drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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This sample came to me from Stephanie, who was very generous to include it in our swap!

Given that it actually purports to feel somewhat like spring out today, I’m glad I started off the day with such a fresh tea. I added a bit of rock sugar, and this helped subdue the ginger notes, which I must admit I was a little afraid of (tasting the ginger, I mean). I could definitely taste the strawberry, which instantly reminded me of Ruby Pie. Unfortunately, because ruby pie is my gold standard for strawberry in tea, I just kept comparing these two teas in my head, even though I know they’re not even all that similar. I could taste a bit of the toffee, and actually liked the fresh green base on which the sip ended. I have enough left to have another cup, and will gladly drink that down, but this likely won’t be stocked (again, thank heavens, as I’m in the process of building my Butiki order, and it’s already nuts haha).

Thanks again, Stephanie! I’d been wanting to try this tea for a while now!

Stephanie

Yay! I am very glad you enjoyed it, even if you won’t restock it. This is why we do swaps, so we know what we do and do not want to purchase :D high fives

keychange

You’re exactly right! Love swapping! and I enjoyed the tea, too :)

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Stephanie

Yay! I am very glad you enjoyed it, even if you won’t restock it. This is why we do swaps, so we know what we do and do not want to purchase :D high fives

keychange

You’re exactly right! Love swapping! and I enjoyed the tea, too :)

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

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