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This one works a lot better for me hot as opposed to cold brewed.

The flavour notes are the same as the cold brew, though with a shifted focus on the ‘peanut’ in the blend rather than the jelly, but the strange flavour combination just seems to work in tea format much more naturally as a hot blend. Definitely something on the more fun, creative and whimsical side for sure.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGjHsLnUO1U&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=142

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Go this one hot, to go the other day…

I’ve always had a bit of an issue with this blend. It’s certainly not bad and it does have nice lemon notes but I can’t seem to escape the astringency that comes along with it, and I don’t feel like it’s sweet at all when really what I want is a bright, sweet and somewhat acidic lemon tea.

I did appreciate it last night though because after the sickeningly sweet Southern Sweet Tea I had recently that I got from VariaTEA the lack of cloying sweetness while maintaining that distinct lemon/black tea pairing was refreshing. The other one tasted like straight up syrup, comparatively. I just need to find a happy medium between the two now. Maybe adding some honey to this might do the trick?

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So adding a splash or two of eggnog to this one when it’s hot basically completely fixes all of my criticisms of this blend from my first tasting. Very good to know; less good for my wallet because I already go through eggnog quickly enough around the fall/winter seasons…


yay! glad that fixed it for you

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Drank this one cold brewed yesterday.

I don’t know how I feel about this one? The flavour profile was actually really nice but I feel like the flavour pairings are kind of played out/not unique and I’ve really come to expect excellence in execution and unique bends from August Uncommon so it’s a little weird not having those expectations quite met.

The grassy and slight marine tasting sencha notes created a solid enough base to stack the other fruity flavour notes on top of, and the strawberry was definitely a star in this blend. It tasted so sweet, fresh and natural – I could almost see myself eating one straight from the garden or, at the very least, stealing one from a carton in the produce aisle of a grocery store. Really realistic, and by far the best part of the blend for sure. The other fruit notes actually felt underwhelming in comparison. For starters the orange/tangerine was pretty light and to my palate, at least, it read a lot more like lemon than what it was supposed to. Now, lemon is a great pairing with strawberry and actually with sencha as well – it’s just not what AU was going for or what I was wanting.

So I think I have to conclude that despite some really good notes and some much more disappointing notes this was pretty average overall. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of my sample, but this is one AU blend I can thankfully not worry and wanting to restock in a larger portion.

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Commute tea!

This one was really lovely to have on the bus to work with me despite horrid morning shenanigans. That particular morning I was so scrambled getting everything on my way out that I badly oversteeped the tea though because I’d forgotten I was even making it. It got a scary steep that was at least ten minutes long. Maybe longer.

It held up well though; it didn’t even go bitter! Definitely astringent, though. It was long lasting all throughout the sip, from top notes to aftertaste. That aside, the sweet nuttyness of the blend stayed intact, and if anything got a more “weighty” feel to it. So, less like a lightly cinnamon sugar and nut dusted Elephant Ear and more so something denser and more involved. If that makes sense. I still sort of feel like I get pistachio in this as well as pecan, which is weird too. I’m not complaining, though.

Super Starling!

I adored this one, too.

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So, spent my last day off in a cleaning frenzy alongside Trey. Cathryn was out studying, but Trey’s mom was on her way to visit the next day so we had to very quickly get the house into tip top cleanliness. You know how parents can be, and his are particularly anal. So sweaty and tired, we delved into the fridge looking for refreshments to quench our thirst. Low and behold, there was a completely full pitcher of this cold brew just waiting to be strained! So, of course, that’s what we did. I don’t know if I’ve ever finished off a pitcher of cold brew and quicker than the two of us did – we seriously went to town just guzzling that motherfucker. It’s a miracle we were even able to taste any of it, we were drinking so quickly!

But I could taste it and what I tasted was the perfect creamy, vanilla spearmint infusion to just completely hydrate and gently slap me in the face with the refreshing mint notes so I could get right back ‘atter. Not a lot of grapefruit though, I’m sad to say.

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Got this one hot and to go at DT the other day when I stopped in to pick up samples of the new pure teas they just got in. I recently tried a very nice Milk Oolong from What-Cha and so I thought revisiting this one, since it had been a year, wouldn’t hurt just to compare while the flavour of What-Cha’s was fresh in my mind.

I’ve definitely had mixed feelings about this tea overall – sometimes it’s been good and sometimes it’s been really bad. This time it was sort of right in the middle. I definitely don’t think it’s as sweet and creamy as What-Cha’s and that’s definitely a huge part of why I think I liked the latter’s version more so. The buttery, almost coconut like notes I got in this cup were pleasant and smooth though; definitely no bitterness or astringency. And the finish of the tea delivered a really clean grassy note that reminded me a lot of fresh Spring air after a light rainfall. Really nice and refreshing.

The big take away for me was that there was definitely a notable difference between the two company’s versions. So I guess, depending on what you’re looking to take away from your cup there are pros and cons to either blend. I think What-Cha’s suits my tastes a little better because it was sweeter, but this was very clean and balanced overall.

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Made this one as an eggnog matcha latte, and I have to say I think I finally found the best way to drink this one! Seriously – it felt really perfectly balanced. The apple notes in the matcha like to come off as artificial and cloying, and the strong flavour of the eggnog definitely tempered some of the unnecessary intensity of the matcha without losing all of the flavour. Plus, the eggy/custard sweetness of the eggnog actually complimented the apple notes as well. Plus, the nutmeg in the ‘nog and the strong cinnamon notes in the matcha married together nicely as well to really cement in that this wasn’t just an “apple eggnog matcha latte” but an “apple pie eggnog matcha latte”. Now isn’t that a mouthful…

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drank Prairie Berry by Tealish
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Cold Brew Sipdown (151)!

Thanks to VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve tried a few different “Prairie Berry” themed teas, and I’ve quite liked them though my favourite has definitely been the Saskatoon Berry oolong offered by DAVIDsTEA. This is actually the first one I’ve tried that hasn’t used Saskatoon berries, and I do think that’s a bit of an odd choice. What makes this a prairie berry inspired tea?

But it doesn’t taste bad – I expected to be hit with a whole lot of tartness and I definitely got some tartness but mostly a relatively mellow, smooth berry blend that was refreshing and relatively juice like. Strongest note was the elderberry, but I got lots of apple too. VariaTEA seems to have found this one cloying, but I thought it was actually very nicely balanced. I appreciated what it offered even if I feel somewhat cheated that this “Prairie Berry” tea didn’t offer any Saskatoon Berries.

Thanks VariaTEA!

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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So, this has come back around Halloween a few times since I’ve been into tea and each time I’ve wanted to try it but have been a fingertips length away from getting my grubby hands on a sample. Not this time though! I finally got some in the Back From The Dead collection.

So, I cold brewed this one ‘cause when I smelled the dry leaf I got a really nice “Strawberries and Cream” aroma and I thought that would translate well to cold preparation. Man does it look ugly though! Very much a puke-ish looking green, but I guess that’s definitely the intention with the name “Swampwater”. That orange and black sprinkle mix really does the trick with executing the name/inspiration of this tea.

The flavour was nice, though a little lighter than I expected given the strength of the dry aroma. It’s very simple, and to me reads as muted/light Strawberries & Cream. I have to say, the juxtaposition between liquor appearance and flavour is a bit jarring and mismatched. But I liked it overall even if it was a little plain and simple.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8GRiiaef3s&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=1

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually three(ish) years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals 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 and as of late oolongs 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 straight 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, Petrichor

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

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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