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Heh, I forgot I steeped this up and it’s been sitting for like 20 minutes in my kitchen – and here I am like an idiot playing Pokemon and wondering why the house smells so yummy and buttery when no one’s cooked anything or used any butter or anything like that all day. At least I apparently took the teaball out before I forgot about making it…

Derp.

So actually, the original reason for making this was to work on using up some of the really old leaf (meaning, from late August /13 – which I suppose isn’t too long ago) I have from DAVIDsTEA. This was one of my very “first” discoveries. I think it was actually from my first big purchase, to be honest. First DAVIDsTEA purchase, for myself, was Birthday Cake – and the second was 100g of six or seven different teas. I bet, if I thought really hard (or just read the labels on the tins) I could remember which ones they were, too…

Birthday Cake
Buttered Rum
Peppermint Amour
Salted Caramel
Pink Flamingo
Love Tea #7
Movie Night

Yeah, that sounds right. I still enjoy most of those quite a lot. Yay me, for picking out some really good ones as beginning teas! Anyway, this cup in particular is really coconut heavy and rich – but sadly the butterscotch notes I usually enjoy are a bit milder than I would prefer. I’m a little tempted to go make a mug of hot chocolate infused with some of this, because that’s really tasty. But I think not…

It’s getting a little late considering I’d like to get back to having a more ‘work appropriate’ sleep schedule, for when I inevitably have a job again. So maybe no more tea tonight. I had a pretty good tea day, though! No really major misses out of the new teas I tried.

VariaTEA

MY FIRST PURCHASE WAS BIRTHDAY CAKE TOOO!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!! Actually, I bought others at the same time but the reason I want to Davids was to try their Birthday Cake tea.

VariaTEA

I realize now my excitement might have been slightly excessive.

Roswell Strange

Technically my first purchase was Birthday Cake and Quangzhou Milk Oolong, both for my friend Skylar as a birthday present. She’s probably the biggest tea drinking friend I have (rivaled only by Robyn, whom lives here in S’toon with me) – and a HUGE part of why I even got into tea. It makes me sad because she’s a city away and I don’t get to talk tea/have tea with her plus I moved here before I really got into tea, so I’ve never really gotten to flip out about it with her. But I kept buying the Birthday Cake for tea drinking friends as a gimmicky kind of gift. It was a combination of my Mom coming back from China with some loose leaf that was yummy (I have no idea what it was, thinking back on it: it was heavily fruity and totally has hibiscus and other berries but there’s a darker kind of tea leaf in it, maybe an oolong) and getting really curious about the Birthday Cake I kept buying people that finally got me to try it. And look where I am now…

Roswell Strange

Also, that was an unnecessarily long reply.

VariaTEA

Haha I liked it.

I got into tea because I got sick and then decided I liked tea enough while I was sick, I would try other teas. And when I looked up DAVIDs online (having always walked by but never gone in) and saw they had a Birthday Cake tea I was sold. Then I started drinking teas and now here we are.

Plus, once I got into teas, it became more of a thing among my friends. Now when we hang out, we have “tea parties” which basically means we do what we usually did and I bring tea :P.

Roswell Strange

I grew up with bagged mint teas, and when I worked at the movie theatre my favourite thing ever was Bigelow’s Mint Medley drowned in cream when I had early morning/opening shifts. It kept me awake and alert. But other than that and the very occasional other teabag (usually a cinnamon/apple herbal) I jumped straight from bagged mint to loose leaf. I don’t think I’d ever tried a bagged tea with actual tea (just herbals) prior to drinking loose leaf…

Roswell Strange

Oh, yes I had! RiverBlend Plantation’s Saskatoon Berry – which is black. I didn’t like it, at first. I didn’t know about tea getting bitter, though. So I was heavily oversteeping.

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VariaTEA

MY FIRST PURCHASE WAS BIRTHDAY CAKE TOOO!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!! Actually, I bought others at the same time but the reason I want to Davids was to try their Birthday Cake tea.

VariaTEA

I realize now my excitement might have been slightly excessive.

Roswell Strange

Technically my first purchase was Birthday Cake and Quangzhou Milk Oolong, both for my friend Skylar as a birthday present. She’s probably the biggest tea drinking friend I have (rivaled only by Robyn, whom lives here in S’toon with me) – and a HUGE part of why I even got into tea. It makes me sad because she’s a city away and I don’t get to talk tea/have tea with her plus I moved here before I really got into tea, so I’ve never really gotten to flip out about it with her. But I kept buying the Birthday Cake for tea drinking friends as a gimmicky kind of gift. It was a combination of my Mom coming back from China with some loose leaf that was yummy (I have no idea what it was, thinking back on it: it was heavily fruity and totally has hibiscus and other berries but there’s a darker kind of tea leaf in it, maybe an oolong) and getting really curious about the Birthday Cake I kept buying people that finally got me to try it. And look where I am now…

Roswell Strange

Also, that was an unnecessarily long reply.

VariaTEA

Haha I liked it.

I got into tea because I got sick and then decided I liked tea enough while I was sick, I would try other teas. And when I looked up DAVIDs online (having always walked by but never gone in) and saw they had a Birthday Cake tea I was sold. Then I started drinking teas and now here we are.

Plus, once I got into teas, it became more of a thing among my friends. Now when we hang out, we have “tea parties” which basically means we do what we usually did and I bring tea :P.

Roswell Strange

I grew up with bagged mint teas, and when I worked at the movie theatre my favourite thing ever was Bigelow’s Mint Medley drowned in cream when I had early morning/opening shifts. It kept me awake and alert. But other than that and the very occasional other teabag (usually a cinnamon/apple herbal) I jumped straight from bagged mint to loose leaf. I don’t think I’d ever tried a bagged tea with actual tea (just herbals) prior to drinking loose leaf…

Roswell Strange

Oh, yes I had! RiverBlend Plantation’s Saskatoon Berry – which is black. I didn’t like it, at first. I didn’t know about tea getting bitter, though. So I was heavily oversteeping.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a nearly twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchablah, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually a little over a year ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious, serious obsession.

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends, but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends.

Location

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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