835 Tasting Notes

drank Blue Mountain Twirl by DAVIDsTEA
835 tasting notes

Not bad, not bad. Not as heavy on the vegetable notes as other teas. Ever so slightly roasty, but I prefer roastier teas à la genmaicha, hojicha, etc. Three minute steep yielded a bright yellow-green liquor and it didn’t go bitter. Slight natural sweetness. I wouldn’t get more since it’s not my style but overall it behaves well and has a great balance of flavours.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Mmm, tasty sip down. Sharing the last two cups worth with my mom. She’s truly enjoying these Butiki blends and are helping her recover from surgery. Thanks, Stacy. :)

Ginger and strawberry is such a pretty combination. It’s pretty, yes.

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Ohhh, this is amazing. With Stacy’s retirement around the corner, I was prompted to order a ton of it and not hoard the 2 oz. I have already (plus I already went through 1 oz. of it in a previous order and still managed to not write about it until now).

The leaves smell out of this world, like lemon pie with a sliver of almond. I’m on my third steep (which I raaaaaarely do, so you know I want to stretch out a tea when I start resteeping) and while it’s already noticeably subtler in lemon sugar flavour, the base isn’t going bitter or wonky on me.

My mom isn’t normally a tea person. But you know what? When she smelled this and heard Stacy is shuttin’ ’er down, she told me to snap up twelve freaking ounces, six each. That is how good this is, just so you know.

CHAroma

I’m seriously going to spend somewhere around $130-200 on a Butiki order. I wish she’d sell the business instead of just shutting it down. She’s one of my all-time favorite tea vendors.

Fjellrev

Yeah, mine easily came to around $150, and that was being stingy with some of the blends. Selling the business is a great idea. There will never be another Stacy. EVAR.

CHAroma

Let’s all bombard her with e-mails to sell!

Sil

I don’t know that I’d trust her teas and vision in the hands of another…

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As much as I love this, I’m glad this is a sip down. The faded bergamot and rose notes have made me a little sad inside.

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Simple sample sip down. It’s tastily berryish and easy to drink, but I probably wouldn’t buy more since it would be too much of a hassle to get.

Sil

ugh herbal infusions is THE WORST

CHAroma

Why is it a hassle?

Fjellrev

Poor communication and they screwed up my order, so I just don’t want to deal with that again, I think.

CHAroma

Boo. :(

Sil

but like this happens with every order… cavo sent me a birthday order from HI…they never sent her shpping notice, she emailed them asking about it…they never responded etc..and then it just arrived, late at my place.

Fjellrev

Yeah, exactly. Basically my situation, except on top of that, they completely forgot to include the bulk of my order in the package. :/

CHAroma

Wow, that’s really lame.

Sil

…i’d be ok if it happened once. but this is multiple times that i’ve heard of it happening.

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Now to mentally compare this to Traditional Plum Pudding. They’re very similar to my tastebuds, except this one is definitely heavier on the plum. Yay! I don’t taste the brandy, and the cheesecake note is only present in the scent. Reminds me of Irish Cream Cheesecake from last year.

I do, however, get a chlorine-like note from the base. Hmm. Will have to see if I get that again next time.

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More Dolce Orange whilst I wait for more pink to be injected into my hair. Still getting artificial orange. Definitely convinced it’s the batch. Or maybe a reformulation. Oh wells.

Fjellrev

It was oh so promising many moons ago…

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This tea is tart and fruit-ay. Bright red liquor, like Red Zinger, as my mom says. But it tastes better than that stuff. I get mostly berries and what reminds me of tulsi.

End of story.

OMGsrsly

That sounds really cool, but again there aren’t any ingredients on their website. Are there ingredients listed on your package?

Fjellrev

Nope, they just wrote the name of the tea on the bag with a marker haha. Perhaps it has similar/the same ingredients as the Feng Shui blends from Tealux and ESP Emporium.

OMGsrsly

Possibly. But. Head, meet desk. I had a whole bunch of emails to them last year about ingredients, but I guess they didn’t pay attention.

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drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Hallelujah! The Glow is finally back in stores again. I went nearly half a year without it. They axed the oat straw because it was apparently too difficult to obtain. As a result, this tastes… basically the same. Just missing that subtle oatmeal not. Nevertheless, it’s still so freaking delicious! Truly hard to believe that there is rooibos in here.

In fact, this tea is so good that my mom already asked if I could get her some, and she is typically a coffee person. So I picked her up a 100g tin the other day. Yay!

Sil

interesting…. maybe i’ll try this heh

OMGsrsly

But it has jasmine, Sil! JASMINE! :O

Fjellrev

FWIW, I despise jasmine in tea and I couldn’t taste it. Plus, according to the new formula, there isn’t any jasmine? Let’s hope it’s right.

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Yeah, I’m not sure what’s going on with this batch but this time around I’m still getting Della Terra’s Orange Brulee oolong out of this. Freakily artificial orange, in other words. No fresh orange peel like my original sample. I swear my tastes haven’t changed!

Sil

uh oh :(

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