696 Tasting Notes

My order of Three Friends arrived, along with this sample. :)

This one is nice. It’s has a touch of both maltiness and the most subtle hint of astringency. I’m enjoying it, but I don’t think I need it in my cupboard. I ultimately enjoy the Dinjoye more.

Thanks for the sample Stacy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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A bit too rooibos/honeybush for my tastes, but I can almost taste the creamsicle.

Thanks EvaGrimm!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
696 tasting notes

This one did get to cold brew for 12 hours. After I put this one in the fridge I thought to myself I should’ve perhaps cold brewed it in soda water, but that will be next time.

This one turned out quite well. I would say the root beer flavour is more apparent as a cold brew. And I have a feeling, brewed in soda water would be like some sort of healthier root beer. Interesting.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
VariaTEA

I am glad you found a way to bring out the root beer flavor with this one.

Jennkay

Have you cold brewed in soda water before? I was thinking about it, and wouldn’t it lose some of its fizziness by the time the tea was steeped?

Courtney

I actually put some in just a couple hours ago in soda water. The soda water was part way flat as it was though, so I don’t have the highest hopes. If it turns out significantly different, I’ll write up a note. :)

Suziqzer

I need to try this one cold brewed for my son, who loves root beer. He does enjoy it hot brewed as well though.. close enough to rootbeer for him.

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drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
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I cold brewed this one for 11.5 hours. It was meant for 12, but I got impatient.

This one is tasty cold brewed. The raspberry comes through crystal clear, but I would say that’s about it. It’s a black raspberry iced tea. Yum.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Suziqzer

Yum.. Black raspberry? You don’t see that very often.. mostly red.

Courtney

Black tea and raspberry haha.

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We made it to Granville Island, so I picked up 50g of this one. I ended up mixing the Market Spice from Bayswater with this in one tin. Bayswater’s version wasn’t quite as tasty, but only just slightly less so.

I love Market Spice teas though. The candy heart-ness is awesome.

You know what isn’t so awesome? Being assigned an assignment that requires me going to school before my class even begins. Yes, I have a PPT presentation due at 9am the first day of classes. I dragged myself out of the house today, despite the snow, and drove down to school, only to find the library was closed and the prof hasn’t yet activated the student IDs to access to biology study center, which means I couldn’t do my assignment. Tomorrow I’m scheduled to work all day, which just happens to be the hours the library is open because classes aren’t actually in until Tuesday. I am not impressed. At all. I do not think it is acceptable to assign work before the class begins.

However, I am now back at the house with this awesome tea, and yes I’m back to watching Suits. Harvey is my favourite.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
whatshesaid

That sounds frustrating and unfair

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
696 tasting notes

I cold brewed this one for 17 hours last night, and it is tasty this morning. To be honest, it tastes just like the hot version, but cold. Actually, it’s a tad less sweet.

Quite enjoyable.

I seem to be on a cold brew kick, and I just put both Dolce Vita and Root Beer in the fridge to cold brew for later on tonight.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I survived my first day back to work after 2 months off. VariaTEA inspired me to steep this one up now that I’m back from work, as my first cup of the day. This tea is so amazing. All the nuances never cease to amaze me. The chocolate notes are my favourite though. I love how smooth and rich this tea is.

Since I got back to the house an hour ago, I’ve been super productive and did dishes, laundry, swept the house, and cleaned out the bunnies, before sitting down with this cuppa to watch more Suits.

VariaTEA

Yay for surviving work and enjoying tasty teas. Have you ever tried Yezi’s Jin Pin btw? I think you would be a fan as, at least in my mind, the two are similar.

Courtney

I haven’t. I’ll have to add it to my wishlist. :)

VariaTEA

I think I will probably order some in the future. If I do, I will be sure to send a sample.

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Cold brew time is up! Thank goodness for phone alarms, or else I’d forget things like cold brewing tea in the fridge.

Well, I have to say this one is weirding me out. Not because it tastes weird, but because it brewed up opaque. I immediately thought of Anna’s foamy opaque tea from this morning.

While it’s a good cold brew, I may prefer this one hot. And it may also partially be because hot it’s not opaque. Weird! I also preferred Luscious Watermelon hot too though.

I cold brewed this one for 10 hours.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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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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