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drank Tea Of Light by Happy Turtle Tea
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drank Mad Frills by Happy Turtle Tea
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Iced and Plain Tea Sipdown (219)

This has a really nice raspberry flavour. For the longest time I was trying to place it and it finally dawned on me as I started drinking the iced tea that this is like DAVIDsTEA’s Fantasy Island, minus the coconut. The hot tea, once cool, got bitter so I was worried the iced tea may be bitter as well. It is not. It leans more into the raspberry flavour. It also has some mango. I like this though over time it will blend with all the other decent fruity teas I’ve had.

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Grabbed this sample from a TTB, and oh boy is it sparkly! So pretty! I didn’t realize this would be quite so fruity. It really just tastes like an herbal hibiscus-based tea. I enjoy that variety of tea, but since the black tea is mostly undetectable in flavor, I find it pointless to have the added caffeine here. My cup of this was tart and tasty with a sweet, pleasant strawberry. It tasted best cold. I don’t know that it stood out enough that I’d purchase an herbal version of this either, but it was a decent cup.

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drank Bad Wolf by Happy Turtle Tea
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Cold Brew Sipdown (1602)!

Y’know, with this type of Doctor Who inspired name it really feels like a missed opportunity to have not included rose in the blend. Even if it was just petals.

I’m kind of glad this is a sipdown. I was hesitant at first because how awesome of a fandom pick would this have been for future Geek Steep episodes!? However, sipping on it now… Yeah, not a fan. It’s busy. I can tell there’s jasmine and some type of citrus flavouring as well, but mostly it has this dominating overarching flavour of children’s chewable Flintstones vitamins. Definitely not the most pleasant flavour to be drinking longterm.

So… welp.

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drank Wookie Cookie by Happy Turtle Tea
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With this name, I expected this to taste like cookies, but the ingredients include lavender, figs, and currants, so I was interested to see how it would turn out. The flavor ends up tasting 100% like boba. I gave a sip to someone else, and they also said boba with no prompting from me. I’m bummed the tea box only had enough for one cup because this flavor is so fun! It’s pure liquified boba. The second steep tasted every bit as amazing. I even steeped it a third time, which was still tasty, but had lost some of the magic. I drank this a few days ago, and I’ve been thinking about it (even bringing it up in conversations with family members) ever since.

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It’s my turn for the latest Reddit TTB! This was the first tea I tried – its scent is so desserty and irresistible. The flavor is just as butterscotchy as I had hoped! I almost never think butterscotch or caramel teas have gone far enough, but this one is really rich and good! It’s unmistakable butterscotch. Such an awesome latte. What a great butter beer inspired tea.

gmathis

The title makes me smile!

AJRimmer

Ha it was definitely unexpected!

Lexie Aleah

Also smiled when I read the title. (:

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Thank you VariaTEA for this tea!

Truthfully I’ve put off trying this one because the ingredients list is very, very busy and I was having a hard time gauging just by looking at it what it was supposed to taste like. I felt like I had to be in a particular kind of mood to want to just go for it…

I guess I was today though because when I grabbed my teas to bring to work today this one jumped out at me. Honestly it was fine. The dry leaf visual is very, very pretty though! Lovely needle shaped green teas, small elderberries, and rather plump goji berries all jump out to me and everything is coated in a fine shimmery pink tinted luster dust that gives a very ethereal “pixie like” feeling. Sadly, once steeped, the shimmer doesn’t particularly carry to the steeped tea – I think there’s probably just not enough of it to make a noticeable enough impact.

The taste is light and sort of vaguely “red berry” in direction but it’s so soft/watery and muddled that it’s near impossible to distinctly call out anything more specific than that. Despite being a mix of green and black teas, it’s the green that wins out here: light and grassy and complimentary to the soft berry notes even if I don’t love it overall.

I think this will be easy to finish off overall, but I feel like for an Avatar The Last Airbender inspired tea I just wanted something more… impactful!?

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Sipdown 162-2021
I didn’t care for this. It didn’t read as chestnut, but rather a an artificial chocolate flavor. Not undrinkable, just not great.

tea-sipper

A Grimm tea! A fun show for this time of year if anyone missed it.

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Sipdown 161- 2021

I was expecting the chocolate in this to taste much more synthetic than it does, based on the smell. Not really getting a nuttiness, but more of a maple chocolate. I’m guessing the caramel flavoring is reading as maple to me.

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I wanted to like this tea. I wanted to like it so badly.

However, I think it’s one of those blends that’s unfortunately committed the crime of having too much going on. I mean, the ingredient list is long and it’s full of a bunch of competing flavours. Coconut and yerba mate sounds so nice, light and refreshing with subtle greener topical vibes – and some of that does come through! But there’s also A LOT of very herbaceous basil that seems diametrically opposed to the other flavours. Now, don’t get me wrong – I like basil in tea. A lot, actually. However basil and coconut!?

I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work.

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Decided to just push through the rest of this simple and clear it out. It’s really not a bad chocolate tea, it’s just that I’m only getting that kind of plain chocolate note and the simplicity focused around a flavour I’m not super interested in combined with the really oily mouthfeel from all the melted sprinkles just… isn’t doing it for me.

However, like I said in my last note, the fandom connection is really fun and I do think the sprinkles add a cool Captain America inspired visual! I know other people will enjoy this tea because it’s a solid chocolate flavour – I’m just not a chocolate tea person.

(And, blasphemous to say I know, I’m also just not a big fan of Captain American either.)

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The fandom reference here is really fun but the tea kind of just tastes like chocolate in a pretty average way and I didn’t love the thick ring of blue around the waterline of my tea from all the melted sprinkles. It’s fun, but kind of just… fine.

VariaTEA

Hahaha I think I only ever had this as a latte, which hides the oil

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Sipdown 148-2021
The bergamot is pretty intense here, and the chocolate is a bit too artificial for my liking. But, overall a fine cup of tea. I over-steeped it a bit and it came out a bit bitter, which softened as the cup cooled.

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Sipdown 147-2021
I love a spooky themed tea. Particularly a spooky themed tea with marshmallows and sprinkles.
This is nice, but not something I would particularly need to purchase again. Very much a berry cereal flavor. It actually tastes quite a bit like Brutalitea’s Assam A Go Go, but the puerh here is a bit more intense.

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drank Most Ardently by Happy Turtle Tea
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Salted Caramel/Gingerbread Sweet Cream Latte (193)

M is for…Most Ardently

This made for a yummy latte with salted caramel/gingerbread sweet cream. Granted, it was slightly oily (from the chocolate I’m guessing), but I just kept a spoon in my cup and stirred it so I couldn’t see the oil. It also was mostly just a generically sweet which made for a good platform for the sweet cream but probably wouldn’t make for a very interesting plain tea.

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Sipdown (1407)!

Something about this last cup reminded me a little bit of “Runtz” candies – I think it was that sweet candied banana and strawberry flavour combination!? I enjoyed it, and even thought it still complimented the walnut flavours in the blend as well. Nothing was too much in terms of sweetness or competitiveness with the other flavours.

I would definitely order this one again!

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Thank you VariaTEA for the share!

I pulled this one out on the weekend to sip while watching some late night streams and the smell really spoke to me even though I couldn’t entirely figure out what it was supposed to be. Steeped up I was a bit weirded out because it had that “banana candy” style banana flavour along with some other fruitiness to the undertones while also tasting pleasantly of walnuts. That seems like such a strange combination of flavours to me that, even though I liked it a lot, I was worried that my palate was completely off and misinterpreting whatever was actually in the blend. I take a lot of pride in my ability to name flavours blindly – and this mix was leaving me confused.

However, I just looked up the ingredients before writing my tasting note and… I kind of nailed it!? So now I’m just feeling proud of myself for putting together all of those flavours despite the fact they felt so discombobulated when I was tasting.

I look forward to the last cup of this soon – if it’s good too then I’ll definitely be adding this to my growing list of blends from Happy Turtle that I need to order larger amounts of.

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E is for…Everyone Loves a Yule Ball

Coffee and cinnamon is strong here and it’s the sweet cinnamon and I’m not loving it. Not liking it at all tbh. It’s just too sweet and I don’t really like coffee and get that.

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drank DeadpOolong by Happy Turtle Tea
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Sipdown (204)

D is for…DeadpOolong

Deadpool tea in a unicorn mug seemed right.

The tea is just meh though if I’m being honest. It’s mostly just cinnamon and not much else. Also a bit bland. I wanted to like it because I like the name but mostly I’m just bored.

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Sipdown (1405)!

This is a melancholic sipdown – it’s delicious and flavourful but it also sucks to have now finished it off. Those syrupy soda-type strawberry notes reminded me a lot of Dammann Frere’s Carcadet Fraise Pistache with this last cup. Very, very similar sticky sweet strawberry that feels a little more dessert-y than fruity. I got some chocolate, but it was also more of a sweet and sticky chocolate – clearly from a flavouring and not “actual” chocolate. The whole candy style of the flavour really feels appropriate for something Wonka inspired though, and I enjoyed the flavour interactions so much.

I want to finish trying the other Happy Turtle samples I own to see if there are any other that really jump out to me as worthy of ordering in a bigger quantity – but I have a few on my list so far, and I’m adding this one as well.

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This was really different from what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot!

I felt like it was going to be very chocolate forward with hints of berry but instead it was super sweet with syrupy notes of candied strawberries and grenadine. Felt like a cocktail syrup in tea form! I didn’t really get much chocolate at all, so I’m a bit confused by the name!? However, I loved the tea and now that I know what to expect from it I’m really looking forward to finishing off the sample.

Thanks VariaTEA for gifting the subscription that this super fun Wonka inspired blend came from!

tea-sipper

Wonka teas! However are there not MORE Wonka teas?!

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This one tasted a bit watery hot, but I’m enjoying it much more now that it’s cooled. I’m having it with milk, and I get plenty of lavender. The black base is pretty unremarkable. Basically, it tastes like a mild black tea with lavender, but I like it. It wasn’t strong enough for a second steep.

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Had this one in the morning – it’s been a long time since I last watched Psych but I remember it being a very fun show and the reoccurring pineapple gag was such a fun part so I was stoked when I saw this in the sub box this month!

The dry leaf smell is really nice – sweet and syrupy pineapple to the extreme! I’m a bit let down by the taste, but it’s not really from the pineapple itself as much as it’s from the tea base. I think it’s really cool and interesting that Happy Turtle has so many teas on a pu’erh base, but the really earthy and dank taste of the shou does not mesh well with this super sweet and tropical candied pineapple note. It’s just a super bad disconnect, which is a shame because either flavour isolated would probably be really damn good!

Yeah – not sure what to do about that. It’s a bummer.

teepland

Psych was such a good show! I didn’t realize how much I missed it until reading your review! :(

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Sipdown (1408)!

This was delicious! I have a longtime affinity for “forest berry” inspired teas and this is just such a great execution of that profile – it’s got that initial herbaceous punch from the eucalyptus and all of those woodsy pine notes from the pine nuts to convery the feeling of being in a forest, but then it’s balanced with sweetness from this jumble of assorted wild berries – blueberry, raspberry, and even more. It honestly doesn’t matter that you can’t taste the berries as distinct flavours because the way they come together into one “super berry” with this jammy and sweet kind of ‘vaguely purple’ taste is still really dead on for the wide assortment of forest appropriate berries.

Like, it doesn’t matter that I don’t really know the fandom this is inspired by – it’s just a damn tasty tea!

Shae

What an interesting mix of ingredients! I didn’t even know mistletoe was edible.

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