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drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
585 tasting notes

It is truly delightful when raspberries in tea are done so well. This one is awesome! The scent wafting from the cup seemed very tart, and I was slightly wary of trying it, but it turned out to be quite tasty.

The coconut seems to be coming through in creaminess, and apparently what I thought were white chocolate chips were actually meringue hats. Thank goodness I read over that haha. Also, the description about sandy beaches and tanned skin is so fitting right now!

Thanks Cavovorax! What an exciting evening of tea tasting.

Cavocorax

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! I went through 100g of that so quickly!

Courtney

I can imagine. It was really tasty. I’m slowly collecting up teas to place an order.

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This smells divine. Hehe.

The scent is ever so much stronger than the flavour, but the flavour is still tasty. The nougat goodness is great. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Sweet in a natural way. It seems even more flavour comes out as it cools.

I’ve now had two Bayswater teas and I really enjoyed both of them. I’m quite excited to visit Vancouver. I didn’t even have to Google their address because it was on the tea envelope.

Thanks Cavovorax for sharing!

P.S. I was packing up all my beach stuff and realized my epipen is expired. Agh! Thank goodness the pharmacy already had refills on file. Phew.

Fjellrev

I’m glad you liked this one. It’s fantastic with milk or half and half.

That must be annoying to have to always have Epipen on hand!

Courtney

I’m so weird about milk-like things in my tea. But I should really get over it since I’ve had a few recommendations now. Haha, well I’m used to having an epipen, but in the middle of winter when I wouldn’t normally require it, it can be a pain when I forget it’s expired. :P

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Sipdown of this great sample from keychange this morning.

Even as it cools, it seems to get better and better. I’m intrigued now. I plan on trying every first flush Darjeeling from Butiki. The hay flavour in teas seems to get me. Once I have it, I must always have it. White Rhino had the same effect with the hay quality.

Thanks keychange!

P.S. My non-tea drinking friend sent me this last night. I thought it was pretty funny. http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/tea_zps66db2496.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
keychange

No problem! I really should try this soon too LOL. Glad you liked it.

Courtney

Haha! You should try it. I was pleasantly surprised.

Butiki Teas

Glad you enjoyed it! That was my very favorite first flush Darjeeling from 2013. So very flavorful. We have some samples of 2014 FFs on the way. Can’t wait to see what my favorite will be this year.

Courtney

I am learning slowly for the Darjeelings. Which one would you recommend highly after this one Stacy?

Butiki Teas

We just got in a 2nd Flush from 2013 that is really unique and delicious. We were a little late to pick it up but it is super good. The Black Blossom Sourenee is amazing. We should have that one available in 2 weeks.

Courtney

Is the Black Blossom Sourenee a first or second flush? From the very few I’ve tried, I much prefer the first flushes.

Butiki Teas

It is a second flush but it is not like other second flushes. It’s really unique. You might also like our Glenburn Estate FFD.

Courtney

I will add them both to my list. :) Thanks!

TheTeaFairy

I love Butiki’s Darjeeling and pretty much tried them all. My favourite was SF Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling oolong. Will it be back in stock Stacy?

Butiki Teas

Courtney-Great! :)

TheTeaFairy-I really hope so. We had the 2nd Flush last year but I will see how their 1st Flush is. Darjeelings can really vary from year to year, so it depends on how good it is this year.

Stephanie

Yeah, your Darjeelings are amazing, Stacy :)

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90

I am so close to a sipdown here, but I must find a way to get more. I love this tea, however infrequently I drink it. It’s just comforting in a delicious, bready way.

I ordered 3 oz. last time, but I think 2 oz. may be a safer bet this time around. It’s lost a wee bit of flavour because it takes me an age to drink.

Sil

i need to order more of this..but maybe i’ll keep holding off until July.

Courtney

I will hold off too, for a bit. I want to route it through my friend in the US, but she may not be there much longer. Eep.

Veronica

I need to order more of this, too. Unfortunately, I am not buying anymore tea until at least May. :(

Courtney

Oh wow. That is a long time. I’m sure it will be worth it when Brioche is the reward. :)

keychange

yes, I love this tea but can see myself drinking it infrequently as well. Do you guys know if ATR is a real stor or only an online one?

Courtney

I believe it’s a real store as well. But only the one in California. We have tentatively planned to visit CA in the summer, so perhaps I’ll be able to check it out.

keychange

Oh wow, I’m heading to CA this summer also! July 19-26, I think.

Courtney

Awesome! We are planning August so far, but nothing is booked yet. Where are you headed in CA?

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Burn baby, burn. This is addicting amazing.

I’ve already added it to my Amazon cart. I couldn’t believe the whole package was for 6-8 oz. of water. I used 15oz. and it is strong. Delicious, yes, but strong. It was also awesome to just watch all the crystals dissolve instantly upon my pouring boiling water in. Thanks OMGsrsly!

VariaTEA

I might have used like 1/4 of the package for 8 oz and the honey was too strong. I wanted more ginger!!

Courtney

The honey was pretty strong but I got a lot of ginger too. It burned the back of my throat. In a good way haha. I used the whole package though, gah. It was intense.

VariaTEA

Haha. I got a lot of ginger but I wanted more to drown out the sweetness.

OMGsrsly

I love this one. So good for camping! :) Glad someone else is now addicted. :D

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drank Cream Irish Breakfast by Tealux
585 tasting notes

Enjoying this tea as I settle in to study before my exam tomorrow. The creaminess will never get old. The black base is great, and of course the cream accentuates it wonderfully.

This morning was quite eventful. I have a psychology presentation and paper due the day I return from Jamaica, which meant I had to get my research done beforehand. The abundant time spent on planes will be perfect for preparing the actual paper and presentation. I decided to examine social influence in religion. And what better way to examine than to attend a meeting/service/mass? So that is what I did this morning. I may be a scientist, but that doesn’t stop me from having a curiosity about religion, and overall it was a fascinating experience.

Fjellrev

I’m glad everything worked out so that you can go to Jamaica.

That’s really interesting. I had to do a paper on a religion in my first year of university and we had to attend a meeting/seminar. Was kind of cool. This reminds me of some research a linguist in southern Alberta is doing. She’s discovered a correlation between Mormonism and pronunciation, oddly. She thought the religion aspect would be boring at first, but despite being a scientist too, she also ended up liking the religion aspect. Go figure!

And best of luck on your exam tomorrow!

Courtney

Everyone else was doing something in sales and social influence and it just seemed to me that religion has an incredible social influence so I chose that instead. I actually chose a specific religion, which I had to get okayed beforehand by my prof. and it was quite fascinating. I’ve never been a religious person, but it doesn’t hurt to learn how other people view the world.

And thanks!

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drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
585 tasting notes

I thought I had mixed Cheesecake with milk and popped it in the fridge, but it turned out it was Coconut. That was a lovely surprise. I actually added just a wee touch of sugar because I find it helps the coconut in cold milk.

Hopefully this will give me the kick I need to finish off the reading part of my studying for my exam on Monday. Tomorrow’s studying will be all writing and rewriting. The cat has been sleeping on the couch for about four hours and I just want to nap too.

VariaTEA

Good luck on Monday!! I have a final on Wednesday and a midterm Thursday but I may be procrastinating by watching Dawson’s Creek. What a ridiculous show. I should be reading too but do not want!

Courtney

Haha it’s so hard at this time of term. I have that exam Monday, then 3 presentations and the papers that go with them all that have to be done before I leave early Thursday. GAH.

VariaTEA

I know that feeling. You will get through it and then you will be rewarded so YAY!

Courtney

Yes! And you will also survive hehe. My finals don’t start until April 14. They go from the first to the last day of the exam period. Of course. :P

VariaTEA

I like how I have a final the day before a midterm. The course also has a paper though so I think the prof is being nice and helping us get something out of the way.

Courtney

That is nice :) Yeah this exam Monday is a midterm. When courses fit in two midterms sometimes I have finals overlapping too.

VariaTEA

I hear you. The midterm Thursday is my second in the course as well. My actual exam period doesn’t start until after the first two weeks in April and it goes until the very last day of the month, though for the first time in forever, I am finishing early (which is good because I need time to move out of my apartment).

EvaGrimm

Tea makes reading coursework more bearable… especially the getting up breaks to make the tea. ;-) Good luck to you and VariaTEA on exams!

Jennkay

Good luck on all your exams, presentations, papers, etc!

Courtney

Thanks ladies! I’m sure we all understand haha.

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90

This is all maple with a hint of molasses. These flavours add up to deliciousness. Good call OMGsrsly, and thanks for sharing!

VariaTEA

I was talking to OMGsrsly about this today :P

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drank Vanilla by Fru P Kaffe & The
585 tasting notes

This one is pretty awesome. There is a distinct, rich vanilla flavour, with a strong, but not overwhelming black base. I could happily drink plenty of this one. I bet it would be tasty chilled too.

Angrboda you were right about this one! Thanks for sharing. :)

Speaking of chilled, we have blowing snow and a ‘feels like’ temperature of -20 here. UGH. But in Jamaica it feels like 40. AH YES.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

It’s lovely, isn’t it? I’m glad you liked it. :) I haven’t tried it cold. I prefer my cold brews to be fruity.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
585 tasting notes

The scent of coconut and banana wafting from this cup promises for something wonderful.

I kept pulling out this sample from keychange’s swap envelope and staring at it the last few days, because in my efficiency, I deleted our message and forgot what all she sent. This one was a mystery, and it has been bothering me since her envelope arrived. Today it finally hit me that it was this tea. This tea! The tea that everyone loved. So of course, I brewed it up immediately.

Both the banana and coconut are apparent, yet not overwhelming. AKA perfection. True to Butiki style. I’m also thrilled the back is PTA, rather than the original pu’erh planned. I’ll have to write a bit more later, because I had an incredibly garlicky dinner and I’m concocting ways to rid my mouth of the taste to further enjoy this tea. I clearly did not think through the timing for steeping. :P

Thanks keychange for sending me this one, and thanks to JustJames and Stacy for thinking and creating it.

Stephanie

I can’t wait to buy some. I will totes break my hiatus for it :)

Courtney

Me too! I’m out a few of my favourite Butikis, but I’ve been patiently waiting for this one to be released before I place an order.

JustJames

apparently stacy is sending out samples to everyone =0P. creating this one was so much fun.

Courtney

Neat! I will definitely be ordering this one. It is an excellent combination.

Stephanie

JustJames you win at tea :)

Cavocorax

Oh, I’m not supposed to be ordering anything, but… I will really need to get more of this. I’m so happy JustJames and

Cavocorax

Stacy got together on this!

JustJames

the dynamic for this tea was so funny. we agreed, we disagreed, we agreed…. then stacy said ‘it needs a fruit’. i said ‘no’. ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘yes, ’no’, ‘yes, ’banana, ’ew!….really…. no…. maybe?’

then she loved it. but i’m normally the ‘ew banana type,’ heh heh. has to be juuuuuust right. proof that it is? stacy and i both love this!

keychange

mmm banana!! when will this be available for the masses?

Butiki Teas

keychange-late this week! :)

Courtney

WOOT! I’ll be placing an order the moment I return.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), travel, science, 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 always in the mood for them. Greens and pu’erhs I’m working on, but they’re coming along at a snail’s pace. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino). 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 chocolate flavour), rhubarb, to be continued…

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss, to be continued…

Location

Canada

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