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Thanks Marzipan for the sample! It seems like you really helped provide me with some good pumpkin teas for Halloween! And, I’m very appreciative of getting a chance to try this soon to be unavailable blend.

I have to say, I did like it but my mind wasn’t blown. I know the general opinion seems to be that this is better than Pumpkin Milkshake, but based on my recollection of that blend (it has been a while…) I think I liked that better. It was more creamy, and I think I tasted the pumpkin just a bit more. This had some really lovely brown sugar and caramel notes to it though that made it feel really rich and decadent, and then with some cinnamon and nutmeg notes on top of that. It felt really Autumn-y. I just wish the pumpkin had’ve been a touch more pronounced.

I do appreciate though that, as far as Pumpkin teas go, this one isn’t heavy handed on the spice. That aspect was just right.


I had this tonight too! Yummy (:

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Someone should help me find a replacement strawberry white tea, ideally silver needle, because I’m still not over DT discontinuing this one. Ergh. They discontinue so many of the good white blends. Smeh.

Anyway, Halloween I made a HUGE mug of this one with some milk added in. I’d never done milk in this blend before, and I was a little nervous it’d curdle or clash or whatever but thankfully it didn’t – it just made for a thicker, creamier cup of juicy strawberry flavour. A little bit like a rich, silky strawberry Campino actually. You know – those yogurt candy things! We’ll call that the “Halloween Tie In”. Erh, yeah…

Cameron B.

Sounds yummy. I want a strawberries & cream silver needle!


Hadn’t realized they discontinued this. I still have the original ‘Strawberry White’ in a tin, lol.

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Thanks Marizipan for the sample! I saved this one to drink on Halloween ‘cause it seemed so perfectly suited to the holiday! When I made it, I added just a bit of milk ’cause I expected it to be rather spicy and I thought that’s help tone things down a notch.

I was quite happy, ‘cause when I took my first sips I was flooded with this beautiful, thick clove flavour! Man, I love cloves and this was so heavy on that! Best surprise ever. And then, that milk added a nice richness and thickness to this so even though I mostly was only getting that one flavour it still felt like a very “full” tea. I’m curious though; why is the pumpkin is angry? If I tasted like cloves, I’d be a very happy pumpkin…

Flavors: Clove

aisling of tea

I loooooove cloves. I always buy that clove gum whenever I find it and when I smoked, clove cigarettes were my favorite.

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Ok, I’m not really that sure how to rationalize this one as a Halloween themed tea. Can we pretend I dressed up as Aphrodite instead of just having really strong Red/Black eyeshadow game? Does that make it count? Probably not.

Anyway; this was my daily cold brew and it was very nice – raspberry/apple cider but, like, chilled? I tasted something extra in it though that my gut wants to call “starchy” but that’s also completely not the right word. I only tasted it near the end of the brew but it was kind of distracting though. I had fun drinking this one ’cause I was using a Halloween silly straw with a little skull on top, and every time tea flowed through the skull it made a shrieking noise!

Now that’s Halloween themed.

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drank Prickly Pear by Tea Desire
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And we’re travelling back to Halloween, ‘cause that’s when I last wrote tasting notes! I ended up doing like “half” Halloween teas on Halloween, and then half caffeine free/lighter teas to counter balance. This is one of the caffeine free ones I picked!

I feel like maybe it can count as “Halloween” very, very loosely ‘cause it’s almost candy like in the sweet, fruity flavour (although there is a sharper sour/tartness at the front of the sip but that was even fairly toned down). Can we pretend that it was a cup of “Sour Patch Kids Tea”? Does that make it more themed to the holiday? That’s what I’m gonna tell myself. No talking me out of it!

But other than the more muted than usual beginning tartness, this had some very beautiful sweeter kiwi and melon notes, with a faint floral rose finish. It looked very pretty steeping too – there was a whole rosebud in the leaf, and the longer it steeped the more petals separated from the bud until it looked like I was steeping a handful of blush pink rose petals.

Get on that aesthetic.

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Made in my timolino yesterday to sipdown because it’s a Pumpkin Tea now instead of Sweet Potato, and with Halloween fast approaching I liked the idea of a “themed” tea flavour wise, but not so far as the namesake goes. I didn’t drink it until about 10 hours after making it though (WELL into my work shift) because after my dental work my mouth was SUPER frozen for HOURS. And then, I was in a fair bit of pain when it finally “thawed” as my mouth “adjusted”.

You all know that feeling when you almost have to “relearn” to chew because of fillings that feel like they’re not totally right…

Work was crazy too; we SMASHED the records for both total netsales in a day AND total number of customers. Customer count was 1126 (previous record was about 900) and the netsales were just over $9000 – previous record for that was $8000. And trust me, you could FEEL the difference in how busy it was. We never stopped moving (and I never stopped drooling, it felt like) and a lot of stuff didn’t get done or was done sloppy. For just two people working in the evening (me and one other girl) we were terribly overwhelmed.

Tea wise – softer, less distinct cinnamon/pumpkin spice flavour with muted vanilla and a faint “bread” taste to it. Good, drinkable but not exciting and not worth seeking out any time soon. But a fun blend regardless!


I’m glad to hear that you finally got that dental work taken care of. I hope it starts feeling better.

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Really thought I’d finished this but VariaTEA surprised me with more, so I got in one extra cold brew! It was very coconut/orchid heavy and quite thirst quenching. But since I’d already made peace with not getting to have any more of this, I’m not finding myself sad now that it’s gone again.

Anyway; I had this yesterday before dentist appointment #2. Because I can only get my wisdom teeth fixed by a specialist, this appointment was just more X-Rays of other areas of my mouth, and then I got a filling in a tooth on the right side of my mouth and, since the filling that the last dentist did fell out, I got that replaced too. I spent the bulk of the day with my mouth completely frozen dealing with a hellish hoard of people at work. Yeah; I had to get dental work and then survive and 8 hour+ shift. So miserable…

I may have drooled on myself. A lot. My mouth was SO frozen.

But, here’s the good news. For the first time in about two weeks I’ve had solid relief from tooth pain! It’s not all gone – my wisdom teeth are causing some pretty bad jaw tenderness/soreness but it’ not at the point where I feel like crying anymore and I can chew things relatively comfortably now! Plus, with Tylenol, it’s manageable now!

Yay! Still waiting for my wisdom tooth referral to go through, but I have another appointment in two weeks to get more fillings so all is on track! Only downside is that with dental costs, I probably wont be getting a ton for Black Friday this year…

But being able to painlessly drink tea is worth it.

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drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
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Ooh, the DT website is down for maintenance right now… That’s exciting!

Thank you Marzipan for including this in our swap like I asked. I have to admit, it was Lauriel’s burning desire to try it that even put it on my radar. Otherwise, I probably would have just dismissed it as another apple tea – and those don’t typically excite me too much.

- It’s ok; black base stays away from the usual, strong 52Teas flavour
- Which is good; I’ve grown sick of that distinct flavour
- The apple is present and sorta soft; actually kinda like pie filling
- I couldn’t tell if it was more green or red apple
- Reading the description now I can see why; this incorporates both
- But that’s mostly where the comparison ends; wish I could taste the crust though
- Little bit of cinnamon thrown in there though
- Surprisingly, better than I expected!

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There’s still half an hour more of Halloween so I’m watching Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman to squeeze is as much Halloween as possible!

This one was a loose sample provided by VariaTEA. Like Magicienne from Nina’s this is another one that I requested to go back and “relive” old favourites. Specifically, I was interested in seeing how this compares to Lemon French Macaron from Butiki because, eventually, I’ll be out of that one and will need to replace it – and I remembered really liking this one, and they’re SORTA similar, right?

This was a cold brew; I have enough left to do at least one hot cup though so that’ll be coming up soon. This one was soft, gentle and fluffy and reminded me of vanilla cake but with some hay notes and very light “water based” vegetal notes (like cucumber, but NOT cucumber). There was some lemon too; but layered under the vanilla. I think that’s sorta the main difference between this and LFM – the latte is lemon with vanilla, and this is more so vanilla with lemon. Can’t wait to do this hot! As it stands, LFM is definitely better – but this was good. About as good as I remember.

Is it weird I’m extremely attracted to Dave from Alvin & The Chipmunks? He reminds me of Prince Eric visually but damn what a sexy voice. I need to look up the voice actor…


I haven’t seen that Alvin & The Chipmunks in forever! I used to love that movie when i was younger!

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Well, Halloween was fun!

We got about 50 trick or treaters and pretty much all the candy is gone now. Then we ordered pizza, I made some tea for everyone except my brother since he wasn’t interested and for a few hours we all played Spore online and it was SO FUN. Now they’re sleeping in the living room which, unfortunately, means I’m sleeping in my bedroom…

On my bed. Which I hate. And can NEVER sleep on. It’s terrible. On top of that, I can hear my Dad snoring through TWO sets of closed doors and it’s TERRIBLE. Reminds me of miserable times living at home. Ugh. Not sure how I’ll be able to fall asleep with that going on ON TOP of the crappy bed (I WANT MY COUCH BACK!!!). But, it’s gonna have to happen since I have work tomorrow. Smeh.

Anyway; I drank this one the day of my first dentist appointment. Other than Sunrise from Cornelia Bean, this was the ONLY other “tea” I fit into the day. It was a good thirst quencher for while I read my new book!

After my appointment, despite spending a lot of money on fancy medical X-Rays, I felt like good news was in order; so I splurged and picked up NPH’s Choose Your Own Autobiography. IT’S FANTASTIC. Like him, it’s amusing and comical and very over dramatic – but in the best way possible. I’ve really, really enjoyed reading it at night the last few days! If you like NPH even a little you should really consider picking it up – it’s an unconventional autobiography in the best possible way!


I always used to buy myself a little treat when going to the dentist. However , lately I’ve been spending too much on tea already….

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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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