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drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I didn’t even realize I was at sipdown levels of this one. So I managed one sipdown today, yay! I made it for through all my samples, plus some of my cupboard teas this week and I feel great about that.

Now I’m packing (trying to is a better way of saying it) and it’s a miracle I make it through winter at all. I did some calculations, because I like quantifying everything, and literally 89% of my closet is summer clothing. That settles it then, we’re moving to California. Or Australia.

keychange

Have so so much fun on your trip!

whatshesaid

Have a blast!
I hear you about the summer clothes, wishful thinking I guess.

Courtney

I have this theory about my summer clothes that thats’s how I combat seasonal depression. The bright colours year-round just helps.

OMGsrsly

Like my BRIGHT CORAL raincoat. :) Some cheerfulness on a grey day.

whatshesaid

We Canadians have to deal somehow…. Coping mechanisms for the winter that never ends

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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My Nina’s order and LB arrived today, woot!

I was really excited about this one, but after Three Friends it’s just not what I was really looking for. That’s not to say it isn’t a good tea, but I was really hoping the orange and cream would be more noticeable. The black tea base is fine and all, but the orange and cream are extremely subtle. There is a slight chocolate aspect here too.

I survived my exam today and now I’m FREE for a week! Now we’re cleaning the house head to toe before we leave in a few hours.

whatshesaid

Dd you order the Nina’s through Amazon?

whatshesaid

How was the shipping/customs to canadia?

Courtney

I totally wrote this is the tea package I sent haha. :P The shipping is quite reasonable, and I’ve had no customs at the door.

whatshesaid

Oh hahaha how did you know I’d ask? :P

Courtney

You shall see!

Courtney

Also, did you want to try this one of The des Anges?

VariaTEA

This is one of the few I have not tried yet. I am sure I will eventually though.

Courtney

If you ever want a swap sample, I’m here. :)

VariaTEA

Aww thanks :).

whatshesaid

What are the des anges? Haha
Looking it up!

whatshesaid

Strawberry vanilla, sounds tasty!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I woke up before the sun (4:45am) this morning to look over my notes a bit more before my exam today.

This is such a great morning tea. Well, it’s great anytime, but not every tea works in the morning. The chocolate and barley is my favourite. So unique. I also decided on this one as a wee celebration because the tracking tells me my new stash of LB will be delivered today (instead of Monday), yay! I’m not completely out yet, but it’s nice that I can unpack it and place it in my cupboard before we leave.

In a few short hours, six more courses will be behind me. YES.

Veronica

Good luck, and congratulations in advance!

Angrboda

Good luck with the exams!

yyz

Good luck!

__Morgana__

Good luck from me, too!

whatshesaid

I got mine today too!

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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I drank a lot of tea today. My mouth was kind of tired of it honestly. So I brushed and flossed my teeth, ate dinner, drank a litre of water, then made a cup of Japon. My cup before dinner should have been tasty but I was so tired of tea at that point it wasn’t. Now we’re back to tasty.

Yes! Japon and I will now get back to studying. I have zero motivation, but my exam tomorrow is worth 45%. DELIGHTFUL.

VariaTEA

Good luck tomorrow!!

sundaysipping

You can do it! _

Courtney

Thanks! So close!

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I don’t anticipate any more sipdowns today/I’m quickly running out of sipdown-able teas. My tally for today includes:

Cheesecake matcha (sneakily swapped out to Stephanie)
Bavarian Cream matcha
Happy Banana
and 2 samples (Rhubarb Green and Rhubarb Vanilla)

Tomorrow is my last day for sipdowns before we leave early, early Saturday morning (early means essentially middle of the night). I could possibly sipdown Caramel matcha before then, and if I continue drinking Three Friends at the same alarming rate, that one is also a real sipdown possibility.

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drank Happy Banana by RiverTea
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Sad sipdown. But a sipdown nonetheless.

This tea was really tasty. The steeping parameters make it pretty expensive at 3 tsp. per cup, but I will happily buy some more occasionally to have around. The banana flavour is nothing short of amazing.

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Now this is what I’m talking about. I just got settled in for a day full of studying for my one last exam tomorrow, and this tea is perfection. The chocolate notes never cease to amaze me. I’m so happy to have a cupboard full of Butiki teas again (note to self: never go so long between orders again).

Also, I just placed an AE order and I ended up saving just as much as I spent. Best.

whatshesaid

Is AE a tea company I’ve never heard of or is American Eagle having a sale? Haha

Yes, nothing like that satisfying cup of a tea you’ve already established you love!

Courtney

Haha, American Eagle. Sorry, perhaps I should’ve clarified. They are having a sale and I had a discount code in my email. Do you ever just have things in your online cart for ages – adding more and taking off a few things, until finally the discounts are good enough?

This tea is such a delight.

whatshesaid

Oh yes, been there!!

I can’t remember if I tried this tea or not, I get two of them mixed up all the time

Courtney

I checked the notes and it looks as though you did haha. This one is amazing! And Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black is to die for. I saw someone described the TWMB as waffle-like a few months back and that is bang on.

whatshesaid

Oh I think the TWMB is the one I always get it mixed up with, lol
I might order both and just do a huge order when the time comes!

Courtney

That sounds best haha. I always try to hit the free shipping threshold. :)

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The smoke is still coming through clearly. Even before I sip it, I can smell the smokiness. I’m fairly sensitive to smoke, but not a single note mentions smoke as of yet. Le sigh.

The few sips I did have were smooth and had that lovely Assam maltiness, which was delightful.

Thank goodness Stacy has plenty of other amazing teas. :)

P.S. I managed 2 samples sipdowns yesterday (Glenburn Estate Darjeeling and Caramel Popcorn matcha.

whatshesaid

Hmmm good to know.

Sil

Awe…so sorry it’s smoky to you:(

Butiki Teas

How interesting! I’ve never noticed any smoke and I am particularly sensitive to smoke as well. :) I will have to try it next time looking for smoke notes.

Courtney

I plan on maybe trying again in a few more days, because I’m thinking it must be me. I knew you would have something in the description if there actually was something there. Bizarre!

Butiki Teas

Courtney-Well, it is pretty subjective. :)

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MY WELLIES ARE HERE! I went out to check the mail 15 minutes ago, and they weren’t here and it was NOT raining. Then, not 5 minutes later I heard the UPS truck pull up and I flew outside and it was raining and they had arrived!

I’m going outside to play in the rain in my new wellies!

Here they are: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/8538D85D-CB04-4742-8726-74C40B80A827_zpskaqtyead.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Oh, and this tea is awesome.

Suziqzer

Don’t you love that you could have worn them in the rain going out to get them?… How ironic. Have fun getting them muddy!

I’ve seen several posts about people liking the peanut butter matcha… must be a good one.

Courtney

Haha thanks! I much prefer this one to the straight Peanut Butter matcha myself, but that’s personal preference. :)

Veronica

Nice! Have fun jumping in the puddles!

caile

Ooh, nice!

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Ahh Butiki. Always comes through for me. I think I need to come up with a vocabularly to describe Darjeelings. At least the first flushes, I have a feeling, are going to become a bigger part of my life.

This is an awesome tea. It still amazes me that a black tea steeps up so light. It’s very smooth and a bit thicker in consistency, like a black tea, except it doesn’t look like a black tea. There seems to be maybe a subtle hay component? Also subtle fruits that I can’t quite nail down. There’s also an awesome sweetness in scent that comes through clearly in the taste.

I want to test out the few other first flush Darjeelings from Butiki, then I will decide which is best for my cupboard. This one is nothing short of delicious though.

This is another sample sipdown too.

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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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