1691 Tasting Notes

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I only have a tiny amount of this tea, and that fact makes me so sad.

It is licorice, fennel and star anise in liquid form. If you like Dutch honeycomb licorice, or you like the smell of licorice but cannot stand that lingering mouth coating sweetness, then this is the licorice tea for you. I added a little rock sugar, but for me this tea would shine best with honey. Hmm. Or a pinch of salt.

I love it. And since I can’t have licorice candy anymore because it all has gluten in it, I will be getting more of this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Oh, yum. I love Assam teas, and this one is no exception.

The exciting part? Even at a 4 minute infusion I’m not reaching for milk or sugar. So delicious. Goes well with peanut butter and banana for breakfast.

:)

And that’s about where my brain is stopping.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Mmm, sounds like a wonderful breakfast.

OMGsrsly

It was! I had it on gluten free toaster waffles, even. Reminded me of “treat” breakfasts when I was a kid.

Cavocorax

That sounds fantastic.

TeaBrat

I love waffles!

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I made this one as a Hong Kong style milk tea earlier this evening. Om nom nom! I steeped it extra strong, poured it over a teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk (I have some in my fridge since DavidsTea posted that recipe and I decided I had to try it. Now I have to use it up!), then added ice.

This tea is EXCELLENT served this way. The sweetness, maple and milk all blend together, and oh, I wanted more. But I’m not having any more caffeine tonight, so I have to wait till tomorrow. Hopefully it’s nice and hot and sunny. I might make a big jar of this and take it to the park and read on the grass while sipping tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1691 tasting notes

Another surprise tester in the order. Yay!

Since the cider guayusa I had earlier seemed to increase anxiety (boo!) I thought I’d relax with some herbals tonight. This one smells SO good, so I searched their facebook page to see what was in it. There’s no caffeine, so I was good to go!

It’s really quite delicate, sweet, I can definitely taste the cake. This really isn’t anything like the Birthday Cake found at DavidsTea. This one has no added sugary bits, and is so much lighter in flavour and feel. This one I’d sip plain after a heavy meal (and I just had pizza toasts, so this is perfect) while DavidsTea’s is one I drink as a dessert.

I can hardly wait till this tea is posted to their website so I can find out what else is in it. This is another tea I’d seriously consider purchasing, and I’d be more likely to drink this one than a green tea (although With Open Eyes is pretty darn incredible).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

I can tell you that. There is a Marshmallow Leaf base with Calendula, Safflower, Cornflowers & Organic Natural Flavoring. I’m not quite sure if what you have is what we will be going with. I might do another round of flavoring, since it came out a bit more flavorful in the smaller batch that I had first made. We didn’t add any sprinkles since it seems that many of our customers prefer the option to have teas & herbals without sugar. I will say that it is very decadent with a bit of sugar. The flavor becomes very strong.

Butiki Teas

P.S. All of your pics are pretty awesome!

OMGsrsly

Thanks! I was having fun taking photos today!

I have a couple mouthfuls left, so let’s see. Ok, it’s also really good with a little sugar. I think I’d be more likely to drink it plain, but it’s nice to have options. :)

The colour is pretty hilarious, BTW. Normally I drink teas out of dark mugs, so the bright yellow in the white teacup was a bit of a surprise!

Fjellrev

So want this one too!

Sil

Thank god this tastes nothing like davids birthday cake…not that I was worried since Stacy’s blends are usually on the lighter, more realistic side…

OMGsrsly

LOL! It’s not rooibos, which I really REALLY appreciate, since I have a weird love-hate relationship with that stuff.

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drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1691 tasting notes

Another tea from the Group Order. :)

I was the only one interested in this tea, so I shrugged my shoulders and got a package to myself.

It’s really good. I’ve never had a guayusa before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but yummers. The apple and spice are nice and subtle, it smells like apple juice, and I’m really enjoying this.

Part of the fun is I’ve decided to try all my teas in some of the tea cups I’ve collected. So far I’ve used (and washed!) 3 tea cups.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=585247051496118&l=d698555422

(Sadly it increased anxiety, so I’m going to have to be careful about when I drink the guayusa teas I now have. Interestingly, regular teas and mate don’t seem to have much of an effect.)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1691 tasting notes

So I, uhh, received a monstrous order from Stacy at Butiki Teas. She was more than generous with samples, everything was packaged nicely (most of them in smaller bags for easier splitting), and I’m really impressed.

So. This tea. I received it as one of my surprise samples.

This tea smells amazing. Buttery, brown sugary, strawberry-y. Stacy said it’s toffee, and even though my brain couldn’t put the butter and sugar together on its own, it’s definitely toffee. Steeping, it smells really buttery – must be that green base.

Drinking it? Oh, wow. Not my usual cup of tea (ha.), but it’s really good. Buttery and thick, the strawberry coming out… Yum. There is definitely a vegetal background to this, but it adds rather than detracts.

Definitely something to consider buying, although I wouldn’t purchase it in large quantities. I just don’t drink enough green teas to make buying lots of them worthwhile.

Apparently the final version has a bit more toffee in it, and I think I’ll be adding some to the next order. Yes, next order. I’m already planning for it.

Second steep: Mostly just the green base, lighter, still delicious. I steeped 3 minutes, so not much longer.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

I really loved my sample of this one that Stacy sent. I’ve been waiting for it to be on the website since while I don’t typically go for greens….this one was super tasty!

OMGsrsly

It’s so good I’m reconsidering my decision to not buy a variable temp kettle or Japanese water heater. :) Waiting for the water to cool is the hardest part for me, and if I could be sure I wasn’t overcooking my green teas, I might drink them more.

Fjellrev

I’m considering getting the Black and Decker programmable digital kettle for $60 at Walmart. Wonder if it’s a good one. I don’t want to drop too much money on a kettle since I don’t know where I’m going to be in a year. Hmm.

But if you’re not thinking of moving far away anytime soon, I’d say it would definitely be worth the investment.

OMGsrsly

I have a really nice kettle (all stainless, cordless, lights up like a spaceship, etc) but work has one of the Zojirushi water heaters, and I covet it. I’ve been thinking of getting a 2L one, since refilling at home isn’t much of a hassle. You can get other brands at T&T for about $65 on sale.

Definitely not moving soon. :) I love it here, and am not even considering going to Calgary for grad school. It’s too far from the ocean and mountains!

Fjellrev

Ah, T&T, I miss the one(s) in Edmonton. Never thought about kettles there but that would make sense. Calgary isn’t that far, really! If I knew I were going to move to, say, Toronto next year I would just invest in it now and bring it with me. My problem is Europe is a potential option. For that reason, dropping $60 on a kettle at this point seems a little steep!

And you would totally miss the mountains and ocean!

Sil

I think everyone should move to Toronto…Or someone find me a job back out west so that we can all move there lol I miss my mountains and ocean

OMGsrsly

Maybe Montreal, but only for a short time. Which really isn’t close to Toronto I know, but it seems like most people I know end up there!

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Yep. Green beans and asparagus. And I burned my tongue.

Not a good start to the day of Butiki Order Madness.

Oh well. I do like this green tea still. It has a nice mouth feel, and is very vegetal. Something I need to be in the mood for, and something I need to drink in smaller quantities, but it’s quite lovely and unique.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec

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I’m pretty sure this has other things in it than just rooibos and lemon myrtle. I really dislike the fact that their ingredients lists are so flipping terrible.

Anyways, this tea is something I should hate yet I’m going through it like I’d like to go through ice cream on a hot summer’s day. I’m almost half way through the package, and I opened it yesterday. Yeah.

It tastes like rooibos. It’s medicinal. It has citrus peels of some sort and some dark berries in it. It doesn’t smell that great. And yet, here I am making another litre of it iced (hot brewed 10 mins, poured over ice, topped with cold water) to drink before bed.

Head. Desk.

In other news, the GIGANTIC Butiki order is at the post office, so I’ll be picking it up tomorrow (When do they open?! I want tea!). That should be fun. :D

Oh, and I have a job. Like, a real job as a lab tech. Flexible hours depending on how I’m feeling and what experiments are going on. YES.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
canadianadia

Congratulations on the job :)

Kittenna

YEAH! Gigantic Butiki order! I assume this is the group thing you guys did? That’s so exciting!

Sil

Yay! Cant graduations on the job AND finally getting your shared order in haha good times!

OMGsrsly

Yes, the group order! I need to unearth my table from the sewing mess so I can do a open box photoset! :D So excited. And thanks about the job, guys! My new boss is very casual about the contract but I’m insisting we meet next week to hash it out. I only want 32 hours/4 days, and she usually expects about 37 hours. Of course, since it IS lab work, I know I’ll be coming in on random days at random times to finish things, but 32 hours is about perfect for me.

Sil

Auto correct sucks….that’s congratulations lol not that you didn’t know what I meant haha

Fjellrev

I know this is rooibos, but I hope Granville offers at least some good stuff. Too bad it failed on you.

Words can’t express how excited I am for the order. Seriously, thanks a bumbillion for doing this!

And congrats on the job. :)

OMGsrsly

I’m not super impressed with their teas so far, sadly. I mean, they’re pretty decent for less expensive loose teas, but they’re only offered in 50g+ sizes and they don’t have full ingredient lists!

This one is so weird because I dislike rooibos, but I think after I try one from Butiki I’ll make another litre of this to drink. It’s really refreshing and medicinal (which I do like, I know I’m weird), even though the flavour isn’t “yummy”.

(Yay Butiki! OMG, my living room smells amazing.)

Fjellrev

Ack, too bad you have to purchase at least 50g there. I have faith that there must be some other good local tea shops in Vancouver though!

I honestly wouldn’t know where to start on that parcel if I were you! I’d just stare at it in awe haha.

OMGsrsly

I’m starting with the samples! :D :D :D

There are lots of good tea shops here. I was really impressed with Herbal Republic (Teaz on Granville). They have a nice selection of herbals and fruity teas. Haven’t tried any black teas yet, but the ones I sniffed smelled pretty darn good. They sell pre-packaged plastic-lined-paper-bags, but also fill tins if you bring them in.

Fjellrev

I’m so glad you’re enjoying the tea. Just relax and sip on the awesomeage!

Herbal Republic sounds interesting, especially since I’ve been meaning to get more fruity teas for cold brews. I hope I can make a trip down to Vancouver before class starts again. :)

OMGsrsly

http://steepster.com/teas/herbal-republic/37955-nanas-fruit-garden This one is really good for a plain fruit tea. I like it hot brewed over ice. I’m almost out of this one too, and it’s only been a week!

Fjellrev

I love how you can get 10g samples. I wish more companies did that. They’ll definitely be getting my business!

OMGsrsly

They’ll bag samples in-store as well.

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Meh.

(Over ice. Loads of honey added.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Note to self: Gave away. Too sour-tart-vitamin-C-ish. There has to be more in it than just apple, rose hips, and flavour.

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This is pretty good hot, but I prefer it over ice. Hot, I find it needs a bit of sugar for the flavours to come out. Cold, it’s just goodness all on its own.

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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!
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