624 Tasting Notes

Watson’s mustache creeped me out a little, as mustaches sometimes do. Luckily this tea is no reflection of strange facial hair and is actually quite yummy. It’s like a gingerbread chai with some hazelnut mingling in there. Some sips are more chai like and others are more gingerbread like. The hazelnut usually comes out towards the end of the sip. I get more gingerbread as it cools with clove on the end. I bet this would be good with some sugar, but right now I’m enjoying it without.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
624 tasting notes

Found some of this hiding in the back of my cupboard this evening! When I put some in my steeper I spied half a bunny graham which I hadn’t spotted before. Once steeped I get a bit of the hibiscus tang at the front of the sip, followed by an almost candy like berry. The hibiscus is distracting me a little more in this cup than it has in previous ones. A little sugar mellows it out and brings out the graham. The berry is even more candy like now. I’m wondering what it would be like with a little cream added, but I’m wary of ruining the cup. The smell and taste of it is like strawberry gum or cherry chapstick… without the gross waxy part. Gah! I added 1 tsp worth of cream and it obliterated the flavors! I should have trusted my instinct, but curiosity got the better of me.

Hopefully a resteep will treat me well. There is now half a bloated bunny cracker in my steeper peering up at me.

Note to self: Resist the urge to add cream!!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m not sure why I held onto this considering my other two reviews of it were not favorable. This time I get a rosy earl grey. I want to say I have had a rose eg before and it tasted similar to this. I’m still not in love with this tea, but it is much more palatable this time around. Still, there are other egs that I love so much more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Warm toasty cinnamon and baked almond! This really does remind me of the almond flavored biscotti that my sister just made and sent to us for the holidays. I need to devise a scheme to justify a purchase. How much tea do I have to drink or pass onto someone else before a purchase doesn’t seem ridiculous?

Oh, and btw, I hate this clunky keyboard! It took so long to type this with all the corrections I had to make. Damn you substandard keyboard!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
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My sis was near a David’s and I got her to pick up a sample size of this for me! I really wish you could buy sample sizes online. Oh well! It helps keep me from buying more tea. I really don’t need more tea. Like, really really.

This tea smells like apple instant oatmeal with a heavy dose of cinnamon. Side note; my mom wanted me to name my daughter cinnamon. She totally didn’t get that it’s a stripper name. Back to the tea… it tastes like cinnamon, apples and almonds. I suppose I could imagine it as baklava, but it mostly tastes like oatmeal. It has a sweetness of it’s own, so I’m able to enjoy it without adding sugar. The mix is pretty heavy on the dried fruit, so for your money I think you are getting more trail mix than tea, but it is tasty. I like it, but I’m not going to run out and stock up either.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Veronica

I had a relative who thought the name Rainbow Bright was perfect for my daughter. And she was serious.

Dustin

Ha! That is awesome! Was this relative an adult?
I actually have a friend who’s birth name was Rainbow, but she changed it long ago. Her mom was a hippie. Go figure, right?

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
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Sipping down this small sample I pulled from a traveling box. I’m so glad to have tried this and really hope to cross paths with it again. It is such an odd sweet and savory mix! When unsweetened, the thyme really takes center stage with the peach hiding in the background. When I add a little sweetener, the peach comes out a bit more. I would love to make a peach pie with a little thyme and see if it turns out as yummy as this tea! The thyme lingers in the aftertaste. I’m finding this tea very warm and comforting. So long little tea! Hope we meet again!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I happen to have a tin of this one, we’ll have to swap sometime. :)

Dustin

Oooooooooh! Okay! I have some of the Lupicia Hawaii blends and the Ca Tea House Tiramisu that are on your wishlist. My cupboard doesn’t represent my actual stash very well. I likely have everything in my cupboard, but have a whole lot more that isn’t listed.

Cameron B.

I’m feeling a little tea overwhelmed right now, but I don’t mind sending you some things. :)

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Oh man! I didn’t pay attention to the recommended steeping temp and steeped this way too hot. It ended up wicked bitter, but adding cream and sugar made if palatable again. It’s not the same as the first time I had it, but there is a little malt shining through and it is helping me wake and recover from a rough night with a sick two year old.

Tealizzy

Aww, I hope your little one gets better soon! Everyone, including me, has been sick lately! Fortunately, we’re all better at my house.

Dustin

Thanks, I hope so too! I think we are nearing the end of this round of sickness so I’m hoping last night was a one off thing. :/

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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
624 tasting notes

Oh yeah, loving this tea. The first steep only kinda hit the spot, but the second is filling in just fine although I might need to change my water filter or kettle because there is a weird water taste behind the tea today.

The other day I ground up some freeze dried bananas, put them into pancake batter, added some liquid smoke and topped the pancakes with maple syrup. It was delicious, just like this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
624 tasting notes

I’m on my second steeping of this today. I keep switching between this and Butiki’s Smoked Maple Banana. I’m having this with cream and sugar and it is very caramel like. It smells just like a rich creamy caramel and tastes like a lighter version of the scent. It is quite delicious and now my cup is empty. Time for another cup of SMB!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a really unusual tea for me to love so much, being that I’m a flavored tea kinda gal, but I do love it! There have been times when I have craved it’s malty tobacco flavors. So glad I stocked up on this when I was last in California! Tonight it is helping me through the holidays which are almost over, hopefully it won’t keep me up tonight since I’m drinking it super late. I hate this time of year and will be glad when it has past!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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