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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
111 tasting notes

On my first Butiki order a little while ago, I had had this as a sample. Circumstance made it a not so great sample. I was preparing it a little bit too close to when I was supposed to leave for work, so I couldn’t quite steep it properly and kind of had to dash out. Turns out I was running late, so I had to QUICK GULP IT DOWN before my shift started, and then when I came home, the used leaves had been tossed, so I didn’t get to try it again. During the hurried burning mouthfuls, I sort of vaguely thought it seemed fairly good, so I decided to go ahead and order some to have it properly.

I’m really glad I did. :) It’s very juicy and sweet, and yet it’s not thin either. It’s smooth, and has a bit of a thick feeling in your mouth which I love. It’s thinner than say Premium Taiwanese Assam, but considering how fruity this is, it has a hefty body.

Like Bonnie, I actually taste apricot rather than peach, but either way it’s very sweet. It takes milk well, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend adding sugar. It’s naturally very sweet on it’s own, but that’s a good thing! You know you’ve found a good tea when the thought of adding stuff to it is almost laughable.

One thing that’s interesting about this tea, is that it’s not roasty, smokey, astringent or even extremely malty. Yet it’s clearly a black. It’s very unique from any black tea I’ve ever tried!

I can definitely see what people mean about the honey like flavor. This tea tastes like the filling of an apricot pie, piping hot with a drizzle of honey to bring out the sweetness of the fruit. At the swallow, it’s the apricot like flavor that lingers. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Hello! I’m a 24 year old Canadian, currently working at Starbucks while I figure out what I want to do with myself in life, haha.

Like most everyone else, I grew up with teabags, and then discovered the grass really WAS greener on the other side with loose leaf. Nowadays I drink nearly exclusively loose, but will drink a bagged tea if I don’t care what I’m having.

My favorite kind of tea is black, and unflavored, although I do enjoy an occasional dessert black. I like whites second best. I’ve recently been dipping my toes into honeybush tisanes, greens and oolongs.

My favorite vendors are Butiki Teas and Verdant Teas. Both have fantastic teas, above and beyond customer service (especially Butiki), and fair prices for their very high quality teas. I can’t recommend them enough.

Purely for tasting notes references, I don’t use any additives for my teas. Older tasting notes for blacks was with milk+sugar, and then with just milk. Whites, oolongs, greens and herbals are all drunk straight unless otherwise specified in the notes.

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