229 Tasting Notes

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Another sipdown. I have a number of teas that I am finishing off, but most I don’t plan to re-order (like this one). While I do think this tea hits the buttered rum flavoring pretty spot-on, the coconut ultimately throws the whole thing off. I’ve made real buttered rum before and while it is ridiculously rich and has the sharp edge from the rum that this tea manages to pull off, I just can’t do the sweet and tropical note. I do love that it is organic.. but can we just drop the coconut please?

David’s is really hit-or-miss for me much of the time. I love some like Pumpkin Chai, but many others come across as artificial or strange to my palate. There seems to be random coconut in many of their flavored blends. I wish I could order tiny samples since there aren’t any shops within driving distance. Maybe someday!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Rum

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
229 tasting notes

Sipdown. I would describe this one as “meh.” I think I don’t like the base very much for the flavoring. This sencha is pretty oceanic/seaweedy and it is kind of a bizarre cross with very sweet things like dried pineapple and candy brittle. It isn’t terrible, but it actually doesn’t taste exceptionally nutty either now that I am thinking about it. Maybe misnamed and a questionable combo both.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Ocean Air, Seaweed, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Comforting is a word I would use to describe this tea. I made a 64oz pot of it and my husband and I have been sipping the lightly-honeyed cocoa maltiness for a few steeps now. I am totally hoping to order more now that I’ve found my groove with wee snail yums, but I really, really, really want to get Rivendell with my next order, too. I wanted to order it with both of my last two orders and its been out of stock forever. Since my favorite flavored green from Butiki is gone now, I need a vanilla or creamy replacement. Any suggestions?
For the Redditors-TL;DR: I like this tea. And I want Rivendell or something like it really bad.

Tealizzy

I think Brenden said he was going to restock Rivendell about mid-month, so you might not have to wait long!

Nightshifter

I hope so! Brenden had told me it was supposed to be back in stock mid-month last month. Fingers crossed!

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90

I had one more sample of this hidden in the side of the cupboard, so time to enjoy it. Sipdown, but I may need to order this next time. Naturally sweet and malty with a hint of sweet potatoes, honey, and smoke, it is very likable, particularly for an organic black. I think I may ever so slightly prefer the taste of some of the non-organic Keemuns from TeaVivre, but I would still go for this one because I prefer to purchase certified teas whenever possible. Happy Saturday!

Tabby

I loved this one. :)

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95
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
229 tasting notes

Sipdown. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy meeeeeeeeeee…and I’m done. I just really loved this tea and will miss it for sure. Farewell my pretty!

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Spices, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tabby

So sad I never got to try this. RIP Butiki. :(

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90

Perfect Christmas morning tea. Minty vanilla cream meets smooth black tea with a hint of malt. Now I’m trying to decide which tea to make an eggnog latte with this afternoon or if I should just dive in with a spiced rum-nog. I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season!

Flavors: Cream, Malt, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla

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

I agree! I had this today too. Happy Holidays!

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95

Having a lovely straight black this morning. This tea has notes of roasty dark chocolate and malt without much else to the flavor profile. It reminds me of Laoshan Black, but without the complexity of honey, grains, etc. and with a touch less cacao. I realize that makes it sound not as good, but it really is very tasty in its own way. Sometimes simple is best, and yet very satisfying this morning. Makes for a fine breakfast cuppa!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Roasted, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Very good tea! Today I am getting a more roasted nut vibe from my last sample pack along with the smooth green savory broth. Excellent for an organic Dragon Well. I am so glad I ordered a large tin of this or I would be writing another sad sipdown note this week, lol.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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84

Steepster was being fussy when I tried to post the review of this, so this is from memory. I will be more comprehensive when I am sipping it next time.

I’d heard a lot about Eight Candles and the primary reason I wanted to order from Della Terra was to try this out. While it is a nice dessert tea, it reminds me vaguely of David’s Salted Caramel in that I wasn’t able to coax as much flavor out as I would like. Faintly caramel and sweet overall, it isn’t anything I would write home about so far. I will play around with the parameters and see what I can come up with next time around. :)

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet

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200th tasting note! And another reluctant sipdown, lol. I really enjoyed this tea- it wasn’t ice cream, but it was green, smooth, nutty, vanilla goodness. I would have repurchased for sure- it was one of the few flavored greens I truly liked. Goodbye PIC! :)

Veronica

Congrats on 200!

Fjellrev

Yay congratulations on your victory!

Nightshifter

Thanks so much!

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