1626 Tasting Notes

Yummy yum yum. Although it wasn’t so great on an empty stomach this morning. WHOO the rush, the dizziness, the nausea. Normally I have some milk or a snack with my tea in the morning, but I was in a rush today and didn’t. Oops.

Other than that, this tea is as delicious as always. At a 4 minute initial steep, there’s the slightest hint of dryness on the tongue, and lots of sweetness and malt and deliciousness. I’ve ordered more, and hopefully it wasn’t sold out, because it’s so amazing and I like it a lot. Note: I don’t like it in stainless steel tumblers, but the Sbux plastic $1 cup or a ceramic cup is perfect.

I think I’ll make a wee cozy for my $1 cup, not only to personalize it, but to make it more useable in the winter months. :)

I’ve kept the leaves in the fridge and will resteep tomorrow!

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1626 tasting notes

Had the second steep this morning! I stuck the leaves and strainer in the freezer because I am a nincompoop, but then it turned out to be a good thing because this should definitely be steeped twice, to squeeze out all the goodness.

Om nom nom.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1626 tasting notes

(Gluten free version!)

So so so good. Strawberry, a hint of tart, vanilla… Yum! I like this best with some milk to make it more custardy like pie.

Definitely have to pick up more of this in the future. But for that to happen, I need to stop drinking coffee and drink more tea! Yep, coffee. Cold brewed with cardamom and vanilla powder, then heated up on the stove with milk. Delicious, but not tea.

Flavors: Custard, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Ooh gluten free. I want to try this one too! I’ll have to remember to inquire with my next order.

OMGsrsly

Yes! It’s so good. :)

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
1626 tasting notes

Drank this super fast while attending a webinar this morning. My work laptop does NOT stream stuff at all, it’s so old. Even the webmail we use at work causes it to require a restart part way through the day. So I’m at home, and have taken advantage. Coffee, tea, oats, and I’m cooking pasta right now to bring to work with me.

Essentially: YUM. I love this tea. I love assams, I love the nutmeg. It’s so good with a splash of milk or cream.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Those laptops ought to retire sometime.

Starfevre

you don’t have a work laptop refresh schedule?

OMGsrsly

It’s my laptop. We don’t have computers supplied for us – we use our own. I just don’t make much money and can’t really afford to buy a new one.

OMGsrsly

It also doesn’t have a working screen so I have borrowed an old departmental monitor to plug into it. Heh.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1626 tasting notes

Fire. Fire in my mouth. Even opening the packet this evening induced some sneezes. And I only steeped it a couple minutes.

Yeah, there’s a lot of parsley. And then fire.

Hopefully this gets me moving a bit tonight – I have to clean my kitchen and do some laundry, and I have no interest in even sitting here in front of my computer. Where’s my bed?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Good god, sounds like there’s a freaky party going on at your house.

MissB

God I love this stuff.

OMGsrsly

It’s so good.

And no, no freaky party. No party at all, unless you consider me hiding under the covers drinking tea a “party”. :D

Fjellrev

Yeah, t’was sarcasm haha.

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drank Sun Moon Lake by Tea Centre
1626 tasting notes

I quite enjoyed this today. With gluten free cheesecake. :)

One of the mugs I took to work with me. The other two were coffee (all gone) and Butiki’s So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice (not much gone at all).

I had a busy day.

But now I’ve had ice cream, and I have a large glass of water with lime in it, and it’s pretty much time for bed.

I’ll finish the Butiki tea as an iced treat in the morning.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Starfevre

this picture makes me think of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for some reason

OMGsrsly

The tea totally looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The leaves are SO big!

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This is totally from last year, and I still like it lots. It’s incredibly sweet, with sweet candy-ish spices and practically no pumpkin flavour. Yet I’d count it as one of my favourite fall teas. Definitely a favourite over DavidsTea’s Pumpkin Chai, although they are similar.

So yeah. If you can, check this out. If not, then don’t worry about it. Especially if you’re not a fan of the pumpkin spice craze.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Fjellrev

It’s even sweeter than David’s? While I regret continuously passing this up each time I ordered from them, come to think of it, most of their blends are ridiculously sweet. Like your taste buds are driving down Melted Candy Lane haha.

OMGsrsly

There are lots of sprinkles in this, yep! But I think it mostly has to do with the base tea and balance of spices.

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Long day. Good tea. Even though I had to supplement with coffee, this was still really good.

My mom’s also tried it, and she’s “ordered” a tin of it from me. So at some point, I’ll have to order more and get it sent to her house! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Nice! I keep holding out for a special Canadian shipping offer. Maybe Black Friday?

OMGsrsly

Hopefully! I’d rather get my mom her tea sooner than next Canada Day. :D

Fjellrev

Would you know if they had a shipping offer this past Canada Day? If so, then damnit, that’s what I get for taking a break from Steepster haha.

OMGsrsly

Yes they did! It’s why I bought myself a tin. :) I should sign up for their emails again. I think I may have accidentally unsubscribed.

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drank April in Paris by SAHARA TEA
1626 tasting notes

Another one from MissB. Yes, there are LOADS more now. :)

It’s not bad. Not a favourite, but not bad. IDK, it strikes me as peachy or apricoty, with some floral. The base isn’t the best, but it’s decent. I’d like it a bit better with a tiny touch of sugar instead of just milk, I think. Just to take the edge off. It was good hot in the morning, and I finished the rest cold in an afternoon meeting.

Not bad, but not something I’d hunt out to buy.

Thanks for sharing!

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

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This is way better. So good, and with the nettle it has a nice bit of minerals to help me stave off my impending doom cold.

I love the medicinal fruity aspect of this tea. So delicious. And tonight, I’m even having it without honey!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 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)

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