2484 Tasting Notes

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Oh Hello Sweetie. Today you are a giant cup of toffee banana delciousness and you’re exactly what I needed after some not-so-great teas. Yum!

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I noticed both Roswell Strange and Cavocorax rated this an 80 and tbh I feel as though I am having a completely different experience. This is probably my least favorite Firefly tea of the ones I have tried so far. I mean, it is not bad by any means but I am just finding the spearmint to be overpowering for my tastes. There might be a hint of nuttiness in here but it is not present in a pleasant way. Instead, I am finding that the mint and the nut combine and end on an earthy/vegetal note that comes off almost drying as the sip ends. Perhaps I might enjoy this more cold brewed but if not, I will probably just pass the rest along or drop it into my swap box.

Cavocorax

Ha. It’s funny how we all taste different things!

Roswell Strange

(If you give up on it, I wouldn’t mind more of it to play around with)

VariaTEA

In that case, you will probably see this in the next package I send your way.

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Sipdown!! (150)

Thank you for sharing jump62359 but cold or hot, this was just too floral for me. I am grateful for the chance to have tried it though :)

Lariel of Lórien

It needs waaaaay less jasmine.

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drank Hua Ki by Lupicia
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I don’t know what I am doing wrong because I have had this twice now and both times I couldn’t find the caramel. The houjicha was just too strong for my tastes. Thank you Amariel for the opportunity to try this tea but I just don’ think its for me. I will try the last of this cold brewed and see how that goes.

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So in my latest Butiki order with Sil and Cavocorax, we received a sample labelled “New Taiwanese Black”. Unfortunately, I don’t know what it is actually called and that is really sad because it is quite delicious. It reminds me of Yezi’s Jin Pin – malty and rich. Notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, raisin, bread, everything floating around in the cup. Yum! Now to find out its name so I can get MOAR. Much. Much. More!!

TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, new Butiki,s Taiwanese black, that’s always good news!

Sami Kelsh

Oh HELLO, this sounds gorgeous. Yippee!

Butiki Teas

VariaTEA-It’s our new Sansia Black tea! We will have it online tomorrow with our Red Queen Cupcake provided that the weather holds out for the photo shoot.

VariaTEA

Thank you!! I look forward to getting more of this one and trying the Red Queen Cupcake :)

Butiki Teas

VariaTEA-Awesome! :)

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
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I meant to cold brew this for 4 hours but forgot and brewed it for 14 instead. I was petrified of this being hibby overload but honestly it just tastes like a cherry snowcone. Like cherries, it’s not overly sweet not overly sour but somewhere just in between. I am actually pretty impressed with this whole carnival line because they have been pretty spot on flavor wise. Although, at the end of the day, carnival food is meant to be sugary and artificial and over-the-top so that lends itself well to the David’s type tea.

Cheri

That sounds fun, though.

Roswell Strange

I’m definitely excited to pick this one up for cold brewing; I don’t anticipate (but hey, I could be wrong) it being something I’ll love enough to stock up on but I think I’ll like it.

Courtney

This just reminds me to pick up cherries when I make it to the grocery store hah.

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I am having this hot and I can’t decide whether or not I like it. At times it is cinnamony, other times it is creamy vanilla. Root beer is definitely in the cup but it is not the first thing that immediately comes to mind when I sip. This is one I will have to try cold to see if maybe the heat is what detracts from the root beer in my mind since I am not one to drink hot soda.

OMGsrsly

I didn’t even bother with this one hot, but now you’re making me want to try it in all its weirdness.

VariaTEA

Haha. I had the water boiled and was like “haven’t tried this yet” and then after brewing it I realized it probably would have been better cold. It wasn’t bad…just a little all over the place.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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So this is cotton candy. 100%. Both in smell and in taste. I don’t know if this is something I would want to drink everyday given that ultimately cotton candy is just sugar, but this is definitely a fun tea that brings back memories of bonking the colourful spun sugar at carnivals and circuses. In other news, for cotton candy fans, there is such a thing as maple cotton candy and it is delicious.

Roswell Strange

Did you taste the mango!?

Dustin

What?! Maple cotton candy?! Where do I find this?!

Roswell Strange

Also just throwing this out there; this was you 1666th tasting note. Anything about this one feel Devilish to you? :P

VariaTEA

Haha Dustin. Unfortunately the only place I have gotten it was in Maple stores in Montreal.

And Roswell, nothing devilish here and honestly, I didn’t taste the specific components. Instead it tasted 100% of cotton candy. Want me to add a sample to the package I am eventually going to send you?

OMGsrsly

I am SOOOO jealous! Maple cotton candy! I LOVE cotton candy.

Dustin

I wonder if you can just pour maple syrup into one of those home cotton candy makers. Might be the only way I get to try it.

Roswell Strange

Nah, I plan to buy some for myself on Sunday :) But thanks though.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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This to me tastes a bit like a weak English toffee tea. It is caramelly and buttery and very nice but next time I might go for a longer steep in an attempt to coax out the flavours. Ultimately this is something I may stock just because it is a different sort of flavour other than rooibos when it comes to caffeine free options but this isn’t something I would die without.

Eta: As I continue to sip, there are definitely notes that are almost salty that help convey the popcorn element of this tea. It really is quite nice.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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