514 Tasting Notes

drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh Stacy – you are a tea blending wizard!
Just received my (possibly penultimate) package of Butiki teas and had to try this one first. Steeped according to the instructions on the package and added a tiny drop of agave since I couldn’t open my rock sugar jar.

The first thing I taste is the pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavour – the butterscotch sweetens it up and adds a high note while the coffee sashays in the background, like a deep bass thrum, supporting your decision to drink tea instead of coffee today.

Perfectly smooth and expertly blended, Butiki just keeps me coming back for more right until the end!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Coffee, Hay, Pumpkin

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Love this tea – my favourite way to brew so far is heavy on the leaf: a short brew sipped straight, followed by a lengthy brew time with a bit of brown sugar and milk. I won’t say it kills my craving for hot chocolate, but oh my it is a decadent cup.

An earthy, toasty taste is dominant with a matching mouth-feel – which turns creamy and chocolatey as it reaches the back of the tongue. One to experience over and over – I have feeling it will be a different experience every time! A nice change from the usual (albeit amazing) Laoshan Black!

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Rice

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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Love love love this new tea of the month! So jazzed it’s on the shelf for the year, because I’m already craving it and I drink at least a cup a day every time I work.

This oolong is smooth and sweet (from the sweet blackberry leaf), with just a wee bite from the ginger. It tastes healthful and delicious at the same time, definitely worlds above Happy Kombucha. I did myself a flavour favour and brewed this up double strength with a pump of agave and soymilk: It was like drinking strawberries and cream, or strawberry icecream.

Also quite pleased with the punny name, Yogi Bear, strawberry doing yoga on the package, just poifect.

Flavors: Ginger, Raspberry, Smooth, Strawberry

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I almost got this tonight as a tea to go, but I changed my mind and went for juicy orange instead, as I was hoping for a nice citrus pick me up, and was afraid of the rose petal in this. Would you say that the rose is noticeable in this? I could not smell it, but I wonder about taste. In the end, there was something funny that tasted like licorice in the juicy orange and I was not fond of it, but it smelled amazing.


I can’t taste the rose in this one at all! I know exactly what you are talking about with the licorice sweetness of Juicy Orange though – I attribute it to the blackberry leaves as they can add quite a bit of sweetness at times (not a huge fan of Juicy Orange so far, can you tell? lol)


I had a cup of this one last week. It was interesting! Something about the berry gave it a funny twist, I couldn’t figure out what exactly


I am gonna try this soon, but not sure when I can…hopefully this week.


I would blame the kombucha powder! Basically being a powdered fungus, probably adds some .. tang so to speak lol


Yeah I was thinking it was a combination of the berry and kombucha. The two together just didn’t seem to work for me

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ll have to try cold steeping this one, as it is so so finnicky when it comes to being bitter.
I wish it smelled as sweet and juicy as the dry leaf, but even with 175 temp water and a short steep, I rarely get a relaxing brew. More often than not, I’m left with a bitter cup that is overwhelmed with jasmine.

Oh Buddha’s Blend, I yearn for your to take me to nirvana, but I’ll have to find that in another tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Jasmine

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Welcome back, Daisy! Was wondering where you went. :)


hehe, thanks! I got wrapped up in a whirlwind of … well I don’t know what, but I’m back for now at least ;)

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This tea does wonders for my rampant anxiety. I don’t know if it’s Halifax, my age, the season or what but I am more anxious than I have ever been in my entire life. Work has slowed down so now I can focus on my future – whatever will 2015 hold…

Enter The Big Chill. I would pick this one over Mother’s Little Helper any day, although the valerian root in both teas does make me feel drowsy, this one tastes so so much better imo.

I find the vanilla to be at the frontline (smooth and creamy), just a hint of mint and refreshing but soothing lemon ties it all together. I don’t drink it for the taste though, more the relaxing properties, it just happens to be tasty as well :3

Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Vanilla

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

Might need to try this…I’m super stressed out these days, and trying to battle it. No matter how much I tell myself not to worry about this or that, or that I have little or no control over certain things, I still stress and obsess and worry, etc. And I know it’s bad. i just can’t seem to break the automatic nature of it.


I know that feeling exactly Amariel! I’m also reading a book about mindfulness and taking time to breathe, it’s been very helpful as well. Don’t be afraid to try new things, you are worth it!

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Sippin’ this one down, my last cup as I place my (possible) last order from Butiki Teas.

It’s creamy with just a hint of nutmeg, not even the “Noel Nog” this Christmas captured the essence of egg nog – this tea does. The mouthfeel is like marshmallow – out of this world, vanilla smoothness, and of course the taste of the actual tea leaf the whole time. Brilliance.

Flavors: Cream, Eggnog, Nutmeg, Vanilla

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

If the dollar was better, I was going to order this one from them. It sounds so amazing.

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A friend from Exeter sent this to me via post for Christmas! All the way to Canada – it was a gorgeous care package and the tea itself is delicious!

Flavoured like a ferrero rocher (oh yeeeah) and bold enough for some cream and sugar. Doin’ it right, a lovely quality tea bag!

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Well well well, my time at Lush took over my life, and my tea consumption dropped so so much – a little Alpine Punch should get me back in the tea spirit… especially since I am now working at DavidsTea!

Oh yes I think my love of tea is back with a vengeance. Any teas I review from here on out (from DT) I’ll leave off my # rating, but I’m so so pumped to get back to drinking what I love most! TEA!

Glad that this is permanently on the shelf, as I have fond memories of my first cup of this back in Regina a few years ago. We keep growing older and the tea stays by our side, even as tastes change and evolve :)


Welcome back! And that’s awesome you are working at DavidsTea :D should definitely get you back in the tea drinking spirit!


Congrats on the awesome job!


Thank you!! Yes I hope so too, it has already helped with my anxiety – and fresh tea is certainly better than 2-3 year old tea… but what to do with the old tea lol

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You can call me Daisy.

I’m a 24 year old (not so budding) thespian – just moved to the Maritimes from the Saskatchewan Prairies. I’m way too polite, aka Proud to be a Canadian. I love it here by the water – it must remind me of tea or something ;)

My favourite tea companies are DavidsTea and Verdant Tea. They please my palette in different ways – and I love them both for it.

My rating system is as follows:
95-100: I will stock it as soon as I can, if I haven’t already! Permanent collection worthy.

86-95: I would stock this tea if I could, but my collection is just too full to warrant it. But it is that good.

76-85: This is a tasty tea and I will have many cups and share with friends, but won’t go out of my way to keep it stocked.

50-75: It was alright! It was… alright! Not horrible, but I might not re-steep.

25-50: Ew. But I will finish the cup.

1-25: Please no, I want to dump it.

The Steepster community is my safe place. Thank you to all my tea friends!

<3 Daisy


Halifax, NS [Canada]



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