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Picked this up at the recent Vancouver meet up. OMGsrsly was wondering how this might compare to Butiki’s Ruby Pie, which she can’t have because of the graham crackers (ie gluten). Honestly, I don’t think this really compares. Now I cold steeped this today, so I might have a different flavour profile if I hot steep it.

My cold steep yielded a somewhat tart, and somewhat melon-y and juicy taste. I didn’t pick up any cinnamon or pie crust, though as cavo points out, there’s no pie in the name or description.

I’d like to see how this differs with a normal steep.


Stacy said they have a gluten free version, it just isn’t on the site! So I’ll have to get some in a couple-ish months… when I need more caramel vanilla assam, and more licorice.


Ha! Yeah!


Yeah Stacy and I talked about gluten free when we were making it since I know there are folks out there with issues. I’m glad she kept that in the background so that you have a chance to try it :)


If I had known I would have ordered it already! :P

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I got this tea as a last minute sample with our Vancouver meet up a few days ago. I’m a little hit or miss on Earl Grey tea. I like them, but sometimes the floral is too strong. This one is medium on the floral scent, but it is a strong smelling tea, which is actually ok with me, but proper storage would be better. I just have a small amount that was pilfered from ShayneBears sample.

Um, shifty eyes I might pilfer a little more of this before I give him the rest. It’s actually pretty good. At least with the steep I made this morning, I found that the predominant flavour profile was the bergamot, and the grapefruit gently mingled with but, but at the back. This could be because I added a little raw sugar and milk, so maybe the milk made the grapefruit less tart. I am gonna try this iced, and maybe in the style of a London Fog.

I don’t know if this is a repurchase or not yet, but we will see how the rest of my sample goes. It is very spring/summery, and as we head into cooler weather, this may not be on the top of my go to list.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Birthday Tea #3! I finally got my Butiki order from our group order. And this was one of many samples that Stacy tossed in. Figured it was appropriate to drink as on my birthday, and since it is herbal, it was ok for later in the evening.

On first site, it is very colourful, mostly green, but with little confetti flowers like sprinkles on a cupcake. It brewed up light and sort of golden peachy apple juice like. In terms of the taste, I admit I am not getting much cake, but I am getting sweet frosting. I think I prefer this one to DAVIDs version. Might be since it is herbal instead of rooibos based.


ooh, need to try this someday!

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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Birthday Tea #2! It would have been a sipdown if I hadn’t gotten my Butiki order (and a mega ton of other teas) with out Vancouver swap yesterday. Happy Birthday to me, indeed!

I opted to cold brew this, though up til now I have only had it hot, and cooled off/room temp. I think I like it better that way, actually, though once I revisited the taste, it grew on me as a cold steep.

I am very happy to have this tea again, in a large quantity. :)

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Birthday Tea #1…sipdown!

It was the last of my sample from sil, and unfortunately, I over-steeped it this morning. Bah. It was still tasty, if a tad on the astringent side. Sad to see the last of this go, really. It’s why I saved it for a special occasion like today to have the rest.


Happy birthday, Heather.



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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea to go today. Too tart for me. I knew that it might from the ingredients, but I opted to try anyway.

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I may have had this as a tea to go once, when it first came out, but I couldn’t remember (and I don’t seem to have a tasting note for this) so I asked ShayneBear for a sample of this, with the other cake teas.

Yeah, it’s pretty artificial, but it is pretty darn tasty.

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drank Golden Phoenix by Silk Road
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So I woke up with a headache today, and it was foggy out, and the construction across the street was loud (it always is, but on my days off, I have to deal with it more). As a result, I figured now was the time to try it. It smelled warm and heavy and just the thing I needed.

Brewed, I was reminded why I love pu erh. So dark and rich and full…that’s what pu erh is a common winter tea for me. It’s got body.

The taste isn’t my favourite..probably because of the orange peel (it’s one of those I like it in some combinations but not all combinations). The cinnamon was mild enough and not super hot. I’ll tell you what this tea made me think of…a pu erh based chai. Like Saigon Chai with pu erh base. That’s something I can get behind. I should get more Saigon Chai. Been too long without it.

Anyway, I do like this blend, but it isn’t a favourite. I’d pick Chocolate Orange (Oh Christmas Treat) over this any day. Many thanks to Shayne Bear for the sample. I’m sure I will drink the rest of this.


A puerh chai would be amazing, actually. And there’s a tea shop in North Vancouver that apparently does custom blends. I wonder if they’ve ever done anything like that!


Golden Chai, or Saigon Phoenix (if mixed with DAVIDs Saigon Chai)?


Zen tea has a Pu-erh chai, it isn’t exactly traditional as it has cocoa and coconut, but it may be worth trying if you’re interested.

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I am a total novice to straight white teas, so I don’t know how I will properly review it. But here goes.

The leaves are quite long and lofty, and covered in a fine fuzz, and they are really beautiful! I’m not sure how to describe the scent, but it smells fresh and clean.

I may have under-steeped this one since it is extremely mild, but it is still quite hot to take a better sip. I’ll try to go more into detail when it is a little cooler and I can try to pick out other notes.

Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the generous sample for review.

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Very yummy tea. I cold steeped it for work today, and it is very delicate still, but more emphasis on the juicy peach, though still no jasmine (no good for me). I still like the strawberry oolong more, but this is still quite tasty.

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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, 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.

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.

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.

Uh, guess that’s it.


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