388 Tasting Notes

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
388 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I’m trying to drink teas without knowing what’s in them and see if I can pick out the flavors. This one seemed very floral and a touch creamy without overwhelming the base tea. Of course once I looked up the description and saw pineapple and coconut, it totally tasted like that instead. So yeah, that’s bias for ya. Either way, this is quite tasty. I don’t even like coconut teas, but the flavor is very subtle here. And there’s a nice tanginess too. Thanks to Laurent at Nina’s Teas for the sample.

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94

Perfect. Wonderful pineapple flavor, light and natural. Sweet and a touch tart but not too much of either. Just yummy and elegant with a refreshing aftertaste. I’m pretty sure I can make a bunch of little cups of tea and create a Butiki fruit salad with the Cantaloupe & Cream, the Watermelon Xylophone, the Flowery Pineapple Oolong – maybe even the Ruby Pie!

Sad to say this is a sipdown. Thanks to Sil for letting me try it!

EDIT: This is also fantastic iced.

Sil

I love this one!

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drank Red Lavender by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
388 tasting notes

Sooo… my cat spilled most of this all over my computer. But what I got to drink before he did that was tasty and soothing. I still really like the lavender in this. Good as a bedtime tea.

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
388 tasting notes

This is still so lovely. Alas, it’s a sipdown. On the other hand… yay, another sipdown!

Stephanie

I love this one too.

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
388 tasting notes

Boo, I didn’t put any sugar in the first steep. It’s still quite tasty without the sugar, but a touch of sugar really brings out the creaminess in a most enjoyable way. So I decided to get creative on the second steep and add maple flavored agave syrup. Um… no. That doesn’t work well at all. Lesson learned. Luckily, I still have more! Although at the rate I’m blowing through this bag I’ll need to reorder pretty soon. This is definitely my go-to flavored sweet tea at the moment.

Sil

Mmmmmmm

Stephanie

YAY! I’m totally ordering this one soon…

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94
drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
388 tasting notes

Had this yesterday while cleaning. Still perfectly cantaloupe and creamy. The taste is just dead on, simultaneously soothing and juicy. I only did two steeps. Both were lovely.

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92
drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
388 tasting notes

Soooo good. Picking up more coffee flavor than last time. This is a sipdown and that makes me sad. Definitely going on the shopping list, if I ever get my stash low enough to justify buying it :)

Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample!

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Finishing off the last of this that Sil sent me. I’m liking it better tonight than I have in the past. The dry leaf has a vanilla frosting scent, the brewed tea smells like cake batter, and the brew itself is much improved with the addition of some agave syrup. The sweetness helps bring out the vanilla frosting flavor (though I’m still not getting any cake). The syrup also gives this a smoother mouthfeel than the sugar did, so the frosting doesn’t taste quite so from-the-can. There’s still a weird frosting-flavored after-texture, like a film on the roof of my mouth. It’s not as coarse as it was before, though. Still not a huge fan, but bumping my rating a bit.

Aaaaand sipdown!

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72

This is better than I expected. Even the color is spot-on for gingerbread. The sip starts off bready, with cinnamon and ginger coming in mid-sip. The ginger really lingers on the tongue in just the right quantity, definitely there but not overwhelming. I can see this being a good winter bedtime tea.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
388 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for the swap.

This one is ok. The strawberry flavor is a little on the artificial side. There’s a nice toffee flavor that comes out mid-sip. I’m not getting the ginger at all. I am picking up a grassy/mossy flavor from the base, which I quite like. Overall, though, it’s kind of meh. BUT. It is a sipdown. Whee!

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