676 Tasting Notes

My sipdowns may have been slowed up by receiving my Butiki order today, which was awesome. My sipdown tally for today includes:

French Vanilla matcha
Divine Temptation (just until I pick up more next week!)
and 3 samples (Good Feeling, Mind Palace, and Tamarind Pop)

Tomorrow I have an exam, so I won’t be in the house for half the day at least. We shall see what sort of sipdowns I can manage.

P.S. It’s raining! I wait all year for the one month it rains here, and my wellies are scheduled to arrive tomorrow! Perfection.

Memily

Butiki! Rain! Everything is wonderful!

whatshesaid

Yay, wellies!
Just curious what mind palace tea is? Sherlock, clearly

Courtney

I didn’t do a note because, uhm, it got dumped. It was from Beastly Beverages and was a pu’erh. Pu’erhs and I generally do not get on well.

MissB

Mind Palace? I’m assuming it came from me. Zero pu-erh in there, just a blend of Assam and Ceylon. It is a weird one though, I must admit.

Sil

Courtney – FYI rain here has been minimal for us. IE not even hikers have gotten even a little wet

Courtney

It’s not pu’erh MissB? Whaaaat? I’m having a hard time with that. It did come from you, well from VariaTEA to me, but from you to her.

Sil thanks for the heads up! I’m still bringing them hehe. But I am excited for good weather there. And OCEAN.

whatshesaid

Oh that does sound weird

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This is wonderfully light and lemon-y. Dry this smelled strongly of some sort of lemon candy, which was just fine by me. It still smells nearly as strong steeped, but more lemon less candy. Slightly. The taste is less strong in the lemon department, but that isn’t to say it isn’t apparent. It is. There’s also a creamy quality here.

Creamy lemon goodness. Yes. This one gets the seal of approval.

I love Stacy’s flavoured whites – Cantaloupe & Cream, Watermelon Xylophone, and now this one. I occasionally rotate one of them into my cupboard, so this one shall go into that rotation.

sundaysipping

This sounds so good!

whatshesaid

Yummmm I wonder if I will love it!

Courtney

I hope so! It’s quite delightful.

Amariel

I really can’t wait to try this one. Along with White Rhino.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
676 tasting notes

I don’t know what a tamarind is, but I expected some sort of fruity concoction, which made me a little wary. I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised. This tea is actually caramel-y, sweetened caramel actually. And very smooth. With a extremely subtle tangy quality. But true to Butiki style, very natural and therefore the sweetness isn’t bothering me. I’m not really sure what else to say about this one. If you haven’t tried it, you should!

This is another sample sipdown!

MissB

Tamarind is a legume, however it’s kind of pulpy and sweet like an orange-y, tart fig. It’s a staple in making Pad Thai, as well as Worchestershire and HP sauce.

Suziqzer

Wow.. I’m getting an education tonight! I didn’t know what Tamarind was either. I’ve had a few Thai dishes, even made a couple, but this ingredient is new to me.

Amariel

I actually liked this one too, and it is on my pending order with Butiki. It’s a subtle tea, I think, but I do like it. I’m curious about cold brewing this one in the summer…

Courtney

What an excellent idea Amariel. I am contemplating putting it on my rotation list for Butiki. I don’t think I need it all the time, but it would be nice occasionally.

Amariel

It’s something I had a little of, but wanted to play with more when spring came around.

Stephanie

This one would make an excellent tea soda, based on the fact that tamarind sodas are popular in certain parts of the world :) I’m a fan of this tea!

Courtney

Good idea Stephanie!

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Butiki is here, Butiki is here!

This one came in an awesome wee tin, and therefore it was the easiest to pop open for a sniff. Well, the scent settled it. This was the first tea to try.

I’m really enjoying it. The orange is more subtle in taste than in scent, but it’s unmistakably there. The chocolate tastes like dark, dark chocolate which is wonderful. And the marshmallow seems to provide a subtle creaminess to the whole experience. There is a sweetness here but the darkness of the chocolate keeps it from being sweet. Delightful.

I see the recommendations mention sugar is also awesome, so I’ll have to try that next time.

Stacy is there a specific reason this one comes in a tin?

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whatshesaid

Oh I really enjoy this one!

Courtney

I just went to check out your note on it. I feel the same about not ordering it sooner. I always just scrolled past it on the website, never giving it a second glance. Silly, silly. At least I have it now.

Stephanie

This was one of my first Butiki purchases…I drank a whole tin!

DaisyChubb

Oh man I almost cried when I had my last cup of this one. Watch out – you’ll crave it, lol

Courtney

I love the tin! I guess I’ll have to watch out, sounds like it’s a sneaky tea that makes you love it before you realize it.

Butiki Teas

Courtney-Yes, there is a reason. We made this tea for a local shop. We made a tea that represented all 3 of the owner’s personalities. They loved the tea and asked if we could make the packaging special, so we decided these tins would be perfect. They wanted the tea to stand out from the other teas since it was their blend.

Suziqzer

After a nice sample of this one it is on my shopping list when I finally place an order from Butiki. Hubby doesn’t like marshmallow and sneered his nose when I told him about this blend. The other day he pulled it out of the sample box and really liked it.. He forgot about the marshmallow and was fine with it even after I reminded him about it. Way to go Butiki ! You sold him on this one :)

whatshesaid

Good to know the reason for the tin!!

VariaTEA

Suziqzer, there is also Two Friends (though I believe you have to specially request it), that has just Chocolate and Orange.

Suziqzer

Thanks VariaTea! I’ve seen a tasting note come across for the Two Friends blend. I might look into it if I get the Three Friends & he changes his mind about it. I think it’s mostly a texture thing for him .. He will eat rice crispy treats but not smores or Peeps.

Amariel

It’s a really nice tea!

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drank Good Feeling by RiverTea
676 tasting notes

Were it not for the flowers, this one would’ve been tasty. I’m getting raspberry, but the flowers are just too overpowering.

This is a sample sipdown though, yay!

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I’m close to a sipdown here, but I haven’t anticipated clearing this one out before I leave. Partly because I drink it very rarely, and partly because we’re planning to go to California in August, so I have a few months before I can get more.

This tea embodies brioche perfectly. Liquidized brioche.

Also it’s 6am and it was one of those morning where I had to get up the second the alarm went off. Does anyone else get an upset stomach when they have to get up and start moving so quickly? I always do, bleh. Hopefully that will pass quickly.

mj

My stomach also feels upset when I have to get up extra early.

TeaExplorer

Me too … you’re not alone in that :(

mj

Also, I just ordered from American Tea Room. The coupon code TEAFIVE gets you $5 off if you spend $15 or more :)

Courtney

Thanks for the heads up. :) The shipping to Canada is just too much for my one tea haha.

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I’m just finishing up a cup of Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie now. My tally for today includes sipdowns of:

French Butter Cookie matcha
SBT: Honey Ginger
Irish Cream Cheesecake
Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie
and 3 swap samples (The des Alizes, Pomegranate Sarsaparilla, and Pu Erh Gourmand)

I am happy with that progress.

VariaTEA

Look at you go! Good job :)

Courtney

Thanks! They were only 1 cup each, but I’m still thrilled haha.

VariaTEA

A sipdown is a sipdown.

whatshesaid

Nice sipdown marathon!

Courtney

Thanks! I’m already at 3 today. Mwuahaha.

whatshesaid

You’re a machine!

Courtney

Well, since I’m picking up a bunch of teas in Vancouver, I need to make room haha. :)

Courtney

Also, I’m taking advantage of the rare opportunity of being at the house all day since I’m studying for exams.

whatshesaid

Sounds like a good plan!

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I don’t know about these pu’erh teas guys. I try to be open-minded, but once they’re steeped, the pue’erh scent just turns my stomach. Regardless, I power through because sometimes that strong scent doesn’t come through as strongly in the taste.

Unfortunately for this tea, it did. I just couldn’t get past the pu’erh-ness.

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

But on the upside, I just finished a sipdown of French Butter Cookie in matcha milk, and this one is a sample sipdown.

caile

Yeah, I’ve only tried pu’erh once so far, and also found it was the scent that was hard to get past…

TeaBrat

you should try a sheng puerh, does not have the same aroma at all

VariaTEA

Okay to be honest, Sil sent this to me, and I really don’t like pu’erh either. I tried it, and it was very pu’erh heavy so I passed it to you because for some reason, I thought you were a pu’erh fan. Obviously not so I shall keep that in mind :P

Courtney

TeaBrat I will keep that in mind.

VariaTEA no worries, I appreciate getting to try new things, even if they don’t turn out.

Aimee Popovacki

i get stomach aches from pu’erh’s … the only one i don’t is blood orange from davids, but i have to drink it in small quantities… i can bake/cook with pu’erh’s though and its been fine… i think when its just the tea and water though it does a number on me.

Sil

Hahaha all you puerh haters should try the strawberry chocolate one from lupicia ;)

VariaTEA

I have! Definitely one of the better pu’erhs I have had but still not for me.

Amariel

Strawberry chocolate pu erh….noms. I would love to try it. I’m gonna have to figure out a Lupicia order, I think.

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drank SBT: Honey Ginger by 52teas
676 tasting notes

MirandaGou sent me this one. Thanks!

This is my first SBT. I made it according to directions. Well, I boiled 2 qts of water than allowed the tea bag to steep in said water for 3 minutes. It’s been sitting in the fridge the majority of the day and I just poured myself a mug with ice cubes.

I’m not generally enamoured with 52Teas, but Ive heard good things about the SBTs and I’m happy to say I’m enjoying this. The flavours aren’t in-your-face, but they complement each other well. The ginger is subtle and the honey a bit stronger but both are there, albeit subtle with the black tea base.

Now I have a pitcher of this in my fridge, but that’s one less envelope of tea in my swap-in box!

Edit: I just checked the tracking and my wellies just updated and they are now sheduled for EARLY delivery!

caile

Yay for early delivery of new wellies! :)

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Another fruity tea for the morning. This one has a white base and the scent reminds me of when I bake coconut loaf.

The flavours are quite delicate and the scent of coconut loaf seems to come through, but it’s not distinctly coconut. I’m not really getting anything in the way of pomegranate, but this is a tasty cup.

Thanks Dexter3657!

P.S. This is a sample sipdown.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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 chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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