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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried this tea a while ago and was really unimpressed with it. It just tastes sour to me – no depth of flavour at all. Sweetening it didn’t help. I tried blending it with other teas in my cupboard to make it more palatable, but it didn’t help. Ended up getting rid of what we had left. Definitely not a fan of this one.

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The first time I brewed this one I wasn’t super excited about it. It tasted a bit weak to me, and I wasn’t getting much maple out of it at all. After making it a few more times, it grew on me a lot. I think adding a bit more leaves + increasing the water temperature from the brewing suggestions on the bag helped. It has a lovely oolong base to it, and then it tastes like real fresh walnut, and finishes with a light kiss of maple at the end. I think using some maple syrup to sweeten it with instead of honey could really add to the flavour as well. I will definitely consider buying more of this one when we run out!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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97
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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I used to be an employee at Teaopia – and towards the end of my time there, I fell in love with two particular teas they carried: the ‘Honey Sweet’ black tea and the ‘Red Dragon’, which was categorized as an oolong but tasted nearly identical to the Honey Sweet (but lighter.) Those were the first plain, unflavoured black teas I truly enjoyed. I’m not a fan of any of the usual – Assam, Darjeeling, Ceylon, English breakfast, etc. They’re all too malty for my tastes.

So ever since Teaopia was bought out by Teavana, I’ve been on the hunt for a black tea with a similar flavour profile. After reading the description for the Mi Xian I knew I had to try it and see if it matched my beloved Honey Sweet/Red Dragon teas!

Upon opening the bag I immediately fell in love with the aroma. The scent is absolutely beautiful! Smells like honey and something else I can’t quite place. On my first sip, I could tell right away that it was very similar to the HS/RD in that it is smooth with that honey-like flavour and no astringency – just how I like it! However this tea has a sort of cocoa note to it that the HS/RD teas did not have. I did a second steep at around 5 minutes. I was surprised how much flavour was still in it.

I think I’m still on the hunt for teas more similar to the Honey Sweet/Red Dragon, but the Mi Xian is the closest I’ve come to matching them, and is a delicious tea regardless!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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This morning I was rushing off to work, and was in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. I wanted to try another one of the teas from my Butiki order, and in the end I settled on this one!

Right away the dry leaves intrigued me when I opened the package. So big! Also, the aroma is lovely – honey and something fruity, with a bit of bite at the end. The flavour of the tea is much the same. The honey flavour is prominent, and finishes with malty black tea and the notes of golden raisin mentioned in the description. Lovely!

I will definitely have to sit down with this one again when I have some more time to really savour it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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I received this as a sample in my order. Thank you Stacy!

My first impression of this tea: It’s quite pleasant! Very mild, vanilla-ey, and sweet without needing to add anything. However, after adding a touch of honey, a bit more of that ‘cake’ flavour does come out. I do find it’s a little too mild for my tastes. I’m not sure I would ever crave this one, but I’m glad I got a chance to try it nonetheless! :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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This was the second tea I tried from my Butiki order. After experiencing a bit of a letdown with the Pistachio Ice Cream tea I tried first, I was happy to find that Watermelon Xylophone did not disappoint!

The dry leaf smells like fresh, ripe watermelon with a light white tea undertone. (It’s also quite beautiful, with lovely fuzzy silver needles accented with bright pink petals! <3 ) The scent translates directly to the taste – it is the flavour of a beautiful buttery white tea with a squeeze of fresh watermelon juice. Refreshing and light and not at all artificial. My boyfriend declared it the best white tea he has ever tasted!

Definitely will be ordering more of this one in the future!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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