3972 Tasting Notes


Matcha Milkshake to start off the morning of the 28th. I had the day off from both jobs, and though I had important plans for the afternoon and evening I managed to make some time before I had to get ready and hop on the bus to have some tea; something with some buzz to it, to start the day off in a positive way.

My milkshake recipe:

- 1 1/2 scoops of frozen vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 2 tsp of Strawberry & Cream Matcha

The result was a thicker, frosty milkshake with almost even parts strawberry and banana flavouring with a slight grassiness to it from the matcha. Very pleasant!

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Afternoon Steepster! I hope everyone’s New Year has started off on a positive note. Anyone make any New Years resolutions? I don’t mind sharing mine; I’ve resolved to at least begin the Tea Sommelier program; through online correspondence though which isn’t ideal, but seeing as I don’t live in London, Ontario…

Unfortunately I missed the deadline to sign up for the first course (of eight, I believe) as sign up was in December – but I’ll be checking frequently to sign up for the next offering! Definitely excited!

As for this one, I definitely switched things up a little and instead of doing this creamy matcha in straight milk like usual I made things a touch more adult by adding a shot of white rum to the mix. Shaken, not stirred. Coconut and Rum and natural pairings, and I thought it would be a fun way to switch up the usual way I prepare this that would still taste similarly. The flavour of the rum was actually much, much stronger than I was expecting and not gonna lie there was a little “alcohol burn” from how potent it was. So I guess a shot was more than enough to add a little flavour. It still tasted good though, and the flavour of the matcha certainly wasn’t erased or overpowered; the ratio was just not as even as anticipated.

I happen to also have Pineapple Matcha so perhaps I’ll reevaluate my formula a little bit and try it again with a little Pineapple Matcha mixed in – really step up the tropical aspect of this one. Kind of like a “true” Pina Colada; but the matcha version.


Tea Sommelier sounds interesting! I think my tea resolution is to get my cupboard under 50. We’ll see about that. My non-tea resolution is to try one new recipe a month. I actually did that successfully in 2014, so I’m trying to keep up the momentum.

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I love you all; but all the tea I’ve received from you butts lately has seriously bumped my cupboard up from where it was! Which was under 100. And more still on the way…

- Smells like fluffy raspberry angel food cake when dry
- Brewed, it was more more weak/mild in flavour than I was expecting
- Kind of a soft/less harsh raspberry with a very mild black base
- Basically zero natural raspberry tang/tartness
- Kind of just average overall; may have been better hot

Of the three Bluebird Tea Co. teas I received from Cameron B. I think this one was definitely my least favourite though in its defense I have become a fair bit snobby in regard to raspberry teas…

Cameron B.

I’m not a fan of this one because the raspberry leaf herbal-y flavor takes over when I steep it hot. :(

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Guys, I slept in today and had ZERO time to make tea if I wanted to make it to work on time today, so no tea right now. I am a sad slug of tired.

Also, this is my last day at Calendar Club; they’ll start taking the kiosk down this afternoon. Who knows, I may be back next year but as of tomorrow I’ll be down to one job again! That’s both awesome (sleep!) but also kinda shitty because it means less disposable income, which means less tea…

Also; I have no clue what it’s going to mean for my regular morning tasting notes: with a now totally open availability at Sobeys I’ll be working earlier shifts, so I may not have time in mornings anymore for tasting notes and Steepster chat. And that makes me sad.

You know what doesn’t make me sad though? This tea! Made in a timolino and awesome!


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Kind of a sad sipdown, but I’ve also gone through a lot of this lately and I am really glad overall that I finished it off before the coconut had the chance to turn and thus leave me finishing it off on a literal sour note.

Sipped down as a cold brew because that’s my favourite way to drink this and it was only right to end on that note. It certainly made one hell of a cold brew. And hey, at least I have another red tin now for some of my Cuppa’T blends that I picked up (yeah, my tins are colour coded, don’t judge – I know some of you do it too).

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My first tea on Boxing Day. Working in retail, I expected the day to be hectic and head ache causing but shockingly it was super, uber dead – at both workplaces! So goign with a caffeine free tea in the morning wasn’t a terrible idea after all. I guess at CC it related to the fact I’m in a “seniors” mall so the bulk of the boxing day rush of shoppers hit up the more trendy malls, with clothing stores and electronics retailers and that jazz. And then at the grocery store, well everyone was out at malls and who doesn’t have leftovers on Boxing Day? Really there’s no need for a big grocery trip, right? So very bland and dull.

At Calendar Club, though, there were two of us all morning because they expected it to be hella busier and thus justifiable for there to be two of us – which NEVER happens other than the 15 min. or so of overlap when one person is taking over for another. The girl working with me for the morning is named Eryn and it was actually my first time meeting her since the season started since I do mornings and she’s evenings.

She’s an international student studying at the U of S and is from China; we ended up, by no coincidence (I totally drove the conversation in this direction) talking about straight green teas and tea in general. She even taught me about a new herbal tea I’d never heard of: “Holly Tea” (or Kuding, as she called it). It’s something her family is BIG drinkers of, but I’d never even heard of. Honestly, it sounds disgusting (it’s supposed to be VERY bitter) but it looks so damn cool and I’d love to get the chance to try it even if I’d likely hate it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuding Doesn’t it look freakin’ cool!?

Anyway, this tea was really good: the rhubarb was stronger and more well defined than I anticipated it being which was a really nice surprise. It had a natural sweetness but still maintained a playful tartness to it. Rhubarb is really becoming a consistently well regarded flavour of mine! The custard came through more of a rich vanilla/cream flavour, maybe a touch pudding like. It worked well with the rhubard and was distinct enough to not just add an extra sweetness. And for all you non-rooibos fans, I thought the base was pretty well covered too! This is one I certainly want to drink again, and would probably order if I could do it in either a 1 oz. or 2 oz. size.


I love learning about new teas, even if they’re just tisanes lol
Strangely I doubt I’d mind the bitter

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drank Pineapple Barley by Lupicia
3972 tasting notes

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Added a splash of White Rum this time, in an attempt to dull the “fish” smell I strongly smell with this one, both dry and steeped…

- Went surprisingly well with the white rum!
- Suppose that makes sense because Pineapple/Rum is not really a stretch at all
- Still very weird, but good weird for sure
- And while it still SMELLED “fishy” (it’s never tasted fishy) it wasn’t as strong

I now have a sample of Apple Barley from VariaTEA to try so I’ll certainly be looking out for that fish smell to see if it’s just this flavour, or if it’s something that’s just linked to Lupicia’s barley teas in general…

Still thank you Cameron B. for this one! I did enjoy it overall, even with fish smell.

Cameron B.

Now I’m going to be thinking “fish” when I try this! Can’t wait to see how Apple Barley is, I haven’t tried that one yet. :D


Ive read fish smell comes from it getting moist or wet at some point. Could that be what’s wrong?

Roswell Strange

I suppose it’s definitely a possibility; though I don’t recall anything moistening the teabags after they’d arrived – and they were dry upon getting here. I don’t know.


I’ve noticed the fishiness with the barley teas before. Not as off-putting as pu’erh but still not overly appetizing.

Cameron B.

I didn’t get any fish with this one. :P

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Thank you Cameron B.! I’ve seemed to really, really enjoy grape teas as of late which is surprising because I’m so anti-raisin, which is used in a lot of “Grape” tea. This sipdown was done as a cold brew, though I’d have been interested in trying it hot too.

It tasted really, really good! Like a fancier/darker Grape Kool-Aid? You know, sweet and very “purple” (not red, sorry) but not abundantly artificial/chemical. There was maybe a touch of a red wine/boozey quality that made it feel a little more “adult” but no, mostly I just enjoyed slurping back big sips of Kool Aid tea.

I don’t know much about this company other than what I read in Cam’s tasting note for this tea – but they sound like one I’d be curious in exploring a little more. I was really impressed with this blend when I had sort of just dismissed it based on the name alone…

Flavors: Grapes

Cameron B.

Yeah, definitely not red grape. :P I ordered their Sweet Chestnut flavored black tea a couple weeks ago.


I actually haven’t tried grape tea yet

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Kind of embarrassed to be writing about this one? I hate Tetley. With a passion. But oh well; it’s what my Aunt served Christmas day (I think it’s what she served last year too?) and honestly it wasn’t awful. Very woody though, from the low quality rooibos.

I had a surprisingly nice time at my Aunt’s this year – better than last year for sure. We had a really nice home cooked meal: Butternut Squash with maple syrup, beets, a feta/strawberry salad (my contribution; it felt good to be able to add something this year), mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a vegetarian meat loaf made using lentils and nuts among other things (which was delicious!). And then Pumpkin Pie for dessert, and other goodies to munch on throughout the night. And of course the meat eaters had turkey.

We watched A Christmas Story which was hilarious like usual. I haven’t seen it in a long time, and it was kind of nostalgic because we used to watch it every Christmas before my mom and Step Dad got divorced, and then we didn’t watch it anymore. There were even jokes I picked up on this year that I’d always missed before. Hooray life experience/getting older!?

And then my Aunt and I had an oddly pleasant conversation about Christianity (we have very different religious views; part of why last year sucked). Shockingly we saw eye to eye on a lot of stuff (stuff many Christians actively ignore/deny) like the fact that if he was real Jesus would NOT have been white/Caucasian, and his birthday isn’t actually/literally December 25th: we just choose to celebrate it on that day because Christians were trying to erase pagan Yule celebrations. That outlook was surprisingly more “open minded” than I expected of her, and was actually brought up more by her than me.

And finally we ended the night with a few games of scrabble. I actually won my very first scrabble game ever, by a lot, and then brutally lost the second one we did. But it was fun! My mom always kicks my ass, apologetically, at Scrabble.

carol who

Sounds like a good day! Your salad sounds very yummy!


I’m glad you had a good Christmas! I also rewatched A Christmas Story for the first time since I was a kid, and I picked up on all kinds of things I never had before, which made it all the more fun.

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- Timolino with milk
- Bonus sample in my Octavia Tea order
- Very strong bergamot flavouring; ALMOST a bit too strong for my tastes
- Also got a lot of lavender in the dry smell of it
- But not quite so much in the taste (still present though)
- Milk made for a thick mouthfeel and extra richness
- Hardly masked the bergamot at all though
- good overall, maybe better for bergamot lovers but not exceptional

So, I had this one on Christmas and, like they did last year, my Aunt and Uncle (the ONLY family I have in the city) had me over for Christmas supper again this year. I’m honestly getting the impression that my family thinks I’m depressed or something. Every Christmas card I’ve got from them this year has said something along the lines of “We know it’s lonely up there but stay positive” or “Remember to be happy”. What makes them think I’m not?

Seriously; I’m FAR from depressed right now. Tired and overworked, yes – but not even close to depressed. I have a very full life right now between both jobs, and have made an awesome best friend (Bobbi) and still hang out with my best friend from before I moved (Robyn), a pretty good roommate (despite what I sometimes write), and am now working with some awesome coworkers who really brighten my day too. Plus you Steepster people. So seriously, just because I’m “not in school” and work at a grocery store and don’t see you constantly does not mean I’m “not ok”.


Don’t interpret that to mean I’m not grateful to be asked to go to my Aunt’s for Christmas though. Just because we aren’t close doesn’t mean I don’t like her or recognize the hospitality there and free food is always welcome.

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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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