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434 Tasting Notes

Perfect first tea of the morning. A solid black tea with a hint of blackberry. Exactly what I wanted. This one’s a keeper!

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Oh, this is good. REAL good. I might be in love. This might be my new favorite. This is the first tea I’ve tried from Butiki, and I can totally tell that it’s much higher quality than other teas I’ve had. It’s so natural. No fake flavor here! The dry leaf smells so good, maple-y, nutty, and woodsy. I waited very impatiently for it to steep the recommended 4 minutes, and then cool for a minute or two. It tastes exactly as it should. I get the maple and pecan, and it’s naturally sweet on its own. I didn’t feel like this needed any additions, but I did add a tiny bit of sugar, which amped up the sweetness even more. I actually felt like my sugar was so not worthy of this tea…note to self: must invest in higher quality sugar! This tea would probably be awesome for afternoon tea! It is so nice to branch out from my usual teas (flavored blacks). And the flavor is so unique. I don’t have anything like this. My favorite part is that is seems so natural, like the tea leaves naturally taste like maple pecan. Stacy, you are amazing!

Fjellrev

I agree, this one is fantastic!

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So I’m a little behind on tealogs, because I had a bunch of new Della Terra Teas yesterday, but I don’t want to write reviews of them yet, because I think my taste buds were off due to a massive headache that progressively got worse until I took some Advil when I got home from work. I did get to use my cute elephant mug, though, and I received my first Butiki order, so not a bad day!

I had this tea again this morning, because it was one of my first favorites from DavidsTea, and I’ve been seeing some less than stellar reviews on here lately. I still really like it. I agree with some of the reviewers that the cinnamon is more prominent than the chocolate, and that it can turn out weak if you don’t steep enough leaf, but I think you just have to experiment with it and find the right specifications. I steep about 2tsp for 5 minutes and add milk and sugar. I still think it tastes like chocolate cinnamon loaf from Starbucks! Yum!

jessiwrites

Maybe I will try a bit more leaf next time, and a slightly longer steeping time. I should like this one more than I did!

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this in a “to go” cup on my way out of DavidsTea today (see previous tealog on Ceylon star for my fabulous experience!) It was good, but I couldn’t tell if I was tasting the mango or the agave sweetener, and I wished I had skipped the sweetener so I could really taste the tea. It was very light tasting, and I even left the teabag in the cup the whole time I was drinking it and it didn’t get bitter. Might have to get some of this one just to see how it is without the sweetener, but it was good with it!

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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In anticipation of a trip to DavidsTea today during lunch, I finished off my little bag of this one. Needless to say, I bought a whole tin of it later!! I LOVE this tea!! I’ve decided that once I LOVE a tea, that I will honor it by buying a whole tin! :) YUM!

On to my trip to DavidsTea. I had SO MUCH FUN! Probably too much fun for my own good. I had decided I wanted the new elephant perfect tea mug and the purple timolino, so I got them! Yay!! I also bought 1oz. bags of copabanana and coconut oolong to try! Btw, this is on top of the 10 new teas I recently ordered! AND the woman at the store was so nice! She said I bought so much stuff (and stuff she would buy for herself), and then she offered me a cup of tea to go, on the house! AWESOME! I was gushing with happiness!! Yay for great lunch breaks and more tea than fits in my cupboard….time to find a bigger cupboard!!

Alysha

I’m going there tomorrow and now I’m even more excited…and scared (for my wallet)! haha

Fjellrev

Aww, sometimes you just really need to treat yourself.

Tealizzy

Ya, it was fun! I’m bringing my elephant mug to work today…gonna be so stylish! Ha!

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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So, this was the last tea I had today, and it’s a sipdown! Before this one, I had tried the new hazelnut macchiato from Starbucks (GASP! Coffee? Yes, and it wasn’t that great), oatmeal raisin cookie and s’mores from Della Terra Teas, and toasted walnut from DavidsTea. Nothing new to say on those, but I enjoyed them. Anyway, on green and fruity, I have to say I probably won’t buy more of it. It is very sweet and tropical papaya tasting, but I feel kind of meh about it. In sum, I enjoyed the experience, but it’s over now. On to new teas!

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drank African Nectar by Whole Foods
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I’m not sure if Whole Foods really is the brand behind this tea or not, but my friend gave me some of this to try, and she picked it up from one of the bulk tea bins. Anyway, it was a really nice rooibos tea. I think it is flavored with mango. Definitely didn’t have that medicinal taste, so then I was confused as to whether it was a red rooibos or a green one. Still not sure, but I like it no matter what it is! Mystery tea!

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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Why do I like this one so much? It has great complexity! Was trying to decide on an afternoon tea and once I smelled the dry leaves, my mouth started watering! Funny, cuz I’m not really into tart teas, but this one is really rounded out. Fully enjoyed my cup of this while finishing up work.

In other news, I just ordered more new tea!!! My third order in 4 days ;)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, about the tea ordering! I’m trying to behave myself, at least for a little while, but I have found myself starting lists of teas I want from different companies, thinking I can rotate through those companies, ordering from one at a time. Otherwise, I tend to be a binge orderer.

Tealizzy

I couldn’t help it! Plus, I’m way behind most of the folks on here, so it can’t be that bad! ;) I’ve been compiling a shopping list too. I find it so handy that I can put a tea in there that I want to remember based on a great review and then, once I have a few teas for one company, make an order!!

Terri HarpLady

That’s basically the way I’m doing it!

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drank Masala Chai by Samovar
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A couple of my coworkers and I frequent Samovar just for chai “to go.” We go there for fun and we go there to brighten our mood when we’re having a bad day. It is the best chai ever! I love how it is peppery, but still a little sweet. So, we went there today, and I had a good vent session and felt better afterwards!! What’s better than a chai with friends?!!

Fjellrev

Chai with friends is one of my favourite things ever. :)

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I decided this morning that I needed something to pep me up, and this definitely worked. Deliciously sweet with a little heat got my brain going right away. A great start to the day, considering what a crappy day I had yesterday.

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I have recently become tea obsessed! I’ve always loved an occasional cup and my mother is a daily tea drinker, but in the last year it has become my favorite thing! Started out by having a cup of black tea in the morning. Loved going for afternoon tea with my mom! Since fully immersing myself in loose leaf tea, I have become nuts for it!

I am now exploring more and more companies, and trying to go beyond my comfort zone of flavored black teas and try more oolong, green and white teas.

My favorite teas are evolving. I love teas from DavidsTea, Lupicia, Harney and Sons, Della Terra Teas, and Butiki!

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San Francisco Bay Area

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