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Had this today…both mugs got it. It is better this time than last, when I had had it drung my sick period in November.

But, it’s…it’s not quite carrot cake. I get a creamy feel in the mouth, but I’m mostly just tasting the spices. But then, compared to the other Carrot Cake tea I have had, this one is surely better.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still a tasty tea, but I’m missing out on some of the more subtle carrot and cake notes.


I agree, I tried it the other day but didn’t review it yet because I wasn’t sure what to think of it yet, and thought that I maybe didn’t steep it properly.

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Backlog…had this the other day. Was nice to just pop a few bags into my Timolino and kid’s tumbler mug and get dressed in the morning rather than my usual double steep.

Tea was much better than expected. I think I am a little confused about this blend having both white tea and chicory root.

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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I expect there will be a number of tasting notes on this one, considering it was created for New Years. It’s just a quiet night here at home, with just over an hour and a half left of 2013 here on the west coast. Hubby is about to go out and get some sparkling cider and popcorn, and then we will watch a video…maybe Blackadder: Back and Forth, or perhaps the farewell to Matt Smith.

This one is certainly apple-y, and has that drying quality you find in champagne. As I have said in other notes, I like this one a lot and hope it (or something like it) becomes permanent. I’d love to see more honeybush blends as I can’t really do rooibos, but honeybush seems doable thus far…and a suitable caffeine free tea.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! Well, I chose this one partly because it is New Year’s Eve, partly because I had to get up super early for an MRI on my foot that ended up being cancelled, but lastly because I got some really fantastic news (that I alluded to in my recent notes) so I wanted a little happy tea, and this was it. Champagne Cider for later…

This cuppa was just about perfect. Creamy, not too astringent and a hint of nutmeg.


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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmm….always a comforting fave. Yes, I’m still treating myself to comforting teas right now, and probably will, for a little longer still. Some good has happened today, and fingers crossed that it happens again tomorrow.

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Continuing the soothing teas today…this one is an old time favourite, and I’m running low on my last bag. It’s good tea. I’m sad it’s gone, but I have hoarded my last bag for a while. It’s getting on and needs to be drunk before it loses all flavour.

Hopefully, part of the stress and anxiety will be resolved tomorrow or on Tuesday at the latest. Hopefully, some other good news later this week will help balance everything out. Some. The rest will take time, and money. And bravery and persistence. Not that I want to discuss that part right now though.

Comfy tea…I love you Buttercream


Fingers crossed!


Thanks! Much appreciated!


Hope good and better things await you Amariel (love the new name!)


Thanks Tea Fairy. I hope so too. Glad you like the new name.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Sadly, I chose this one today because I’ve been stressed out beyond belief for the last week, and my anxiety is riding higher than ever, and this tea is my zen tea. Also, since I had an upset tummy this morning, the ginger was beneficial. When I reorder this tea, I’m going big. BIG I tell ya!

I still really love this tea, and will be sad when it is gone, but it is definitely going on a reorder list.

Butiki Teas

Sorry to hear about the stress and anxiety. I hope things get better soon. :)


Part of it should get better soon, but part of it will take time, and require the first part to be resolved. But things are looking up, and my mantra has been that there are people far worse off than me. I have a loving husband and family, a job, food on the table, a roof over our heads, and those are things some less fortunate deal with regularly. But this last week has thrown me for a loop, for sure, with lots of unexpected things.

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I thought I’d like this one, if I picked out the rosebuds.


Dumped it. Which I rarely do.

Rosebuds aside, it is something I should like, so I thank Fjellrev (woo! got that one right before checking!) for the chance to try it, but something in it just disagrees with me.

On to the next tea…

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TTG from Hillside today…I had it in mind to get some Santa’s Secret, but my friend’s daughter opted for this, and in a split decision, I got this instead.

Do I regret it? No.

Do I like it as much as Santa’s Secret? No.

Is it tasty? Yes.

Would I buy more? Maybe.

I’m very picky with my mint teas in winter. To me, mint is cooling and refreshing, and totally makes me think of summer, not winter when it is cold. The reason I like Santa’s Secret is that the mint is more candy cane mint, and somehow it is different to me than regular mint…don’t ask me why or how, as I don’t fully understand it myself.

Now, when I took the bag out of my mug, I did notice the oily sheen on the top that people talk about, and generally dislike. For me, I’m indifferent to it. My guess is that it comes from the chocolate, and it’s worth it for chocolate for me.

That being said, I find the dominant flavour to be the mint, and not much else. I find mint does this a lot.

So far, I don’t think I’ve reacted to the stevia, but my skin is so bonkers right now, I have no idea what is causing it to go haywire and act up. One hopes that the bloodwork today will give answers when the results come in.

So I think this is alright, better than I expected, but not stellar. I may or may not get more of this…if I do, it is mainly because it is caffeine free and another evening option for me. But this or Champagene Cider, and Champagne Cider wins HANDS DOWN.

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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I’m undecided on this tea…it smells good, and OMGsrsly painstakingly removed as many flower buds as possible, since I don’t do florals well, but my taste, I’m not sure. I think that maybe my taste is affected from the hot cereal mix I just ate. I can smell more than taste this tea.

While I can detect some floral in it, it is on the very edge of what I can handle. I think.

I am reserving a rating for another time when I can drink this straight and see if it still tastes the same or not.


Ah, yeah, it’s heavy on the rose for me, but I personally like rose.


Florals are migraine triggers for me…especially rose.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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