3220 Tasting Notes

drank Coca River by Crio Bru
3220 tasting notes

Sipdown (112)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample! I’ve been having these Crio Bru blends later at night to kind of wind down to and because they’re caffeine free but since I started the morning with a large brew of something caffeinated and another hot cup of mate I figured I needed something caffeine free to sort of juxtapose between the two.

This was really good; the chocolate taste was strong and very clear. I want to say it was a little less “thick” tasting and less creamy than some of the other blends – but not in a way that lessened the richness of it. It was just different and had a little bit of contrast. As for the “natural notes” present in this one – I absolutely did not get any blackberry (which seems very weird to have naturally occur in chocolate/cocoa) and I didn’t think too much about the green banana when I was having it but doing so now I can kinda see how what I was tasting could be compared to that flavour, it is a little bit of a stretch though.

Both Courtney and VariaTEA have written notes on this so far and have mentioned some bitterness; but contrary to their experience I did not find this to have any bitterness to it. I did, however, think there was a little bit of natural oilyness to it though, which I don’t think either of them brought up or experienced.

Decent overall; wouldn’t stock but would likely drink again.

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Oh man; I feel so tired and spacey today. Even after starting the day out with a large 25 oz. cold brew of this lovely tea while catching up on Big Brother Australia, I just feel drained. I may attempt a power nap…

But this was good; I actually had started the cold brew with the expectation I’d be taking this to work with me today only to get a call a few hours later from my coworker asking if I wanted to switch my day of Wednesday with today and get two back to back days; I had no preference either way so I agreed. I thought, if anything, I’d feel more well rested for work on Wednesday.

Taste wise; I’ve had this cold brewed before so it’s nothing new but it’s still really good. It’s mellow, raw, and earthy but still has sweetness to it . Sometimes there are sips that taste rather like bubblegum to me as well; it’s just a good dynamic blend of cinnamon, apples, guayusa, and candy sweetness that doesn’t even tread close to artificial sweetness. Mmm!

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (113)!

I could have made two smaller cups with what was left most likely, but instead I just dumped this into one cup to finish it off and hoped for the best. No idea exactly how much leaf I used, to be perfectly honest.

Man. Man, oh man. Maybe I should have split it…

I wanted more butterscotch flavour from this one; and I got it. All the butterscotch stuff must have really made it to the bottom of the bag, because this was so intensely, over the top sweet. I would call it “pure sugary butterscotch” except some cinnamon was actually present in the lingering aftertaste. But otherwise; it was all drowned out. No present base, at all. The butterscotch was actually so concentrated it almost sort of took on an alcoholic quality; it severely drew Comparison to butterscotch Schnapps for me.

At first I really liked it, but then it became too much too quickly where as my previous cups were so much more tame and seemed to be lacking. If only I could have struck a happy medium between the two.

I can’t believe I’m saying it; but maybe this is a fall tea I will restock if only to play with it more and see if I can strike a balance now that I know this can produce such polarizing flavours.

Flavors: Alcohol, Butterscotch, Sugar


The fall teas made me sad this year because I found them all disappointing :(


I also found them disappointing.

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drank Raspberry by Tea Desire
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This has been sitting in my kitchen waiting to be made for a while; so many times I’ve thought of CBing it for convenience, but I’ve had it that way and it’s not on par to the hot cup. This cup was hot, and I’m glad I waited.

Raspberries? Check.
Smooth, buttery green oolong base? Check.
Mild floral notes making the juicy fruit really pop? Check.

So all in all, a really flavourful and fun cup. Not especially appropriate for the season/weather, but who cares? Not I.

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Sipdown (114)!

Well, I think I’m pretty ok with this sipdown. I was really hoping to like this one, but this cup especially came off pretty ginger heavy and the rest was just watery Dragonfruit Punch type flavour; not enough flavour to support it. Not even close.

In other news, I went way out of my comfort zone today and not only ordered something that I don’t usually get for Fast Food, but I ordered from a totally different restaurant. I ended up getting a “Grown Up Grilled Cheese” and a Pear and Blue Cheese Salad from this restaurant: https://www.skipthedishes.ca/prairie-ink-saskatoon#tabs-0-center=0

They were both really good (and much fancier than my usual pizza) and super filling. Personally, I would have liked for the Grilled Cheese to have just a little more cheese, but it was still really tasty and the caramelized onions were a fantastic touch. However, the salad? Man; sensory overload in the best way. It. Blew. My. Mind.

I never would have thought of that flavour combination; pears, walnut, blue cheese, and Saskatoon Berry vinegar; delicious. Hard to describe, but honestly just perfect. And now Kaylee and I are talking about Saskatoons in the Steepster chat and all I can think is how many awesome Saskatoon Berry teas there could be!

I’m looking at you Stacy! If you do the custom tea blend contest again this year, I feel like my entries are totally gonna have a theme to them: Saskatoons to the core! We could go milkshakes, pies, lemonade, syrup, or ever something inspired by this awesome salad. The creative juices are flowing! ;)


Ooh, you make me want to make a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch today.

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
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Was hoping this’d be a sipdown but I still have enough leaf left for one more cup. Not sure what I’ll do to vary things so that cup is more tolerable.

Anyway; I made it hot with milk and prepared with this method it’s totally more enjoyable than the cold brew but still very disappointing on the whole, and it doesn’t taste to me what maple sugar should taste like – it’s like there’s too much else additional going on.

I’m getting like super oat/apple notes with muddled funky brown sugar, butter and I guess maple notes? It’s like it’s not sweet or clean enough to be maple. Instead it’s Brown Sugar and Apple Oatmeal but done in a gross way. This one just, out of all the Fall blends, appeals to me the least to begin with and was executed in the worst way IMO. So it was sort of doomed to fail anyway, I guess.

Have any of the Canadians who’ve tried it been impressed? Like, really impressed? As stereotypical as it might sound I feel like us Canadians have Maple pretty well figured out for the most part so if you’re not getting our approval then nothing else counts. That’s an overly simplified and totally prejudiced way to look at it – but it’s what I’m feeling in this moment.

I don’t know; if you want a good maple tea try Oh Canada! cold brewed; that’s liquid maple to the core, right there. This doesn’t even come close to touching that.

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Sipdown (115)!

Look at that! I didn’t save the scariest one for last! I’m actually really proud of myself for that. Maybe a little more so than I should be? Anyway, thanks Cameron B. for the sample!

I was so afraid this would be full on curry; just an assault to the taste buds for someone anti-spice like myself, and dry it seemed like that would be the case but it was much milder steeped than I had braced myself for. It seemed like mostly “fresh out of the garden” carrots in that they were sweet and earthy, and then the spice was more secondary – and a little more turmeric than anything else. The ginger was fairly notable though, and as someone not a huge fan of ginger either that wasn’t super appealing, though it was totally tolerable.

In the end, I feel like maybe this was the mildest of the ones I’ve had so far? And also maybe just more forgettable in general.


That is the weirdest tea name….


I like carrots in my curry, but I don’t think I wanna drink it…

Roswell Strange

The savory teas have definitely been an adventure

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Just reaffirming my decision to pick up another 3 oz. of this with my most recent order by having a hot delicious cuppa! Like always, this was its usual intriguing and mystifying self with such a unique and hard to describe flavour palate.

I stand by my opinion that, of all the Adagio blends I’ve ever had, this is the most accurate to the character it was inspired by. Also, probably just the best Adagio blend I’ve ever had in general – and at this point I’ve had my fare share (though this was one of, is not “the” first). Also probably the only Lapsang blend for me. I just can’t handle it in anything else.

Savory and sweet.

Flavors: Cherry, Cookie, Smoke, Tobacco, Vanilla

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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Prepped a round of four teas to enjoy while catching up on Australian Big Brother; a mix of new things, old things and sipdowns. This falls somewhere in between all of those categories; it’s new but not among my newest teas and I thought it was a sipdown but I actually have enough left for one more cup.

I’ve had this a couple times and not written about it; oops. Although prior to now I had logged it once, so good for me for at least doing that. Past times, like now, I’ve found this to be more floral that other EGs with a kinda of mid level strength of Bergamot and then fruit notes like plums. Stone Fruits for sure, but definitely sorta more plummy than otherwise. It’s also very, very smooth.

I really like the EG and I’ll be sad when it’s gone; though I know I wont try and replace it because EG, while something I enjoy, is not a staple tea for me like it is for others and not something I often crave. But as far as EG goes, this is definitely a good one.

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Cold brewed one cone in 25 oz. of water for like 18 hours, which resulted in the perfect amount of black tea taste for it to be light and refreshing with some mild maltiness but not weak and watery. Enjoying sipping on this one now.

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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 three Tea Pets:

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

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist


Regina, SK, Canada



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