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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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I seem to have a “phantom” message here on Steepster.

According to the little mail icon someone’s sent me a PM but when I click on it and go through each page of messages I haven’t received a new message and no matter what I do I can’t get it to clear. It’s not a big deal; it certainly doesn’t effect my Steepster usage. It’s just kind of annoying ‘cause every time I see it I get that feeling like "Oh, I’ve got a message" and it takes a second for it to mentally click into place that no, I don’t.

Anyway, had this one hot the other night. It’s one of those teas I’ve had what feels like a billion times now: I pretty well always have it on hand but never drink it unless I really have a craving for it. Which I did, last night. I went through like 20 oz. of this one hot while watching a movie called “Circle” which was super interesting, btw, it’s like a drama/psychological thriller or “light horror” with an interesting concept. I totally recommend checking it out because it’s so unique.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAlpm2oRzy8 (It’s on Netflix)

As for the tea: buttery with a distinct kettle corn flavour and a mild apple/nut taste!


I like this one too. Circle was on my watch list already but I’ll move it further up the queue. Thanks for the recommendation!


I have had the same phantom message for about 2 years. I have complained to the admins about it but no one seems to be able to figure out the problem. If you get a real PM it will say you have 2 messages so you don’t miss anything.


Have tried clicking on each individual message? That might make the icon disappear. I tried a sample of movie night a few years ago…hopefully during my tea buy this winter I will remember to get it.

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Sipdown (130)!

My laptop is fixed! I dropped it off yesterday morning, and got it back this evening. The hard drive was, indeed, shot but thankfully because it’d only been a year and a half since I replaced it I was still covered under warranty so I didn’t have to pay to replace it. Also, because it hadn’t completely failed they were still able to recover all of my information/files so when I got it back this evening everything was exactly like it’d been before all of the issues. And it’s running super smoothly now!

Plus, the whole headache cost less than $100 in total so I’m a happy person right now.

Because I had no internet last night, I took advantage of that and drank a lot of tea. More than I normally would in an evening since I didn’t have the distraction of Steepster, Tumblr, Facebook, or Youtube. Part of that mass tea consumption included a plain, Western-style sipdown of this tea. Admittedly, it’s kind of nice to be clearing out more Camellia Sinensis teas since I’ve got more on the way as well as many I’ve yet to taste at all. Plus, they’re always so generous with the free samples when I order. The last order I placed probably had close to 50g of freebie tea.

This was definitely the worst cup I’d brewed up of this blend though. Would it make sense if I described it as kind of “hollow” tasting? Like, the initial top notes of the sip were fruity raisin/lemon type notes and the finish kind of malty but the body of the sip was just very lack luster with a really, really neutral/plain sort of mouthfeel and no defining flavour notes. Not awful but just so boring. It was a disappointing way to finish this blend off, to be perfectly honest. If I had more leaf left I’d be sticking with Gong Fu: while the cold brew was nice that’s definitely the most delicious way this one tasted.


Yay! Such a relief when computer issues are solved easily.


On the other hand though with a more satisfying cup, you’d be unhappy to not have anymore…because of my internet addiction, I bought a tablet not to long ago…just in time for my laptop to start acting up…which I decided I needed to replace in the last couple of weeks.

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drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
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I had an awesome evening yesterday!

Since moving back to Regina I’ve reconnected with a couple friends I’d drifted apart from when I moved and for the first time since getting back we all had the day off work so we went out for supper and then hung out afterwards! I also got to know my friend Kandyce’s boyfriend who I’d heard a lot about and met briefly right when I first moved back (he’s the receptionist at the place I got my nose pierced). He was really fun and very easy to quickly get along with.

We started off going out for supper at these neat place that specializes in gourment poutine. Because Taylor is way too generous she paid for my meal. It was really fun, and we ended up being those asshole customers that stayed until the place closed. Probably a pain for the employees but just a great chance to catch up with everyone else.

Afterwards we stopped at my house; Kandyce works at DAVIDsTEA and is very into tea so I let her raid through my tea stash and grab samples of anything she was interested in trying. Mostly, she’s only ever drank Teavana/DAVIDsTEA so I tried to give her samples of good stuff from places like Lupicia, Butiki, Dammann Freres, RLT, What-Cha, and Camellia Sinensis. Her boyfriend Seth was more than happy to just go along with whatever she wanted, but the one thing he picked out for himself was Lapsang Souchong! I’m hoping he likes it; they only live three blocks away from me so it’d be cool to do a Gong Fu ceremony some time with them using my yixing dedicated to LS because no one in my family will drink it with me.

Afterwards we headed to Kandyce/Seth’s house and watched some Bo Burnham and laughed our asses off. Of course, since she works at DT, Kandyce has a LARGE stash of DT blends. She wanted to save the fancier teas for special occasions so we each picked out a DT blend. I wanted to drink something I couldn’t have at home which led me to picking this blend! I was sure I’d had it before, but apparently I’m confusing it with something else because I’ve never logged it here on Steepster and if I had tried it I definitely would’ve done so.

It was pretty tasty; I’d never buy as much as Kandyce has of it (like 200g) if it ever made a reappearance in stores but I’d probably buy at least some. My cup was hot, and this is obviously a tea intended for cold methods of prep. It had a very watered down grenadine flavour though. A mix of cherry and pomegranate actually which is hilarious because traditional, authentic grenadine was made with pomegranates and more “modern” grenadine uses in cocktails is now often cherry. It was also citrusy (orange) but that wasn’t the focal point.

But seriously though: just what a great night.


I love nights like that. I’m so glad you’re (re)connecting with great people after moving back!


Sounds like a great night! And I LOVE poutine!


This tasted very similar to Cherry SnoCone so I wonder if that’s where your confusion lies. Also that sounds like a great evening!

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This review is for the Cardamom French Toast infused milk chocolate bar currently carried by DAVIDsTEA for the winter season:


It’s worth noting I haven’t tried the straight up tea yet (and probably wont) but I aim to try all of the tea infused chocolate that DT puts out so I grabbed this anyway. Mostly, I think it just tastes like chocolate but with a noticeable cardamom test. I really don’t get a lot of “French Toast” although I do recall having one bite that tasted exactly like eggnog. I must have hit a pocket of flavour or something. I don’t know; this is enjoyable but not awesome. I’m so picky about sweets I think it takes a lot for chocolate to impress me.

However, this is now the second newer DT chocolate bar I’ve had where the tea leaf was more finely broken up/ground up and infused so I’m hoping I can interpret that to mean DT is listening to customer complaints about such large “bits” in the tea and them being unpleasant to bite into. We’ll see if this trend holds up…


I really like the tea, though I can’t see how it would work as a chocolate bar, unless it was a white chocolate bar, maybe.

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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From my brother Liam’s stash…

He hoards this tea religiously, which is fair given it’s no longer carried by DAVIDsTEA and it’s only the only tea in his, uh, ‘stash’. He doesn’t drink tea unless I make him; but this blend he adores. I don’t know what it is about it he fancies so much but to him it’s magical stuff.

Don’t worry; I didn’t steal any of his prized leaf: he asked me to make him a tea soda using the leaf which I happily did for him because he doesn’t ask me for much when it comes to tea. In return, he gave me a shot glass worth of the “precious brew”. It’s more peachy than pineapple, IMO, and very light with a subtle tangyness. In my opinion, it’s lost a lot of flavour over time . He loved it though and that’s what counts.


I love this one for a long time. Cold brewed with added pineapple juice was my favourite. I understand where he comes from haha.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Unknown
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From my Mom’s stash.

She nabbed this one on sale a few days after Halloween from a local specialty coffee shop and I’m only just now getting around to try it. I’ve got no clue who the supplier is (though I’d wager likely MTC) so I just stuck this under a generic title to review it.

I made this with a little milk and honestly it’s not bad but it pisses me off too because it does that thing that most ‘pumpkin spice’ flavoured things (not just tea) does and that’s this: it tastes nothing like pumpkin. Instead, it’s just got nice notes of cardamom, clove, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s also really earthy which I suppose is one thing it’s got going for it that separates it from a lot of other generic-y pumpkin spice things. The milk levels it out as well. Like I said, not bad.

But why would I ever want to order something that just tasted like spices instead of spices AND the thing they’re supposed to be seasoning!?


Lol…I’ve yet to have a pumpkin spice tea that successfully includes the pumpkin…maybe most companies think its to much of a risk since many people think pumpkin is an iffy flavor.

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Sipdown (123)!

Last of my teas from A Quarter to Tea… For now (more on the way, already).

This was 100% the best sample from my first set; I’ll be interested to see if I can find one in this upcoming larger set that tops it. I have high hopes for a few, and am keeping an open mind for the others. This cup wasn’t nearly as magical and sparkly as the first; but that’s absolutely because I used most of the leaf with my first cup (it was a larger mug) so this one was underleafed. That just meant the cherry wasn’t as intense though – and actually because of that I think I tasted the coffee notes and Hojicha more which wasn’t really a bad thing either. But…

As someone who likes cherry over coffee I’ll take normal amount of leaf over underleafed tea any day. This is good too, though. Bumping my rating up since I rated conservatively the first time around since I wasn’t sure if I was just excited because it was new.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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“Eatdown”! No cupboard decrease, because I didn’t add it though.

This review is for the Santa’s Secret Infused White Chocolate Bar released by DAVIDsTEA for the holidays! https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/chocolate-bar-7

I’m not a fan of the tea plain; to be perfectly honest I just find it really flat as far as mint black teas go (or mint teas in general). However, I adore white chocolate so I had to give this a try. To be fair it’s quite delicious but basically it’s just a thicker white peppermint bark, with little ground up bits of black tea in it. I wont buy it again but I TOTALLY enjoyed gobbling it up in one sitting.


I actually liked this better as a chocolate bar too!

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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After the nightmare that was shopping for glasses with my mom yesterday, we went to DAVIDsTEA since the store was right near by. I was madly in the mood for coconut, so I grabbed an iced latte of this tea. I remember not really loving it when I first had it (cold brewed, I think) but was hoping that because I had that intense craving it’d be satisfying anyway.

And man, this was satisfying! Not only was the coconut so rich and creamy but it just had this wonderful confectionery element to it and butteriness. I could have easily been drinking a “coconut cake” type tea instead. Notes of vanilla, as well. The base was super masked though. Even if this tea wasn’t my jam plain, this method of drinking it definitely works for me. I still won’t buy the tea itself, but I may grab it again in stores as a refreshing drink. And eggnog latte season starts soon! So, keeping this in mind for that as well. Mmm!

Also grabbed from the store while I was there:

Santa’s Secret White Chocolate Bar
Cardamom French Toast Milk Chocolate Bar


I too, love the pairing of the creaminess and oolong in this one!

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Cold Brew!

This was my tag-a-long friend yesterday morning/early afternoon while I helped my mom pick out new frames for her glasses. It was a tiring, frustrating day. She has a very, very limited budget and of course nice frames aren’t usually cheap plus she’s got progressive lenses which are expensive as well.

We started the day at Factory Optical, and at that point she was dead set against anything in a different style than what she’s already wearing (metal frames, only along the top of the frames in a coppery colour). It’s not that her current frames look bad, but they look really dated. So, we found a few frames that were nice but they weren’t exciting or much of a change other than a slight colour difference (basically). But she wasn’t sure…

So then we went to a place called Cornwall Optical. We weren’t able to find a single frame anyone could agree on so we didn’t even get to the point of pricing out her lenses on top of the frames – but the woman working there was phenomenal because she was able to break my mom out of the super dated look she was going for and got her open to even looking at more modern frames. Plus, she was wonderful in that she was super honest about what worked and didn’t. I love sales associates like that.

Then, the 3rd place – this time since she was more open to looking at newer/trendier frames we were very quickly to find two sets of frames that were gorgeous on her as well as a more modern look. I’m not joking when I say that they easily took ten years off her appearance. The associate there was wonderful too; he pointed out that the looks she was picking for herself were very safe and similar to what she already wears (without my saying anything) and then was able to suggest modern frames with things in common with her current frames, but not identical to them. Sadly, the cost of frames and lenses there was ridiculous. Over $1000 for the frames and lenses. That was easily the most expensive place we went to all day.

Finally, we went to a fourth store in frustration, ready to quite. What store? Sears. And what did we find? One of the pairs of frames she’d fallen in love with at the last store for a much more reasonable, affordable price. Plus, Sears’ price for progressives was better too! So, she ordered her glasses! After three and a half hours of straight glasses shopping we were done.

Thank God I had a sweet, dessert tea with me to sip on throughout. Without something to drink, I would have lost it at the second shop. I HATE HATE HATE shopping, and four places to get one thing (even if it’s something as important as glasses) would drive me absolutely mad. It took me a grand total of 20 minutes to pick out my frames a few months ago…


Dude, Zenni Optical online.

Roswell Strange

Nah, she didn’t want to look online because she wanted to be able to ‘hold them in her hands’ and see them on her face immediately :/

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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 three Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie and a monkey named Enzo. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

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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