627 Tasting Notes

90
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
627 tasting notes

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90
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
627 tasting notes

Sipdown…and sort of sad for it, and sorta not. I’ve gotten decent steeps out of this reblend since Stacy said to steep it less than the package says, but it still isn’t the tea I fell in love with with the Amoda box for December. So, I guess it is a bittersweet sipdown?

With the shorter steep, it is less astringent, but maybe a bit bitter from the nutmeg now. I’m not sure. It is still creamy, though with this batch I’ve wanted to add milk, mainly to tame the astringency.

So, sad to see it go, even if I did not love this as much as the original.

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Got this one from Courtney and it is both mineraly/raisiny/plummy and also cocoa/chocolatey. It is a quite nice black. I was able to enjoy this one without milk this morning, though I would like to see how it is with.

Quite enjoyable.

whatshesaid

I like this one also, haven’t tried it with milk yet!

Courtney

So far it looks like my teas have found great home. Yay.

Amariel

Yup, thanks!

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Sipdown! This was a sample from Courtney and after reading the reviews, I opted to use the whole sample and steeped about 10 minutes. I had a little cream left in the carton from dinner, so I poured that in my mug while this steeped. Omg, it smells soooo good. Sadly, like others have said, it is thin on flavour, but it it still good, and I’m using my sense of smell to try to beef up the taste, if you know what I mean.

I definitely prefer this over the plain cacao, but I’m not sure I’d get this. It is tasty. I’m glad to have tried it. I’ll file it away into my non-caffeine teas I like and see if it makes it to order status.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87
drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown, but should not have been….I overzealously made the whole bag, thinking it was a milder teas from what I remembered, and that I was putting it in my travel mug, so this one came out a little more astringent than I remember, though still a bit juicy, I think. I’m gonna see how a resteep does. I wanted to try this again, since it has been a while since I last had some, and I wanted to see if I should order a small amount for myself when I place a Butiki order. At this point, I’m not sure, because this is not tasting as I remember, but it could be my own fault. Maybe if I split a half ounce with someone on a group order, I’ll consider, but I’m not sure at this point. I feel like I’m on the fence with this one.

Thanks, Courtney, for sending little more my way to try again.

Courtney

This one came from Anna, and it’s tasty, but not quite as fresh (only very, very slightly less), than the sample I got myself from Stacy. I still can’t decide if I want to pick some up in my next order.

Amariel

Yeah, I feel like I liked it better last time, so I should give it another try, but to play it safe, split it with someone. I feel like it is my fault on this one. I should have just followed the directions, even if I made more than 8 oz.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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TTG today, iced. I do prefer it hot over iced, but it’s yummy either way. I’m out and need to get more. Probably soon, but I’ve got stuff I need to sipdown first. Still a fave though. Might have to just get some regardless, as it’s my go to when I’m upset tea, along with With Open Eyes from Butiki. Hmmmm….

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94
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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Sipdown with this lovely gem. Sad to see it’s gone, but happy to have it slide across my taste buds and into my belly. It’s good. Still not super strong on the strawberry, but still very good.

CrowKettle

What!? That sound’s wonderful. I really need to place another order with Teavivre. The fact that it took over four months to get to me last time is the only thing holding me back..

Christina

Did you use the regular shipping option, or a more expensive shipping option? I never experienced any problems with them, but it might be worth it to spend a little more on shipping. They offer a special shipping option to Canada for about $8.

ashmanra

I also spend the extra for shipping, too! Worth it!

Amariel

Um. it was from last summer when Angel sent me samples to review, so I can’t comment on the shipping. You might want to see if there is anyone else near you that would want to do a group order. We’ve done that with Butiki and Della Terra before. I would not mind doing so with Teavivre either….so CrowKettle, let me know if you are interested. Especially after you get your bag o swag from me with the samples I have put in there for you.

CrowKettle

I got the impression that I was a somewhat special case, but the awesome people at Teavivre kept tabs on me and my parcel the whole time, even when I personally forgot about it! It’s only an issue because I don’t know where I’ll be in 4+ months right now. The $8 sounds like a good option though; thanks for the advice!

Amariel, I’ll get back to you on that! :)

Amariel

My samples never take more than a few weeks.

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, so this is part in and part out of my cupboard. It’s out as I’m giving it to CrowKettle but I decided to try some before I gave it up. I’m going to reserve enough for a small sample for her, and keep the rest.

It’s pretty weird and strong smelling, but I think that is mainly due to the strong ginger content.

I decided to give this a try because it really does have some good ingredients, even the sea lettuce (lots of minerals, yo!) and so I brewed this up as a medicinal tea.

I may actually make this a regular part of my tea drinking for the medicinal stuff…it’s got decent detox and female reproductive support stuff.

Not rating as I would not be drinking this for taste.

Flavors: Ginger, Mint

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Made this as a cold latte today, which seems to be the best way I can make them. I used the whole packet sample in my matcha mug, a little raw cane sugar, a little slightly cooled water, used my electric whisk frother for a few seconds (maybe 15?) and then slowly added about 1/3 cold milk and continued frothing. At that point I decided to try using more milk, so I turned the whisk brother off, added more milk, frothed again for another 15-20 seconds. The flavour is fairly mild behind all the milk, but creamy. Only it is a bit more artificial than I like, but tasty still.

Thanks for the sample, sil.

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Sipdown! Still a very pleasant tea. One I should have cold steeped as I feel it would be a great one for that, but maybe next time. I’m in Spring Clean 2014 mode as my mom is here next week for a few days. So I’m just trying to clear out some tea to make it look less bad of a problem to her. :P

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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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