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drank Toasty Almond by Tealish
585 tasting notes

Okay so I sometimes get a little overexcited in my tea ordering rampages and should’ve realized this is Tealish’s version of Forever Nuts by David’s. I enjoy Forever Nuts, but it didn’t ever make my cupboard permanently.

Perhaps Toasty Almond will make the cut :)

This is a lovely herbal. The combination of baked apple, almonds, and a hint of cinnamon is quite comforting. It’s unlike many other herbals in that it feels slightly more substantial. I’m not quite sure that’s the correct way of wording it, but until my mind works out something more suitable, that’s what we’ll go with. Perhaps it’s the almonds? I will enjoy this one the rare times I’m not trying to caffeinate myself as of late, to get the least amount of sleep humanly possible.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Bella Berry by Tealish
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I generally do not enjoy fruit teas with a black base. The ones I’ve tried just seem to be at odds between the fruit(s) and the base, but alas, this tea is quite tasty.

I threw this in my order just because. It had melon, which is always so tempting. The melon is right there, beneath the surface, and I’m getting a hint of strawberry. The strawberry and melon work great together. There is a hint of an artificial taste, and usually this would be a deal-breaker, it’s not overly offensive in this tea at all. I am quite happy I threw this one in on a whim. Perhaps there’s hope for black teas with fruit after all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I so want to love this tea! The tea itself truly is a masterpiece, and I know everyone else adores it, but I can’t seem to get completely on board. It really is creamy and delicious, and the maple sweetness is so lovely, but the pecans just aren’t quite doing it for me.

I’ve tried it multiple times now, and I’m just waiting on my second steep from today to cool now. I have a couple cups worth left and I think perhaps next time I have the urge to brew some up, I will measure it out sans pecans to see if it works better for me.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
585 tasting notes

This is a nice oolong. It’s smooth and ultimately relaxing. I am getting a touch of a mineral taste, but nothing offensive by any means. I can smell the honey notes more than I can taste them, but nonetheless, I am enjoying my cup. Hopefully a few resteeps to come over the rest of the afternoon.

I ordered so many oolongs from Butiki in my most recent order, and they are all delicious in their own way, but I’ve secretly been comparing them to Gui Fei, and I think that will always be my oolong. It’s just so unique.

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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is tasty this morning as I prepare for yet another exam. I’ve really been loving my black teas as of late.

I’m trying to decide if I should keep this one of Mi Xian in my cupboard permanently. Decisions, decisions.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks Kittena for parting with some of this :) I think perhaps there was more than a cups worth by a wee bit, but I just told myself it was one cups worth and used it all haha. Possibly overleaf.

I can see why the cinnamon, cloves, and raisins are mentioned in the description. This is a truly tasty tea. It is malty and definitely a smooth sip. Overleaf or not, I’m quite happy with this one. I find Caramel Vanilla Assam is hit or miss with me. Some days I absolutely love it and other days I’m not so crazy about it – I haven’t figured out what I’m doing to make it amazing or not amazing, but this one is definitely on the amazing scale.

Two assignments down today! One quiz, one assignment, one lab report, and a few chapters of reading left to do. It would be so easy to devolve into stress, but I have tea and life is good.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
585 tasting notes

I just brewed this up and I’m now clutching my mug as I read through an article on environmental health I have to write a response to. The scent of straight black teas are always comforting to me. I’m not always in the mood for them, but when I am they are so comforting – however I often find the natural honey sweetness gets a bit much about 3/4 way through my cup.

This is such a great straight black tea though. From the first sip, I already love it. I am savouring each and every sip. I need to remember to do that with each and every cup of tea, lately I’ve been so busy everything in my life seems like it’s flying by. There does seem to be very subtle hints of peach-like flavour in the background of this tea – I could almost be imagining it.

I can see how it’s similar to my favourite Gui Fei oolong for sure. Yum.

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Jennkay

I’m gonna put on my nerd hat and ask what the environmental health article was about :P
And I agree with savoring tea. It can get hard when taking tea on the go, too.

Courtney

I’m such a nerd too! It was in a study done on pregnant mice exposed to chemicals and how it effects not only the pregnant mouse, but also their offspring, and their offspring’s offspring – and how the same thing can happen to humans. Transgenerational chemical effects.

I really try to savour my teas the rare moments I’m home now since I practically live at school haha!

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Thanks Kittena for sending some of this my way :)

Wow I could smell this steeping from the next room. And it smelled amazing!

The apple is subtle, but there, and it’s just so cake-y tasting. This is a great dessert tea. Hmm I may have to contemplate an S&V order.

Also, it gets even better as it cools. I am thrilled I got to taste this one. Delicious!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking only my new Butikis this weekend, and they’ve been so motivational in getting me through the copious amounts of school work I have.

This one is so dark and smooth. I don’t usually drink straight black teas, but perhaps I will start. Why not, right? I can definitely taste that natural honey sweetness. I love that. I can actually see how it is similar to Gui Fei Oolong, which is still my very favourite oolong. I do believe I’m also tasting just the faintest hint of caramel in the background, and truly is does all come together to be almost pastry-like.

I will definitely be enjoying subsequent steeps of this as I work away at a few different projects and exam preparations this afternoon.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Mmmm. this is so great. I just had to go into this tea and make sure it was on my shopping list!

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I clocked six extra hours in the lab today. Delightful.

This is actually my third steep because the first two I took in my Timolino to school with me. I didn’t end up drinking them, because I still can’t seem to get the soapy taste out of my mug. Bleh.

This steep is quite tasty. The tea is smooth and has a natural sweetness to it that’s just lovely. I can perhaps get hints of the pecan and oak, but I’ll have to pay close attention to the initial steep on subsequent cups for the citrus and peach notes. An enjoyable cup for the afternoon :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), travel, science, 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 always in the mood for them. Greens and pu’erhs I’m working on, but they’re coming along at a snail’s pace. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino). 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 chocolate flavour), rhubarb, to be continued…

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss, to be continued…

Location

Canada

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