686 Tasting Notes

I clocked six extra hours in the lab today. Delightful.

This is actually my third steep because the first two I took in my Timolino to school with me. I didn’t end up drinking them, because I still can’t seem to get the soapy taste out of my mug. Bleh.

This steep is quite tasty. The tea is smooth and has a natural sweetness to it that’s just lovely. I can perhaps get hints of the pecan and oak, but I’ll have to pay close attention to the initial steep on subsequent cups for the citrus and peach notes. An enjoyable cup for the afternoon :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
686 tasting notes

YOU GUYS OMG MY BUTIKI ORDER ARRIVED! I watched, and watched, and watched the tracking, until my order finally arrived today. Such an awesome end of the day treat! ALL THE TEAS!

Initially I was overwhelmed. Which tea do I try first? So many choices! Then it hit me – of course the Pumpkin Milkshake. Of course.

The pumpkin is so amazing in this tea. It’s so clearly there. Right there. And yet it’s not overpowering or fake at all. No surprise, really. I never cease to be amazed with Butiki (I’m quite sure I say that on every Butiki tea note I’ve written). The vanilla is there, subtly, and the cream flavour always mystifies me in teas. It’s so wonderful, but how do they get a cream flavour? How! I can also taste the caramel notes, just lingering there in the background.

I am really looking forward to resteeps of this lovely.

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

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
686 tasting notes

Thanks Nicole for sending some of this my way :)

I’m waiting on this to cool and it smells almost reminiscent of root beer, faintly, but it’s definitely there. Now if only it would cool faster so I could actually taste it.

I actually enjoy the black base Kusmi uses. I do have to be in the right mood for it, because it is quite strong, but it’s not offensive like some I’ve tried. I can taste the vanilla here, though it isn’t very apparent, and perhaps that’s because of the strong base. I will certainly enjoy the rest of this cup while I study.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Winter Blend by Tealish
686 tasting notes

Another awesome sample from Aimee Popovacki!

I was slightly wary when this brewed up that hibiscus deep red, but it’s actually quite tasty. The hibiscus is clearly there, but it’s not overwhelming at all, which I’m finding so bizarre. Perhaps it’s the vanilla and almond toning it down. Either way I’m really enjoying this tea. So much so that I may have opened the Tealish website and added $50 worth of tea to my cart…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
686 tasting notes

Thanks Aimee Popovacki for including this in our swap :)

I’m actually finding this one enjoyable. I wouldn’t order it for myself, but that I can make it through an entire cup of rooibos is saying something! I’m thinking it’s because it has green rooibos, which I don’t find nearly as offensive as it’s red sibling (cousin?).

The more I drink, the more impressed I actually am with this tea. I’m definitely getting the kiwi and apple in the flavours, and perhaps a hint of strawberry. I’ve no idea what mistletoe tastes like, but I just like the idea of it being in there haha!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
686 tasting notes

Thanks Cavovorax for sending some of this my way.

This tea is pretty tasty, although I don’t think I steeped it quite long enough. I feel that it could be more flavourful, but I’m sure that was my mistake. Thank goodness I put this one in my Butiki order :P

The strawberry is definitely there, along with a hint of ginger. I’m not quite sure I’m getting toffee, but it could be the improper steeping time. Once I’ve managed to steep this correctly, I’d also like to try it with the added brown crystal sugar. Stacy always has the best suggestions.

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This was my choice for my Timolino this morning. It was pretty tasty. Tasty enough that I finished it in my first class and now I’ll be tealess until 7pm. Bleh for that. I was quite happy with the flavouring in this one. The rhubarb was clearly there and the edge of the tartness was taken off by the strawberry flavour. I always love when the base doesn’t overpower the flavours, and this base seemed perfect.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

Uggh, I both love and hate when the tea is so good that it disappears and then you’re left tealess!

Courtney

Haha I know! Being at school doesn’t really lend itself well to attempting to make my own tea. Buying it from someplace on campus is just a waste of money and I’m never quite happy with it. I’ll have to make up for it when I eventually make it home.

Cavocorax

What if you brought your own tea bags (filled with loose leaf)? When I was a student I had a few places on campus where I could just get hot water and they didn’t mind.

Courtney

I should do that :) There’s a Good Earth here and perhaps they’d give me some hot water. I’d probably be best bringing sturdy teas for that, but awesome idea.

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drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
686 tasting notes

Our landlords live above us and just got back from Paris yesterday. They came down to visit us tonight and actually brought me back the Kusmi Wellness Collection. I cannot get over how sweet they are :) Such a generous gift.

I decided to have this one to clear my mind so I can concentrate on a write-up I’m doing tonight for histology. I may have left it to the last minute.

I wasn’t completely sold on the dry scent, I’ll be honest. The steeped tea seems much more pleasant. It’s certainly not something I’d buy for myself, but I will be happy finishing off this tin. Also, the tins are adorable! The peppermint comes through clearly, along with a slightly less powerful taste of verbena (I believe?) and perhaps a subtle hint of liquorice. It’s actually quite a nice herbal, though I’d have to be in the mood to have it – but that’s true of a lot of peppermint teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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
686 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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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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Canada

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