674 Tasting Notes

After the success of Butiki’s Puerh Tuo Cha the other day, I decided it was time to dig this one up and steep it already. It’s secretly been driving me nuts in my sample drawer for a while, but the world of pu’erh is daunting.

I’m really finding it difficult to get past the scent of this one, but I can taste a wee bit of earthiness here beneath that scent. I feel this one has potential, and at this point it’s definitely me and not the tea. Perhaps in due time, as I possibly explore more pu’erhs I’ll come back to Verdant.

Thanks akgrowngirl!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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This one has such a low steeping temperature. I was getting impatient waiting for the thermometer to beep. Dry, this one smelled quite sweet, but not in a sickening way. Steeped, it still smells sweet, but the scent has changed slightly and it’s reminding me of something I can’t quite put my finger on.

Hmm. From the sweet scent I was expecting more. The taste is a bit like sugared warm water. Hopefully something more comes through as it cools.

Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I so rarely drink this tea, because I don’t want to wear it out. The first time I had it, it was akin to something magical. Liquid brioche. Absolute perfection. I then waited and waited and waited until I found a way to get some for my cupboard without paying the high cost of shipping to Canada. moraiwe was amazing enough to add me into her ATR order. I was so excited when it finally arrived I was drinking it each morning, until I noticed it was losing it’s magical quality.

I dug it out this morning because a couple reviews I read last night reminded me I was overdue for a cup. Yum.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

lol i want to try this one.. everyone seems to love it!!

Courtney

I can send you a couple cups :)

Aimee Popovacki

k! I think I have a little bit of winter blend left i can send you.. i never made it out to toronto when i was home because it was so cold :( … I am thinking of making an order from tealish soon though, so I could pick up that one for you!

VariaTEA

I could have sent you some Aimee!! Darn it :(

Courtney

Yay! I sort of forget in the holiday shuffle. That’s okay though. Maybe let me know when/if you’re going to place an order with them :) I’ll scoop out a few cups worth for you of Brioche though and get that ready to go.

Aimee Popovacki

oh man! lol its a tea i always want to try because everyone says its so good, but always forget about!

Courtney

Sent the Brioche Aimee!

Aimee Popovacki

woohoo! i’m excited to try it!

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I am quite enjoying this tea. I’ve found it can be a bit finicky, and, the directions Stacy gives really do work the best. It definitely has that Irish Breakfast kick to it, with a touch of astringency, but it doesn’t bother me. The creamy flavouring mellows it out.

I do try to drink this one while it’s still pretty well piping hot, because the astringency seems to take over as it cools. When I’m paying attention and make this correctly, it is so delightful.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This smells delish! It is sweet, almost like there’s sugar added, but I didn’t add any, and spicy in a pumpkin season way. This may be my favourite pumpkin tea. Where can I get more?

Thanks KiwiDelight! Although, perhaps J won’t be pleased I want more haha!

Now I shall re-watch Skyfall. You know, because it’s not as though I don’t have a ton of things to do for school. :P

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Skyfall is a pretty great way of procrastinating. I am watching episode after episode of Covert Affairs when I really should be doing readings.

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drank Puerh Tuo Cha by Butiki Teas
674 tasting notes

This has been hidden away in my sample drawer since my Butiki order from Black Friday. I generally get irritated by samples sitting in my drawer because I’m hyper organized and for some reason, these things bother me, so I have been sipping away at my samples.

This one sat in there for a while because I was a little afraid of it. But alas, it was time to face my pu’erh fears. In hindsight, I probably should just trust that Butiki will never lead me astray.

I was also so concerned with taking pictures of each moment of the pu’erh experience, I forgot to hit start on the microwave timer, but it turned out just fine, thank goodness.

There is definitely that taste that made me fear pu’erh, and in my initial sips, my first thought was to say it was ‘fishy’, but I actually think it qualifies more as ‘earthy’. Perhaps if I further my pu’erh experience I’ll know for sure. I’m just over halfway done the cup, mostly because I was chatting with my BFF for the last hour since we never get a chance to chat on the phone. I’m quite happy with this. The ‘earthy’ flavour I think could be something I could get on board with. It seems like partly an acquired taste, and partly not. The tea itself seems clean, with some depth (which, really could just be the dark colour of the liquid haha!). Ahh, Butiki. I can always count on you.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I get annoyed by little random baggies of tea. :P I try to drink them down just to tidy them down, but I use the excuse that I’m just trying to enjoy them before they go stale. :P

Sounds interesting!

Courtney

Haha thank goodness it isn’t just me. :P

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I haven’t had a Della Terra tea in a while. This one is creamy and delicious, true Della Terra black mint tea style. The vanilla tones the mint down to something more suited to my tastes, and the black tea base complements the flavouring nicely.

Thanks for sharing KiwiDelight!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This is another from Annie’s gift woot.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a straight Darjeeling, and I’ve seen such mixed reviews on how people feel about them I was completely unsure what to expect. I am enjoying this cup overall. I’m getting the subtlest hint of mineral in the background, but essentially it’s a nice, simple cup of black tea. There is a wee bit of astringency here, but nothing offensive.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
674 tasting notes

I do so enjoy this tea. I have plenty of school work to get on top of today, but instead I’m going through and finally rating some of the teas I truly love. I rarely rate teas, but I thought some of my true loves deserved a rating.

I think this tea may have moved up from occasional cupboard status to permanent cupboard status. As I find myself on the Butiki site…

Update: I’m just sipping away at my 4th steep, but I’m thinking 3 is best for this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Every year, my friend and I get each other three gifts as our birthdays are only a few weeks apart. She is an exceptional gift-getter, and she always has a theme. This year, the theme was around the world, since I love learning about new places and cultures. She printed out boarding passes and I got to choose which boarding pass to start with (aka which gift to open first). I had the options China, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

I should perhaps write the rest of my birthday story on my blog, but long story short – the United Kingdom gift had SO MANY TEAS. From all around the world! It was labelled United Kingdom because that’s where she purchased them haha.

I was thrilled this was one of the teas because just last night I was on the S&V website contemplating their Nepalese black. This tea is delightful. It’s a lighter black tea, but still so comforting. For knowing next to nothing about tea, she really nailed it.

(P.S. Here’s the blog post if anyone is interested :) http://adultlearningblog.blogspot.ca/2014/01/birthday-in-review.html)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

That is an awesome friend!!

OMGsrsly

That is incredible and thoughtful!

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

Location

Canada

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