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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
200 tasting notes

I love this tea and I am coveting my last little tiny bit. I think I have enough for another pot.. maybe. Anyway, it is not too spicy and has a lovely buttery, creamy base that brings just the right amount of thickness to my palate to make me think of eggnog without all of the calories. I don’t think there is a tea out there that is a perfect match, but this one does a really good job. It is almost a year old and the flavors are still strong and lovely. Sad I won’t be able to get this anymore, but glad I have been able to enjoy it!

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

So I was totally enamored with this tea, but unfortunately I think the flavor is fading with age significantly. Now it tastes like a sweet, mild green tea with a hint of creamy nuttiness instead of the rich, amazing tea that brewed up in the past. I can’t really be too disappointed because it is almost a year old, but I do already miss how amazing it used to be. I’d still recommend it even so, it was THAT good.

Flavors: Cream, Nutty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is a lovely dragon well that is also organic! I’m always excited when I find a good organic tea. Sadly most of my favorites are not, but I can’t help but to wonder about what the leaves might have been sprayed with or the soil treated with when I drink non-organic at times. I digress though- the dry leaf on this one is light green, airy, and pressed. The smell is more grassy and savory than some of my other recently reviewed straight greens, but still in a very pleasant way. The liquor is clear light yellow-green and there is no oil or film. The taste is very fresh- cucumber slices and crisp snow peas in a broth. I can see how someone might say this one is floral, but I am not getting flowers myself personally. It makes me think of a winter/early spring harvest. Lettuce, chard, snow peas, all manner of cool weather crops. Great tea for a 29 degree morning here in Georgia. Happy Friday fellow Steepsters!

Flavors: Broth, Cucumber, Freshly Cut Grass, Garden Peas

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93

I could have sworn I’d reviewed this one before because I remember this lovely taste and fragrance. I must stay that Teavivre is my go-to for good straight green teas and I like that they list whether the caffeine is low or higher on their site, too. The dry leaf is dark green, a touch curly, thicker than the Bi Lo Chun from yesterday. It smells fresh, green, light, airy, and floral. The brewed tea is a pretty clear sunshine liquor and smells more green and distinctively Huang Shan Mao Feng for lack of a better description. I know that’s helpful. :P This tea has a special flavor that is for sure floral with perhaps a touch of green beans or another fresh green and crisp veggie. It is also light, with a touch of sweet and mineral that is not bitter at all. All I can say is that it is an enjoyable cup and Happy Tuesday! :)

Flavors: Floral, Green Beans, Mineral

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Love this one! Great with Asian takeout!

Nightshifter

I bet it is! And now I must try. :)

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89

Having a health issue that requires low caffeine for the time being, which sadly keeps me from my morning black. Fortunately, I found this one in the cupboard and made me happy again! Naturally sweet without being overly so, tangy, a hint of floral and a touch of citrus at the very end of each sip that is not bitter at all. It is a straight green, so there is a touch of grass and broth, but this is one I would call almost fruity as far as straight greens go. Additionally, the dry leaf is so gorgeous- dark olive fluffy, downy curls!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet, warm grass, Tangy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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I realize this is a summer tea but I needed something white/low caffine and I only have a few to choose from. It is actually probably the best coconut tea I’ve had. It is straight up creamy coconut with the mild white base. Came out great hot and was nice to finish off when cool later on as well. Clear olive liquor that had a slight film on the top, presumably from the actual coconut flakes mixed in. Nothing too complicated about this blend, but if you are looking for a decent coconut, hopefully they will bring it back around another summer sometime.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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