687 Tasting Notes

I was sick to my stomach yesterday, but I had to drag myself into school for a group meeting for a debate we have to present today. I managed to survive with a sleeve of crackers, and I only just made it back to my house in time. Ugh.

This morning I’m feeling slightly better, so I’m hoping it was a 24 hour bug. I couldn’t really decide what tea would be best on my stomach, and this one probably wasn’t the best choice, but I was excited to try it.

The strawberry cream scent really comes through, although it’s smelling slightly fake to me. Hopefully that particular part of the scent doesn’t come through to the taste. The general cacao scent is also there, which makes me feel a little better about this cup.

Thank goodness the taste comes through more ‘true’ than fake, although that scent is slightly off-putting. The cacao is prominent here with a creaminess and then the strawberry flavour towards the end of the sip. To be quite honest, I’d almost just prefer a cacao cream. The creaminess is a delightful, but I’m thinking perhaps the strawberry could use a bit of perfecting.

This one was good hot, but I’m thinking it’s even better as it cools. As are all the cacao teas I’ve had haha.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Oh no, sorry about your day…I’m glad everything worked out in the end, and that you made it back to your house! So happy to hear you’re feeling better today as well, stomach bugs aren’t fun.

Oh man – I absolutely NEED to try this. This sounds amazing!

caile

Glad you’re starting to feel better!

Lynxiebrat

Several really nasty flu viruses are going around, if it isn’t against your beliefs, get a flu shot. As for the tea, I really wish that I could find a chocolate tea that I really like but so far no go.

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
687 tasting notes

This is a sipdown this morning. I partly chose it because I really wanted it, and partly because the packages with one cup left call out to me to be finished. Also, I may have placed three tea orders last night and room needs to be made in my tea cupboard.

I hope I’ll be able to ask Stacy to make this version when I next want to order it.

Yum. This is really hitting the spot. I’ve been actively trying to drink my teas as soon as they’re cool enough to handle, so still quite hot. Sometimes it really does make all the difference.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I actually searched for a place to order tea from last night but was uninspired to actually press checkout (with the exception of Steep City Teas because I want their Choco-Honeyberrt but then gave up on the website when they were charging $20 shipping on less than $9 of teas). I don’t know why I wanted to order teas so badly other than I have a balance on my paypal that apparently I am just itching to spend. I guess it is for the best though given I have a lot of tea already and many packages on the way.

Where did you end up ordering from?!?

Courtney

I ordered from Butiki, which is far too regular haha, because I just needed White Rhino. Then I also ordered from S&V and Teavivre. This was my first Teavivre order actually, woot!

Courtney

I understand the shipping conundrum. I really want more Winter Blend from Tealish, but that’s all I want from them. They offer free shipping over $50, but for my $6.50 Winter Blend the shipping was something like $12-$14.

VariaTEA

Yeah. Definitely not worth it when the cost of shipping outweighs the tea. I actually looked at Tealish and Teavivre and Simpson & Vail. I was about to order from S&V because I loved the Gingerbread Black you sent but then I remembered JustJames is sending me one of their teas so I should wait to try that.

You definitely made good choices though. I hope you enjoy the teas you got.

I avoided Butiki though because I have a whole bunch of their tea in my sample box that I have yet to try. I figured I should try what I have first and then can reorder more of the blends I love.

caile

Enjoy!! :-)

Courtney

The S&V shipping to Canada on their site is pricey, but I believe it was Cavocorax who told me if you call them, the shipping is less. Butiki is definitely my weakness, last night I was just re-stocking some of my favourites.

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Ah, this is almost gone! The horror! Thank goodness I have Laoshan Black in good supply to tide me over. Not that it’s in any way similar, aside from the fact that it’s a straight black I can’t live without.

There are three teas I need for sure from Butiki, and I can’t decide whether or not to add in Dinjoye Estate to this order. Now to attend to the difficult task of narrowing down sample choices.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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After the success of Butiki’s Puerh Tuo Cha the other day, I decided it was time to dig this one up and steep it already. It’s secretly been driving me nuts in my sample drawer for a while, but the world of pu’erh is daunting.

I’m really finding it difficult to get past the scent of this one, but I can taste a wee bit of earthiness here beneath that scent. I feel this one has potential, and at this point it’s definitely me and not the tea. Perhaps in due time, as I possibly explore more pu’erhs I’ll come back to Verdant.

Thanks akgrowngirl!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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This one has such a low steeping temperature. I was getting impatient waiting for the thermometer to beep. Dry, this one smelled quite sweet, but not in a sickening way. Steeped, it still smells sweet, but the scent has changed slightly and it’s reminding me of something I can’t quite put my finger on.

Hmm. From the sweet scent I was expecting more. The taste is a bit like sugared warm water. Hopefully something more comes through as it cools.

Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I so rarely drink this tea, because I don’t want to wear it out. The first time I had it, it was akin to something magical. Liquid brioche. Absolute perfection. I then waited and waited and waited until I found a way to get some for my cupboard without paying the high cost of shipping to Canada. moraiwe was amazing enough to add me into her ATR order. I was so excited when it finally arrived I was drinking it each morning, until I noticed it was losing it’s magical quality.

I dug it out this morning because a couple reviews I read last night reminded me I was overdue for a cup. Yum.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

lol i want to try this one.. everyone seems to love it!!

Courtney

I can send you a couple cups :)

Aimee Popovacki

k! I think I have a little bit of winter blend left i can send you.. i never made it out to toronto when i was home because it was so cold :( … I am thinking of making an order from tealish soon though, so I could pick up that one for you!

VariaTEA

I could have sent you some Aimee!! Darn it :(

Courtney

Yay! I sort of forget in the holiday shuffle. That’s okay though. Maybe let me know when/if you’re going to place an order with them :) I’ll scoop out a few cups worth for you of Brioche though and get that ready to go.

Aimee Popovacki

oh man! lol its a tea i always want to try because everyone says its so good, but always forget about!

Courtney

Sent the Brioche Aimee!

Aimee Popovacki

woohoo! i’m excited to try it!

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I am quite enjoying this tea. I’ve found it can be a bit finicky, and, the directions Stacy gives really do work the best. It definitely has that Irish Breakfast kick to it, with a touch of astringency, but it doesn’t bother me. The creamy flavouring mellows it out.

I do try to drink this one while it’s still pretty well piping hot, because the astringency seems to take over as it cools. When I’m paying attention and make this correctly, it is so delightful.

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

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This smells delish! It is sweet, almost like there’s sugar added, but I didn’t add any, and spicy in a pumpkin season way. This may be my favourite pumpkin tea. Where can I get more?

Thanks KiwiDelight! Although, perhaps J won’t be pleased I want more haha!

Now I shall re-watch Skyfall. You know, because it’s not as though I don’t have a ton of things to do for school. :P

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Skyfall is a pretty great way of procrastinating. I am watching episode after episode of Covert Affairs when I really should be doing readings.

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drank Puerh Tuo Cha by Butiki Teas
687 tasting notes

This has been hidden away in my sample drawer since my Butiki order from Black Friday. I generally get irritated by samples sitting in my drawer because I’m hyper organized and for some reason, these things bother me, so I have been sipping away at my samples.

This one sat in there for a while because I was a little afraid of it. But alas, it was time to face my pu’erh fears. In hindsight, I probably should just trust that Butiki will never lead me astray.

I was also so concerned with taking pictures of each moment of the pu’erh experience, I forgot to hit start on the microwave timer, but it turned out just fine, thank goodness.

There is definitely that taste that made me fear pu’erh, and in my initial sips, my first thought was to say it was ‘fishy’, but I actually think it qualifies more as ‘earthy’. Perhaps if I further my pu’erh experience I’ll know for sure. I’m just over halfway done the cup, mostly because I was chatting with my BFF for the last hour since we never get a chance to chat on the phone. I’m quite happy with this. The ‘earthy’ flavour I think could be something I could get on board with. It seems like partly an acquired taste, and partly not. The tea itself seems clean, with some depth (which, really could just be the dark colour of the liquid haha!). Ahh, Butiki. I can always count on you.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I get annoyed by little random baggies of tea. :P I try to drink them down just to tidy them down, but I use the excuse that I’m just trying to enjoy them before they go stale. :P

Sounds interesting!

Courtney

Haha thank goodness it isn’t just me. :P

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I haven’t had a Della Terra tea in a while. This one is creamy and delicious, true Della Terra black mint tea style. The vanilla tones the mint down to something more suited to my tastes, and the black tea base complements the flavouring nicely.

Thanks for sharing KiwiDelight!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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