698 Tasting Notes


I got a small amount of this yesterday, along with the Lovebirds mug…which I adore.

I think I might prefer Santa’s Secret a little more because the mint is more candy-like, as in candy canes, but this was a decent cup of mint tea, since I’m not especially fond of mint teas. The mint does dominate the tea, but I think I can taste what I perceive to be the coconut. I think the coconut might tone the mint down just a wee bit, and make it a little less sweet and overpowering. But I’m not sure. I made this with milk and sugar, but I may try it without the milk on a later steeping/ I’ve got 16g of this to play with.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Yeah, from memory, I swear Santa’s Secret is creamier and more candy cane-like.

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Sipdown! Finished the last of this today. I’d wager this is still my favourite black tea from Teavivre. Nice honey and cocoa notes. I made some for hubby today after we came in from the rain outside. This tea, plus the space heater by our table and desk made it nice and cozy. Low on sugar, for my second steep, I used maple syrup, and whoa dude! Serious noms!!


That sounds scrumptious. Do you always put sweetener in your teas or are there any exceptions?


Yes, I do usually sweeten, though I have reduced the amount I sweeten with over the years, rarely is there one I don’t sweeten in some way. There are some teas I sweeten less, though.

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
698 tasting notes

Sipdown…this is not my favourite Butiki blend, but mainly because I’m not a huge fan of rooibos. It is, however, still a decent rooibos blend. I think I prefer DAVIDs Orange Blossom over this one. But I prefer this one over many other rooibos I’ve had. I mean, I did finish my small sample of this, but I won’t repurchase.

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Tasted pretty much like a good strong pu erh should, in my opinion, though I can’t really say I noticed anything that set this one apart from the others I have had. It tasted fine, and deep and rich and only a little bit fishy. I should add that I did not rinse the leaves, nor did I steep this one gong fu style. Perhaps I’d have a different tasting experience with this that way, though as this is just a small sample, I won’t really have the opportunity. I’ll see if I can save the leaves for a third steep tomorrow.

I’m not sure who to thank on this one…it comes from OMGsrsly but the package has stuff Sil sent her to pass on to me, so it could be either.


Haha. I tried it and decided to share because I was doing an order! But then I didn’t end up buying this one. :) So it IS a Sil-tea.


heh as long as it’s not a SIL-E-Tea


It was tasty, and worth another shot with steeping differently. I have some Verdant Pu Erh I can try that with.

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Sipdown…last steeping was mediocre, and I got very little praline nut or eggnog spice. It was just sort of bland. I may have not had enough leaf or steeped right.

Considering this is one I did not expect to like, but did, I’m still happy to have tried it.

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Sad sipdown….but oh was this ever good today. I might need to bargain with OMGsrsly on getting more of this….

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Backlog-this one was strange. And I think a bit too floral. I’ll have to do a more through review when I try this again, which may not be right away.

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drank Sheng Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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Definitely getting honey and caramel notes with this one today, over a light grassy note.

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Liquid gold in a cup this morning…

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Think I oversteeped or ocerleafed this one today, as it was a bit astringent. But it is still pretty good. I do think that ATR Brioche is better than this though. That’s ok, as there are plenty of stellar Butiki teas about, including one I hope to make as a custom.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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