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drank Blood Orange by Octavia Tea
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Almost done with my Octavia Tea samples! This one I did up as a cold brew. I think I’d have been fine with a hot cup too, but cold brew was just a more convenient route.

Taste wise, I didn’t get ANY of the base for this one: the orange flavouring in it was just too strong to let any base show through. Taste wise, it was certainly a robust/powerful orange flavour but I’m entirely sure if I could name is “Blood Orange” specifically with any confidence. It certainly didn’t read as chemical/disinfectant-y to me, and I didn’t solely taste peel or rind, which is a big “no” for me, but I think it could have used a little sweetner because that aspect of the orange flavour was lacking for me. There was no juice or “sparkle” for me. It was just kind of… flat.

So overall: not a bad tasting tea, but very very monotone as far as the flavour goes. If I had more, I’d definitely be down for experimenting with it to try and get more out of this one (hot cups, tea soda…) but alas I do not, and it’s not really worth the effort to get more on a hunch I could make this one better.

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Posting out of order again, ‘cause I left tasting notes/jots at home and I can’t remember what I drank on Monday after my Elephant Chai…

Thank you Cameron B. for the sample of this one! Up until you asked if I wanted to try any of the Lupicia teas you got, I didn’t even realize this one ‘was a thing’ but when I saw it, I knew I wanted it! And when I opened the package from you, this is definitely the first thing I smelled despite the aluminum foil around it. Mmm! So robust, and juicy and sticky sweet smelling. A very, very powerful grape candy smell to say the least.

I admit, original plan was to have this one on New Years because I didn’t expect it to make it to me by Christmas – and the champagne in it was enough of a New Years tie in to me. But low and behold it DID arrive before Christmas and Jingle Bells are really more of a Christmas thing anyway…

So I steeped this up this morning, and I knew from the smell that I was going to love it. And I was correct! This is so lush, and flavourful with a really, really robust juicy red grape flavour. It borders a little on candy like or maybe a grape freezie (they seem to have their own flavour that’s just slightly different than most grape candy), but mostly it reminds me of a good wine. And then the champagne is also really, really present and I don’t know how but I swear I taste the bubbles. It’s just so sweet and crisp and clear. And then finally theres a faint floral note on the end that rounds out the whole cup and gives a bit more depth.There is a very, very faint astringency to the mug – but I only noticed it after the tea started to cool so maybe it’s from sitting on the counter here a little while. Either way, it’s really not bothering me.

This MAY just be my favourite Lupicia Tea yet or close to. It’s hard to top Golden Honeydew. I’m very, very impressed though. The flavours in this are exactly what was described, and beautifully executed. Happy to have one more cup left (for New Years, I suppose).


Sounds delicious!


Ummm…you may have more of this on the way. Not a lot but I thought I should share

Roswell Strange

Ooh! That’s exciting! :)

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Happy Holidays, Steepster!

Board/Dash seem quiet today which I’m going to take to mean everyone’s at home with family and loved ones. I’m stuck here at work dealing with the last minute shoppers for now, but in two hours I’ll be headed home to do the same.

currently I’m trouble shooting some technical stuff right now: our receipt printer WAS working, but it just inexplicably stopped. I am not a tech smart person: so this is rather challenging. People are getting pissed off about not receiving receipts, so I’m hand writing out everything for them. It sucks. Do not want. Gonna try the age old “turn it off and back on again” ‘trick’ next…

Anyway; had this in a timolino, without milk this time. Don’t know how it’s possible but this is even sweeter tasting without the milk? How’d that even happen!? It was still good though: thick enough mouthfeel, sweet vanilla, and gingerbread? Mmm! Surprisingly festive!

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Hey look at that, I actually will catch up on tasting notes for the day! But only because I was lazy and just pasted my jot notes right into the body of most of the notes I wrote today…

This is what I’m currently drinking, but with a couple splashes of eggnog in it to switch things up/keep things interesting. Tis the season for eggnog everything. I’m loving that I can actually taste the eggnog at the same time as the roasty, marshmallow traits of the tea. It’s not covering it up at all, just complimenting it! And then there’s a vegetal buttery taste at the end from the green tea.

Very yummy!

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I’ve been craving a Dutch Licorice Eggnog Latte for days, so I finally made one last night since i was home from work early enough to not be rushed going to bed.

Unfortunately, the Dutch Licorice flavour didn’t come through as much as I had imagined it would in my head, which left me a little disappointed – but it was really good overall despite the feeling something was missing. What licorice flavour was present came through at the end of the sip after the eggnog, and was very rich.

If I do this one again I’ll probably just go for a straight up latte – no eggnog.

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drank Lychee Noir by Octavia Tea
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Had this one in a timolino, and it was pretty good – definitely traveled a little better than I thought it would. I was pretty sure the subtle juiciness of the lychee wouldn’t translate but it did. I still echo my first impression though that this is just a relatively average lychee black. Good, for not exceptional.

Two stories today: One involves a coworker. And one involves Tre…

A couple nights ago me and another coworker were kind of playfully teasing/bantering with this 15 YO cashier named Matthew. He’s actually one of my favourite cashiers because he’s so sarcastic/witty and so am I so we both just kind of constantly play off each other, and it’s entertaining and fun.

So point is we were teasing him because his sideburns are CRAZY PUFFY and we were mocking him saying we could see his sideburns sticking out all the way from Customer Service, which is quiet a distance from the till he was working out. I THOUGHT we were being obviously sarcastic like usual but, uhh, the next day he came to work without sideburns. Welp.

So, I sorta directly influenced a 15YO who was probably super proud of his facial hair to shave it off. Even though I in no way meant to! And honestly, people who know me well know I’m the last person to persuade someone to shave; I have such a thing for facial hair. Every man should be bearded…

And now the Tre story.

I came home from work, and walked into the house – and immediately onto a whole bunch of pieces of lego. Not even getting started on how much it hurt. But, the big dork bought about $300 in Star Wars Lego battleships for himself as a Christmas present, and now there’s Lego literally everywhere in the apartment. Living room floor, kitchen floor, kitchen table…

Getting ready for work in the morning is like navigating a minefield.

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- Cold Brew with a splash of Bols Banana liqueur added
- Idea was “Banana Creme Pie”
- Got just the right ratio for coconut/creme AND banana to be present
- Absolutely divine!!!
- This was a GREAT way to do something new with this tea!!!

I’m getting so lazy with my tasting notes today.


This is one I wanted to try but was rooibos shy of it.

Roswell Strange

Yeah, I find whether I taste the base in this one is really iffy: sometimes it’s there, and sometimes it isn’t.

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POM Peach Passion White Tea

- Tried out another flavour; this is the best so far!
- Definitely strongly taste all fruits: Pomegranate, Peach, Passion Fruit
- Can’t taste the white tea, really
- Unless it’s contributing the “honey” flavour I also get
- Would totally buy this one again!


I tried this one last week and hated it. Haha. I mostly tasted white tea and it was almost as if they burnt it because the flavor was so strong and drying and blech. Weird…

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- Timolino
- Unfortunately didn’t get to experience strawberry gummy flavour
- Still very pure, raw strawberry flavour though
- A little honey flavour from the base
- If DT ever brings this back, I’ll be getting more again!
- My 100g just didn’t go far enough…


Damn I always passed this one up because I recall mediocre reviews.

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drank Lemon Green by Octavia Tea
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One of the bonus samples from my Octavia tea order, and definitely not one I’d have picked out for myself. Not even close. To get it over and done with, I just cold brewed it.

- VERY strong/intense lemon smell, like lemon extract!
- Green base totally masked in the smell
- Taste wise, this is almost purely intense lemon
- It manages not to venture into “Pledge” or “Peel” territory
- But DAMN it’s strong
- Green base only makes its presence known in the end sip
- Which has a slight vegetal/spinach type flavour to it
- GREAT for lemon fans, but it’s too concentrated for me

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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