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drank Sencha Yame by Nina's Paris
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This is a pretty good sencha. I quite like sencha and I find it hard to find a good one. This one is not as buttery as I would like. But it is smooth. There is definitely a bit more spinachy, slightly woody flavour to this sencha, but it is still good.

I had brewed this one up hot and then put it in the fridge after to make it “iced” for a recipe. Iced it is ok. I have never been a huge fan of iced greens. It is just slightly bitter as iced. But it still maintains that nice sencha flavour.

Ok to the recipe. I found the best recipe for home made Bubble Tea. YES!!!!!
So here is the recipe for 4-6 servings:
1/2cup tapioca pearls
2 TBSP honey
1/3 cup Marscapone
1 1/2 cup green or black tea, iced
2 cups juice
1 cup milk.

You are supposed to cook the tapioca as per the package. Whisk honey and marscapone together, and slowly add tea, milk, and juice. Add tapioca and serve over ice.

Well of course I could not find tapioca pearls anywhere. The only thing I could find was the tapioca that is mixed up with starch so it makes the pudding or is used as a thickener. So my bubble tea had no bubbles, but that is ok. I also used this green tea and I used strawberry-kiwi juice. I served it with fresh farmers market strawberries.

It is so good. The liquor actually has minimal colour, which I think is good. Kind of goes to show how the mass produced type bubble teas have some sort of ridiculous dye in them. It is smooth and milky. The green tea is very light underneath the milky flavour. I think next time I would use a bit more green tea. The juice adds a very light fruity flavour, mostly strawberry. The marscapone makes it thick and luxurious and the honey adds just a bit of natural tasting sweetness.

I think next time I would like to try this with a fruit flavoured tea and omit the juice part.

Enjoying the day :)


Marscapone? Really? I never would have thought to add that to bubble tea!


I would have never thought to add it either. But it does make a good bubble tea. I bet it would be good in smoothies and stuff too. It just adds some thickness and creaminess.

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drank SBT: RadioactiviTEA by 52teas
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Made as per package directions. Added some white sugar.

This one is pretty much a basic iced tea. No flavourings. And that is ok because I like it that way. There is a slight sweetness to the tea, (not the sugar I added, but from the assam blend). It is not bitter or astringent but I could see how it could become that if it is steeped for too long. It is not the smoothest of blends, but it is still ok.

Edit: re steeped for 3 min. The colour of the liquor was quite dark so I added a full 2L of water, as it would do for the first steep. Sadly, the disappointment of the new blend SBT resteeps remains. It was actually fairly weak. I wish I would have added only 1L of water.

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Ahhhh mount grey…how I love you so.

This tea is super duper delicious. Any bergamot lovers out there (and even some of the haters) would love this tea :) It is a moderately bold black base with a very strong but sweet and smooth bergamot. I should drink this tea more, but I don’t because I want to savour it.

To all reading this post, please know, I have climbed the summit of Mount Grey!

And a Happy Canada Day to all! There has been quite devastating rain though my province and the neighbouring province over the past week. Where I am, I have measured 5.75" of rain in the last 5 days. In my city alone there are a reported 400 houses with flooding/sewer back up. There are also dozens and dozens of communities under a state of emergency and one even evacuated due to flooding. My house has been safe, thankfully my sump pump is working steadily. My sincerest thoughts to everyone who is spending this Canada Day throwing out personal belongings, cleaning up sewer back up, or who are displaced and not able to be with friends and family. The sun has finally come out to shine today, it will get better :)

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Glad to hear your home is ok!!


Thanks. I am glad too, some of my neighbours have flooded pretty bad so I think I am lucky. I have done a lot of work to the landscaping to make sure the water flows in the right direction. But when you get that much rain sometimes it feels like it doesn’t really matter.

Roswell Strange

I’m happy to hear you’re doing ok! My mom was in the area that was evacuated, and the place Tre is while on vacation there flooded pretty badly in the basement. I’m happy Saskatoon didn’t get it so bad. Seriously crazy rain…


Oh my goodness! Glad to hear you’re OK.

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drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
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I like black tea and I like citrus. I usually like both of them together. So I got a sample pack of this to try.

The dry tea smells pleasant. It is kind of but not quite fruit loops smelling. It has an artificial citrus scent to it but it is still pleasant for the nose.

The brewed tea is just ok. Pretty flat tasting. It could have used some sweetener. The citrus is quite artificial in the taste. It is not astringent but just slightly bitter towards the end. The black tea base seems to be quite thick and bold. I may have used too much tea or brewed too long.

This one was ok but a but disappointing. I still have some left to play around with though.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is amazing.

First of all, the leaves are perfectly whole, just dried and flattened out. They are so HUGE. It almost felt sacrilegious to put them into a cup and pour boiling water over them.

The dry tea smells slightly vegetal, similar to cabbage or spinach but not quite. The smell is familiar to a vegetable soup base.

The brewed tea brews up fairly strong. There is definitely a vegetal flavour but it is very light and mild. It is not floral, but it is not strong cabbage, it is just somewhere in between. It is smooth and creamy. Just slight butter notes.

This tea is delicious. Thank you Angel from Teavivre for this free sample. I appreciate being able to try such awesome and high grade green teas.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is beautiful. It smells nicely sweet and slightly smokey. Smells delicious. The dry tea leaves are small and curly and uniform. It actually hurts to take the first scoop out of the tin because it feels like I am crushing the leaves. Gives a new meaning to agony of the leaves :)

The tea brews up really nice, and also really strong. It agains have an excellent balance of sweet and slightly smokey keemun. It is very bold and malty. Just a slight dryness in the aftertaste but it is not astringent or bitter.

For some reason, I do not associate keemun with spring. This keemun is very fresh but the boldness and maltiness reminds me more of a late fall or winter. But I don’t care, it is delicious.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

yeah keemun = fall/winter for me


Don’t they call this one spring because it is a spring harvest? Man I really love this one…


Stephanie – yes..but it’s still got a giant spring on it ahha


True! :)


Oh man, I hate the feeling of crushing leaves when scooping!

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drank SBT: Cucumber Melon by 52teas
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Made this one as per package instructions with about 2tsp added white sugar.

I was a bit apprehensive about this one as the dry tea did not do much for my nose. It smelled like the SBT Watermelon but kind of “off”.

The brewed tea is nothing like what I was imagining from the smell. There is a very light candied watermelon flavour but there is surprisingly a smooth cucumber flavour. Very much like cucumber water. The melon and cucumber flavours mingle nicely together. Not overly sweet, but I am happy I did add some white sugar to this tea.

The black tea base has a moderately bold flavour. It almost overshadows the melon cucumber flavour, but not completely.

This one is much better than I though it would be which is a very nice surprise.

Edit: re-steeped for 3 minutes with white sugar added. It brewed up really light. I only added 1 L instead of the usual 2 of cold water to the concentrate. It is drinkable but not as enjoyable as the first steep. I have noticed the last few SBT that I have had, new flavours and re-blends just haven’t been holding up to the re-steepability as previous. Not sure if it is just me?

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Finally reviewing this tea.

This one is delicious, as with all other A&D blends I have tried.

It is a beautifully thick and malty Yunnan. I laughed when I read some of the descriptors that steepsterites had given this tea. Now I totally do not get the cannabis flavour. But I do get the autumn leaf pile. Not in a bad way but the smell of the tea is kind of like the sweet scent of drying leaves in the autumn. There is a very slight dry vegetal flavour to this tea which I would attribute with dry and crumbly leaves. I also feel like a get a hint of sweet potatoe flavour, more potatoe than sweet though.

I feel like I should hoard and savour this tea but not sure if it will last that long now that I have started drinking it.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML


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I’m back…again :)

Thank you, thank you Angel from Teavivre for this free sample!!!

For anyone that has not tried Teavivre, I highly recommend it, their teas and customer service are amazing.

So life has been getting in the way of tea, what a bummer :(

OK on to the review…

This dry tea smells like pickled cabbage to me. Delicious, just delicious.

The recommendation on the package for this tea was to steep for 3-5 minutes. But I don’t like my green tea too strong, so I brewed only for one minute. The brewed tea is a very light hay-like colour. The taste is quite light. In hindsight, I could have steeped for longer.

The brewed tea has the vegetal, cabbage, bean greens type flavour. It is smooth and very slightly sweet. Even though it is smooth, there is definitely a crisp and clean taste to this tea. This is my favourite type of green tea. Reading the description on this one, it says it is a high mountain tea. I quite like high mountain oolongs, so I am going to make an assumption that I will like high mountain greens.

Thank you again Teavivre!

Edit: A two minute steep yields a thicker liquor, the flavours are a bit stronger but not by much.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I didn’t realize this one was a herbal blend until I made it. For some reason I was thinking it would be a white or a green blend.

This one is ok. The dry tea is quite artificial and it does have the alcohol type smell to it. The brewed tea does have some pistachio flavour. There is a creamy flavour and feel to the liquor. I am getting some nuttiness, but it is almost like the nut flavour it bitter or astringent (almost like a nut that has gone bad).

This one is ok. I am definitely tasting the chamomile in the blend and I would prefer not to.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Consider this an official poke to see how things are trucking in your world since it’s been a bit :)


I am officially still around. Just super busy (again) :(
Haven’t had time to do much tea reviewing so just drinking all the old teas I have (which is lots!). I will be back soon…I hope. Thanks for the welfare check :)


some day we’ll all be less busy :)

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.


Saskatchewan, CANADA

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