9114 Tasting Notes

Another one of the new teas from the most recent collection – Reset/Recharge.

This one is online exclusive, and I actually tried it for the first time yesterday despite having been around for the entirety of its development. Why only just now? Well, people here on Steepster who know me well will know that I’m allergic to mushrooms. There are two kinds of mushroom in this tea; the chaga as well as reishi. However, I’ve tried both other mushroom teas DT has released in the past – just, carefully and only once. I have a sort of sip, swish, and spit technique that I use. I also do it in an environment that I have control over, with antihistamines and plenty of water at the ready.

I just know that it would REALLY bother me to not know what the tea is like, especially if it does well, and to no longer be able to truthfully say that I’ve tried every tea that DT has released since I started working there. However, this is an ADDED level to why I want to try this tea – I actually named it. This is the first tea from DT that I have ever named; and it’s a VERY cool feeling being able to say that. It was always something, when I started at the SSC, that was on my “dream DT things” bucket list, and now I’ve done it. Yes, it is a Lady Gaga reference. I just think it’s really fun, and more in the spirit of the older cheeky/pun heavy names that DT used to use frequently – like Quince Charming.

Also yes, for those reading between the lines, I named a tea that I am allergic to and had never tasted before. Such is my legacy.

Obviously I can’t do much to describe the tea given such a brief experience with it – but it’s better than nothing. I know this is meant to be a simpler flavour, and more of a rich and creamy one as well. I think, based on the aforementioned sip, swish, and spit technique, that I kind of agree with that? It seemed quite full bodied, with a lot of earthiness – I imagine that’s probably a step up from the normal earthy quality of shou too because you also are getting some earthy and umami notes from the two mushrooms. I experienced a brothy and slightly salty quality too, which I want to attribute to the mushrooms but I’m definitely not the expert on that. However, after that initial wave of loamy earth notes and umami bomb I was hit with a creamier vanilla and supple sweetness. That’s the flavour I think is what we were trying to achieve – and I think, especially with milk, it would probably make for a really decadent feeling latte. I’m not going to put that to the test, though.

Based on this snap impression/tasting, I don’t think this would be a blend that I would personally gravitate towards if I wasn’t allergic and could actually drink it. Something about the cream note didn’t sit perfectly with me; and that’s definitely something I’ve had issues with in the past when it comes to cream flavouring – from DT and otherwise. However, I appreciate the simplicity of the flavour. It feels straight forward in its intentions.

Someone else who can drink a full mug will need to tell me if they agree with my assessment, though.

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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Current cuppa, and it’s soooo satisfying because it’s one that I’ve been craving basically since i started moving earlier in the month.

Tastes a little like flat champagne crossed with Ribena, with a touch of lemongrass. That sounds gross, but it’s quite splendid. Light and refreshing, but still packed with sweet and floral flavours. It’s crazy that it can feel so light, too, while having such a pronounced jammy black currant note. Black Currant is 100% one of those flavours that I just always associate with being more dense.

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Cold Brew…

I’d write an exclamation mark, but that key on my laptop doesn’t seem to be working at the moment.

Anyway, thank you to Kittenna for passing this along. It sounded right up my alley in terms of flavour, and it ended up being exactly that. All the namesake flavours were present; blueberry, lemon and mint. Initially I thought that the lemon notes were the strongest, but halfway through the infusion I realized that the mint had really built and was leaving this pleasant but really lingering cooling sensation on my mouth. The blueberry was a bit more of a hint, but added a depth of flavour to the brew and a layer or sweetness against the more crisp and tart lemon and cooling mint.

I bet this would still taste REALLY good hot, too.

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This is my favourite tea from DT – well, other than Cranberry Pear but that tea isn’t carried anymore. I kind of have “rules” about this tea because of that; I try not to drink it too often so as to make the cups I have special, and I don’t like to drink it at work because I don’t want to accidentally end up associating it with a stressful work experience…

However, I’m on staycation for the next nine days so I thought this would be a really lovely way to jump start that time off. This mug was so good too; it’s so densely sweet and jammy, with a wonderful blueberry note. I think it’s one of the more simple teas that DT has created in terms of concept, with a clear execution. It’s also REALLY versatile. However, hot and straight? Perfection.

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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Afternoon Gongfu ^^

Experimenting with some Fireflake dancong this afternoon; I can’t seem to get it right so if you own this tea and really love it I would REALLY LOVE to hear how you’re brewing it!! I’m very much finding it harsh and astringent w/ a very skunky cannabis note…

I think this is going back into storage until someone gives me a solid steeping recommendation or it’s settled/rested for a longer period.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B87OdzFAQ1r/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZC_MRuF86s

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Had a mug of this with supper today, and it was pretty nice. I kept the steep time short, which brought out more of a sweet and dewy floral peach note and a little bit less ginger. The ginger was still there for some warmth, and depth but I liked that the overall cup profile was more light, fresh and fruity.

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Cold Brew!

This cold brew is pretty gross and mostly just tastes like really mineral and woody rooibos with a finishing note of orange that’s almost like cleaner. It’s weirdly a touch bitter too, which is really uncommon for any tea that’s been cold brewed. I’m still going to drink it though because it is hot AF in my apartment right now, and I need the cool, refreshing tea to keep from dying of heat today.

VariaTEA

I actually never even tried this tea, I don’t think.

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Gongfu!

This was a freebie sample during BLT’s Anniversary sale last year, and at the time qualifying for the specific tier of purchase it was offered with was the only way to get it. It’s now offered on the site though, and that’s a good thing because as far a mini compressed “coins” (or, in this case, mountains) go this is an impressive one!

I drank this today with a comic book and some lemon poppyseed scones, and it was great! It starts so light and refreshing, with crisper citrus, floral, and timothy hay notes. Over time is gets thicker with more of a brown sugar sweetness layered over hay, date, and candied lemon peel notes. The flavors of the tea and consistent sweetness compliments the scones marvelously. The best is taking a bite in between steeps and letting the tea infusions wash the lingering lemon sweetness from the palate. I love that this tea seems to be able to take lonnngggg steeps without tapping out easily in terms of flavour, or getting bitter/weird. I will probably grandpa the rest of the leaves after another steep or two, as it’s taking a while for the compression to loosen and I don’t know that continuing gongfu will be the best route to get the most from this tea…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B84SaAoAHoU/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm06jH8NQE8

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dates, Floral, Hay, Hot hay, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Straw, Sweet

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drank Lemon and Mandarin by Pukka
9114 tasting notes

I feel like I might be getting a bit of a cold – I’ve just been a little stuffy and my throat is tickle-y. This was a light night pull for something that was quick and easy, caffeine free, and would probably still be good as a sick tea. In fact, I keep this around purely to have an easy access sick tea. Big check of the lemon and mandarin, but also a coating sweetness (licorice root?) that felt really good on my throat.

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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 – the 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 Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.

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