701 Tasting Notes

drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
701 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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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.
701 tasting notes

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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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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