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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1176 tasting notes

My first “tea cocktail” type thing. I think I may have used a bit too much vodka; it’s really strong! Though, I’m new to this so I know some experimentation is definitely in order.

Basically we’re looking at: 2 tsp. of tea (no bunny grahms; I thought it’d be weird to steep them in the vodka), two shots of straight vodka, and a splash of wildberry vodka.

And you know what, aside from the pretty intense/strong vodka (which is burning my chest a bit) this isn’t that bad. The Ruby Pie is surprisingly present despite the powerful taste of alcohol; if I were to serve this to my roommate I can pretty much guarantee that he’d taste the strawberry in it. Maybe the rhubarb? That’s a little less clear, though. I think the wildberry vodka in this maybe cancels it out?

Of course, he wouldn’t like it because he hates strawberries… But he’d taste it!

I feel so very “adult” drinking this.

I’ve tweaked my measurements a little, and I now have a cup of Vanilla Vodka and DT’s Creme Brulee going the the fridge. Maybe I’ll have that one later tonight?

Butiki Teas

If you want something a little less burn-y then how about mixing the vodka with some of the already made tea, though you would need to make the tea very strong. Also, sugar will bring up the tea flavor in the vodka.

Roswell Strange

I’m sure the burnyness isn’t actually that bad; it’s just the first drink I’ve had in a few years; I likely just need to readjust :)

Butiki Teas

That’s the spirit (pun intended). <—-super cheesy, I know.


So are you just drinking straight vodka?


Ha ha. I have no probs with that. Just wondering. I make a gin and lemon/tea cocktail. I steep king tut lemonade into gin and then mix it with a black tea. Super delicious.

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Sipdown (169/171)!

Home from work it feels odd to be home this early, and I decided to take advantage of the fact that the only cold brews I currently have going are vodka shots. So I took my empty mason jar and made a pretty flowering tea!

Last time I had this one, I don’t remember being impressed with the aesthetics of the bloom – but maybe I just had a crappy bloom because this one is really pretty! It had a fair bit of colour to it, and the tea liquor itself has steeped up into this very pretty “blush pink” from the hibiscus.

The tea flavour? Well, it’s still pretty much very light hibiscus and a more vegetal “leaf” kinda flavour – which isn’t the best combo for me personally. That makes it easier to let go of this one. I think I’ll have to go back to McQuarries sooner than later though to nab a few more blooms to experiment with though; they’ve got a pretty fair variety to choose from.

I hope both Cavocorax and VariaTEA have success with this one!

Also I’m going to plunk this adorable video of fancy rats doing cool tricks, for anyone interested. It’s super cute! Although, it’s really making me miss my fancy rat, Eloise. I didn’t write about it when it happened because I was really upset, but she passed away about a week ago. It wasn’t totally unexpected because she’d been sick for a long time, but it still wasn’t easy.


I especially like “Famous” – she’s just really precious, and her little beady red eyes are too freakin’ cute!


Aw I’m sorry. :(


That video is adorable!

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In a timolino for milk, with a tiny splash of milk.

I just could NOT resist having this one, again, so soon after trying it. I think I’m really falling in love with this Pu’Erh (a phrase I thought I would never say). I feel highly compelled currently to go pick up a nice tin for it, and another 50g. I want this is substantial quantity…

But I should probably wait until I have it a few more times before I make my mind up on that. I don’t want to rashly by a new and exciting tea in a large amount; I’ve made that mistake before!

I get the impression this would resteep really well; I hardly ever resteep blends because I want to enjoy as many teas in a day as possible, but I’ll probably make a special effort to try and resteep this one.


This is an amazing tea. I think I’m on my second 100g now. It re-steeps well, although you want to leave it a bit longer than before to get all of the caramel goodness out of it. I may just go have some now!

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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
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Made a cup of this in the morning, didn’t have time to drink it and poured it into a thermos to drink at work. I actually ended up finishing it en route.

It was very good cold today; I actually got a bunch of mint from it which was odd because that’s one of the many varied flavours in this blend that almost always escapes me…

Not that I’m complaining ;)

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I think the next cup of this is a sipdown. Not sure if I should take advantage of that tomorrow morning or try a postpone it. Hmm…

Anyway, I had to get up this morning at 5AM to get ready for work (ick) – it actually wasn’t so bad though because I went to be really early last night. But this was my morning “pick me up”, whisked into cold milk. It frothed so well for me! Really, it was super enjoyable. Although, I think I got a bit more chocolate than coffee.

I’m thinking part of why I love having this in the morning is that the coffee “tricks” my mind into thinking there’s more caffeine than there really is.

And hey, while I’m reviewing a matcha, everyone should go vote for new matcha grade names here:


And I’m totally not just saying that because two of the top three ideas were mine, and I want the extra matcha money. Like really, I actually voted against myself…


I’m not going to win, but I really hope they run a sale on Coconut matcha sometime soon so I can get more…I can’t afford the 3+1 deal right now but I’m out of my favorite flavor! pouts heh

Roswell Strange

I really want to try the coconut. Out of flavours I’ve yet to have, I think Pear, Tiramisu, and Coconut are the ones I’m most interested in. And maybe Strawberries & Cream…


Coconut is the BEST! Highly recommended :)

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drank Nestea by Nestle
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Sipdown (170/172)!

Now that I I’m logging this one, I feel more excited about drinking it. It’s another easy sipdown for me to get in!

I mixed this with a bit of plain vodka (I also picked up vanilla and wildberry vodka) to kind of get my “sea legs” for it again; when I used to drink illegally vodka/whisky were my drinks of choice, but it’s been a long time since then so I’m easing back into it.

It was… ok.


The one time I got insanely drunk, it was from drinking vodka. I don’t drink vodka anymore.


Haha. I celebrated my nineteenth birthday a few times…and can no longer drink rum.

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
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Made this in my timolino for my trip to the mall; while I drank most of it there I didn’t finish it, so I’m having the last bit now… I believe I received my sample from Lala.

While on my fun little excursion I took the opportunity to stop at the post office and mail of my package for Cavocorax, so hopefully that makes it to her soon! I also checked my work schedule and much to my dismay it looks like my shift starts at 7AM(!) tomorrow morning – so it’s going to be an early night for me. Bleck.

I also noticed that next week’s schedule is up and I get Monday to Wednesday off; add that in with Sunday from this week, which I also have off, and that’s an awesome four day stretch! Since I know now that I have time next week to stop at DAVIDsTEA, I decided to hit up the liquor store instead; my first time going into a liquor store. I definitely look right on the cusp of 19 (I could fall either way on the “age line” or whatever) so I got lots of shifty looks, and one of the employees was following me around in store.

In the end I picked up a whole bunch of different kinds of vodka. Why, you ask? Well, I figured that’d allow me to make some tea infused martini type thingers – and that seemed like a cool idea: I’m always excited to explore different ways of drinking tea – and this is a way where maybe Tre will get into it too. Plus I’ve been 19 for a month now and haven’t popped my “legal drinking age cherry”, and that’s just sad – right?

So, there’s some of Butiki’s Ruby Pie cold brewing in a few shots worth of vodka in the fridge right now. Not sure how long I should let it cold brew for. Hmm…

Anyway this tea is pretty good. I added milk to it but lord knows why; apricot and milk are not really foods that are that associated with one another. It still works though. Before I get into it, can I just get a “hell yes” about the fact there’s no peach in this though? I mean, HELL YES. Apricot is not an automatic companion of peach.

But yeah; this is good even with the weird milk I added. In addition to the apricot which is fairly strong (and really creamy from the milk) I get strong notes of honey and then some lighter, faint chocolate notes – both I’m assuming from the base tea.

I still have another cup left, so I swear I’ll have that one straight to see how much my evaluation holds true when there isn’t the weird(ish) milk component involved.

Flavors: Apricot, Chocolate, Honey

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown (171/173)!

Finally through with this one; it’s a good feeling!

This isn’t the worst cup I’ve made of this one, actually. In fact it’s pretty good compared to the others; there’s no bitterness/astringency, I can almost taste the fruitiness of the black current in each sip, and the vegetal qualities are leaning more on the “buttery” side of things and are less grass/seaweed like. More like spinach, really.

I’m sending some to Cavocorax, so fingers crossed she finds it more enjoyable and gets cups like this one, not like the bitter sludgey cups I’ve gotten in the past.

I need to go into work today to check when I work tomorrow – but I keep putting off doing it. I’m so cozy at home; I don’t want to leave! I don’t trust my foggy recollection of my schedule to get me there on time tomorrow, though…

Maybe I’ll get ready after this cuppa, and then reward myself by tacking on a trip to DAVIDsTEA for some tins and Cool Cucumber/Superberry (I’ve decided I don’t need more Bamboozled when I have Buddha Bamboo)…

I need to make that trip sooner than later anyway, what with Superberry soon to be discontinued.

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Took advantage of the fact the tin of this was out (I was packaging some for Cavo) to brew myself up a mug of it! I haven’t had it in a while, so I thought “why not?”. This is a more expensive one to refill so I don’t have it on a regular basis – but it’s so good that I totally could.

It’s basically a super yummy cuppa of hot, liquid caramel and coconut. Mmm! So sweet and indulgent and rich! Plus you can still slightly taste the silverneedle which is awesome because I really enjoy silverneedles…

Watching the BBCan2 live feeds now, and someone just made a cup of green tea. It had me thinking that, should I ever make it into the house (which I hope to, someday) then I’d have to go without all my tea. It’d be one of the hardest things to do, but for Big Brother I think I could do it…

I’d try to smuggle in a few tins, though ;)

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut


Ooooh, Gold Rush!
And you wouldn’t be able to bring your own tea in? Is it because the sponsors choose it all?

Roswell Strange

They only get certain foods in the house because of the branding; the brands have to give their consent to be included (because you can see everything the house guests eat), and then also get Big Brother approval. I highly doubt all my tea companies would give consent ;) Though perhaps if I brought them in unmarked tins and just never talked about what I was drinking? That’d be hard though…

Roswell Strange

As it is, they have bagged Green tea (ick), possibly a bagged black, I think a peppermint, and then iced tea? Like Brisk or something like that…


I imagine you could get them to let a brand of loose leaf in if the brand paid for sponsorship of the show. Just a thought… Might not have to be totally without.

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drank Cherry Dream by RiverTea
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Sipdown (172/174)!

Even though I’m just drinking this one – this is sort of a sipdown on my Tiramisu Oolong as well. Or, at least, I’m sending the last cup of it to Cavocorax.

A while ago she sent me some samples, including this tea, so now that I can afford to I’m happily returning the favor and sending her some back! Currently I’m sipping on a lovely cold brew of this blend while packing up her tea.

This cold brew is pretty awesome! I set it up yesterday afternoon/last night but forgot about it overnight so it didn’t get strained until around an hour ago – I was worried that sitting that long would have made the cherry too potent and maybe medicinal, but it’s actually still quite delightful and lovely.

There’s a slight grassy undertone, but the strong balance of cherry and grapefruit flavours overcome it in a pleasant enough way.

I’m sad to see this one go; it’s something I would maybe consider reordering for cold brewing. Who knows, perhaps I’ll see more of this in my future?

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

Woohoo! I’m excited to try it out.

Roswell Strange

Just finished packaging it. I’ll send it out either tomorrow or Wednesday. Sorry it took so long to pack up; I added in a few things from your wishlist as well (I would have added Brasiliano, but it’s at work currently) as well as some other samples I thought you’d like or that I have a bunch of :P


No worries! I"m just happy I’ve got surprise tea coming my way. :D

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only teas I ever drank were bagged mint teas (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. My favourite teas are flavoured ones (doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc). And thus far in my tea journey, blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, but I’ve also developed a very strong liking towards mate and whites. For the most part, I really enjoy everything else as well. The exception is green tea – which I very much dislike. I have found a few heavily flavoured greens that I enjoy, but I’m always very wary in trying green blends.

My favourite fruit flavours in regard to tea blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple (pineapple is my favourite fruit). I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I also have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. And I adore anything creamy. Since I’ve used flavoured teas as a way to cut out soda from my diet, I am always up for trying soda inspired blends. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas!

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger (I tend to avoid blends which mention ginger as an ingredient), and raisins (I’ll typically flat out refuse to try anything with raisins – I hate them that much). Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I especially adore silver needle teas. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

As far as cold brewing goes, I do prefer to have my tea hot – but I always keep a selection of herbals and fruit blends to cold steep. I do a daily 25 oz. cold brew which I either have first thing with breakfast or take in a thermos to drink at work, in addition to the hot Timolino(s) I also bring with every work shift. On average, I have six cups of tea a day.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and that’s always how I first try a tea. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “tea soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

As far as ratings go, I try to rate things comparatively to other teas I’ve tried. If I like it less than something rated, say, a 90 then it wont be rated more than a 90. Instead I’ll try to find a rated tea I like about the same amount and then the tea I’m drinking gets rated that number. If I find I like it in between two rated teas then I’ll rate in a number in between those ratings. I also wont restock anything with a rating lower than 80, unless it’s a bagged tea (but bagged teas need to have a rating of at least 75 for me to consider stocking them).

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important people in my life, within my new city, are my friends Robyn and Kristina.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Kristina is also a friend from highschool, though not nearly as close. We’ve become much closer since she moved here a few months after I did and we both realized we knew hardly anyone.

She lives less than 10 minutes from my house, and is over here a fairly large amount of time. Recently, she’s also undertaken the huge task of introducing me to Metal music and slowly getting my involved in the metal community here in Saskatoon. It’s a work in progress.

She’s not a tea drinker, but thankfully she’s always excited to hear me ramble and is often really amused by the teas I take with me different places.

I’m very much into clay and sculpture and, if I’m being honest and not modest, I’m really good at it. I also play way too much Pokemon for my own good, and watch more TV than one person should. I’m a huge sap and cry during TV and movies all the time, even if nothing terribly sad is happening.

I’m really wordy and have this tendency to write way more than is necessary or relevant, and that often carries into my tasting notes and reviews.I feel like that probably gets annoying for the people following me…

And, on that note I think I should maybe shut up a little bit now?


Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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