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this tea kicks a**! A HUGE CAPS LOCK THANK YOU TO SCRIBBLES FOR THIS!!!!!

robust, a heavy handed caffeine punch that doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t but somehow ZERO bitterness. this tea is an unbridled wake up! as well quite the finest assam i’ve ever had.

i will not be sharing this sample. i will be buying more when i’m done.

taking them at their word i steeped conventionally the first time and flagrantly ignored it on the counter the second. awesome both ways. not to mention their marketing amuses me.

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195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Definitely one of my Favs!

JustJames

i do like companies with the confidence to be cheeky, and then have their cheekiness stand up!

TheTeaFairy

Hmmm! Kickin’ unpretentious Assam… right up my alley :-)

Cavocorax

I hope you didn’t already buy it as they have free shipping right now! Free to Canada! :O

JustJames

argh… Cavocorax, you’re totally challenging my tea budget!!!!! lol.

Cavocorax

Hahah. Welcome to Steepster! Where the people are friendly, and completely enabling when it comes to tea-buying.

JustJames

BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..

Nxtdoor

Step away from the computer!

JustJames

argh…. i spoke with stacy at butiki teas today to che on my order (lovely individual) and she cheerfully informed me that because i’m canadian i can choose 3 free samples. i have been pouring over the butiki website ever since. Nxtdoor… i’m pretty sure you can’t reach me from where you are, lol. and if you could you’d need a few crowbars.

you did read the line about 3 free samples and being canadian, right?

Nxtdoor

I have my own butiki order on the way so feel free to wax poetically about it, wont bother me. Yah, Stacy set the bar pretty high, I’m not sure too many can compete in the customer service dept.

JustJames

every person i have spoken to has raved about stacy’s tea sense, and declared her among the best in the business both in the purist eastern approaches and the western flavoured. i am very excited to sample her skill sets.

how on earth do i choose 3????

Nxtdoor

When I ordered, I paid attention to my first instinct to see if I was torn between two teas. I made one my sample and ordered the other. I also stick to one variety so I’ll pick 6 oolongs to buy, for example, and take a couple more in samples. That way I’m exhausting a pretty good chunk of oolongs. Next time I might do black. And so on. Otherwise, there’s too much and Im just flailing.

JustJames

that approach makes good sense. i was drawn to butiki’s flavours by a bunch of my friends here, so that’s what i want to try first. that and i have zero experience with gyusa. so aside from the jasmine pearls, i’m looking at flavour first. after that i’ll go purist.

Nxtdoor

Dexter3657 gave me a sample of “good morning sunshine” and I liked it. Not sure if it was the flavour that spoke to me or the base. It’d be interesting to see the same flavour with different bases so one can tell what’s what. Whatever you chose, I’m sure it’ll be good.

JustJames

butiki offers a great sampler, a ‘choose your adventure’. i’ve pretty much chosen what i want, then maybe you and i can do an exchange!

Nxtdoor

I’m at the “hoarding butiki” stage but you never know, maybe you and I have opposite tastes and will end up making good swapping partners.

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Terri HarpLady

Definitely one of my Favs!

JustJames

i do like companies with the confidence to be cheeky, and then have their cheekiness stand up!

TheTeaFairy

Hmmm! Kickin’ unpretentious Assam… right up my alley :-)

Cavocorax

I hope you didn’t already buy it as they have free shipping right now! Free to Canada! :O

JustJames

argh… Cavocorax, you’re totally challenging my tea budget!!!!! lol.

Cavocorax

Hahah. Welcome to Steepster! Where the people are friendly, and completely enabling when it comes to tea-buying.

JustJames

BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..

Nxtdoor

Step away from the computer!

JustJames

argh…. i spoke with stacy at butiki teas today to che on my order (lovely individual) and she cheerfully informed me that because i’m canadian i can choose 3 free samples. i have been pouring over the butiki website ever since. Nxtdoor… i’m pretty sure you can’t reach me from where you are, lol. and if you could you’d need a few crowbars.

you did read the line about 3 free samples and being canadian, right?

Nxtdoor

I have my own butiki order on the way so feel free to wax poetically about it, wont bother me. Yah, Stacy set the bar pretty high, I’m not sure too many can compete in the customer service dept.

JustJames

every person i have spoken to has raved about stacy’s tea sense, and declared her among the best in the business both in the purist eastern approaches and the western flavoured. i am very excited to sample her skill sets.

how on earth do i choose 3????

Nxtdoor

When I ordered, I paid attention to my first instinct to see if I was torn between two teas. I made one my sample and ordered the other. I also stick to one variety so I’ll pick 6 oolongs to buy, for example, and take a couple more in samples. That way I’m exhausting a pretty good chunk of oolongs. Next time I might do black. And so on. Otherwise, there’s too much and Im just flailing.

JustJames

that approach makes good sense. i was drawn to butiki’s flavours by a bunch of my friends here, so that’s what i want to try first. that and i have zero experience with gyusa. so aside from the jasmine pearls, i’m looking at flavour first. after that i’ll go purist.

Nxtdoor

Dexter3657 gave me a sample of “good morning sunshine” and I liked it. Not sure if it was the flavour that spoke to me or the base. It’d be interesting to see the same flavour with different bases so one can tell what’s what. Whatever you chose, I’m sure it’ll be good.

JustJames

butiki offers a great sampler, a ‘choose your adventure’. i’ve pretty much chosen what i want, then maybe you and i can do an exchange!

Nxtdoor

I’m at the “hoarding butiki” stage but you never know, maybe you and I have opposite tastes and will end up making good swapping partners.

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.

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