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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
681 tasting notes

So…I gotta be honest…I was really really looking forward to these teas. When I opened the package I was hit by a wave of minty-ness, it was bold and amazing!
I couldn’t wait to drink it. So I brewed it up and when I went to take a sip the strong mint flavors had calmed down. I mainly just tasted the black tea base which really wasn’t my favorite. Tasted really woody to me. :(
There were still mint flavors, but really not strong enough to hide the woodiness for me. :( I was looking forward to this one too.
Really disappointed with this one :(
If anyone has experienced the same thing, or has any tips about making the mint flavor stronger, that would be great!
Otherwise I gotta find a new home :(

Flavors: Mint, Wood


Aww, too bad. Can’t like them all.


Yeah, such a shame :(


Oh man. I have been eyeing this one as mint and GM are two of my favorite things in the tea world. I will have to watch what others say about the mint…,,


Everyone seems to like it, TeaTiff…which is why I ended up pretty disappointed. :/
If you wanna swap I can send you some if you want?


I got a bag of Not So Vanilla that was just meh, and that’s after I really loved a sample of the same tea earlier. I feel like maybe the base tea is a bit… inconsistent? Or something. I’m still really confused.

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drank Pure Vanilla (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Definitely taste the vanilla in this tea.
But it’s kinda a weird vanilla. It’s like an artificial vanilla. D: Kinda disappointed with this one to be honest :( And it was really strong too.
Disappointed with this one :( Glad it was only a sample.

Flavors: Artificial, Vanilla

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Got a sample of this tea from someone in a DavidsTea group on FB. I have been really curious about this one, but didn’t end up wasting 50g of tea on a tea that I would hate.
So I’m happy to have had a sample!
The packaging of teas in this swap was kinda bad, so I couldn’t really pick out the dry leaf smell since it kinda mixed with the other teas in the package, but the taste itself was pretty fruity.
Mainly tasted like burnt peach to me. Which reminded me of Adagio’s Peach Black Tea which totally tasted like a burnt peach to me. I really did not like that tea.
This one isn’t as bad because it has some other fruity flavors mixed in, but it’s really not for me. Thank God I didn’t waste my money on this one! XD

Flavors: Burnt, Peach

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drank Paradise by Lupicia
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AllanK sent me a sample of this tea in our swap that I received the other day! :D Always eager to try more of Lupicia’s fruit teas, especially since I am probably going there this week! So need to try all the samples of their teas that I have in case I find something amazing and wanna pick more up!
This one I don’t feel the need to pick up more of.
I feel like a lot of the fruity black teas from Lupicia aren’t as strong as the fruit teas with oolong bases. Three of my favorite fruit teas from there all have oolong bases. The ones with a black tea base kinda always come off a bit bitter. The fruit flavors don’t seem to hide the base all too well :(
Plus the fruity oolongs always have like a perfume-y feel/taste to them which I really really love! XD
The main flavor in this tea was mango, so of course I compared it to the “Ripe Mango Oolong” which I also adore. And this one hardly compared to the other, sooo I think I’ll stay with the Ripe Mango instead of this.
But I’m glad I got to try this! It’s not bad, but I think it would be better iced than hot. Thank you so much for the sample, AllanK!!

Flavors: Bitter, Mango, Sweet

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
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Last tea in my Butiki order! D:
So the dry leaf smell of this one was kinda bready, which I wasn’t expecting. For some reason I was not expecting to like this at all. I was expecting it to be woody and earthy for some reason….where I got that idea…I don’t know. xD So the dry leaf smell really threw me off.
And the actual taste even more!
It was kinda earthy and woody, but there was still a lot of malt. Not as much as Crimson Horizon but there was still a lot more than I expected!
Not my absolute favorite, and not something that I’m gonna only save for special occasions or something. It’s good, but not my favorite.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Malt, Wood

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This will seriously always be one of the best black teas I’ve ever tasted. I have been trying to save it but the other day I was really craving it so I splurged a bit.
Ughh it’s just so good.
Way better in real life than even in my memory!
Love this one!
I’m going to be heartbroken when I run out D:

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Running out of a favorite tea that can’t be replaced is awful!! :(


I am seriously dreading running out of all my favorite Butiki Teas…Going to have 5 really really heartbreaking days D:

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drank Baked Ali Shan by Butiki Teas
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Got this in my Butiki order. Was not really expecting to like it since I’m not so much into roasty oolongs.
But this one turned out to be okay. Not horrible.
Still pretty roasty, but it had floral notes, with a buttery undertone.
Wasn’t bad. But not my favorite. Might have to give it to someone else or something :S

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Roasted

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

a baked Ali Shan sounds awesome, I am sad I never did get around to being able to order from them before they closed. I think I might have to break out my tea roaster and roast up some Ali Shan


If you want, Amanda, I can send you some of this one! I’m not a huge fan, and since you’re interested I’m totally willing to send you some! You’d probably like it a lot more than me! Let me know (:

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

o_o that would be EPIC!!!!!!!!!!


Haha okay, I’ll send you a pm :P

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drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
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For the last week I have been drinking this one a lot more. Not sure why, but I keep finding myself wanting it. Seems like my tastes have changed a lot over the last year, so kinda surprised I still like this xD
But it’s a good tea for night, and travels well in a tumbler even. So works for me! :D


I’ve tried this tea, its ok

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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This was the first tea I tried from my order.
Tasted a lot of earth and apricot. A little too much earth for my taste. The honey notes make it a lot better for me, but still isn’t a tea I would savor…
I think that I might have to find a new home for this one, which is a bit of a bummer since I thought I’d like this one probably the best out of my order for some reason. xD
Oh well.
Glad I got to try. Now I don’t have to wonder if I totally missed out on an amazing tea. Not that it isn’t amazing. Just too much earthiness for me, but that’s okay. I’m picky haha!

Flavors: Apricot, Earth, Honey, Sweet

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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This. Freaking. Tea.
I got my last Butiki order in the mail and this is the second tea I have tried from it tonight (yes, my tasting notes are out of order but I loved this one too much to wait to write a review for the first tea!).
This makes me even more sad that I can never order again, oh how I wished I had found this tea earlier so I’d have had more time to stock up on it! Don’t know why it wasn’t more popular here. Weird.
The dry leaf aroma was pretty bready, which made me excited! While it steeped that aroma was replaced by just a really bold wave of black tea. It smelled so strong that it came off almost bitter, which dashed my hopes a bit.
But when I went to drink it everything changed!
Yeah, it had a bitter edge to it, but it was still smooth enough to make for a thoroughly pleasant cup.
The main taste in this one was malt.
I have been trying to search for the best malty teas, and holy Shanghai! This is one of the best I’ve ever had! It is a bummer that I didn’t try it earlier, but I’m so happy to have half an ounce of this one. It’s delicious!
If anyone gets this tea and hates it, hit me up, I’d probably be willing to swap for it! :D
If you like malty teas you will seriously lovee this one!
Another win from Butiki Teas!!

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Smooth


OMG I love this tea. SO good. I have another CTC that’s similar, but less malty.

CTCs are my comfort teas. :D


I have only ever had one other CTC teas, it was just Harney & Sons.
If you have any recommendations, I’d love to know so I can try more, OMGsrsly!


Unfortunately everything is local. I love the Rungagora from teacentre.ca (if it was in stock I’d send you some, but it’s my precious). Also, Janet’s Special Teas in Sidney has one I’m really liking, a Bukhial. I’m sure you can find these teas elsewhere. I usually find CTC Assams, though, so Crimson Horizon is quite different.


Oh okay, well was worth asking. If you ever find a really good one that isn’t local, please let me know so I can buy it and try! (:


They’re pretty common teas. If you see a CTC from Rungagora or Bukhial (I think these are gardens?) then it’s probably the same one.


Well good to know!

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I’m not too sharp with intros, but I figured it is about time to give it a go.
I started out drinking oolong and green tea that my dad brought home from his China business trips.
Then I discovered Teavana, and fell in love with some of their teas. Eventually I stumbled across Steepster, and a whole ‘nother world opened up.
Have discovered so many different kinds of teas, and have been loving this journey! The tea world is insanely big and amazing! And I’ve met some of the kindest people here who have broadened my horizons in more ways I could have imagined! Happy to be here, and to be drinking so many amazing teas! :D

My rating system:
1-59: Really really not a fan. An awful cup of tea for me…Totally undrinkable.

60-69: Not horrible, but not something I’d ever drink again willingly.

70-79: Pretty good. Wouldn’t mind drinking ever so often. But not a keeper.

80-100: FREAKIN’ AMAZING. Always keeping on stock in my home!!

I like pretty much any kind of tea except green tea. Unless it’s genmaicha or strongly flavored, I don’t like it usually.

My Tea Goals:
To find the Best Caramel Tea
To find the Best Vanilla Tea
To find the Best floral Oolong
To find the Best Malty Assam Tea
To find the Best Maple/Syrup Tea

Notes I like: Fruit(primarily peach, melon/honeydew, Banana, Kiwi, but I’m open to other kinds), Malt, Desserts (Toffee, Cake, Cookie,etc), Vanilla, Caramel, Floral, Sweet potato, Pastry/Bread,Jasmine, Honey, Cocoa, Chocolate, Maple, Nutty, Coconut, Almond.

Notes I’m Picky with: Lemon, Chai, Roasted, Blueberries, Hibiscus, Smoke, Earthiness, Puerhs, White Teas, and Cinnamon

Notes I hate: Citrus/Orange (Everything that I hate in this life that I have to take for my health is orange flavored, and it just makes me gag…so please…just no), Watermelon, Raspberry, Wood, Apple, Bacon, Lavender, Most mints, Pepper, Spicy, Tart/sour.

Yes, I am a picky tea drinker, but I’ll usually try any straight black or oolong tea that I receive. I like most oolongs, and I’m still discovering straight blacks. They always seem to surprise me no matter what!

And Swaps! I’m always down for swapping. Everything in my cupboard is swap-able. So just hit me up and send a message and we can totally do that!

On an unrelated to tea note, my other interests are limited due to health issues. But when I can, I enjoy reading and writing. Watching Netflix and YouTube have also been fantastic when I feel awful (which is most of the time).
I love Rifftrax, Rooster Teeth, Dexter, Hannibal, BBC’s Robin Hood, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Psych, and Parks and Rec.
Love watching all sorts of movies too, but that would be too much to list. :P
I’m definitely more of an internet person and love talking to people on every website I’m on. So if you ever wanna chat, shoot me a message! ^^


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