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Omg guys. If anyone has this and doesn’t like it PLEASE I WILL BUY IT OR SWAP OR ANYTHING. Ahem.

Basically, this tea is amazing, and it’s the closest I will ever probably taste to my beloved Banana Oolong from DavidsTea (although I am going to petition hard for the new 52teas to replicate this, if I remember). It’s a bit different, of course – I can distinctly taste the walnut in here – but the rest is much the same. Delicious oolong base (it works SO well with these flavours), natural banana flavour (no runts!), butterscotch to give the bananas a bit of a caramelized flavour, which is amazing. I am so glad I bought a second pouch of this… but 1 ounce is not enough of this tea. Not even close. Had I the opportunity, I would probably pick up at least 4 ounces of this (probably more). I miss you Butiki :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
kimquat

D’oh. I missed this one. Sounds amaaaaaaazing though.

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-You may want to check with Sil. I don’t think she liked it that much. Maybe she would be willing to part with her portion?

Zack S.

I have 1/2oz minus a serving. Really want your Smoked Banana from Butiki!

Kittenna

Yes. Yes. Yes.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2831 tasting notes

Still trying to figure out if the reblend I bought a bunch of is less chocolatey than the first couple versions… it kind of seems that way, but I’ll have to actually have a full regular mug’s full before really figuring that out. It just doesn’t seem quite the same as before. Still good, though (and I have a travel mug of it to get through tomorrow. Which will be delicious.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
adagio breeze

Which reblend was it? The one I have is from the 2014 birthday sale, I believe.

Fjellrev

Hmm, I got mine from a late spring batch and found that it wasn’t particularly flavourful. I wonder which batch that was.

Kittenna

Mine is 2014 bday sale. I have some from more recently though, and it seems to be a bit more potent.

Kittenna

More recently as well – I have a lot, haha.

Fjellrev

Ah! Mine was from the same batch then, and it’s the only time I had it. Good to hear that previous versions were more flavourful at least. Just too bad I missed out!

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Will have to try this one again as it seems to be a bit oversteeped/overleafed (I should have looked up the base before brewing). I can definitely taste both the orange (like in Two Friends! Which I also drank today…) and the grapefruit, as well as a distinct nuttiness, which is either from the base or the pistachio (likely the latter). The toffee flavouring isn’t too obvious – I think it may just serve to soften the other flavours and meld them together a bit, instead of making the tea sweet. I’m not super sold on this tea though, in part because there’s a fair bit of astringency in this cup, and secondly, because I’m just not sure I need more citrusy tea right now (I also had the second infusion of Grapefruit Creme Brûlée tonight). It’s certainly both tasty and unique though, so I’ll give it one more try before it may relocate to Toronto.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
whatshesaid

I’m with you on that.

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78

Brewed up just a couple new teas tonight (after working this morning followed by a very long nap), and this was one that I ended up grabbing. By aroma, it smells like it will just be a strawberry tea, but the irish cream works quite well here to make, as is described, a milky strawberry candy sort of flavour. The green tea base, with some delicious beaniness, works really well here as well, particularly as it adds an additional level of umami to the flavour. Overall, happy to have tried it, but not heartbroken that it’s gone.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77

I actually had intended to grab either Praline Horizon or Pistachio Horizon (neither of which I currently have, I just realized), but I guess the Crimson Horizon base was what was on my mind, so when I saw this, I grabbed it. The aroma is quite heavenly – creamy, sweet, grapefruity deliciousness, but sadly it doesn’t quite taste like that. Grapefruit and a nice base, yes, but I really wanted the cream and the sweet. I will add a touch of sugar next time, as I suspect that was what this tea really needed, though I certainly did enjoy drinking it regardless!

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

You can try adding milk, for creaminess, though Grapefruit Creme Brûlée, in the sense that inspired this tea, is actually not a true Creme Brûlée, as we know it…there is no dairy in it. It’s grapefruit with brown sugar on top that has been caramelized. With that in mind, I didn’t look for any creaminess….just sweet, tangy, juicy grapefruit. I do think if you add some sugar, it will be better for you. And like I said in my note, the milk did add creaminess, and it did not curdle. The tea definitely stood up to having milk in it.

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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
2831 tasting notes

Thanks to Cavocorax for letting me try a bit of this one! I’m wondering if it’s the sort of tea where the flavour fades when it’s in a baggie – or maybe it’s just not very strong, but I ended up with a fairly weak cup. That said, I could both see and taste the quality of the base tea (big points), and the flavour I could pick out was pleasant, and not overly minty. I’ll try again with a greater leaf:water ratio (I may have underleafed, especially since it’s pretty fluffy), but I’m tentatively impressed. Looking forward to Not So Vanilla!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Oh, I hope it didn’t leak flavours. I thought those bags were pretty good, but maybe I should have double-bagged them! Hope your next cup works better!

TippysTea

I don’t know what bags you used but to speak from an experience we had an issue with baggies before. We ordered a whole bunch of samples from a tea company that will remain nameless. The samples came in little clear plastic baggies that were also well sealed. Unfortunately, co-mingling of flavours occurred and ruined any potential for an enjoyable tea-drinking experience. It was sad because we were both looking forward to trying those teas, but they all tasted like variations of each other because of the incestuous nature of the packaging.

OMGsrsly

Cavo, order these! I know that with the exchange it’s not such a good deal anymore, but they fit 5 tsp or so, which is an excellent large sample size IMO.

Anlina (I think?) orders these ones too.

7×13 size: http://www.ebay.com/itm/350682101059

Cavocorax

oooh! That’s fancy!
The ones I use were from Staples – they looked like they were ok, but I wasn’t sure.

OMGsrsly

They ARE fancy, but oh so lovely.

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67

Thanks for sharing this tea as well, MissB!

I don’t think I’m as big a fan of this one as others – it came off as fairly artificial to me, as the combination of chocolate-raspberry often does, and remind me more of my first Lip Smackers lip balm than of fruit and chocolate. (Perhaps it’s because everyone else got raspberry chunks, and I didn’t keep any for myself? :P Unlikely, haha.) It certainly wasn’t a bad tea, and the base was okay (though I’d like to taste a bit more oolong; that usually amps the yum factor for me), I just wasn’t overly keen on it. More for everyone else!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
2831 tasting notes

Had this in a travel mug yesterday. A bit oversteeped, but it wasn’t bad. The flavour just seemed… dilute, though. Pretty sure I noted that before, so I guess that’s just how this one went. I still do like the pear/cinnamon flavouring, though.

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86

Deliciously sickeningly sweet, as usual. Yum. And so fragrant! Definitely a treat tea (especially because I think it has some sweetener in the blend).

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76

Honestly? This tea should not have worked. Melon and espresso? Just saying it sounds wrong, because they’re such incompatible-seeming flavours. But it seems that the rush to create blends/use flavourings let some of these weird ideas through, and unexpectedly, this pairing, which I sincerely doubt Stacy would have ever tried otherwise, is brilliant!

Don’t recall what the base is here, but it’s the flavourings that are the stars – the bright melon that reminds me mostly of Watermelon Xylophone, plus the espresso from Red Queen Cupcake to really make the name accurate. It just works for some reason, perhaps because the melon is featured, with the espresso creating the background (whereas when one might think of pairing the two, a melon coffee might come to mind, in which COFFEE would be the dominant note… and I don’t know how that would go).

Overall, I’m quite pleased. The one thing is – though I love melon, I’ll admit that it does seem to be a flavour I tire of in teas, which is why I’ve had trouble getting through my 2 oz. of Cantaloupe & Cream (though I quite enjoy it when I actually crave it). So I have a good amount of this, which will probably last me for quite some time for that reason.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Amariel

I hope to be trying this one soon. My friend and I are swapping teas, and this is one she ordered for us to split.

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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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