184 Tasting Notes

93

Sad sipdown! I overleafed today because I had a bit more than the recommended amount left in the bag. It came out beautifully, though this is the end of a great tealationship. I really enjoyed the sweet almond blend and think it was one of my favorite from Butiki. Like with anything else though, eventually all good things must draw to a close.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Had this last night, but Steepster was acting up. This is another decent herbal blend from an inexpensive grocery store purchase. Vanilla and chamomile feature with a tiny touch of honey. This is a soothing mug and a great way to end a night when I have a cold. I think I still prefer the Vanilla Sleepytime personally as it is more complex and the overall flavor appeals to me more, but I already drank the whole box and this is what I have left. Still a good one when you need something calming in a jiffy. :)

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Veronica

I really like this one. It’s one of my go to comfort teas when I’m sick.

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67

I’ve tried this one twice now and as a smores addict (it is one of my favorite treats), I am (sadly) not really enjoying this tea for the most part. The most prominent flavor/smell is that of a smokey campfire, so that part is absolutely nailed. Beyond that, I am tasting pine and strong cinnamon without any of the chocolate or graham that I would associate with smores. It is an interesting blend and I don’t hate it or anything, but it isn’t what I expected. It does brew a lovely autumn deep orange with clear liquor. It is very warming with the prominent woods and spice. The tea leaves themselves are long and look to be of high quality, but maybe it needs more marshmallow root and Fujian black? Just guessing here though. I also tried it with milk, but without the cocoa or other sweet notes associated with a dessert blend, I didn’t find it any closer to what I was hoping for. I’m going back to my trusty favorites like GO and Cocoa Amore, which are simply amazing.

Flavors: Campfire, Cinnamon, Pine, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Indigobloom

Cinnamon in S’mores? I don’t get it…

Nightshifter

I saw in the description it was supposed to be cinnamon graham crackers, but I didn’t get anything like that or cocoa- just cinnamon/wood/smoke. :(

Indigobloom

Bleh. I don’t think I’d like that either

Tabby

I thought the exact same thing about this tea! Where’s the marshmallow?

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86

I tried to review this last night and Steepster froze, so trying again. I used to make this with microwaved water back in the day. My husband is feeling under the weather so I brewed it using my tea kettle. What a difference! This has a unique flavor that I can’t quite place- maybe a blend of chamomile, vanilla, and other herbs? It is sweet, soft, soothing.. sleepytime is the perfect name. Doesn’t taste fakey or overly flavored for a night brew. I found it quite enjoyable- might be my favorite herbal so far. Not bad for an inexpensive grocery store pick-up!

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
K S

I avoided Celestial Seasonings for years because the packaging is too cutesy for my tastes but it turns out I have enjoyed pretty much everything I have tried. I do wish they would lose the spearmint altogether or switch it for peppermint. I must be in the minority as they aren’t budging.

Nightshifter

I can understand why you’d prefer peppermint, but on the bright side it isn’t strong in this tea at all- I couldn’t even tell it was there until you mentioned it! :)

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96
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
184 tasting notes

Oh, hello beautiful. I’ve missed you so much since I ran out last time! I ordered 100g, but wish I had room in the cupboard for 250g. Having as a latte and just as cozy as I remember.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pumpkin, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tea Sipper

I’m planning on having this one on Halloween! :D

Nightshifter

Yum! It works with chocolate- I had a square of high quality organic milk chocolate with it yesterday and it was tasty.

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69

So I’ve talked about how I think this doesn’t taste like vanilla. It is a nice black base, but the flavoring is too sweet, lacking vanilla complexity, and somewhat artificial. On the bright side, I’ve discovered it is much more enjoyable when cool. I’ve been sipping all day on the same pot and towards the evening I decided it wasn’t as bad as I thought, which is fortunate as I have probably 2oz left, lol. GO has absolutely ruined me for vanilla teas.

Flavors: Artificial, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
184 tasting notes

I haven’t had this one in a while, but when I steeped it this morning, there was an entire bunny-shaped cookie floating in the top of the infuser, lol. True to form, Ruby Pie is bursting with flavor, particularly strawberry- and is naturally sweet. I can’t drink dessert-type teas every morning, but I really love to have this every so often when I have a sweet tooth for something fruity. I was sad to read that Butiki is closing as they have some truly unique blends, but best of luck to Stacy with her new adventures!

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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87

Smooth, medium-bodied, pleasant, flavorful. There is nothing offensive about this tea and I think it would be a good starter straight black for someone to try. While it may not be my personal favorite, it is definitely worth consideration for those that tend to avoid the heavy-bodied CTC types in the morning.

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98

This is a lovely tea, but I finished it today and it is time to say farewell. Sweet maple, pecans (with that hint of bitter that goes with their skins), a touch of citrus, and a lovely mineral note at the end with more maple. I would totally enjoy this one again- it is a great maple/pecan autumn blend that ages well and can be enjoyed straight or with sweetener alike.

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96

So I found a hidden sample of this in the cupboard yesterday, which was great because I thought I was out completely. It was exactly what I needed to soothe an unhappy tummy. Bright sparkling minerals, airy, naturally sweet, and faintly nutty- what’s not to like? For those that don’t like strong savory greens, this would be a good one to try.

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