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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Thanks to Courtney for sending me a sample of this to try!

I’m very glad I got to try it. I think the flavoring is pretty good, but the marshmallow base is a little too weak for me. I think this would be wonderful on a genmaicha or decaf black base. I’m pretty picky about my herbals, I will say. There are only a few I actually really like.


Stacy’s may be reblending this with another base

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I’m enjoying this seasonally appropriate tea this afternoon from my surprise secret pumpkin box from BrewTEAlly Sweet :D

This smells like pumpkin spice with a hint of chocolate. Mmm, dessert! The base tea is smooth, the flavorings are realistic enough, and everything is pretty balanced. It is an enjoyable desserty treat!

Having all these new teas to try is great- it is keeping me from jonesing to make another tea order, lol. Yep, I’m a tea addict :P

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay I’m glad you enjoyed it I have yet to get to it:( I’ll try and wake up earlier than 3.30 am so I have time to make some tea to take to work!


Eewwww. That is really early!

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Back at work today, boo! Courtney was awesome and sent me some extra of this tea she had laying around, so I’m enjoying a cup while I work to celebrate! One of my favorite strawberry teas :D

Thanks again, Courtney!

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I’m back! Camping was excellent. We picked the perfect weekend to go hiking in Indiana as the trees are just about at peak color here. It did get VERY cold last night though. We woke up with red noses and frost on the outside of the tents!! BBRRRRR!

Anyway, I got a sample of this with my most recent order. I’m very excited to try my 2nd Sheng! I only have Mandala’s Wild Monk to compare this to. My husband and I have been sharing the sample faux gongfu style. I set up the kettle to hold at the right temperature, and the leaves are sitting in a David’s Tea perfect steeper basket, and we will take turns each filling our little vintage pyrex cups halfway full of water, since they hold exactly 8oz each. The first couple of steeps are a little smokey, but not as smokey as Wild Monk. If Wild Monk is a light pine wood flavor, these purple buds are a richer darker oak or maybe apple wood. As the infusions continue the lingering fruitiness begins to build at the end of each sip. I thought of the Wild Monk as a tangy apricot, but this is a sour cherry/plummy/prune type fruit. Very rich and thick. There is a mushroomy note, but not an unpleasant one. I’m excited to see how many steeps we get total this afternoon. I think we are up to a dozen right now. YAY! I’m really getting to be fond of puerh!

Thanks Stacy!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

This is one I’ve always meant to try! The flavors seem relatively mild. Not sure if the stuff in the tea box is getting old or it’s just a more subtle blend! Either way, this is an enjoyable morning cup!

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I got a really nice Secret Pumpkin package from BrewTEAlly Sweet yesterday, even though I hadn’t signed up because I’m so busy right now! She’s the sweetest!!!

Anyway, this is one of the tea samples she included. Sounds right up my alley as I love coconut AND almond! Oddly enough, I’m finding this one a little fakey, and the flavoring a tad too strong. I think it might be the chocolate flavoring? Anyway, it is drinkable for sure, just not my favorite. Might be nice as a latte :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet


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I’m going camping this weekend! YAY! Last night I packed up a couple of gallons of purified water and a bunch of teas to drink and share with my friends. (I love sharing tea with friends!) I chose teas that won’t mind boiling water, and teas that are nice and rich and highly caffeinated. It is going to get down to 30 degrees Saturday night, BRR! Hot rich tea will be perfect. Anyway- I packed…

Butiki Caramel Vanilla Assam
Butiki Organic Guayusa
Verdant Laoshan Black
Mandala Special Dark

Oh, and a little Butiki Citrus Dream for the evenings, though we’ll likely all be drinking beer and wine at night time. (OR hot cocoa with bourbon, HA!)



Ooh! Sounds like fun! Have a blast!


Thanks! I’m sure I will! :D

Terri HarpLady

Nice selection!

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I’m not rating this tea because I have a special rolling thunder oolong version

Wow. This tea has an amazing carrot flavor! I’m impressed. It actually reminds me more of my friends delicious carrot souffle rather than carrot cake! Strong carrot flavor with more subtle soft vanilla and spices. I love that I can taste the base tea. And it is a GOOD base tea! I’m getting some richness and a mild but pleasant astringency from it for sure. :D

This is a very comforting tea for a rainy dreary Halloween morning! Happy Halloween Steepster buddies :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I made mine today and got carrot everything taste :( I was also in a rush to get to the post office before they closed :( I’ll have to try again. How long did u steep yours?


No vanilla in yours? Hmm. I can’t remember how long I steeped…knowing me and that I did it at work it was under normal temp and 4-6 minute steep.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Hmm okay I’ll try again tomorrow! It’s my Friday tomorrow so I can drink all the tea I want till whatever time I want! I don’t have to worry about cutting the caffeine off at a certain time so I can fall asleep at 8


Oh sweet! Good luck, I hope you enjoy! I think tomorrow I’m going to mix half pumpkin milkshake and pumpkin crime brûlée! :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Ooooooohhh intriguing! I can’t wait to see the review!!!

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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Ohhhh! Sweet sweet pumpkiny goodness! I LOVE the darjeeling base. The pumpkin is assertive enough, and the strong vanilla and cream flavors make it SUPER milkshakey! I really want to taste this side by side with Pumpkin Creme Brulee. I think I prefer this one just because of the base tea. I guess I find the Ceylon in the Brulee a tad astringent…Everyone looking for a great pumpkin tea needs to try this one. Very, very nicely done Stacy :D

Are the ground vanilla beans your standard madagascar/bourbon variety? I’m pretty sure they are. I’ve been experimenting with different vanillas in my cooking. I find the Tahitian variety very floral and compelling. I bet it would be a really neat addition to a tea blend some day. This pumpkin tea is perfect with the more classic madagascar/bourbon flavor :)


Yes I enjoy Pumpkin Brulee, but I also think I prefer this one. It’s amazing!


want! he he he

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Stephanie-Have you also tried the Zhen Qu (black tea) version? I would be curious to know which one you like better if you have.

This is the one we use (pure ground): http://www.amadeusvanillabeans.com/store/vanilla-beans-ground.php They have a few different vanilla beans available too but just the bourbon already powdered.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay! I must order this when I get money


I did not know there was a black version Stacy! Thanks for the vanilla bean link :)

I’m sending you some samples tomorrow BrewTEAlly Sweet!!!

Butiki Teas

Oops, I just realized that this wasn’t the Carrot Cake. Never mind, there is only an oolong version. You’re welcome for the link! :)

Butiki Teas

Courtney-Nope, sorry my mistake. There is only an oolong version. For some reason I got mixed up and and was thinking about the Carrot Cake.


Ohhhh ok! I’m going to taste the oolong carrot cake tomorrow! :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay yay yay!!! Then I’ll know what to order for sure!!

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, TeaUrchin, White2Tea and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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