2613 Tasting Notes

100
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Apparently I had more than a serving’s worth left from my last bag! Excellent! So one more cup before a sipdown and the Final Two Ounces. This is as good as always, so creamy and sweet and glorious.

Cheri

Stacy does such a great job with eggnog flavor….

Kittenna

I can’t wait to try Spiced Nog.

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87
drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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Yup…. not regretting buying 1/4 pound of this one. Love it. The richest chocolatey strawberry black I’ve ever had. So, so good. Love.

Stephanie

I love it so much, too!

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62
drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! Another tea that was never my favourite, because when I thought peach oolong, I thought PEACH oolong, whereas this plays much more strongly on the natural peach notes in the oolong, just amplifying them. It’s still a great tea, but a peach flavour more along the lines of what was in Peach HoppiTea would have been preferable for me.

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58
drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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Opinion remains about the same on this one – although I can taste a bit of the tamarind flavour (and can definitely smell its tanginess in the bag!), I’m not sold on it. The base is ok, and it’s a pleasant enough cup to drink, but the flavouring is too subtle. Also, it’s entirely possible that a tamarind-flavoured tea is not something I’d enjoy anyways, given that I associate tamarind primarily with a delicious sauce used for samosas. Anyhow, a few more cups of this one to sip down; it’s not one I plan to still have in 5 years, haha.

The Cookie Lady

I just got some of this and found that it smelled like a mix of caramel and vanilla with a touch of peanut butter :) That’s weird, right? But, I’ve always said that sugared tamarind smells like Reese’s Pieces…no one ever agrees with me on that, though. I have yet to try the tea, but I’m excited just to try such a different flavor.

Kittenna

Mine is quite old by now, but I noted that I initially thought it was vanilla-y. And, I definitely bought it just for the novelty factor! :D Hope you like it!

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… I should have had a note about this one, as I’ve tried it once previously, but… apparently not. I wasn’t a big fan of it the first time I tried it, and I’m still not. Perhaps it would be better with some sugar, but I don’t particularly feel like adding anything to it. It certainly tastes kind of like creamy root beer, and it’s 1000% better than the DT version, but I’m starting to think that there’s an ingredient in root beer that’s too licoricey for my liking, as that’s how my brain is interpreting one of the flavours in here. So, not a fan of this one. Consequently will refrain from rating, since there’s nothing wrong with it.

Cheri

I added a little milk, which I never, ever do, and then I really liked this one.

Kittenna

Maybe I’ll try that…. (I don’t usually do that either, except Chai. Chai is an exception.)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, sarsaparilla and/or birch can be really licoricey in a weird, tree-sap kind of way. I often drink this with milk, because I love my teas milky. :)

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82
drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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Ohhhh yum yum yum. Got some of this when it was reblended, because of course I need ounces upon ounces of eggnoggy teas. This isn’t a super flavourful tea – the base is quite prominent and vegetal/beany, and the creaminess/pralines only comes out after the beanies fades. I don’t think I like this as much as regular Creamy Eggnog (which is fine), but it’s still really delicious. Although I really ought to store it better…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cheri

I have a bunch of this, and I need to drink it more often. I really like it.

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92
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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Why yes, it is in fact drinkalltheButikiteas day, glad you asked! Second up is the delicious White Rhino. Sweet, malty, rich…. almost like a black without any of the harshness. And it’s soooo nice to stick my nose into the empty mug and sniff, because it’s gloriously fragrant.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Woo hoo! :)

Kittenna

:D :D Current progress slowed by re-steeps, but I have another one ready to go, and more bags in the “brewing area”!

Butiki Teas

Sweet! Right now I’m drinking a purple black ctc that we would have sold. So delicious!

The Cookie Lady

Ummm….why is this very important day not pre-marked on all standard calendars???

Kittenna

I know, right? Well, everyone can celebrate belated drinkalltheButikiteas day tomorrow. Or all week. I just might! My Butiki drawer is a tad overfull after today’s addition of over a pound of various teas.

The Cookie Lady

We might need to do a swap of some sort if you’re willing to part with tiny bits of some of the Butiki teas I didn’t order in my last batch so I can try a few more things before ordering again (because I don’t think I can stop myself from ordering just once more before Stacy runs out and shuts down for good).

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82
drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! Except… it’s a fake sipdown, because I finished off my first ever ounce of this tea (about 2 years old give or take), and received my next (and last) ounce just today. The last bit was rather heavy on pistachio bits and lotus stamens, not so much tea, so it still tastes ok, but isn’t as flavourful as it was. No worries though, because I have multiple delicious cups of this incoming to my mouth over the next two+ years. Yes, I will more than likely still have this tea in two years. I anticipate having Premium Taiwanese Assam around for 5+. Perhaps I should invest in a vacuum sealer.

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75
drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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Made the decision today that I needed to stock up a little on this before it’s gone, because as herbals go, I like it well enough. So, 50g of this now resides in my DT drawer, plus 25g Pumpkin Chai. I almost got Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Patch as well, but thought better of it – I mean, I got two pumpkin teas from Butiki today too – how many does one need?! (Don’t answer that.)

Anyhow, brewed some of this up to take the chill off of a rainy autumn day. And used my sweet DT Halloween mug, of course (it exceeds my expectations and is wonderful, in case you were curious). Man, I cannot believe how quickly things sold out. I was debating getting a second mug as a backup, but didn’t even have the chance to contemplate it. Ah well.

This tea still has a bit of a weird sour taste to it (it comes out initially, then fades, which is possibly contrary to what I originally said, as I remembered incorrectly), but it smells wonderful, and the aftertaste is pure vanilla apple. Also, no scratchy throat. So, I’m happy to have some set aside for later :)

ETA: Drank a few resteeps of this one, and the sourness was greatly diminished after the first infusion. I wonder if a quick rinse/10s infusion could help with that? Might give it a shot next time.

OMGsrsly

(All the pumpkin teas. I mean, as long as you like them… ;) )

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64
drank Cafe Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
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Got my DT Halloween mug today, yay! And this tea, which I was curious about. It smells a lot more amaretto-y than I was expecting, with dark coffee aromas mingling in the background (I assume chicory is there as well), and brewed up, it also tastes a bit on the amaretto side. Thankfully it’s not overly strong, though. The base ends up being quite strong (although whether that’s from the accidental 11 minute infusion, or a characteristic of the tea, it’s hard to be sure), and tastes more like a blend of coffee/chicory than any tea, despite there being a fair amount of tea in there.

Overall, pretty neutral on this one. I’m sure I’ll get through the bag, but it would have been a tea I’d have been happy merely sampling.

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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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