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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
704 tasting notes

I made scones this morning. I love scones. These were blueberry buttermilk scones with a sugar glaze. I also made a cup of this tea to enjoy with my scones when they came out of the oven, because hey, you gotta eat them when they’re warm! This tea was nutty and sweet and went well with the scone. The cool thing was, my husband, who doesn’t like tea, tried a sip, and liked it! Woo! I may bring him over to our side yet!

Butiki Teas

Hahaha. Come to the dark side, we have tea. :)

Fjellrev

Sounds like a fantastic combination! I’ve yet to make scones/biscuits with buttermilk since I could never go through a whole carton of the stuff haha.

beelicious

Sounds amazing!!

Sil

want the scones!

boychik

you should include pics here fr IG ;)

Tealizzy

Okay, okay, here’s a pic:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/16134098490/

@boychik – I would but I decided to keep Instagram private so I could filter who follows me, so I put some photos on Flickr.

@Fjellrev – that’s why you make more than one batch! I’ll probably make some more next weekend…my husband wants me to add banana to them. ;)

Fjellrev

Smart! Sounds like something I’d do after I’ve already tried a recipe to see if it’s good enough to make larger batches, though. I need to plan a day where I’d make scones, oatmeal muffins, and pancakes so it won’t sit around haha. And banana would be awesome. :D

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This tea is a very heavy tea, meaning you don’t get much by weight, but I’ve had it a couple of times and it’s very nice. It even stood up in my timolino. You can taste both the raspberry and the cashew, although the raspberry is not that prominent. It’s very buttery, like nut butter, not real butter…makes your tongue feel like it has silky nut butter on it. :) The raspberry has a bit of tartness, not like hibiscus tart, but raspberry tart. I can also see how people might call it floral. As with most of Stacy’s blends, the flavoring is distinct, but not overpowering. I’m going to miss Stacy’s blends.

Fjellrev

Mmm, I like the idea of a tea tasting and feeling like nut butter.

Mikumofu

Love this one!

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
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I really like this tea and I’m not even a big lover of citrus-flavored things. It has a very natural citrus flavor, like a real tangerine or grapefruit slice was dropped into my cup, not that fake orange flavor. It’s very perky and refreshing…it would probably be great iced, but that uses too much leaf, so I’ll probably just drink the rest of my little bag hot. :)

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I haven’t had this tea in awhile. I still really like it. It’s a nice roasted oolong with caramel! Looks like Della Terra doesn’t have this one anymore, which is too bad. They used to be so involved in Steepster and having sales all the time and now they’re so quiet. Hmmm. Anyway, good thing I still have at least a couple more cups of this one left. :)

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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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Felt like some chai this morning. I always make this one on the stovetop with almond milk. Really good and balanced spice. I’ve never made it by just steeping it with water and adding a splash of milk because the stovetop way makes it so creamy. Sometimes I’m too lazy to do the stovetop though, and because I’ve never tried it the other way, I just don’t have it. I really should just try it sometime.

It’s nice to have chai on a cold morning. I’ve been kinda bummed about my weekly chai outings with my coworkers because Samovar’s chai has been inconsistent lately. It was really burnt one day and last week there was hardly any spice. Hope they fix that soon, because it used to be the best chai. This one is winning out right now.

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drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
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I wanted an oolong this afternoon and this one won out. I decided to try it gong fu-style, which was fun, but I think I like it better brewed western style. Western style brings out the fruit flavor, whereas, gong fu brings out the floral. So, if you’re a lover of floral, take note!

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I could smell this tea the minute I opened the mailing envelope. It has a smoky aroma, even the dry leaf does. The dry leaf is a very pretty silver green. Here’s a pic, but it doesn’t really show the silver effect well:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/16296255385/

When I brewed it up, there was an old man tobacco smell. No other way to describe that. ;)

The tea had a warming effect on me from the first sip…interesting. I gong fu-brewed it as usual. About the third steep or so, it tasted like grilled veggies, which turned into a grilled meat flavor. According to JalamTeas, they make a soup out of this tea with garlic…I can see why that would go well together. The grilled veggie/meat flavor was kind of good, and I’m a vegetarian!

This is a tea that I probably would have hated when I first started drinking loose leaf, but I really like it! It does sweeten up like most shengs, but in much later steeps. The smoky grill flavor is nice for a cold day like today.

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This was surprise tea from Stephanie! Thank you!
I think the only times I’ve gotten to try A&D teas were from swaps with Stephanie. :) They are very good, but I wish they sold smaller sizes, like 2 oz. packets because I don’t really want 4.4 oz. of one tea in my cupboard. I like variety too much!

This tea is really good! It has a baked good quality to it, like freshly baked bread! Mmmm! My mom used to make bread…buttermilk loaf to be exact. Freshly baked bread is so amazing…I used to cut a really thick slice and toast it with butter spread on top for breakfast. Delicious!

This tea is also smooth and you get a little freshness from the Darjeeling at the end of the sip. I brewed it for 2 minutes and that was delicious, but the website says 4! I’ll have to try that with the remaining sample. This would be on the “buy” list, if not for the ridiculous size, because it’s really yummy!

Tealizzy

Update: ordered. Yes, I’m a sucker. ;)

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Another tea from my Secret Santa. She said this one is her favorite.

It’s a very solid cinnamon tea. Not overly complex, but good and warming on a cold foggy day like today.

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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This tea came from my Secret Santa. :)

Smells like a Christmas store. Tastes like one too. It’s like holiday potpourri, but not floral. Must be the clove? I also taste a little citrus. It’s not bad, but not one I would restock.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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