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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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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s tasty, but not really caramelly. More orange spice tasting, with sweetness from the mulberries, but not caramel sweetness.

I’m glad I have a sample of this. It is nice and warming and I think it will be excellent for lattes.

Thanks for the generous sample, ShayneBear.

Bear With Me

you’re very welcome! I really don’t understand why they named it Caramel Spice. It’s not really that spicey (I find Glitter and Gold to be way spicier, and even that’s pretty mild), and it’s definitely not caramel. Still tasty, and I’m a bit bummed it’s been discontinued. But I wonder if adding mulberries to G&G will make a mock-up of it? hmm..


Maybe. You could always try that.


Is this one that they no longer stock? I don’t think I’ve heard of it.


Yeah, I think it was cut from the line a while back. I’d offer to share, but you’re working on reducing your stash, not building it, right? ;P

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drank Ceylon Spring by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum! Smelled like honeyed sweet potatoes it was straining into my mug! Upon first sip, I got the honeyed grass, with a little bit of a sweet finish. I did add sugar and milk after my initial sips, but it is still really tasty! Thanks for ShayneBear sharing a generous sample.

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You’re very welcome! I LOVE Ceylon, and this is one of the nicest I’ve had in a long time. It’s extremely versatile, and difficult to make astringent (and I’ve accidentally abused it a couple different times, oops). I wish it hadn’t been a one-time thing, I’ll be so sad when I finish it off!

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This is one of the new teas from Teavivre that is flavoured, but not a straight floral flavour. I was a little weary of this one because of my sensitivity to florals, but I was assured that the jasmine was understated in this blend so I opted to give it a try in addition to the Strawberry Oolong.

The dry leaf of this is tightly rolled in dragon pearl fashion, and smells so so so fragrant like peach nectar.

Steeped, the brew is less intense juicy peach, but rather subtle juicy peach. Any hint of jasmine is blended into the background with the green tea base and is not really distinguishable individually.

I suspect I will get a few nice cups from the leaves, and moreover, I think that this will make a really good cold steep and bring the peach out more in the same way it does for the strawberry in the Strawberry Oolong.

Many grateful thanks to Angel at Teavivre for encouraging me to try this one, even though the jasmine scared me.

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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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