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438 Tasting Notes

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drank Marshmallow Macaron by Teavana
438 tasting notes

What a difference steeping method can make with a tea! I brewed this hot the day I got it and found it was too strong and almost sour, and not in a good way. Not one to give up until I have explored all my options, I tossed a scoop in the fridge yesterday to cold steep. Granted, I may have underleafed just a tiny bit, but, still, this is so much better! The guava really pops, but not in a harsh way. I get a mildly fruity, refreshing iced tea that is far sweeter and pleasant than the tea brewed hot. I am far, far more impressed. This is a tea I could grow to love this summer!

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I love how tart this tea is and how natural the grapefruit flavour is. I drink this tea when I am looking for a fruity green that is tart, but not sour with a mild base. There are hints of the base tea, but they only compliment the grapefruit flavour more. Though it is not sweet, the acidic tartness of the tea reminds me of the grapefruit gummy candies I used to adore as a child.

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This is actually the boy’s tea. For me, it is way too floral an oolong, but he absolutely adores it. I appreciate the smoothness of the oolong and I adore the smell of the leaves, but overall, this is his tea and not one I will be stealing too often. That being said, he loves it and says it is an amazing oolong.

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I think I am on the fence on this one. I like it parts of it, but I am not sure about others. I love the rhubarb and the strawberry along with the vanilla undertones. I absolutely think of a fruit pie when I am drinking it. However, there is a little bit of astringency in the base tea that I am not crazy about. I think I need to play with it a little bit and see if I can bring out the top notes and mellow the base.

For now, I am not going to rate this tea, I think I need to drink a few more cups before I make a final decision.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
438 tasting notes

Hello Sweetie? Hello Amazing! This was fantastic! Rich, but not too rich. The caramel, the coconut, the banana, it all balances out so beautifully. With just a hint of sugar, I feel like I am having a lovely indulgent cup of dessert. I didn’t immediately think to scoop up a banana coconut tea, but this is amazing. I loved my sample and have already ordered some to throw in my cupboard!

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Looking at the ingredients, I am not surprised to find rose hips and hibiscus in this. Is it ever tart! I cold brewed some and I like a tart iced tea, but even I am trying to work out if this is a good tart or a bad tart. I want to say that the dominant flavour is cranberries, but there does not appear to be any actual cranberry in the leaf, so I take it I am tasting the tartness from the hibiscus and attributing it to cranberry. The apple is present, under the berry, but really, it is the tart hibiscus/berry you are tasting. Overall, the flavours don’t clash, but the whole blend tart, bordering on downright sour.

I am glad I brewed some of this up, and I think it is a well blended tea, but I am not sure if it is the berry blend I am looking for.

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My Butiki teas came, which is always cause for immense excitement in my house! Unfortunately they arrived in the day I had a ninety minute meeting after work which left with only a little over an hour to sort teas, eat supper, and get to my girls night. So only time to try one quick cup of this. Brewed as a white, with no sweetener, this was amazing! So light and lemon, but with a definite cookie base to the flavour. It was reminiscent of a liquid cookie. I am super impressed with the strength of the lemon note and how beautifully all the flavour melded. This is such a light, refreshing tea that I could see myself drinking it hot even through the summer.

After only one cup, I am beginning to suspect this will be a tea I need to keep permanently in my cupboard!!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

nice.. getting excited (as if i needed help) about this one

mewakeling

Get excited, I think it is downright amazing!!

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A friend and I shared a couple of cups of this over a game of Dominion last night. (Not tea related, but if anyone likes board games do I ever recommend Dominion. I come from a long history of playing Catan but this is an awesome change. Also, it can be played with just two players so the boy and I can play anytime we are bored.)

Anyways, much like I noted the first time I brewed this up, it is heavy on the grapefruit, light on the strawberry, but still very much a fresh green tea. I like the tartness, though I wouldn’t have minded if there had been a bit of berry to round out the bottom notes in the flavour. Overall, though, a very pleasant tea!

Sil

haha catan is a great entry game in to euro games imo but i hate it. too much luck involved! dominion is good for replayability and the 2 player factor :) sounds like a good time!

mewakeling

My partner would totally agree with you. We also play Ticket to Ride and Carcassone, but I find Dominion much more versatile in terms of replay ability.

mewakeling

Catan is a guilty pleasure of mine, but the luck factor kills the boy. He likes something he can strategise and control more variables in.

Sil

Puerto Rico; brass; urban sprawl; Cuba; all creatures big and small (2player); pandemic are just a few that I enjoy….

mewakeling

We also have Pandemic and Puerto Rico (Jace loves that one). I really want to try Brass. Is is a good game? I have heard long and complicated, but is it worth it?

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I sipped on this slowly while waking up with my magazine this morning. I know this tea is prohibitively expensive, but it is such an amazing tea. I love sweet the mulberry flavour combined with the underlying warmth of the coconut. Also, this tea is wonderfully appealing to look at. The big coconut swirls against the golden berries never fails to brighten my morning.

Always a great way to start a weekend!

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drank Juicy Peach by Cornelia Bean
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This tea has a ton going on! I could not believe how long the ingredient list was, and that was only the ingredients available to choose! I cold steeped a pitcher of this today. It brewed super fast and the hibiscus was very apparent in the dark pink hue the finished tea took on.

In terms of flavour, it has all the tartness from the hibiscus with notes from the lemon grass and the peach bits. I think it is a peachy tea, but a very tart peach. I am finding it refreshing, but I tend to like a bit of hibiscus in my teas to add that touch of tartness to them.

I can’t see this doing as well as a hot tea, but I have to admit it is pretty amazing cold steeped! This will be showing up more in my pitcher as the weather warms up!

Dexter3657

Oh I would like this…. Nice review – will have to pick some up!!

Sil

mmmmmmmm

mewakeling

If you like hibiscus and don’t mind a tart peachy tea, I highly recommend it.

Sil

shopping list it goes!

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