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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.


Good luck, and congratulations in advance!


Good luck with the exams!


Good luck!


Good luck from me, too!


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.


Good luck tomorrow!!


You can do it! _


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


Hmmm good to know.


Awe…so sorry it’s smoky to you:(

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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.


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!

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Courtney-Well, it is pretty subjective. :)

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MY WELLIES ARE HERE! I went out to check the mail 15 minutes ago, and they weren’t here and it was NOT raining. Then, not 5 minutes later I heard the UPS truck pull up and I flew outside and it was raining and they had arrived!

I’m going outside to play in the rain in my new wellies!

Here they are: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/8538D85D-CB04-4742-8726-74C40B80A827_zpskaqtyead.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Oh, and this tea is awesome.


Don’t you love that you could have worn them in the rain going out to get them?… How ironic. Have fun getting them muddy!

I’ve seen several posts about people liking the peanut butter matcha… must be a good one.


Haha thanks! I much prefer this one to the straight Peanut Butter matcha myself, but that’s personal preference. :)


Nice! Have fun jumping in the puddles!


Ooh, nice!

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Ahh Butiki. Always comes through for me. I think I need to come up with a vocabularly to describe Darjeelings. At least the first flushes, I have a feeling, are going to become a bigger part of my life.

This is an awesome tea. It still amazes me that a black tea steeps up so light. It’s very smooth and a bit thicker in consistency, like a black tea, except it doesn’t look like a black tea. There seems to be maybe a subtle hay component? Also subtle fruits that I can’t quite nail down. There’s also an awesome sweetness in scent that comes through clearly in the taste.

I want to test out the few other first flush Darjeelings from Butiki, then I will decide which is best for my cupboard. This one is nothing short of delicious though.

This is another sample sipdown too.

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Sadly, this one I didn’t enjoy. I tried it both as a hot milk matcha latte and a cold matcha milk to no avail. The flavours upset my stomach. I’m not a huge fan of popcorn as it is, so perhaps that played a part. I’m not sure I could completely differentiate the flavours, but it struck me as more super sweet, borderline ‘burnt’ caramel/butter mix.

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA! Another matcha to leave for those who do love it in the future. :)

This is a sample sipdown too, the first one of the day eep.


Oh no. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy it but at least now you know :)


Exactly! If they were all winners, I would have a seriously problem haha. I appreciate the sample. :)


Now I dunno if I should try it or not. Dilemma!


lol I definitely understand. Sometimes I am thankful when I don’t like a tea because it means spending less money


You may love it Stephanie! Everyone else really seemed to, plus we don’t always have the same tea tastes.

That’s exactly it VariaTEA haha.

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I originally made Hattialli Golden Paw this morning, but all I was getting was smoke. I quickly read the description and notes and saw no mention of smoke. I had a horrid sleep filled with nightmares of my upcoming spring class, and I have an exam this morning, so I dumped that and made this one.

I knew this awesome tea would both refresh and comfort. The combination of orange, chocolate, and marshmallow is amazing. I can’t believe I only just tried this. I already added a bunch to my Butiki cart online because this will be a cupboard staple.

P.S. My wellies left Germany yesterday, hit 4 US cities yesterday, arrived in Calgary this morning and are already out for delivery. So excited!

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Sorry to hear about your nightmares & stress. Glad the tea could help, even if just a little bit. :)


It totally did. :) Your teas always come to the rescue haha.


Courtney, quit it! You’re making me want to order more! ;)


Hehe! It is so good!


They’re coming from Germany! Wow

So you didn’t enjoy the golden paw…hmm.


I was having a rough morning though whatshesaid, and I really didn’t have time to fool around with tea so I made the executive decision to wait until I was more relaxed and rested to try again. There’s no mention of smoke, and Stacy is great at putting every single flavour in her descriptions, so I’m hoping it was just me.


I was reading the description and I wonder if it was the “oak” note
Hopefully your second try will be better! :)

Hope your exam went well! Or goes well…. It’s 1:25 here

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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.

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

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



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