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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! w00t!

This is still a very beautiful tea to look at, but it still lacks a cake quality to it for me. I do find I get a thick mouthfeel that makes me think of frosting. This brew isn’t as good as my first one, but it is still pretty good.

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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This one is also from CrowKettle from the Vancouver swap meet last month.

It is a pretty good black tea, on par with the Chinese blacks I have had, but it was a little thinner than some. That may be that I hurried the steeping this morning, or that I just used sugar, no milk. I’ve found that with Stacy’s teas, I have been having the blacks without milk mostly, but I don’t know why…maybe just the way they are balanced so well.

I may try this with milk next time, and maybe a bit more leaf, as I think I can handle it.

It was pretty chocolatey to me, right off, and sweet with honey notes. I can’t recall if I had any mineral or stone fruit notes in it, but my recollection says maybe plum.

I think I might still prefer some of the Teavivre blacks more, but this one is still pretty tasty.

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I could swear I made a tasting note on this one before, but here goes…

I’m really glad I opted to try this one from CrowKettle with our last swap. I was tempted to try it with the co-op order we did with Butiki, but I’m not a huge grapefruit fan. Still, I was intrigued enough to try it, and I’m glad I did.

It’s nice and buttery and not too tart, and with a little bit of unrefined sugar, it does get juicer. My first (and maybe second) cup of this was hot, but today’s was cold steep at work. I can’t say which way I like it better…hot it seems a bit more tart and juicy, and I think I can say it is also more buttery, but cold it is more mellow and juicy and refreshing.

I probably won’t get any of this for now, as I do think of it more of a spring and summer tea rather than a fall and winter tea (though I’d wager into early autumn is good too…like Indian Summer). It might very well be a restock next year though…

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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This one is tasty, though whether or not I like it better than Hot Toboggan, but as I have npt had that in a while, I can’t really compare.

I chose this one because I wanted something lighter, but hearty and warming, so I thought it was a good choice.

I do love apple teas. This one is good, but I think I like Big Apple a bit better. Still, might be worth having some around for the fall.

Thanks for the sample shmirales! It was finally the right time to try this one.

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Mixed the last of this with the last of Cinnamon Swirl Bread from sTEApe as I had too little of each for a full cup/mug, but together it was enough.

I kinda lost the individual flavours of each, but do not be deceived that it wasn’t tasty, because these two teas are very tasty indeed.

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Backlog…had this yesterday…I pretty much stand by my initial tasting note on this one. It is good, though the burnt sugar tasting/smelling like coffee is a little odd..but it is a comforting cuppa on a dreary day.

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So today, my co-worker decided to grab a grapefruit from the market near our store and have it on her lunch break, and the whole store just smelled like grapefruit. Even the phone smelled like that because she probably had grapefruit peel oil on her hands or something…

So that made me think of this tea, and my Grapefruit Dragon tea from Butiki…I opted for this as I knew I’d be finishing the last of it. Hooray for the sipdown! Boo for using the last bit.

I do like this tea…part of me thinks of it as a summer tea because of the citrus in it, and the floral earl grey base…but the other part of me thinks, wow, what a great tea to have in the morning on a foul grey day in fall or winter.

So I dunno…so it might be worth having some on hand, but I think I could probably manage the same feeling with another tea that I like better.

I’m glad I took a sample of this out from Shayne’s baggie to try, and later pinched a bit more out before giving the rest to him. It certainly exceeded my expectations.

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Backlog…I want to like this tea, but it’s just not right. It was a bit better as a cold steep yesterday than it is hot, but the flavours still don’t pop for me.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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Backlog…didn’t really look like pearls much, and I found the flavour lacking, by comparison to other black pearl teas like Teavivre’s Fengquing Dragon Pearls. Those were rich, this was thin. Maybe it was my brew. I have more sample from Cavocorax so maybe a steeping down the road will yield a better brew.

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Backlog…had this one this morning. It seemed pretty smooth and not brash or anything. I don’t recall a whole lot of the subtle nuances or anything, but I remember it being very nice and easy to drink. I’ll have to report back after I have had it again.

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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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