1268 Tasting Notes

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drank Fortune Cookie Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1268 tasting notes

Yep, this was a hit with the family – including by (almost) three year old nephew; once he got a taste for it he guzzled my sister’s cold lukewarm cup.

I still don’t love the stevia, but there’s a lot like about this casual tea. So, sipdown (for now).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank The Crowconut by BrutaliTeas
1268 tasting notes

Love the name, but didn’t always think the combined ingredients worked; something felt metallic or “ringy”, possibly the coconut or cacao. My favourite session had creamo in it, which is usually a “nope” for me (but it was so good here).

On another note – crows now know where I live and that I have peanuts. If I’m not awake at crow-approved hours, they bang on my bedroom roof until I make my way to the kitchen. If I’m already in the kitchen they make sorrowful eye contact with me through the kitchen window. Help.

Flavors: Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Michelle

I am jealous you have crow friends. Maybe they need a puzzle to get their peanuts? They are super smart. I’d trade you boring old squirrels for a crow friend any day.

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80

I inhaled this tea; I honestly can’t recall the last time I polished off 50g/1.7oz so quickly. I guess I was in the mood for sweetened chestnuts.

Beyond the chestnuts, this tea also reminded me pleasantly of Nutella (hazelnut), and also of chocolate covered pistachios. The flavouring is straightforward but also an appealing juxtaposition of creamy-smooth and bittersweet nut husk.

Taken without milk, usually with a second steep; even at its most nippy, I was worried about drowning out this tea’s flavours (it would’ve probably have been fine).

Flavors: Caramelized Sugar, Chestnut, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Malt, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75

I finished this off in record time, which implies I enjoy it. It’s definitely an easy-drinker, especially for a vanilla lover. Next time I’m running low on dessert teas it will be a strong contender for re-order.

Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Cranberry, Malt, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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81

Another tea I can’t believe is gone (what will breakfast be like without it?). This dates back to around 2014 – yet the hawk still had talons.

Flavors: Astringent, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Red Wine, Sweet Potatoes, Tannic, Woody

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

Ughhhh Andrews & Dunham has possibility the most inconsistent stock of any tea company lol. I ordered Checkered Flag the other day just because who knows when it’ll be available again? XD

CrowKettle

I hope they have something worthwhile in stock next spring, when I’m ready to reorder more breakfast-style tea, but I’m not even sure the owners know if that will be the case XD

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drank Lassi Mango by Dammann Frères
1268 tasting notes

I reordered more of this as a Christmas gift to myself (yes, I do this early) – so I need to put it away. But first, I couldn’t resist taking a sniff of it. It smells so good, with all the mango-almond vibrancy that the “bottom pouch dregs” of the last session, prior to reordering, lacked. Ugh. Now I’m fighting the temptation to make up a cup, but that defeats the original purpose.

I have so many older teas to work through and a lot of October sipdown notes to catch up on though, so I resist (for now).

Sil

oh man you just reminded me i really wanted to place an order since they don’t ding you for customs… dang it

CrowKettle

I do love that about DF but the struggle is real.

I could’ve waited a little longer to order an Advent… but nope.

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76
drank Krampistachio by BrutaliTeas
1268 tasting notes

Sipdown from last week!

I enjoyed this one, although the cranberry and cream flavouring means it has some overlap with Brutaliteas’ Crantera blend. The inclusion of pistachio, almond, and of pu-erh gives this an earthy and velvety-smooth quality that is a little extra! It also paired exceptionally well eggnog for an extra festive component (Yes, groceries here seem to push eggnog for Canadian Thanksgiving).

I’m a little sad I didn’t save this one for winter festivities.

Flavors: Almond, Cranberry, Creamy, Earthy, Marzipan, Nutty, Pistachio, Rose, Smooth, Tart

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drank Fortune Cookie Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I normally go out of my way to avoid stevia (and David’s Tea’s apple) but there are too many ingredients I that I do love here, including: aniseed, fennel, allspice, coconut, clove(!!) … also the promise of buttery crepe cookie à la Roswell Strange’s description (the tea delivers and I’m happy). I’ve also come to realize I enjoy creative puerh blends (as lattes), and this fits the bill.

A part of me does wish this was a little spicier (current pofile: soft cinnamon, light ginger, mellow fennel, etc) but appreciate that doing so would lose that delicate fortune cookie concept – which this tea totally nails (for my spice cravings, maybe it’s time I pick up a proper masala chai).

Adding milk helps the stevia “play well”, which makes me more inclined to keep it around during the cooler months. Lately, I seem to crave those sweet dessert teas that David’s Tea is known for; maybe due to fall’s nostalgia effect? I also just enjoy looking at this tea. The blend is pure eye-candy. There are big pieces of cinnamon sticks, coconut rind, and assorted spice seeds & pods, all making for a cozy collective of yellow, orange, red, white, black, and brown hues (again, fall, but also fortune cookie).

Flavors: Anise, Butter, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Coconut, Cookie, Fennel, Ginger, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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75

The vanilla flavouring in this is… powerful. Aroma-wise, I’m reminded of cookie dough (when I accidentally spill the bottle of $$$$ vanilla extract) – particularly that bittersweet alcoholic sheen that vanilla extract uses to punch you in the face when you least expect it. The addition of maple sugar, coconut, blueberry, and nutty manoomin means this plunges right into cozy fall sweater (and scarf) dessert tea territory. Just to be extra mind-bending, the lingering aftertaste is tart-sweet cranberry sauce. So, it’s fall in a cup.

For this initial tasting, I was too much of a coward to drink it without first diluting it with milk (vanilla and violent both start with “vee”, and did I mention it’s punchy?); I don’t know if I’d want it any other way either.

Rating TBD at the end of pouch consumption. For now, I think this tea is a cool collab and a complimentary addition to David’s Tea’s shelves.

EDIT: I did a second steep and drank it plain. It was pretty good too; still very sweet, with malt and a more diluted citric berry component.

Flavors: Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Coconut, Cookie, Cranberry, Malt, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Roasted Nuts, Sweet, Tart, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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While not overly complex in vision, I still enjoyed this cozy candied blackberry tea (with creme notes). It was robust enough to handle milk too.

Flavors: Astringent, Blackberry, Candy, Cream, Malt, Tart

gmathis

That sounds nice—the blackberry teas that have crossed my palate have always been tart and doctored with hibiscus. I want blackberry cobbler!

CrowKettle

It’s too bad that hibiscus is often the default for “tart berry” flavouring. This tea is proof right here that all you need is the right (nippy) base :)

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Citrus Fruits, Passionfruit, Banana, Pineapple, Melons, Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Elderberry, Persimmon, Rhubarb..

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai, Cardamom

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc.

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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