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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.

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

I thought you might like this one! :D


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.



Hahaha. That is a great card :)


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


Haha! Stephanie that one is also awesome.


LOL! That card is awesome!

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drank Organic Guranse by Butiki Teas
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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.


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


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


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


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


Yeah I didn’t get that one either LOL



oh man…. really guys? welll huh..prepare to be AMAAAAAAZED snicker

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..


Lol And now we all want swedish chefs! :)

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drank Demain by Nina's Paris
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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.


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


See my next note Stephanie! Mwuahaha!

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drank Green Almond by Simpson & Vail
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This one was a sample from jessiwrites in my awesome package of samples and orders.

I’m honestly getting mostly green tea with a hint of almond. The scent of marzipan-almost almondness is pretty strong, but the taste is nearly as much. I’m not huge on either almonds or green tea, but I’m enjoying this cup.

Also, you guys! I’ve done two swaps with MirandaGou and she seems to have disappeared! I opened my inbox message with her and it’s only my messages to her – she has just vanished! I tried searching for her under “Explore” and nothing. What is happening?!


Weird about the missing person!


I know! I suppose she could have deleted her account? It just seems bizarre, I was always chatting with her.

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This amazing treat was so kindly sent to me by Stephanie.

The only other MATCHAccino I’ve tried was Caramel, which was also quite amazing. I think any sort of matcha flavour that I enjoy would be excellent mixed with sugar haha. That being said, I do love coconut so this one was just awesome.

I’m having it mixed with 8 oz. of milk (thank goodness my blender has both imperial and metric – I can handle oz. when it comes to tea but other things I’m still thrown off) and 3 ice cubes. I also have enough left to try it hot, yay!

Thank you so much Stephanie!

Flavors: Coconut


Again with the yay!


I am on a tea roll over here, thanks to you haha!

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This one came my way from Lala.

Lots of big pieces of fruits here, and it smells tasty. Not really like cheesecake, but tasty. The strawberry and apple are quite prominent with a lingering cake-ness in the background. This tea is really yummy for a herbal, but I’m not so sure the name suits it.

Thanks Lala!

P.S. I just sent in some more flavours, but the ones I sent in a few days ago still haven’t been input.

2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Happy that you liked this one. I think it is pretty good too.



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Time to get started on the overwhelming amount of tea that arrived today. Heyooo. I may just be up all night sipping away at tea after tea. But two upsides: 1. I have more tea, and 2. Now I can mail out some swaps that were waiting on the orders that came in today. Yes!

This one came my way from Stephanie. She’s pretty awesome.

Just yesterday I saw VariaTEA’s post on this one and decided I needed to get a sample with my next Butiki order, but I’ve been doing so many swaps I’d forgotten it was already en route haha.

I’m getting both the honeybush and root beer scents here. The honeybush is slightly stronger, but not by much. In the taste I’m getting is much more honeybush than root beer though. I have a feeling this one may be better cold. I have another cups worth though, so perhaps that’s just what I’ll do.

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drank Cream Irish Breakfast by Tealux
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I overslept this morning, but I feel great. I technically don’t have classes until close to lunch today, though I generally always go to school early to be productive. Not today! I’m laying on the couch in my sweats sipping tea and listening to Ben Howard. What an awesome Wednesday morning.

This tea is great! I wanted to have it last night, but I held off to have it for the morning. It’s creamy and Irish-y and perfect. It’s very similar to Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake actually, minus the pretty blue and yellow flowery bits. It’s a lovely strong black tea with the cream flavour to mellow it out. Also, no astringency. This could easily become my morning tea. I’ll be keeping this one around.

Update: This one is so delightful, I just made another cup to have with my oatmeal. Oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries this morning. This day is great.

Flavors: Cream

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Yay! :)

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drank Tropical Breeze by Tealux
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This one smells like a sour Jolly Rancher. Fascinating. I have a feeling I should’ve cold brewed this one, but we’ll see what it brings hot. I would say the scent is much more potent that the actual taste here. I’m not getting much in the way of flavour at all. A bit of sour-y sweetness.

I wrote my exam today, which I feel great about, but all I wanted to do tonight was relax for about half an hour before getting started on some research for my term project. But alas, it was not to be. Is anyone else ever driven crazy by their other half? While I did one thing after another, he laid on the couch and watched TV. All night. Erg.

But yay for great exams, and tomorrow is a fresh day. :)


Oh yeah, been driven crazy lots!


Constantly. ;-)


Thanks guys, I was so overwhelmed last night, these comments made me feel better. :)

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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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