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I’ve never ordered this one myself, but jessiwrites sends me some occasionally. I don’t think I love it enough to order it myself, but yet I thoroughly enjoy it the rare times I do drink it. It really does embody a strawberry cupcake with a nice black base.

Now I’m sipping this while making turkey burgers and potato salad for dinner. A nice break from my day of research. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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This one was sent my way by Stephanie :)

This one seems quite similar to Coconut Oolong from David’s. Though I generally prefer darker oolongs, so perhaps someone with more of a palate for green oolongs would say differently.

It’s green oolong-y, it’s coconutty. Overall a tasty tea.

I’ve been researching fisheries and bycatch all day, and I am almost overwhelmed with the data I’ve found. There’s too much! Well, there’s too much to wade through to find what I need to find.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML
Stephanie

Fisheries…interesting :)

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
687 tasting notes

This one I snagged from the Shadowfall stash sale.

It’s bold and perfectly Irish Breakfast. A nice morning wake-me-up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Cream Irish Breakfast by Tealux
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Having this one again this morning. I am really liking this tea! I’ve been a bit disappointed in the other Tealux teas I ordered, but this one is truly delightful. A wonderful tea to start the day.

I’m determined to be über productive today. I need to get caught up on my research, and I’m already settled into a bit of a nest with the marine life database open.

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

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This was in my most recent S&V order. I find they do dessert teas so well, though granted I also tire of them quicker than other teas. But while I enjoy them, they are delightful.

The scent is predominantly chocolate and black tea. In my initial sip I’m getting some caramel flavour with some chocolate in the background. The chocolate is more towards the end of the sip. With each sip the chocolate seems to become more obvious and melds with the caramel well. I think I’ll try this at a lower temperature next time to see if it coaxes a bit more flavour out.

J asked me to make some tea, and since it’s Saturday night and anything goes (AKA teas with caffeine), he also got a cup of this. He generally only drinks Lemon Chiffon, so we shall see what he thinks.

I’ve also decided to hunt for a great maple tea. I’m open to suggestions. :)

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

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

Have you tried Steam’s Canadian Maple Seduction…? I feel like such a pusher, but it’s SO maple. Think boiled maple candy.

Courtney

I haven’t! I’ll add it to my wishlist. :)

OMGsrsly

Was it you who was going to come to Vancouver this summer? If not, I could always send you some, nothing expected in return. :)

Courtney

I do come out there in the summer! Were you interested in doing a small swap though?

OMGsrsly

Ohh, I don’t need any more tea. :D But I’ll happily send you a couple things. :)

Courtney

Haha well, maybe we could do a rain check situation where I can try some of the maple tea and in the future you can request something. :)

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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I took this one in my Timolino to the lab this afternoon. It stood up really well, yay! I think I’ve officially made the second Timolino herbal/white teas now. Greens may work too. Lighter teas perhaps.

I’m so thrilled this tea is in my life. Herbals are always needed in my collection.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

love this one… bought 4oz of it the last time haha

Courtney

I contemplated more than my 1 oz. I really did. My next order won’t be too far off haha.

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This was another from my swap with Stephanie. :)

This is just the type of black tea I love. It’s deep, rich, bright, and delicious. Lots of adjectives apply to this tea. I’m realizing more and more that some of my favourite teas are from Taiwan.

What a great introduction to Mantra Tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Stephanie

I thought you might like this one! :D

Courtney

Good call! It’s exactly like my favourite teas are.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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This one smelled promising, but in the end, I don’t think it’s something for me. There was a taste I couldn’t place, the the back of my throat that just didn’t sit quite right. Which is bizarre since it’s the base of VFCC. As always though, I’m so glad Stacy included this as a sample. Samples are genius for this very reason.

Alo, my friend just sent me a Valentine’s card and it is amazing. Amazing.

http://instagram.com/p/kZ7bBXOZG3/

VariaTEA

Hahaha. That is a great card :)

Stephanie

LOL, I like it almost as much as this one http://imgur.com/gallery/shtLNbD

Courtney

Haha! Stephanie that one is also awesome.

CHAroma

LOL! That card is awesome!

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drank Organic Guranse by Butiki Teas
687 tasting notes

Okay you guys, I had the brilliant idea to pair my wireless keyboard with the iPad. Hello! The only thing is that my wireless keyboard is Swedish, and therefore has different keys in different places. Thank goodness for muscle memory and knowing where all my punctuation marks are. Mwuahaha.

This one was a sample I requested in my latest Butiki order. It brews up a nice medium colour and the scent has that honey sweetness that I love. However, upon my first few sips I feel as though I’m getting the subtlest hint of smoke. Eek. I’m still sipping away though, so perhaps it’s all in my imagination. I’m always thrilled to try new Butikis, but I don’t think this one will make it to my cupboard anytime in the near future.

Stephanie

OH you’re smart! I need a wireless keyboard!!! :D

Courtney

Thanks! I thought it was pretty smart too. I find it handy when I type in Swedish because of their extra letters. :)

Sil

…..careful or the tea fairy will claim you as her Swedish chef…

Courtney

What is that Sil? I’ve seen the Swedish chef come up in a few of your notes.

keychange

Yeah I didn’t get that one either LOL

Sil

hahahahahaha

oh man…. really guys? welll huh..prepare to be AMAAAAAAZED snicker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbs64GvGgPU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVMZYCMnCbo

it all started when fjellrev changed her name..and i said it reminded me of the swedish chef…mostly’cause it’s swedish heh..but yeah.. it’s turned into a bit of a joke now..

caile

Lol And now we all want swedish chefs! :)

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drank Demain by Nina's Paris
687 tasting notes

This one was sent my way from Lala. This is also a backlog from last night.

I have to say that even though this was nice, I much prefer Love Life from H&S. It’s not completely the same tea but it’s much more subtle. The flavouring here was just a touch too strong for the green base. I’m happy to have been able to try it out though. Thanks Lala!

Also this is my first note using J’s iPad. It really is like an oversized phone haha.

Stephanie

I find it awkward to type on iPads. But they’re super fun to use otherwise! :)

Courtney

See my next note Stephanie! Mwuahaha!

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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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