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1258 Tasting Notes

drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
1258 tasting notes

Almost sipdown! Aghhhhh.
That said, what a lovely cuppa!! The coconut is milder now that I’ve had it for awhile, making it perfectly malty and just what I wanted, albeit very standard. and for some reason it makes me wanna watch Beetlejuice again. Even though the clip I am thinking of talks about bananas, not strawberries! or coconuts for that matter, except the one line where they sample the famous “put the lime in the coconut” bit. Man I love that movie. and I am not a huge Burton fan in general.
Also, at what point am I considered to be actually spamming the wall? not that it matters, this is my(second) last one!


Wow, I totally forgot about that movie. I actually haven’t seen it yet!


That movie has become a much loved, but accidental, Halloween tradition :)


Fjellrev, it’s a whole lotta silly fun! Highly recommended :)


Crowkettle, that’s an awesome tradition!! love it!

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I’ve had this a few times now with varying results. Twice it’s been fantastic, with notes of hazelnut, cream, and nutmeg. The other two times it was heavy on the tongue and a tad bitter, and I made sure to not burn the tea. Though I may have gone to three min one of the times.
Either way, I’m determined to get it right. Next time, I’ll actually get out the tea thermometer, as lately I’ve been relying on watching the bubbles and steam.

On another note, I lost count of my cupboard! Been doing so well with sipdowns that I need to do a recount. Woot! I should be down to about 280 or so, down from 292. Victory shall be mine!

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1258 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample!! Either from Lala or Starfevre… so sorry, your packets got mixed up when Mum went through my cupboard looking for some tea! Not that I mind, it means she was looking for tea!!! This is a big deal…

But the tea itself was quite amazing as well. I kinda wish it was a black base.
The cider taste really punches through, creating the sensation of apple spiced liquor warming your throat! Phenomenal. I am so impressed. In fact I’d order some today if I was able to :)


Oh, you missed our ridiculous group order. You can buy the teas – they’re available for Feb on the Butiki site!


Ack that is so tempting. But I promised household people, and my wallet that I wouldn’t make an order until my bday next month :(


Actually, that I wouldn’t bring any more tea into the house!


Aww. :( I’ve kinda made that promise to myself, actually. I even went tea shopping yesterday and only bought tea for other people.


I like this one a lot, and am happy for the honeybush base. I like it because it is good hot and cold and also had good body.


This wasn’t from me :)


Amariel, I agree!! It has a great depth to it that I really enjoyed.


Lala, thanks for letting me know! :)

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Ohmygoodness I forgot to review this!! Had it awhile back but I was on a conference call… and then had to dash out the door. Sorry TeaBrat, and after you were nice enough to send me a sample!
Anyhow, I am very particular about my chai and this one did not quite fit into my ideal. I remember trying to figure out why, and I think it was just a mix of spices that don’t appeal to me as much as others. There was a sweet note in there as well, that I found odd. Ginger perhaps?
Milk and a dash of sugar certainly helped of course. Overall, a pleasant cup!


I just read my review of it and didn’t find it terribly impressive either. Stephen Smith seems to be very “hit or miss” for me.


Same here (from the ones you sent me anyhow) but then I’ve found that with most tea companies I’ve dealt with. C’est la vie :)

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drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
1258 tasting notes

I rarely indulge in this beaut, owing to how tasty it is… so much that I’m afraid if I catered to my whims, it’d be gone in a week.
In fact, this is the only tea I’ve ever come across that manages to seduce me with the occasional second mug. Then, eventually, I erase the bliss from my palate memory, and when I see the tin next, somehow I end up thinking that I don’t really want it at the moment. Seriously? what madman convinced me of this?!
Thus, I put it away in the corner someplace, only to find it again months later and repeat the process all over again.
Of course I am now beginning to notice it losing a bit of oomph, owing to age I presume… so I feel that I can now reasonably chain drink it and avoid any overwhelming guilt!! That said, I’m on a tight budget at the moment and I’ll be so incredibly sad when that looming sipdown rolls around. Eeeps!!
Also, I’d like to add that this especially hit the spot today. I am positive that my entire cup vanished in record time.

On a final note, I’ve been looking forward to this review because I’m a nerd and wanted to make my 1234th post about something special. I can’t think of a more appropriate tea to achieve that!


Awesome on the 1234!


Thanks! I feel like it’s a big one, since my next milestone is 2000. Well, maybe 1500.
Anyhow. The 1234 makes me chuckle :P


Nicely done! My 666th is coming up soon so I ought to prepare for that haha.


Hehe Thanks Fjellrev! Ahhh 666!! Maybe a chili chai would work for that lol

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I finally made a cup of this the other day and it was really good!! Unfortunately I didn’t have time to write a note at the time and have since forgotten most of the details. But I will try it again soon.
Coles notes: sweet, deep, complex and raisin!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1258 tasting notes

I had a cuppa this today and it did not disappoint. I hope it stays around forever and ever. Also, I’m ever so grateful that every once in awhile I find it in a tea shop instead of the usual blah bagged option!!


I should try this, if only for the reason that one of my cats is named after Marco Polo.


LOL that is a most excellent reason!

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I accidentally steeped this for a long time. Six minutes maybe? I’m not sure, it went way over my timer, as Mum had asked me to help her with something and it slipped my mind. Oops!
No matter, the tea was great. Really!!! I love cherry, and I love tart cherries even more! And boy was this tart. Not overwhelmingly so mind you, and I could definitely taste the puerh. Like one of those sour cherry candies. Mmmm. No sugar required.
Also, it’s a really nice change to have a flavour besides orange, chocolate, or toffee associated with puerh. Thanks TeaBrat for the sample!!


Shu puerh is awesome in that you can never oversteep it! :)


Ooh, interesting!


Wow, that sounds like a great combination! I had a strawberry flavoured one once which was just like drinking jam. Lovely.


This is one of my favorites from Nature’s Tea Leaf. Much conversation has taken place about the “perfect” cherry tea…this one comes as close to authentic cherry fruit (not candy) flavor as anything I’ve tried.


Stephanie, so true!! Unfortunately that meant my resteep turned out quite weak lol


Amariel, it really was!! I will have to order from them one day


Angrboda, yes stawberry!! I remember now as well, a strawberry puerh from The Spice and Tea Exchange. It was super tasty. I’m sad they discontinued it!


Gmathis, I could not agree with you more. Seriously, I’m still thinking about this one days later :P


I think it may be time for some more Berry Good from DAVIDs…


Amariel, Ooh yes that was a good one too!


I have not had it much this winter, but I did like it for spring and fall. And I admit I had it in the summer too.


The hibiscus would make it taste great iced!


Yes, though luckily the hibby is mild in that.


True. I guess it depends on what you end up with in your spoon from the packet!

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I made a cuppa for Dad yesterday, and he loooooved it!!!
When I ask him what something tastes like, he usually can’t pinpoint it beyond the basics of “fruity” or “green” etc or worse, as simply good, really good, or ok! So being that this is really his review I’ll just leave it at that. Still. Definitely a squee moment :D

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Well hum! Now I wish I’d tried this first, out of all the Xmas teas. I do believe it is my favourite! Somehow it ended up in my bin to try. Ah well, I can drink this tea any time, right? Breaking tradition…
Anyhow. I find it odd that while there is no chocolate here, it has more of the texture of chocolate that I was looking for. So yeah, there is no cocoa flavour, but it’s somehow what I want in a chocolate mint tea?! Hrm.
No milk or sugar, this was perfect on it’s own. With a bit of sugar, maybe half a teaspoon, it was more dessert like. Rich and creamy, almost like an aero bar. Yum.


I enjoyed this one too!


I’ll be sad when it’s gone :)

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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