taste it.

Flavors: Bitter, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Nutty, Tannic

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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71
drank Pumpkin by The Angry Tea Room
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70
drank Chocolate Éclair by 52teas
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Thank you to VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this! I’m buying my own pouch in the FUNdraiser sale, but I’m happy to try it out now.

Malty base (it tastes like Assam and Chinese Jin Jun Mei. I don’t actually know what the base is, but it tastes like a mix of smooth blacks). EDIT: Looked it up and the base is Assam and Fujian black-possible Jin Jun Mei. Damn, I’m good.

There is some raw cocoa/dark chocolate here, minerals, tannin. I think the creaminess could have come through a little bitter because I got vanilla but not really whipped cream like that you might expect in an eclair or cream puff. Even if the milk chocolate/cream intensity wasn’t there, it made an excellent morning cup. I recommend this tea to fellow chocolate fans.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Mineral, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
VariaTEA

I steeped it at 200 and never got any bitterness. Wonder if maybe that’s where the issue was?

Arby

When I get my new bag, I’ll try it hot or as a latte.

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90
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve been wanting ot try this one and now I wish there was some way I could place an order.

Coldbrew. This was so tasty iced. i’m sure it is great hot, but the fruity flavour and hot weather make me prefer it cold. 1 tsp leaf, 500 mL water, 1 hour (resteeped using same parameters).

The creaminess really makes me love this blend. Like key lime pie! Lots of citrus (lime), whipped cream, green rooibos, lightly sweet but very flavourful and natural tasting.

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Creamy, Lime, Smooth

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, whey, lactose, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb) or stevia

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