2828 Tasting Notes


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After that last terrible cold brew I can’t make this smell or taste like anything other than gross buttered bread. I hate it. So much. I’m one of those people that would rather eat a slice of plain, dry toast than touch one with butter on it. That always drove my mom crazy. I just can’t understand the desire to taste, essentially, straight butter.

I’m sad; for a brief second I thought I’d figured out the appeal of milk oolong! After really not being able to taste anything last year when I first tried this I repurchased a sample and discovered it tasted completely different to me. But now I’ve gone and ruined it for myself…

So, I’m washing down my cup of tea with a frothy beer. Tre walked out of his room a few minutes ago and gave me a perplexed look. “One drink wasn’t enough!?” No! Not gonna waste the tea, especially when it’s a more expensive blend. Glad to be rid of it, again, though.


Mmm, I love buttery toast. Not butter on dry bread…just on toasted bread or bagels. :)

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Sipdown (119)!

Finished this one off cold shaken in a timolino of water like I’ve done with the other flavors from RLT’s sampler – guess I’ve kind of set myself up to do this sampler with the first tasting in cashew milk and the second in water.

I definitely liked this better in water, which was interesting to me because I liked the cashew milk version a whole lot too. It lost a great deal of the creaminess/melted ice cream flavor I got to experience trying it that way but it gained a much more clear, focused flavour instead – butterscotch candies, exactly like displayed in the picture for this matcha.

I used to call those Grandma candies, ‘cause my grandma kept a tin of them and scotch mints on the front dash of her van. They were always scalding hot and partially melted from sitting in the open sun all day, and the wrappers were a bitch to take off but they tasted so good. I’ve been thinking about those summers I spent with my Grandma in Eyebrow a lot lately; whether it’d be a realistic idea to move there…

It’s a very quaint village community, mostly retired seniors. The houses there sell for like $200.00 among residents, not sure what utilities would ring in at every month. Finding a job would likely be pretty hard; there are only two or three local businesses (one is owned by my Aunt) so I don’t really know how I’d make an income – though my expenses would be a lot lighter than they are now. Hell, I don’t even know if most of the houses there have progressed past dial-up internet: it’s actually been years since I’ve gone to visit.

I just know that it makes me happy there; it’s such a quiet, peaceful place. It’d be a great place to finish up class though, if the internet thing worked out. I don’t know if I could survive without the internet. For realsies. It’s nice to think about, anyway…


There’s always lots of work for Home/Medical care worker for seniors.
Yes, know what you mean about those areas being peaceful. Life in general is just too fast with too much to do all the time.

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This cold brew was so limey you’d have never know that Stacy blended it in the states…

That’s a bad pun and I know it.

But seriously; it was the most delicious it’s tasted in a long time! Fresh lime with a bit of a peel/zest notes and a lovely damp earthiness. Just a pinch of berry thrown into the mix. Refreshing and delicious! Why can’t every brew of this come out this way?

It felt like… The moment before it rains?

Liquid Proust

Butiki made the best guayusa blends.

Roswell Strange

100% the truth.

Stephanie I’m going to miss this one a lot

This is one I had wanted to try…I think CrowKettle has some set aside for me? Can’t recall. Anyway, told hubby (who loves bad puns) what you wrote, and naturally, he loved it.

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Cold Brew!

I actually don’t recall much about drinking this one; I was in a foul mood all day and didn’t really give much attention to anything except just kind of being a bitch. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t get any complaints at work about people upset I was, well if I’m being honest, practically throwing their groceries into their bags. I probably, at the very least, horribly bruised someone’s pears or something. Yeah, pretty unprofessional of me.

It was honestly just the result of a bunch of stuff. My best friend, at work and outside of work, Bobbi put in her two weeks notice a few days ago; I’ve been working with her for over a year now – for those who don’t know, we were hired together at Dollarama for the same position and trained together and supported one another as we dealt with the drama/poor management there. And when the company decided to reduce both of our hours from a full 40 a week to down to >20 without ANY notice we both quit within the same week and were hired at Sobeys together. Sadly, she lost her roommate a few months ago and now cannot afford the house she lives in so she’s moving back to the small town just outside of the city where she grew up for, at a minimum, the summer to work/save and regroup. So that obviously upset me.

And then add on top of that the frustration of watching cashier after fucking cashier, all of which I trained, getting promoted to supervisors is so frustrating. It’s not that they aren’t qualified; because they all are and they all deserve the promotion. I’m just frustrated that not only do I never receive recognition for the work I do but I’ve been at my store since before we even opened to the public, have a much more open availability than the people they’re hiring and have the experience from past jobs, unlike the people they are promoting. I just feel so overlooked. I’m the kind of person that, at work, needs to feel recognized for the work I do (even if that’s not by being promoted but just by being told I’m doing good work) and that craves the opportunity to continually grow and learn. I am not a cog.

The hardest part about leaving Dollarama was going from a position of authority (which I have ALWAYS had at any job I’ve worked) to a ground level position and, on top of that, not even being able to cross train within multiple departments.

I’m just fed up, and I can’t shake the feeling that it’s time for a change of pace. I don’t even know what that would be; another job? Maybe, but it’s intimidating knowing that I’d be going from above minimum wage (pretty significantly above minimum wage) pay to probably minimum wage or just over. To a new city? I’ve given it some thought; either moving back to Regina (though I really have nothing to go back to) or someplace even farther away…

All I know is that I feel I’m in a rut, and I need to fix that.

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Sipdown (120)!

Finished off in my timolino with a splash of milk ‘cause why not switch things up for the sipdown? I’ve done this hot and cold brewed now but there’s always room for exploration.

I actually really liked this with milk; it reminded me so strongly of a Coca Cola float which is definitely the lesser of floats when compared to wonderful things like Rootbeer Floats but still a solid creation. The vanilla/creamy aspect was well conveyed with the addition of milk and one of the things that most bugs me about Cola flavored teas (the “flatness”/lack of carbonation) was essentially solved. I don’t know about other people, but for me personally when I have a float I like to stir the ice cream into the soda to the point where it’s just one thick, creamy soda slurry – which of course makes it lose it’s carbonation and that’s what this tasted like for me.

I had it late at night, and I was super worried that it’d keep me up all not from the caffeine; it wasn’t until I was finished sipping on this that it clicked that it’s not actually caffeinated; I don’t know why I couldn’t for the life of me remember that for essentially the entiritey of having this in my possesion. It’s basically right in the name of the tea…

Surprisingly, I would probably pick this up again where I ever to visit Dammann Freres in person or participate in another group order; though getting more is definitely not an immediate concern of mine.

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This one was a cold brew that came out too tart so I watered it down a ways, and after that it was much more enjoyable. Slowly working towards a sipdown of this blend!

And today’s word of the day is… Postprandial!

Postprandial, which my fingers refuse to type correctly the first or even second time, means “happening or done after a meal”.

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Sipdown (121)!

Finished off the last of my sample of this blend just in a timolino shaken into some cold water; the flavor didn’t differ drastically from the cashew milk version apart from the obvious absence of nuttier notes and a thinner mouthfeel. It’s still very rich and more of a iced coffee/latte type drink than a cup of more traditional java.

I’ve spent all day binge watching episodes of Wil Wheaton/Felicia Day’s internet series tabletop – there are so many games I want to pick up now, either as a Father’s Day present for my Dad (I’m going up on the 28th to 30th to visit and see their new house in Regina so I’ve got time to get my Father’s day present) or a birthday present for my brother who turned 17 on the 17th.

Someone needs to kick me off their site though; I have to do cuppings for at least two of my tea samples for class today otherwise I’m gonna be hella overwhelmed on Tuesday when I finish the cuppings off…


My best friend has bought cashew milk from the local farmer’s market. I’ve tried two kinds that she’s bought: one flavoured with vanilla bean and the other one with cacao. The vanilla had a bit of a funny aftertaste but the cacao one was quite yummy :).

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Happy Father’s Day to any Steepster fathers out there! Hope you’re enjoying a good cuppa!

This is a queued tasting note.

I was so incredibly excited when DT announced this as their June ToTM; pineapple is my mother fucking jam, and this is basically an unconventional pineapple flavored Genmaicha blend and how can you go wrong with that?

It certainly smells like sweet pineapple, though more candy like than natural and without any indication of tartness or ‘tang’, and has supporting roast notes – a little bit woody too from the rooibos which adds to the impression of an outdoor campfire/BBQ type setting? I’m getting serious summer vibes, anyway.

However, my cold brew came out pretty jarring. The pineapple is full throttle, and not in the best way. It tastes very cloying and artificial to me and I’m not enjoying it at all. And of course, it’s very roasty too but in an almost charred way, and combine that with this weird artificial, cheap pineapple candy taste? It doesn’t work together! It’s…

Bad summer BBQ.

I’m so disappointed that this isn’t anything like what I was hoping; I can only hope that when I do this hot to finish up the leaf that the flavors will be more pleasant and more in check. Personally, DT is so hit or miss with me when it comes to their pineapple flavors and I REALLY wanted this to be one of the better ones…


Darn, I hope the hot brew is better for you! :(

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drank Revel Berry by Guayaki
2828 tasting notes

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For those who don’t know, I work in a grocery store. It’s not uncommon for us to start carrying different, less common drinks but it is uncommon for them to be tea-related so when we picked up some of this brand’s flavors of iced/canned Yerba Mate I got really excited! I knew I’d seen at least one of this brand’s products reviewed here before so I took the plunge and a bought a can of each flavor to try out.

I don’t know what I expected when I tried this one, maybe a little more yerba mate flavour? But this threw me off a little bit; it definitely tastes distinctly of raspberry and even has a tinge of sharper tartness however I can’t taste anything specifically blackberry flavoured. If anything, I almost want to say there’s more of a blueberry flavor present. Regardless, this does seem pretty watered down and I’m missing any distinctly earthy notes from the yerba mate – which is kind of the best part of mate other than the caffeine. I absolutely appreciate that this is not overly sweet though!

I don’t know if I’d personally buy this one again because I know I enjoy a stronger Yerba Mate flavour but I do look forward to trying the other two flavours I picked up and I’m all for the idea of this if it gets a more “mainstream” consumer experiencing Yerba Mate – which I know it’s been doing at work since some my coworkers have taken to drinking this during break instead of other popular and more “conventional” energy drinks. Plus, the convenience of it being canned it always a plus.


I love that stuff! I see it in gas stations in the US all the time :P

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This one has been on my personal wishlist for a while and I was very excited to get to try it recently. Like the others from the sampler, I made it in cashew milk.

The dry matcha smells very strongly of butterscotch; it reminds me of Butter Ripple Schnapps, which is a favourite drink of mine. It’s a little grassy too from the matcha itself.

This was very delightful; the butterscotch flavor really comes through and creates a sugary sweet drink that reminds me of melted down Butterscotch Ripple ice cream; it’s not nearly as boozy anymore so it’s reminding me less of Butter Ripple Schnapps. The mild nuttiness of the cashew milk compliments the sweetness very well also, and there’s a gentle vegetal note from the matcha itself – it’s not as grassy as the dry leaf smelled but it is present.

This one was very interesting and tasty and I’m really happy I finally got to try it. I imagine it would also work wonderfully in a hot latte as well – butterscotch is a very adaptable flavor. So far, this is my favourite of the matchas from this sampler that I’ve tried.

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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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