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So I overleafed this one because I didn’t want to have an awkward small amount leftover.

But I didn’t notice that it has actual sugar in it, so that was a mistake. It’s quite sweet with the amount of leaf I used. So I’ll try to somewhat ignore that while reviewing since I used more leaf than I normally would have…

Anyway, this is fine. I feel like it needs more of the butterscotch flavor? I can taste a little, but I feel like they’re leaning too heavily on the sugar to provide sweetness. Mostly I taste a generic Ceylon base that’s slightly astringent, plus a relatively small amount of butterscotch (and I do get a bit of the cream soda from the flavored sugar). And then the sugar, of course. I feel like it’s probably a reasonable amount for most people, but I really dislike any sweetener at all in tea.

Anyway, not a fave, but a lot of that is because of the sugar… I bet it would make a good latte though, if I were so inclined.

Flavors: Astringent, Butterscotch, Caramel, Sugar, Sweet, Tannic, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Wayward Sons by Happy Turtle Tea
3035 tasting notes

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Courtesy of Gabby!

This is not my favorite. I think it’s because I’m not a lavender fan, and I don’t always love sage either (though sometimes I do, like in S&V’s Rocky Mountains). The ginger is nice though.

I just wish there was a bit of fruit or something sweet here to sort of counterbalance all of those savory herbal notes. So not loving it because of that, but still thankful for the chance to try a tea that I never would have ordered for myself! :D

Flavors: Earthy, Ginger, Herbaceous, Lavender, Medicinal, Sage, Savory, Smooth, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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A gorgeous blackberry and sage blend. I normally don’t enjoy sage-flavored blends but the lavender and blackberry really smooth it out for a delightfully comforting cuppa.

Flavors: Blackberry, Lavender, Sage, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I still need to try this one!

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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge (September) – “A coconut tea”

I actually have very few coconut teas in my cupboard, because 1) I enjoy coconut situationally but I’m not in love with it, and 2) coconut tends to dramatically shorten the lifespan of tea, and since I don’t love it, it’s unlikely that I’ll finish the tea before it goes rancid. But happily, I got this sample in my swap, just in time for this monthly prompt! ❤

I admit, I was a bit nervous about this tea, because it has coconut AND lavender, neither of which are favorites of mine. But it’s actually quite nice. The main flavor is a light, creamy coconut with a touch of pineapple. It’s not overwhelmingly creamy, more light and airy, like a coconut marshmallow. The lavender is subtle, which I appreciate, and adds a nice citrusy floral note at the end of the sip. I don’t think my sachet had any butterfly pea flowers in it, as my cup is a warm brown color.

Anyway, pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure whether I would order it or not, just because I don’t crave coconut, but I would definitely sip it again!

(and now this song is going to be stuck in my head alllll day… XD)

Flavors: Citrus, Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Herbaceous, Lavender, Marshmallow, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I now also have this song stuck in my head…

Cameron B.

Mua ha ha!

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So my cupboard has just exploded with a bunch of new teas. Not only did I buy quite a few on vacation, but a couple of tea orders also arrived while I was away, plus I got my last Bird & Blend subscription and a large tea swap. All at the end of the month, of course. Sigh… So anyway, now I’m trying to sip through the smaller swap samples as quickly as I can, just to get them out of my cupboard. This was one of those single-cup samples.

I’ve been wanting to try Happy Turtle, so I was glad to see a few teas from them in the package. This one sounds right up my alley, a black tea with dark forest berries and evergreen flavors. But I think there might not have been enough berry in my small sample, as I’m not really getting more than a hint of blueberry. Mostly it actually tastes like sage to me, which isn’t even an ingredient. I guess it must be the eucalyptus combining with the blackberry leaf? I’m not sure I’ve ever had mistletoe in tea, so I can’t place that flavor.

Anyway, it tastes like a sage-forward black tea with a subtle hint of jammy blueberry in the background. It’s not bad, but not quite what I was hoping for either…

Flavors: Blueberry, Jam, Musty, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tea Of Light by Happy Turtle Tea
6382 tasting notes

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drank Mad Frills by Happy Turtle Tea
6382 tasting notes

Iced and Plain Tea Sipdown (219)

This has a really nice raspberry flavour. For the longest time I was trying to place it and it finally dawned on me as I started drinking the iced tea that this is like DAVIDsTEA’s Fantasy Island, minus the coconut. The hot tea, once cool, got bitter so I was worried the iced tea may be bitter as well. It is not. It leans more into the raspberry flavour. It also has some mango. I like this though over time it will blend with all the other decent fruity teas I’ve had.

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Grabbed this sample from a TTB, and oh boy is it sparkly! So pretty! I didn’t realize this would be quite so fruity. It really just tastes like an herbal hibiscus-based tea. I enjoy that variety of tea, but since the black tea is mostly undetectable in flavor, I find it pointless to have the added caffeine here. My cup of this was tart and tasty with a sweet, pleasant strawberry. It tasted best cold. I don’t know that it stood out enough that I’d purchase an herbal version of this either, but it was a decent cup.

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drank Bad Wolf by Happy Turtle Tea
13661 tasting notes

Cold Brew Sipdown (1602)!

Y’know, with this type of Doctor Who inspired name it really feels like a missed opportunity to have not included rose in the blend. Even if it was just petals.

I’m kind of glad this is a sipdown. I was hesitant at first because how awesome of a fandom pick would this have been for future Geek Steep episodes!? However, sipping on it now… Yeah, not a fan. It’s busy. I can tell there’s jasmine and some type of citrus flavouring as well, but mostly it has this dominating overarching flavour of children’s chewable Flintstones vitamins. Definitely not the most pleasant flavour to be drinking longterm.

So… welp.

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drank Wookie Cookie by Happy Turtle Tea
1714 tasting notes

With this name, I expected this to taste like cookies, but the ingredients include lavender, figs, and currants, so I was interested to see how it would turn out. The flavor ends up tasting 100% like boba. I gave a sip to someone else, and they also said boba with no prompting from me. I’m bummed the tea box only had enough for one cup because this flavor is so fun! It’s pure liquified boba. The second steep tasted every bit as amazing. I even steeped it a third time, which was still tasty, but had lost some of the magic. I drank this a few days ago, and I’ve been thinking about it (even bringing it up in conversations with family members) ever since.

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It’s my turn for the latest Reddit TTB! This was the first tea I tried – its scent is so desserty and irresistible. The flavor is just as butterscotchy as I had hoped! I almost never think butterscotch or caramel teas have gone far enough, but this one is really rich and good! It’s unmistakable butterscotch. Such an awesome latte. What a great butter beer inspired tea.

gmathis

The title makes me smile!

AJRimmer

Ha it was definitely unexpected!

Lexie Aleah

Also smiled when I read the title. (:

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Thank you VariaTEA for this tea!

Truthfully I’ve put off trying this one because the ingredients list is very, very busy and I was having a hard time gauging just by looking at it what it was supposed to taste like. I felt like I had to be in a particular kind of mood to want to just go for it…

I guess I was today though because when I grabbed my teas to bring to work today this one jumped out at me. Honestly it was fine. The dry leaf visual is very, very pretty though! Lovely needle shaped green teas, small elderberries, and rather plump goji berries all jump out to me and everything is coated in a fine shimmery pink tinted luster dust that gives a very ethereal “pixie like” feeling. Sadly, once steeped, the shimmer doesn’t particularly carry to the steeped tea – I think there’s probably just not enough of it to make a noticeable enough impact.

The taste is light and sort of vaguely “red berry” in direction but it’s so soft/watery and muddled that it’s near impossible to distinctly call out anything more specific than that. Despite being a mix of green and black teas, it’s the green that wins out here: light and grassy and complimentary to the soft berry notes even if I don’t love it overall.

I think this will be easy to finish off overall, but I feel like for an Avatar The Last Airbender inspired tea I just wanted something more… impactful!?

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Sipdown 162-2021
I didn’t care for this. It didn’t read as chestnut, but rather a an artificial chocolate flavor. Not undrinkable, just not great.

tea-sipper

A Grimm tea! A fun show for this time of year if anyone missed it.

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Sipdown 161- 2021

I was expecting the chocolate in this to taste much more synthetic than it does, based on the smell. Not really getting a nuttiness, but more of a maple chocolate. I’m guessing the caramel flavoring is reading as maple to me.

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I wanted to like this tea. I wanted to like it so badly.

However, I think it’s one of those blends that’s unfortunately committed the crime of having too much going on. I mean, the ingredient list is long and it’s full of a bunch of competing flavours. Coconut and yerba mate sounds so nice, light and refreshing with subtle greener topical vibes – and some of that does come through! But there’s also A LOT of very herbaceous basil that seems diametrically opposed to the other flavours. Now, don’t get me wrong – I like basil in tea. A lot, actually. However basil and coconut!?

I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work.

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Decided to just push through the rest of this simple and clear it out. It’s really not a bad chocolate tea, it’s just that I’m only getting that kind of plain chocolate note and the simplicity focused around a flavour I’m not super interested in combined with the really oily mouthfeel from all the melted sprinkles just… isn’t doing it for me.

However, like I said in my last note, the fandom connection is really fun and I do think the sprinkles add a cool Captain America inspired visual! I know other people will enjoy this tea because it’s a solid chocolate flavour – I’m just not a chocolate tea person.

(And, blasphemous to say I know, I’m also just not a big fan of Captain American either.)

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The fandom reference here is really fun but the tea kind of just tastes like chocolate in a pretty average way and I didn’t love the thick ring of blue around the waterline of my tea from all the melted sprinkles. It’s fun, but kind of just… fine.

VariaTEA

Hahaha I think I only ever had this as a latte, which hides the oil

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Sipdown 148-2021
The bergamot is pretty intense here, and the chocolate is a bit too artificial for my liking. But, overall a fine cup of tea. I over-steeped it a bit and it came out a bit bitter, which softened as the cup cooled.

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I love a spooky themed tea. Particularly a spooky themed tea with marshmallows and sprinkles.
This is nice, but not something I would particularly need to purchase again. Very much a berry cereal flavor. It actually tastes quite a bit like Brutalitea’s Assam A Go Go, but the puerh here is a bit more intense.

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drank Most Ardently by Happy Turtle Tea
6382 tasting notes

Salted Caramel/Gingerbread Sweet Cream Latte (193)

M is for…Most Ardently

This made for a yummy latte with salted caramel/gingerbread sweet cream. Granted, it was slightly oily (from the chocolate I’m guessing), but I just kept a spoon in my cup and stirred it so I couldn’t see the oil. It also was mostly just a generically sweet which made for a good platform for the sweet cream but probably wouldn’t make for a very interesting plain tea.

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Something about this last cup reminded me a little bit of “Runtz” candies – I think it was that sweet candied banana and strawberry flavour combination!? I enjoyed it, and even thought it still complimented the walnut flavours in the blend as well. Nothing was too much in terms of sweetness or competitiveness with the other flavours.

I would definitely order this one again!

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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.

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E is for…Everyone Loves a Yule Ball

Coffee and cinnamon is strong here and it’s the sweet cinnamon and I’m not loving it. Not liking it at all tbh. It’s just too sweet and I don’t really like coffee and get that.

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drank DeadpOolong by Happy Turtle Tea
6382 tasting notes

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D is for…DeadpOolong

Deadpool tea in a unicorn mug seemed right.

The tea is just meh though if I’m being honest. It’s mostly just cinnamon and not much else. Also a bit bland. I wanted to like it because I like the name but mostly I’m just bored.

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