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I think this one is pretty good, but I think it depends on the palate. It does smell just like sticky rice, though in taste, it is mildly pu erh. It is probably one of the lighter pu erh infusions I have had before. I think this could be a really nice tea when you want something with a bit of body, but not overwhelming. This one comes from Incendiare and she has it when we was sick, and I think that is a good time to have it, though for me tonight, it is a cooler night, so it has just the right body and depth.

It is pretty unremarkable in flavour, because it it rather plain, but it is still tasty. I know that sounds contrasting, but I just mean that there isn’t a wow factor, just a nice and simple yum factor..but I don’t think I would go out and buy this for regular use. I wouldn’t mind haveing a few of the tuochas around though, do those rare occasions where I want something simple and tasty like this.

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Backlog…ugh, oversteeped or overleafed and it was bitter and astringent. This tea deserves better. Hopefully next time…

This is from OMGsrsly so if I futz up the rest, I can probably secure more fairly easily.

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Steeped tonight with hubby, and it is way way way better(!). I did add a little sugar still (less than normal) and some milk. but I am getting a maple taste now. Yum!! It’s like I have maple syrup running down my throat with each swallow.


(Try it with sweetened condensed milk… :)


I don’t have any, but I will at some point.

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This one was pretty good. It was smooth and light, and I was able to take it without milk, though I might have milk the next go, only I dob’t have much left, so I might mix it with something. I do prefer the Caramel Vanilla offering better.

I think I have Cavocorax to thank for this sample. It was nice to be able to try a well reputed straight assam.

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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Backlog…had this a bit ago, maybe a week? It seemed like a stronger black, but nothing remarkable that made me say I need more of this. It wasn’t bad though…just unremarkable. I liked Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam better.

From Cavocorax…part of my introduction to straight assams.

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drank Strawberry Oolong by Butiki Teas
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It could be my brewing method or my timolino, but something isn’t tasting right with this. I much prefer Teavivre’s offering. I won’t be sad if this is cut. I’ll reserve judgement in rating til I brew again.

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This is awesome. More thorough notes later.

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First off, let me say that this is another one of Stacy’s gorgeous tea blends. The little purple flowers are so sweet.

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I may have overleafed, but I am getting a fairly thick mouthfeel. Creamy and buttery, with a tinge of the cilantro, but somewhat sweet. This observation is from somewhat cooled, though still warm, un-sweetened tea. With a little bit of unrefined cane sugar, the sweetness from the pineapple pops, and it is juicier, but still feeling thick on the tongue and at the back of my mouth as I swallow. I can’t recall many white teas that feel so creamy and heavy with body like this.

I was a tad bit worried I wouldn’t like this, since I am not a fan of cilantro, but I find the cilantro melds into the buttery vegetal base.

Thanks to CrowKettle for tossing this one my way with the Butiki co-op order.

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Got this one last week at our Tea Meet Up in Vancouver as a sendoff to Cavocorax before she moves to Toronto. This was the first tea I said, “I’ll take 50g, please” to. It’s pretty tasty as a sweet dessert comfort tea. Now that I’ve had this on its own, I’m gonna make a Divine Brûlée tea cocktail for a hazelnut tinged creme brûlée.

I like this, and I’m glad I got 50 g of it, but I don’t know if I love it enough to have it on hand all the time.

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Eh, it is a bit too rooibos-y for me, and I could really only discern a sweetness, but necessarily from caramel. I’m glad I tried this sample, which came from CrowKettle but I’ll probably pass it on to someone who likes rooibos more.

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m on the fence with this one…it is very similar to Mulberry Magic, and I was always on the fence with that one, too.

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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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