3556 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (133)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! Just based on the name I would have assumed this one would’ve been a flavoured blend but I guess it’s not. That’s cool though.

The description said this was built for milk/sugar – I don’t add sugar to my tea, but I can definitely do milk! So, that’s how I prepared this one. It definitely takes the milk well; that’s for sure. I think it’s a little monotone though; I’m almost entirely just getting malt and while it’s tasty, it’s not satisfying. I’m at the point where, with straight blacks in particular since I’ve had more of those recently, I need to pick up multiple flavour notes to stay interested. Otherwise, things kinda start to feel repetitive even if the teas are different. I think that’s why, as a generalization, I’m still more captivated with favoured teas right now and why I drink way more of them.

Also; I’m having a hard time focusing on writing my tasting notes tonight – Tre had a date tonight which I’m assuming must have gone well because I came home from work at 10:30PM (their date started at 6PM for reference) and I can very clearly hear girly laughter coming from Tre’s room. It is now fifteen to midnight and they have yet to emerge.

Good for him – hopefully the success of tonight will cheer him up a little and make him stop feeling miserable about his love life (especially since we saw his ex today – she came in to my store to buy stuff with her current BF). However, they could try to be a bit quieter…

EDIT: I just ordered a pizza, but before I placed the order I knocked on his door and asked if he wanted me to add anything for them. They opened the door and were just hanging out on his bed (in the dark). But hey, at least they have the courtesy to not fuck while I’m in the house?

But hey; how come I don’t get an introduction! He got an introduction to Tyrell…

Cameron B.

Ugh, girly laughter… cringe


That was very kind of you to offer pizza. AS for the tea, maybe a little sugar would have brought out those other flavors? It’s hard to say, but I find that if a tea suggests adding sugar, I will try it without, and the add just a little teeny bit. Surprisingly, it can make a huge difference. (Butiki teas are this way. I find if Stacy says to add sugar, I will add sugar and it will round out the flavors. But that’s also usually only for her flavored teas.)


I love this tea without additions. 205F 3 min

Robert Godden

Thanks for trying it. I’d suggest teaming it with porridge (‘oatmeal’) or toast with jam. Something about breakfast foods really brings this tea into it’s own. It is probably our least complex tea, it’s designed to kick start your day. Also AFTER the pizza, you might find it helps smooth out the feeling of ‘one more piece than I should have had’ which is pretty common with pizza.

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I woke up this morning to a phone call from Bobbi asking if I could take her shift today; reluctantly I agreed since she said she’d take mine tomorrow – so I wasn’t giving up my day off. Still, I’m horribly exhausted now and even though I get tomorrow off I feel kinda gypped. Plus side; my swap from Cameron B. arrived today; so now I can spend tomorrow sampling things and doing sipdowns, so there’s at least that.

Today this one was a cold brew; it was pretty good but it’s definitely better hot, that’s for sure. I think there’s more depth and layers to a hot cup, and unexpectedly I feel like the “spice” (really the cinnamon) is milder and the orange juicier. This was tasty, but it was very strong orange and cinnamon without much else present/showing through.

Probably gonna finish off what I have left (I’m giving most of what’s left to my friend Robyn; I just saved about a tablespoon for myself to sipdown) as a hot cup. I like the nuttiness/orange flavour better hot. But again, it’s not that this was bad cold.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange

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Sipdown (123)!

Heyoooo! Finishing this one off feels great! I’ve been sorta dreading this last cup, but honestly I think it was the best on yet. Mind you, it was still really unremarkable and I’d call it average at best, but the black base wasn’t bitter or astringent and there were other flavours here! Decent flavours!

Mostly chocolate flavour, actually – but a little bit of coconut. Still no graham but I gave up on that after my second cup of this so I wasn’t looking for that anyway. So yeah; I’m sipping this down in a more positive way then I expected but I’m still not changing my mind in that I probably don’t want to ever have this one again…

And now I’m going to go raid my tea cupboard and see what I’m content with getting rid of, ‘cause I told Robyn that I’d clear out some of my older stuff for her – and frankly there’s probably a few things I’m keeping around that I don’t need to be…

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Wow, it feels nice not having a queue! Just gotta log stuff I had today, which wasn’t a lot…

I cold brewed this; the hot brew was really disappointing (but not really bad – just not what I had anticipated) and when I tried it I immediately knew this would be better suited for an iced or cold brewed tea, so that’s the next step I’m taking having this one.

Immediately I’m noticing an improvement, though I’m not sure whether that’s because I’m prepared for the very strong lemon flavour or if it’s because this one is actually better cold brewed. Maybe both. Actually, most definitely probably both.

But yeah; this is still very lemony with other citrus notes to it. It treads a very thin line between tart and sweet, and it’s very natural tasting. Seriously, there’s nothing artificial about this. I almost wonder if it would be enhanced by some sugar or agave; I think that would maybe make it more lemonade like. In addition to the strong lemon/citrus flavour there’s a rawness to it, and only the word “leafy” is coming to mind but I know that’s not the word I want to use. More so, it’s like…

I don’t know. It’s like a dried green leaf, but chalkier and not a leaf. Or chalky. God dammit; I can’t think of the words I want here. Ugh. Fucking lexical gap.

Positive things: I actually noticed the papaya this time. It was really subtle and if I hadn’t been looking I probably would have missed it, but buried under the taste of natural/raw lemons and leaves and stuff was some very mellow papaya adding a touch of sweetness and actually making this seem a little more tropical, like the name suggests it should be.

And VariaTEA I know I sent you some of this so get on it so I can finally compare notes with someone! I need to see whether I’m craving with the raw lemon/leaf thing! Maybe you can capture the idea I have but am so desperately struggling to convey.

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drank Pure Life by Tea Desire
3556 tasting notes

Last tea of the night, and the last thing in my queue (for now)! Today may have started on a negative note, but I feel like I ended up accomplishing something anyway! Now to try and not let it get so out of hand again we all know it’ll happen again though.

I had so many plans for this one, honestly. I was going to have it hot and set it up to cold brew for tomorrow, and then none of those two things happened. I ended up setting up La Tropicale instead for a CB and I had Buddha Bamboo hot instead. But I still really wanted this so I made some tea syrup out of a heaping tablespoon of it – except then I wound up making a Saskatoon Berry milkshake and decided that I didn’t want to spoon it over ice cream like planned.

So what I did end up doing was turning it into a tea soda! And even though that’s definitely not what I was originally going for I’m happy with the results. This was light and sorta “spritzer-y”. It basically was like really bubbly orange/lemon soda with vanilla or cream notes to it, and some very very light coconut notes in the background. It worked surprisingly well considering the vegetal bamboo base or lemongrass (which sometimes tastes like lawn clippings to me) in the blend.

Fresh, fun, and light!

Flavors: Bamboo, Coconut, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Vanilla

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Sipdown (124)!

Well, it is better hot…

But not by much. This one still makes me think I’m doing the cinnamon challenge and then trying to rinse all of that crap out of my mouth with some sort of really nasty, ‘turned’ pineapple or apple juice.

Glad this one is gone. I’m not a fan.

Flavors: Apple, Bark, Cinnamon


Sounds just awful.

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
3556 tasting notes

My tin is so empty, and I’m so sad. I don’t know when I’m gonna get to Tea Desire next, either – and I don’t want to run out of this one. Boooooo!

But yeah; fresh and really fruity with bursting strawberry and red currant notes accompanied by soft vanilla over a light vegetal bamboo base. I must have really been craving bamboo today (at least some part of me anyway) so I pulled out both of my bamboo teas to drink today…

PS. This one still reminds me of Fruit Loops. Every time…


#ZachAttack #FruitLoopDingus #BigBrother&TeaThings


I really like this one. I only have a tiny bit left, maybe one cup.

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Writing tasting notes today ended up putting me in the mood for green tea, and then later in the day this tea in particular which was a little odd for me; I don’t often get green tea cravings. But I was more than happy to satisfy that craving since it’s been a while since I had a cup of this, and it’s never disappointed before.

Today I have to say that while this was delicious and authentic to the named it came off a little extra “starchy” than usual, probably due to excessive potato chunks in the dry leaf. I’m almost sad I didn’t take advantage of that to add a pinch of salt and experience more of the savory side of this tea. Someday I will do that! I’m determined to try it before I sip this one down.

So other than the starchy potato quality, this had some very nice gentle buttery apples and cinnamon notes. Just enough cinnamon; not cinnamon bark like the gross Toasted Nut Brulee I had today. That was just offensive. And, oddly enough, this felt like the perfect “introduction to Fall” tea; it was just the right level of light and fruity and summery and warm, cozy Autumn to sort of really represent the transitioning of the seasons right now.

It was one of those “Damn, this is happening” moments. It sort of actually feels like Fall now, guys. Like – if the DT Fall collection coming out wasn’t enough, this is kinda the turning point for me.

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Potato

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Sad Sipdown (125)!

Great thanks to VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this limited edition blend; I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a chance to try it since I don’t have plans for a Butiki order any time soon and this one definitely caught my interest. Ordering just one or two teas typically isn’t worthwhile though.

Let me just say that based on the dry smell alone, I knew that this was going to be amazing. The dry smell pretty well perfectly captured coconut and flowers and bananas and the combination just screamed fresh and tropical. Damn this is gonna be good!

And hell yeah it was! This was so rich and full of flavour! I picked out vibrant, full of life notes of ripe bananas, coconut, marzipan, flowers, vanilla, cream, and sort of lemony (but not lemon – something a little more exotic/out of the ordinary) notes. That last fruit component didn’t really read to me as pineapple though, like some people are noting. I can see how this was based on/inspired by perfume because it does have that very fragrant and feminine quality to it, enhanced by the floral aspects of this one. However, that doesn’t mean that this tastes like perfume. In fact, it very well balances the floral aspects with sweet tropical fruit notes. I can see myself sitting on an island drinking this one – especially iced.

I don’t know if I’ll be putting in a Butiki order before this one disappears, but if I happen to I’m definitely going to be picking more of this one up. I’d really, really like the chance to get to have it again because I’m nothing short of impressed. This is complex and fun, and really different in a great way. Probably the “tea highlight” of the day.

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Honey, Lemon, Marzipan, Ocean Breeze, Orchid, Rose, Tropical, Vanilla

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Started today off with this one.

I’m wondering if the yogurt pieces in this have turned? Is that a thing that could happen? I mean, it smelled fine in the tin but when I started brewing they started to look kinda curdled as they melting into the water.

I added some milk to this, and overall it had some cream cheese frosting sweetness to it and some very light cinnamon sugar notes but it just seemed really weak, and definitely no where near as delicious as I remember it being the last time I had it. Something just felt really off and weird about it? I think I need to lower my rating a bit.

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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.

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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