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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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It has been pouring all day long. Work was super foggy and gross. Yep. It’s the rainy season! I’m so glad the heat is on in my building, even if only to dry things out a bit.

I’ve had dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, and had a resteep of the tea I had this morning (MF Esprit de Noel). Now I’m finally sitting down to another cup. This time, Birthday Cake!

This tea is so good, but I unthinkingly put some milk in it and the colour is… kinda off-putting. I mean, it’s yellow tea. With milk. Uhh…

Anyways, it still tastes good. I LOVE marshmallow leaf. In fact, I have a HUGE bag of plain marshmallow leaf. But mine isn’t as fluffy as this one from Butiki. It’s… dryer, and pours smoothly. This is like pillows you have to wrestle into the measuring spoon. :) It’s sweet and delicate and vanilla. Perfect. I’m so glad I got more of this tea. (It’s even worked out with the milk! Although I’d recommend not having bright lights on if you choose to add it. It looks kinda unappetizing!)

Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Is it ever going to stop raining?
I was looking at the reviews of this tea tonight wondering if I should include it in my next order, as I need more non caffeinated evening teas. I had decided, maybe no, but now I am thinking…..wrong, order up. Sweet and delicate and vanilla sounds really good!


Well, it’s not raining as hard now? :) I really like this one, but some people don’t. It’s really mild, and better without milk in it. I like adding a pinch of sugar to really bring out the sweet vanilla. :)

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This is even better in a real mug instead of a travel mug.

I might have to find this somewhere, somehow. But not a $25 tin as that’s a little rich for me.

Only one cup left! :(

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

i’ll check balzacs here.


Ooo… :) Thanks!


Sounds deliciously Christmassy :D


IT IS. I’m really loving all the spiced teas right now. :)


there are a BUNCH of christmas teas at HR


I will go check after work! :)

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drank Women - Uma by Tealux
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Not bad. But I rarely (practically never) drink it, so it might be finding a new home in the compost.

I’d just rather drink something else, is how it’s gone. If I were drinking this regularly for health benefits, it’s actually pretty tasty. But for drinking because I like to drink tea… it’s not something I reach for.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Medicinal

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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So far this is still the best of the fall/winter seasonal teas. I want to try the plum one and Apple Custard, but the store I went past today had one of those horrible corralled lineup things. Ugh. So I didn’t bother.

Anyways, this is nice and pumpkiny. Not too spicy, which is where a lot of pumpkin flavoured things end up. A bit of a tang. The rooibos isn’t too overwhelming.

Yep, this is the best one so far. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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And made in my Halloween mug again. You know, I think I’m starting to understand why people like the 12 oz perfect mugs so much. They really area a great size, aren’t they? I can drink many many mugs this size, or a couple big ones… Hmm… I’m going to have to check out the Christmas mugs again and see if any catch my fancy. Or maybe I’ll have to get the soda shop one. Not sure yet.

Anyways, I’m having the last of this tea. It’s delicious. Pumpkin, vanilla, rooibos, spice. All together they make a yummy beverage.


205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Didn’t make it to Victoria due to not feeling so great.

Instead, I’ve spent most of the day puttering around my house. After sleeping over 12 hours last night (and still getting up at 7!). And now I am tired and done.

So this tea, another favourite tea, is making an appearance. Tulsi is so relaxing, and I love it in this fruity blend. Yum yum yum. It’s mostly apple, but there’s a bunch of other stuff in there too, and yep. I like it lots.

If you’re not so sure about tulsi, in my mind it blends well with a very fruity tea. I think it’d work well with Redberry Tonic as well, actually. And I have some plain Tulsi bags that I could use to test that out.


195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Aww no, I hope you feel better soon. :(


Thanks. It was just a combination of things. One of which would have been fine, but all together = I’ve slept SO MUCH this weekend.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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YES. So good. So amazingly delicious. I think the tea takes it away from the horrible Chocolate Oranges flavour, and brings it into luscious chocolate orange dessert of richness territory.

Yum yum yum. I’m so glad I managed to get some of this over the summer. And I’m glad it resteeps so well.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Orange

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Butiki Teas

We might be offering this one again once the regular Three Friends runs out. :)


Ooo, yay! :) I’m planning another order once your new teas come out, so I hope I can snag some of this one!


i wholeheartedly agree. 3 friends never made it for me and i was so happy when stacy made me two friends :)

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Trying to help myself feel better, so I made up a resteep of this.

Still amazing. Goes fairly well after pasta, but not with it. :)

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Huh. Cinnamon mud nutmeg tea (those flavours up top are sometimes so strange!)?!

This one is from Roswell Strange. She was super sweet and sent out a happy Halloween card with a tea treat inside!

Smelling it in the bag, it reminded me of marshmallows. Haha. Not a lot of spice. But steeped, it’s definitely spice. Not bright spice, but a bit dull. There’s definitely some cinnamon and clove in here, but I’m not really tasting nutmeg. I am a little nutmeg’d out though because I made vanilla-nutmeg sugar cookies. :D

I’m not sure I actually taste pumpkin, but there’s something lending a heaviness to the tea.

It’s pretty neat, and I’m really glad Roswell send this sample. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to get it, but it’s a fun Halloween treat. :)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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Mud…? Ick. XD


I don’t always understand how people taste some of the weird flavours in tea. :)

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Mmm… oranges and cinnamon.

On Halloween, yes, but I’d say that oranges and cinnamon are good Halloween flavours. So I’ll just pretend that this is a lovely Halloween tea.


SSTTB2, some #, a tea that I’ve yoinked. I might actually need to get more of this one closer to Christmas, but I’ll wait and see what Sil can grab me before I spend the $25 at Holt Renfrew. (I have a feeling that the Christmas tea won’t be available loose, but if I end up loving it outside my travel mug, I might get more.)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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