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An extension of the “alcohol” cravings from tonight, though come to think of it I’m not really sure if I’ve ever had straight up Bourbon before. Like, I know I’ve had stuff with Bourbon in it, namely chocolate, but not the actual drink…

Anyway, this comes to me by way of (I’m 90% sure; apologies if I get this wrong) Scribbles who sent me a generous sample of it. I decided to test it tonight. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with it; the black base was nice enough though not spectacular and there was definitely a presence of vanilla but it wasn’t until I got the the last sips of the cup that I started to taste the Bourbon and even then I wanted more. Overall I suppose it wasn’t bad though.

And I have lots of this left, so I can totally experiment and try to play around with ways to bring more flavour out of it!

I’m also just now realizing that when I go to Barcraft with Tyrell on Sunday I’m probably going to be a total newb at the whole ordering drinkings for myself thing. Like, I drink – and I definitely know where my preferences lie in regard to alcohol types but I’ve never actually been to a bar before (remember, I only turned 19 a few months ago) and I definitely don’t know “fancy drink names” or anything like that.

Half my brain is saying “you’re getting nervous over stupid ass shit” and the other half is freaking out going “do you literally just say ‘I want a Pina Colada’ or whatever…”. Help me out Steepster people! We have a week to make me a bar savvy person so I don’t embarrass myself!

Flavors: Vanilla

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m a bar noob myself, but in my experience it’s perfectly acceptable to just name a drink or cocktail to the bartender – pina colada, mojito, rum and coke, whatever. I personally stick to the fruity stuff or thinks like coolers. However, coolers do have a slightly higher alcohol content, I think – don’t assume that you can have 2 or 3 and it won’t affect you just because they’re “girly”.

Veronica

If you know the name of the drink you want say it (“I’d like a gin and tonic, please.”) If you want a certain brand of alcohol in your drink (New Amsterdam, Gordon’s, Death’s Door) tell them that, too. If they have it on hand they’ll be happy to use it in your drink. If they don’t they’ll usually offer a good alternative.

mj

Haha yes, you can just ask for whatever drink you want. I’m not sure how long this thing lasts, but if you’re going to be drinking for a while I recommend a water break every now and again. For me, drinking a bunch of sugary drinks make me feel sick but that’s a personal thing. Apparently there could be specialty themed drinks at Barcraft, FYI (although this article is about the UK, it was referenced in the wikipedia article): http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-05-13-uks-first-esports-bar-to-open-in-london

SarsyPie

If you know what you want, definitely just ask for it by name. That being said, you may not always know what you’re in the mood for. Good bartenders are prepared for this, so I can generally ask for “something fruity” or “something peachy” and they can deliver! If you know the recipe, but not the name, a good bartender can make that happen, too! If you want a mixed drink, but hate tequila (crazy talk, I know), you can also say what you don’t want.

The only time these suggestions don’t apply is in a place that’s swamped 6 people deep from the bar. Then, when it’s your turn, you better know exactly what you want. :p

yyz

Some good advice so far! Definitely drink non alcoholic drinks in between, some bars will even give you soda water or juice for free. It’s polite to tip the bar at least some point during the night, it doesn’t have to be anything large, just an extra quarter or so here and there. If you have an open drink, never leave it unintended. Unfortunately, in these days we cannot assume we are safe. If you are drinking a lot don’t mix too much alcohol, or you may find yourself feeling rather rough. If you find yourself going through your drinks quickly, find yourself something that you must sip. I sometimes drink neat whisky for that reason. If food is available, its a good idea to snack a little. Be aware of cost, if thats important. When I was in university we were lucky to have very cheap alcohol available with beer and wine and simple standard liquor drinks between two and three dollars, but fancy drinks can climb past 12$ at some places. At the end of the night drink more water. Be with people you trust, make plans to get home safely at the beginning of the night, be safe and most importantly have fun!

Roswell Strange

Thank you all! The event we’re going to is six hours long, and I do have a safe way home lined up. :)

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Christina / BooksandTea

I’m a bar noob myself, but in my experience it’s perfectly acceptable to just name a drink or cocktail to the bartender – pina colada, mojito, rum and coke, whatever. I personally stick to the fruity stuff or thinks like coolers. However, coolers do have a slightly higher alcohol content, I think – don’t assume that you can have 2 or 3 and it won’t affect you just because they’re “girly”.

Veronica

If you know the name of the drink you want say it (“I’d like a gin and tonic, please.”) If you want a certain brand of alcohol in your drink (New Amsterdam, Gordon’s, Death’s Door) tell them that, too. If they have it on hand they’ll be happy to use it in your drink. If they don’t they’ll usually offer a good alternative.

mj

Haha yes, you can just ask for whatever drink you want. I’m not sure how long this thing lasts, but if you’re going to be drinking for a while I recommend a water break every now and again. For me, drinking a bunch of sugary drinks make me feel sick but that’s a personal thing. Apparently there could be specialty themed drinks at Barcraft, FYI (although this article is about the UK, it was referenced in the wikipedia article): http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-05-13-uks-first-esports-bar-to-open-in-london

SarsyPie

If you know what you want, definitely just ask for it by name. That being said, you may not always know what you’re in the mood for. Good bartenders are prepared for this, so I can generally ask for “something fruity” or “something peachy” and they can deliver! If you know the recipe, but not the name, a good bartender can make that happen, too! If you want a mixed drink, but hate tequila (crazy talk, I know), you can also say what you don’t want.

The only time these suggestions don’t apply is in a place that’s swamped 6 people deep from the bar. Then, when it’s your turn, you better know exactly what you want. :p

yyz

Some good advice so far! Definitely drink non alcoholic drinks in between, some bars will even give you soda water or juice for free. It’s polite to tip the bar at least some point during the night, it doesn’t have to be anything large, just an extra quarter or so here and there. If you have an open drink, never leave it unintended. Unfortunately, in these days we cannot assume we are safe. If you are drinking a lot don’t mix too much alcohol, or you may find yourself feeling rather rough. If you find yourself going through your drinks quickly, find yourself something that you must sip. I sometimes drink neat whisky for that reason. If food is available, its a good idea to snack a little. Be aware of cost, if thats important. When I was in university we were lucky to have very cheap alcohol available with beer and wine and simple standard liquor drinks between two and three dollars, but fancy drinks can climb past 12$ at some places. At the end of the night drink more water. Be with people you trust, make plans to get home safely at the beginning of the night, be safe and most importantly have fun!

Roswell Strange

Thank you all! The event we’re going to is six hours long, and I do have a safe way home lined up. :)

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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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