678 Tasting Notes

drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
678 tasting notes

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA and Dexter3657!

This smells like figs, wow. But that scent for some reason reminds me of baby food. Maybe slightly flowery figs, but only slightly.

This really does taste like figs. I’m not sure I’m fond enough of them to enjoy this tea, but I do so love when a tea is bang on it’s name.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
VariaTEA

Another from Dexter3657 and I felt the same way (minus the baby food smell)

Dexter

It makes me happy that this tea is getting passed along. I understand that neither of you liked it, but the more people that get to try it the better. Now you don’t have to wonder about it, or waste money on it.

Courtney

Thanks Dexter! It’s true. It’s not that it was bad, in fact it was a well-done tea, just the flavour wasn’t for me.

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Another from my swap with KittyLovesTea :)

I’m not so huge on chai, but I recently received another pumpkin chai from MirandaGou that I found quite enjoyable due to the much more subtle chai-ness of it. This one is similar. The chai aspect is still there but it’s so subtle I’m actually really enjoying it. The pumpkin is light in this tea, but still apparent, and there is also a sweetness at the end of the sip. The same sweetness is much more apparent in the scent than the taste. I would actually consider ordering this one for my own cupboard, though I have a feeling it was seasonal, as most pumpkin options are.

Thanks for sending such a generous amount of this delicious tea KittyLovesTea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve never had a tea with chestnuts before, so this one intrigued me in a swap with KittyLovesTea.

I can only guess the chestnuts are the main flavour here, and the vanilla lightens it up a bit. However, I’m getting something that’s coming through as floral that ins’t working out so well for me.

Thanks for sharing KittyLovesTea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
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Another from VariaTEA, and since she suggested I try this and Caramel-Toffee one after the other, I figured I may as well. She has yet to lead me astray.

I must say, I really appreciate the average steep time and temperature feature. When I couldn’t find directions before, sometimes I would go through and do a quick average myself and now it’s already there. However, I also see the tea measurement is still rounding down.

Perhaps this is due to VariaTEA’s feelings on this as well, but I am slightly preferring this tea over the last. The base seems to work a bit better with the flavouring here. The caramel seems softer, perhaps due to the vanilla. I’m excited I have some of this en route to experiment more with.

Thanks VariaTEA!

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML
VariaTEA

Yay! Although it must seem like I am super demanding. First I told Roswell Strange to drink Japon and now this. I am glad you enjoyed it though.

Courtney

Hahaha I thought of that too, but you have such good ideas.

VariaTEA

I thought I would share because I made the mistake of having Je T’aime first and then Caramel-Toffee was disappointing. I find the reverse is better.

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
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I got two swaps in the mail today, so of course it’s time for sample teas. Yes! This one came my way from VariaTEA.

The scent is not overly welcoming, there’s something about it that it slightly off. The taste is much better, but it’s still not quite what I was hoping for. The caramel toffee flavour is there, and it’s not overwhelming, which is nice, but I also think the base tea could be ever so slightly less strong. Perhaps with a little tweaking this one could be completely amazing.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Flavors: Caramel

VariaTEA

Haha. I preferred the smell to the taste. Also this came to me from Dexter3657. Thanks Dexter!!

Courtney

Thanks to Dexter3657 as well! :)

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I nearly just steeped my Laoshan Black and Cacao in the vinegar I’d had in the kettle for cleaning. Eek. Thank goodness I caught that just in time.

I’m on my resteep of 2 parts Laoshan Black and 1 part Cacao. It really just accentuated the chocolate notes in Laoshan Black, which was delightful. I’m getting dangerously low on Cacao though, I really wish my HI order would ship already. I’m trying to be patient, but it’s not working out so well.

Stephanie

Wow. Sounds like a sweet combo! I need to clean my kettle out, thanks for the reminder heh

Courtney

The hard water out here drives me nutty, I’m constantly vinegar-ing haha!

Kittenna

Oh man. That would have been disgusting!

Courtney

Haha thank goodness I caught it. Phew.

Cavocorax

Wow. That’s an interesting combo! And I hope your order ships soon. They need to get quicker at that…

Sil

They need to stop doing 4509834509438584739 things and get a few down right first. All of these delays is part of why I haven’t bothered to place an order yet…

Cavocorax

Yeah, that is pretty annoying. :|
I reviewed a tea after a purchase and now I have a 20% off coupon, which expires in a month. That’s a very sneaky way to entice me. But I don’t want to wait 2 weeks for it to show up when I’m in the same city!

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This tea is delightful. I was a little sad when David’s discontinued Cocomint Cream, but I actually prefer this one due to the unsweetened coconut. David’s was getting slightly cloying towards the end of the bag.

Today I mixed this two parts Cocomint and one part guayusa. Yum. I love finding new mixes for my guayusa. I’ve been pretty productive today preparing swaps, started and finished an assignment, and finished a significant amount of cue cards for an exam later this week. I plan on doing a few more cue cards and then starting and finishing one more assignment before the night is up.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Woo! Productivity #fistbump!

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Having this one as I take a break from studying to get swaps ready to go out tomorrow. I seem to have a lot of swaps going on right now. Swaps out = cupboard decrease, and room for more teas (well, until swaps arrive). Yes!

I may have forgotten about this one steeping on the counter, but that just makes it all the more delicious.

I wish my HI order would ship already, I’m so impatient! I suppose they are at the tea festival, so I will try to be patient.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
MissB

Ah, that’s one of my complaints with HI too; took them three weeks to ship off my first order.

Courtney

My first one wasn’t bad at all, but it’s been over a week for this one.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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This is both my 400th tasting note, and a sipdown (well, until both my Butiki order and Shadowfall stash sale arrive).

This tea is such a delight. There’s a nice thick mouthfeel that’s both creamy and malty. I love creamy teas. I’m also getting the hay flavour. And of course that natural sweetness, which is very subtle, and not quite like some of the honey-sweetness in my favourite black teas. It all combines so wonderfully. I didn’t think there could be a white tea that encompasses such perfection. It’s even great as it cools. I want to order more and more of this and have it all the time, but I think a part of what makes it so amazing is that I drink it so rarely.

I had a moment this morning where I saw the rating wasn’t as high at some of Stacy’s other teas and I feared the worst, but then I reminded myself that’s it’s a newer tea and perhaps that’s due to not enough people having tried it yet.

On an unrelated note, I’m running low on my maple butter. I had maple syrup in my oatmeal this morning instead, so as to begin the hoarding process until I’m home again in the summer and can pick up more. I knew I should’ve gotten the bigger size jar!

Flavors: Cream, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Sil

congrats on 400!

__Morgana__

Congrats!

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This one turned out perfectly this morning. The lower temperature really is the key I find. This one has been finicky for me in the past, but when it works out I absolutely love it. I’ll definitely be ordering the reblend, and possibly more of this one before it’s gone. Does anyone know when this blend is on it’s way out?

Also, this is my first tasting note to check out the upgrade and all these options are handy! The amount of tea and water volume are a delight.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 15 OZ / 443 ML
Stephanie

Don’t give me the rest of yours then! Keeeep it :)

Courtney

I so rarely reach for it, I was searching for a perfect replacement for Taiwanese Wild Mountain for my morning cup, and then it steeped up so perfectly. :)

keychange

I didn’t know Stacey was reblending this. Any idea what she hopes to do differently?

Courtney

I’m really not sure keychange – here is the link to her note on some upcoming changes :) http://steepster.com/butikiteas/posts/218750#comments

Butiki Teas

The current batch is already gone. I really like the flavor combination but I think this tea is really too picky and perhaps a little too aggressive for most people so I will be looking for a more agreeable base. I’m still undecided whether I want to choose another black tea or perhaps take it in a different direction. We just got in another Assam (not the Hattialli) but one that is similar to our Dinjoye but even more chocolatey. I will be trying that as a base and a few other teas as well. We are always open to suggestions.

Courtney

Ooh that base sounds like it could be tasty. I look forward to whatever you come up with, I’m sure it’ll be delicious. I personally love black teas, so I’m all for a black base haha.

Butiki Teas

That new Assam could be a winner. I’m definitely picturing it now and also possibly our Keemun which is a pretty gentle black tea though I was also thinking about maybe trying it as a white tea.

Courtney

I’m all for the Assam. :) Although both your Cantaloupe & Cream and Watermelon Xylophone are quite tasty with the white base. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Keemun tea – does that have a smoky element to it?

Butiki Teas

This particular type of Keemun is not smokey. Its actually somewhat sweet.

Courtney

The all sounds promising. I can’t wait to see what you end up choosing, I’m already planning out my next order.

Butiki Teas

Good to hear that they all sound promising. :)

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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.

Location

Canada

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