894 Tasting Notes


Apologies to everyone I’ve kind of just disappeared on – I need to get caught up on a bunch of PMs, TTBs and swaps. Life has been a bit overwhelming the last few weeks, but for the best reasons possible. I had my 33rd birthday this week and also, my life has been consumed with an intensive application process and starting a new job! I just started work full time for a global NGO doing policy work. I didn’t fully realize it when I was applying, but this is pretty much my dream job – I get to travel the world, work from home, devote my time and energy to doing advocacy on a topic close to my heart and make a decent living at it. That said, it’s a pretty big adjustment for me, and I’m pretty wiped out at the end of each day.

I’ve been drinking a lot of my old favourites during this time – soothing, malty black teas that I can just enjoy without thinking too much about them, including this one.

I hope to get a bit caught up on PMs and tasting notes this weekend. I miss the lovely community here.

Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

oh man…hire me! haha sounds like a bucket full of awesome.


Congratulations on the new job – sounds great!


Congrats! Sounds like the perfect job!!


Congrats! That job sounds ideal.

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drank Jin Jun Mei by The Finest Brew
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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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Awesome as a cold, blended latte!

leaf in hot water

Sounds intriguing! tangy currant + vegetables?

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I never would have been inspired to pick this up on my own, but after seeing lots of positive reviews on Steepster, I figured it was time to give it a try. I’m glad I did. This has the most distinctive cranberry flavour I’ve experienced in a tea yet, and the pear flavour is there, though less distinct than the cranberry. This has a lovely, sweet, creaminess to it as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I can see picking this one up again – it’s a tasty, easy drinker.

Flavors: Cranberry, Creamy, Pear, Sweet, Tart

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

It took me way too long to try this too. Glad you also like this!


This isn’t one I would normally go for either, but the reviews are making me think I’ll give it a go on my next trip to DAVID’s.

Maddy Barone

I liked it iced too!

Roswell Strange

This is one of my most drank teas ever; and along with Blueberry Jam it’s my favourite DT blend of all time – so glad you liked it! It’s good iced as well; but it’s AMAZING as a latte!

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drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
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A pleasant white tea. I’m very particular about flavoured teas that are aiming for peachy kind of flavours, and while this is not bad, it’s not quite what I was hoping for. The nectarine flavour is just not quite authentic enough to really grab me. Still no regrets about picking up a sample, and I will finish what I have left.

Flavors: Peach, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
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Delicious. Toasty, chocolate and nuts. I keep forgetting that this has oolong in it as well as black tea.

This is a sipdown. I’m really glad I got to try it, and I could see buying it in the future, though it’s not one that I will rush to get back into my cupboard.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Toasted

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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