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Cold Brew Sipdown (1358)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the tea! There’s a lot going on in this ingredient list so I had no idea what to expect, but cracking open the sample bag it smelled really good – very tropical and sweet with guava and dragonfruit notes and a bit of lemongras!

Steeped up, I’m definitely finding it a little lighter that the dry aroma but still very flavourful and fun! It’s a real grab bag of mixed fruit notes, but leaning more tropical with the guava still coming through quite a bit along with notes of lemongrass and sweet apple. Definitely a little herby/grassy underneath those juicy and tangy tropical fruit notes, but not unpleasantly so. The finish is sort of cooling – it doesn’t taste of mint but it feels like mint. Can’t remember right now if there was actually mint in the blend, though…

Overall, I find this really interesting and distinct! I like it a lot more than I expected to.

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Latte Sipdown (260)

J is not for…Forged from the Stars

The chicory has taken over and combined with the nuttiness, this has me thinking coffee. I GET IT NOW!!! Last time I had this I had no clue why it was named for Thor but this is reading coffee and we all know how the God of Thunder feels about coffee. So A+ for being inspired by the namesake but as someone who doesn’t love coffee or chicory, I’m okay with saying goodbye to this one.

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F is for…Forged from the Stars

My brother-in-law and I are separately rewatching the MCU movies in chronological order. It’s hard for us to watch them together because typically my sister is home and she has no interest in the MCU whatsoever and refuses to let us watch. However, today was an odd day where my sister had to actually go to work in person so my brother-in-law finally got caught up on the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We then were debating what to watch so I asked where he’d gotten in the rewatch and he said he just finished Iron Man 2. Same for me so Thor was next and how convenient that it worked out that we are watching Thor on the same day the Thor-inspired blend matches the letter of the alphabet.

Anyways, I brewed a cup to drink while watching the movie. It’s a weird nutty chocolate tea though and I’m not sure how it reflect the God of Thunder. Not really sure where they are going here. And taste wise, it’s cooled a little and is becoming a touch astringent. Alright, a lot astringent which is making the nuttiness come off kind of strange. I have more of this and will need to revisit because this wasn’t the best.

Courtney

We are also doing this! Enjoy! :)

VariaTEA

What movie are you on? I would be much further but I just keep rewatching the Falcon and the Winter Soldier episodes

Courtney

Hahah! I have been re-watching Thor Ragnarok over and over, but we also binged WandaVision this weekend. Technically, we just finished Endgame, but then I went back to Thor between haha.

VariaTEA

LOVE Ragnarok! It’s hard to watch the first Thor now that we have awesomely funny Thor vs Shakespeare Thor in the first two movies

Courtney

Right? Thor is my favourite! Lex watched the Falcon & Winter Soldier episodes yesterday and I need to catch up. I just don’t want to turn off Thor!

Courtney

Also, I am SO EXCITED for Loki I’m not sure how I’ll survive until 11-June.

VariaTEA

The new trailer dropped for Loki and it looks soooo good! All the Disney+ shows have been so awesome. Also I’m so sad about them pushing back it’s release. We were supposed to have new marvel content each week for all of 2021 and Loki was supposed to start after TFATWS and now we’ll have nothing for months :(

VariaTEA

Also Thor was my favourite and still is one of my favourites. I think Ragnarok is still my favourite movie. I’ve been on a Captain America and Bucky kick lately though. Also Sam and Bucky in TFATWS is delightful so I just watch the show over and over again.

Courtney

I know! How are we meant to survive an extra month?! I’ve been watching and re-watching both trailers haha! And some other YouTube videos analyzing the trailers haha.

Courtney

Thor is my all-time favourite as well. Lexa flips between Thor and Captain America. Have you watched WandaVision? I was really impressed!

VariaTEA

I have and I loved it. I am in the group of people that found the finale a little underwhelming tbh but I think that’s because every other episode ended on such a high. I appreciated that it dealt with the emotional stuff well and wrapped things up nicely if there isn’t a second season.

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drank Elevenses by Happy Turtle Tea
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E is for…Elevenses

This was a sample in my Happy Turtle Tea order. I might have forgotten to set a timer when I steeped this though and I’m hoping it’s underleafed otherwise it’s a little bland. It’s supposed to be an oolong with berry flavours but mostly I just get a slight oolong flavor.

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Flavoured milk oolongs are a bit guilty pleasure tea for me, and I happened to be strongly craving the uber creamy deliciousness of one yesterday so I decided to give this blend a whirl! I ran out of time during my work day to steep it up, so I had a very long feeling commute home knowing that I had this sample in my pocket just dying to be steeped up.

It was very nice though and insanely buttery with a very coating mouthfeel. Like perfectly golden toasted slathered in loads of fresh, creamy whipped butter. Really indulgent and, while not much of the oolong peaked through, I thought the cup was a very relaxing way to end my work week going into the long weekend.

Thank you VariaTEA for sending this tea my way!! I avoided Happy Turtle’s website for so long because I knew as soon as I saw more fandom blends I would feel compelled to order, so it was a nice surprise receiving these teas from you…

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Sample from VariaTEA. i’ve had this before and while i enjoyed the last of this cup, it is a really sweet cup of tea, which overpowers the green base. Enjoyable but nothing i need to have again.

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Sipdown 61-2021
This was just way too sweet for me, so I only had a sip and gave the rest of the mug to my partner who loves especially sweet teas. There’s perhaps a bit of nuttiness, but mostly all I could taste was sweet.

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Thank you VariaTEA for the birthday present – I’ve been avoiding Happy Turtle because I just knew that as soon as I saw the site I would need to order. Nerdy teas are my kryptonite. So, this was a very welcome surprise/good way of skirting that hesitancy.

I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am by the cleverness of an Ursula/Little Mermaid themed tea being built around a “Throat Help” concept. That is just so clever and I feel like I must bow down to the person who’s brain came up with that idea!

The taste is pretty nice – definitely one of the more palatable throat oriented blends that I’ve tried. I greatly appreciate that it’s not loaded up with licorice root – I know that’s a very functional ingredient for sore throats but I loathe the taste so much. This is warming and cozy, with a focus on cinnamon and just a bit of a fruity (orange?) undertone.

It’s not blowing my mind or anything, but it’s definitely hitting the spot in the moment.

Autistic Goblin

Ooh very smart. Not sure but I think I consider it more Geeky than nerdy though.

TeaEarleGreyHot

Licorice root is a lovely flavor!

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Sipdown 48-2021
Pu’er, pistachio, papaya, and peony- quite an interesting ingredient list (also- alliteration!) The pu’er is dark and earthy and at the forefront of each sip. A buttery nuttiness follows and lingers in the aftertaste. Not getting any papaya.

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drank Golden Lasso by Happy Turtle Tea
5816 tasting notes

Iced Tea and Plain Tea Sipdown (296)

I realized I had about 3 perfect spoons in the package so I decided to use one for a hot cup of tea and the other two for an iced tea. It’s supposed to be a honeybush but it’s mostly fruit pieces. Fruit and glitter, which sells me quickly because I love a gimmick.

Tasting the hot tea, I really like it. It’s fruity but in a sweet/syrupy/caramel-y way. I can taste apple and fig and more, though nothing is specifically distinct. The iced is similar to the hot and still very good. I don’t know if I would place an order for this but I would add this to an order if I were placing one.

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drank Droids Unite by Happy Turtle Tea
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Rooibos hit me first, then caramel, then the jasmine. It’s supposed to be a creme brulee tea and while I can see what they were going for, it misses the mark. I blame the jasmine.

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drank Eleven's Eggo by Happy Turtle Tea
5816 tasting notes

In my opinion, this is Happy Turtle Tea’s version of Forever Nuts. Forever Nuts but sweeter.

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Sipdown 46-2021
This came as a sample in my Happy Turtle order (still counting it as a sipdown!). It’s quite buttery and sweet- like a sugar cookie or perhaps a caramelized nut. Not tasting any of the oolong. It’s a nice tea, but not really a flavor profile that I love enough to repurchase.

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G is for…Gizmo’s Midnight Snack

I enjoyed this one while I had it which is also why I shared it with a few. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised seeing as I purchased this one almost strictly because of the name and the fact that my dog when I lived with my mom was named Gizmo.

This to me is predominantly banana chip flavored and I am good with that. That said, I am getting a lot more blueberry in this cup than I have in cups passed. It’s banana chip upfront and that sort of blends into a berry flavor that ends on a more distinct blueberry. The green tea base is mostly hidden. It’s smooth and sweet and fruity and nice. I would maybe grab more of this if I were already placing a Happy Turtle Tea order.

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I bought a larger package of this tea solely because it was named after Gizmo the Gremlin, who I named a dog after since they looked alike. It has banana and berries and walnuts and has a strong banana runt smell so I am hoping it tastes good but if not, I bought it for the name and that’s on me.

Actually, its not bad. Thankfully. It’s mostly banana runts so if you like that flavor, this could work for you. It’s a green tea and I maybe get a touch umami but there really isn’t much green tea flavor while its hot. There also isn’t as much berry as you would expect from a tea that lists strawberries and raspberries as ingredients. Mostly just banana runts.

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It’s Pi Day. Today I had a banana cream pie eclair (an early birthday treat for me since the bakery isn’t open on Mondays) and now this tea.

This is cherry pie again today but with less crumble/crust and a touch kore astringency from the base. Perhaps it was just near the bottom of the package and so the broken bits are having that effect.

AJRimmer

We always bake lots of pies on pie day, so it’s become one of my favorite holidays (: happy early birthday!

AJRimmer

*pi day

VariaTEA

Thank you! And what pies did you bake this year?!

AJRimmer

This year, we did banoffee, mushroom chestnut, mac & cheese, and a strawberry frosty square adaptation! We also celebrate tau day the same way as an excuse for more pie.

Cameron B.

Mmm mac & cheese pie sounds amazing!

AJRimmer

Yeah, I saw some in the British section of our international grocery store a few months ago, and I was like – I didn’t know such things were possible!

VariaTEA

Oooh, those all sound awesome!

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I asked my sister what tea I should have an her immediate reaction was “Cotton Candy”. It was very quick and took me by surprise. However, I usually prefer that cold and I wanted a hot tea so I asked her to pick again. Her next response was “Apple Pie” but since I don’t have an apple pie tea right now, I went with this tea instead.

This weirdly had something that was smelling lotion-y to me. There is no coconut though or anything that should have given me that so I just ignored it and hoped for the best. After one quick sip, I can say no lotion. In fact, its got a pretty nice pie flavor to it. Warm, cozy, sweet and jammy red fruit notes. The cinnamon and red fruit aspects are actually reminding me of Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52 Teas, just less strawberry and more generic red fruit.

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drank Super Soldier Serum by Happy Turtle Tea
12287 tasting notes

sipdown! THis one is pretty tasty and makes me want to try a few others from turtle tea at some point.

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drank Super Soldier Serum by Happy Turtle Tea
12287 tasting notes

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drank Super Soldier Serum by Happy Turtle Tea
12287 tasting notes

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Sipdown 29-2021
Just a sample simp down…but it still counts! Another tea I finished a few days ago. It was a perfectly nice lavender earl grey, but didn’t really stand out for me. The lavender was really dominant, which I like. But, the lavender used wasn’t my favorite.

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drank Mother Of Dragons by Happy Turtle Tea
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sample from VariaTEA. I don’t love green teas, so wasn’t expecting much from this one. OVerall, it brews up to this murky greenish water which isn’t wholly appealing …and then taste wise it’s very much a green tea…with a little sweetness and a bit of generic “fruit” taste to me. not a win.

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drank Tea Of Light by Happy Turtle Tea
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