553 Tasting Notes

This tea is so far my favorite of the ones I’ve tried from Happy Turtle Tea. It’s really an odd lovely little blend. There is a rich earthy aroma that you pick up whenever you sip on the tea but that flavor does not translate over. The flavor itself is literally fresh pineapple juice with the ever so slight earthy note towards the end of the sip.

I’m trying to figure out if its a blend I will need more of or not and I’m still undecided but I’m just happy the candied pineapple and the friggin adorable pineapple sprinkles don’t cause this blend to be a sugar overload.

Flavors: Pineapple


I love pineapple. But my mouth always gets canker sores. Even so… I still want to try this one


I’m thinking about placing another order to try and get less sugary blends, let me know if you want me to throw a sample of it (etc) in my order :)


I just drank the Nerd Felt tea you sent and noticed on their website that they have a Psych fandom blend tea, too! Also pineapple, of course!


I flipped through the Happy Turtle website briefly yesterday and couldn’t quit grinning at the tea names. I missed this one, though! (My middle-school aged son and I used to have a standing Friday night date for the Monk, Psych, House trifecta…now I’m getting all misty.)

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I so wanted to love this one. Banana, Blueberries, Walnuts with a green tea base. . .it sounds amazing however I’m starting to see a theme with the Happy Turtle Teas where there is a lot of sugar or candied elements that overpower the blends. The first few sips are really lovely and you get this delightful banana blueberry flavor but as you continue to sip the sweetness really takes over. The green tea flavor is very slight too.

Truly not a bad blend, just think the sugar level is a bit high for me. I do really love how the banana blueberry flavor mingles.

Flavors: Blueberry, Sugar, Sweet


Love the title reference :)


Me too! And the illustration on the sample package is adorable.


My dog is named Gizmo after the Gremlins character so I bought a larger package of this solely based on that. It made sense at the time.

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Just got my Happy Turtle Tea order. . . And because this one is an “IT” fandom blend, I had to try it. (I’m a big horror fan and Stephen King fan)

Being a flavored puerh, I was a bit worried about how this blend was going to come together. I haven’t really liked flavored puerhs so far. The added marshmallows and sprinkles added even a bit more worry but also added intrigue. So I went ahead and placed a small sample order to try a few blends.

This is truly a weird tea-puerh, strawberry & hazelnut flavoring, marshmallows, and sprinkles. The puerh is pretty muted and the sugar from the marshmallows and sprinkles is the star of the blend. I am picking up the strawberry which I do like and wish was a bit stronger. The sugary up front flavor is a bit much for me but I’m hoping the second infusion the spotlight will be more strawberry hazelnut puerh.

Can’t decide if I’m a fan or not. . .on the fence about this one. . .

Flavors: Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet


I’ve had pu-erh and strawberry together, which worked…but I’d think the hazelnut would make it wonky.


I need to find a solid strawberry puerh blend minus the marshmallows and sugar sprinkles. I love the look of the blend- but I think you are right, the hazelnut is throwing me.


Wish I could remember the genus and species of the strawberry pu-erh I tried…


Lupicia’s Chocolate & Strawberry Puer?


I also vote Lupicia’s Chocolate and Strawberry Puer!


That one has been on my wishlist for a while, might be time to do a Lupicia’s order and properly use my Christmas tea money from my parents :)


Brutaliteas has a black/puerh blend with hazelnut, strawberry, and cocoa nibs that’s really tasty!


@amandastory516 I’ve been seeing a lot about Brutaliteas too lately. By any chance do you remember what that blend was called? I’m not seeing it on the site but could totally be missing it.

Lexie Aleah

Nichole: I found it on Steepster and it’s called Assam a Go-Go


Nichole- Sorry…Lexie is correct, it’s called Assam a Go-Go!

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Sad to see this one go but I’ve been hoarding on to this one for a bit and I don’t think that was a wise choice. The tea had a bit of a stale feel to it but was still delicious and I enjoyed every sip. Sweet, toasty, buttery, all the tea feels with this one.

Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Toasted Rice

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This tea and I became instant besties yesterday. To the point where I’m contemplating an 8oz purchase of this tea. I know I know its sipdown 2021 but I’ve been looking for a black flavored tea that I could easily enjoy without worrying about the tea cooling and becoming bitter or accidentally oversteeping. This tea withstood it all yesterday and deliciously so. I literally almost took down an ounce of this tea yesterday (I was using the biggest teapot I own. Think it holds 40oz).

Bright pops of vanilla and almond totally make this tea taste very cookie like. I never really picked up on the orange notes but when they do show up, they will just add to this delicious ditty. Really delicious and simple but oh so good and comforting. By far the best tea I’ve tried from Friday Afternoon yet.

Looking forward to enjoying this tea on the long commutes coming our way with the kids going back to school next week. (We live about 30 minutes away from my kiddos’ schools).

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Vanilla

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Second go at this tea today and it is delicious! I cold brewed the tea for a few hours (should have done it longer but just used the leaves or rather should I say inclusions from earlier today), poured them into my SodaStream bottle, carbonated the tea and viola- I have myself an amazing sparkling iced tea with delicious fruity notes of blueberries, kiwi, melon and I’m finally getting the peach. The sugary notes have really stepped aside but that could also be because I am using the same serving from earlier. Still no sight of the black tea but there is seriously very little tea in this blend to being with.

Excited to try this again tomorrow to see if the fruit flavors are even stronger with a fresh serving.

Flavors: Blueberry, Melon, Peach

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Second tea of the day and I had to try this one because its an ode to David Bowie.

This tea is unique for sure. The inclusions WAY out weigh the actual black tea in the blend. I actually found myself digging through the pouch just to try and find more black tea. Blend has enormous blueberries and huge chunks of kiwi with cute sugar sprinkles.

Brewed hot, this tea was a shot of sugar. Couldn’t really get any other flavors and not really something I was enjoying. However, allowed to completely cool- this tea is amazing! Bright blueberry, kiwi and melon, almost reminds me of a summer fruit salad. Loving this tea now and am trying some out as a cold brew. I might have found a winner here.

Flavors: Blueberry, Melon, Sugar


I found this one extremely sweet, too. Perhaps I’ll try it out as a cold brew next.


amandastory516 Felt like it was a completely different tea when it cooled and I’m going to try it as tea pop later today. :)


Crazy how different tea can taste hot vs. cold!

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Happy Friday all!

Still journeying into my Friday Afternoon order and this one I had such high hopes for.

My bestie is a HUGE Sailor Moon fan so I picked this one up thinking we might enjoy it together some day. But I don’t think that will happen. This is one bitter blend and I can’t figure out why. This tea seems to bring out all the wrong notes from the black tea, the grapefruit, and the rose-which is surprising because I love all three of those ingredients and have had similiar blends and adored them. One bitter grumpy cup and I’m not sure I will be able to finish. Maybe some sugar or honey might help change this tea’s mood/flavor. Will try again another day.

Flavors: Bitter

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I’m back and hopefully for good! After a bit of a hiatus, I want to get back in the habit of logging my tea journey for various reasons.

I never know how to start these things. I’m a 40ish tea loving gal who enjoys tea parties, horror movies and polka dots/plaid. I have an amazing supportive husband who has allowed our house to be over run by tea in more ways than one. We have four kiddos between us along with our two furbabies that we love as much as they drive us nuts. Our family truly is our world.

Now on to the tea: I love all kinds. I’m not a huge fan of red rooibos- truly is my arch enemy but I love green rooibos. Beyond that, I’ll try everything once or twice to make sure I didn’t bumble up the steepings. Recently got into puerh and enjoying the adventure. If you are interested in something from me, just holler at me. I’m always up for trying new tea blends or sharing with others!

I’ve also started blending up my own teas at http://www.cuppageekteas.com/ I try to make fun unique blends to brighten someones day with.

I am also the admin behind SororiTea Sisters. If you are interested in reviewing teas for us, let me know!. We are always looking for guest reviewers or contributors: http://sororiteasisters.com/.





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