686 Tasting Notes

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I made this one before dinner, then gorged myself on quesadillas and guacamole, and now it’s cool enough to drink. This tea is so awesome. I am thrilled I ordered 4 oz. of it. The scent and taste are intoxicating, but I’m trying to limit my intake so as not to overuse it and have it be any less special (as I do with most Butiki teas).

Now onto studying. The class has really picked up pace, and another girl in the class seems to want to out-do me on everything. She obviously didn’t get the message I’m incredibly competitive and I always win. :P

whatshesaid

Hah! It’s ON

keychange

Oh, tell that biatch that two can play this game. She asked for it.

Courtney

Haha! Right guys?

Stephanie

Guacamole is the best!

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My swap arrived from Roswell Strange!

This one is tasty! The melon comes through clearly and the base tea is neither over- nor underwhelming. It is slightly strange to have a melon black tea, but it actually works really well.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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I enjoyed a steep of this last night before bed, and I’m having the resteep this morning. Such a great tea. I never really crave this one, but it’s delicious every single time I make it. I have a feeling I’ll reorder this one.

I have a lot of studying to get done today, but I also need to run out to get my passport photos done. That is, if I want to go to California this summer. Obviously, yes I do.

whatshesaid

Aren’t the Lupicia stores in California?!

Courtney

How could I not think of this?! I just checked and there are three in Southern California.

whatshesaid

Haha it’s ok, you’ve probably had more important things to think of, like studying and whatnot. But HELLO! You can go smell all the teas in person! Jealous! :)

whatshesaid

(What, you mean you don’t plan all your vacations around the local tea shops?! ;))

Courtney

Haha I semi-plan them that way. But mostly around beaches to be honest, since I currently live in a desert :/

keychange

oooh I’m going to SoCal as well! when do you go?

Courtney

We haven’t booked flights yet, but approximately mid-August. :)

keychange

Oh we’ll miss each other by a few weeks, I think. We’re going July 18-25 :D. But yaaay lupicia!

Courtney

Lupicia for the win!

whatshesaid

You’re so lucky! That’s going to be quite the experience!

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I made this one at some point last week, and I got a hint of smoke and was not impressed. I feared the worst. But tonight it’s back to the normal great bold straight black, sans smoke. Phew.

I love that this tea is sourced from Justea as well.

I’m just sitting on a shopping cart with Whispering Pines now, waiting for my friend to text back if/what she wants.

Also, we tried our hand at making spaghetti squash for the first time tonight instead of noodles. Delicious!

whatshesaid

So what did you get?

Courtney

Golden Orchid, North Winds, Aliaoshan Black, and Fujian Black. :)

TeaBrat

I like spaghetti squash!

Courtney

Me too!

whatshesaid

Same order as me except I didn’t get fujian black :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
686 tasting notes

I figured I better put all our bathroom stuff back in the cabinet the landlord installed while we were gone, even though we said we’d pick something up ourselves. A cabinet that is actually a shoe cabinet, not a bathroom cabinet. I was putting things away, getting more and more frustrated, because frankly it’s the most ridiculous piece of furniture to use as a bathroom cabinet, and finally I got to having to roll my towels, rather than fold them, and I was done. Small breakdown ensued, and then I steeped up this tea to calm down.

This tea is great for all situations. I drink it for a morning, afternoon, and evening tea. I drink it before exams, and after exams, and after breakdowns. It’s both delicious and calming.

Now I will study for my exam on Tuesday.

whatshesaid

Landlords….eye roll.

Courtney

Such a bother. He does these things all the time. Just stupid decisions, because they’re cheap.

whatshesaid

Been there!

Suziqzer

So sorry about the Landlord incompetence! Hubby and I recently started a management company and have a few of our own rentals. It’s more like an expensive hobby right now ..! I feel your frustration. We are picky about what we will rent to people, Hubby is fearful of being considered a bad landlord where I just want our good tenants to be happy and stay a long time. A little extra expense in an appropriate upgrade can go a long way in making a tenant happy and feel appreciated. Some just don’t understand that or are cheapskates… don’t get me wrong, I like to be frugal when I can, but sometimes it counts to step it up.

Courtney

I appreciate you understanding. We’ve been here over 4 years now, and we have even offered to pitch extra money to get both a decent fridge, and now a decent cabinet. He always ignores this and gets the cheapest stuff that is just useless. I’m all about being frugal too, but cheap is a different story, and in the end the cheap things often just end up being more costly when they need to be replaced.

Suziqzer

If you’ve been there that long and been good tenants I would think he could scrape up some money to do a few things to encourage you to want to stay. A good tenant is worth spending a little on to keep. Bummer he can’t see that.

Sil

do. not. even. get. me. started. The place we’re thinking about moving over to – it’s clear they did some minor reno’s before they opened it up for renting after the other tenants moved in. they don’t have flooring long enough, so they put plastic baseboard thing on top of the wooden baseboard that are already there…they built a kitchen island thing that is in the stupid place – there are no drawers in the kitchen now, they’re on the island which faces out of the kitchen…etc.. lol we’re like, happy to move in if you’re willing to rotate that around and move a few things for us…we’ll put in extra work for the other things that aren’t show stoppers but will have us enjoying the place less… we’re pretty sure they’re just going to ignore our desire to move in and find an external renter who won’t have leverage to suggest other things lol

Courtney

That is such a pain! I feel for you. These people are really nice, don’t get me wrong, but the corner cutting is so irritating. Also, only drawers on the island? Good lord.

Suziqzer

Sorry to hear the frustrations! No drawers in the kitchen but on the island? Weird.
Hubby and I don’t like to rent a place out that we wouldn’t be willing to live in ourselves. Granted most of them wouldn’t be our first choice, we could live there. Some of the owners that we rent units for don’t quite feel the same way, but we do try to hold them to decent standards. Unfortunately, too many landlords go by the motto… “It’s just a rental”

OMGsrsly

The kitchen in our new place is un-useable but I don’t trust them to fix the counters. I’ll be sourcing cabinets and counters on Craigslist/from reno sites, to get nice things for free or cheap. I don’t mind doing the work, as long as we’re allowed to make the changes.

Sil

yeah i would be more than fine doing the work myself. Even if it’s “just a rental” it’s still my house until i leave! The people here actually generally want to show our apartment to new ppl looking to move in to the building because we’ve done some great things to our place haha

OMGsrsly

Exactly! If it’s adding to the value, why not let your tenants provide the labour? :)

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My house is freezing, and I’m over it. Thank goodness for hot tea. And Suits.

I’m not usually in the mood for greens, but I have a ton of this one, and I do love a good real strawberry flavour. I don’t really get any mint, but the strawberry green here is nice and fresh.

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
686 tasting notes

I decided to make this one again today. I was a bit hasty last time, and this time it seems I’m in a more receptive mood, and what a surprise – the taste is much more agreeable.

I steeped this up not right at boiling, but also not as cool as the first temperature drop on the scale, for the recommended 3 minutes. The chocolate and orange are both there, and the base is not over- or underwhelming. The orange takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate, but it’s still noticeable. The chocolate is more of a milk chocolate, but it’s not overwhelming.

With the exception of Japon, I want to love these French teas as much as everyone else seems to, but sometimes the flavourings seem not enough for my liking. Except for “red fruits”, which is far too much for my liking.

I’m glad I let this one sit a few weeks before trying it again. I’m not a huge fan of the overwhelming scents when I first open my freshly arrived Nina’s teas. Maybe this means there is also hope for The des Anges.

VariaTEA

Yay for teas that taste better second time around!

whatshesaid

I remember red fruits was like OMG. Dying, death, sadness.
Cough syrup :(

Courtney

Right?! Those red fruits are not for me. And it seems they are abundant in French teas. But when I find ones without red fruits, it’s a better scene.

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This was a sample Stacy included in my recent order. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while. It occurred to me I probably should’ve steeped this one up with PTA, but alas, I did not.

The steeped scent is very close to PTA, but there is definitely something else there too. Okay initial sip, there is definitely something different, but I can’t nail it down right away. The chocolate is there, but more like dark chocolate. I think the flavour that’s throwing me off is the sweet tobacco. I’ve read through the description over and over, while sipping away, and that is my conclusion. There is a burst of sweetness at the end of the sip, which is lovely. This one is tasty, but I ultimately prefer the original PTA.

Thanks for the sample Stacy!

P.S. I’m on the last episode of Suits until the new season comes out June 11. Sad face.

Sil

they’re entirely different teas imo. and i side with the original. :)

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I have a lot of work to do for school before tomorrow. I’m now reviewing some and learning every single thing there is to know about the cardiovascular system. And I do mean everything. The prof told us this morning, if we had happened to register in two classes (the max for a spring term) to drop the other one, because there was no chance of passing both. I already knew this and only registered for histo. At least I’m a step ahead there. :)

Ahh, but this matcha is pretty close to perfection. The flavour is so delightful. I am running very low on both this and Banana & Cream, the two I’ve decided need to be in my life at all times. This means I’m open to flavour suggestions for other matchas because I can’t justify an order without doing one of the deals.

Sil

you can doooo eeeeet!

MissB

imagine us all as your personal cheerleading squad

The Tiramisu is quite lovely, as is Hazelnut, then Mocha. Next to Peanut Butter Pie, I think those three are my favorites.

Courtney

Thanks ladies. Also thanks for the suggestions MissB!

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This was another great sample from Stacy with my recent order of Three Friends. Thanks!

Hmm. This one is tasty, but I definitely prefer the Glenburn Estate Darjeeling. I do think that was my favourite of the three Butiki Darjeelings I’ve tried.

As for this one, it’s light and smooth. Very smooth. I should add more, but I’m not feeling super tea wordy tonight. I’ll try to amend this note later.

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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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