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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this iced to go…it smelled good in the can, and the initial sips were ok, but then the syrupy artificialness took over, and I got that weird aftertaste that I have been getting with so many of David’s new teas. It’s gonna come to a point where all the teas there I like will either be discontinued or reblended and I won’t like them anymore, like Chocolate Orange and Chocolate Chili Chai.

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One of the teas I got from CrowKettle this past weekend, and this is a winner! This is very similar to the Buttersotch Mocha Candies (pretty sure I got that wrong, or only partly right) but here the mocha is replaced but the coffee, and yet the three flavors blend together so well. The butterscotch adds a touch of sweetness to the coffee, while the pumpkin is smooth and mellows the coffee, but marrying it with a sort of warm earthiness. I do feel the coffee is the most present note, but it really isn’t in your face at all. If any of that made sense.

Of the pumpkin teas, this is probably my favourite. Can’t wait to have more!

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Yeahhhhh, not really a fan of this one. It’s one I got from CrowKettle in our Spring Meetup yesterday, and I requested it on name and it being Butiki. Had I actually looked at the tasting note and saw that it has smoky notes, I’d have passed, but I didn’t. And since I am so not a fan of smoky teas, I am not a fan of this one. I’m not really sure how a smoky base is part of cinnamon bread…but I know it was an attempt to use up teas and flavours near the end. There’s another serving left…I think I will share it with someone who likes smoky teas.

I’m sure this is lovely for someone that does like smoky teas, but it’s just not for me. I couldn’t finish my cup at work. :(


I wasn’t amazed by this one, although smoky doesn’t bother me and I thought it smelled good (it’s real crime was making me crave real cinnamon buns).


I’m thinking Bear With Me might like the rest of this. And yes, I was expecting a more desserty taste.

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Overleafed, oversteeped over everything…and I get a very bitter and astringent cup. Sadly. I can detect some sweetness in there though.

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
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I really love this tea and have been waiting for it for a long time. And I finally have it, and I love it! Love love love!! I always liked Tamarind Pop, but found it was a little muted or understated…but here, with the gui fei base instead of black, the tamarind flavour really shines! There is a sweet honey caramel fruit with a lithe juicy tartness. It’s PERFECT!

If anyone has some of this that they do not like, I will buy it off of you, or trade for it. Yes, I like this that much! I have an ounce of this, minus what my friend and her daughter tried before sending, and it is not enough! I will cry when this is gone.

4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Aww! I only have 1 or 2 tsp left, and I’m saving it for summer. I want iced tamarind oolong.


Oh no! I know you liked it. I’d never take it from someone who likes it. But anyone who wants to unload it on someone else, I would gladly take it. ;)

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
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This is a nice earl grey, with a little extra citrus kick from the tangerine and grapefruit. It went well with milk too. I didn’t find the bergamot too strong, so that was nice. I enjoyed this. I’m debating how I want to use the rest of my sample from my friend. Hot again? Cold steep? I’m leaning to cold steep, but I have said that a lot lately, and somehow feel like I often say that, but then wind up with it hot again.

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Not a fave, but my friend liked it less than me, so she sent the remainder to me. It’s a begetter rooibos than some, but I still don’t really like rooibos. This is definitely drinkable. I might try to iced latte it with sweetened condensed milk over the summer…I have enough for that and some sold steeps.

Like I said, not bad for a rooibos, but not something I need in my permanent collection.

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Well, I tried to follow the steeping directions, but must have way overleafed this. My friend sent me some to try as part of a joint order, and this was part of it. It said 1 tbsp per 8 oz, and the sample was a little more than that. But I also had a 12 oz travel mug, so I used the whole thing. Unfortunately, all I got was bitter espresso. I should have followed my gut and used half the sample. I feel like, if that had come out under leafed, I could have still brewed the remaining amount, in less water. But no, I used the whole thing and botched it up. Maybe I’ll come across it again and give it another shot.

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This was sent to me by my friend, because she really liked this, in addition to the other stuff she sent. Either I brewed it wrong, or something, but I didn’t get much out of this one. It was pleasant, but I didn’t really pick up the rum, and the fruit was just sort or there. I am saving the rest for a cold brew for a nice warm day. It sure is a pretty tea. I’m glad she sent it, and how my remaining sample works out better.

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Long overdue tasting note on this tea…

This sample comes from Angel at Teavivre…and I think it is probably my first red tea. When I first tried this I git a little sour, but in a bittersweet chocolate sort or way, that eventually turned into an earthy any or grassy feel. It’s an interesting tea for sure. I don’t think this is my favourite black (red) tea, but it is not bad. I did brew this western style and add milk and sugar to it. It may have been a different experience gong fu style, but I don’t have my gaiwan set yet….probably not for a few more weeks at least. I’m not sure if I would recommend this or not just because it is a certain flavour profile, but it is a good one…so I’m sure some would like and some would not.

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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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