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So, a mutual friend of both my roommate’s and I has never seen the LoTR series so Cathryn and I decided that we’d sit her down and force her to watch it. So far we’ve only watched the first one with her, but it was a blast. She was super into the movie and we had a great time providing our own commentary about the obvious sexual tension between Frodo and Sam. We also had LoTR themed shots! Well, shot. A few of them each, though.

The shot is called a “Hobbit” and for anyone interested here was the recipe:

- A splash of Kahlua
- 1/2 oz of Amaretto
- 1/2 oz of Silver Tequila

They’re not really the smoothest shots in the world, but they’re honestly not bad either. And it was pretty cool having themed “drinks” with the movie. I’ll have to find a different one for when we watch the second movie…

Apart from alcohol, I also had a nine steep Gong Fu session using this tea in my Wuyi dedicated yixing pot. I didn’t take notes during the session like I normally do because I was watching a movie with friends at the time, but I do recall really getting some stronger mineral and char notes with my first infusions and then eventually settling into a nice, roasty medium bodied flavour with most of the following infusions. Nutty notes, cinnamon notes, notes of wood, a touch of malt? But only a touch. Near the end more of a transition to somewhat floral notes and a fruity undertone.

Lovely session overall. Kind of liked the flavour profile paired alongside the movie; I’ll admit to not being the biggest LoTR fan and I haven’t read the books (apart from bits of pieces of The Silmarillion) so I don’t know if there’s a tea that the hobbits drink in ‘canon’ during afternoon tea or elevenses but I feel like I can see them enjoying this one. Those first few, rougher infusions also made me feel like it captured the overall feel of the grimy, ‘abandoned’ mines of Moria we see in the movie. You know, prior to when shit hits the fan and the fellowship gets attacked.

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Drinking this one currently.

I made this up as an iced almond milk latte, and surprisingly I think this is actually the best version of this that I’ve tasted yet! The strawberry comes through most clearly, but you can also taste citrusy bergamot elements. Neither are super strong; just lightly poking through the creamy almond milk flavour. The biggest thing for me is that it actually taste pretty darn natural: my big thing with this blend is how chemical/artificial I find it but that’s not a problem at all with this prep style.

I’ve also paired it with a salad, and I think the pairing is pretty nice. It feels summery, and very fresh overall. My salad is composed of arugula, finely diced yellow bell pepper and cucumber, feta cheese, and a smidgen of a merlot balsamic reduction. The way the strawberry is interacting with the balsamic, cucumber and feta in particular is really nice and then I’m finding the bergamot is pairing better with the feta, arugula and bell pepper.

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Searching for the perfect song right now to listen to while drinking my next cup of tea. I want to set the right aesthetic…

This is the one I think I’ve settled on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UveeZeu4PbQ&index=3&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

And now I just have to pick the right tea to match!

As for this tea…

I’s so light and fluffy. Like drinking a cold brewed pillow of lemony, vanilla/marzipan mousse! It makes me feel like I’m floating, a little bit. Truly, it shows no signs of aging. If I hadn’t have just had this within the last few days I feel like this could probably be a really good contender for which tea to drink with that new song.

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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So this was a cold brew, but I actually don’t remember a whole lot about it other than it was quite fruity and something about it really gave off a “fake”/artificial sort of vibe to me.

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So I decided to try this one out again cold brewed to see if it would brew up consistently. I found that the base was very brisk with malty notes to it, and that strawberry and lemon flavouring was pretty equal in intensity when compared to each other. However, there was a bit of discord between the base and the flavourings that resulted in a brew that wasn’t as enjoyable as I would have liked.

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Drank this one hot during the week as a commute to work tea, which means it was steeped Western style. The jack fruit gave off a very pleasant sweet, semi tangy and acidic pineapple top note and the body not was more of a brothy, vegetal Pu’erh flavour. Very interesting juxtaposition, to say the least.

Liquid Proust

I went western on this before too; was a bit surprised it didn’t make my mouth clench from bitterness.

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Another iced almond milk latte! This one tasted very similar to many of the other times I’ve tried in almond milk: very nutty and creamy. I find that of all the ‘nut’ flavoured matchas I’ve tried (a handful or so) this one is my favourite because it’s so sweet, creamy and effervescent no matter how you make it.

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drank Pomme by Hediard
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Cold Brew Sipdown (137)!

Back to three sentence long reviews to try and clear some of this backlog…

So the first time I tried this cold brewed I experienced a very weird mint note in the tail end of the sip. However, this time around I don’t taste it which leads me to believe that it must have been some sort of fluke cross contamination type thing. What I do taste is a really nice, custardy apple flavour with subtle warming spice undertones.

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drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I feel like I’ve almost spent more time in medical facilities the last few days than actually at home. Within two days, I saw myself in three walk in clinics, and the emergency room. The first clinic we (my roommate and I) walked into and registered at the desk only for the power to immediately go out. We waited half an hour there only for the clinic to close down for the night because they didn’t expect the power to come back that evening and they couldn’t run the clinic without it. Same day, later in the evening, Cathryn ended up taking me to emergency because I was breaking out into what we thought at the time were hives at a really alarming rate. In the span of half an hour they had spread from my left elbow all the way up to my shoulder and creeping down my back. She’d a pre-med student and basically freaked the fuck out; so that’s how we spent nearly four hours in emergency only for them to tell us (at 10:00 at night) there was still a two hour expected wait time to even get into a room. At that point I convinced Cathryn to leave because the “hives” viral infection wasn’t spreading as rapidly any more and she had work at 7:30 in the morning.

The next day I went to a second, different, walk in clinic (one much closer to my house) at one in the afternoon only for them to turn me away because they had so many people there that the clinic was completely out of sitting room and there were 10+ people just awkwardly standing around waiting to get in. At that point I went to the third clinic in two days and I finally got in to see a doctor after a three hour wait time where I was FINALLY diagnosed and prescribed medication. That’s basically been my week. No wonder I’ve been too mentally exhausted to get any real tea drinking in…

Though, that said, I did cold brew myself a whole pitcher of this tea that I’ve been sipping away at all week (including during the wait time at the last walk in clinic). I was a bit hesitant about trying this; I’m always really on the fence with DAVIDsTEA’s mango blends. However, I think this is pretty solid. Both the mango and the passionfruit are strong flavours without overwhelming each other or the black base. The mango is a little more apparent than the passion fruit, though neither taste artificial or too candy-like. It’s naturally sweet, and tropical which makes it PERFECT for summer weather. I don’t think it’s jaw dropping good, but it’s better than expected so that’s a win for me.

Because of the new medication I’m on, I can’t drink right now but I bet that with a bit of Malibu Coconut Rum and a little Triple Sec you could probably make a really nice punch out of this as well!

Super Starling!

Here’s to you being able to drink soon. You deserve one.

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First tea of the morning;

I’m starting my morning off right today with a nice big breakfast (a meal I usually skip). Scrambled cheesy eggs drizzled with raspberry syrup, a blueberry bagel with cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese, and a hot mug of green tea! Mmm! This feels like good life choices.

The tea is great; very grassy and vegetal with a snap pea like sweetness to it. Maybe just a whisp of smoke in the finish and a bit of background nuttiness overall. I’m almost at a sipdown for this tea (mostly because I use the teabags for tea baths a lot), but it’s one I’d definitely consider getting again.

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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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