10705 Tasting Notes

This was my second tea of the morning.

I didn’t love my first mug of Polo with The Prince, which is lemon/strawberry, so I decided to “switch things up”, I still didn’t know what I was in the mood for, but I decided it wasn’t citrus. Unfortunately, I didn’t look up the ingredients of this tea beforehand – I just saw the tin on my desk with all the other Adagio fan blends and I hadn’t tried it yet. I thought to myself… “Horcux, that must be kind of dark tasting, right?”.

Well, you know what flavour Horcrux is? Fucking lemon.

I mean, it’s not just lemon – it’s actually probably more hibiscus than anything else, but a kind of tart and drying hibiscus combined with shrill lemon and a bit of pucker inducing orange as well. Very fruity/citrus, which was the one thing I had established I wasn’t in the mood for. I actually don’t think the flavour was bad – probably would be great chilled or with a bit of honey or agave. It’s just not what I wanted.

Took a while to finish the mug.

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I was in such a weird mood this morning when picking teas and I really didn’t know at all what I wanted so I grabbed a tin from my black tea drawer at random and made that, and so here we are…

This is honestly a really nice tea and the brisk notes of lemon with the sweet strawberry were good but… it wasn’t really what I wanted? I mean, I 100% didn’t know what I actually wanted but because it wasn’t this tea it took me far too long to actually finish the mug of it.

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Started my Monday morning with a sweet and vegetal cup of this Moringa Powder, which Leaves of Magic were kind enough to gift to me! With moringa, a little goes a LONG way, so I think I need to keep playing with what ratio is best for me. This definitely tasted fresh and crisp though & I think in the future I might like to try it mixed in with some flavoured matcha as well!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ6HMUagq3q/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3bx-2HYU8A&ab_channel=BENEE-Topic

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Cold Brew!

I recently ordered from QNTM to get more of their GABA Oolong and Purple Jade, and I decided to add in two ten gram samples with my order as well.

This seems like a pretty straightforward blend – oolong & desiccated coconut. I’m not even sure if there’s flavouring in the blend at all, which is cool! It was refreshing with a lot of the floral notes of the oolong coming out and a fresh, creamy coconut flavour that complimented them. Not overly flavoured, but smooth and incredibly natural tasting! I did think it was a touch waxy tasting/feeling, and I’ve tried other coconut oolong that I found a bit more enjoyable – but I’m also definitely not disappointed that I picked up this sample either!

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Cold Brew Sipdown (1286)!

This sipdown was a long time coming, but I’ve finally finished off my tin of this tea! I’ve sort of flip flopped over the years on whether I like this blend or not, and I think ultimately my decision is that it’s good, but could be better executed. There’s just a lot of flavours going on in this tea and I think that results in a cup that sometimes tastes busy or “muddy”.

Today I’m getting a lot of tropical, sweet banana mixed with a “baked coconut”/toasty coconut and strong cinnamon flavour – so less “tiki” than it’s been historically and more of a flambeed banana/baked cinnamon banana vibe? It’s not too bad at all, and since on IG we’re currently having a conversation about Banana Houjicha powder these toastier banana notes are actually satisfying my craving/desire to just go and buy that matcha right now… so I’m actually grateful for these flavours, in this moment, from keeping me from breaking my self imposed “no buy”.

However, in a grander scale I’m mostly just wanting a “do over” for this concept. Either something that’s more properly like a banana tiki drink or something that leans more into the caramelized sugar and warming spice flavours of a baked/brulee-d banana. Both of those sound excellent!

This is the right moment to sip this tea down though – DT just released another tea with coffee leaf, which was IMO the coolest part of this tea in the first place, and any longer and the coconut definitely would have gotten weird…

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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Sipdown (1287)!

Finished this one at work… yesterday?

I had less tea left in the pouch than I had realized, so this was actually an underleafed mug. To compensate I steeped it extra long, and that resulted in more of a toasted rice note that made up much of the sip, with just a bit of sweet banana in the undertone. I wish there was more banana, but to be fair the sample has aged a fair bit and my steeping method definitely wasn’t the most ideal way bring out the banana – I just didn’t want the cup to taste thin/weak, and this was better than that.

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Sipdown (1288)!

Can’t help be feel a little responsible for the current “Steepster Freeze”, even though that’s not rational at all. I definitely watched it freeze in real time though, as I was working on tasting notes a few days ago – that was pretty crazy…

A bit to my surprise, I like this a lot more as a cold brew than I did hot. It’s definitely still pretty grape-y, but the grape is more of a “raisin” grape (just on the sweet side) than that super juicy ‘purple grape drank’ flavour I got from the hot cup I had back during advent season. I felt like I got more rum flavour as well, and that was welcome to me. The spices come through, with the ginger being most noticable. I didn’t love this one when I first tried but, but I really enjoyed it made this way.

Gonna bump my rating up just a bit.

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Yeah, the one time when my note was the last before the freeze, an irrational part of my brain kind of thought the freeze was my fault too. hah

Mastress Alita

With just how often Steepster freezes, I’m shocked we haven’t all had a turn being “at the top” yet!

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haha, I’m sure one day this will happen for everyone!

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Gongfu Sipdown (1289)!

Really proud of the sipdown progress that I’ve made so far this year! This is one of several W2T white tea samples that I should really work my way through – but I’m glad I started here because I’ve never really been super impressed by this one, so it’s good to get it out of the tea stash.

It’s definitely smooth and consistent with a pleasant thickness to the mouthfeel but a taste that doesn’t pull me back in the same way as some of W2T’s other white tea offerings. I found this one tasted sort of autumnal-ish with hot hay/crunchy leaf notes and, when pushed, a bit of a dandelion root/brown sugar/stonefruit sort of vibe. Not big on flavour, though – but what is has does resteep many times.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ4QS1ZA82c/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QubhJVWzxN0&ab_channel=DavidDeanBurkhart

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
10705 tasting notes

New tea for Valentine’s Day!

…and yes, I do mean new tea. I know that many years back DT carried a pu’erh blend called Cinnamon Heart but this is a totally different tea, and not intended to be a replacement/recreation of that blend. It’s its own thing.

This is a herbal tea, but it does have a low caffeine amount because it incorporates coffee leaf! This is the second time that DT has worked with coffee leaf – the first was Superfood Splash, from the summer of 2018 I believe? I remember it launched with the “Splash” collection and I was SUPER excited when it came out because it was a collab between DT and Wize Monkey, which is a Canadian based tea company focusing on coffee leaf that I love. If you’re not familiar with coffee leaf, it’s an herbal ingredient that repurposed a part of the coffee plant that has historically been considered a waste product. Aside from the environmental benefit of using a discard product, coffee leaf tea production has had an incredibly positive economic benefit for the people of Nicaragua! Coffee is only harvest three months of the year, leaving the farmers and workers who harvest it unemployed for the rest of the year – but harvesting coffee leaf and processing it on site gives them work and income for the remaining months of the year! Even if it’s not in the form of this tea, if you’ve not checked out coffee leaf before you totally should because it tastes good but it also does good! It’s very cool!

I love the idea of incorporating this sustainability messaging into a Valentine’s Day tea! It’s cheesy, but it’s a fun way to love the earth a little more while also embracing what has become, commercially speaking, the “season of love”.

The tea taste very cinnamon forward and sweet, which does make sense because the cinnamon heart candies that it’s inspired by are… cinnamon forward and sweet. I think, if it were any other season, I would probably groan a little bit about there being another “red hot cinnamon” flavoured tea because I think DT has sort of exhausted that flavour as of late, but it does feel really seasonally appropriate and I like the switch up from something really fruity or really floral for V-Day, which was the angle the last few years.

Aside from that sweet cinnamon note, I do taste a few other things. The first would be a light nuttiness from the coffee leaf, which has a sort of nutty and grassy flavour a bit like a green tea or a slightly roasted yerba mate. The second is the lucuma, which is a bit woody and a bit creamy and sweet with, in a strange but pleasant way, almost maple-ish flavours? It gives an interesting and nuanced undertone to this strong and upfront cinnamon note.

Cool tea, cool message, and a fun little seasonal VDay blend!

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.

Martin Bednář

While I am not fan of celebrating Valentine’s Day, I am pretty much sure I would like this tea :)

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drank Toffee Apple by Pudtea
10705 tasting notes

Sipdown (1290)!

Saved a cup of this for VariaTEA to try, but a sipdown otherwise. This was nice, but not exception. Sweet baked apple with notes of thin toffee/fudge, raisin, and a bit of cinnamon. I wish there was more body, but not necessarily more flavour. Does that makes sense? The mouthfeel is also slick and oily from the melted fudge pieces, and that was midly off putting. It’s a nice tea overall though, and I’m happy to have tried it.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepared but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preperation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. 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, hazelnut or walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, 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.

Please contact me at the instagram account listed below if you would like me to review your teas.

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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