1696 Tasting Notes

drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1696 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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This one smells so so good, but I’m a little disappointed by the flavour. Might be the lemon myrtle. Hmm. And how many teas with lemon myrtle do I have now? 3? 4? Oops.

Anyways, it smells deliciously lemony and spicy and just yum. Taste-wise, the lemon falls apart a little bit. Ginger comes out, which is delicious, and it goes really well with the tulsi. I think I prefer a fruity tulsi blend, though. That one I had from Georgie’s on the island was just SO good. This one is good, but isn’t SO good. :)

I added a little honey to see if that rescued the flavour a bit, and it does. Yay! This one is also apparently good iced, so I’ll have to try that tomorrow afternoon.

My initial impression is that I probably won’t buy more, but that could change!

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

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92

I received a sample of this one in store, iced. I thought it tasted like berry juice, even unsweetened, so I bought a package.

So, so, so good. It’s sweet, a tiny bit tart (the hibiscus is OK for me in this one!), and thick and juicy and amazing.

I used 1 tbsp in 1 cup of boiling water, steeped 5 minutes, poured it over ice into my $1 sbux cup, then topped with cold water. OMG, amazing. I’m going to have to bring in a tin for filling, because this is an amazing summer tea for me.

Just too bad it has raspberries – my BFF can’t have it. :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Got this one iced today, since I was downtown and had forgotten my little tea kit at home (I usually carry tea, bags or a mesh ball, and an empty mug!).

Ooh, this is good! Reminds me of the stewed rhubarb one of my grammas used to make, with tapioca and strawberry Jello. There’s a decent vanilla presence in this tea as well, which must be the yogurt creaminess they say is in here.

Once I sip down the new fruit teas I got today, I will probably get some of this one!

Lilysmom

I don’t know how I missed trying this one. Must try soon! Which new fruit teas did you get?

OMGsrsly

Herbal Republic/Teaz: Nana’s Fruit Garden and Harmonizing Tulsi.
Granville Island: Lemon Myrtle and Lemon Mango. I’m hesitant about the lemon mango though because out of the market it smells like one of those “hibiscus takes over” fruity blends. Should still be OK iced and sweetened.

Amariel

I like this one, in moderation, because of the hibiscus, but it is pretty good. I have a small amount at
home.

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drank Earl Grey Blue Flower by Zen Tea
1696 tasting notes

I received a 2 mug sample of this tea when I ordered a whole bunch of samples.

Now… I haven’t had an earl grey in so long. They were my first teas, and I’ve kind of moved away from them and found other teas to drink.

This one, although it is strong on the bergamot, is pretty darn good. I’m having it with milk and honey as I prefer my black teas, and om nom nom. Not a tea I’ll drink all the time now, but definitely a tea I’ll have every once in a while.

Thank you Captain Picard for influencing my early tea choices. :)

(In other news, since I have a bus pass, I was thinking of heading out to check out another tea store on my map. Only, so many of them are closed on Sundays! What’s up with that? So disappointing.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

I love earl greys too. :) But it’s been a few months since I’ve had one. Maybe I’ll make one in a bit, I miss it. D:

OMGsrsly

I had a couple sips of a friends from Sbux, but that’s a bit too furniture polishy for me. :) This one is a little less strong.

Chizakura

Yeah, our Earl Grey is like a kick in the head XD; I’ve drank it from time to time, but I wouldn’t pay for it, that’s for sure.

whatshesaid

I totally just referenced The good Captain in this afternoon’s review :) awesome!!

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drank MateVana by Teavana
1696 tasting notes

This smells really good, but the taste? Ugh. Not so much. I’d like more chocolate and less whatever the rest of it is, please.

It’s a “tea” you need to doctor up like a coffee from Starbucks. Sugar and soy milk, please!

I’ll drink the rest of the 50g I got, but definitely won’t be buying this again. For a coffee substitute I prefer other chicory based teas.

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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.

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