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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
123 tasting notes

Aroma is creamy, buttery and sweet – a!most candy-like. Tastes very creamy and very sweet with a very light mineral note, and maybe even a bit nutty. No floral.

I don’t think I cared for this that much the first time I tried it, but it tasted good now. I did prefer it to the Teavivre milk oolong I just had, probably because of the strong floral component I found in that one. The leaves in this davidstea oolong weren’t as lovely though – more broken with brown bits.
But, quite a tasty cup of tea, and almost like drinking candy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Abby Noelle

This sounds really good!!

caile

It was surprisingly good! I used to drink more Oolong’s but they haven’t been my favorite lately, and I had a small bit left in a pouch and wanted to give it another try.

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Buttery, creamy and floral aroma with a floral, mineral and light vegetal taste.
Smooth, fragrant, sweet and mouthwatering.
I did two resteeps. Very nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Coconut Black Tea by Simpson & Vail
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This reminds me exactly of coconut bread! It has a nice fresh coconut taste and the tea base must give it the breadiness. With a bit of cream – very nice! Yum.
Thank you Courtney, for sharing this with me!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Yay! I love this one. :)

caile

Almost as good as coconut buns from the Chinese market! ;-)

Courtney

Gaaah those are amazing.

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Thank you, Courtney, for sending this surprise to me in our swap!

This is really tasty! The aroma is soft and lovely with spice and vanilla, and it tastes very much like carrot cake – sweet and delicious. I added cream to my cup, and it was so good – a perfect treat!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

2/3 is pretty good! You’re going through them quickly today now haha.

caile

haha! I actually had the ruby pie yesterday though but wasn’t able to add the note until today. :-P

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My second tea to try from Butiki, thanks to the lovely swap package from Courtney!

This is the one I have been waiting for! Wow, this is really unique and delicious!
The aroma is fragrant and rich with caramel and spice. The taste is so sweet, rich and smooth, with notes of the spices and caramel combined with dark honey and fruit. It’s almost like eating a bakery product – so good!!

Thank you Courtney for sharing this delicious tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Wow, this sounds delicious!

Sil

this is one of those special teas…

Yvonne

Clearly!

caile

haha, it’s a special one for sure!
Sil – I just noticed you have a different picture of a little elephant – cute!

Sil

gasp it’s a HEFFALUMP! not an elephant…

Sil

…you just might be a woozle…it’s very confuzzle..

caile

LOL!!

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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My first Butiki tea and one I have wanted to try for awhile. Thank you to Courtney for sharing some of hers!

This smells deliciously like strawberries. Tastes like strawberry as well, with a slight tartness reminiscent of rhubarb, and has a bit of astringency. I find it tastier as it cools, and imagine this would be delicious iced.

Not a favorite, as it seems is often the case with fruity, tart black teas, but glad to have tried it! Thank you, Courtney!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I quite enjoy this one, but I’m with you on fruit in black teas. I would dare say this is the only one of those I’ve ever enjoyed.

caile

I think its the tartness that I don’t like.

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Drinking this today, as had Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Keemun yesterday.

Dry leaf is darker and glossy as described, and is also finer and more compact than the superfine leaf. Brewed aroma of malt with floral and some smoke. Tastes sweet and lightly malty with cocoa notes and a hint of smokiness. Quite delicious.

In comparison to the superfine version, this one seems bolder somehow in that it is less sweet and floral with more smoke and cocoa. I still have a serving of each so will try them both again another day in a side by side comparison. I enjoyed both very much but think I may have preferred yesterdays cup a bit better.. will try again though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
looseTman

Great job Caile! I look forward to your side by side comparison.

Yvonne

Smoky cocoa = delicious!

caile

Thanks! I’m curious as well to see how I’ll find them. I just looked at the teavivre site and there is a price difference with the organic superfine being more.. As well, this one says it has moderate caffeine and the superfine has low caffeine – I wonder why that is?

looseTman

Yes, the Premium Keemun is a tasty way to start your day & a good value too.

Sil

I’m hoping to get to a comparison on sunday since i think 4? or 5 of teavivres are in my house at the moment heh

caile

Oh good! I have been hoping to see your reviews of these!

Tea Sipper

I’m glad to see comparisons for these two!

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So, I have new teas to try, thanks to Courtney for sharing some of hers!

Because I was in need of some cake, chose this one after consultation with my husband, as he preferred this over anything carrot-like (which was the other choice).

Once brewed, this smells exactly like coffee cake – so fragrant and cozy. Taste-wise, this is also very much like coffeecake – sweet cinnamon crumb topping and apples, no tartness at all. Somehow this reminds me of davidstea pumpkin spice chai …almost like there is a squash in it, however odd that may sound, but this is less spicy and more dessert-like and delicious.

I really enjoyed this and even re-steeped the leaves for another tasty cup.
Thank you Courtney for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

My friend also likes to mix this with Brioche, though I think they’re too similar hah.

caile

Sounds yummy!

Yvonne

Oooh, this sounds amazing!

TeaBrat

This is good for breakfast :)

caile

I bet it would be! mmm coffeecake

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This is so delicious this afternoon!! Smooth and mellow, yet so rich, sweet and full of flavor. Notes of cocoa and light grains with honey and roses. With cream added, it tastes of buttery pastry – so good!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Oh wow – sounds positively amazing!

looseTman

Agreed! Have you also tasted TeaVivre’s Premium Keemun Hao Ya?

caile

Yes, it was really nice. I have had it before but forgot how good it was – I’ll have to order more!

caile

No, I haven’t tried that one, looseTman. I think I have a sample though!

caile

Just checked – I do have a sample pack of that. Do you prefer it?

looseTman

So far I’ve enjoyed 1,500g of their Premium Keemun. However, I haven’t yet tasted the Superfine Keemun. I be curious to hear how you think they compare.

caile

lol, I haven’t tried the premium one yet. I’ll have to compare them though!

looseTman

I’ll keep eye out for your comparison. Thanks!

caile

OK! : )

tigress_al

I had the premium one today, but still have to do a comparison against this one as well! I will be watching for your comparison though

caile

They both seem popular. You’ll have to compare them as well! ;-)

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Made a pot of this favorite tea so I could take a thermos with me while I was out. Still enough left to have another cup now, and it is so good – full of pepper and oranges!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Happy Birthday Caile!!

caile

Thank you! :-)

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both plain and some flavoured. I mostly drink teas clear or will have certain ones with a small dash of milk or cream.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy some green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

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