2221 Tasting Notes

Last of the sample from Shmiracles!

And yep, it’s cherry. IDK that I’d want more, but it was fun to try! (And it’s actually OK with nothing added, which is good.)

(~1.5 tsp in 12 oz)

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Ooh, this works really well as a cheater’s cold steep. 1 bag in a vitamin water bottle (because I had one) for 24 hours, and BAM! Tasty juice-tea.

I’ve been sipping on it all morning while contemplating rice, because food poisoning. UGH. Do not recommend.

This tea, however, is quite decent. I drink it hot as well, but I think I prefer it cold like this.


Sorry about the poison part. Been there, done that all the way to the hospital. Take care of yourself!


This wasn’t so bad, but bad enough that I was up most of the night and my tummy is still super upset. Thankfully the nausea isn’t so bad I can’t drink tea. :)

I tried blended carrot ginger soup, but no. I might make congee.

Roswell Strange

This is the best sick tea, without question.

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
2221 tasting notes

I totally forgot I had this tea, as it was in a mis-labeled tin. But once I opened and sniffed, I knew I had to drink it!

SO GOOD. I really like honeybush blends, even though a lot of them have a bit of sourness to me once they start cooling. They’re not twiggy or woody like rooibos. Even they’re both made from the leaves. And they’re both members of the legume family. The plants both look so much like broom, tea friends. And while broom is beautiful when it blooms, it is also evil and destructive to the natural habitat here and must be destroyed. Ahem.

Anyways. The delightful apple. The delicate spices. This is like warm apple cider at Christmas. Only a lot lighter and less likely to put me into a sugar coma. Yum!

I totally should have bought more when it was available.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Cheaters cold brew: http://instagram.com/p/pZHPAvR5PN/#

It actually worked really well, and I do like the tea even though it’s INCREDIBLY sour and I’m doing a sugar free challenge for 10 days. It’s a nice and easy way to get flavoured water. I’ll have to remember this the next time I’m out and thirsty, as plain water is not something I like to drink.

Flavors: Lime

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
2221 tasting notes

Oh hey, this is really neat! Thanks so much for sharing, CrowKettle!

It’s dry and slightly toasty, kinda like genmaicha. Also really malty with honey notes. Yet somehow this isn’t as thick feeling of a tea as I would expect. So easy to drink.

Yum! I’m gonna have to feed this to my BFF, since she just texted she was bored, so she was coming over (probably to play with the cat). Such an interesting tea!

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Malt, Toasted Rice

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love when others enjoy this one.


:) It’s always nice when other appreciate your favourites, isn’t it?

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Today I definitely get caramel bergamot from this tea! I quite like the combo, actually.

Thanks so much for sharing, Shmiracles!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Lime by Bayswater Tea Co.
2221 tasting notes

I had this tea hot again last night, and I really do prefer it this way. I finally got a kick of ginger nearing the bottom of my cup!

So I think I’ll hot steep the rest and pour it over ice/chill it in the fridge. Quite a tasty tea, especially with that ginger!

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

i agree!

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There are a few places that stock this tea, and I have a feeling it’s all from the same Grandpa. :)

So good. Rich and malty. Possibly astringent or bitter, but this is totally a tea for cream. So that’s how I’m having it. And it’s delicious. I could see this tea being a morning staple.

Just a note: I’m consuming this tea while eating some seriously sub-par bacon flavoured potato chips. Mackie’s of Scotland also has Haggis flavour, and I’m sooooo glad I didn’t get that one. The chip texture is also kinda meh. They’re not properly crunchy, rather they’re hard. Would I try another variety? Yes, but not the Haggis.

Flavors: Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Cameron B.

I got some Maple Bacon kettle chips yesterday and they are quite tasty! :)


I did not even know bacon flavored chips were a thing. How did I not know. I think I need to try some…


Sour cream and bacon ripple chips were a standard when I was growing up. Maybe it was a Canadian thing! But those ones had REAL bacon bits in the seasoning, which I think made all the difference.


MMMMmmmmmmm – Ruffles sour cream and bacon chips!!!! Not quite as good as Old Dutch kethup – but almost. :))

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Sadness! This one is almost gone. :(

Oh well. It’s delightful, and I know I need to get more if I or anyone close by does a S&V order. :)

Also, meet my cat!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML



She’s awesome! And beautiful. :)


Haha. He (I know!) is a rescue I’ve had for a few years. Poor beast is an old man with really bad arthritis. So I got him a distraction. :)


Tazo does that same shred-it-with-the-back-paws move! Have you tried a feather on a string for entertainment yet?


I recently found out that the back paw move is how cats kill their prey. It will break the neck of a bird or mouse. That poor knit mouse didn’t even see it coming. :)


Eep sorry for the gender mix-up!




Lol. No worries about gender. :) He LOVES feathers and I have a couple sticks/strings with feathers. He also has a fuzzy ball with feathers that I’m constantly finding stuck under things.


I want more of this too… sigh


Last I checked it was still on their website! Doesn’t help with a no-buy though.


I know it’s there… just trying to resist it ;-)

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Sipdown (258)!

This is a really decent spiced white bagged tea. I’m glad I got it whenever it was I picked it up, but I don’t think I need to get it again. Today it’s mostly chicory and white tea that I’m tasting, with a few spices and a little sweetness.

And I’m still under 260 even with the new teas, which is nice. I might drink a few more easy sipdowns tonight, or maybe not. :)

165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

It is still pretty nice though. I remember having some that you sent.


I don’t regret it at all, I’m just closer to figuring out what I drink in quantity, and white teas aren’t it. :)

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I mostly drink black tea, with some floral oolongs or puerhs thrown in for variety.

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Vancouver, BC, Canada



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