678 Tasting Notes

I did add this into my Butiki order on the weekend, but this cup today came in the mail from Cavovorax :)

I was actually in the field today for my 8am lab. It was a chilly morning and after 3 hours of standing outside in 6 degree temperatures, mostly stationary, identifying plants and grasses, it was so, so nice to get back on campus and have this hot tea waiting in my Timolino.

I had tried this one quickly before and it was good, because all Butiki teas are, but not quite what I was thinking it would be. This time around, similar to Ruby Pie, it seems to be working out much better. The base is so lovely and comforting, and the somewhat subtle caramel and vanilla seem to pair perfectly. This is much better than the few caramel or vanilla teas I’ve tried thus far. I may play around with this one a bit more once I get my order to see what all this tea can do.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

The first cup or so I had of it was just ok, but I manged to make it amazing. Regretfully, I couldn’t tell you how, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out. :D

Courtney

Haha yes I feel it could be made to be so much more! Do you ever add anything? I do rarely add anything to my teas.

keychange

I really enjoy this tea with some cream and sugar—honestly, it revolutionized the tea for me, but then again I add that to almost all my tea, so there’s that.

Courtney

Haha well I don’t do cream, but perhaps I’ll try milk. I usually don’t care for tea with additions, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to try :) Thanks for the suggestion!

Cavocorax

I don’t add anything to mine, but I could see how a splash of milk/cream would be very nice. :)

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
678 tasting notes

I’m going to start this with a story about my day – feel free to skip right ahead to notes on this tea at the bottom if you’d like :)

I spent the majority of last night extremely sick and slept away most of my night on the bathroom floor. This really did not make for a great start to my Monday morning. I barely dragged myself out of the bed I had somehow managed to get into at some point, and I ended up missing my first class. The class with the most terrifying prof with intense information overload each and every class. Delightful. I did make it for my next class, thank goodness. I also had the foresight to bring Bangkok in my Timolino today – favourite tea comfort, and ginger for the upset stomach. Mondays are my longest day, where classes run from 9-7:30p with one 1 hour break. So I endured all but one of my classes today with a horribly upset stomach and running on little sleep. Today was totally a sucky Monday. When I did finally arrive back home there was a tea parcel waiting for me, and this just seemed to make it all better – so thank you Cavovorax, and the speedy postal service, for brightening my day.

This was one in the package from Cavovorax. I have tried this one before and it just didn’t quite work out the first time. This time is going much better. I really do love rhubarb – almost as much as my love for watermelon and pumpkin. I don’t consume nearly as much or enough of it since I left home. I really should’ve brought my Mom with me to bake me rhubarb goodies. Why didn’t I have the foresight for that… Okay, back to this tea. I’m much happier this time around with it, and I’m even more thrilled it went into my Butiki order yesterday. I may try the resteep with a touch of sugar like is suggested. Yum!

I’m having the second resteep tonight and it is quite delicious. I’m even more excited about my Butiki order now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

Hope you have a better day tomorrow and are feeling better!

Tea Sipper

Yikes! I hope tomorrow is better! I’ve been thinking of strawberry rhubarb pie all day.

Jennkay

Oh man, Mondays are hard enough without a full schedule and an upset stomach. Hope you’re feeling better!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I hope you feel better!

Aimee Popovacki

yuck! feel better!

Courtney

Thanks guys :)

keychange

Uggh, I hate nights like that and hope you feel better soon. And good for you for plowing on through the day anyway! so not what I’d do, I don’t think. I’m weak though LOL.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that sounds horrible! Congrats to making it through all those classes, and I hope you’re feeling better.

Courtney

Thanks! I had a much better day today :)

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This tea is delicious with a hint of brown sugar added, just as the description says it will be. I drink and eat pumpkin things throughout the year, but I don’t get as many weird looks when it’s fall haha.

I may have altered my Butiki order from last night to include more teas. Quite a few more teas. I may have a problem. But alas, I’m drinking this treat partly because I’m incredible frustrated with the assignment I’m working on, but mostly because I’m incredibly excited to try out Pumpkin Milkshake when it arrives. Pumpkin in all the things!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
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This oolong is delicious, as always. It never fails to amaze me. I drink oolongs so rarely since they strike me as an all-afternoon endeavour, and I don’t often have full afternoons to dedicate to sitting around drinking tea, unfortunately. I decided last time I enjoyed this beauty that this would be my permanent oolong.

I’ve been thinning out my tea cupboard drastically and it felt so good to be rid of stuff I wasn’t truly in love with. Now I’m finding my selection is too little haha! It appears I’ve cut off my nose to spite my face. So, I placed a Butiki order for eight teas, seven of which I’ve never tried before – YAY for new teas!

I’m on my fifth steep now, and I’m going to see just how many more I can get this afternoon. Each subsequent steep I’m steeping for an added minute and a half. It is still so tasty.

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

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drank Razzleberry Genmaicha by 52teas
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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this one, and I have to say that I’m pretty happy with it. I had my first steep in my Timolino for my afternoon classes, and I’m just enjoying the second steep here as I prepare for my lab tomorrow morning.

The thing I like the most about this one is that you can still taste the non-genmaicha flavours in the second steep. I found the other flavoured genmaichas had only the first steep with flavour, then it was essentially regular genmaicha from there on out.

Both the raspberry and blackberry are evident and not fake tasting at all. The scent of the dry tea seemed like the flavours might come out too overwhelming, but they seem to be just right. This will be a nice switch up from my normal genmaicha every so often.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
678 tasting notes

I have had this sitting in my swap-in box for months. I’m still not so sure of my tea tastes are experienced enough to taste what others taste, but alas, I shall try it today. Also, I feel terrible, in that I can’t remember who sent this to me. I know it was either Kittena or Cavovorax, however I looked through my inbox to determine and of course I had deleted the message to keep myself organized. So silly of me. I apologize profusely for that.

I shall update as I sip away here. I’m also researching methyl hydroxybenzoate. Joy.

The initial sip is very smooth. I believe I’m getting some barely in the background there, which is lovely. As it cools and I get further into my cup I’m getting that hint of dark chocolate almost.

I’m drinking this so fast – it’s just so delicious! Thank goodness I can expect so many resteeps.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
678 tasting notes

I made this yesterday for my Timolino. I make two cups worth in my normal mug to fill my Timolino and always have a bit left over. I decided to throw the rest of this one in the fridge to chill.

I really enjoyed this one cold, it brings out the best of the flavours of the tea. The caramel is much more noticeable I found. I’d happily drink this one hot or cold. Yum!

Also, we went to the Eagles concert last night and it was AMAZING!

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drank Love Life Tea by Harney & Sons
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I brought this treat in my Timolino today and it’s quite enjoyable as I sit here reading up on every possible thing you could ever want to know about epithelium. H&S greens continually amaze me. This tea is so light with the perfect flavours of strawberry and coconut.

I’m working up to placing and H&S order and I was so upset to see this one is only offered as sachets online. I puchased my current stash at the SoHo store when I visited New York in July. I did email the customer service contact to see if there’s a possibility of getting it loose. I don’t think I can wait until I possibly visit NY again next summer to get this one again.

PositiviTEA

How did the Timolino work today?! Does it hold on to smells from your previous teas easily?

Courtney

I’m not finding anything of the sort. I’ve used it now three days and each evening I get home and do a real quick hand-wash and let it air dry. I have used Bangkok, Tokyo, and Love Life in it – all green teas. I’m wary of using a black for fear that will leave an odd taste. What do you think?

Tea Sipper

Oh I’ll have to try more of Harney’s greens…

PositiviTEA

You should try a black teaa without milk at least once! It would be no fun at all if you could only drink green tea out of your Timolino! Not that there is anything wrong with green tea of course :)

Courtney

Haha I only add milk to English Breakfast so that shouldn’t be too hard. Haha I get so concerned over the littlest things. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll take Minty Cow to work/school. Yum!

PositiviTEA

That sounds like a wonderful tea to spend the day with!

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drank Minty Cow by Della Terra Teas
678 tasting notes

I made this one this morning, knowing very well I had absolutely no time to spare, and ended up pouring it into my normal ceramic travel mug and gulping it down en route to pick up my friend for school. I had to give it a fair shot and remake it once I was home for the evening.

I am continually impressed with Della Terra’s minty black teas and this is no exception. This is very reminiscent of all their other minty blacks, especially reminding me of Shamrocks & Shenanigans, minus the little green pieces. This one has little white pieces instead haha! All in all, I’m happy I ordered the 2oz.

Lariel

I was hoping it tasted like the Shenanigans. Cow Shenanigans among the Minty Shamrocks?

Kittenna

The two minty cow blends are the same as the two shamrock ones, renamed and with different sprinkles :)

Sil

Tat always rives me nuts about Della terra….just keep the same damn teas, stop renaming them just for different seasons. New sprinkles doesn’t = new tea

MissLena

I need to get this! Shamrocks and Shenanigans was my favorite mint chocolate tea ever!

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
678 tasting notes

This tea is amazing, as per usual :) Hence why I chose it as the first tea to ever grace my new Timolino with it’s presence!

FYI: This is really more of an update on my day and recent Timolino purchase. I plan on doing an actual review under the Timolino once I’ve had a few more days to test it out.

So I caved yesterday and picked up a Timolino after over a week of really deliberating. I still think it was a bit too expensive, but in the end I wanted to be able to enjoy tea after my 8am lab finishes up at 11am since I can’t have any beforehand with the time constraints. However, I got to casually take little sips of tea from 8am right up until 2pm when I finally finished off the mug full, and I was quite happy with it. I’m still slightly nervous to try out the leakproof feature by throwing it in my bookbag with my laptop, although I see only good reviews.

Also, Mondays promise to be brutal this term. I start class at 9am and have one 1 hour break until 7:30pm. Histology began at 9am when we were reminded if we hadn’t read up to chapter 5, we were now five chapters behind. So I picked up that textbook today :| However, it all looked up when I arrived at physics at 5pm and the prof was not only very attractive but also hilarious and young. Score.

Cavocorax

I’ve only had my timolino leak once, and I’m pretty sure it’s because I didn’t seal it correctly. (I was in a rush.) I keep both my timolino’s in my purse which is where I keep my phone, tablet and ereader and all have been safe! Hopefully that helps! if you’re not sure, just tip it over to make sure it doesn’t drip before you stuff it in your bag. It’s either sealed, or it isn’t.

Courtney

Thanks for the heads up! I did tip it over, but I think I’m just paranoid about something happening anyway haha.

keychange

Yup, no spills with the timolino here, either. How did you find the tea tasted your timilino? I’m excited that you caved and got one! and hey, good for you for making the tea last like five hours in it—my tea is gone within an hour or two of my arriving at work, which is why there’s another timolino around the corner.

Courtney

I found it tasted exactly the same actually! I was contemplating perhaps only using it for greens and perhaps whites, and oolongs. I don’t want to have any lingering tastes in there after lots of usage.

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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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