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Having a cup of this today to start my morning with the parents. My parents are coffee drinkers in the morning so I’m on my own for tea. We’re off to watch Star Trek today before my other half and I will get back in the car to drive back to Toronto. It’s been really nice seeing my parents for this brief time :) especially since we’re not likely to see them again until Christmas.
Had a cup of this last night with my parents since my dad has a collection of tea now but never wants to make tea. He seems to think there’s some sort of rules for drinking tea that he hasn’t mastered. So this weekend was about trying to show him that tea is just meant to be enjoyed. Rules be damned! Make it and enjoy it however you want. I made this one, and I’m not sure if dad enjoyed this, but mom went sneaking back to the pot to make a second and third cup for herself after I told her the leaves could be resteeped :) so this was a success for at least one of my parents to the point where she’s written down the name on her list. Heh.
Backlighting from yesterday as my other half and I opted to drive to Ottawa for basically the day. I took two mugs of tea in the car with me just in case and of course drank them both. I like how well this tea works in a travel mug. Even after a few hours when the tea gets a little cooler, it still tastes delicious!
Mmmm had this last night so good :)
I tried a second steeping to make this lovely tea last and I must of left it brewing too long and got a slight bitterness to the second steeping :( …oh well I drank it anyways! I wasn’t very careful with timing because I don’t usually expect to get good second steepings from flavoured teas. I should be more careful and maybe my tea will last longer!
Of course the one morning that I prepare a bunch of cold brew teas, it’s cold and rainy out! Of course.
Anyways, I cold brewed this up last night for my AM drive to work. Even though today was perhaps better suited for a hot cup, I still enjoyed it. Cold brewing seemed to wake up the caramel flavor quite nicely, as I noticed it a bit more than usual. As always, the assam base in this is smooth, rich, and lovely. Tiny bit of astringency, but I did leave the leaves in for 11 hours. Think it would have been perfect around 8-9 hours, but it was still awesome, so I’m not complaining!
This was the tea that I drank the most of today, but today was my daughter’s first birthday and she was getting over a cold so basically between that and the ongoing crowd of people, I wasn’t able to let go of her the whole day. So, I couldn’t really make a lot of tea. :| I’ll live – it was a great day overall, and the baby felt better during the evening so she could visit everyone else.
I can drink all the other teas later!
I love this tea! I am a potato fiend and when I can’t whip up some frsh mashed potatoes this will be my go-to tea. Creamy and sweet- can’t get better!
My son and I are enjoying this tea iced today. He had some that had cooled off. He took a small sip and practically squealed with delight ‘mmm that’s good!" then took a gulp, then a chug and asked very earnestly to make more of it for him. Lovely raisin, chocolate and sweet potato notes. Smooth, cool, malty and naturally sweet. Love! Poor husband is having stomach issues today :(
I received a sample of this in my last Butiki order. I didn’t like the first couple of sips, but it grew on me as I started tasting flavors beyond the roastiness. It started to taste even a little bit creamy and smooth. I really liked it at that point! Only got glimpses of the base. What I tasted was a pleasant green tea flavor. No fishiness.
this is one of those teas that i wanted to try it as soon as i saw it.
this oolong is so comforting! and the flavors are mild yet effective.
both steeps were good too!
glad i have a little more. i may even add a little touch of brown sugar crystals like they recommend.
thank to Sil for this wonderfully balanced tea!
First cup of the day.
Damp earth, peat moss, shrooms, hints of rose & plum.
A pleasant prelude to breakfast.
Oh so yummy! The base I already know is awesome, but the smooth vanilla and sweet caramel flavor really made my morning. I had two large cups of this.
I donated platelets yesterday and they told me to increase my fluid intake for the next couple of days. You’ll know what that means! :-)
Another of the generous handful of samples Stacy added to my order! Such generosity had to be matched, so I split this with Cara, instead of hoarding my cup’s worth.
If I’d had this before the Pistachio Ice Cream (or the Caramel Vanilla Assam – note to come), I think I’d have assumed I’d ordered the wrong teas, as this must be the best. (My tenses and conditionals are a bit mixed up there, but best I can do atm.) Or if it had been called first-rate green with very delicious touch of vanilla (catchy name, no?), then I’d have expected less eggnog. Having read Stacy’s note here about her original plans for the spicy eggnog additions that went the way of all flesh when she tasted it as is, I think I agree, but it took me a bit of sipping time to get kapow! eggnog out of my head, leaving room for no-punching, no-knockout delicious, smooth, SO GOOD green with just the right touch of vanilla. The tea itself seems to have the creaminess of some greens, but it could be the magic of superior flavouring. Whatever, it is a fantastic tea, which didn’t quite manage to knock Pistachio Ice Cream off its green Butiki pedestal. (I got four infusions, btw!)
Last tea of my day. I find this tea very soothing because it’s so smooth and naturally sweet. G’night all!
Mmmm orange and chocolate (and marshmallow). I can’t really pick out the marshmallow flavour…but that’s ok I was more interested in the chocolate orange flavour anyways. I have tried this with and without added almond milk and I like it both ways. Really nice flavoured black tea :)
I still have a ton of teas from my swap with Sil, & I was digging around for a ‘dessert’ & decided to have a cup of this.
I love strawberries. Up until last summer about a 5th of my garden (which is huge) was named ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Strawberry season always startsed with everyone at my house excited, picking, eating, coming up with ways to enjoy the ridiculous bounty of berries. At the peak of picking season, we had to pick them twice a day. Soon nobody liked them anymore, nobody wanted to pick them. “Can’t we just let the birds & slugs have them?” one of the boys said. We’d freeze enough strawberries to enjoy for the rest of the year in smoothies, etc. Sadly, last year’s drought killed most of my plants. There are a few, so I’ll get a berry here & there, plus a few alpine strawberries. I need to start a new berry bed this year, but this time I’ll try to keep it more manageable.
I’ve never had strawberry rhubarb pie. I like this tea, the berry is there, along with the crust, & a pleasant tartness, but there is a bitterness & astringency that I don’t much care for. Looking at the ingredients list, I’m not really sure where the bitterness is coming from. I’m still glad to try it, & I have enough left to try it one more time. Thanks Sil :)
I’ve had this as a bedtime tea a few times now, but always forget to log it because, well, it’s bedtime.
As always with Butiki, these are high quality ingredients. There’s just nowhere to hide when a tisane consists solely of lavender and chamomile – the ingredients either stand on their own or they don’t. Thankfully, there’s nothing hiding here. The lavender and chamomile are perfectly balanced and perfectly in sync. If you like those ingredients, this is the tea for you. If you don’t, mosey on along.
mmmmmm so glad i opted to pick up more of this tea to have in my cupboard outside of the sample that i had so long ago. I like that this tea is slightly malty but not overly strong and bold. This has a little bit of sweet fruitness to it, but not in an overly sugary kind of way. Enjoying revisiting this one.
mmmmmmm another cup of this one this evening. Once again i’m struck by how delicious this is. I’m looking forward to trying the others from Stacy! This is a sweet tasty cup of smooth delicious wonder. This tea really doesn’t come across as a black tea – it’s really light and fresh and i have no words.
mmmm finally got a chance to sit down with this one. I am a fan! it’s one of those kick in the face sort of teas that is bold and strong and very much a BLACK tea! I think i may hold on to this one and not let my parents have it lol. they have plenty of others coming from me heh
Sipdown! Another tea i’m sharing with my parents this weekend. I’m not a big fan of english breakfast teas but this one isn’t bad. There’s a taste in here that i’m not a fan of but i can’t place it today. Overall though a nice enough blend that i think my parents will really enjoy trying!