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88

Butter flavor. Coconut vanilla butter flavor. With this slight hint of alcohol in the scent. I’m really sensitive to alcohol though so it’s probably nearly undetectable to most people.

Sigh. Drinking this and hoping everyone’s just overreacting to the weather forecast. I can’t even deal with another Snowpocalypse in Atlanta. Buttered rum PLEASE work some tropical magic.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94

Good thing I read the tasting notes before I tried this one- I would have really been thinking it was the wrong tea because who would guess Bergamot from Divine Cream?

This was a sample from Sil – and such a lovely one! It’s been a while since I’ve had a bagged tea. They are quite convenient aren’t they? Shame that you can’t really get good quality teas bagged for the most part, though. Ah, we’ll, just makes me appreciate the ease of it when I do get the chance.

This tea has the buttery caramel vanilla I love, accompanied by the surprise bergamot flavor. It’s a light bergamot, which is how I prefer my Earl Grey anyway, and as an Earl Grey Cream, it is quite good. I am considering getting more if only because it the ease of a good bagged Earl grey cream would be great for travelling.

I found a surprise hidden gem in my cupboard! I’m thinking it’s going to be a good week…

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

it’s pretty expensive, but they do pop up shops and such in toronto and sometimes chapters has their tea on sale… i bought mine at a 50% off sale..

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85

Steep notes: no additives, 1 packet of leaf to my gaiwan (6 oz. capacity)

Dry leaf smell: chocolate covered raisins? Wow. Fruity and cocoa-y all at once…

steep one: 10 seconds, Um, smell has changed to burnt french fries. I remember this. I also remember not really preferring this particular iteration, if I’m honest. Still, as long as we’re getting into semantics, this isn’t smoky – it’s just char. So I don’t outright dislike it. As it cools I taste a starchy bread undertone. maybe a hint of burnt sugar/caramel. Come to think of it, I don’t think anything burnt was actually in the taste – just the smell. I can live with this.

steep two: 20 seconds, mostly because my hands just aren’t fast enough to get everything poured any faster. This steep smells more like burnt sweet potato fries. Taste is more chocolaty – dark cocoa powder.

steep three: 35-ish seconds. Leaves smell ashy/charred but the liquor smells caramel sweet. This makes me happy. Taste is sweet, smooth vanilla caramel.

steep four: 1 minute. I’m amazed at how those leaves smell so different than the steeped liquor or taste. Now the caramel has transitioned into a honey note. But its got kind of a roasty flavor in the background, so…honey on toast? Its interesting how the liquor seems to get sweeter with each steeping, which I am loving!

steep five: 3 minutes. Multiple steepings are always so hard for me because I just don’t drink alot of any drink at once, unless I’m eating dinner. The fact that I’ve gone 5 rounds (so, 30 oz) with this in an hour is actually pretty darn impressive. Flavor has changed to what I thought the initial smell of the leaf reminded me of – chocolate covered raisins. It’s more of the unsweetened cocoa powder than milk chocolate though. Still a very nectary mouthfeel, even though I’m five steeps in. I’m not going to be able to hold any more tea tonight though, so I’ll save the leaves in my gaiwan for tomorrow.

I can’t believe how long its been since I’ve had this – long enough that its not in stock anymore. Still, it was a nice relaxing tea to end the weekend on. Time to get ready for bed and start a new week!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa, Honey, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 5 g
Fjellrev

Wow, burnt french fries! Never experienced that with this one before.

Sil

it’s never coming back either..and that make me a very very sad panda

Terri HarpLady

I still get to drink this a few more times…sigh…

Cavocorax

It’s not? :O

Sil

Nope. It was an experiment….last I checked with verdant, not likely

Starfevre

I still haven’t tried mine and I’ve got a bunch of packets. I’m NOT a fan of smokey so it may go up in a swap/sell at some point.

TastyBrew

ooh Starfevre — if you find you don’t like, I will snatch up all yours!!! I LOVE it and am so sad it’s gone!

Terri HarpLady

TastyBrew, I’ll arm wrestle you for it :D

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100

Ugh, I need to be more real time with these tasting notes – this is a backlog from this morning.

There was a HUGE blueberry in my leaves so I was expecting a little more blueberry flavor than I actually got. With creamer added I mostly got the cheesecake tang and maybe some blueberry at the end. No pastry today.

Always a good one to have on hand when you want a good dessert tea.

Flavors: Berries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98

Tea of breakfast yesterday, with some creamer.

I wanted pancakes but was all out of maple syrup. Luckily I had this on hand – got all the buttery maple syrup flavors I needed without having to really dirty any dishes or do much preparation. I love when things work out that way.

I also really like buttery flavored teas. I have a few in my cupboard so since I’m in the mood for them I may as well go drink them…

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

was it you that loves the crap out of blueberry cheesecake danish from frank?

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91

I like that this is orange instead of bergamot. I don’t know why there is even a difference to me (probably because I associate bergamot with cream and vanilla flavors since I love Earl Grey Creams…) but this orange is bright and juicy with its base.

Bergamot screams breakfast to me, and this really seems more of an afternoon tea. Like, instead of having hot tea with lemon an orange slice was used instead. Fitting since I believe that’s the story behind this blend in the first place, haha.

Oh, Dammann. I love your teas – the only thing I don’t love is how all the accents in the names make it really hard to search for you on Steepster. (If anyone has keyboard shortcuts for this, let me know – this feels like a terribly frivolous thing to be picky about).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JoonSusanna

You seriously must know ALL THE THINGS. This is fabulous!

Sil

I grew up in a French immersion program so we had to use alt codes all the the time heh

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93

This really hit the spot in the early morning. I am glad I chose to forgo any additives because it allowed to experience (and marvel at) the tangy cheesecake and sweet creamy notes. The texture was thick and reminiscent of cheesecake even!

What a fortuitous, and much appreciated steeping. I have a few days off coming up and I need them to fully de-stress from work. This was a great starting point. Upping the rating for it being such a wonderful cup today.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

Why did I think that this one was a herbal? Maybe the original one was? Huh. Well, regardless I was halfway through steeping it a bit late at night and realized my mistake too late. Luckily caffeine doesn’t affect me that much.

I was not really wowed by this. The pumpkin/squash flavor was weak and the spices (cinnamon, predictably) were more prominent. I like to taste actual pumpkin so that’s the main source of my ambivalence. But I will play around with it – and maybe add some sugar next time to see if that makes a difference.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Nope, never an herbal. The previous version was also an oolong.

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93

WHOA. I had seen the new changes on the site last night but this is my first time logging a tasting note. I repeat: WHOA.

I’ve been here for three years and its the first real layout change I remember so it’s probably going to take a minute for my eyes to adjust, haha. But I do like the streamlined look and the font change. Once I get my bearings a bit more I will be fine.

As for the tea: the dry leaf scent is pleasantly milky caramel – not overwhelming at all. I really like this about Butiki teas in general – all of the scents and flavors seem very natural and balanced.

I used my Vanilla coffee creamer on it since I figured it wouldn’t hurt the flavor (since the tea is so strongly vanilla itself) and I’m getting a sweetened milky caramel tea that is to die for. A nice little afternoon dessert, if I do say so myself.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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64

SIPDOWN!

Yay! If I can get a few more down I may possibly be able to order some Earl Grey Cheesecake and Peanut butter cup black! I better spend most of my day drinking, which was what I was planning on anyway so yay again!

I remember how bitter this was from last time so I bumped the time down to 3 minutes, which I almost never do with black teas. I also found some of the Nestle Bliss creamer (only sugar and milk and cream as ingredients) so I wanted to give that a try in this to see what happened.

Hmm… By itself the flavor is a bit mellower but still bitter. I also think I’m getting some flavor contamination as I’m picking up some fruity notes which shouldn’t be there :(. Yeah, even at three minutes this is still a blend that requires additives.

So, a splash of creamer it is! This solves the astringency problem well but now I feel like I’ve lost the tea-ness of it. I don’t think there was any winning with this one for me: it’s undrinkable plain and not quite strong enough to hold its own at the minimum steep time. I’m glad I got to try it but I’d much prefer Uptons East Frisian BOP for my breakfast.

On to other teas then!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jen M

“I spend most of my time drinking” +<3 just for that.

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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Atlanta, GA

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