Oh, this is good. REAL good. I might be in love. This might be my new favorite. This is the first tea I’ve tried from Butiki, and I can totally tell that it’s much higher quality than other teas I’ve had. It’s so natural. No fake flavor here! The dry leaf smells so good, maple-y, nutty, and woodsy. I waited very impatiently for it to steep the recommended 4 minutes, and then cool for a minute or two. It tastes exactly as it should. I get the maple and pecan, and it’s naturally sweet on its own. I didn’t feel like this needed any additions, but I did add a tiny bit of sugar, which amped up the sweetness even more. I actually felt like my sugar was so not worthy of this tea…note to self: must invest in higher quality sugar! This tea would probably be awesome for afternoon tea! It is so nice to branch out from my usual teas (flavored blacks). And the flavor is so unique. I don’t have anything like this. My favorite part is that is seems so natural, like the tea leaves naturally taste like maple pecan. Stacy, you are amazing!


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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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