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Cold Brew Sipdown (1358)!
Thank you VariaTEA for the tea! There’s a lot going on in this ingredient list so I had no idea what to expect, but cracking open the sample bag it smelled really good – very tropical and sweet with guava and dragonfruit notes and a bit of lemongras!
Steeped up, I’m definitely finding it a little lighter that the dry aroma but still very flavourful and fun! It’s a real grab bag of mixed fruit notes, but leaning more tropical with the guava still coming through quite a bit along with notes of lemongrass and sweet apple. Definitely a little herby/grassy underneath those juicy and tangy tropical fruit notes, but not unpleasantly so. The finish is sort of cooling – it doesn’t taste of mint but it feels like mint. Can’t remember right now if there was actually mint in the blend, though…
Overall, I find this really interesting and distinct! I like it a lot more than I expected to.
Latte Sipdown (260)
J is not for…Forged from the Stars
The chicory has taken over and combined with the nuttiness, this has me thinking coffee. I GET IT NOW!!! Last time I had this I had no clue why it was named for Thor but this is reading coffee and we all know how the God of Thunder feels about coffee. So A+ for being inspired by the namesake but as someone who doesn’t love coffee or chicory, I’m okay with saying goodbye to this one.
F is for…Forged from the Stars
My brother-in-law and I are separately rewatching the MCU movies in chronological order. It’s hard for us to watch them together because typically my sister is home and she has no interest in the MCU whatsoever and refuses to let us watch. However, today was an odd day where my sister had to actually go to work in person so my brother-in-law finally got caught up on the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We then were debating what to watch so I asked where he’d gotten in the rewatch and he said he just finished Iron Man 2. Same for me so Thor was next and how convenient that it worked out that we are watching Thor on the same day the Thor-inspired blend matches the letter of the alphabet.
Anyways, I brewed a cup to drink while watching the movie. It’s a weird nutty chocolate tea though and I’m not sure how it reflect the God of Thunder. Not really sure where they are going here. And taste wise, it’s cooled a little and is becoming a touch astringent. Alright, a lot astringent which is making the nuttiness come off kind of strange. I have more of this and will need to revisit because this wasn’t the best.
E is for…Elevenses
This was a sample in my Happy Turtle Tea order. I might have forgotten to set a timer when I steeped this though and I’m hoping it’s underleafed otherwise it’s a little bland. It’s supposed to be an oolong with berry flavours but mostly I just get a slight oolong flavor.
Flavoured milk oolongs are a bit guilty pleasure tea for me, and I happened to be strongly craving the uber creamy deliciousness of one yesterday so I decided to give this blend a whirl! I ran out of time during my work day to steep it up, so I had a very long feeling commute home knowing that I had this sample in my pocket just dying to be steeped up.
It was very nice though and insanely buttery with a very coating mouthfeel. Like perfectly golden toasted slathered in loads of fresh, creamy whipped butter. Really indulgent and, while not much of the oolong peaked through, I thought the cup was a very relaxing way to end my work week going into the long weekend.
Thank you VariaTEA for sending this tea my way!! I avoided Happy Turtle’s website for so long because I knew as soon as I saw more fandom blends I would feel compelled to order, so it was a nice surprise receiving these teas from you…
Thank you VariaTEA for the birthday present – I’ve been avoiding Happy Turtle because I just knew that as soon as I saw the site I would need to order. Nerdy teas are my kryptonite. So, this was a very welcome surprise/good way of skirting that hesitancy.
I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am by the cleverness of an Ursula/Little Mermaid themed tea being built around a “Throat Help” concept. That is just so clever and I feel like I must bow down to the person who’s brain came up with that idea!
The taste is pretty nice – definitely one of the more palatable throat oriented blends that I’ve tried. I greatly appreciate that it’s not loaded up with licorice root – I know that’s a very functional ingredient for sore throats but I loathe the taste so much. This is warming and cozy, with a focus on cinnamon and just a bit of a fruity (orange?) undertone.
It’s not blowing my mind or anything, but it’s definitely hitting the spot in the moment.
Iced Tea and Plain Tea Sipdown (296)
I realized I had about 3 perfect spoons in the package so I decided to use one for a hot cup of tea and the other two for an iced tea. It’s supposed to be a honeybush but it’s mostly fruit pieces. Fruit and glitter, which sells me quickly because I love a gimmick.
Tasting the hot tea, I really like it. It’s fruity but in a sweet/syrupy/caramel-y way. I can taste apple and fig and more, though nothing is specifically distinct. The iced is similar to the hot and still very good. I don’t know if I would place an order for this but I would add this to an order if I were placing one.
G is for…Gizmo’s Midnight Snack
I enjoyed this one while I had it which is also why I shared it with a few. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised seeing as I purchased this one almost strictly because of the name and the fact that my dog when I lived with my mom was named Gizmo.
This to me is predominantly banana chip flavored and I am good with that. That said, I am getting a lot more blueberry in this cup than I have in cups passed. It’s banana chip upfront and that sort of blends into a berry flavor that ends on a more distinct blueberry. The green tea base is mostly hidden. It’s smooth and sweet and fruity and nice. I would maybe grab more of this if I were already placing a Happy Turtle Tea order.
I bought a larger package of this tea solely because it was named after Gizmo the Gremlin, who I named a dog after since they looked alike. It has banana and berries and walnuts and has a strong banana runt smell so I am hoping it tastes good but if not, I bought it for the name and that’s on me.
Actually, its not bad. Thankfully. It’s mostly banana runts so if you like that flavor, this could work for you. It’s a green tea and I maybe get a touch umami but there really isn’t much green tea flavor while its hot. There also isn’t as much berry as you would expect from a tea that lists strawberries and raspberries as ingredients. Mostly just banana runts.
It’s Pi Day. Today I had a banana cream pie eclair (an early birthday treat for me since the bakery isn’t open on Mondays) and now this tea.
This is cherry pie again today but with less crumble/crust and a touch kore astringency from the base. Perhaps it was just near the bottom of the package and so the broken bits are having that effect.
I asked my sister what tea I should have an her immediate reaction was “Cotton Candy”. It was very quick and took me by surprise. However, I usually prefer that cold and I wanted a hot tea so I asked her to pick again. Her next response was “Apple Pie” but since I don’t have an apple pie tea right now, I went with this tea instead.
This weirdly had something that was smelling lotion-y to me. There is no coconut though or anything that should have given me that so I just ignored it and hoped for the best. After one quick sip, I can say no lotion. In fact, its got a pretty nice pie flavor to it. Warm, cozy, sweet and jammy red fruit notes. The cinnamon and red fruit aspects are actually reminding me of Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52 Teas, just less strawberry and more generic red fruit.