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505 Tasting Notes

drank Doke Silver Needle by Butiki Teas
505 tasting notes

Got this earlier today from CrowKettle when we met up for matcha earlier. She just gave me the last of what was in the bag.

So, the leaves are long and silverly, with a little fuzz, but less than I’ve seen before on other silver needle teas. Does it matter how much or how little fuzz there is? I don’t think so, but maybe there is something about that I don’t know.

I have a bit of a cold so I can’t really smell the tea much, but the taste is quite smooth. I’m getting a little citrus on the back of my tongue. The rest is sort of almond and apricot. I’m not really getting wood so much, though I am getting a nice body and mouthfeel, despite how the tea looks. It seems quite pale.

It’s a very good white tea, I’m reminded I need to have more straight teas like this more often.

3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I had to read this three times. ‘Met up for a match of what?’

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Maybe it’s because I used maple syrup to sweeten, and perhaps too much, but this tasted funny. I’m gonna try it again with my organic cane sugar next time and see how it goes.

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Seriously love this tea.

Chocolate and coconut with delicate chai spices, simply wonderful. The base is just right, not overly astringent, smoky or strong…very mellow and balanced.


I’m still shocked I didn’t grab a sample of this too haha. But there will always be a next time.


It’s really good. I may try making a latte with the rest. I don’t know if I will get anymore right away, seeing as I need to pare stuff down. But for a chai, I think it may work as a year round one. The coconut makes it spring and summer, and the rest is hearty enough for fall and winter.

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Sipdown on this one…

I’m being bad and having a third serving of caffeine tea today instead of two. Oh well, from here out it’s caffeine free tonight.

I had thought about saving this one for the summer, and cold steeping it, but I decided I’d rather do a sipdown, since I have plenty of other teas to cold steep, and by then, I expect more. So, not worried for a lack of cold steeps…

I’ve sweetened this, but it is light and nutty, and there is body for a green tea. I do like this one, but I don’t know if it is my favorite. It might be in my rotation on a seasonal basis, but I’m not sure I’d get this too regularly, since there is so much more that I like better.

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Balcklog/sipdown…I had this a few days ago, thanks to Cavocorax and I do seem to remember liking it. It was light, but has some sweet notes to it, but I’m afraid I don’t remember exactly. I only had enough for one serving, and I made two steeps of this for work.

Like I said, it was pleasant and tasty enough, but I can’t recall specifics about the taste.

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drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
505 tasting notes

Haven’t had this in a while; it was tasty but not my fave…probably a few servings left. Ido like the banana, but I find the base is too strong, so I def need milk with it.

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Decided to pop by the mall on the way to downtown after work, to kill some time before a show. I knew I wanted some caffeine to get me through the show later, but I knew I wanted tea instead of coffee. I was just gonna go to Starbucks or Timmies, but remembered the Teavana in the mall. So I opted to go there instead, and this is the drink I chose. I’ve had it before, so I played it safe. I had this only with sweetener, no milk this time, and it was fine. Mostly chocolate and coconut notes. Not a terribly strong brew, but it was fine.

As in the past, it’s pretty tasty, and one of the few teas from them I like. But I don’t know if I’d ever buy a tin of this or not. Might have a few more to go cups of this before deciding, as it is tasty, but I generally dislike going there.


You’re mighty brave for even bothering! That place is just a waste of money for me, personally haha.


Ha! Thanks!

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Not drinking this because I really want it, but more from a 1) it’s caffeine free, and 2) it seems I may be getting sick again, and the ingredients in here, are quasi-medicinal.

It isn’t a terrible taste, so it is tolerable. But yeah, I’m drinking this for what it is, even if it isn’t really a favourite.

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I dunno guys….I really want to love this one, but it came out weak. I don’t know if it is a brewing issue or whether the milk I added affected it. It’s far from horrible, but nowhere as rich as I had expected.

I don’t remember my exact steeping, but I think it was about 2 tsp (to fill 2 travel mugs) and probably about 3 minutes each steep. As per usual, I split the first steep between the two mugs and did the same with the second steep. I do it like this to reduce having one mug of weaker tea.

I’ll try it again, soon, but without the milk, perhaps.

Many thanks to Cavocorax for sharing some of this with me. One hopes that I’ll get a better steep next time.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

Maybe try it for longer? I think I went with 4 minutes.
Glad it was ok, but i hope the next cup is better!


I found it quite thin and one-dimensional too.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
505 tasting notes

Exploring more of my teas from Cavocorax tonight, and this one, being caffeine free, won. I’ve seen a lot of reviews on it, so it piqued my curiosity. I used 2 heaping tsp to 10 oz or so of water, and let it steep at least 5 minutes, but it was likely longer…I just didn’t time it. I think I could probably go for a longer steep next time, though this was tasty, if not a little bit weak. I did add a small amount of sugar and some dark chocolate milk…I think the milk made me only taste the milk, and not the tea, but I’m not sure. Will try with regular milk at a later time.

I’m not sure how to rate this one yet…I like it, but I’m not sure I love it, yet I love the aspect of something chocolatey and caffeine free (or at least low caffeine for later in the evening. I really am trying to stick to my reduced caffeine, and trying to keep the caffeine to the morning and mid-afternoon hours only.

So I think I’ll leave the rating off for now, moreso because I need to think more about it, and maybe have more of this and try tweaking it some first.

Flavors: Chocolate

Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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.


Victoria, BC

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