644 Tasting Notes

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Backlog…I had this on Wednesday, on the ferry to Vancouver for our meetup…I tried making it with a small mason jar and some hot water from the ferry and some milk. It was probably the hasty preparation, but it isn’t a favourite.

Thanks to Incendiare for the chance to try this matcha. I have some french vanilla that I think I will like better.

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It’s a nice blend….a little earl grey floral bergamot, a little sweet honey. Maybe a little of a tart berry like blackberry too.

Thanks Cavo, for the bag to try.

ashmanra

I did a SIPDOWN of my sachets and I am trying to make myself let go of some of these tea tins I have all about. The thing is, this one is so pretty I don’t want to get rid of it! It is sitting on my secretary desk right now and may become my pencil holder because the ruffle is so regal and the silver filigree shines so prettily.

ashmanra

Oops, it is actually the Blueberry Green tin I am having trouble letting go. They are both purple, but BG is brighter.

Amariel

The tin in the picture I’d really lovely though.

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Another hit for me from Butiki…this one was a sample with the recent co-op order I participated in.

I made this up this morning, along with With Open Eyes which was a cold steep for later at work (I bring two tumblers to work since the water is sketchy in our building). I opted to try this black, with just a touch of raw sugar.

First starters, can I just say that this tea is seriously beautiful? Really, really, a sight to behold. With the taste, it was not what I expected an almond tea to taste like, but that said, seeing that it was formerly Almond Cookie, I totally got that taste. It was cinnamon, and almond, but not like marzipan almond…more just nutty almond. So I really got a sense I was drinking an almond (and cinnamon) cookie. There was almond a cocoa/coffee note from the steeped leaves too.

It was delightful! I am curious to see how this would hold up with milk. I think the delicate flavours would drown, but I don’t know. This is going on my list for the future, as I do want to try more than this one serving sample.

JustJames

i do like this tea… it gives me a very clear remembrance of someone dear that died last year.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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This is one of the many samples that came with my recent Butiki order with our recent co-op order. I only wish that there had been more, but I did get two good steeps, the first one cold steeped for work, the second hot steeped at home after work. Thanks for including it with the order, Stacy! I’ve been pretty pleased with all the Butiki Teas I have had so far.

This is soooo good! It really delivers all of the flavors listed. The strawberries are the juicy front note…it’s the first thing that I noticed. It was more prominent in the cold steep that it started out as. I find the ginger stands out a bit more with the hot re-steep than it did cold, but it was there, mingling with the buttery back note.

This is truly a wonderful green tea blend. I find it to be very warming and comforting. It’s going on my wishlist for a future order.

Fjellrev

Mmm, sounds delish.

Amariel

It really is! It is a green tea with body. Sometimes I find them too light.

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This one is from Cavo…unfortunatley, I’m getting mostly rooibos, with only a int of cherry, and nothing really almond marzipan like. Maybe it is that I’ve had a bunch of teas today, many of them tart and citrusy, so maybe my buds are off. Reserving rating for anther time since I can’t say whether it is me or the tea.

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Wow this is one deliciously beautiful tea!! It did brew up a lot weaker than I was expecting, but the taste is stronger than I was expecting from something that pale. I mostly get cardamon, and not really chocolate. I used the whole packet from Incendiare, but maybe this tea requires a larger amount since the leaves are so big and long??

It’s tasty, but not really what I think of when I hear chocolate chai.

Fjellrev

I gave enough for one serving, and that is how it tastes to me too. I intentionally overleafed one time just to see what would happen and the cardamom was just amped up even more. No chocolate to be expected here.

Amariel

That’s good then, as I might have overleafed were there more in the baggie. It was tasty enough, but the description led me to believe I would get a much more complex and rich taste, and I didn’t get that. I may re-adjust the rating a little higher, but I think it is a little more hype that what I got.

Fjellrev

Yeah, this is basically just a cardamom marigold tea, not what I’d really call a (masala) chai. I’m going to have to experiment and mix it with others. As much as I love cardamom, you’re right, it’s not complex and rich enough.

Amariel

What’s the name of the place in Edmonton? I might force DH to go there and get a chai on my behalf. :P

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Another Bayswater sample today…this one I picked because of the pizza that I made for dinner tonight. It was whole wheat crust, Classico vodka sauce with arugula, artichoke, and proscuitto. I thought with the basil note that it mught be a good match. And it is, only I guess I’m just not too fond of basil in my tea? I only got a small sample of this, but will likely pass it on to someone locally who didn’t make it to the meet up. I might just ice or cold steep the rest, though, if no one claims it.

I’ll add that this is a darker oolong base. which I think is good for this tea, as it is not too vegetal to compete with the basil.

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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.

OMGsrsly

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.

Amariel

Ha! Yeah!

Sil

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 :)

OMGsrsly

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.

TeaBrat

ooh, need to try this someday!

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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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