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I stocked up on this tea before it was re-released – I got 250g super cheap… before ever trying it. Terrible mistake! haha. It does seem to be almost universally loved though!

I find it has a strong smell (dry and steeped) of buttery, creamy caramel apples. The taste is nothing but watery apple juice so matter what I do! I don’t get any jasmine notes or really even any buttery caramel notes. I’m going to keep trying though – since I have a ton of it anyway :)

Flavors: Apple

2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

lol that’s why i was ok with this one…but i guess technically it doesn’t really live up to it’s name as you pointed out

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drank Matcha Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not in love with this tea yet, but bought the 130g paper package so I could have a cute pen holder at work. Possibly getting back into the Steepster groove after years away? O:

I used boiling water I topped with cold water, so I may have cooled it down too much, it was more on the warm side. I’m getting a nutty flavour reminiscent of an old discontinued blend, Secret Weapon. Most of the flavour is overpowered by the stevia to me, a little cloying in the back of the throat – but I will try it iced next and see if that makes a difference! I was expecting more of a “green” flavour from the green tea and matcha, but perhaps a higher temp water will achieve that.

I did not add any sweetener or milk, and overall find this to be too sweet for my tastes.

Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Sweet

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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Daisy Chubb

Hey guys!!! Thanks for the warm welcome :D
Happy to be back

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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.

Daisy Chubb

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.

Daisy Chubb

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. :)

Daisy Chubb

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.

Daisy Chubb

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

I’m back bb!

<3 Daisy


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