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Cold-brewed this one last night and am sipping on it now. Dang, it’s tasty! When it’s super cold right out of the fridge, I get major watermelon notes. Now that it’s warmed up just a smidge, I’m getting a hit of raspberry and some nice floral notes from the green tea base.

This is so refreshing. I could see myself using it as a post-run rehydration drink, because plain water never really appeals to me but I don’t like sugary sports drinks.

Flavors: Floral, Melon, Raspberry, Watermelon

52Teas

I absolutely love this one iced. I know I’ve said this at least once before, but I’m not sure if I’ve said it here on steepster, I almost didn’t process this one for sale – I was going to just package it up for me – not because I was being selfish – but because of the stickiness of the watermelon. I’ve made watermelon teas before, but never quite this sticky. I’m not sure why this particular batch ended up so sticky – but it did. So, I was thinking, “I can’t sell this!” So I almost didn’t – but after I tasted it – I thought that people would still love this, even though it’s sticky because it tastes so good. (Especially cold brewed!)

Kelmishka

I saw that note! I’m glad you ended up offering it… it’s so good! The stickiness is just a fun little quirk.

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52Teas

I absolutely love this one iced. I know I’ve said this at least once before, but I’m not sure if I’ve said it here on steepster, I almost didn’t process this one for sale – I was going to just package it up for me – not because I was being selfish – but because of the stickiness of the watermelon. I’ve made watermelon teas before, but never quite this sticky. I’m not sure why this particular batch ended up so sticky – but it did. So, I was thinking, “I can’t sell this!” So I almost didn’t – but after I tasted it – I thought that people would still love this, even though it’s sticky because it tastes so good. (Especially cold brewed!)

Kelmishka

I saw that note! I’m glad you ended up offering it… it’s so good! The stickiness is just a fun little quirk.

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I was an anxious child who didn’t like change, so when my parents flew across the country for my grandfather’s wedding and left us kids with my aunt and uncle, I was a nervous wreck. Our first night at their house was tough. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and padded into the kitchen, where my aunt was puttering around. She could tell I was distressed and offered to make me a cup of tea. It was just Celestial Seasonings’ peppermint tea, but it was exactly what I needed. The tea itself, the comfort it represented, the ritual of making it… I was enchanted. I’ve loved tea ever since.

I’m partial to strong, intense flavors and prefer loose-leaf to bagged, but I’m also no snob. I just know what I enjoy and like trying new blends. I mostly drink my tea straight but once in a blue moon I’ll add a little plant-based milk, generally oat.

I live in Maryland, USA, with my partner, two dogs, and one cat, and I’m an editor at an animal welfare nonprofit. I use she/her pronouns. I’ve actually been a Steepster reader for years and years, but only started posting in late 2021. :)

When I’m not drinking tea (or sometimes WHILE I’m drinking tea!) I’m reading, rewatching comfort shows on Netflix, going for a jog, knitting, hiking, or puttering in the garden. You can find me on Instagram at @kelmishka.

Favorite ingredients, flavors, etc.

Maple (all-time fave flavor!), vanilla, caramel, and all that dessert-y warming goodness

Jasmine, lavender, and most floral flavors

Most spices, although I go through phases and sometimes get bored of generic-feeling winter spice blends

Most fruity flavors

Matcha and other vegetal flavors

Not-so-favorite ingredients, flavors, etc.

Bergamot (I tolerate it, but it just doesn’t do it for me)

Hibiscus

Overly artificial flavors (banana, coconut, mango)

Stevia, monkfruit, and other sugar-alternative sweeteners — blech

Chocolate — it’s hard to get it right in tea, though I love real chocolate!

Animal products, including honey (long-time vegan checking in!)

My ratings

90-100: The best! Will almost definitely repurchase.

75-90: Really good, and potentially worthy of a restock.

60-75: Decent, if not terribly memorable.

50-60: In the “meh” range, but possibly for personal taste reasons.

35-50: I’m not a fan, and this is not very good tea.

20-35: Varying degrees of bad.

1-20: Actively bad. Like really bad. I can’t imagine anyone disagreeing.

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Maryland, USA

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