696 Tasting Notes

drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
696 tasting notes

My friend sent this one along and it is seriously tasty. It has a subtle genmaicha vibe going on, plus the strong caramel flavour.

I can see why some would think this similar to Japon, but I have to say the tastes are a wee bit different, but the low maintenance (AKA steep at boiling) of this tea might almost put this one in the lead. Gasp. I feel horrid even typing that. I’ll have to contemplate that a bit more before fully deciding.

whatshesaid

Can’t wait for the order!!

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I tried North Winds last night, but didn’t write a note because I wasn’t too sure about it. I thought I’d steep this today since it has the North Winds base and I have now come to somewhat of a conclusion.

There is a very slight, subtle smokiness here. It’s extremely subtle, almost not smokiness, perhaps more like a campfire from a distance. Like the smoke has travelling through the forest and intermingled with trees and such along the way, however there is that smoky element, and unfortunately I can’t get past it.

There is a light richness to this cup otherwise, and some maltiness, and of course a hint of vanilla. It’s really a well done tea. I can see why this one is a crowd favourite. Sadly neither are for me, though I do have a little bit more to experiment with, so perhaps I can make something work.

Sil

doh. sorry to hear :(

whatshesaid

More for me ;)

Sil

i enjoyed golden orchid but not in the way that everyone else seems to be.

Courtney

I was expecting way more vanilla Sil. It was so similar to North Winds, I was expecting a completely different tea to be honest.

Sil

i liked this one better, but also expected more out of both of them.

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This one is delightful!

At first sip, I thought Laoshan Black! But subsequent sips revealed a hint at Bailin. It was subtle, and not there at every sip, but very intriguing. And very tasty.

So far, Whispering Pines is 2/2.

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My Whispering Pines order has arrived! Yes!

I thought I would steep some of this up since I was measuring some out to share with whatshesaid anyway. The steeped scent reminded me, pretty near perfectly, of Premium Taiwanese Assam, however the taste is much more akin to Bailin. Very tasty, either way!

It’s a bit lighter than PTA and has that great Bailin taste I love, but with much less maintenance (in terms of Bailin). This one may be a keeper.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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This is such an interesting tea. I’m glad I snagged more from Anna to test it out a bit more before committing to buying any myself.

It’s really quite tasty, with caramel and cream notes, and something else that must be associated with tamarind. Interesting indeed.

Thanks Anna!

Cameron B.

This is one of the teas that caught my eye when I was browsing Butiki. I’m glad it’s good, I’ll have to try it. :D

VariaTEA

I have no idea what Tamarind is supposed to taste like but you make this sound so good :)

yyz

Its kind of sharp, sour and sweet at the same time. Though I haven’t consciously eaten it since I was in India.

Courtney

I haven’t had a real-life tamarind, but my friend wanted to try this one, so we each got a sample with our last order. It’s quite tasty.

MissB

I agree with yyz. If you’ve had Pad Thai before, it’s a key ingredient in the sauce.

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This was a sample Verdant sent along with my recent order of LB. I haven’t had an oolong in quite some time. I sort of fell out of love with them a bit, because they are a wee bit high maintenance.

I figured I’d waited long enough, and I’ve been bothered by my box of need-to-sipdown teas lately. This one is tasty, but it doesn’t seem extraordinarily different from many other oolongs, AKA nothing makes it stand out against the rest. This is one of my friend’s favourites, but it’s just another tasty tea to me. Perhaps when another oolong mood rolls around, I’ll re-try this one to see if I can get the magic.

This is a sample sipdown.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
mj

That’s exactly how I felt about this one

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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Dexter sent me a couple cups worth of this a while ago in a surprise parcel. I’ve been hoarding it, for fear I’d never find my precious L’Automne again. The orange and chocolate just work so well with the rooibos base here. The base isn’t off-putting or offensive in any way, which is truly shocking since this is the only rooibos to date that has managed to surpass my strict taste-testing for rooibos. Truly a masterpiece.

Dex is awesome, and sending along a bunch more. This is a celebration cup. Yum!

Sil

Love this blend sooooo much

whatshesaid

Really?! Rooibos that tastes good?!

Courtney

This is so far the only one haha! Even Lemon and Lime Chiffon didn’t pass the test.

Stephanie

I bet I’d still hate it LOL

Veronica

I’m intrigued.

Courtney

Haha it’s possible Stephanie. I’m rooibos-picky, but I’m sure someone could be more so.

Cameron B.

Have any of you tried the Mango Lassi rooibos tea from Butiki? If so, is it as tasty as it sounds?! :D

Courtney

I’ve tried it, but seeing as I don’t like rooibos, perhaps someone else will be able to let you know. :) In my experience with Butiki, generally all Stacy’s teas are drinkable, even if the taste isn’t to your liking, just due to the high quality.

Sil

i like stacy’s mango lassi rooibos, but to be fair, i am not nearly the rooibos hater that others are…

Cameron B.

I find that I like rooibos when the blend is good. I just happen to be a sucker for anything with a creamy flavor profile, which is why I noticed the Mango Lassi. Thanks for your input. :)

TeaBrat

I loved the mango lassi from Butiki!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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This tea is delightful. The coconut, banana combination with the PTA base is seriously awesome. Somehow the ingredients come together as something comforting and none too tropical, which is a great alternative to all the other coconut teas that do come across tropical. Not that I don’t like tropical, it’s just nice to have other options. Especially when they are Butiki-amazing.

I never really reach for this one though, so perhaps 1/2-1 ounce is needed next time I order.

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed this one for 17 hours (whoops, I meant to do 12). It turned out just fine though. It really tastes just like Tropicalia plus cinnamon and star anise. Neither are in-your-face, but are noticeable, yet subtle at the same time. It’s quite enjoyable as a cold brew.

I also steeped up a normal mug too, and I may ever so slightly prefer the hot. Partly because I generally prefer hot tea, but also because the cinnamon is more apparent than the star anise, whereas they were equal in the cold brew. When cinnamon is done well in a tea, I do enjoy it. The hot version is more like a cinnamon piña colada.

VariaTEA

Glad you liked it as well :)

Nxtdoor

Gotta remember to avoid this. Thanks for the Tropicalia comparison or I might not have known.

VariaTEA

Nxtdoor, I hated Tropicalia but liked this so it may be worth a sample anyways.

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This one came from Stephanie.

I checked the directions on Verdant’s website to be sure, and went with a 5-second rinse ~1-2 minutes after letting the kettle cool from boiling, then a 15-second steep.

I am happy to say it doesn’t have the earthy/fishy taste of the darker steeping pu’erhs I’ve tried. There is an earthy taste here, but it’s completely different – more like dry dirt. Actually a bit bizarre, but I’m not exactly turned off by it. I’ll have to keep sipping away to see what else comes of this tea. And resteep it, of course.

Thanks Stephanie! I really appreciate your helpfulness in the pu’erh department. Before you I didn’t even realize there were different types of pu’erh.

Stephanie

:) They are really bizarre at first! Kind of like drinking a tree :)

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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 dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

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

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