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Somehow this one is cherry for me again, even though cherry is not mentioned on the ingredients at ALL. But somehow I’m only tasting cherry and maybe some marzipan. Maybe a slight biscuit flavor. Should I be worried about flavor contamination in our group order? I know those DF bags aren’t the best especially if you’re buying mass amounts of tea. I really hope that didn’t happen… but I see other tasting notes mentioning cherry too (and not from our group order.) Maybe it’s something in the other flavors that reminds me of cherry. Or maybe DF loves cherry and I’m trying too many of their teas. :D Whatever happened here tastes pretty good to me anyway! I guess cherry works with this sort of Ceylon…
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 13 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

greenteafairy

Interesting. I didn’t get cherry from this one, but I feel like it’d be a good match for the rest of the flavor profile if it were there.

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Thanks for the sample with my order, Angry Tea Room! This is a lovely herbal blend. Lots of colorful ingredients — you could almost put them in a clear jar and gaze at them on a shelf. There are two types of apple here — I noticed one big apple slice with the skin… also a big piece of cinnamon. I used two teaspoons because the ingredients were so big. The flavor is on the lighter side, even with a five minute steep just after boiling. The brew results in a light pink color, so the hibiscus doesn’t do TOO much damage (at least in my two teaspoon serving anyway). The lovely cup definitely had an apple cider flavor going on — apple as the strongest flavor, slightly tangy from the hibiscus, and slightly spicy, mostly licorice from the anise. To make it even more flavorful, you could use three teaspoons… Overall, this is an acceptable tea — less flavor but not overwhelming hibiscus is good enough for me!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // just boiled // five minute steep

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drank Evening In Missoula by TeaSource
886 tasting notes

Thank you to Inkling for the sample!

mmmm tastes like a creamy, frothy rootbeer! Of course, they added stevia, which was completely unnecessary. Some

Sweet sarsaparilla/rootbeer with lots of vanilla and cream. I like the chamomile and wintermint combination. This is a really tasty herbal, but I hate stevia and wish they had left that out.

Flavors: Anise, Cream, Dry Grass, Fruity, Hay, Lavender, Mint, Peppermint, Root Beer, Spearmint, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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drank Cloud 9 by Fava Tea Co.
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84

Well balanced green tea. The orange and pineapple are not super strong but are noted. Smells great, drinks smooth, and finishes with the taste of the green tea. Not sure I was energized but it was a nice tea and one that will become a often used tea.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Did not like at all. The Holy Basil herb was way too much for me. I have never had it so I can’t compare to others but for me this way overpowered the rest of the flavor. I didn’t even finish the tea any time I tried it. Tried it a couple of different times just to make sure it wasn’t my home water versus office water. I didn’t notice anything but the holy basil herb, the other flavors just disappeared for me.

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65

The first time I brewed this I WAY over brewed it. Darn those kids and their distractions!

But it was much better when I did it right. It’s a very light white tea, taste of strawberry comes out more on the second steeping but it’s still very light and well balanced. The kind of tea that is not strong or overpowering but can be sipped all day. I drink it hot and use no sweeteners.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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15

I really wanted to like this tea. It has lots of flavors that I like. Eastern Shore is usually very mild and not a strong tasting tea which I expect, this one was totally lacking. It didn’t really carry any vanilla, cherry, or almond flavors at all. It just tasted like a mild black tea. When I first opened the bag I could smell the vanilla and almond but it dissipated quickly.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Toasted Rice by Numi Organic Tea
20 tasting notes

First of this kind of tea that I have tried. I was a little leary that it would taste like burnt grass. Instead it does have a nice toasted rice nutty flavor. Not a huge astringent taste like straight sencha can have, it’s offset and softened by the toasted rice.

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drank Soothing Caramel Bedtime by Yogi Tea
20 tasting notes

So many ingredients. Yet not much flavor. I don’t taste vanilla or caramel at all. Overall this blends together into boring. Not the worse tea I have had but definitely one that I’ll give away.

Preparation
8 min or more

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83

Working six days in a row while not feeling the best has prevented me from enjoying tea, so now that I have a day off, you better believe, I’m spending my day off recuperating at home whilst sipping on tea. I’m trying not to eat much today so perhaps I need to switch over to herbal soon. After two cups of coffee and two Perfect Mugs of black tea, this caffeine is starting to kill my stomach. But that ginger and lemon was calling me. So lively and scrumptious.

Off-topic, but may I get my lovely Steepsterites’ opinions on something? So, there is this co-worker who seems quite interesting, and the few times that I see him, he is a little shy around me. Granted, I’m newer, but there seems to be more to it. It’s difficult for me to ever reach such a conclusion (I’m the kind of person who never thinks anyone would actually like me, never assumes one is flirting, etc), but I have/had a feeling that maybe he is interested in me. His position requires him to float around amongst various stores so sometimes I’ve gone weeks without seeing him (and if so, only briefly), so it’s been difficult to get to know him. Unlike my home store co-workers, who I always have the opportunity to talk to in the lunch room or on the floor, this isn’t the case with him. With that said, the other day when he was in, I bit the bullet and asked him if he would like to go for coffee with me sometime. Normally, I would have waited longer to let things develop naturally at work, and I’m always too unsure of myself to ever initiate anything with anyone, but with recent events such as being headhunted and having a former employer trying to talk me into coming back, I’m not even sure how long I’d be there for. I was so nervous asking him, and despite his saying yes (and I offered to give him my phone number thinking he could just text me or whatever whenever it suits him), I asked quite a few times if he’s sure, if it’s ok, reassuring him that I wouldn’t be offended if he didn’t want to, etc, because I didn’t want to freak him out.

Here’s where it gets weird. Later on in the day, he pulled me aside to ask me what my intentions are, to clarify if I meant it as a date or just friends, and then went on to explain that he has a rule that he doesn’t date co-workers, so he would only be ok with going for coffee with me on a friends-only basis. I completely respect that, but it still made me feel sick to my stomach. This is why I was worried about asking him because I didn’t want to put him in an awkward position or freak him out. So, what is everyone’s opinion on that? Do you think I shouldn’t take it personally and he really does abide by such a rule? Or is that a polite way of rejecting an individual? Of course I’m cool just being friends, I simply want to get to know him more, and I swear based on his behaviour, I was so sure that he was intrigued by me. Now I’m worried he’s weirded out and being forced into doing something he doesn’t want to do just to be nice, or… I don’t know. I feel so bad now.

Nattie

Don’t feel bad! I’m sure he’s being honest. If he didn’t want to go for coffee at all I’m sure he would have said so.

mrmopar

I agree to him saying if he didn’t want to. Go and feel him out and be friends first as if you are friends and it goes on then you will always have that to have between you.

Evol Ving Ness

Do. not. feel. bad. So you go for coffee. And exchange phone numbers. And maybe platonically go for a movie. Not dating co-workers is a good policy to have. You’ll get to know each other as friends. Then when you have moved on, you can get in touch and see what happens. If then he is not interested, then you’ll know. Still, once you have established a friendship and a warmth towards each other, things should be pretty clear and you’ll have every reason in the world to contact him to let him know that you have switched jobs.

Sil

I asked the man in the house (ha!) if he was thinking the same thing as me and we figure he actually genuinely wants to go for coffee but just wanted to make sure you didn’t think it was a date like thing. I wouldn’t take it as rejection…most guys i know wouldn’t say yes if they didn’t actually mean it.

Indigobloom

He may just be covering his bases, especially if his manager has a policy against coworkers dating. It gives him an “out”, if there is no connection after coffee. Also, something similar happened to me ages ago before I met my boyfriend. I asked the guy out but when his reaction puzzled me, I amended it to only as friends and he agreed and said he wasn’t looking to date anyone at the moment anyhow. Turns out his reaction was due to overall shyness, and he really did want to date me… he just thought I would never go for him, so when I added the as friends part he felt that he needed to save face. Anyhow. Long story short, I didn’t feel a connection there but he did and he’s told me a few times now how he wishes he’d given me a different answer.

Indigobloom

Also.Feel better soon!

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This was the big surprise of the final Butiki batch for me – I love it! So much of it, particularly for me, shouldn’t work… but it just does! First off, the base is a green, which is typically my least favourite, and on top of that it has anise, which, as a licorice-hater, I’m also not a big fan of. But somehow when combined with the pear and jasmine flavours this tea just really works for me! It’s even more surprising given that it doesn’t seem to be too popular with other Steepsterites. But that’s okay, more for me! Or there would be if this were still available…

The dry leaf of this tea is absolutely gorgeous. Butiki blends tend to be visually stunning, but this one more than most. There are whole jasmine flowers dispersed throughout the leaf, and whole pieces of star anise which, though I’m not usually a fan of flavour-wise, are pretty gorgeous to look at. Many reviewers have commented that they found the anise to be overpowering, but this wasn’t the case for me. The bi luo chun, pear, jasmine and anise notes are all pretty harmonious in my cup and none are overwhelming or jarring. This is a very relaxing cup of tea! It’s subtle in the right way; I think if the notes were stronger they would become overpowering and become more of a punch in the face, but it’s not lacking in flavour like I found the Irish Cream Butter Crisps to be. Perhaps the trick with this one was leaving it to mature for a couple of years until the flavours mellowed out! As usual I added a little under half a teaspoon of sugar, which, as Stacy said it would, really created a pear drop sweets kind of feel. Only this one is mature and better for you. The Jasmine notes are soft and natural – I suspect they come from the added flowers rather than additional flavourings – and add a sophisticated twist to something which otherwise could have been too sweet and fruity. The anise is mellow, too, and doesn’t remind me of licorice as much as peking duck (that sounds totally negative but it wasn’t meant to). Perhaps what I should have said is that it reminds me of five spice, in that the anise is more natural and ever so slightly on the savoury side, so that it pairs well with the green tea base. The pear note does not come across as artificial to me, or at least not in a bad way. It’s definitely reminiscent of sweets more than the fruit itself, but it comes across to me as deliberate, and the word ‘artificial’ to me conjures up (gustatory) images of plastic, chemical-tasting sting-your-mouth disgustingness, which this doesn’t have.

Of all the Butiki teas I bought in their closing down tea-blending frenzy, I knew there would be some gems I would struggle to part with, I’m just a little surprised to find that this is one of them! I’m relieved I picked some of it up, because I was umming and ahhing over whether to get any at all, but now I wish I has more than my measly half an ounce. Oh well, hindsight is a wonderful thing! I shall enjoy this while I have it, and savour as much as I can.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Crap, you are my favorite jasmine tea right now. I grandpa steeped you at the caf and you did not become astringent whatsoever-just sweeter and creamier with you’re awesome florals. You even rebrewed after grandpa steeping. I’m going to be so sad when I finish you off.

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Crap you are becoming a favorite never mind you are from a different company. Nevermind I really, really like you. Yay! More money to shipping!

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90

Good morning yummy tea, you are going to be some great company in my tumbler. And that you were. Maybe we can work on our staying power…

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Most recent tea of the a day, decent, buttery, mega smooth, creamy, and mildly sweet. Butterflowers pops in my head. I can taste the Jin Xuan and Cui Yu qualities easily, but need to rebrew with fresher utensil. Silly Daylon had this after a black tea…

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drank Honey Lullaby by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

I feel bad for not enjoying this :( I got it for my friend and I and I regret it. It tastes like an elderly ladies perfume to me personally, although that may be because I’m not a huge fan of honey? I’m not too sure. Seeing the other peoples reviews, this may be right for some, but others, smell it first and if you like the scent then you’d love to drink it. Was only able to drink two tablespoons before tossing it in the sink.

Flavors: Honey, Perfume

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 475 ML

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Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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drank Camomile by 3-Crown
886 tasting notes

This is actually one of the best chamomile (TIL it can also be spelled Camomile as it is spelled on the box) teas I’ve ever had.

For some off reason, the cheapest grocery store value-price chamomile tastes the best to me. So now, I just buy 3-crown brand, the cheapest one available ($2 CAD or $1.51 USD for 20 teabags.)

This tea is great. You can’t mess up the steep time (personally, I start drinking after 2 minutes but leave the teabag in and just keep adding hot water). It does very well in blends (try one teabag of this chamomile with one teabag of mint!) and it’s great with some honey. I’ve used it to make iced tea before also, and it is plenty flavourful because it resteeps 2 times.
As with any cheap bagged chamomile tea, this tastes like warm, dry grass, dried flowers, pollen, and has the typical lemon/pepper flavour of chamomile blossoms. Another things to mention is that this is not vegetal at all like fresh chamomile can be. I intend to buy some chamomile flower plants for my herb garden some day, but I very much prefer this bagged tea. So sue me.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Dry Grass, Flowers, Honey, Lemon, Pepper, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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I just ordered this from Liquid Proust, and I couldn’t be happier. It didn’t come with brewing instructions so I followed my instincts and managed to make a perfect brew at 195 degrees Fahrenheit, for 40 seconds. The leaves are aesthetically pleasing, like little dark brown rolled up leaves. The scent of the liquor is warm and inviting. The liqour tastes smooth and rich, with a wonderful roasted flavor. I would recommend this tea to anybody who enjoys roasted oolongs.

Flavors: Roasted, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Peppermint Leaves by 3-Crown
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Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 24 OZ / 700 ML

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91

Sipdown. Sad to see it go, but I’ve got to make room for the hundreds of samples I seem to have in my possession right now. I’m hoping to go back to Seattle in the next year or two, so I will pick up some more of this next time I’m in the city.

Some final notes on this amazing yellow (black?) tea
-very rich, creamy, malt, cocoa flavours but not bitter at all
-never astringent, bitter, sour, or anything else unpleasant
-no vegetal notes at all, this isn’t a green/unprocessed yellow tea
-very, very smooth
-taste of minerals that IMO accompanies the classic “tea” flavour, no hint of salt, moss, soil, or fermentation
-thick mouthfeel
-slightly toasty
-lots of flavourful tannins, tastes like a high grade black tea (because it has the flavour of an oxidized tea), but is a tiny bit toasty and less brash
-resteeps very well, I did 3 pots of 700 mL today and there was no loss of flavour from the 1 tsp of leaf I used. Yet it doesn’t get bitter or overly tannic! Yay for good quality tea leaves!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream, Malt, Mineral, Round , Tannin, Tea, Thick, Toasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML
Mackie

I’ve honestly found blacks to be the least tannic/bitter and brash genre once you get past a certain level of quality

Arby

It’s like night and day between black tea fannings/tea dust that they use in grocery store teas compared to high grade blacks. I find most blacks to be very strong and sometimes brash, regardless of quality, but high grade blacks are rarely bitter.

Mackie

that’s fair, I am a tad biased, black tea is my favourite, and I like strong tea and I have yixing for my black that helps with astringency, but like a lot of blacks are on the lighter side too. I just appreciate that good black teas are way more affordable than good oolongs or good greens or .. I guess pretty much anything

Arby

I’m also a big fan of black tea! I pretty much like everything (except some greens), but blacks are usually so pretty (especially varieties that show patches of gold and black) and rarely disappoint. I ave not had many black teas I did not like.

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