52 Tasting Notes

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Nice tea! Really notice the dark chocolate flavour and the raspberry sweet! I think I like some of the other Butiki chocolate teas better – love 3 friends and red queen cupcake – but this is nice too.

So cold! I have the heat up so high but still feel chilled. It feels so dry in here-hate to admit it, but I am looking forward to things warming up, even if it means a return to rain. Lots of things I should do, but don’t feel much like moving around in the cold.
Kind of watching a kitty cat live stream – a lady in the area has done a great job with cat rescue and is live streaming the birth of some new kittens she is fostering this weekend. They were featured on our local news – hoping all goes well with the new baby kittens !

http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

OMGsrsly

Aww! I quickly scrolled through some of the past footage. Such a cute cat!

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Eek, I don’t think I’ve ever been the first to review! I guess because this is a local tea, not many have tried.

I bought this last year from Secret Garden tea shoppe, which is a small, cute shop in central Vancouver, popular for high-tea. They sell a lot of tea, many of which have tasty sounding names….but few reviews, so hard to know if their stuff is tasty. They also have 100 gram minimum, quite a lot of tea, if you end up not liking it.

Anyway, I bought “Christmas spice” black tea last year, and only had one, totally forgettable cup. Tonight I brewed 2 tsps in my Davids steeper ( quite full ) for about 5 minutes ( no instructions on the bag). I prepped hot frothed milk in my Breville milk frother. I keep the frother in the freezer, so it has to spin for quite a while to heat the milk, and really makes a ton of lovely foam, which I used to make a big frothy latte.

This tea is better than I remember. Not too strong ( I would have liked a bit more spicy kick) but it tastes like a nice Christmas spice. Kind of like eggnog spice, I get some nutmeg. Next time I will sprinkle some cinnamon on top, or maybe get some cinnamon stir sticks which might nicely kick up the flavour. I am burning a new candle, pumpkin gingerbread, and the scent is really complementary to this tea.

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I bought some of this last winter based on the positive steepster reviews. I remember enjoying it, so picked up some more when I was last in the ’hood.

This is a great dessert tea. It really tastes like nougat, those chewy white bars that had stuff in them, that I can remember chewing on as a kid. It is sweet, definite nougat smell and creamy mouth feel. There is also a nice nutty taste here as well. Not much of a black base but nothing disagreeable either, no bitterness. I wish I had some of their creme brûlée to try a combo with – have to remember for next time. I added cream and a little rock sugar, but will skip the sugar in the next cup, I think this one might be naturally sweet enough.

Very clear and cold tonight. I can’t figure out how to turn the pilot light on for my fireplace. Darn it! – would have been a good night for a toasty fire. Ah well, have turned up the heat, snuggled into my fluffy “mr bear” slippers, lit some candles and watching “call the midwife” on Netflix. Will make another cup of this tea, and should be set for a comfy cozy evening.

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I couldn’t remember for sure if I owned this or had just looked at the tins at Chapters. I left the house feeling fine this morning and returned home feeling like a giant cold had hit me incredibly hard. Usually, I feel a cold creeping on….not this time. Scratchy throat, sniffles, blerg, achey, happened in a blink of an eye. What could be the tea for poor old me?

Hunting in the various cupboards – yes! I do have a pretty tin of these sachets! (And, an awful lot of murchies stuff and teavana I had forgotten about – will have to look through that stuff another day). The H&S sachets are so easy, no muss no fuss. I didn’t do anything to this, no added starbucks syrups or any messing around, as I often tend to want to do. This is good stuff. Just clean peppermint, nothing weird or unexpected. Easy to manage and the cool clean mint is soothing for a sore throat and upset tummy. Honestly, I don’t want a cold. Go away cold, I have stuff to do.

Veronica

Hope you feel better soon!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
52 tasting notes

Now, this is a nice DT. I enjoyed it a lot last year, and had quite a few 50 gram sealed pkgs in my cupboards. It seems really cold tonight, but no rain or wind warnings, so clear and cold is fine with me.

It’s peppermint theme night for me – went to bath & body yesterday and got some of their Christmas candles, including, my favourite, twisted peppermint. Burning it now, and it is a cool creamy strong mint scent. Kind of just like this tea…..

I brewed 6 tsps in a liter in the breville tea maker, set to “strong” and “black”. Realizing….it’s a little late for me to be drinking a liter of caffeinated tea, but….oh well. If I had an unlimited supply, I would rather drink butiki peppermint patty at night, but trying to hold off on another order until I can see their new teas. So, in the meantime….

This is a tea I enjoy. The mint is smooth and creamy. I think I wrecked my first cup by adding a big shot of Starbucks peppermint syrup…..that’s just too much mint. Going to dump it and have another cup with just a bit of rock sugar and cream. Now, if I only had some peppermint patty candy around, that would be delightful. But, unfortunately, do not, and can’t let myself run to the store, just to get candy. Hopefully another cup of this (without the extra starbucks) kills my candy mint craving.

Flavors: Peppermint

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Vancouver born, and love the city. Fairly new to tea, I found Davids Tea in early 2013 and that is where everything started. So far, my favourites are flavoured black teas, I am on a serious hunt for the perfect black caramel. I also like fruit herbals and tisanes. So far, I have mixed and limited experience with white tea and oolongs – the jury is still out. I don’t like green tea; maybe that will change.

I have tried most of the Vancouver area shops, David’s, Murchies, Granville Island Tea, UTM, and more. Just starting to branch out and order on-line. My initial experiences with Harney&Sons have been great, I drink their raspberry herbal iced tea all the time. I realize I waited too long to try out Butiki teas and have loved every single one of their teas I have tried, especially the black tea blends. I wish they were sticking around – I anticipate trying to build a serious stash of their teas before they close up shop forever.

I work as a research nurse, with cancer patients. Sometimes stressful but rewarding work and tea is a nice break for me. I love my cat ( that’s Lily) shopping, candles, lush baths, reading, cooking, home reno stuff and going for a relaxing massage. I like checking out new tea shops and learning more about tea. I try to go to the gym and swim when not working or drinking tea.

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