3229 Tasting Notes

drank Kenya Kangaita by Butiki Teas
3229 tasting notes

Sadly, this tea kind of falls into that spectrum of black teas that I find ok, but that aren’t quite my style. I see that I previously rated it fairly highly – I suspect I hadn’t had many straight blacks at that time. Adjusting rate downward a bit to reflect my much more educated palate, but this is certainly still a good tea, and great for an intro to Kenyan blacks!

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Still a pleasant enough tea without too much background honeybush to detract from the flavourings.

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Sorry everyone – going to work on an enormous note backlog right now. And this is only from the past couple weeks.

Anyways, I’ve been working stupid long hours at two jobs, and barely have had time to sleep, let alone anything else. And then? Our water pipes froze. So I was without running water for a week. And it was spectacular (aka really terrible). We still have frozen pipes, but as of yesterday afternoon, running water has resumed via a hose connecting the neighbour’s outdoor tap to our outdoor tap. Which is awesome, because tea made with “spring water” is terrible. Just saying. (Also, it’s terribly inconvenient to live without running water. #firstworldproblem, yes.)

So, Lemon French Macaron. Not my favourite of Butiki’s offerings, but nothing wrong with it. I had it in a travel mug sometime recently, and it was tasty enough – bright lemon flavour, light white tea, and some creaminess. I mean, for a lemon-flavoured tea, it was perfectly fine. Just not a favourite!


Ah! So sorry about the water situation!


Pretty sure that lack of running water is a problem in lots of the world. I’m glad you have it back!


You do have a point. I guess I felt like I was being overly whiny because I has access elsewhere, just not in my home!

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Another tea I don’t overly care for. I meant to finish this off in the summer but had too many other options. Oops. I just don’t care for overly fruity teas anymore.

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I’m actually not sure I remember what this tea tasted like today… it must have been the mystery tea I couldn’t identify. I’ll have to review this later, because I have very little recollection of it (or perhaps it was in the mug I might not have drank from?)

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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I really need to label my packages of this so I stop nipping bits from all of them :/ Anyhow, this was divine in my mug today. Chocolatey orangey perfection. So amazing.


Hard combo to get wrong. Love chocolate and orange. :)


I’m going to be sad when this is gone. This was the only chocolate orange tea that really worked for me!


miss this one

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drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
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Almost gone. I do love the oolong-y-ness of this tea, but I can tell that it’s not the high quality that I’m used to. Still a tasty mug, though.

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drank White Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
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Sipdown! Must admit, this really wasn’t too bad today. Actually tasted kind of like white chocolate. I do have a strange soft spot for these blends, since they definitely were unique. I’d maybe get a few again sometime in the future, just to try. The rest of my samples from Steap are in my mug-sipdown pile, though.


I think they’ve closed. No website, and their facebook hasn’t been updated since last spring… :/


Oh :( Sad.


Sad about Steap, miss the cinnamon swirl bread

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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Sipdown! Honestly, I only brewed this up because there was just a cup left. Not keen on the flavour combo right now, though it’s not a bad example of it. Not a tea I need again, though.


Yeah, I do that sometimes – drink it just to get rid of it, even when you’re not really in the mood for it. But… that’s one less tea!

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! Not a favourite, so I’m ok with this being gone. Raspberry/strawberry teas are not what I am finding I want right now.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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