More tea in the mail this afternoon! This time it was the two blends that I purchased from Shadowfall (Prairie Berry from DAVIDsTEA and Cara McGee’s TARDIS blend from Adagio)! It made it here in less than a week, coming from the states! I’m super impressed. However, with those two blends counted, that now puts me at 117 different tea.

My Dad asked me yesterday how many blends I’m at now and I didn’t text him back because I’m sort of ashamed to tell him the number. Last time he was up to visit I was hovering right around 50, and that was only two months ago…

Anyway, I made myself some of this today for work. I picked this one for a couple reasons, including the fact I was tired and lazy, under time constraints (running late), and just wanted something light and minty. For preparation, I brewed this up concentrated (two teabags) in boiling water for 3 minutes. I then poured the concentrated mix into my water bottle and watered it down with about a cup’s worth of cold water. It was faster doing it this way than it would have been making two separate cups.

Taste wise, it’s quite lovely. Nice and light, and very refreshing. Since really diving into my tea journey I’ve learned that while I still love mint teas, I much prefer them cold to hot. Very rarely do I drink mint teas anymore without them being cold (the exception being chocolate mint blends). Today, this kinda tastes like spearmint gum…

Side note not relevant to tea…

I feel like a terrible roommate today. I kind of screwed Tre over, although it was a complete accident. Yesterday I borrowed his bus pass to do some late night shopping since he has a monthly one that has unlimited rides for the month. I, however, don’t go places that are outside of walking distance too often so my pass is set up to buy sets of rides at a time (usually 10) because that’s more cost effect for me.

However, last night I was down to 1 ride – and I would have needed 2: one to get downtown and one to get home. So, I took his since he wasn’t going out yesterday evening…

I though everything was all worked out – when I got home I gave him his pass back so he could use it to get to school. Turns out that I accidentally gave him mine (they look the same!). So, he managed to get to Siast alright, but now he’s going to have to walk home. It’s nearly a two hour walk.

I feel really bad…

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually about five 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.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more than straight but one of my mini goals 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.

A personal goal of mine has been to do a proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for. I can’t say I’ve been doing great staying on track with this goal, but I haven’t forgotten about it!

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, and honey, but only in moderation.

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, often Chai spices in general, mushrooms, overly vegetal or marine/seaweed, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/looking to try: Shou Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas!

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.


SK, Canada

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