Well, it looks like I wont be finishing all my backlogged tasting notes today; but I made a really good dent in the list, and enjoyed some really tasty cups this evening while unwinding with some TV so I’m pretty content.

Nonetheless, even if I can’t finish all my tasting notes I can at least do a few more before I stretch out on my couch/bed for the night and wind down with some sappy TV Damn you Gossip Girl; heart broken Chuck Bass being the little spoon with Blair has me in tears! Why must I fall for all the broken characters! I must be a masochist; I see Chuck in crippling pain and sadness and all I can think is “Give me more of this!”…

Anyway, this cup was a few (two?) nights ago. I watched Big Brother with Tre (I guess that is now roommate bonding time?) and sipped on this cup of creamy mint goodness! It was very smooth, very mint, and very white chocolate with absolutely no pesky peppercorns! Also, no weird white chocolate goop.

Semi negative notes though; as I mentioned in someone’s Blueberry Jam tasting note -Cameron B. perhaps? this week I normally have a “Stevia Immunity” where I can’t taste the sweetener which makes many cringe – except there was an extra flavour in this cup taking the place of those weird, unnecessary peppercorns and I think it was the flavour of stevia. It’s hard to explain, but it tasted very weird. Not necessarily bad, but maybe a little bit unwelcome?

Hopefully my new found ability to taste Stevia will go away as quickly as it came!

Cameron B.

Blarg stevia! :P

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Cameron B.

Blarg stevia! :P

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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 Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Wood Fired Old Man: Leopold

I also have a real life pet – 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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