3234 Tasting Notes


I was gonna do Pineapple matcha in vanilla milk this morning but last minute I decided to crack open my Tiramisu matcha instead and mix that in with the vanilla milk. It was a very spontaneous decision.

This is my first time trying the Tiramisu matcha so I don’t have any point of reference so I wont rate it because I know from experience that this vanilla milk can make things really sweet on a cloying level and it’s not how I usually choose to prepare my matcha.

So that said; this was really sweet and sugary in a borderline off putting way, but it did have distinct flavours to it: cream, chocolate, espresso. And obviously vanilla; I’ll have to try this in straight milk to see if the vanilla was solely because I prepared this one in vanilla milk. There were also more subtle flavours of liqueur and sorta cheesecake? But they were definitely gentle in contrast to everything else.

Overall, I did get a Tiramisu vibe from this. I just need to prepare it my usual way so I know how to fairly rate it!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Espresso

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Sipdown (149/155)!

Thank you Dexter for the sample! I decided I’d cold brew one of these guys for work to get in an easy sipdown but I didn’t have my laptop on hand so I picked based on what I thought they were flavoured using smell as a reference. This one smelled fruity and a lot of the others had mint or spice smells to them so this was the front runner.

So keep in mind I had no clue what was actually in this one but taste wise when I was drinking this I got strawberries and cream, and maybe raspberries. Well, apparently this one does have a strong cream element in it but the fruit is apricot. Huh. I guess maybe I see that? I think I’d definitely have to try it again to confirm that though.

As a “Strawberry” Cream tea I thought this was solidly good though; not great or mindblowing, but fun because of the fandom and not awful tasting. Not sure how I feel about it now that I know I was tasting apricot. I mean, it still tasted good but obviously it wasn’t distinctly apricot flavoured.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla

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SSTTB: Pick #19

I’m pretty sure this is my first STRAIGHT Pu’Erh. I think I remembered all the steps tonight when making it, like doing a wash. It smelled pretty nice dry; very rich and earthy and maybe a little bit nutty. Steeping, it had an almost oily smell that I’ve come to associate with Pu’Erh in general.

Taste wise; yup this is definitely earthy! It reminded me of mud or clay – and if I told that to a non-tea drinker and even attempted to explain why that’s a good thing they’d probably just look at me like I was/am completely and totally nuts. Oh, and speaking of nuts I totally picked up on some nut notes in this, and a sort of natural sweetness that reminded me of fruit but in a semi nondescript way. And in regard to that oily smell from when it was steeping? Totally not present in that taste.

Yeah, this was pretty good! I’m glad the box gave me a chance to finally try a straight Pu’Erh! I was worried the lack of added flavour would some how make some ghastly flavour (fish, perhaps) stand out that has, at this point, been masked to me by added stuff. Not the case; this was awesome!

It’s very, very weird though to think that when this tea was harvested I was only seven though. Like, that’s really blowing my mind right now. So cool!

Oh, and Big Brother premiered tonight! I drank this cuppa lovely while watching it with Tre! We both, funnily enough, at this point have the same favourite houseguest. We’re totally team Donny!

Check him out here: http://starcasm.net/archives/277163?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Starcasm+(Starcasm)

So far, he’s just PERFECT! So funny and genuine! And I think he’s gonna be so sweet and also a smart player! He’s my early on pick! Do me well Donny!

Flavors: Clay, Fruity, Mud, Nuts, Sweet, Wet Earth

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

Oh no! Why did you tell me Big Brother started? I always get so sucked into that show, haha.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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SSTTB: Pick #18

More exploration of straight blacks. I’m not really sure how many Kenyan ones I’ve had but this smelled kinda chocolatey and that seemed pretty promising. I feel like I was so terribly wrong though!

Never have I ever experienced such strong and in your face raisin notes in a tea! Not grape but foul, disgusting raisins. ICK ICK ICK! Not for me. Eww. Yuck. Like, there were other elements in here; some chocolate, some malt, a little citrus maybe? But they couldn’t even come close to negating the nastiness of this one.

I guess I wont rate it because I have a severe aversion to raisin stuff to begin with so my rating would be heavily biased but if I was going to rate it I suppose it’d be something along the lines of a 10? Noooooo! Not a raisin fan. Barf.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Malt, Raisins

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

It’s good to see someone so passionate about raisins in the right way, haha!

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Man, you all have no clue how excited I am for this one to be available again! aisling of tea gave me a 50g bag of it that I’ve been painstakingly hoarding since getting it and now I really don’t have to do that! I can drink it all up and then replace it with some fresh stuff!

So when I got home today from work I made up a large batch of teas including a giant 16 oz. mug of this one to sip on while pondering how much more I’ll be buying myself. It was definitely very creamy with that “float” element definitely shining and the cinnamon standing out more so than it usually done. Smooth and creamy. This is the best black root beer tea I’ve ever had; and I think I’ve had a fair amount of them to not be talking out of my ass. Additionally, I’ve never had this one “fresh” either so I imagine it’ll probably be even better when it’s not so, err, ‘aged’.

However, making it tonight was a reminder that this is one messy tea with lots of floaty bits and specs and oily chocolate goopyness (the same way DT’s White Chocolate Frost is). I want more; but how much more!? Right now I’m thinking something like 70g? I have like 30g(ish) left right now so in total that’s 100g to get through. I find I’m pretty sick of any tea after drinking 100g of it.

The question: do I go buy my 70g now or do I wait until I’ve either A) cleared a tin or B) sipped down what I do have. Hmm…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Root Beer, Vanilla, White Chocolate

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SSTTB: Pick #17

Made this one in my timolino this morning for work. There are a couple neat looking straight blacks in The Box but this one really caught my attention because it’s a Taiwanese black and I was wondering how many similarities I’d be able to draw between it and Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black.

And I actually did notice some similarities; this had the same sort of waffle-y notes to it that TWMB has, and some soft maltiness to it. Overall this was really calming and so smooth – but I do like TWMB better; that one just has more flavour overall and I think it’s a bit naturally sweeter.

But this one was good! I’d totally drink it again – but this was the last of it. Oh well; I just stocked up on TWMB anyway…

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…And the race to sipdown a tin of tea has begun. I really want to get a tin of the Root Beer Float black tea now that it’s back in stock with DT’s new carnival line, but I can’t afford to eat up more closet space with a new tin; so time to sip something down.

My tins of Movie Night and this one are both relatively empty so I’ve moved them from the closet to the kitchen to work on finishing them off. Movie Night I’d ideally like to restock, but probably not this one. Whichever I finish first can be replaced with Root Beer Float, and if the first one to go happens to be Movie Night then when this one is finished I can put more Movie Night in it!

I’ve had this a lot of ways and it’s always pretty good – but it’s never mind blowing anymore, and in the end this one always fades into the background only to be forgotten. I don’t need to keep stocking a tea like that.

This time I cold brewed it which I don’t think I’ve done before; it was smooth and coconut-y with nice vanilla notes. Again good, but not “mind blowing”. It did use a bunch of leaf up though, so maybe that’s how I’ll use up the last of this? Or maybe I’ll go by some ButterRipple Schnapps because when I mixed the two that did come pretty close to mind blowing.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Coconut, Vanilla

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drank Nestea by Nestle
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I woke up really early this morning so I actually had breakfast at home for once; normally I grab something to eat during the middle of my shift from either the store or the food court if it’s open. But eating before leaving definitely gave me some extra energy, and I think really helped push the day along quicker! My shift was over before I knew it!

Breakfast, of course, was left over pizza and Nestea though – so there’s that…

I really, really need to go grocery shopping sooner rather than later! I should have taken advantage of my extra hours this morning to cram in a trip to DT to pick up the new blends (I’m dying to try ALL of them and restock on my beloved Root Beer Float blend) and maybe some new teaware. I’m kinda really feeling the Soda Shop perfect mug but I want to see it in person to see if the glow in the dark stickers seem like they’d peel or if they have a weird texture to ’em…

Now I have to wait until Sunday…


Oh, I didn’t even look at the mugs. Oops. :) I was too focused on root beer tea.

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drank Nestea by Nestle
3234 tasting notes

Hey, last of the backlog! Only took like three hours(?) to get through…

Tre and I ordered pizza tonight. Our regular pizza place has a new special so we figured we’d try it out. So for $25 we got two 9" pizzas, a 9" Apple/Cinnamon dessert pie, and a 9" chocolate chip cookie – oh, and four cans of Nestea. What we didn’t expect was that everything was going to come in one MASSIVE 20" X 20" box. It’s SO FREAKING BIG. Like, there are obviously leftovers and there’s no humanely way to make this box fit in the fridge…

How was a box this big a good idea!? Pizza 73 what were you thinking!? Why couldn’t this come in two of the regular boxes which are 12" X 12" and are deep enough to hold two pizzas? That’d fit in the fridge at least.

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Sipdown (148/152)!

In my timolino for work. I had that awkward amount of leaf where there’s clearly too much for one cup but definitely not enough for two. So I made one overleafed cup of this to use up all the leaf.

It’s not really so great though; it came out really concentrated (despite giving it a shorter steep time to try to offset the extra leaf) and while there are shining notes of caramel and vanilla mostly it’s very astringent black tea. I think that’s a pretty sad way to be finishing this one off; maybe two weaker cups would have been better…

Anyway, who knows; it’s possible that I may reorder this in the future – I just know I definitely want to take a break from it for 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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