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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.

Plunkybug

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!

VariaTEA

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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Sad Sipdown (102)!

- 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…

Fjellrev

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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In a timolino. The pie crust flavour was really strong.

Non tea related, but Friday when I had this one I ended up going to Bobbi’s after work! Bobbi is basically my best IRL friend, and has been since we started working together in March. It was really cool getting to spend time with her outside of work because we seldom see each other outside of work because at Dollarama we were either closing together or, if one of us had the day off, the other was at work. Now at Sobeys that doesn’t happen anymore!

It was also super cool because I know Wes (her fiance) usually doesn’t like having people over, but I got “approved” which felt like a huge honor. And, I got to meet her cats! I’ve seen pictures of them for the better half of a year, and gotten to know their personalities to they were SO MUCH MORE PRECIOUS IN PERSON! Someday, I’m gonna steal them. And then my “visitation privileges” will probably be revoked, but at least I’ll have three precious kitties!

But yeah, hooray for actually getting to spend time with my best friend and the start of actually doing friend things together! You know, like normal people who aren’t consumed by work and tea…

And by that logic, most of us are abnormal.

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drank Prickly Pear by Tea Desire
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You can tell I’m not in the mood to write anything out today since i’m just copy/pasting my jot notes…

- Very rosey/floral with a sharp, tart kiwi/hibiscus type flavour
- Just a little melony
- Pretty well fine with finishing this off; will likely revisit in the summer

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
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So these little jot notes are for a Coconut Bubble Tea I got at one of the Asian Restaurants downtown on Friday. Originally I was gonna go get another eggnog latte from DT, but I felt like I’d be judged by the staff for getting two in less than an hour, so I went with this one instead…

- Coconut was present but very weak
- Mostly this was quite milky
- Unlike last time (Passionfruit?) this didn’t separate though
- Bubbles were pretty good
- But a lot of them got stuck together at the bottom of the cup

I did enjoy it overall though; much better than the Passionfruit one from the same store. Maybe I’ll just have to keep exploring to find the right flavour for me?

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My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two 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 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 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.

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