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Indulgent, sweet late evening/bedtime tea. Perfect mix of sweet honey notes, and creamy cheesecake with just a little ‘tang’. Not overly floral, but enough to add depth and break up the otherwise dessert heavy profile. As always, would love more “graham crust” in the profile.

Not gonna elaborate much; I’ve been writing tasting notes for hours now and I’m so close to being done with my list from the week so I’m going to power through the rest. I’m feeling pretty burnt out from writing, though. Gonna be nap time soon…

VariaTEA

I made ice cubes with this and blended them with milk but I think it is too floral for that. I think I need to use a chocolate or caramel tea.

Roswell Strange

I bet Candy Cane Crush would be good made that way too…

VariaTEA

Good call…have to see how much I have. If not Candy Cane Crush, I am sure I have something similar from Necessiteas bumping around in a tin somewhere

Roswell Strange

If you have any more of the Peppermint Crunch that you sent me from them I’m sure that would probably be equally as tasty!

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VariaTEA

I made ice cubes with this and blended them with milk but I think it is too floral for that. I think I need to use a chocolate or caramel tea.

Roswell Strange

I bet Candy Cane Crush would be good made that way too…

VariaTEA

Good call…have to see how much I have. If not Candy Cane Crush, I am sure I have something similar from Necessiteas bumping around in a tin somewhere

Roswell Strange

If you have any more of the Peppermint Crunch that you sent me from them I’m sure that would probably be equally as tasty!

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a mid twenties 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
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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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