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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
604 tasting notes

I wanted to dig into this one right away when my goody box from sil came last week, but I thought with the strawberries, maybe I should wait til Canada Day with this one, and so I did. (This decision helped narrow down which tea I wanted to try first, also.)

So, this brewed up a lovely reddish pink colour from the hibiscus, but lucky for me, there is not much hibby in this to be a bully. I am getting a fairly strong black base, with the fruit and pie behind it, though as the tea cools, they come forward more. I’m wondering how this would be iced. Methinks it would rock. Love seeing the strawberries in the dry leaf.

I have one more serving in the sample pouch, though I am going to see if I can get at least one more steep from the leaves I have already used.

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I had a tea very much like this one before, and I remember thinking that this tasted a bit like Coffee Pu Erh frm Davids, sans the coffee beans.

This one did have a little more coffee-ish notes than the last one, but not much really. I noticed the pu erh base in this one fairly prominently. It is more of an earthy pu erh than fishy, but straddled that line a bit,

I think that caramel and pu erh are a great mix. I love starting my day with a bold pu erh with some sweet tones like this. It’s a little like a coffee, but not. I might do a rinse next time, just out of curiosity, as this is a strong blend.

Many thanks to sil for satisfying a sweet tooth with this sample.

Sil

this one is less yummy as it cools imo

Amariel

yeah, though not so on the toffee one I did today.

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YUM! I had this last night, and I could pick up light nutty chocolate tones, though they really didn’t come out as much til I added a little sugar; milk was successful with this too, as it brought out more creamy chocolate.

I really like this one. It’s a winner.

Thanks to sil for this lovely sample.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Not digging this as I had hoped. Boo. I am picking up a little flavour, but not that much, honestly…typical for my 52teas experience. I’ll probably finish this sample from sil, but I don’t think this is one that I can’t live without. Butterbeer from IOA/WWOHP on the other hand, is so lovely, and I wish I could have it on demand here. I am gonna try the Butterbeer Starbucks custom blend/secret menu option:

http://starbuckssecretmenu.net/starbucks-secret-menu-butterbeer-frappuccino/

ashmanra

I wonder if it was old? Mine was bursting with flavor. I had to send some to my future son-in-law in Ireland and he was really wow’ed by how intense the flavor was.

Fjellrev

Glad I didn’t bother ordering this one.

ashmanra

Thanks for the Starbucks link! I sent it to my daughter and she is eager to try it!

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Hmmm. I think adding milk to this one ruined it, somehow, though one would think the milk would aid in the cream cheese danish aspect and enhance it. I got very little flavour at all from this tea this morning. I got pretty much a light black tea with a little sweetness, and maybe just a touch of blueberry. I have not had luck with any of the 52teas blends I have tried. This one was a sample from sil and the batch doesn’t say how old it is, though I have had teas over a year old and they still taste fine, so I don’t know if this is an age thing or a me and 52teas thing. I have some Butterbeer next to me, so I should see how that is once it is cool enough. There area few more 52teas in this sample box so we shall see…

Fjellrev

That’s too bad! I find the second steep is the best.

Amariel

I’ll give it another go with the rest, for sure, but without milk first. See if that makes a difference.

Sil

this was from the most recent reblend – so not that old at all. i’ve never had the first version of this one that everyone raved about…i don’t like the reblend

Amariel

What changed with the reblend?

Sil

no idea…maybe the base?

Fjellrev

The flavouring in the reblend just seems a little off or something. Maybe he rushed through it since he seemed to be whipping up tons of reblends at the time?

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OMG, so so gooooood! I could actually drink this one unsweetened, but I did add a tiny amount of raw sugar…much less than I usually do. No milk with this one, though. I might put some in at the very end and see how that is, but this tea is a winner, and a great one to start off with from my care package from sil. This is one I have been wanting to try from a long way back. If we ever do a Della Terra Tea co-op order, I will get this one.

Now in terms of describing the taste, it is really hard to pinpoint the individual flavours, but I get it all at once I get sweet and juicy cakey goodness. The balance point at which the tea base and flavour mesh at is perfect.

Wanting to take big gulps now, but must resist. Must savour the flavour, slowly.

Really, really really glad I had the chance to try this one. Thanks again, sil, for fulfilling a tea dream of mine.

Sil

happy to help!

Amariel

Thanks! It is delicious!

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Two mugs of this today. Two words…happy mouth! I can’t say if I like this better or the same as the Golden Monkey, but both are similar, only this one is lighter somehow. This is the type of black tea I find most comforting, straight. It is just warming and it wraps it’s golden leafy arms around you and says it is alright. Partially drunk straight, but I caved and added milk and sugar to the second half of the first cup and second cup.

Many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the generous sample.

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Thanks first to Angel at Teavivre, who graciously sent me this tea as part of the spring harvest offerings.

I’ll start out by saying that I don’t really think I have a well defined palate for distinguishing subtleties in teas, especially greens. I do my best and try to gage what I taste, based on what others are tasting, and if I can connect the two somehow.

The leaves of this one are simply divine…rich green, broad and flat leaves. The scent coming from the newly opened packet was crisp and fresh, with some vegetal presence. I don’t think I could tell you which vegetables though. I used a bamboo tea spoon in my steeper, and used boiled water that had cooled for a few minutes (I lost track of time so I don’t know exactly how long). I also lack a thermometer so I am unsure of the exact temperature at the time of steeping. I did follow the 1 minute time for western style.

The brew, after a minute, was very very pale. I wondered whether I should have steeped longer. I get a mild tasting green tea, which has some presence and body, but not much. It’s still a bit too hot to get a good sip. I did add a small amount of sugar, less than I usually do. It does have that very savory flavour to it, in that brothy sort of way though, with or without sugar.

I am not an expert of green teas, especially Chinese green teas, and I can’t say as I’ve ever had a Dragon Well before. I feel like I have, a long time ago though. Also, I really have a hard time distinguishing varieties of the same tea. Maybe it is my allergies too. I’d like to have a tasting some time, with someone who knows what to look for in the teas to help me develop my palate sensitivity more.

What do I think of this tea then? I think it is a lovely looking tea, and the taste is smooth from what I can tell right now. I suspect more notes will come out stronger as the tea cools some, so I may come back here and add to this note. I can say that I do like what I have tasted thus far, but I can’t say I am in love. It is something that is a nice change of pace for me though.

CrowKettle

Oh! I should bring you my three different Dragon Well batches. I promise you’ll be able to taste the difference, barring that they haven’t grown old! :)

Amariel

Ok. Thanks!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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This was my saviour after Pink Passionfruit on Tuesday.

Not a darn thing wrong with this tea, I’ll tell ya. It’s great hot, it tastes good cool or iced, it’s pink, and it just plain tastes awesome with the few basic ingredients it has.

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I had this earlier today and was pleasantly surprised. It was quite juicy, but not in a hibiscus sort of way. It was quite fine hot, though I can see how this would be amazing iced. It smells and tastes so refreshing!

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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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