8041 Tasting Notes

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I’ve had this tea sample for a long time but am only just now (well, last week) getting around to trying it – my bad! There’s a quality to this, a flavouring or something like that, that is really reminding me of past blends from AQ2T that I’ve tried but I am struggling to totally nail down what exactly it is. Perhaps that’s because it’s simultaneously also reminding me quite heavily of Dammann Frere’s Strawberry and Pistachio herbal tea blend that I also keep stocked…

Regardless, it was very good!

Kittenna

I agree – this is uniquely AQ2T. The first time I brewed it, I mixed up two of her teas because they tasted similar in that same manner, and not clearly enough like their titular ingredients for me to distinguish them.

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Another Gongfu session from last weekend!

This was a delicious tea, with initial notes of dense, dark red fruits w/ an especially prominent black cherry and raisin combo profile, hints of molasses and cinnamon, black licorice/anise, and honey & malt. As the session progressed the molasses + black licorice eased up and the fruit notes got brighter and juicier!! Such a fantastic way to spend the late afternoon!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzma2NegwFZ/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC-ZzKx3Hks

tea-sipper

Whoa, this one sounds amazing.

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Gongfu Sipdown (648)!

Yes, Gongfu – not Grandpa. It’s just what I was in the mood for.

Recently picked up a few of the 2019 version of this tea during W2T’s latest product drop, so I figured I’d finish this tea off to make some room in my stash for more tea while also giving myself a bit of a refresher on the tea and what I might expect to see from the 2019 version…

I drank it along with some pretty overripe Quebec strawberries, and the result was a highly sloppy but deeply delicious tea session – very thick and dense infusions, with a sweet and kind of molasses-y earthy note. Lots of dark, wet wood and hints of dark fruits as well, which were exaggerated slightly from my fruit pairing. Really good!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzluF3VAepQ/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIgu46uI9XU

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Found a pouch of this in the office and it’d been so long since I last had it that I decided I’d whisk myself up a hot mug of it to enjoy while doing some lab testing. I was reminded, however, why I hadn’t had this tea in so long – I do not like it. It’s such a chalky tasting berry and cream profile to me, undoubtedly from the cream flavouring that I know I don’t always respond favourably to. Plus, this was definitely a fairly old batch of the tea and that only would have exaggerated those qualities.

It’s a pass from me.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Honey Black by DAVIDsTEA
8041 tasting notes

Drank this one Grandpa style at work – it was lovely but ultimately something that served as a tea for relatively mindless consumption. Smooth, malty with the signature honey note that is it’s namesake – but not complex.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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I feel conflicted about this blend – it’s supposed to be pineapple and grapefruit, which actually sounds like a delightful flavour pairing to me. I don’t really recall it tasting much like either of those two flavours but it did have a generic tropical and borderline candy like sweetness that was pretty nice and the entire time I was drinking it I had this nagging feeling of deja vu and nostalgia; I never did figure out what it was reminding me of, though…

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Picked this one up from Liquid Proust maybe a month or so ago!?

Brewed it up Gongfu last weekend, and had a very lovely experience with it. I think I was around steep twelve or thirteen when I realized I needed to be wrapping things up since I had prior plans, but it was a really nice and extended tea session.

Delicious from start to finish; deep roasted notes which exaggerated the nuttier elements of the tea, mineral notes, a subtle herbaceous quality in early on infusions, and a sweet raisin/prune note throughout!! Settled into something a little greener with higher/sharper fruit (raisin/apple skin) notes, but with the warmth and coziness of the roast…

Mmmm…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzqAwWHgC4V/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ycmFjq0tKY

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Another lavender tea that I had in the evening as a before bed cuppa, because apparently that was an unintentional theme to my tea drinking this week!? This one actually did the trick though and had me feeling drowsy, plus tasted pleasantly of lavender and bergamot!

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The ear infection update that no one asked for:

I’ve basically just been sleeping all day, which may or may not be good? At least when I’m sleeping I’m not focused in on the pair or discomfort. Plus, I just woke up from a forty minute nap and for the first time in over 24 hours I was able to comfortably bite down fully, which must mean that some of the pressure and inflammation is going down – right!? I still can’t hear like anything from that side of my head though, and it’s still very tender to the touch. Time to pop another advil, and get another warm compress going I think…

ANYWAY – drank this tea last night, because lavender is soothing right!? That was my thought process anyway. I don’t think any tea would have been able to help me sleep through the night – I was in too much discomfort. However, it tasted really pleasant so at least I still got that.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Leafhopper

I had an ear infection a few years ago and it was miserable. Hope you feel better soon!

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Cold Brew!

This was surprisingly a lot better than I expected. I’m nearly positive that I have cold brewed it before, but this was unlike any experience I recall having with this blend. It was pretty smooth, although still had a tartness/tangyness. I’d say it was sort of like a pineapple heavy fruit punch/juice type thing? With lots of hibiscus, as well.

But just not as intensely sour as I’ve experienced it in the past.

LuckyMe

Yeah Teavivre seems to use hibiscus a lot in their blends. I don’t hate hibiscus but it tends to dominate. I never tried cold brewing though. Wonder if that might tame the sourness

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – those only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

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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