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Despite (or perhaps because of) the dreary weather, I really wanted a fruity Butiki this morning. I almost didn’t make this one because I can’t appreciate the smell of a tea when it’s in my travel mug. Thankfully, I decided to go for it anyway. It’s been a one-thing-after-another kind of morning and this tea definitely helped me be more tea about it all. Even without any sugar and without being able to smell the tea, the perfect watermelon flavor comes through.

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Many thanks to Stephanie for sending me some of this. It’s nice. The sip starts out with just the right amount of ginger, then fades into a fairly strong sage flavor. Both flavors linger strongly – the ginger on the front of my tongue and the sage on the back. Alas, I’m not picking up on any of the other flavors. I can see how this would be good with honey or blended with a camellia sinensis base (or both). No rating until I can experiment some more with this one.

sipdown, but not for long.

Stephanie

I’m glad I saw your note, I haven’t been on steepster all weekend :)

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I found myself craving black tea this morning. I don’t actually have much black tea in my collection anymore, since I’m not really supposed to be drinking it. I got this one from an Amoda box. It’s not bad, but it didn’t really hit the spot either. This definitely has honey notes. It has a savory note that I always think of as mushroomy. I’m not picking up on any other flavors though. This is a decent black, but it’s not as robust and complex as I was hoping. Ah well. At least it didn’t make my stomach hurt much.

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I was sure that I had already logged this. This came to me through the Secret Pumpkin swap back in the fall from both BrewTEAlly Sweet and RogersCK. Thanks! BTW, BrewTEAlly Sweet has been gone for a while. Anyone know if she’s ok?

This is another fall tea that I’ve been hoarding. It is suuuuper tasty. The chocolate and pumpkin are definitely here, but what makes this shine for me is the pumpkin spices. They are just perfectly balanced. I will miss this tea, for this drink is a sipdown.

teamore

I was actually thinking about BrewTeally the other day and how I don’t remember her posting anything lately. She headed up about three major swaps in a row. I think she is just taking a Steepster break. #steepstterburnout

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Many thanks to RogersCK for including this in my Secret Turkey package. I like this blend so much that I’ve actually been hoarding it a bit. Alas, all good things must come to an end. This tastes like spiced apple cider, only much less sweet. The base is just present enough to assert that this is in fact a tea. This is really lovely and will be much missed.

sipdown

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drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
312 tasting notes

Thanks to Stephanie for this one!

I’ve never had hojicha before, so I was a little apprehensive. Unnecessarily so, as it turns out. This ain’t half bad. It smells and tastes like near-burnt toast. This is pretty one-note, but nice. It went well with a bagel and cream cheese (I tasted it on its own first to evaluate the flavor).

Stephanie

Yeah, it’s bagged so mediocre quality, but good intro houjicha

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drank Rooibos Kalahari by Tea Affair
312 tasting notes

This came in the March Amoda box. This is an interesting blend. It smells like Mountain Dew! Not as chemical-fake as the soda, but the same balance of lemon and lime. I actually think it rather tastes like Mountain Dew, too. Lemon-lime, slightly artificial. Not bad, but not exceptional either. Glad to have tried it, but also glad to call this a sipdown.

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drank Camomile by Bonomelli
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A family acquaintance learned of my love for tea and brought me a box of this.

I’m not hugely fond of the fact that the teabags are just loose in the box. No individual wrappers, no sealed foil bag holding all of them. Just… kinda chillin out in the cardboard box. The box came shrink-wrapped, so I’m not concerned about contamination before it got to me. But I don’t like the risk of dust and whatnot getting in, and I don’t like that the chamomile is so exposed to the air. Ah well, all the more reason to drink this up quickly!

This is actually a quite lovely tea. The chamomile has a sweetness to it that one doesn’t always find. Almost apple-y, but not at all tart. Just smooth and soothing. This one won’t be hard to finish off.

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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Finally, a Butiki sipdown. I really want to place a new order, but I can’t justify it until I drink through some of the teas I have now. Seriously, after this one I still have 25 others in my cupboard.

This one is still cantaloupe perfection. I think that my cupboard would be incomplete without at least one fruity Butiki tea (this one, Watermelon Xylophone, or Flowery Pineapple Oolong). Luckily I still have some of the other two.

Sil

i’m with you on that one… i have a ton i should start drinking up haha

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Aaargh! I had a biopsy this morning. It didn’t hurt much afterwards. More like soreness/tenderness/discomfort. But not pain. Until I lifted the kettle wrong while making this tea. Doc said no heavy lifting, but it’s just a kettle! Yeah, now it really hurts. Ice pack time! I’m just going to assume that ice packs are ok. Not that the cold is penetrating the gauze and tape very well anyway. Blargh.

At least this tea doesn’t suck. I don’t know that it’s worth physical pain, but it is tasty! The dry leaf smells overwhelmingly of vanilla, with a hint of lemon. Brewed, the smell is creamy lemongrass. I’m tasting mostly lemongrass. Where did that enticing vanilla go?! As the tea cools, some vanilla flavor comes through at the end of the sip. But so does a bit of dryness and… astringency? That’s weird for a white tea.

I decided to see how this would go with a lemon macaron. French tea calls for a French confection, non? The sweetness of the macaron brought out some more of that vanilla flavor. But the more this cools, the more the dryness comes out. I’m really not enjoying that aspect. The lesson here is not to let this tea cool!

MissB thoughtfully added this to my stash sale purchase because it was on my wishlist. Thank you so much!

Cavocorax

Oh no – hope everything is ok!

MissB

Ooh, this has yet to get cold on me, I’ll have to try it. It definitely needs a lower temperature though. I’m glad at least you pampered yourself. :)

Kaylee

D’oh! I already drank all of it. I should probably be steeping whites at a lower temp in general :-/

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