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drank Butter Truffles by The Tea Table
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I still haven’t the faintest idea why this is called Butter Truffles. Anyways, brewed some up today and it was ok. I still think it’s a weird set of flavours to have in tea, but that’s ok! Parents thought it was alright and not too weird.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

This looks like the Butter Truffle tea (same ingredient list too) from ESP Emporium… so either one of these companies is the supplier (and the other company just wasn’t very clever with the naming of their tea) or, they both get it from the same supplier who calls it butter truffle, and both companies aren’t very clever naming their teas.

Alphakitty

The name for this sounds so good, like butter-stuffed chocolate truffles, but all the reviews seem so mediocre. Part of me wants to try it but the other part knows I’ll be disappointed!

Babble

I know it’s secret info, but I wish there was a place where we could see where a company wholesales its teas from so we could compare across vendors. Like, if I want to order an Earl grey from different sites, how do I know it’s not all just the same tea from Metropolitan?

Kittenna

LiberTEAS – this is from Amy oh, and I seem to recall her or someone else saying that they got this same tea from ESP Emporium. And yeah – the naming is very misleading.

Alphakitty – it’s interesting enough of a tea to be worth a try, in my opinion, but it does not taste like butter-stuffed chocolate truffles. Just Indian-style spices.

Rachel – I agree. I guess the best thing is to stick to companies that you know blend their own teas?

LiberTEAS

@Rachel: that would put a lot of businesses out of work, I think. I personally don’t mind when a company resells tea – I would “guesstimate” that about 75 – 90 percent of all companies out there do that – but, what I don’t like is when they make it sound like they blend/flavor it themselves.

Amanda

I have noticed that too. After visiting a local tea shop, who made me feel like they blend their own teas, and looking for reviews on their flavors (angels dream and mango amazon are the ones i can remember) there seem to be a lot of different companies that sell tea by that same name. This made me even more disappointed in this particular place, the mold floating in the simple syrup was just the tip of the iceburg.

CHAroma

MOLD?!! AGHH!!!

Kittenna

Oh gross…

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LiberTEAS

This looks like the Butter Truffle tea (same ingredient list too) from ESP Emporium… so either one of these companies is the supplier (and the other company just wasn’t very clever with the naming of their tea) or, they both get it from the same supplier who calls it butter truffle, and both companies aren’t very clever naming their teas.

Alphakitty

The name for this sounds so good, like butter-stuffed chocolate truffles, but all the reviews seem so mediocre. Part of me wants to try it but the other part knows I’ll be disappointed!

Babble

I know it’s secret info, but I wish there was a place where we could see where a company wholesales its teas from so we could compare across vendors. Like, if I want to order an Earl grey from different sites, how do I know it’s not all just the same tea from Metropolitan?

Kittenna

LiberTEAS – this is from Amy oh, and I seem to recall her or someone else saying that they got this same tea from ESP Emporium. And yeah – the naming is very misleading.

Alphakitty – it’s interesting enough of a tea to be worth a try, in my opinion, but it does not taste like butter-stuffed chocolate truffles. Just Indian-style spices.

Rachel – I agree. I guess the best thing is to stick to companies that you know blend their own teas?

LiberTEAS

@Rachel: that would put a lot of businesses out of work, I think. I personally don’t mind when a company resells tea – I would “guesstimate” that about 75 – 90 percent of all companies out there do that – but, what I don’t like is when they make it sound like they blend/flavor it themselves.

Amanda

I have noticed that too. After visiting a local tea shop, who made me feel like they blend their own teas, and looking for reviews on their flavors (angels dream and mango amazon are the ones i can remember) there seem to be a lot of different companies that sell tea by that same name. This made me even more disappointed in this particular place, the mold floating in the simple syrup was just the tip of the iceburg.

CHAroma

MOLD?!! AGHH!!!

Kittenna

Oh gross…

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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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