3556 Tasting Notes


Evening cuppa! This tastes like creamy mandarin oranges, and it’s making me happy and at ease! Also, I think it’s probably safe to say that my palate is back up to snuff and that makes me really happy!

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Commute tea!

It was a really windy and on again, off again drizzly day today, especially earlier in the morning. So drinking this tea, which is like a pina colada with a whole bunch of floral notes and tart but sweet cranberry undertone, was kind of the perfect thing to lift me out of such drab weather. You know, ’cause of the tropical vibe of the pina colada notes…


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So, as I’ve commented in recent tasting notes I’ve been very sick all week. While I’d say I’m like 80% better now, this is still day seven of being sick. I don’t actually feel super bad other than being very stuffed out but I sound awful

I have the most amazing coworkers though! Truly, I’m blessed with their generosity. Twice now this week I’ve had coworkers bring me food as a kind of gesture and way of saying “Please, feel better”. And I’m not talking ‘do you want the rest of my chips?’ sort of food (although that’d still be quite generous). The first coworker, Sabina, brought me a giant container worth of sweet rice which is something her family eats when they’re sick. It was the most heavenly thing; it had cane sugar, nuts, fennel, coconut. I’ve honestly never tasted rice prepared like that and it was mind blowing. I’m going to need the recipe from her, for sure.

The second was today; my Supervisor Laura (who is also a vegetarian) made me easily three days worth of vegetarian mango chicken curry. Today was her day off. Honestly, she got ONE day off this week and she took time out of her day to not only cook for me out of the goodness of her heart but then her and her wife drove into work today to deliver said cooking to me. Laura and her wife Sharla are human jellybeans, and precious cinnamon rolls – too good and pure for this world.

Now, Root Beer Float tea and mango curry? Not exactly a match made in heaven but certainly not the worst pairing either. Actually, the cinnamon notes from the cold brew kind of made it less of a super juxtaposed pairing. I can’t complain though; my coworkers have been a Godsend this week and with how awful I’ve been feeling and how easily exhausted I’ve been getting any time and energy I can save by not cooking is a huge blessing.


Aww that is such a sweet story! thanks for renewing my faith in good people. Also sending you healthy vibes to feel better asap :)


Mmmm sweet rice…omg that stuff is heaven in a bowl.

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
3556 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Liquid fuzzy peaches! Yum yum!


This one was super good!

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Well, I’m not at 100% yet but I’m certainly getting there.

Still, no fancy tea for me until I’m in tip top shape – my palate definitely isn’t at its best right now. So in keeping with more of my basic, every day drinkers I made this for my commute to work. It’s my most drank tea, according to Steepster, and I do adore it. There’s not much left of it that can surprise me, honestly.

I will say that I think I used a bit too much leaf today; I was trying to compensate for a my stuffy nose and dulled tastes and I ended up with a really, really strong brew. It wasn’t bitter or astringent levels of concentrated ’cause I kept my steep time show but it was very, very sweet.


Glad you’re starting to feel better!


I miss having this tea in my cupboard! :(

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I guess you could call this a toddy?

I steeped up a mug of Meyer Lemon, ‘cause go to sick tea. However, that wasn’t enough so I added a shot of vodka and a shot of limoncello liquer. Mmm! Hot lemon alcoholic tea. And guess what? I can actually taste the lemon! Made one for Trey too, though added some Peach Schnapps to his as well. Apparently it tastes really strong? I guess it must be kind of strong if I can taste it. But strong isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I suppose.


Hope you feel better soon! Alcoholic lemon tea sounds like one solution ;)

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Drinking this one now;

I can still hardly taste a thing (curse you, stuffy nose!) but drinking this anyway because I figured that the ginger would probably be good for me. Not totally sure it’s doing anything, but at the same time I’m not totally sure it isn’t? At least it’s washed the taste of peaches and phlegm out of my mouth. Bleck. Still feel mildly nauseous though…


Ugh…feel better soon!

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DAVIDsTEA order arrived, and since I feel the best I have in the last five days I figured I’d dip into it in an effort to get a bit more back into tea…

Don’t remember this one tasting this peachy last time I had it. Though, that was years ago and I suppose DT could have reformulated it since then? Really all I taste is the brightness of peach, and then of course the grossness of my own phlegm and sickness. I’ve had the taste of peach and phlegm stuck in my mouth for the last few hours now, and it’s making me feel a touch nauseous.

Need to revisit this when I’m not sick; something about it isn’t working for me right now and I feel confidant in saying that it’s me and not the tea itself…


Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve had this one! Haven’t been buying much from DAVIDs but may pick up a small amount of this to retry. This and Coco Chai Rooibos.


Love this one. Something about it reminds me of these grade school trips we’d take to this early American living history museum in the fall. Everything smelled of cinnamon, cedar, and…dampness? Still, such a good tea.

Roswell Strange

I look forward to trying it again when I’m back to 100%

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Another wasted cold brew from my ongoing “Sick Period” that I just couldn’t taste…

So, instead of writing about something I couldn’t even taste, I’m going to share some of my favourite songs at the moment, ok? Kay.

Princess Chelsea – The Cigarette Duet

The Antlers – Stairs to The Attic

Watsky – Sloppy Seconds

Iron and Wine – Her Tea Leaves

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Cold brew, but from the first day I was sick.

This cold caught up to me so damn quickly that I went from feeling completely fine the night before to curled up in the fetal position on the couch with a bag of halls and a box of Kleenex that first day. I wish I could comment on the tea, ‘cause I sure as hell drank the whole 25 oz. of it but I honestly couldn’t taste a damn thing.

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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 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.

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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