2836 Tasting Notes


Tea Soda!

This one came out really sweet, but not overly. The banana notes really stood out; they ere somewhere between a natural banana flavor and a candy flavor. If I’m being honest, I picked this for a soda because I really expected to be able to be able to taste the banana; but what I didn’t expect was that, as much as the banana notes stood out, there would be an even stronger flavour – marula?!

It definitely has a very light vanilla and mildly spicy taste to it; however I’m not sure if that’s more of an “Amurula” (the popular liquor) flavour than a true marula flavour; everything I’ve read about the actual fruit describes it as sour/tart and that’s absolutely not what I’m getting. I definitely taste more of the liquor flavour.

Regardless, it really adds to the flavour of the tea and makes it taste really exotic. It’s a very interesting, and refreshing flavour of soda and I could very easily see this bottled and marketed as a quirky “alternative” hipster type soda. If we sold it in the store all the “trendy health food nuts” would see that it has tea and an exotic fruit and eat that shit up.

Maybe when I finish up my Sommelier courses I’ll look into whether it’d be feasible to do some kind of tea/soda type store…

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Sipdown (113)!

Finished this one off cold shaken in a timolino of water; I think I liked it better than the cashew milk actually. It seemed a little bit less sweet; though still followed the same pattern of “grassy top notes” and “sweet body flavour”.

I’m happy I revisited this one, but like I think I remarked last time it’s just not distinct enough for me to want to have it stocked up. Besides, I still have the full sized pouches of matcha from my last RLT order to crack into…

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I think adding a little honey to my mug of this might have been a bad idea; while it certainly didn’t taste bad the flavor profile was dramatically changed and I don’t think necessarily for the better. There was still a bit of a corn silk/hay flavor but for the most part I couldn’t help but think of Honey Shreddies the entire time I was drinking it…


I would have described it as mealy; but I just did a thorough google search to make sure that was the term I was thinking of and I don’t know if it is; all of the sites I’ve found describe it as a dry (almost sawdust like) texture but obviously that’s not what I mean ‘cause the liquor wasn’t really a dry texture. I think I was thinking more…

Bland and starchy?


To me, “mealy” is the texture when apples have been stored too long and go soft and almost have a grainy texture. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it dry. Bland and starchy does make sense though.

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Sipdown (114)!

This morning’s cold brew! I didn’t take a lot of tea with me for the trip; just things I thought I could probably sipdown that I might not get around to as quickly at home otherwise. This was pretty decent; I always like starting my day of with Earl Grey. Though this actually tasted a lot more like orange, something a bit floral and musk? I enjoyed it regardless, but I’m not sad that I’m all out of it now.

Tonight’s “Mini Vacation” adventure is grilled anise. I don’t have a grill at home, so I’m taking advantage of my Dad’s to try out a recipe that my friend Meisha has been recommending for months now. The smokey haze taking over the city might make that somewhat problematic, though…

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Cold Brew!

So I think I mentioned in a tasting note last night that I’m spending a few days in Regina with my parents; I ‘lucked out’ (so to speak) and got three days off from work in a row so I thought I’d take advantage and come up for a trip to see their new place! It’s actually really nice; very classy layout and in a really nice part of town on a little bay-type area. They’ve got seven neighbors, and have already been welcomed to a neighborhood/community barbecue. I feel like they’re really gonna get along with their neighbors and like the area. And the backyard is just huge – there are five massive pine trees in the backyard and a huge garden space and gazebo. And with my step mom retiring not too long ago I think taking care of this huge area is the perfect project/hobby for her.

Unfortunately, there happens to be a ton of forest fires currently right outside of the city right now so the entire area is very foggy/smokey right now and the sky is this ugly shade of grey. You’d never know the fire was taking place outside of town; it’s intense. We had the window open for a while and now the whole house smells like smoke…

But that aside; I had this cold brewed on the trip into the city. It was a little different than it normally comes out. There was a surprising abundance of apple notes and a bit of a tartness from the rosehips that hasn’t been so bright in the past. The ginger and pear were both strong and refreshing though and consistent enough with past experiences that it didn’t totally feel like drinking a different tea.

PS. Before and after pictures of the city…



Whoa! I’d be freaking! :O

Maddy Barone

I like Ginger Pear. I need to try it iced. Those fires are causing trouble waaaay down here in Fargo. The sky should be blue according to the weatherman, but they are sort of hazy gray, and the sun is a weird orange color. I’d hate to be any closer.


That’s a little scary! Stay safe!

Roswell Strange

No worries guys; I’m perfectly fine! Just staying in doors for now.

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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
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I think I’ve cold brewed this one before, but with the bottom of the tin insight I decided that regardless I’d push through and use up the leaf as quickly as possible to sip another tea down that I’ve been hoarding for a while.

This came out really nutty; like a very sweet hazelnut brittle – if hazelnut brittle is even a thing. I don’t think I’ve ever had a brittle other than peanut brittle. And then, the toffee kind of tasted a little more like Dulce de Leche to me. I’ve come over time to acknowledge that the base used for this is definitely a lower quality rooibos base; and it added a lot of woody notes to the brew but I personally do like that flavour. If you don’t dislike rooibos in general then I think that it actually adds to this tea.

One more cold brew and I’ll be done with this blend.

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Made this one in a timolino; it actually traveled really well! The mouthfeel was smooth and silky, and the flavor was a very evenly distributed semi-sweet lemon, caramel, and creamy buttermilk. Then, there was just a small pinch of floral notes.

The base also seemed to be a little more apparent than I’ve noticed in the past; kind of malty, very smooth. Maybe even a tiny bit of cocoa notes? And I think part of the floral notes I observed could have been from the base itself.

I actually shared this one with a few coworkers as well, and they all really liked it. One even said it was the first time he’d tried a tea and thought it was worth buying. Too bad this one’s not exactly easy to get hold of here in Saskatchewan…

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drank Mate Mint by Tea Desire
2836 tasting notes

Sipdown (115)!

Cold brewed this one to sip it down. It’s been a long time coming; I’ve had this tea since just about the first month after I moved to Saskatoon?

Amazingly, the flavor has held up really well over time; it’s still strongly spearminty with an earthy quality and strong ‘freshly cut grass’ note. However, in the nearly two years since buying this one my tastes have changed a lot and now a plain spearmint mate just doesn’t cut it for me anymore; the flavor might be solid but I can’t help but find it boring.

Oh well; that’s just one more tin for me (once I can get the mint smell out of it)!

Flavors: Earth, Freshly Cut Grass, Spearmint

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Tea Soda!

This made for a really delightful tea soda; the light vegetal flavor of the white and green tea used came out very fresh, and almost bamboo-like. I’ve done bamboo tisanes as soda before, and I have to say that I really enjoy that light flavor carbonated. It makes me feel like a big panda sipping on my tea.

_Fun Fact: Did you know that giant pandas eat, on average, 84 POUNDS of bamboo a day!? _

There were also a lot of fresh fruit notes; rhubarb, strawberry, to a lesser extent cherry, and then lemon from the lemon myrtle. It was very light; like fruit infused water but much more refreshing and sweet. It almost reminded me of fresh cut fruit salad – in the best way. I’m definitely really impressed with this one as a tea soda!

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True story; every time I go to search for this one I write out “Random Sampling”. Don’t ask me why my brain can’t comprehend that that’s not the name…

This is pretty well just my backlogged summary from last week’s Tea Class though; the focus was on visually identifying different grades of black tea. We did a PF, BOP, CTC, FTGFOP, and SFTFOP – personally I thought it was way too many broken grades. I mean, realistically, I think it’s more valuable to be able to differentiate the whole leaf/orthodox grades…

That said; the BOP and the SFTGFOP were my favourites. The FTGFOP was the same Orthodox Black we’ve been doing every week and it was alright as well. The other two broken leaf grades were hardly even drinkable to me. Far, far too bitter and astringent. Of course, they were sure to drill into our memories during class that a better grade doesn’t necisarrily equal a better taste which is definitely true; but I think in this case it was safe to say the better grade teas were also the better tasting.

This week is exam week! I have to do a blind folded cupping and identify five teas (gonna have to get my Dad to help with this; thankfully I’m visiting for the next three days – if I wasn’t I’d be screwed ‘cause Tre’s on vacation), and then a written exam before Tuesday and then a presentation on Skype. So, three part exam. But I’m confidant I’ll do well.


Good luck!

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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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