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Another sample sent from Nattie!

I enjoyed a mug of this yesterday at work after lunch. It seems more of a natural tasting pumpkin tea, vs a lot of the chemically flavoured ones. I mean maybe this is too, but there are actual bit of pumpkin in there rather than candy bits, so that’s a plus to me!

Again the base was a little weak to me, though I left it steeping for like 10 minutes and nothing bad happened, haha. So it’s forgiving!

It was a pleasant cup, though to me it was definitely more of a pumpkin enhanced chai than a pumpkiny dessert tea.

I don’t think I’d buy it but was great to try!

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drank Dark Horse by Cornelia Bean
587 tasting notes

I received this in the package from my Secret Santa – Anlina – and quite enjoy it.

Definitely intrigued by the name…I’ve had this twice now.

The second time was this morning, so that experience is fresher in my mind. I would say I oversteeped it, because it was VERY bold. I left it for about 5 minutes, not thinking about the CTC aspect.

Though a little stronger than I normally would want, I still enjoyed my cup today. Slightly malty, thick, rich… I added a splash of 10% cream to it, and thought it was very tasty. I’ve been yawning nonstop all morning, so I’d actually consider having another cup right now! It definitely makes for a perfect breakfast tea.

I will try again with a 3 minute steep vs 5. I am going to see how well it resteeps after lunch!

Thanks Anlina :)

(The only downside to this tea is now I have that awful Amanda Marshall song stuck in my head)

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I love this tea.
The other night I was cleaning out my craft/computer/junk room for a bunch of hours while watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and I had steeped two big cups of this. Both were delicious.

It’s silky smooth, chocolatey, vanilla-y…really rich and delicious.

This is my kind of dessert tea. I’m not big on the artificially flavoured dessert teas these days, for the most part.

I’d rather drink ones like this. Over and over again. SO glad I recently ordered more!!

Someday I will come up with the spare funds to try Cocoa Amore. Until then, this tea FTW!

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It’s weird that there aren’t many reviews for this. I really enjoy it as a breakfast tea with milk.

Yesterday afternoon at work, I had a cup at around 3pm. I had a head ache and I was starving but I’m doing that stupid “be extra healthy for the new year” thing which means I have to monitor what I eat.

It helped fill me up a bit, and warmed me up. It’s malty and bold and I was reminded again why I like it so much.

And why compared to teas like this, the Davidstea Assam Banaspaty pales in comparison. (I admit I didn’t bother looking into which regions they come from or if they should even be compared. I’m just going by the word “Assam”)


What are you using to monitor what you eat with? It’s good to do that, but it’s also not necessarily good to be headachy and feeling like you’re starving. Things that can help with that – make sure you’re getting enough water (I count tea towards my water. My dietitian is a-ok with that), make sure you’re getting enough fat and protein (they are the ones that stick with you longer), make sure you’re getting enough carbs (that’s the quick energy). The first two are more important. Another one is is if you are also adding exercise in, that you’re getting enough food to make up for that.

(Sorry if I’m coming across as preachy, but it’s something I really care about.)


I’m on my fitness pal, and I got a fitbit for Christmas which I’m using to monitor my food, and exercise.

I’m definitely eating lots of protein and fat, honestly for the last month or two I’ve been eating lots of crap – chocolates and Christmas baking galore – so I think at this point I’m just crashing.


Also I don’t regularly get headaches or anything, that would be worrisome :)


I’m a part of MFP too and pretty much stopped once I went to AB for a while to help my mom with things back in October. Still haven’t gotten back to “dieting” between that and now holiday food madness in December, so I know what you mean. Once I go back after such a long period of eating crap/irresponsibly, I know I’ll probably get the same symptoms.

Which Fitbit did you get?


Yes, which fitbit? I’ve thought about one off and on. I use Striiv to monitor my steps. but that only works when I have my phone on my. I definitely feel the effects of the holidays too…I can’t get my boots zipped up quite as easily now, and feel like I have a “winter baby” if you know what I mean.

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I tried this with a generous sprinkling of sugar last night and a dash of salt….I’m crazy like that, why go for one or the other when you can do both?!

And wow!
So good. Really brought out the apples and potatoes.

I will do it again next time I drink this tea.
That is all. :)


I’ve had a sample of this one for a while. I really need to try it.


Ah, I was supposed to to send you some of this so long ago.. (I’m so sorry). Did you get the chance to try the original Potato Pancake? I’ll think of some other way to redeem myself either way! XD


No, I never did try it :) I’d forgotten as well so no worries!!

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drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
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This is such a delicious tea. I am not finding it to be overly malty or chocolatey, in fact it’s reading on my tongue as being incredibly, wonderfully JUICY. Like an explosion of slightly fruity, slightly malty tea with definite honey notes.

Truly, it doesn’t even matter to me, because ultimately when it comes down to it, it’s just so full of flavor and juiciness – such a smooth mouthfeel.

I’m on steep 2 for this morning.
I’m not even missing my daily AM coffee that I’ve been having regularly since going back to work! (6:30am wake ups don’t agree with my delicate composition :))

Anyway, no big surprise here. Another Butiki fave that I will mourn when it’s gone.

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I got a lovely parcel in the mail from Nattie a couple days ago – a swap from England! An English swap! I’m technically 1/4 British, a fact I’m very proud of. I have family over there to meet one day.

For NOW – i shall drink the tea!

I brought any samples that were teas which could be prepared with boiling water to work, because those are easiest to make with the crappy kettle we have in our little kitchen. And believe me I am happy we have a kettle at all!

I was pretty pumped to try this one, based on the smell.

It didn’t disappoint me, it was a tasty alternative to an after lunch dessert.

I found a nice blend between the coffee/mocha, and chocolate and chai spices. The base wasn’t SUPER strong but definitely made for a hearty enough cup and i did add milk as well.

Maybe I could just let it steep a bit longer next time… Nattie was generous enough to give me enough for 2-3 cups!

Thanks :)


I usually steep my bluebird blacks for a while – like 7 or 8 minutes – to get the most flavour out of it. I find their base/bases are usually very forgiving. It takes a lot to make it go bitter. I’m glad you liked it! (:

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So, I’m pretty sure Stacy of Butiki Teas is out to get me with all these fancy new blends.

I have a complete lack of willpower as is! STOP TEMPTING ME, TEMPTRESS!!

I obviously had to order this one when it was released recently, and it arrived yesterday. Aw crap, now that I’m back to work instead of home with the baby, my husband sees whatever packages I get in the mail…no more hiding tea purchases.

I actually drove home on my lunch break today to see if boots I’d ordered had arrived yet. They hadn’t. Anyway that’s a bit of a digression.

So, while I was home, I decided to make myself a cup of this tea. It’s like -30 degrees celcius outside today, the kind of cold that makes your face hurt. Hot drinks WIN!

The only thing with all of these amazing Butiki teas is that most seem to be greens, whites and oolongs – aka fussy leaves. At home I have a fancy temperature setting type of kettle, but the only teas I bring to work for my daytime stash are ones I can just make with boiling water. I do have a little tea thermometer at my desk but I really can’t be bothered mucking around with that too often.

Since I was home anyway, why not make this!? It’s the one I was most excited about.

I brewed it up and was amazed by the potent smell, then equally impressed by the taste. I thought I’d be disappointed that it’s not a black tea, given the flavours involved, but dammit, she’s done it again.

Considering the final product in my cup was a clear liquid most closely resembling water, this tea is VERY flavourful. It’s the good-for-you tea version of a bad-for-you Pumpkin Spice Latte! Coffee, pumpkin, butterscotch, all there!

I’m only disappointed I somehow NEVER tried any of Butiki’s other pumpkin teas of the past. I guess my wallet is happy about that though.

It’s super SUPER yummy. That’s my bottom line.

I went and ordered another ounce. I think that’s all you need to know.

PS – yeah, I guess I can officially wave around my membership card for the Butiki Cult




Temptress is right! SHEESH! ;) My fave of her pumpkin teas is the still Pumpkin Milkshake.

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Ever since Stacy announced the impending closure of her tea business, I’ve been riding high on the Butiki train.

I impulsively added a bag of this to my last order, because why not!?

I received my order yesterday and brewed up a cup of this last night.
I definitely noticed the buttery Taiwanese Bi Luo Chun base more than anything else, I might try to add a bit of extra leaves/taters/apple pieces in my next cup to see if it is a bit stronger.

I’m also intrigued by the suggestion to add salt or sugar… maybe I’ll get crazy and add a sprinkle of both!

There is definitely a generous helping of potato pieces in my bag, so i can play around with that.

Interesting one to try!


I can’t look at her website anymore or I’ll place another order. Coffee and cigarettes is really intriguing! Must look away!!!


It is SO COOL with salt. So cool.


Yeah, it is an interesting tea.

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I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.


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