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This is another from Annie’s gift woot.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a straight Darjeeling, and I’ve seen such mixed reviews on how people feel about them I was completely unsure what to expect. I am enjoying this cup overall. I’m getting the subtlest hint of mineral in the background, but essentially it’s a nice, simple cup of black tea. There is a wee bit of astringency here, but nothing offensive.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
717 tasting notes

I do so enjoy this tea. I have plenty of school work to get on top of today, but instead I’m going through and finally rating some of the teas I truly love. I rarely rate teas, but I thought some of my true loves deserved a rating.

I think this tea may have moved up from occasional cupboard status to permanent cupboard status. As I find myself on the Butiki site…

Update: I’m just sipping away at my 4th steep, but I’m thinking 3 is best for this tea.

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Every year, my friend and I get each other three gifts as our birthdays are only a few weeks apart. She is an exceptional gift-getter, and she always has a theme. This year, the theme was around the world, since I love learning about new places and cultures. She printed out boarding passes and I got to choose which boarding pass to start with (aka which gift to open first). I had the options China, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

I should perhaps write the rest of my birthday story on my blog, but long story short – the United Kingdom gift had SO MANY TEAS. From all around the world! It was labelled United Kingdom because that’s where she purchased them haha.

I was thrilled this was one of the teas because just last night I was on the S&V website contemplating their Nepalese black. This tea is delightful. It’s a lighter black tea, but still so comforting. For knowing next to nothing about tea, she really nailed it.

(P.S. Here’s the blog post if anyone is interested :) http://adultlearningblog.blogspot.ca/2014/01/birthday-in-review.html)

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That is an awesome friend!!


That is incredible and thoughtful!

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This is such a great tea to have around. I really don’t find that caffeine actually affects me in that it keeps me up. Although, I truly wish it did during the semester. But, I have a bad habit of drinking way too much straight black tea on an empty stomach, and in that respect the caffeine content has been detrimental to my poor stomach. This is the perfect solution!

I’m getting almost a hay-like flavour tonight, with that natural sweetness. It’s perfect for the dinner success we just had. We decided today to make stew for the first time, and it turned out amazing! The scent and taste was just like home. :) And now we’re finishing off with cornmeal muffins and this tea. Yum!

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Your dinner and dessert sound delicious!

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I just brewed up both this and Pumpkin Milkshake to see which one I truly prefer. I have considered that maybe I should try both base teas together haha. Although, I currently have neither in my cupboard, so that will have to wait.

I followed the directions for each tea. The 2.0 at 170 F, 4 minutes (1.5 tsp), and the original at 180 F, 4 minutes (2 tsp).

The original seems to have a stronger scent, and smells sweeter, almost caramel-like. The 2.0 has a similar scent, but slightly diminished and not as sweet smelling.

Initial sips: Both teas have subtle hints of vanilla. I think I get more pumpkin from the original, but this could be due to the caramel notes. In fact, it is more than likely due to that. Both teas are creamy, but in slightly different ways due to the sweetness.

These teas are both delicious. I think I prefer the original from that extra sweetness, that somehow isn’t too sweet, a natural sweetness. However, I don’t often crave this tea, even with my love of pumpkin. The 2.0 version I could see craving more due to the lessened sweetness.

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I survived yet another birthday yesterday, and today I’ve been busy at my first attempt of Danish rye bread. I’ve finally got it all together and it’s just setting out for a few hours before being popped in the oven.

I have both this version and the original version of Pumpkin Milkshake, and while this one is tasty, I may actually prefer the first. I might just brew them up together to verify once I’m done this cup. The flavours don’t seem quite as apparent as in this one.


Happy birthday!! :D


Happy Birthday


Happy birthday!!


Happy birthday!

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Congrats on surviving, happy birthday! :)


Happy Birthday! :)


Happy Birthday!!


Thanks everyone! :)

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This one is delicious. So Assam-y and bold. This one will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
717 tasting notes

Wow, what a fascinating tea! I am enjoying this one more than I thought I would. It really is reminiscent of a black tea. Neat.

The flavour is really light and creamy, with a natural sweetness. The scent is fruit-like too. I could see re-ordering this one occasionally.

Update: I’m on my third resteep now and it’s still very flavourful. I am really impressed with this tea.

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Oh yes, my Butikis finally arrived! I was so excited for all my teas, but especially this one.

The dry scent was so decadent and creamy. Always an excellent starting point. The steeped cup still has that delicious scent, but more diminished.

The flavour is wonderful. It’s not too sweet, the cream flavour is really there, and the base lends an earthy flavour that balances the tea nicely.

Happy 2014!
Which also means, a couple weeks ago I passed my one year anniversary with Steepster. Woot!

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congrats on the anniversary!!

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Hmm. I’m not really sure on the year, but this was sent in my most recent Verdant order that I received last week.

Also, I may have steeped this as a green, eek. However, it seems to have turned out tasty anyway. This one is nice and light, with a typical (typical from the 3-4 tie guan yins I’ve tried haha!) tie guan yin flavour, and no mineral taste, which is just so lovely.

Verdant is always so delicious.

Update: The second steep still has plenty of flavour.

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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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