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Sipdown! 77/393

I don’t know how I feel about this. It reminds me a lot of Adagio/Cara McGee’s Captain Jack blend, which I really like, but I definitely prefer that to this. I don’t know if I’m biased against it because of how much I like the other one, because it’s not really all that different and yet I like Captain Jack a lot more. I’m conflicted. Both are black tea and rooibos blends, and both have almond and chocolate flavours. The only difference I can tell right off is that this one features coconut, and doesn’t have chocolate chips. In the taste, however, this one lacks depth that the Captain Jack tea has, and the flavours taste more artificial. I absolutely adore coconut in tea, and yet I don’t feel like it adds much here. It’s too astringent to drink black, and whilst milk and sugar solves this problem they also weaken the chocolate and almond flavours, which were previously quite prominent. It does bring out the coconut a little more, which is nice, but it’s still just a touch too artificial-tasting for me. Maybe I’ve been spoiled from drinking nothing but Butiki this past month? Artificial flavourings never used to bother me before…

I know all this sounds really negative, but it’s only because I can’t help but compare it to the Adagio tea. If I try not to compare the two, it’s honestly pretty nice. I’ve never had an Almond Joy, because I don’t think they’re sold here in the UK, but they sound pretty delicious and I really like the combination on flavours going on here. It’s creamy and nutty, and without the chocolate flavouring I think I’d like it a lot more. Enjoyable to sip on a quiet night time, but not quite enough to replace dessert for me.

Decent, but not a stand-out. Thank you Janelle for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years.

Black teas make up the majority of my collection, but I am expanding my horizons and trying to include a variety of other teas, too. Flavoured blacks are my favourites, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 22 year old English Literature sort-of-graduate and temporary bartender. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching (self-diagnosed geek and Netflix addict), football/soccer (I am a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC) and listening to classic rock.

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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