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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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I caved and picked up 100g of this one today. Whoops. The scent is divine, gah. The taste is much lighter, but still quite tasty. I’m enjoying the cinnamon maple mixture, but overall I may slightly prefer Maple Seduction, however I don’t know if I would say they’re fully comparable just because of the very different tastes.

I think I need to steep this one longer to get a bit more flavour from it next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Lol you goof…100g is so much! I steeped mine for about 4.5? Mins I think…

Courtney

Haha! I was very excited. Although everything except Divine Temptation and this one was 50g. Phew. I shall steep longer, I also eyeballed the leaf amount since I only brought an infuser.

Sil

All my bayswater teas were 50g or 25g since cavo is splitting most of them with me heh as a result they’ll probably be finished up before some of my older teas lol

Cavocorax

They’ll be finished before I run over and grab them is what you mean eh? :P

Cavocorax

(not that I mind! Seriously – open them up!)

Sil

Lol I split up a couple of them last night but bayswater is also really smelly so trying to keep them locked up

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I’ve now been here a few hours and ahh freedom! We went to Steam before we even dropped the suitcase haha.

Now I’m sitting here, catching up on all my internet things. This tea is delicious and mapley and all things good. I picked up 100g, but I can’t decide if I should pick up more, because more than likely we won’t be back again until next summer. Hmm, decisions, decisions.

Also, I took a picture for you, Cavo: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/photo_zps5f4e89e7.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Sil

courtney…i wanna come back!!!! sucks that we missed each other. :(

Amariel

Buy more so you can ice it and add sweetened condensed milk hong kong/thai style in the summer…so good.

keychange

oooh what else did you get from there?

Courtney

Keychange I also picked up Fresh Bamboo Mint and Kangaita.

Sil

Courtney – i should swap you some of the bamboo mint. I was going to get kangaita too but opted to try something new instead this time around heh

Courtney

I’m all for it. Let me know if you want anything else. That’s so much Bamboo Mint actually. I wish you could get smaller amounts hah.

Sil

yeah..that’s why they only got 3 bags purchased from me…if they sold 50g it would have been closer to 8

OMGsrsly

Yes, what Amariel says. :) Get more and ice it!

OMGsrsly

Steam didn’t sell you guys 50g? Seriously? Because I always get 50g. And samples.

Sil

he must like you…we chatted about where to buy tea but no samples and 100g only.

Courtney

It was a tiny little girl with purple hair when I went yesterday afternoon. She was really nice though, and gave me Nolan’s card and mentioned I could email/call if I needed teas shipped.

OMGsrsly

I wonder when that changed. SO FRUSTRATING.

Sil

Maybe you just have to be one of the fabulous people…

OMGsrsly

You ARE one of the fabulous people, Sil…

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drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I didn’t even realize I was at sipdown levels of this one. So I managed one sipdown today, yay! I made it for through all my samples, plus some of my cupboard teas this week and I feel great about that.

Now I’m packing (trying to is a better way of saying it) and it’s a miracle I make it through winter at all. I did some calculations, because I like quantifying everything, and literally 89% of my closet is summer clothing. That settles it then, we’re moving to California. Or Australia.

keychange

Have so so much fun on your trip!

whatshesaid

Have a blast!
I hear you about the summer clothes, wishful thinking I guess.

Courtney

I have this theory about my summer clothes that thats’s how I combat seasonal depression. The bright colours year-round just helps.

OMGsrsly

Like my BRIGHT CORAL raincoat. :) Some cheerfulness on a grey day.

whatshesaid

We Canadians have to deal somehow…. Coping mechanisms for the winter that never ends

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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My Nina’s order and LB arrived today, woot!

I was really excited about this one, but after Three Friends it’s just not what I was really looking for. That’s not to say it isn’t a good tea, but I was really hoping the orange and cream would be more noticeable. The black tea base is fine and all, but the orange and cream are extremely subtle. There is a slight chocolate aspect here too.

I survived my exam today and now I’m FREE for a week! Now we’re cleaning the house head to toe before we leave in a few hours.

whatshesaid

Dd you order the Nina’s through Amazon?

whatshesaid

How was the shipping/customs to canadia?

Courtney

I totally wrote this is the tea package I sent haha. :P The shipping is quite reasonable, and I’ve had no customs at the door.

whatshesaid

Oh hahaha how did you know I’d ask? :P

Courtney

You shall see!

Courtney

Also, did you want to try this one of The des Anges?

VariaTEA

This is one of the few I have not tried yet. I am sure I will eventually though.

Courtney

If you ever want a swap sample, I’m here. :)

VariaTEA

Aww thanks :).

whatshesaid

What are the des anges? Haha
Looking it up!

whatshesaid

Strawberry vanilla, sounds tasty!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I woke up before the sun (4:45am) this morning to look over my notes a bit more before my exam today.

This is such a great morning tea. Well, it’s great anytime, but not every tea works in the morning. The chocolate and barley is my favourite. So unique. I also decided on this one as a wee celebration because the tracking tells me my new stash of LB will be delivered today (instead of Monday), yay! I’m not completely out yet, but it’s nice that I can unpack it and place it in my cupboard before we leave.

In a few short hours, six more courses will be behind me. YES.

Veronica

Good luck, and congratulations in advance!

Angrboda

Good luck with the exams!

yyz

Good luck!

__Morgana__

Good luck from me, too!

whatshesaid

I got mine today too!

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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I drank a lot of tea today. My mouth was kind of tired of it honestly. So I brushed and flossed my teeth, ate dinner, drank a litre of water, then made a cup of Japon. My cup before dinner should have been tasty but I was so tired of tea at that point it wasn’t. Now we’re back to tasty.

Yes! Japon and I will now get back to studying. I have zero motivation, but my exam tomorrow is worth 45%. DELIGHTFUL.

VariaTEA

Good luck tomorrow!!

sundaysipping

You can do it! _

Courtney

Thanks! So close!

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I don’t anticipate any more sipdowns today/I’m quickly running out of sipdown-able teas. My tally for today includes:

Cheesecake matcha (sneakily swapped out to Stephanie)
Bavarian Cream matcha
Happy Banana
and 2 samples (Rhubarb Green and Rhubarb Vanilla)

Tomorrow is my last day for sipdowns before we leave early, early Saturday morning (early means essentially middle of the night). I could possibly sipdown Caramel matcha before then, and if I continue drinking Three Friends at the same alarming rate, that one is also a real sipdown possibility.

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drank Happy Banana by RiverTea
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Sad sipdown. But a sipdown nonetheless.

This tea was really tasty. The steeping parameters make it pretty expensive at 3 tsp. per cup, but I will happily buy some more occasionally to have around. The banana flavour is nothing short of amazing.

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Now this is what I’m talking about. I just got settled in for a day full of studying for my one last exam tomorrow, and this tea is perfection. The chocolate notes never cease to amaze me. I’m so happy to have a cupboard full of Butiki teas again (note to self: never go so long between orders again).

Also, I just placed an AE order and I ended up saving just as much as I spent. Best.

whatshesaid

Is AE a tea company I’ve never heard of or is American Eagle having a sale? Haha

Yes, nothing like that satisfying cup of a tea you’ve already established you love!

Courtney

Haha, American Eagle. Sorry, perhaps I should’ve clarified. They are having a sale and I had a discount code in my email. Do you ever just have things in your online cart for ages – adding more and taking off a few things, until finally the discounts are good enough?

This tea is such a delight.

whatshesaid

Oh yes, been there!!

I can’t remember if I tried this tea or not, I get two of them mixed up all the time

Courtney

I checked the notes and it looks as though you did haha. This one is amazing! And Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black is to die for. I saw someone described the TWMB as waffle-like a few months back and that is bang on.

whatshesaid

Oh I think the TWMB is the one I always get it mixed up with, lol
I might order both and just do a huge order when the time comes!

Courtney

That sounds best haha. I always try to hit the free shipping threshold. :)

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The smoke is still coming through clearly. Even before I sip it, I can smell the smokiness. I’m fairly sensitive to smoke, but not a single note mentions smoke as of yet. Le sigh.

The few sips I did have were smooth and had that lovely Assam maltiness, which was delightful.

Thank goodness Stacy has plenty of other amazing teas. :)

P.S. I managed 2 samples sipdowns yesterday (Glenburn Estate Darjeeling and Caramel Popcorn matcha.

whatshesaid

Hmmm good to know.

Sil

Awe…so sorry it’s smoky to you:(

Butiki Teas

How interesting! I’ve never noticed any smoke and I am particularly sensitive to smoke as well. :) I will have to try it next time looking for smoke notes.

Courtney

I plan on maybe trying again in a few more days, because I’m thinking it must be me. I knew you would have something in the description if there actually was something there. Bizarre!

Butiki Teas

Courtney-Well, it is pretty subjective. :)

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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Canada

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