2917 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (191/195)!

Well, I’m not so sad to see this one go. Actually, I’m really thankful that the sample VariaTEA sent me was small enough I could use it all up in one go. Anymore and it would have been swapped to some poor soul or just tossed out.

It. Was. So. Gross.

It was like I was drinking this bad combination of citrus fruit that’s sat out the counter too long (where the fuck would citrus notes even come from!?), stale caramel, and butter that someone dropped on a dirty kitchen floor. I’m honestly shocked I even finished it: I guess I was really thirsty.


NayLynn sent this to me (because I asked for it) and I had one cup which promptly got dumped. It tasted like soy sauce to me. Honestly, I was planning to throw it out but I figured I would share and see your thoughts. Now I feel sorry I did. I abused our tea triplet friendship :O

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Sipdown (192/196)!

This was an easy enough sipdown to take with a cold brew so that’s exactly what I did with the sample from VariaTEA since this totally just screamed cold brew.

When I opened it up to set up the cold brew the smell was intoxicating and intense and smelled so strongly of sweet, borderline overripe strawberries. I knew in an instant that I would love this tea and I was so sad to be parted with it already. The colour of the cold brew threw me off a little though; it’s was really light and pale.

Taste wise: like a strawberry bomb went off in my mouth. It really was a sensory overload in the best way ever and now I’m crushed that this is gone. So, so sad. However, that makes two Cornelia Bean blends that I’d order in an instant which is actually 2/2 tried. That’s promising, and I have lots of other Cornelia Bean samples to try out so if there are a couple more I fall in love with then who knows – there might very well be a CB order in my near future!


Oh no. I didn’t really enjoy this one so much so I kept mixing it with other teas and cold brewing to find a combination that I liked. Instead I should have passed it along to you as you clearly appreciate it far more than I ever did.

However, my mixing did bring me to discover the combination of this and DAVIDs Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, which made for a tasty cup.

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I was totally shocked to receive this and some other matcha in the mail this morning from the so lovely Courtney who sent me some surprise tea!

This is one I had planned to add into my matcha order, despite never having tried it, so I was incredibly stoked to get to taste it today to confirm whether or not I need 30g of it. The short answer is: yes I do. It was so so so good! Like the creamiest tastiest coconut milkshake type thing. I have literally nothing to complain about.

In other news: I couldn’t put in my tea or my t-shirt orders tonight despite a huge paycheck. When I went to the store to buy my prepaid cards they charged me for them ($400 dollars worth) but immediately after doing so the Assistant Manager, who had sold them to me, declared that the cards had not activated like they should have.

Seemed like a simple fix to me; just refund them and sell ‘em to me again but with working Prepaids… Apparently not so easy! Now I’m $400 short in my till and have to come into work early tomorrow and stop at the store to get this resolved by the store manager himself (who had to contact the “higher ups”). I’m incredibly pissed off. This should have been resolved TODAY because now I’m $400 out which is a very uneasy and scary feeling.


So, here’s hoping I can place my orders tomorrow…


Oooh I am surprised I have not tried this one yet given how much everyone enjoys it. Next order perhaps.


Also, that sucks about the cards. I hope everything works out!


Yay! I’m glad they arrived safely.


Sorry to hear about your drama with the cards…I would have been furious!


I love this matcha ♡

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Continuing to whittle down the Butiki teas I don’t plan to restock, such as this one. I’ve forbidden myself from placing another Butiki order until I’ve cleared out this one, Irish Cream Cheesecake, and Traditional Plum Pudding (as well as tried my new Butiki samples from VariaTEA and the impending ones from 221Tea) from my cupboard. There are several I know I love that I plan on restocking, such as Pistachio Ice Cream, Cider Guayusa, and White Rhino and plenty more that I’ve yet to try but really want to but I’m not allowed to do that until I have room!

So this came with in the timolino today. I actually drank it in the evening not the morning Good Evening Sunshine, but shhhh it’s a secret. It feels wrong going against the tea’s name.

There was something off about it and I struggled to place what but suddenly it hit me while sipping at it: it needed honey! Thankfully and coincidentally we received a shipment of honey, jam, and PB to the store today so I just bought one of our bottles of honey, squeezed a little in, shook it around a bit, and continued sipping. With the new addition of honey, all felt right again.


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Despite an awful work day, I had a pretty good tea/mail day today! When I left to catch the bus my small swap with akgrowngirl was waiting for me in the mailbox so I scooped it up and brought it to work with me where I then whisked a pinch of this up into some cold water to get an idea of what it tastes like.

(I also sent out packages to VariaTEA and 221Tea! Hopefully they have a speedy delivery!)

Mmm! It’s good: basically a straight up no frills peppermint taste which was very refreshing and helped with the fluctuating stress headache I’ve had as of late. I can’t wait to try it in some cold milk: I feel like it has so much potential to make this creamy "Candy Cane’ type drink, especially mixed with a little bit of White Chocolate Matcha.


Your first package was waiting for me when I got in to work today!!! YAY!!! Now I have the fun task of deciding what to TRY. I think I am going to make it an Adagio fanblend day! I have “TARDIS” from you, and I have “Jane Austin Mafia” and “Reichenbach Reunion” from cavovorax with me…ALLONS-Y!!!

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
2917 tasting notes

Sipdown (190/194)!

Cold Brewed this baby and then took ’er to work today. I ended up doing some extensive labour work for a few hours during my shift (transporting freight across the warehouse, moving the metal shelving units around, etc.) so I was pretty exhausted and definitely in need of something cold to drink up.

There was something really off about this one though, and it took me a really long time to be able to place what. In addition to the typical melon bubblegummyness of it there was a very strong and powerful taste of cinnamon. I clean my thermos out thoroughly every night and neither the last tea in the thermos or in my mason jar were cinnamon teas so the contamination issue must have come from somewhere else.

It was really frustrating: this is not the final note I wanted to finish the tea on and not what I was looking forward to either: this is a discontinued blend and I might not get a chance to have it again – I was saving the final cold brew for a perfectly “Spring” day, and that’s exactly what today was. Argh!

Work in general was frustrating though: I feel like The Witch only assigns the hard labour tasks to me – I’ve never seen any other employee have to do as much hard labor as I do with the possible exception of our Assistant Manager Val. On top of that, she fired 10 more people and cut everyone’s hours but hers/Val’s (their hours actually increased). It kills me every time I have to say goodbye to more friends and coworkers – this time especially since our previous manager had promised the cuts were done.

On top of that one of the people cut was a fellow keyholder named Hazel: we trained together and are very close. I’m going to miss her a lot and I know she’s going to be devastated: she was relying on this job so much to support herself after immigrating and divorcing her husband.



That sucks about the cuts. I am really sorry that keeps happening :(

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This generous matcha sample comes from the wonderful VariaTEA who not only sent me this one but a top up of Bananas and Cream as well. From the moment I pulled it out of the box I was dying to try it, though I was patient enough to wait until this morning to have it in some cold with with breakfast (don’t judge – but “breakfast” was a massive bowl of buttered popcorn).

VariaTEA compares this to a strawberry milkshake, and just let me say that she’s 100% accurate in that description. Seriously I can’t think of a closer comparison to anything else. I’m instantly in love with this one, and I will be stocking up.

Actually funny thing; payday is tomorrow and the plan is to place a Red Leaf order as well as a Red Bubble (T-Shirts) order – so when I say I’ll be stocking up we’re talking, like, tomorrow…

But seriously: mmmm!

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Vanilla


The good thing about tomorrow is there will be a new sample of the month too.


Oh yay! I am glad you liked this. Our tea triplet Courtney was not a fan so I was worried but you enjoyed it so YAY!


Aw sorry I am out of the loop with this one. I hope we all enjoy Banana & Cream at least. :)

Roswell Strange

Bananas & Cream is to die for as well. Actually I like it better – but only slightly. It makes a good matcha soda too.

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Last tea of the night! I was digging through my sample bags earlier today was sorting the new samples from VariaTEA out into the appropriate tea type bag for each when I happened upon this one! Of course I had to rescue it from the back of my closet…

Last time around I was getting pretty sick of this one but it’s been a while since then and I’m happy to report that, for now at least, this one it hitting all the right notes once more. Although, maybe it was more enjoyable tonight because I added a twist to it: I paired it with some cinnamon toast eggos and mixed in a bit of homemade strawberry syrup to sweeten it.

I did find the cinnamon in the mug to be the most forefront flavour but the new strawberry/plum duo followed close behind and was sweet, juicy and fun. An awesome way to end a pretty awesome tea drinking day. And I’ve got some great teas picked out for tomorrow so I’m definitely looking forward to that!


Yay for finding ways to enjoy teas you fell out of love with :)

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Sipdown (190/194)!

From VariaTEA. I know she’s a fan so I was really hoping to like this one but I’m finding myself kind of fighting to finish off the cup. It smelled really yummy too, so that just kind of adds to the disappointment.

I’m getting a lot of bitterness in the cup and it’s really hard to push through it, though when I do I get fleeting notes of strawberry. The one redeeming quality is that the bitterness doesn’t hang around in the aftertaste but there is a faint vanilla creaminess sort of like a Campino that does linger and that makes fighting through the cup at least somewhat worth it.

Oh well; one less in my cupboard and I’m thankful to VariaTEA for sharing and for the chance to try something I likely wouldn’t not have picked out for myself.

EDIT: Hmm, I seem to be the only one to have experienced such extreme bitterness. I’m confidant I didn’t oversteep though – I was very diligent about the time after how long I let Checkmate sit unattended today…


Oh no. Damn HI base must have taken over. I have been really lucky with this blend but I know their base can be pretty overpowering and not very good. I am sorry it was a bad experience. You should dump it and move on! Too much tea to waste your time with 35s :P


I totally get bitterness and blech from their base. I really wanted to love their teas, so it was a huge disappointment.


Oh no! Should it be called Strawberry Injustice then?

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
2917 tasting notes

Sorta Sipdown (191/195)!

This little guy is headed off to 221Tea and is officially the last of the six “sorta sipdowns” that I’m sending to her. I saved him for last mostly because I was putting off having him: the bacon teas still intimidate me and the smell of this one always makes me feel a bit nauseous. Still, after recently falling in love with 52Teas’ Pineapple Bacon rooibos I really wanted to give this another shot just in my tastes had changed enough for me to reevaluate my first impression and give this a better rating…

That’s not the case though: while I don’t completely hate the flavor it is making me feel somewhat queasy, which is probably only exaggerated by the fact I’ve been drifting in and out of headaches and cramps all day. Ugh.

Oh well; can’t love ‘em all – an important tea lesson that I still sometimes need to be reminded of. I was hopeful though; especially after loving Pineapple Bacon so much. I still think this is a something every tea drinker needs to try at least once though which is why I don’t feel bad passing it along to 221Tea: worst case she dislikes it too but has had a memorable tea experience and saved herself some money buying a pouch…

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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.

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, 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

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!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

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


Saskatoon, SK, Canada



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