831 Tasting Notes

drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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Hmm, I seem to have not awesome luck with Butiki teas. I’m not sure if this aged poorly or got contaminated (doubtful), but steeping, all this smelled like was white pepper and savoury broth, and on the palate, I’m getting predominantly pepper with a hint of that tanginess that grapefruit has. If I didn’t have grapefruit on the brain I probably wouldn’t have associated that tang with it.

Thank you Janelle for the sample. I have one cup left and I think I’ll probably pass it along to someone else.

Flavors: Broth, Peppercorn, Tangy

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

That’s too bad! This was an amazing tea!

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drank Sun Meadow by Gurmano Tea
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This is an alright flavoured green tea. It has a distinct mango flavour and a bit of a tang that reminds of me orange juice (from concentrate, not fresh stuff). Sadly, the green tea base doesn’t shine through too much, and I’m finding myself pickier and pickier about flavoured greens.

There’s nothing wrong with this – it may be getting a bit old but it hasn’t aged too badly. I think it’s mostly just not to my taste any more.

Flavors: Mango, Orange, Rose, Tangy

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nepal 2nd Flush Sencha by What-Cha
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For some reason this was in my untrieds box, but I have tried it before. A lovely sweet sencha. Not extremely noteworthy, but delicious.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Six Summits by Teavana
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I made this grandpa style in my travel mug the other day. It was delicious, but I think my infatuation with this tea is fading a bit, which is just as well, as I’m running low and it’s discontinued. It’s still an amazing combination of oolong flavour and berry fragrance and I will be sad when it’s gone.

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
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I wanted so badly to try this when I first saw reviews of it, and Sil was kind enough to send me some.

I think I may have built this up a bit in my head, because I ended up not being all that impressed with it. It’s an alright creamy lemon tea, but the black base is kind of meh, and it lacks that tanginess that I expect if something is supposed to be both buttermilk and lemon flavoured.

I’m really glad I had a chance to try this, and also really glad that I didn’t end up placing an order specifically to get my hands on this (shipping + exchange rate would have been painful.) Having tea friends who share is so great :)

Flavors: Creamy, Lemon

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I didn’t love it either even though lots of other folks do heh

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An enjoyable white tea. Notes of cucumber and flowers. A bit sweet and juicy. I steeped this for about 4 minutes and it was pretty bland when hot, but a very nice fullness to the flavour developed as the cup cooled.

Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

My family adored this tea….it was complicated but not overwhelming for them.

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drank Frozen Summit by Dachi Tea
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This is one of the most interesting and delicious oolongs I’ve ever had.

The dry leaf fragrance is roasty with a hint of cannabis.

Again I steeped 2g in my 50ml gaiwan in 96C water for 1min.

The flavour of the first steep is complex – coconut, roasty, honey, granola, brazil nuts and dates. This is amazing, I love it. The finish is fairly long and carries the sweet notes through.

Second steep, 1min again, is quite smokey, almost like cigarettes except not unpleasant. The second steep lacks the complexity of the first.

Third, the complexity comes back with a layer of orchid.

I got I think five or six steeps out of this, but the first was by far the best and most interesting. I wish more of the granola qualities shone in the latter steeps – if I could get multiple steeps that were the same as the first, I’d be drinking this all the time.

I will need to try steeping western style to see what kind of results I get. Even with the less impressive subsequent steeps, I think I will need to pick up more of this.

Flavors: Cannabis, Coconut, Dates, Honey, Nuts, Oats, Orchids, Roasted, Smoke, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

Sounds amazing! Yum!

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drank Dark Horse by Cornelia Bean
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This mornings cup. Steeped for 3:30 and it was malty, bold and delicious.

Flavors: Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sky High Oolong by Dachi Tea
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Finally sitting down for a gongfu session with my Kickstarter rewards. We had another power outage today (second one in the last month, and third this year for this area apparently. Grump.) so I was really craving a cup of tea by the time the power came back on.

The dry leaf is tightly rolled green nuggets that smell sweet, floral very creamy.

Steeped 2g in my 50ml gaiwan with 96C water. The package directions recommend 3g for 150ml, but 1g just seemed like such a tiny amount of tea for this. I think 2g was a good choice.

Steeped leaf has a surprising smell of brown sugar and kale, but the tea soup is pale yellow and both tastes and smells like the dry leaf.

First steep for 1 min is floral, fruity and creamy, with a slight tang on the finish. It has a medium body.

Second steep for a minute again has a slightly tart note on top of the orchid and creaminess, though is otherwise very similar to the first steep.

Reading the tasting notes in the description, I definitely see how this tea evokes fresh air. It’s got this sort of quality that’s both light and substantial – hard to describe, but quite lovely.

This was pretty consistent through four steeps. For my fifth I reheated my water (I’d just been pouring from my kettle as it cools) and ended up with a nice caramel note and a not so nice melted plastic note. I was hoping a sixth steep would be good but now there’s a weird cardboard taste coming through.

I’m not sure what happened here. The first four steeps were lovely and definitely worth drinking, but I think I’m done now.

Flavors: Artificial, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cardboard, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Kale, Orchid, Sweet, Tangy, Tart

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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No detailed notes on this one, but I am really into these malty Darjeelings. Quite a nice one.

Flavors: Floral, Malt

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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