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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Drumroll…….

Another highly anticipated tea of today, courtesy of CHAroma!

The aroma is all buttery root beery goodness. Smells better than DT’s Root Beer Float, IMO. And butterier. The taste also seems better to me. Probably the excellent base tea blend. I think I’m a bit disappointed because the flavour isn’t sweet like the aroma, but a bit of sweetener would fix that up in a hurry. I’ll be buying a pouch of this when Frank re-blends it. And I need to pick up some stevia or truvia or something so I can enjoy some guilt-free sweetness. (Also, additional-flavour-free sweetness. Agave is all well and good, but it really wrecks flavours. Likewise honey. And the others require dissolving, but I’m drinking this cooled off.)

Also, for anyone worried about licorice or anything here, it’s completely a non-issue. I’m not picking up any of the things I dislike about such flavours (anise/licorice/fennel), so it’s doing its job very well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hahahaa…….anise, licorice, fennel-those are all things I tend to love in tea. :P Sounds like a good blend though!

mpierce87

I’ll be ordering another pouch whenever it is reblended also. This is a good one!

Kittenna

Well, someone’s got to love them, Scott!!! Just like Alphakitty loves floral/rose things. And a bunch of you love mint. All things I hate :D That’s right, I’m keeping track of who likes what….. :D :D

ScottTeaMan

LOL! :D I like pretty much everything tea related except HICH….HICH… [furrball]…hibiscus, and roasted mate was decent , but I remember it being more bitter than I expected, and I wasn’t crazy about it.

ScottTeaMan

The only way I could drink it was to add a little sugar, and I RARELY do that. :))

Kittenna

Yeah, I dislike adding sugar too (but seem to like roasted mate). And am definitely on the lookout for lovers of hibiscus in its most truly awful forms (I don’t mind it all the time!)

ScottTeaMan

So let me get this straight. You don’t like anise, fennel, licorice, floral/rose teas, mint. You like mate, AND HICH-biscus!

So at least in this list, I like all the things you don’t, and frown on especially HICH-biscus, and mate…….which you like?!

At least to this point…….

Azzrian

Glad to hear you are not getting licorice and anise etc. I wanted to try this but didn’t get any – hope it comes back!

CHAroma

Glad you liked it! But I knew you would. ;) Also, sorry I didn’t realize you don’t like mint! I know I sent you one mint tea in the swap. :(

Kittenna

Oh – no worries! I’ll try it anyways :D

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ScottTeaMan

Hahahaa…….anise, licorice, fennel-those are all things I tend to love in tea. :P Sounds like a good blend though!

mpierce87

I’ll be ordering another pouch whenever it is reblended also. This is a good one!

Kittenna

Well, someone’s got to love them, Scott!!! Just like Alphakitty loves floral/rose things. And a bunch of you love mint. All things I hate :D That’s right, I’m keeping track of who likes what….. :D :D

ScottTeaMan

LOL! :D I like pretty much everything tea related except HICH….HICH… [furrball]…hibiscus, and roasted mate was decent , but I remember it being more bitter than I expected, and I wasn’t crazy about it.

ScottTeaMan

The only way I could drink it was to add a little sugar, and I RARELY do that. :))

Kittenna

Yeah, I dislike adding sugar too (but seem to like roasted mate). And am definitely on the lookout for lovers of hibiscus in its most truly awful forms (I don’t mind it all the time!)

ScottTeaMan

So let me get this straight. You don’t like anise, fennel, licorice, floral/rose teas, mint. You like mate, AND HICH-biscus!

So at least in this list, I like all the things you don’t, and frown on especially HICH-biscus, and mate…….which you like?!

At least to this point…….

Azzrian

Glad to hear you are not getting licorice and anise etc. I wanted to try this but didn’t get any – hope it comes back!

CHAroma

Glad you liked it! But I knew you would. ;) Also, sorry I didn’t realize you don’t like mint! I know I sent you one mint tea in the swap. :(

Kittenna

Oh – no worries! I’ll try it anyways :D

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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