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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
2481 tasting notes

So I start my first actual in-store shift tomorrow at 11am. I didn’t find out until 10 tonight so now I am freaking out a bit and trying to make sure I have everything I need and know everything I should know. Also, during the interview process I was told me friend who recommended me would be training me, which was relaxing given that if I did something stupid, she would be the only one who would know but now she doesn’t start until a couple hours into my shift so I am a little more neurotic than I would have been otherwise. I have been hounding my poor friend for the past hour or so asking a million questions and just generally freaking out. Honestly, I will more than likely be fine but it is still intimidating so, to help me relax, I am enjoying a favorite before bed as I review some of the policies. Wish me luck :)


Good luck! I’m sure it will go great :D


I’m sure it will be fine. :) You sound like you’ll be prepared!


Good luck for tomorrow :-)

Roswell Strange

I hope all went well!


Good luck! :D

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For some reason this SBT was just calling my name. I guess I just thought it was so elaborate that I was excited to see how it would taste. Sipping on it now, I am getting pumpkin spice first and base second. Every now and then I think I catch a bit of the vanilla or chocolate but it is fleeting and might just be me tasting it because I think it should be there. I mean, this is good, but it does fall short in a few areas so I don’t think it will be one I get again. However, it is fun to try and I am happy I have the rest of the pitcher to enjoy for the next little while.

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Sipping down my oldest tea and watching the premiere of True Blood is making for a pleasant evening.

So long tasty peach tea. You are definitely the best tasting bloom tea I have had but I don’t think I will be restocking given the price and Teavana’s shitty customer service. It was fun while it lasted though.

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First time I had this tea it tasted like water and not much else. I assumed that was because I had a cold and thus my taste buds were off. However, now I can see why I was not getting much from this – like a macaron, the flavors are very, very subtle in this blend. It is a tea that demands your attention otherwise you might miss the creamy lemon and airy pastry notes that perfectly represent this teas namesake. The best way to describe this is delicate and beautiful. Well, that and delicious :).


I still haven’t tried this tea. It does sound wonderful.

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So my very first sip of this tea tasted like DAVIDs Sugar & Spice tea. It definitely was not what I was expecting at all. As I continue to sip, I am picking up on hints of lemongrass and notes of sweet coconut. I am actually enjoying it despite thinking this would be one I would immediately want to toss into the swap pile. As it is, I don’t think I will be stocking it anytime soon but this is one I will most likely enjoy drinking while I have it.

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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A little overleafed and cold brewed for 4.5 hours has made for a bitter, hop-filled cup. I have had better but even those are not really for me. I am sure there is a market for this blend but I am just not part of it. There are plenty other Butiki teas for me. Thank you Roswell Strange for the generous sample that allowed me to play around with this blend but now I am content to say goodbye.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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So I picked out all the sugar crystals for the blend and yet this is still very sweet. Chocolate and coconut are both present but they taste artificial. It is not horrible but I have had and do have far better chocolate coconut blends.


Good to know. I was wondering about this one.


I got a sample of this and that is more than enough for me. I will be sticking to my SoHo blend for when the chocolate coconut mood strikes :)

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I realized last night that I have not done a swap in a little while and so I started compiling a list of swap teas. Then I realized that there are some teas I have in my cupboard that I haven’t tried that have been consistently deemed mediocre by all you steepsterites. This is one of those teas and I can definitely see why it hasn’t wowed people. This tastes like any other genmaicha – had I not known, I would have no clue that this was supposed to be peanut buttery or marshmallowy which is really a disappointment given I have really enjoyed the other marshmallow treat teas 52 teas has to offer. Oh well, I suppose they can’t all be hits and this one is definitely a big ol’ miss.

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I have shared this with a couple people now but so far it seems I am the first to try it (or at least the first to review it). I was excited to try this because I have often seen blueberry and maple but never strawberry and maple and those are two flavors that tend to call to me when I see them in blends. Consequently, I had high hopes for this that unfortunately it just doesn’t seem to be meeting. In my first sip, I got a nice dose of strawberry but that flavor has escaped me more and more with each subsequent sip. At times it resurfaces for a moment while in other instances I get a bit of an almost medicinal berry flavor which is just not pleasant. As for maple, I am not getting any, which seems to be the case with most maple teas (aside from Steam Tea House’s Organic Maple Seduction). Ultimately, the base really overwhelms the rest of the components. Thankfully it is neither bitter nor astringent but it also is not the greatest black tea I have had either. I will be sure to play around with the parameters to see if I can coax out the strawberry/maple but for now this is just alright.


Do they get their tea from Metropolitan? I know they have a strawberry maple one called 1776.


I have no idea tbh but I wouldn’t be surprised

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Lately my mason jar has been tied up with cold brews and my other clear containers are packed away in a box in the basement so I haven’t had anything to brew blooms in. However, the past couple of days, I have decided to take advantage of my empty mason jar to brew bloom teas.

This one, in its dry form, was probably the prettiest bloom yet. Mostly that is because it looks like more than just tea leaves tied in a ball seeing as it has a small pink flower peaking through. However, that flower led me astray because when I brewed this, the flower separated itself from the rest of the bloom which then sunk to the bottom and bloomed upside down. Why put the flower on the bottom? Consequently, this one wasn’t as lovely bloomed as some of the others I have had.

Tastewise, this is a weak tea. Despite steeping for quite a long while, this just tastes like water infused with a bit of hibby and a touch of vegetal green – two flavor notes I personally do not look for in any blend. I will say though that given the two flavors this actually does have tend to be ones that are hated by many, this isn’t as bad as one might expect.

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. I appreciate the chance to try something new but this just wasn’t for me. On the other hand, blooms are always fun to watch so at the very least, I got some enjoyment out of this.

Terri HarpLady

I initially had a fascination for blooming teas, they are fun to watch open, but in general it seems like they are lacking in flavor.


I’m just not big on jasmine so that’s a huge no for me. :P


The blooms by DAVIDs are relatively flavorful compared to the others I have had but ultimately, if they weren’t a bloom, they would not be tasty enough to inspire me to want more. Still, they are fun every once in a while.


Ooh, bloom in a mason jar sounds like a good idea.

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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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