2986 Tasting Notes


Sipdown (180/186)!

Thanks 221tea for the sample! I’ve been trying to sip it down over the last two days but haven’t had good timing: don’t want to be drinking mate at 11PM after a long work day when I have work the next morning…

This is still smokey, still Earthy, and still has the same rich, gooey caramel taste to it! Again, it reminds me of campfire smoke and the outdoors. I’m actually very sad to see it go and am savoring each sip, although I’m not sure what place this one would have had in my cupboard otherwise.

As a parting gesture, I think I’ll bump up the rating a touch because I’m feeling this deserves a higher rating that a 72: the “smokeyness” of it just through me off a bit with the first cup.

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Hooray for putting this to use as a matcha soda sweetner!

And also hooray for just eating it straight…


Haha I eat it straight too. They are tasty :P

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drank Pear Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2986 tasting notes

Since most of the matcha I received in my order are flavours I already have small, opened sample amounts of I decided this one – which I’ve never tried, would be the perfect one to open first and try today! Let me just start by saying that is smells amazing! It’s fragrant and sweet and so juicy! Albeit, admittedly, not the most natural smelling, but as long as it doesn’t taste “chemically artificial” that wont matter to me.

Specs for this one are:
- Basic Grade matcha
- Distinctive Flavouring

Since I bought it with the intention of using it mostly in club soda I figured that would be the best way to try it first – although I’m hoping it’s good in milk too. So, I added about a tsp. of matcha powder, a few lumps of the rock sugar generously given to me by 221tea, and about an ounce of hot water and whisked away like a mad woman. After that, I just dumped in a can of club soda and I was ready to go!

This smells fresh and and sweet, and juicy – and maybe a tiny bit floral? Taste wise: this is damn good! I love that it’s really juicy and sweet like pear juice and that even if it doesn’t taste really natural it doesn’t taste really fake or chemical either. It reminds me of a pear flavoured sparkling water or spritzer. I also feel like I’m getting Fuji Apple notes in here too.

I’m very happy with my purchase and with the flavour level I settled on: I think delicate would have been too soft a touch for my liking (although maybe more natural) and robust would definitely have pushed to the point of chemical – which I think is the case with more of Red Leaf Tea’s fruit flavours at that level.

I almost want to go make another RIGHT NOW – the only thing holding me back is the fact I’m down to two more cans of club soda…

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Cold Brewed this lovely baby, and having it first thing this “morning” (it’s technically afternoon, but I just got up…). Cold Brew time is right around the fifteen hour mark, I do believe.

At first, I thought I really, really enjoyed this and I was doing mental tallies of “well, if I sipdown Sweet Strawberry I can put this in the same DT tin and fill it up, but not take up more closet space – or what about if I just get 50g of it in the baggie? That wont use up a lot of room, but is it enough to keep cold brewing it?”. Basically I was willing to invest some time and cupboard space for this one.

But, about halfway into my mason jar I started getting a really not so yummy taste on my mouth: almost soapy. All the originally fun, tropical but not citrus flavours were building up and getting way too intense! Maybe 25 oz. of this one is just too much. Regardless, it has me rethinking whether or not I want to pick up a large amount of this. I mean, I’ve still yet to have it hot and I’d like to; so perhaps that will end up being the deciding factor.

Anyway; I want to try and describe the flavours from before it got gross! I’ve never had a jackfruit, and the last time I had a Starfruit was probably years ago – so basically I’d describe this as a jumble of mango, pear, papaya, banana, and apple? Anyway: very fruity and exotic, but still in a somewhat comforting “familiar” way. Even if you don’t know the flavours of starfruit or jackfruit you can associate them with other flavours you do know.


I totally know what you are talking about with the soapy taste. I think it is the white base that shows up as the fruity flavors subside.

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Sipdown (181/187)!

Overleafed, oversteeped, and extra milk, anddddd all gone…

Damnit Teavana! Leave it to you to make me fall in love with just one of your freaking blends! And a “Forever Nuts” rip off too. Dang it; now I need more of this! The caramel makes it so rich and creamy…

I’m almost ashamed to admit that this might be my favourite herbal at the moment; and now I’m all out! Welp; onto the shopping list it goes…


This is one of the few I’ve tried from a teavana that I liked & I only got it as a cup to go with me. Of course it was over leafed and over sweetened.. Who knows if I would like it at home since I tend to under leaf and lightly sweeten. :/


What if you tried mixing Forever Nuts with Creme Caramel Rooibos? Would that be a close enough approximation without you needing to go to Teavana?


Ooo, that’s a good mixing idea.

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Sipdown (182/188)!

So despite getting lots of tea in the mail today, I didn’t do much of any tea drinking! Shame on me! That’s ok – I have the day of tomorrow about about 15 teas set aside that I want to get through, so that’s something.

Also: that awkward moment when you leave a bag of baby carrots in your coworker’s car…

Yup; you read that right. The Aisle Owner/Cashier I was closing with offered to drive me home tonight, which was very sweet but slightly awkward because her and the guy she was going home with (I don’t know if they’re dating or just friends; but it’s interesting because he’s the oldest son of another coworker) were having a conversation in the front seat in fluent Russian: and I don’t speak a word of Russian…

Anyway, when we got to my house I got out and as she was pulling away realized that I forgot my GIANT bag of baby carrots in the back of her car. Welp. That’ll be an interesting conversation Wednesday afternoon?

Anyway; I cold brewed this treasure and took ‘im to work. Honestly; I’m most amused by the colour: it was like this perfectly clear (not foggy at all) hunter green and it was very pretty. Taste wise though, I thought this was pretty good but not great. I guess I’d call it “very ok!”. It’s green; and you can tell, but there was a strong cotton candy like taste and the blueberry came through quite clearly too. Unfortunately for me, the cotton candy part of the tea made the blueberry seem very artificial and that’s what, for me, kept this from being stunning: I do not do fake blueberry things.

But really; considering how much I dislike the taste of artificial blueberries this was really good; definitely drinkable!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!


Haha I suppose there are more awkward things you could leave in a car but baby carrots would be an interesting find.

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Another from 221tea!

I’m actually delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed this one given it’s pretty much just another “Forever Nuts” type of tea. Dry it smelled like a sweeter Forever Nuts; and I want to make it clear that’s not a bad thing because I do quite enjoy Forever Nuts – I just thought this would be kind of uninteresting because it wouldn’t really be a new tea experience.

Steeped up, this has that nutty apple cinnamon pie kinda trait of the “Forever Nuts” ‘genre’ of tea in the initial taste, heavy on the nuts. It’s nice – but not too “wow” factorish. However, as that taste fades there’s this extra sort of caramel sweetness that is actually surprisingly full in taste and really long lasting. I even got vanilla notes on top of that in some of these sips. I didn’t expect that full taste from this (like I said, I just anticipated some extra, generic sweetness) but I’m loving it!

I am a caramel fiend and that extra component makes this probably my favourite of this “type” of tea that I’ve tried so far. I still have one, maybe two, cups left as well so I greatly look forward to that! Yummy caramel apple nuts crumble type thing!

Look at me loving a Teavana tea…

Also, I just snuck a peak at my Forever Nuts rating… 88!? I must have been in a really generous mood last time I rated it. I just adjusted that rating back down to a 79, heh. Gotta put that rating in perspective with this one, especially since I’m finding FN has tasted watered down lately.

Flavors: Caramel, Nuts, Vanilla

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Sometimes you don’t love a tea; and that’s ok…

Thanks 221tea for sharing this one; even though I’m not really feeling it I’m glad you did because I’d likely have added it to my order otherwise and then been disappointed. So if nothing else you’ve saved me money!

Gah! It’s such a shame; Stacy makes this sound so good but it left this really weird dry feeling in my mouth that I couldn’t get rid of and I didn’t get any of the yummy fruit notes that Stacy describes. I could taste the oak though and that’s a flavour I don’t really think is too common among teas (or at least not the ones I usually drink) so it was an interesting switch up, I guess.

I have one more cup, so maybe my mind’ll be changed…

At the very least, this is really pretty to look at!

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Tragic Sipdown (176/182)!


Why does this have to be a sipdown!? I really need to put in that Butiki order sooner than later but I still have so many other teas left to try, and a couple more to sipdown. Dmn you work for preventing me from getting as much tea drinking in!

I’m sure my talking about it so much is maybe starting to get irritable?

The worst part: this cup was even better than the first. I didn’t even think that’d be possible! But nope: extra vanilla notes and extra cake notes. Damn it! I want this even more now!

Flavors: Cream, Lemon Zest, Vanilla


I worry my talking about studying bothers people too. Eep. But I’m not irritated with your work stories.


Nah. People can skip along if they want.


I enjoy hearing about what’s going on in other people’s lives :)

Roswell Strange

So do I (enjoy hearing about other people’s lives) – but I also know not everyone else is: that’s why I try to balance tasting notes between personal and very descriptive in relation to the tea.

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Maybe this one just doesn’t travel well in a timolino? I brought it to work today but I didn’t really enjoy it (to be fair I didn’t really dislike it either). Normally I’m all over Monk’s Blend! I thought it was fairly astringent though – and that the grenadine was a little light for my tastes.

Also, weirdly enough, I kept getting notes of banana? What’s that about?

I’ll hold off rating it though until I’ve had a chance to brew it at home under different conditions. I want to love this one – especially after aisling of tea was kind enough to send so much of it my way.


I had to same reaction to this (minus the banana notes)

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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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