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Sipdown (517)!

Finished this one off last night; it was a free sample I got in my last AQTT package. I’ve looked at it a few times on the site, but since it’s very similar to blends from other vendors I’ve had before, like Jessie’s Tea from DT or Just Lovely from Camellia Tea, I’ve always passed it up in favour of other more unique blends.

It was actually very nice though; certainly like the aforementioned teas but I think this was arguably smoother/more heavy on those vanilla elements and that was a very nice touch for me. It made for a really pleasant evening cup of tea even if it wasn’t a unique profile. I think for those looking for a tea with this kind of profile and who are maybe already considering an order with AQTT that this would certainly fill those needs for you, but since I know there are many other companies that do similar blends I would put it in the camp of ‘good tea, not worth going out your way to make an AQTT order specifically for it’. I’d revisit it if sent it again, but also wouldn’t go out of my way to get more of it either.

Side note – I wish AQTT would do more honeybush blends because I’m always looking for more unique caffeine free options to add to my stash and none of the current offerings really jump out to me…

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

I actually just picked up more honeybush to play with!

Roswell Strange

Oh yay! That’s actually really exciting!

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Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

I actually just picked up more honeybush to play with!

Roswell Strange

Oh yay! That’s actually really exciting!

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Hello;

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.

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