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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
2167 tasting notes

This tea is SO GOOD. I shared a pot with my BFF tonight before we went out shopping, and she was SO impressed. We both really enjoyed our mugs, and I’ll be re-steeping it in the morning.

I need more of this tea. Please, Amoda and Butiki? Please?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

I had the second steep this morning. I’d buy the plain blend as well, grating some nutmeg on top. It’s so lovely!

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Ok, this is funny. I just mentioned I had this to a friend this morning, and she said she just finished her matcha flavoured peanut butter. So, that is a thing!

Anyways, this was much better this morning. I added 1 tsp sugar to 1 cup of hot unsweetened almond milk, about 1/4 cup warm water and 1 tsp matcha.

Mmm. Still not sure if the flavour was really peanut butter, but it was good.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C
Fjellrev

That’s crazy that that is a thing!

OMGsrsly

Her peanut butter was white chocolate matcha peanut butter. She got it at the PNE, but they were sold out by the time I made it. BOO.

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
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This is SO GOOD iced.

I made the tea this morning(ish) by using 1.5 tsp tea and 1 cup 195F water and about 1 tsp honey. Steeped 5 min, then poured it over ice in a cold drink container. I think it’s 600ml. I topped it up with cold filtered water.

SO GOOD. Really. Peach and honey to start, with a lingering nice herbal taste of thyme and honey. A little dry feeling from the tea, very very refreshing. I can see me going through this super fast in the summer.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
MissB

Oh, I like this idea. A lot. I think I may cook with it too this holiday season, perhaps using this tea as the water for the stuffing. Maybe.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, that sounds good. I think this would be really great with chicken, I’m just not sure how. Maybe poaching liquid? Marinade?

MissB

Marinade! Great idea.

Plunkybug

What about carmelizing some onions with this, or adding the tea to a marinade?

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I got a couple samples of this tea in my first Teavivre order… I didn’t realize I’d be the first one reviewing it, though!

I would say that everything they say is true. It has a strong smell, the flavour turns to sweetness, and it stays in your mouth.

There is no fishy odour, which is very nice.

Generally I think I prefer a more “forest loam” tasting straight puerh. This one tastes as I would expect a puerh to taste… which doesn’t say much, as I’m still learning about them. There is certainly nothing about this tea that makes me dislike it, and I’m really enjoying my steeps this morning.

1 – rinsed twice for ~5 seconds each
2 – 1 minute steep with approximately half the sample pack and about 175ml water
3 – I cheated on my tea and had a small mug of coffee
3.b – 1 minute steep, the flavours are more… even, and the colour is darker as the pieces are starting to fall apart. I’d almost call the tea “smokey” at this point.

And now I have to head out to the post office, and pop into work for a bit. Depending on how late it is when I get home, I’ll continue the tasting!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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Another sample from Cavocorax. :)

This one tastes buttery, too. Why do they all taste so buttery?!

Anyways, I really like this one. I’m not getting as much chocolate as I expected from it, but I definitely get Vanilla Girl Guide Cookies, or Vanilla K-Toos. Mmm. I want to drink it ALL.

Edit: In unsweetened almond milk, with 1/2 tsp sugar.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
MissB

I’m getting buttery as well. I think I need to amp up the flavoring next time on this one, and maybe try a black base, or even 50/50 base.

OMGsrsly

I have no idea what level this one is. Cavo, do you remember? I like Distinctive for most things, I found that Robust was too much.

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Steepster app lost my note again. :(

- weird
- salty
- buttery
- nutty
- with almond milk and a little sugar
- need to try plain and with lots of sugar

Thanks, Cavocorax!

Sil

LMAO

Cavocorax

Huh. I should probably try this. I ended up opening the bag for a swap, and then after it was open I passed some on to you and CrowKettle. Now I’m a little less excited about trying it, but then it can’t be as weird as the BubbleGum matcha.

OMGsrsly

I think something’s wrong with my taste buds. They ALL taste super buttery to me.

I haven’t tried the bubblegum yet. I’m kind of scared to. :)

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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A sipdown I can’t even note in my Steepster cupboard, because for some reason the tea wasn’t in it!

Oh well.

Today it’s molasses cake. Not really gingery, but there are some spices in the background. I helped the molasses flavour along by adding 1/2 tsp brown sugar. Mmm.

I’d consider getting more of this, but I’d have to add a bunch of chopped up candied ginger for it to actually be *ginger*bread. :)

(Also: I “only” have 10 more rows of a cowl I started 4 or 5 years ago left to do. Yay? I want to finish now, but each row takes so long…)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Veronica

Woot! Getting a wip that’s been sitting there for years is such a good feeling. And it’s the perfect time of year to use it. :)

Veronica

I meant to say getting a wip that’s been sitting there for year completed…

Sil

haha don’t you hate it when you’re all like SIPDOWN! oh wait..i never put it in my cupboard…crap.

OMGsrsly

Veronica, the only problem is I don’t have enough yarn for the 3.5 repeats of the pattern! Tiny cowl!

Sil, exactly. And I JUST updated my cupboard so where did I go wrong?!

Plunkybug

Lol. I just found some Blueberry Fruit tea from Teavivre I had stashed away in a tin somewhere and forgotten about it. Woopsie!

OMGsrsly

:) Just drink it… no one will ever know! Oh, wait. :D

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drank Apricot by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
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Not bad, not bad. Not really what I wanted tonight, though.

It’s super fruity. I like it better in the summer, but there really isn’t anything wrong with it now.

As with all Murchie’s teas I’ve tried, cooler water is better. Way less bitter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

I don’t remember what I had this rated at, but sure. 100. This IS the Best Licorice Tea Evar. Because it doesn’t actually have licorice root in it. Haha.

I figured the flavours would be comforting, and the fennel would help my tummy.

I love this tea so much. So. Much.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Oh, I agree! This one’s a winner. I drank all mine before I had a chance to write a note. :)

OMGsrsly

Haha! I bought so much more during the last sale. It’s one reason I didn’t just do a Butiki order this Black Friday. I had the teas I really really wanted already.

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drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
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I added this to my cupboard, but I only have one more bag.

This tea is thanks to VariaTEA! :)

Mate seemed like a good idea due to the caffeination effects. Mmm, caffeine. Ahem. It tastes really good! I had a couple hot sips before I added a little honey, and the spices are what you taste. I don’t even really taste the mate. I added maybe 1ml of honey to my mug, but I don’t think I will for the next mug. Sniffing the tea, it’s warm and comforting. It’s essentially a masala chai, but with mate and green tea instead of Assam.

This really isn’t something I would have reached for in a store, so I’m glad I get to try it! I think I’ll put it on my shopping list, at least so I remember to smell it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it. It is not something I would have grabbed either so I guess I lucked out going in to Kusmi on a day where this was the sample they gave everyone to taste

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