Featured & New Tasting Notes

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Tea time! As it’s late I will pick this Rooibos blend. Shooting star, how cute!

I open the packet and am met with a thick, medicinal scent with some sweetness that mimics almond. Not unpleasant but rather …well…odd.

It’s steeped scent is much different. I smell sweet apple sauce with almond, very sweet but also very nice. The apple is rather strong considering, and it’s more apple sauce than apple.

Flavour is thickly Rooibos with a mild, sweet apple after taste before the Rooibos takes control again. Further sips bring out the almond sweetness though it’s still very much in the background of the Rooibos, of which seems almost smoky/smog like.

It’s not as sweet nor pleasing as it’s raw scent though it’s drinkable. It’s a rather medicinal Rooibos which I am not a fan of, well not a fan of Rooibos in general but this is darker than I can usually bare.

Flavors: Almond, Medicinal, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
Jude

Smog! Let’s add it to the flavor list! lol

KittyLovesTea

I agree, if sweat can be on the list then so can smog!

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I decided to take this one out today and give it a whirl, I guess I still wanted sheng but something a little less aggressive than the Repave and this certainly fits the bill. This morning I am getting some flowery and clover type notes, with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. I haven’t had this in a while and it seems to be aging nicely in my closet. ;)

If anything it reminds me a bit more of a white puerh than it did in the beginning. Very nice and pleasant overall. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

Don’t know why but I didn’t like it much. Everybody loves it except me. Maybe I should revisit ;)

TeaBrat

I feel that way about the Repave ;)

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84

I was so close to making another order with ATR yesterday to take advantage of their sale, but decided to postpone it until next time so I can catch up with these other samples, plus I’ve been moving around a lot and not even sure where I should send it. And who knows, maybe our Canadian dollar will strengthen a little bit by then. Fingers crossed, eh?

Intentionally saving this as one of the last ones, it smells very desserty, like Brioche-level desserty, but despite having figs and sesame, I actually get cherry almond out of this more than anything else, perhaps due to the slivered almonds in the dry leaf. It’s toasty and sweet at the same time, but not an artificial or overwhelming sweet.

It definitely delivers in the flavour. I get cherry almond notes but not figs nor sesame. I’ll shake the packet next time I have a cup to see if it’ll help. But the base is smooth and the flavour profile goes well with light cream. This tea kind of reminds me of Rainbow rooibos, but in a way, this is even better since I’m personally a fan of black teas more so than rooibos. That said, I can see myself getting more of this. Well done, ATR!

Maddy Barone

That sounds soooo nummy! I keep adding to the list of tea places I want to order from. This is BAD for my budget! LOL

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, this place can be such a bad influence sometimes. Double-edged sword. FWIW, I really enjoy ATR’s samples. They’re really generous in size and it’s a great way of trying their stuff without committing to larger sizes/bigger orders. :)

Maddy Barone

I really like it when a tea company will allow us to buy small samples. I hesitate to order 50 grams of a tea I’m not sure I’ll like.

Fjellrev

Exactly! I mean, I wish more companies would realize that they would actually make more money if they offered smaller sizes. You’re more likely in the long run to have people come back for more.

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Having a delicious cup of this now, while I’m working on posting a garage sale on our website. This tea is so amazing. It’s tasting very powered sugary today. I’m really wondering how this would taste mixed with our PTA. I bet it would be delicious. I never got around to it but I always wanted to do a Butiki Breakfast Blend with this tea, PTA, and our Mi Xian Black. I think I will make a blend for myself.

DeliriumsFrogs

So excited to see the garage sale. :) (I love my tea set I bought from you off your garage sale). And, a blend just for yourself sounds absolutely marvelous and tremendously well deserved.

Butiki Teas

DeliriumsFrogs-It’s mostly going to be left over tins, thermoses, etc but I will be posting a few items from my house. There is a really great teaware set that I will be breaking up. I’ll post a sneak peek on instagram. :) Also, there will be those necklaces we made but never did anything with.

Butiki Teas

Oh yeah and a few cupping sets.

DeliriumsFrogs

Those awesome tea vial necklaces with the little cup charm?!?!?!?! I loved those!! (i’d have to grab one…)

Butiki Teas

DeleriumsFrogs-Yes! Those are the ones. If you want one, let me know I can always hold one for you. We only have 3 and I would like to keep one for myself. We have Hello Sweetie, Citrus Dream, and Almond Indulgence. I’m waiting to hear back from the person that made them about pricing. I’m trying to convince her to keep it low.

Ost

When are you going to put up the garage sale items? Like this week? Also would it be in the day or night time? Asking because I have work this week xD

Butiki Teas

Ost-Not sure yet. I was thinking about posting to our official Facebook page a little bit at a time before doing the website post since it takes more effort to post on the website. Are you looking for anything in particular?

Here is what we will definitely be posting:
3 small cup sets, 2 cups each. Different sets
1 glass tea pot
2 8 cup pyrex measuring cups
These cups: http://instagram.com/p/zOPOnnlfKU/?modal=true
2 bombillas
5 cupping sets (white cup and steeping vessel)
1 small cup (oc Japan)
1 large tea dispenser (this is maybe 12 cups, stays hot 24ish hours)
1 large metal thermos
1 paisley gaiwan
tins-so many tins
2 magnetic tea displays
unsold teaware (not a lot but tea jars, and yixing cups with white ceramic on the inside)

Sil

oh man..those necklaces…hello sweetie!

Butiki Teas

Sil-I was looking at the Hello Sweetie more as a ‘break in case of emergency’.

Sil

I will be waiting with baited breath for the pricing on those. Heh

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m with Sil…. those necklaces!!! :))))

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m totally wanting to yell, HOLD ONE FOR ME!, but I don’t want to be all greedy and grab one before anyone else… (honestly, I love all your teas, so it wouldn’t matter at all which tea was in the vial)

Butiki Teas

They are a little more then I would like. They are $15.99 and come with a chain.

DeliriumsFrogs

Ahhhhh! I really love them, but I should probably hold off… They’re so perfect, though! (I can’t ever find decent tea jewelry…)

Sil

Do you still have the pics handy Stacy? Pretty sure i’d still love one but my memory is a little foggy.

Kaylee

Welcome back Stacy! Hope you had a wonderful trip!

Now about that tea dispenser… How much do you think it will be?

Butiki Teas

Sil-let me email you a pic. I’m trying to find the really nice pics my friend took but do have the charm one readily available.
Kaylee-Thank you so much! I did, it was so wonderful. :) The dispenser will probably be $8 + shipping.

Kaylee

Can I lay dibs on the dispenser now?

Butiki Teas

Kaylee-Absolutely. Here is a pic: http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/butikiteas/media/Garage%20Sale/BigThermos_zps46319c9e.jpg.html?o=9 Still interested? Send me your zip code. If I remember correctly, shipping probably wouldn’t be too bad. I saved one for myself. They are great. I use them at parties and potlucks.

Butiki Teas

Sil-Let me know ASAP if you would like a first crack at the necklaces. Will be posting them today but can hold one for you if you are interested.

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90
reviewed Brewing Basket by Finum
891 tasting notes

I love almost everything about these filters. I have two mediums, and they fit perfectly into all of my cups, mostly 8oz, some 12. There’s lots of room inside for leaves to expand fully, and the superfine mesh is wonderful – only the very finest dust escapes. You will never find stray rooibos needles or fannings in your cup.

There are two things about these baskets that make me unable to rate them 100.

I find them aesthetically pretty blah. They’re very functional but not very beautiful.

And, the plastic frame traps smells more than all metal brew baskets. I find that with flavoured teas, it can be very difficult to get the fragrance out enough for it to not taint my next cup of tea, even with soap, bleach and soaking in hot water. The smell does fade fairly quickly if the basket dries completely, but it’s a pain.

Still, these are awesome brewing baskets and I haven’t found anything better.

DeliriumsFrogs

Yup. The smell trapping thing. I still love my finum, but I hate that it does that sometimes… I’ve also noticed that if I use strong smelling dish soap, that soapy smell can get absorbed. Even with that, though, I do love the thing. lol

whatshesaid

Are these better than the metal ones from Davidstea??

Sil

so weird. I’ve never had a problem with smell contamination. I own 5? of these. whatshesaid – imo yes.. but if you ever want to buy these and the cad $ stops sucking upton is generally the best pricing out there…but maybe not anymore with the exchange rate :(

Anlina

I haven’t tried the infuser from DAVIDs, so I’m not sure how fine the mesh is on those. The Finum has mesh that’s as fine as woven fabric, so pretty much nothing escapes.

I bought mine from Amazon.ca – a two pack for $19, and I have Prime, so no extra shipping. Upton definitely has the cheapest base price I’ve seen, but with the exchange rate and shipping maybe not the cheapest overall for Canadians.

OMGsrsly

The Finums are way finer than the metal filters from DavidsTea. :) I don’t have a Finum, but I have Takeya pitchers and they use this kind of mesh.

Jennkay

I just bought one of these off Amazon this week. Thanks for the heads up about strong smelling teas!

whatshesaid

hmm. I haven’t really had too much issue with Davidstea’s metal steeper… I think i would rather have a few errant floaties once in a while than have to worry about a plastic steeper that absorbs all the smells of every tea I drink.

although – denture tablets probably would work!

whatshesaid

well, i was on amazon checking them out and now I want one. I’m too easily influenced. PEER PRESSURE!!

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This arrived in my last sniff, sniff Butiki order as part of the mystery package and I was over the moon. I LOVE PURPLE TEA! Not fussy about which type as long as it’s purple.

The leaves are rather small and dark, not completely purple coloured but almost, with some brown there too. They smell grassy yet spicy and floral.

Once steeped the resulting liquid is dark honey coloured and matches it’s raw scent nicely.

Flavour is of medium strength with grass, peony, chestnut and plum with some astringency and sweetness. Also is a little dry at times. Despite the touch of astringency it is very easy to drink, it’s even creamy at times and slips down very well.

Green tea is not simple, in my opinion you have the grassy and light greens, you have the dark almost toasty greens, you have the umami Japanese greens and you have the super sweet Cloud Mist style greens. That is the basics of what I go by when it comes to green tea. This Steamed Purple Green is in between being grassy/light and dark/toasty. Think of it as lightly toasted grass that is neither too dark nor light and that is the basis for this green. Plus with the added flavours, makes this one a winner for me. Not perfect but damn fine!

Plus thanks to trying this one last week I also know it re-steeps rather well.

Flavors: Chestnut, Flowers, Grass, Plums, Toasted

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I have this coming with my last Butiki order, and I’m really excited to try it! I’ve never had a purple tea before… You have me even MORE excited to try it now. :D

KittyLovesTea

You are in for a treat!

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10" of snow fell on us yesterday and the temperature is hovering in the single digits. I’m not complaining as I’ve seen what Boston is dealing with lately. Trivia – I looked up the Fahrenheit scale. You know what it is based on? Neither does anyone else. There are some guesses but the truth has been lost. 32F being the temp water freezes is the only point of agreement. Just glad I don’t have to go outside where the amount of snow is higher than the temperature.

Needed something to warm me up. This is perfect. Well it was, cause now its gone.

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So, my mom picked this up for both of us and then read reviews and was worried that it might be awful, but it’s actually pretty good! I followed her recommendations, based on what she read: 2 teabags (I used a 12 oz. mug), add milk and sugar. It tasted like a strawberry milkshake. No real chocolate to be found, but hey, that’s still pretty good for a rooibos. Yes, there was some rooibos flavor, but it wasn’t too strong. Oh, and 5 minutes does the trick. Glad to have another caffeine-free option in my cupboard. Thanks to my mom!

Dkcox50

Seems pretty pleasant but will have to try the two bag version next time. I used one bag with about 6oz water, milk and sugar.

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100
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1300 tasting notes

NOOOOOO …. I just finished the last of this tea :( My beloved Alpine Punch is no more. They say it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, but those people did not experience the yumminess of A P.

Sil

i noticed you’re looking for more…is it because it’s a pain to get in the UK or you’re just trying to be good and not buy more tea :) If it’s a pain to get in the UK, i may be able to help

KittyLovesTea

Unfortunately for me Davids Tea do not ship outside of USA and Canada, so I have to rely on the kindness of Steepster-ites. I would be grateful if you could swap some with me but please don’t put yourself out in order to get some.

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91
drank White Night by Mandala Tea
2015 tasting notes

Thank you so much, Beorhthraefn! This is an odd little white tea. The leaves are actually white, green, and black in color, all very long & wiry. The description says this one almost changes to a black tea with age, so I was hoping I could save half the sample for later, but there was enough for one steep session. The flavor is great, similar to a bai mu dan at first, while the flavor is lighter: hints of sweet lemon, very very sweet. Subsequent steeps remind me of BUTIKI’S WHITE RHINO. Possibly my favorite white tea, and I would imagine many people would be looking for a replacement. Try this one! Anyway, the flavor gets a little more difficult to describe, it smooths out, becoming a little darker, losing the citrus. Maybe hints of dried grass. I really like this one… I wish I could describe it better. Happy to have tried this one, but I would have loved to try it later. Hopefully Mandala is still selling this one when my White Rhino runs out.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // rinse // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // 25 min a.b. // 1 1/2 min
Steep #3 // 20 min a.b. // 2 min

Anlina

I haven’t had White Rhino, but you might also check out this tea – it sounds like it’s similar, and it’s a really amazing white http://steepster.com/teas/what-cha/48460-kenya-premium-white

tea-sipper

The leaves of the What-Cha look similar to the Mandala. And it looks like the What-Cha and the Butiki teas are both from Kenya. All three are probably very similar!

Garret

Hi! thanks for writing up your experience with this one. I love this tea and we reserve a whole bunch of it from the grower each and every year. It is also spectacular brewed up grandpa style in a tea thermos. It is perhaps my favorite tea brewed that way. Give it a try with a 1st infusion of 5 to 8 minutes. Delightful. We have plenty more of this and as long as they are growing it, we’ll have it!
Grateful,
Garret

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85
drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
891 tasting notes

To start off my first full day in my new place, I picked out a comforting old favourite. This tea is incredibly reliable and tasty. Rich malt and sweet potato notes. It’s a pretty straightforward and middle of the road Dian hong, but I love it.

So yesterday was moving day, after a lot of angst and stress about getting things sorted, culled and packed. We hired movers, which is one of the best choices I have ever made, ever. They were done in three hours, a task which would have probably taken all day, or even stretched out over multiple days of stress, sore backs and strained interpersonal dynamics. Since the move was done by noon, we were able to get most of the house unpacked, which has been amazing.

We still have to get rid of a few things at the old place, clean it and hopefully sublet it before the end of the month. But, I am extremely pleased with how well the move and unpacking has gone.

My new place is pretty great. We have a massive kitchen with tonnes of cupboard & counter space, a dishwasher (YES!!), and everything is just really beautifully finished and high quality. We have a bit less storage space overall than at our last place, but we’ll figure it out, and the neighbour noise is going to take a bit of getting used to after living in a concrete, pretty sound proof building for a while. Over all though, I’m really happy with this place, and I hope to stay for a good long time. It’s nicer and cheaper than my old place, which is a winning combination.

And then this coming weekend, I’m off to Mexico for a week. I’m really looking forward to a week with my sweetie, away from the cold, with all the churros I can eat. And also looking forward to just having a chance to relax, because all this moving stuff has been hectic.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kaylee

Congrats on the move!

OMGsrsly

Having a nice kitchen sounds dreamy. :) Hope you love your new space!

caile

The new place sounds great – enjoy! And hope you have a fun and relaxing time in mexico! :)

cookies

Congrats on the move! Sounds lovely.

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drank Dian Yin Zhen by Nannuoshan
818 tasting notes

Thanks so much to nannuoshan for all the samples! This is my last one and I can honestly say that all of them were of excellent quality and delicious. I will be picking up some tea in the future.

The dry leaf of this tea looks like a silver needle crossed with a golden needle yunnan black. It is sea foam green color and smells fresh, with some potato and mint notes.

I followed the recommended gong fu parameters, but was able to enjoy a couple more infusions than were listed. The liquor is like a creamy yellow/taupe color, but clear and lightly viscous. The first sip tastes sweet with a juicy texture. There are definite potato notes and a delicious grilled taste with maybe some sweet pipe tobacco. This is amazing! It’s like velvet in my mouth.

Wow, this tea is so different than other white teas. Usually, white tea has hay or cucumber notes, but the grilled taste in this one is just fabulous! The uniqueness of this one makes it stand out to me, and it has definitely earned a place on my “buy” list.

Pics of the leaf and liquor:
http:[email protected]/16363591558/
http:[email protected]/16550165422/

Jennkay

Sounds interesting for a white tea! And it looks so pretty! Adding it to my list for later.

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Apricots and cream. So delicious.

I keep forgetting about these teas because the tins don’t really fit in my main cupboard (tins take up a lot of room!). But I was looking for something this morning and found this and decided to try it. So perfect. I’ve already had a coffee from one of those Vietnamese drip-through coffee makers. And now this creamy fruity deliciousness.

Yum. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

I’m starting to give up on Winners/Marshalls ever bringing them back.

OMGsrsly

Yeah. :/ Me too.

Fjellrev

Kind of makes me wonder where they got them from in the first place.

OMGsrsly

Probably some place going out of business. Isn’t that kind of how Winners started? End of season stuff that didn’t sell, or liquidation stuff?

Fjellrev

Yeah, I just wonder which (kind of) store would have ordered them in in the first place. Come on, Canadian businesses, bring it in!

OMGsrsly

LOL. Just maybe don’t go out of business or anything. Give Winners your older stock, we’re fine with that!

Plunkybug

Mmm…apricot and cream!!!

OMGsrsly

But also loads of rose petals. :) Darn French teas!

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Spending some time with this sheng tonight. It’s pretty good. Not too green, not too bitter, not astringent, petty mild, gentle.
I haven’t explored pu’erh as much as I want to, and I haven’t really spent too much time with sheng. I have a couple that I really like, but most I think are too green and too bitter. I’m wanting to explore them more – but in my heart I think I’m a shou girl…

OMGsrsly

That’s actually what I said in the shop today. I don’t tend to like them because they’re too bitter. So I got a suggestion and tried it and yesss…

Ubacat

Since most sheng can go for many infusions try drinking it after 5 or 6 infusions. I am definitely a sheng girl. I could never get into some of the dark shou’s

OMGsrsly

She also suggested super flash steeping, maybe 1-2 seconds at the beginning. That’s helped as well.

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OMG.

It’s like I’m drinking honey.

Wow.

I just. No words.

(Edit: Here. Have some pictures.

http://instagram.com/p/zJRlMDx5D8
http://instagram.com/p/zJXcvZR5Nq )

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
cookies

Oooh, I love Yue Guan Bai and am always looking for good ones. Putting this on my to-try list.

OMGsrsly

O. M. G. I am buying a WHOLE CAKE JUST FOR ME. They only have ~10 left. O.o Hopefully they still have some next weekend.

Maddy Barone

That sounds so darned good! talks to self No more tea!

cookies

Puerh-shop has one that tastes like liquid honey as well. I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need a full cake…

OMGsrsly

The nice thing is I can just pop into this store and pay Canadian. And… I will never help you convince yourself you don’t need a full cake. If you love it, buy it now. Do it! :)

Dexter

Looks fantastic – so happy you found a great one :))

OMGsrsly

I will send you some, Dexter. It needs suuuuper short steeps. I started with 2 seconds. :) (I might be a little tea drunk. Whee!)

Dexter

LOL tea drunk is good :))

Kittenna

Liquid honey?? whimper

OMGsrsly

LOL. Assuming I manage to get a cake, the plan is to send it out to try. Sil/Terri (b/c Sil always needs more for the boxes that go to Terri!), Dexter, DeleriumsFrogs, Kittenna… :) If I sent it out to everyone right now I wouldn’t have any left.

ashmanra

WANT!!! I had one at Tin Roof Teas. I need to buy a whole
cake…

OMGsrsly

:D I totally agree, ashmanra!

Kittenna

Pleasepleaseplease if you do get a cake, keep me in mind. I believe I’ve had a moonlight white pu’erh before too, and quite enjoyed it.

OMGsrsly

Yes yes. Of course!

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I do like this hot. It tastes… sumptuous and decadent. But I made some before I got distracted today. Went off to my hair appointment and it sat on the counter for an hour or so. Completely cold when I returned. Not luxurious so much now but seriously floral and heavily bergamot. It’s official. I like this one hot and really like it cold. :)

Maddy Barone

I’ve never cared fro Earl Grey because of the bergamot. I wonder if in the past I had low quality tea with bergamot and I might like it if I tried a higher quality tea? I might have to try a sample.

Nicole

Maybe. Or you might just be like Sil and not like blergamot. :) But the tea base does make a big difference. This one comes across as deeper and richer to me because it has a Yunnan base. I’d be happy to send you a sample – or a few, I have a couple of EG variants. Just PM me.

Sil

It’s pronounced “blergamot” :) ive had maybe 2 EG’s in my life I didn’t despise lol

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
731 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of this one with my favourite girl. Now my Crio Brüs are down to just Cavalla and Pumpkin Spice. Cavalla will stay, permanently.

This one is tasty, but came out ever so slightly bitter. I just seem to have the problem where I compare them all to the amazingness that is Cavalla. Regardless, I’ve been feeling off tea as of late, and this one is sitting great this afternoon as we sit and sip on tea while researching.

Sil

Yaaaaay! You’re back!

OMGsrsly

Hi! I sent you something, I realllllly hope your address is correct.

Courtney

Eeeep, I’ll send you guys a new address. Shoooot.

OMGsrsly

Uh oh. :( I sent it a week and a bit ago. :/

Courtney

I’m still able to check the mail there, I’ll keep you updated once I make it. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh phew!

whatshesaid

Where ya going?!

Courtney

Nowhere yet! Just moved houses here.

whatshesaid

Ohhh ok :)

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84
drank Nirvana by American Tea Room
1417 tasting notes

Busting out the ole Guitar Hero/Rock Band equipment means that I’ve been banging away at the drums for hours at a time, trying to beat, or even come close, to my guitar records on expert mode. This further means that I haven’t been drinking as much tea. It gets in the way of battling with Tom Morello, yo!

My mom and I both love this tea. The dry leaf is packed with beautiful flower petals and plump berries. There is supposed to be kiwi and fig in this, which were absent, but perhaps that has to do with the smaller quantity I got. Maybe you’re bound to find them in a 2+ oz. pouch.

It’s nice and refreshing. Lots of berry nuances, tart but not too sour, and the base behaves itself. This would make an excellent cold brew. My mom exclaimed that she likes this one even more than Tangier. And then asked in the cutest tone, “Umm, can we get more of this?”

Yes, yes we can. But I’ll wait until a 20% sale and/or when our Canadian dollar is a little stronger.

This makes a reasonable replacement for Butiki’s With Open Eyes, except there is no ginger. I can see throwing some candied ginger into this creating a damn good replacement.

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97
drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
1416 tasting notes

I don’t know how to tell you guys this, so I’ll just say it: this is one of the best teas on the planet. It tastes EXACTLY like a buttermint, like you’d expect one to taste. Creamy, dreamy vanilla and a hint of refreshing mint at the end. Like, well, a buttermint. Like a hard candy, but in liquid form… I’ve already had six cups today. It’s that good.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mikumofu

“Intensely” is a word you don’t often find in a tea name, looks like it’s accurate!

Anlina

Oh that sounds amazing. I’m not allowed to order more tea but here I am poking around Britsuperstore, contemplating an order.

MissB

I doubt I’ll have enough left over to share at this point, but I may need to grab another box.. so I might be able to send over a few, depending. Mikumofu, their entire Intensely series is actually quite good! Although, I didn’t have any of the chamomile ones, so perhaps they aren’t as amazing.

Mikumofu

This still sounds like the best Intensely of the lot! :)

Maddy Barone

That really sounds good!

Sil

Oh wow….

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Backlog:

I love the aroma of this tea. Sweet and chocolate-y! Completely enticing!

A tea of chocolate-y bliss. This is lovely. Sweet, malty, and I love how the malt notes add a hint of caramel-esque flavor to the cup … the chocolate plus caramel-like flavors are heaven. I also taste notes of sweet potato and a hint of cream (almost buttery), and a touch of vanilla.

As the tea cools, I notice some citrus notes toward the tail.

A wonderful tea! Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/15/yu-lu-yan-cha-black-tea-from-verdant-tea/

Mikumofu

Did you mean to link to an article on your blog instead of the steepster page?

LiberTEAS

LOL – yep I did! Thanks!

LiberTEAS

That’s what happens when you’re not paying attention to what page you’re on when you copy/paste! ha!

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Very heavy on the tulsi flavour, which, combined with the other notes, came across as quite herbal and medicinal.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Medicinal, Mint, Tulsi

Mike

Not your favorite, huh?

donkeyteaarrrraugh

I had trouble even SMELLING this one! It was WAY heavy on the holy basil for me!

Anlina

Teabox stuff has been hit or miss for me, but I guess that’s to be expected when you’re sampling a company’s entire selection.

Mike

Very true. I am glad that I’ve started out with the Beginner’s Collection. I think the Kangra Green has been my favorite so far…I may get that and the Assam you drank earlier next time. :)

Ubacat

Tulsi doesn’t have the greatest flavour but it has a wonderful relaxing effect when you’re feeling stressed.

Mike

I liked this one…first time trying tulsi. A black chai with tulsi was included in the variety pack…maybe I’ll try that one tomorrow.

Mike

Oh, my bad, I was talking about the green tulsi chai, I’m trying this one right now…you’re right, heavy on the basil, but, not bad. :)

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Not that I celebrate it as such since you should celebrate love to your partner every day…but I understand the sentiment. Planned for today is to play Borderlands The Pre Sequal pretty much non stop on split screen, drink lots of tea and cook a diet friendly 3 course meal. Such a thing is possible I found.

This morning I started with English Rose black tea from Whittard of Chelsea, the most romantic tea I could think of this morning, and now I’ve gone for this Gianfranco’s Earl Grey which is still simply amazing. Full of flavour without being overly strong due to the Darjeeling base but keeping fresh and pleasant through storage. Almost out of this one one but I will definitely be re-stocking it.

Hope you all have a nice day!

DeliriumsFrogs

I know I already said this to you…but, Borderlands is Love. lol
(You know it’s true, when your partner lets you pick up the amazing gun out of the loot chest… that’s better than flowers. haha)

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I really love this tea blend! When I ordered this, I knew I would probably enjoy it; I was absolutely right, and have been drinking it a lot!
This has everything I love in a tea. Not fussy, good anytime of day, resteeps wonderfully for another cup, and most important – so delicious!
Beautiful dry leaf that brews a fulfilling, smooth and and perfectly balanced cup of tea, with notes of honeyed malt, cocoa, pastries and a hint of fruitiness.
This is my perfect anytime tea, and I actually wish I bought more than just one tin!

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Sil

yeah… i agree.

Mike

Now I’m sold…I think this is the next tea on my list to order! :)

Sil

it’s not available anymore mike

Mike

Wow, that’s too bad! Thanks for letting me know! I’ll have to go for their Tiger Assam instead…that sounds good as well.

whatshesaid

guhhh i should have bought some. so bloody expensive for one tin :/

Sil

tiger assam and red tailed hawk are both excellent imo.

whatshesaid

have and love both!
are they comparable to this one?

Mike

Niiiiice. Ooh, I just took a look at the Red Tailed Hawk, looks great…Assam/Darjeeling combination?

Mike

By the way, you have the best Steepster name ever, whatshesaid…love it! :P

whatshesaid

thanks :)

Mike

Haha, no problem.

Sil

so tiger assam i’m very partial to so i just take that out of the running lol but this one is better than red tailed…and i do love red tailed as well

Mike

Tiger Assam moves to the top of the list then. :P

caile

Sil, I ordered a tin of this with one of the tiger assam after seeing the shipping deal you got for us in Canada last month. I had been waiting for a deal so I could order more of the tiger and thought I may as well try this one too. Glad I did, though yeah, getting a second tin would have been better!

Mike, the tiger Assam is great too! I have only tried these two but love them both. I’m sure you will like the assam one :)

whatshesaid, it is darn expensive, but the tea is good…and the tins are so cute too! When I ordered I told myself at least I was saving a few dollars on shipping :)

Mike

Cool, I’ll splurge for the Tiger Assam after I clear my cupboard a little bit. :)

whatshesaid

yeah, i regret not ordering this one. ah well!

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dexter is awesome and portioned out a little of this one from her stash for me to have again. I have the 2014 version but it’s got nothing on the 2013 version. Sadly i missed my chance to pick up more of the 2013 version :(

Alongside this one, i’m also drinking a tea of the same name from dexter’s tea pusher. Both have that deliciously chocolatey taste…i think i like dexter’s tea pusher just slightly but both are different enough that i could drink both all day….every day lol. so good. i just hope 2015 version from YS will be more like 2013. :(

thank you so much dexter!

JC

I love this tea. I haven’t tried YS version but I have from other vendors and it is pretty damn good.

Sil

they’re all so different i find…i have like 4 that i love….for different reasons haha

JC

Yeah, I had two from a different vendor. One was extremely chocolatey and thick the other one was heavier but didn’t have as much chocolate. I wish I could get more info on the flush used and firing. I would buy KGs of it if I’m sure it is the one I love. lol

Sil

yes! haha

yyz

Understand the problem JC. I’m still looking for one that’s similar to a sample I had that tasted like a chocolate caramel oolong. It was amazing. To add to the confusion I noticed that some sellers have been experimenting with aging and this tends to result in a tea where the fruity/malty tones are toned down emphasising the chocolate notes so I don’t know if the tea I liked tasted that way cue to the harvest, handling or aging.

Sil

and that’s why i’m just waiting for YYZ to find the perfect one ;)

Dexter

I think 2013 was just a good year for ZSXZ – I like both the YS and my tea guy’s 2013 version better than the 2014. Here’s hoping for 2015….

yyz

I think the dry spring kind of intensified the grainy/malty notes in the tea at the expense of the honeyed/caramel, cocoa notes.

JC

That makes sense. I feel your pain guys. I’ll be on the look out for 2015 as well. I feel like I also went through this with Imperial Gold Buds. lol

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