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One of the oldest samples in my cupboard (if not the oldest?), so it’s probably good to be finishing it off. I’m so sorry but I can’t remember who gave it to me! It was so long ago, and I didn’t mark it when I got it because I was really new to swapping.

Really there are two reasons I waited so long to have this one though; I basically have no information about it at all (the packaging is super nondescript; just the tea name, company and that it comes from Nova Scotia) and it’s not a resealable package. For those reasons I kinda just went “Fuck it” and cold brewed the whole thing.

It actually turned out better and tastier than I was expecting though! It was sweet and have very fruity notes that I’d maybe call strawberry or, like, candy Grape flavour? You know, big fake purple grapes. That sort of grape. And then, there was the sweet vanilla note dancing around in the background and lingering in the aftertaste. That, with the strawberry, definitely made me think a bit of grenadine. So it was good!

I should really look up Lady Londonderry blends because it looks like that’s a thing given how many there were on Steepster (just not this one, which I had to add). Maybe this is something I’ll want to try more of if they all follow the same kind of flavours…

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Grenadine, Strawberry, Vanilla

aisling of tea

As I understand it, Lady Londonberry is supposed to be a lemon-strawberry blend, but who knows, I’ve been wrong before. Once.

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Whisked this one into cold milk to have with breakfast at midnight; Cheesecake Matcha with a stack of blueberry pancakes and Saskatoon berry syrup! I saw the syrup at the grocery store, and I couldn’t resist. Saskatoon Berry anything is amazing.

Fucking amazing stuff.

But yeah, this was really on point and the perfect thing to drink with my breakfast. It was rich, creamy and very authentic tasting. And I did a really good job whisking it up, too! Lots of amazing milk froth.

Last night was interesting though; Tre’s friend Adam slept over and crashed on our floor which I image was not comfortable. He and Tre did a volunteer cooking thinger today for extra credit at Siast (or something like that; I wasn’t paying great attention) and because it started so early it was easier for him to sleep here. It was fine though; Tre wanted me to give up my couch, but I wouldn’t so they worked it out instead.

I just remember falling asleep though while they were talking in Tre’s room (couldn’t hear what they were saying, not that I cared though) and then very briefly waking up and hearing Adam say “Burger Sliders” super crystal clear. What was the context? And what a weird thing to just hear. But I’m sure it happened…


Ohhh, saskatoon berry syrup. I need to get some. It’s so good!

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Ok, no more distractions: I think I can do it! I think I can clear out my queue tonight! The end is in sight; let’s do this!

This one; I’ve had it for a while, didn’t have a lot of interest in trying it but 221Tea sent me a pretty generous sample so I felt like I should definitely give it a shot. I went with a cold brew because it’d use a larger portion of the leaf. Maybe that was a bad idea though because this was weird in a bad way.

Basically, it had really really strong notes of cinnamon and bark. It tasted like I’d just done the cinnamon challenge? But then, there was this weird after taste/flavour of really weird, artificial, and sour pineapple. Not good pineapple flavouring. Not good at all. I’ve come to the conclusion that Teavana does not do pineapple flavouring well. I really don’t think I’ve had a successful pineapple tea from Teavana – and I’m pretty welcoming to pineapple things in general.

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Cold shaken in water, in my timolino.

I was running really late yesterday heading to work and didn’t have time to wait for anything to brew so I just scooped a little matcha into my timolino and shook it up on the way to work. It was a surprisingly good replacement to hot tea, especially since it was so hot out yesterday anyway.

This is probably the ultimate in cool, refreshing things to drink! It’s so minty! And I’m really happy I didn’t have to sacrifice my ritual timolino full of tea just because I slept in. Will definitely keep this in mind for next time I’m running behind!

And Big Brother is up online now; so probably gonna pause on tasting notes because I really want to watch the episode! Especially because ultimate Big Brother couple Jeff and Jordan are in this episode, and Jeff is gonna propose!!!

Flavors: Peppermint


Sounds like an interesting way to do flavored matcha. I don’t know what other flavors would work like this, though. Not the desserty flavors, I would’t think, but maybe the fruity ones?

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I think, out of the three I’ve had so far, this is my least favourite Crio Bru blend thus far – it was chocolate-y but it was also quite bitter, and I was surprised when I looked it up here on Steepster because apparently it’s supposed be cinnamon/coconut and I definitely didn’t get either of those things.

So far Vega Real is my favourite, but I’ve got a few more to try so who knows, right?

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

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Back to a hot cup for this sipdown. This definitely was the dregs of the back; there was lots and lots of blackberry leaf and little bits but not a whole lot of actual pieces of apple. So not so surprisingly, this was very sweet with more vanilla than the last hot cup. It had a thicker mouthfeel too; I wonder why that was.

It still maintained a lot of green apple flavour though; it kind of reminded me of really sugary applesauce. It’s a bit too sweet for my liking, honestly – and I have pretty sweet tastes typically.

Anyway; now that I’m out of this one I’m probably gonna be done with it. I think I’m ready to move on to a different apple tea now; something more subtle and natural. Maybe Butiki’s Applesauce and Potato Pancakes?

Yeah… Definitely craving that one now.

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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! You’ve kinda been my Tea-Godfairy with all these unflavoured black samples. I’ve enjoyed trying them; and learning from them. This one was in my timolino with milk.

I can’t say I was huge into this particular one; I probably shouldn’t have added the milk to it. I don’t think it was strong enough to support it. Steeped up with the milk this smelled pretty yeast-y. Regardless, I mostly only got bread and raisin notes from this. I don’t really care for raisins. In anything; tea included and rarely an exception.

I shared some with Bobbi, who disapproved of it (she just made a face and stuck out her tongue) and with Tre who said it just tasted bready and bland. I have to agree with both their sentiments, and that doesn’t happen so often. Oh well; lesson learned I guess?

You can’t love ’em all, anyway.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Raisins, Yeast

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know why I thought cold brewed Gingerbread would be a good idea, but it wasn’t. You know why it wasn’t? Because for once this came off as incredibly and intensely ginger flavour without any molasses or cookie notes to take the edge off.

Too much ginger; abort. It is a well documented fact on Steepster that I don’t do ginger very well! I’ll be sticking to hot cups of this one, I do believe.


I don’t know why, but this review made me laugh.

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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Caramel Custard.

This one was golden, as per usual. I’m running low; need to restock sooner rather than later. Don’t want to wind up in a position where I’m running out of this one.

PS. Steepster Chat is pretty amusing tonight; topic of conversation is Duck Dynasty. I may have exposed my huge thing for bearded men. Or women. Really; just beards in general. The follicle-y fortunate are my sort of people.

Bear With Me

Not a fan of the show, but I’m jealous of their beards! Mine’s still growing in patchy :(

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Sometimes you have to make room/time in between sipdowns and new teas to have a few favourites; and that’s what I did when I had this beauty.

It actually surprised me a little bit; the guava was really strong/heavy handed, but in a delicious and juicy way. And that was followed by the usual notes of candied roses and sweet cherry. There’s something so dainty about this one, despite the fact the flavours in it are anything but gentle or subtle.

Camellia Sinensis is quickly becoming one of my favourite places for quality flavoured blends, now that I’ve tried a great range of them.

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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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