678 Tasting Notes

This one is delightful cold brewed. I brew this one up for 7 hours, and even though it still smells strongly of the combination of lemongrass and hibiscus, but the flavours meld and although they have a tartness, it’s not overwhelming at all.

Quite refreshing actually. I’m looking forward to the cold brewed Creamy Rhubarb as well.

As an aside, I’ve now watched 7 episodes of Suits. Harvey is so delightfully awesome.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a sipdown! I overleafed here because I had enough left for a cup and a half and I should overleaf more than I do with my oversized mug. I generally use the recommended amount of leaf, even with my oversized mug.

Anyway, the overleafing was glorious. I’m getting much more of the sweet cake notes now, along with the lemon-y goodness. Delightful.

whatshesaid

I was wondering if underleafing had something to do with the weakness I experienced. I’m always like “must make Butiki teas last”, but if that means every cup is mediocre then what’s the point right?

Courtney

I agree. I follow the leaf instructions for a normal cup, even though my mug holds 15 oz., and generally I enjoy my tea, but every so often I find a tea a bit weak and I try overleafing. In this case, it helped. :)

Suziqzer

I often do the same thing you do. I use my steeping mug most of the time which is the right size, but sometimes use a larger mug and forget to compensate for the size… usually still enjoy it anyway :)

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Steeped up this one on the continuation of Tea & Suits Day haha.

This one is creamy, yes, but the other flavours seem to just amalgamate. It’s a tasty tea, but I’m having trouble differentiating different chocolates and coconut. They just become one. All in all, a tasty tea.

I think I may work on some sipdowns next, because the teas literally cannot fit in my cupboard at this point and we have zero counter space, so I need to make room and get creative about fitting teas in.

keychange

Is this tea strongly flavoured though, do you think? is it creamy?

Courtney

It’s creamy, but I wouldn’t say strongly flavoured. But not weakly flavoured, like you’re searching for flavour either. There’s flavour there, but it’s not overwhelming.

whatshesaid

Do you also get “yelled at” for having your tea take over the kitchen? Haha.

keychange

Hmmm, interesting.

Courtney

Haha this is the first time there is actually tea taking up precious counter space and I’m working quickly today before someone gets back from work to remediate the situation haha!

whatshesaid

Haha hope you were successful!

Courtney

I totally managed to stuff them in there. It’s not ideal, but they are in for now. I can work on “ideal” over the weekend haha.

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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I had a specialist appointment this morning, but my face had enough of a reaction that I want to lay low until tomorrow. Luckily, I’m off today so it’s TEA AND SUITS ALL DAY. Yes!

So I thought I would brew this one up properly, since I wasn’t completely thrilled with it the other day. I actually measured it out and steeped it just a tad longer, and it turned out much better.

The cinnamon makes it quite dessert-like, and the maple adds to that as well, but it’s more subtle than the cinnamon. I’m quite enjoying this one. It’s definitely sweet enough on it’s own, I couldn’t imagine adding anything. I’m curious about this one cold-brewed.

I also have Creamy Rhubarb and Berry Sunset cold brewing now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
keychange

I’m glad you like it better this time around, and hope you feel better soon!

Courtney

I still find it amazing how much tea can change with just the smallest changes. Thanks. :)

keychange

I know, that really is so remarkable. It really reminds you to try more than once if you think there’s hope.

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Well, we are back. Bleh. There were a couple hiccups to deal with when we got back to the house, which did not go over so well after waking up at 4am and spending 12 hours on the road. It’s amazing how short tempers can become when the same mistakes are made more than once and those mistakes are paired with exhaustion the next time around.

However, Vancouver was amazing. :)

I’m glad I picked up 100g of this one, because it’s delightful. It’s a nice bold, yet smooth black. Great for breakfast especially, but also evidently, for evenings while we watch Flipping Out.

I’m really looking forward to trying this one with maple syrup.

Sil

Being back is the suck.

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This one smelled quite strong dry, so I was a bit wary to steep it up, but it turned out quite nicely. It’s a bit like lemonade with a hint of hibiscus.

It brewed up a medium pink, but I still expected a mouthful of tart hibiscus, but it was not be. The hibiscus is very light. I’m enjoying it hot, but I have a feeling it will be even better cold brewed.

This one is actually labelled as a ‘sun tea’. Perhaps that means I should brew it in the sun?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Memily

Cold brewing is a more hygienic way of sun brewing… at least that’s what I’ve been reading lately when I was looking into cold brewing!

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I picked this one up on a whim yesterday, because who doesn’t love Market Spice tea? No matter where you get it, it’s always a delightful treat. J says it smells like ribbon candy, and I agree.

It strikes me as seasonal and reminds me more of Christmas, but I still enjoy it from time to time other times of the year. The orange, clove, cinnamon mix with a black tea base just works so well. It’s rich in it’s own way.

I just checked the tracking on a huge box of teas (huge, like 1.5 kg) I sent me friend in the US. When I first checked the tracking days ago all was well, and now the expected delivery date has changed, and the expected delivery city now says the same city it left from! Why, Canada Post?!

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I’m happy with this one. The dry and steeped scent is all rhubarb. Rhubarb is the best. And even better is that there is no hibiscus! YES. There is a creamy aspect here too, from
the yogurt no doubt. Overall a tasty herbal option.

I’m excited to try it cold too.

Sil

oh nice

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
678 tasting notes

I caved and picked up 100g of this one today. Whoops. The scent is divine, gah. The taste is much lighter, but still quite tasty. I’m enjoying the cinnamon maple mixture, but overall I may slightly prefer Maple Seduction, however I don’t know if I would say they’re fully comparable just because of the very different tastes.

I think I need to steep this one longer to get a bit more flavour from it next time.

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

Lol you goof…100g is so much! I steeped mine for about 4.5? Mins I think…

Courtney

Haha! I was very excited. Although everything except Divine Temptation and this one was 50g. Phew. I shall steep longer, I also eyeballed the leaf amount since I only brought an infuser.

Sil

All my bayswater teas were 50g or 25g since cavo is splitting most of them with me heh as a result they’ll probably be finished up before some of my older teas lol

Cavocorax

They’ll be finished before I run over and grab them is what you mean eh? :P

Cavocorax

(not that I mind! Seriously – open them up!)

Sil

Lol I split up a couple of them last night but bayswater is also really smelly so trying to keep them locked up

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90

I’ve now been here a few hours and ahh freedom! We went to Steam before we even dropped the suitcase haha.

Now I’m sitting here, catching up on all my internet things. This tea is delicious and mapley and all things good. I picked up 100g, but I can’t decide if I should pick up more, because more than likely we won’t be back again until next summer. Hmm, decisions, decisions.

Also, I took a picture for you, Cavo: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/photo_zps5f4e89e7.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Sil

courtney…i wanna come back!!!! sucks that we missed each other. :(

Amariel

Buy more so you can ice it and add sweetened condensed milk hong kong/thai style in the summer…so good.

keychange

oooh what else did you get from there?

Courtney

Keychange I also picked up Fresh Bamboo Mint and Kangaita.

Sil

Courtney – i should swap you some of the bamboo mint. I was going to get kangaita too but opted to try something new instead this time around heh

Courtney

I’m all for it. Let me know if you want anything else. That’s so much Bamboo Mint actually. I wish you could get smaller amounts hah.

Sil

yeah..that’s why they only got 3 bags purchased from me…if they sold 50g it would have been closer to 8

OMGsrsly

Yes, what Amariel says. :) Get more and ice it!

OMGsrsly

Steam didn’t sell you guys 50g? Seriously? Because I always get 50g. And samples.

Sil

he must like you…we chatted about where to buy tea but no samples and 100g only.

Courtney

It was a tiny little girl with purple hair when I went yesterday afternoon. She was really nice though, and gave me Nolan’s card and mentioned I could email/call if I needed teas shipped.

OMGsrsly

I wonder when that changed. SO FRUSTRATING.

Sil

Maybe you just have to be one of the fabulous people…

OMGsrsly

You ARE one of the fabulous people, Sil…

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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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