630 Tasting Notes


Received this from the awesome Miss B via the equally awesome Sil!

Really excited to try it.

First had a few sips straight up, it was decent, but not spectacular. A bit of milk brought out the shortbread aspect far more.

It’s not as vanilla as I would hope, I far prefer something like WP Golden Orchid or Tippy’s Tea Not So Vanilla as far as a vanilla tea goes. Real vanilla beans and whatnot.

Super happy to get to try this though, something that would otherwise likely never cross my path! Thanks you two!

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Sipdown! A few days ago at work. Just before I found out that my husband had gotten ahold of some free tickets to the Bryan Adams show in Halifax, and a free night at a fancy downtown hotel! Whisked away on a Wednesday night adventure :)

Glad to see this one go. Chocolate flavouring in tea…I’m SO over it.

The tin will come in handy for something I love though! And yeah, the Bryan Adams show was the shit. Like, in a good way, how the cool kids say it ;)

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Made a cup of this before bed last night, I added a sprinkling of sea salt and a splash of maple syrup. It really brought out all the flavours.

And, this may be the maple syrup talking, but I found last night’s cup to have a particularly thick and silky mouthfeel.

Smooth and unique. That’s the big thing I will miss most about Butiki – love them or not, there were so many creative and unique blends. Who else would ever dream up a tea like this one? And once it’s gone, probably no one else ever will. Sad.

Other tea blenders seem to rely too heavily on artificial flavours which scream exactly that with each sip. This has big chunks of apple and potatoes. POTATOES. IN MY TEACUP!

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Mmmm. Good morning!

Baby girl is napping so I made myself a hearty mug of Tiger Assam with a sploosh of 10% cream. I think the last time I had this one I was still on mat leave. It was my regular breakfast tea go to. Still delicious. Malty, raisiny, strong.

I finally finished Gilmore Girls the other day, (so sad it’s over!) and this morning I just started watching a new to me show on Netflix, Broadchurch. My dear friend Netflix knows what I like! Surprised I hadn’t watched it sooner, because David Tennant!

Seems very good. Dark. Dramatic. Compelling. British. Successssss!

Maddy Barone

“Seems very good. Dark. Dramatic. Compelling. British. Successssss!”

Is that the tea or the show? They both sound good. :)


Well I guess the tea is also all of those things, except British :)

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
630 tasting notes

Drinking delicious tea at work makes me happy. It brings a sense of comfort and a feeling of home to a job where I deal with fairly dreary subject matter, sitting at my desk and reading depressing things all day long.

I would almost say that tea gets me through the day.

Especially my “special” teas. Like this one. So relaxing and cozy and warm and flavorful.

tea tea tea.

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Had this at work again today – this time i remembered to add a bit of sugar.

Cake City – Population: Tea!


Even though I try to resteep these precious Butiki blends, I don’t find there’s much flavour left by round 2. I won’t stop trying though, my preciousssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssseseses.

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Made this last night when I decided against cleaning in favour of sitting in bed, reading some magazines I’ve had kicking around for too long, and watching episode 2 of The Fall. I loves me some British TV!

I was really impressed with this. I found it pretty much screamed maple and almond, and though I wasn’t quite getting “waffle”, there was definitely something bready about it. I have to remember to resteep it tonight before I forget what the used leaves in my steeper sitting on the counter are and accidentally throw them out :)

Another one of Butiki’s amazing finale teas that I am happy I ordered!

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Yum. I had this for the first time the other night and really liked it.

It’s the kind of black tea I want to keep stocked.

More later!

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Tried this one again last night, hoping to nail it down a bit more.
I just poured the entire sample bag into my steeper, and left it for 2 min. This made a potent cup, I figured no way would it not slap me in the face this time! All or nothing!

So I drank it, and tried to really figure it out.

It reminded me if the smokey aspect of Queen Catherine, except something about this one was more pleasing to me, it seemed brighter, a bit fruitier or fresher somehow, and the smoke was only a hint. I didn’t hate it, but I still think I preferred the Mao Feng.

Interesting tea, just sorry I couldn’t describe it better! Thanks Angel!

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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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