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360 Tasting Notes

79
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
360 tasting notes

This is a sipdown this morning. I am bumping the rating up a bit. While this tea in unremarkable, it is still a solid Golden Monkey with nothing that I would consider a flaw. It’s smooth and easy to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94

I broke my favorite 25 oz teapot yesterday, and its replacement isn’t coming until next week. :-( I have not been wanting to brew small quantities of tea in my bigger teapot, so I chose this one tonight because I love it and don’t mind drinking lots of it at a time. :-)

TeaBrat

sorry I hate breaking tea ware!

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52

So, this is the tea I had with my meal at the Thai restaurant last night. I was eating a very rich red curry, so some of the subtleties of this tea were definitely lost on me. I was expecting not to like the pomegranate flavoring at all, but I was surprised at how pleasant it was. It reminded me a lot of currant, and it hadn’t occurred to me how similar pomegranate and currant smells (to me, at least) until last night. Anyhow, the disappointing factor in this was the base tea. I was just not liking it, and it had a weird taste in the back palate/aftertaste. I wouldn’t purchase this one again, but I remain open to trying another pomegranate tea from Harney & Sons with a different base…

boychik

is it possible that thai flavors just overpowered and didn’t go together? Its not bad cold steeped and refreshing during the summer.

CharlotteZero

It could be…I guess I would give it another try, especially since the pomegranate flavoring was so pleasant…

teataku

I also really enjoy this one iced (and hot, if I’m in the right mood).

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87

Casey and I decided to go out to dinner last night, and I brought some tea samples with me. (Maybe some will think I am incredibly rude. I only do this at more casual restaurants, and I insist upon paying for the hot water as if they were serving me their tea, and if they don’t charge me, I make up for it in the servers tip. So I’m comfortable enough doing this, although I probably seem like a crazy person, which, well, is accurate.)

I was not expecting to like this at all. Harney & Sons teas are very hit and miss with me. This was really good, however. I also really liked the sachet was translucent enough that you almost couldn’t tell that it was there. It’s always a nice visual treat to watch pearl tea unfurl. I could see making this a staple jasmine tea in my cupboard.

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91

I picked this one up when Yunnan Sourcing was having a sale, I believe it was in December, but hadn’t tried it until tonight. So, so, so good. It tasted like Cheerios and chocolate, both in the best ways imaginable. I’m glad I finally tried this tea. It will be difficult not to drink it up fast!

(While searching for when the sale was, I noticed that Yunnan Sourcing sells tea via Amazon??? Has anyone here ever purchased tea from them that way?)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Sil

oh man i adored this one… so on my wishlist to buy more of later!

CharlotteZero

I can send you some! I also realized, of course after sending your tea to you,
that I have a few other things on your wishlist…

Sil

haha not to worry…my wishlist is a combo of things i want to try and things i want to remember to buy again. :) Get through some of the things i sent and we can always do another swap!

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94

My Butiki order came in the mail today, and I think I’m going to be the first one to review this! I was worried when I first smelled the dry leaf that the lemon would be overpowering. It smelled very much like those amazing frozen lemonades I used to get sometimes as a kid in the summer which were flavored with nothing but perfect fresh lemons and sugar. Anyway, brewed the macaron is much more apparent. I can smell the almonds, cream, and even though I did not add any sugar to this it tastes perfectly sweet. This is a wonderful new tea and I hope Stacy keeps it around!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
JustJames

cannot wait til mine arrives!!!!!!!!! =0D

Butiki Teas

So glad you are enjoying this one! :)

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83

The flavors are a little more subtle in this tea, and maybe my palate is just not sensitive enough, but it just doesn’t have as much going on as far as I can smell and taste when compared to Butiki’s other black teas. However, this is still very good and would still be something I might reorder.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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25

I purchased this tea a few weeks ago. I had added it to my order to get free shipping. It has a pretty good rating on steepster and sounded good. I had opened the bag shortly after it arrived, smelled the dry leaf, and knew it was not for me. The dry leaf smells like a pina colada air freshener and movie theater “butter”. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but only a little. The brewed tea is only slightly better. I took only one sip of this. I am relieved to have rehomed this tea today to someone who appreciates it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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86

This sample was sent to me in a swap by the generous boychik. Thank you!!!

This is very good. It’s a perfect afternoon tea. (I made the mistake of drinking it with/after a big breakfast, which it wasn’t really assertive enough for.) It tasted a bit like berries and vanilla, but after reading boychik’s review I recognized that there was black currant. It is very mellow and smooth. It doesn’t have the over-the-top candy-like black currant flavoring of their tea of that name.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
360 tasting notes

Yum. Now this is more like it. This tea smells like bread, honey, flowers, and fruit to me. The tea liquor has some nice body to it without being tannic or drying (I’m looking at you Thé Blanc Sacré). It has a beautiful creamy mouthfeel. This is definitely something I would restock.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

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