5597 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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Justjames sent me this as well as his custom butiki blend as a thank you for the matcha i sent his way. This has been on my list to pick up from stacy for an eternity, but since i’ve been trying to sipdown my cupboard, i hadn’t picked it up yet. I brewed this up tonight because i was exausted and wanted something to just sit and enjoy. I’ve had two cups of this now – with a cup left over to try this again over the weekend because i kept it to normal people cups haha.

I’m not sure how i feel about this one. I don’t love darjeelings, so that might be something to do with it. It’s for sure, creamy and delicious but mostly it comes across as a vanilla tea to me. Not so much with the pumpkin. I’ll be drinking this again this weekend to see if i can figure it out. A tasty tea..but not quite “pumpkin” for me….though as i sit here i wonder if that’s because i always equate ’pumpkin" with pumpkin spice…. hmmmm

thanks justjames! this was a great end to my long day :)

JustJames

i’ve been musing over this one too. creamy? check. spice? check. beloved pumpkin? wait….. maybe i should rebrew? i agree, might be me butting heads with the darjeeling. i won’t review until i’ve made up my mind and played with it some more. colder, hotter, longer, etc.

very glad it started your weekend though!!

Sil

saving your custom tea for tomorrow! something to look forward to!

JustJames

hope you enjoy it…. second and third steep are awesome for a hot chocolate base! wowza!!

Cavocorax

Ooooh – good idea! I’ll save the last half of my Hello Sweetie sample for tomorrow too – assuming I can dl the 50th anniversary special…

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drank Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd.
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SIpdown on this one from the lovely dexter! I find this one to be really tasty. I do need to compare it sometime with a few others so i can narrow down my favourite keemun but this one is up there! light smoke, slightly malty. yep! delicious!

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84
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Morning tea! I pulled this out because i realised that i hadn’t had my tea in forever. :) I made it to the end of the week and wanted to celebrate. Here’s hoping the weekend is quiet at work! THis is still as delicious as ever and i really am happy we got the chance to make it! thanks for being awesome Stacy!

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just for cavo…. finishing off the day with a cup of this tea. :)

Terri was kind enough to send some of this my way and while i’ve been drinking this tonight i’ve been perplexed. I’m not sure how i feel about this tea. It’s smooth…and then there’s this weirdo mid taste and then i’m confused again. I like it..but it’s going to need another few cups for me to land on where i feel about this one. Still glad to be trying it out though!

Cavocorax

Hahahaha.

Terri HarpLady

Did I send you enough to get a decent sampling of it? If not, * can always send a little more. :)

Sil

I have lots! :) I can drink normal ppl cups too haha

OMGsrsly

You might need one of the new DavidsTea Latte mugs, Sil! 24oz of tea! (I want one…)

Sil

Haha

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i had this earlier today and it was still a delicious treat. I’m getting near the end of this so i’ll need to decide sooner rather than later if i want to restock this one or try a few more variations on the theme first :)

Amariel

Hoping I get to try some in an upcoming samples box! :)

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69
drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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mmmm…it still counts as drinking it in the morning if it’s a minute before noon…right? :)

Brisk and malty and just a good average cup for a tough day!

Cavocorax

You’re drinking your tea in the wrong order today. :P
Now you just need some Organic Morning Journey for dinner.

NofarS

I haven’t tried their Breakfast Blend. Is it interesting enough to warrant a buy?

Sil

NofarS – happy to send you some so you can give it a try before buying it. I’d likely lean towards “no” but i can toss some in the mail for you this weekend if you like

Cavo- wait for it…

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Sipdown on this one. I sent this to the ladies in the BBB Box mostly for a play on the names of the teas. They received a breakfast blend and then an afternoon blend. :) Next trip is going to be Fancy teas!

This helped solidify in my mind that Murchie’s teas are only for me if i want a a nice delicious tea with milk and sugar. It helped as well that i finally figured out i need to steep this at a bit cooler temperature since there’s some sneaky darjleeing in there.

Overall, not a fantastic tea but it’s well enough for the small quantity that let me play with it and share it. I don’t think it’ll be a super huge win with the ladies, but that’s part of the fun! we get to share experiences and some are wins and some are less wins hahaha

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

That’s right!

OMGsrsly

I love how everything is categorized as a win. :)

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86
drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
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I finally remembered to brew this up as a cold brew! I’m so glad that i did. I am a super fan of this cold – sans sweetner. I will for sure be ordering up more of this in the summer months to serve as a cold tea. it’s refreshing and light and deliciously tasty!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Marvelous! I keep meaning to try this out cold brewed.

Amariel

I liked CaC better hot than cold, but this one I might like better cold brewed.

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82
drank Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd.
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mmmm thank you dexter! I picked this as one of my teas this morning and i kept reaching for it even after i’d finished it. In usual keemun fashion i added a bit of maple syrup to this but it didn’t need it. I just like the way keemuns + maple work for me. This could easily be one of my staple tea as it’s not too demanding, but it’s also not unassuming. Appreciate the share dexter! tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter

That’s exactly how I felt about the Yunnan I was drinking earlier today, you just expressed it better than I did. :))

Sil

:) I feel like one of these days i need to have a keemun challenge and just drink as many of them from different companies as possible

ifjuly

a keemun-off! that sounds delicious. love keemun.

Dexter

ifjuly – I had noted that you were an assam, and yunnan fan? Am I confused or should I just add keemun to the list and send you samples of all my black teas…. :))

ifjuly

haha, please don’t worry about sending me stuff! i don’t have enough stuff i think you’d like to send back…i thought of a few more things but it’ll be a little bit because i need to restock them first (down to my last cup with a buncha golden moon :O ). i do love keemun though—i love smokiness, and rich not-very-sweet chocolate notes, so it makes sense i would. honestly, there aren’t many black teas as general categories go that i hate across the board…ceylon’s the only one i can think of offhand, and even that can be amazing when done right (sinharaja FTW).

i still need to add maple syrup to keemun sometime. every time Sil mentions it i’m like “oooooh that sounds good!”

Dexter

Golden Moon? as in Golden Moon Tea? http://www.goldenmoontea.com/
This is why I need to keep sending you tea! Trust me you have lots I’m interested in :))

ifjuly

Yeah! As soon as I place it and get my favorites reordered—I highly doubt they’re doing anything for seasonal sales but just in case I’m going to wait a week or so—I’d be super excited to send you some.

Dexter

I’m not in any rush and I’m not requesting anything, but Golden Moon has been on my list forever, but shipping is astronomical to Canada…..

ifjuly

Yay! That makes me super jazzed.

Terri HarpLady

Count me in for the Keemun extravaganza!

Sil

Terri – maybe we need to do that sometime with the BBB box… pick a variety and do a round of that.

Terri HarpLady

That would be awesome!

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drank Numalighur FTGFOP1 by Mariage Frères
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I had another go at this today and this is not my favourite tea. I much preferred the Yunnan from MF that my parents picked up for me. Not that this is a bad tea, but i prefer others over it. Luckily i have tea friends with which to share this one!

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