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My goodness.

This is a sample I had chosen with my last Teavivre order, and one I will definitely be purchasing next time.

It’s incredibly flavorful, malty, raisiny, and BREADY. Mmmmmm, bread tea!

I steeped Western style as per my norm, and did two steeps per half of the sample bag. It is NOT a disappointing tea!

It’s so flavourful and clean tasting. Not sure how better to describe that. It’s a bright, juicy, delicious cup of tea.


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Finally. Finished. This. Ginormous. Tin.

Not one I loved. The flavour profile didn’t really appeal to me. A little too smoky. I like a malty, chocolatey black tea, or a fruity raisiny one…

It was nice and bold and worked great with milk/cream in it for breakfast, but the taste of this one just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I’m happy to see it gone so I can work on others!

R.I.P. Queen Catherine…your empty tin will be put to good use :)


I loooove this one. But its funny, every once in a blue it takes on a profile I’m not so sure about. Wish I could figure it out!

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Regrets…so many regrets.

I wish I had ordered more of this one, especially considering how much of a fan I was/am of Crimson Horizon as an unflavored tea.

This is delicious. Very nutty. Not overly sweet, but definitely mildly dessert-like. I plan to resteep with a bit of sugar, to make it extra dessert-like.

I added a splash of 10% cream, which is how I like Crimson Horizon. It’s a good, strong, sturdy black tea – my favourite. The addition of the praline flavour just throws me over the edge of awesome.

I’m face-palming myself also because I didn’t order ANY of the Pistachio Horizon. So disappointed in myself and my terrible decision making skills. :(


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Strange, how our tastebuds surprise us sometimes! I’m finding a lot of these surprises with the last batch of Butiki teas I ordered.

This is one I didn’t order myself, because it seemed like one which wouldn’t appeal to me. However, Stacy noticed this and very kindly threw it in, because she enjoyed it so much she thought I should definitely try it.

I was hesitant, but it’s really good! I steeped it twice at work yesterday. I would never have thought to put melon with espresso flavour, but it somehow actually works!

I feel like these last few months have really seen some amazing and very unique flavour blends come from Butiki, SUCH a shame that this is the end!

I am definitely savouring all of the ones I bought, however :)


Isn’t it a weird but successful combo?? I haven’t written my tasting note yet but I enjoyed it too!

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Made a cup of this at work to enjoy this afternoon. It really is plummy and cakey. I swear I think i can even sense the cashew notes.
I really enjoyed my cup and I’m going to try adding a sprinkle of sugar to the next one just to see what happens :)

Sad that this is the end!
My last massive Butiki order came in last week, but the mailman left a delivery notification so we could pick it up at the post office. Well, we had Snowmageddon part two on Saturday, so we didn’t leave the house. My husband had to go out yesterday so he offered to pick this up for me. I wasn’t entirely sure what the slip was for, because I am waiting for a couple different things.

Anyway, he gets home and he says (sarcastically, as always) – “Good news, it was more tea”

Then he proceeded to open my tea cupboard, pull everything out and show his cousin how much tea i have. Then he gestured to my tea shelf, where all my tins are. And his cousin opened the other cupboard where my most frequently drank teas are and gestured at those.

And my husband says “And that’s not counting all the tea you probably have hiding somewhere”

I told him I actually am not even hiding any. But that I would have hidden this latest box if I’d been the one to pick it up. Truth.

Ah well. I told him the company is one of my all time faves and they’re closing so I had to stock up so shut up about it.



Damn straight you had to! And the name of this tea makes me drool.


hahaha yeah i’m not looking forward to the 3?4? things that are inbound to my house…they are not small orders…


LOL! Don’t let him see my "cupboard"on here. I got busted today as well….


Tea shaming is the worst. I have three huge orders coming in too, imma try to hide them…

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
620 tasting notes

I want to drink this every night. The great thing is, since it’s more affordable than GO, I feel like I’m allowed to drink it, I don’t have to mete it out by the leaf, clinging to it for as long as possible because it’s a “special” tea for rare occasions.

This is delicious and I don’t feel bad drinking it as often as i please.

It’s thick and rich and smooth and allllll vanilla. I will buy more. Oh yes.


I love reading your notes on this tea. :D I’m so glad you found something more affordable that you love (I know how that is, feeling like teas are so special you can’t drink them as much as you’d like).


can’t wait to try mine from the girls..

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
620 tasting notes

Made another cup of this earlier, just finished it.
It had been a couple days so I just had to come back to tell you how delicious it is.

“Not So Vanilla” is a misleading name, it should be called “Tons’o’Vanilla”.

Or, you know… “SO Vanilla”

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
620 tasting notes

Received this last week, very excited about it!

The bag smells divine.

I couldn’t wait long to try it, and I’ve had a couple mugs now (2 steeps each)

I am a huge Golden Orchid superfan, it’s probably my holy grail tea. Though way too expensive to drink regularly, it’s definitely something I covet and cling to.

I was hoping this would be at least a bit comparable, and it is! It doesn’t have the long, delicate unbroken leaves that GO uses as a base, but it is still full of flavor. Maybe not QUITE as naturally chocolatey for the base, but the vanilla aspect does not disappoint.

It has a lovely thick and creamy mouthfeel as well.

Perhaps I shouldn’t compare this to anything else, but I can’t not.
I can’t remember what I rated GO but I will definitely reorder this when it’s gone.

Vanilla everything FTW!


Yay! I’m going to have to get some after reading all of these glowing reviews. I haven’t tried GO because I can’t justify the price but this sounds like a great option.

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What delicious wizardry is this?!


Lol, the Jabber Wocks !

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This was my anti-stress tea today at work.

So thick and silky smooth, rich and chocolatey and very satisfying.
I have the new blend at home now, so I will try that soon to compare the two.



I’m really interested in seeing how they compare. :)


Are you going to try them side by side? That is always fun!


I’m with Dustin… that sounds like a PARTY to me. :D


CURSES. I totally meant to, but I was so happy to leave work I left my friggin older bag of North Winds in my desk. :(

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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.


New Brunswick, Canada



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