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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
704 tasting notes

Had my sample fro Stacy as my after dinner tea…I’m not sure exactly why I picked this, except perhaps I wanted a tea with some caffeine to see if it might help with a headache that has been annoying me for a while, but not strong enough to warrant taking a pill and also perhaps for some digestive aspect post meal.

Oriental Beauty has long been a favourite oolong of mine…I think it was Teavivre I first had it with, so I was super stoked to try this one.

I admit I was surprised that I needed 2 tsp for my serving, but it proved to be right. I actually let the water cool and timed it and everything…I did NOT want to desecrate the one shot I had at making this tea.

It’s wonderfully light, yet full bodied, and like a sweet honeyed chocolate. I am going to bet now, but I hope to have a resteep of this in the morning, or later. Definitely tasty.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This has a taste that I am used to getting with Chinese black teas. There is a malty cocoa feel. I do not pick up the caramel much, but I don’t have the greatest palate for tasting lots of subtleties in teas.

The leaves are super dark and twisted, and really pretty cool. That said, hubby made a bad joke about what they looked like on a paper towel waiting for a later steep. :(

First steep was 3 minutes and with a little sugar; second steep was the same but also with milk. I actually prefer this with milk. I think that this way, I DO get a little more sense of lingering caramel.

I’m sure this tea is too sophisticated for me, but I’m glad to try it. Thanks to Cavovorax for this sample. It’s pretty tasty.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Got this one for hubby to try because he loves dark chocolate malt balls. So I am making this with some dark chocolate milk for him since he is tired but starting work now. He taught a computer class to seniors this morning so he had to get up earlier than usual.

He’s yawning…..

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It was actually a bit hot today…say what? After all the rain and cool weather we have been having lately, today we had sun and it was warm (read I was in jeans and a sweater tunic with sandals). I switched to a long skirt and 3/4 length peasant top once home and was still warm, so I made this iced. I have had it cold steeped before, and I have to say I prefer it that way, but iced it is still pretty good, though I think I could have gone a little heavier on the leaf.

I have one small-ish serving left, but I also have some Lemon Chiffon I can mix with this as needed.

I do like this, and I have to say I like honeybush WAY better than rooibos.

I almost reached for some Lime Gelato, but wanted no caffeine, so I was glad to have this sample from OMGsrsly from our swap last month.

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I pretty much suck at making matcha at home. And I think I ruined this sample from Incendiare from out latest swap. Can’t wait for our local Matcha Meetup so I can learn how to make it at home better. And do fun things with it.


Haha how can you ruin matcha?


I think I had water that was too hot. All I got was bitter and thin, so maybe too much water, too, but I added water to cut the bitter some. Maybe I didn’t whisk right either.

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drank Anji Bai Cha by Butiki Teas
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Very mild…didn’t read the directions first (whoops, sorry!), and underleafed, so I will add the rest of the sample to the existing leaves and brew again later.

EDIT: Resteep yielded a richer brew, still very pale in colour, and still mild in taste. I can’t decipher what I’m tasting, but that’s typical of me and straight greens…

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I was surprised by this one. I kept passing it up for other teas, but I decided to go for it tonight. It was pretty good. Not my favourite chai blend, but definitely nice, and…it’s a sipdown! YAY!!

I had this one with some brown sugar and milk.

Thanks for the bag, Incendiare!

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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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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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