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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.
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!
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.
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!
Thank you VariaTEA for the subscription – this month’s box arrived on Tuesday so I’ve been slowly digging into some of the new teas! This one was a surprise because I didn’t even realize that Happy Turtle Tea carried matcha – as such, it’s the one I started with.
It’s nice smelling – sweet but fresh raspberries. The powder looks very granular, with visable cane sugar throughout – I’m not opposed to sweetened matcha but I do prefer having the control over the level of sweetness. This looks pretty on par with the sugar level in DT’s cane sugar matchas, though! It whisked well, though didn’t froth up much at all – but the colour was good!
The taste is definitely sweet – but not anything really different from the other sweetened matcha out there on the market. I like how bright the raspberry comes out – it’s somewhere between just underripe raspberries with a bit of that sharpness to them and sweet raspberry candies like Starbursts!? I definitely taste zero vanilla or creaminess at all so I would have for sure though this was just raspberry matcha without aid from the packaging. However, it’s pretty good overall!
Cold Brew Sipdown (1424)!
This was actually a bit of an upsetting sipdown. Even though this tea tastes nothing at all like what I thought it would the first time I saw it, it’s a really simple and delicious blend of soft creamy lemon, sweet and cooling spearmint, and rich decadent coconut. Basically exactly the same as the hot cup I had not too long ago, but much more refreshing and cooling feeling as a cold brew. I really, really like this combination of flavours and I think I would wholeheartedly buy this again in a larger amount. It’s soooo good!
When I smelled the dry leaf for this tea, I knew I was going to like it! It reminds me a little but of the long retired DT blend “Coconut Mint Cream” but a little smoother and more seamlessly intigrated in terms of flavour.
The main ones are this rich and silky coconut and a sweet and fresh speamint that coats the palate. It feels a little bit boozy, like some kind of fun liqueur based shot – but definitely not that cloying and sweet. The lemon is very in that “Lemon Chiffon” sweet lemon pastry style – anyone familiar with the Della Terra blend will know what I mean. The honeyed rooibos notes that provide some flavour foundation lean into that comparison, too. It’s unique, and I like the balance of flavours and how it’s sweet yet not sugary. Pretty impressed, right out of the gate!
All that said, I am very confused how a mix of spearmint, creamy coconut, and lemon make a “punch”. I suppose you could probably make an argument for how coconut is a punch type of flavour, but this was very much a “coconut cream” and not that style of tropical coconut I would think you’d see in punch…
I’ve had this hot a couple of times and don’t recall being taken by it. It seemed okay, but not super exciting. I decided to sip this down by way of cold steeping, so I dumped the rest of the bag into my pitcher and let it steep in the fridge overnight. At first it tasted bitter, maybe the walnuts were the culprit. I put some soy milk in with it and it was much more enjoyable. I get a hint of banana with some nuttiness to it. Like faint banana bread. It’s not incredible, but it is drinkable and between me and the other people in the house it’s getting drunk down. Would not buy again, however.
Thank you VariaTEA for sharing this one – it’s probably something I would have picked up for myself so I’m glad I got the chance to sample before purchasing. Always a win!
I feel… very conflicted about whether I like this tea or not. There’s elements that are good; it’s sweet with a sort of caramel marshmallow-y quality and a pleasant enough nutty pistachio note. VariaTEA called this Happy Turtle’s “Forever Nuts” and I can kind of sweet the comparison, though different style of nut profile IMO. I’m not really sure that I can say I expected something so nutty for what is, essentially, waffles in tea form. It definitely threw me off. As did, in all honestly, the fact there’s a super “doughy” kind of taste to this – like Play Doh but without all the salt. Part of me feel like it’s appropriate because what is a waffle if not a sweet baked dough. The other part of me? Well, that part doesn’t like drinking dough in a mug.
Yeah… I’m kind of right down the middle on this one I think.
This was really tasty so I’m glad I got to try it, but it’s super similar to DT’s Chocolate Macaroon as well so I’m also glad I only had a single cup’s worth of it. Very sweet, and more of a boozier chocolate liqueur flavour mixed with the shredded coconut. Was just missing some of the nuttiness of Chocolate Macaroon and then it would practically be a dead wringer for that profile.
Also – fun fact – did you know the beloved Alan Tudyk was the voice of Hei Hei!? I did, and as I was drinking this mug it was very, very hard to think of anything other than this brilliant clip of him doing the voice acting:
Cold Brew Sipdown (1390)!
This sample came to me by way of the subscription that VariaTEA gifted me for my birthday! I’m not familiar with that fandom it was inspired by, Charmed, outside of just a very baseline knowledge of what the show is about – but I did enjoy the tea!
It’s got glitted/luster dust in it so it does have a nice shimmer to it – but maybe a little on the lighter side compared to some of the other shimmery teas I’ve seen lately from Indie brands. That’s fine by me – the glitter is a cool bonus but not the selling point of the tea for me. Taste wise, this falls squarely in the realm of flavour profiles I really like though: berries and cream!! Even though most basic interpretation of a berries and cream blend is usually still pretty enjoyable to me – so no exception here. I found this more blueberry than anything else, but a more tart blueberry with some of those tangy sweet notes of the hibiscus. The black tea base added body and was a little present in the mid sip, and then the finish was creamier and more mellow.
Very refreshing as a cold brew! Good for the summer, too.
I feel like I had a very different experience with this tea than VariaTEA did – I fully expected there to be a very weird disconnect between the jasmine and creme brulee but I actually didn’t up tasting any jasmine at all! Instead, I was just impressed at how well Happy Turtle Tea had managed to perfectly convey the taste of burnt sugar while also tasting delightfully of honeyed rooibos/nuts. I found the cup rich, complex and all together very pleasant.
W is for…Winter in Arendelle
Had this as a latte while on a WhatsApp video call with friends. It’s a classic vanilla mint profile, like Santa’s Secret from DAVIDsTEA, and so cute with the little snowflake sprinkles. It’s a little heavier on the mint than Santa’s Secret and also not as accessible for me in Canada so I will probably stick to the DAVIDsTEA version. That said, this was fun given the sprinkles and the name and I enjoyed it.
Q is for…Queen of Thorns
Honestly I bought this for the cute glitter sprinkle crowns and they do not disappoint. Gimmicky? 100% yes. Makes drinking the tea more fun? Also yes. Not going to lie.
As for taste, I am thrown because this is a blend with cardamom, vanilla, rose and almonds and yet my first sip was a whole lot of milk chocolate. I rechecked the ingredients because that seemed wrong and it was. So I kept drinking. Ok, that was a fluke. I am not getting the rose and almond pairing together. It is really dessert-like but for some reason in my head I am thinking Turkish Delight. Maybe its the rose. Maybe its my tastebuds going nuts and my brain being all hopped up on class actions law that it isn’t processing other things well. Who knows…
N is for… Night in The Glittering Caves!
Thank you VariaTEA for this share – I remember your Steepster review of it as well as your post about it on IG, so I was excited to try this tea! It’s a pretty cool concept – I very much like how the use of glitter/luster dust was tied into this nerdy tea reference. Tickles all the right buttons for me, plus steeped the tea just looks hella pretty. I love luster dust so much and I am very glad to see so many other tea companies are beginning to start working with it!
(It can be a bit gimmicky, imo, when you over do it – but balanced, it’s fun!)
I find the taste of this blend a little generic for my tastes but I appreciate what Happy Turtle was going for – notes of caramel, sweet nuts/pecans, and marshmallow all do come across to varying degrees but it makes for a little bit of a generic “sweet” profile if you don’t actively think about all of the parts making up the whole. I like sweet teas a lot typically – this is actually similar in feeling to DT’s Sweet Potato Pie – but I think maybe I was just not REALLY in the mood for it today??
I started bar prep yesterday and I am not good at studying so this is all new to me. I have no clue what I’m doing so it’s taken over my life. Yesterday I had teas sitting next to me all day but I just was so caught up I didn’t even drink them. So basically in addition to bar prep, I’m trying to figure out life and how to have a study/life balance. Slowly but surely I’ll get there…I hope.
Today that meant drinking my tea. This tea. A Star Wars inspired blend for May 4th. I enjoy this one. It’s got a lot of tropical fruity notes that are a nice contrast to the sort of gloomy day outside. Like a ray of sun in an otherwise blah time.