729 Tasting Notes

What am I doing?! I’m having the worst Butiki sip downs ever! My penance for hoarding and letting tea go bad. Or it could just be that I dumped all the dustings in the bottom of the bag in my steeper. I’m not getting much licorice, just that too-much-clove bitterness. Never noticed clove in this before. As I sip on I get a little more licorice and that tingling sensation on my tongue from the cloves. I’m not enjoying this cup. What a rotten way to say “So Long”.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

Oh no, I’m still hoarding my last little bit of this one too—I suppose I’d better get on it. Despite not being a huge licorice fan generally, I adored this blend—so unique and unexpected.

Indigobloom

Awww that sucks!! bad sipdowns are bad, but bad butiki ones are heartbreaking :(

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I think I ruined the rest of this tea via cold steep. I dumped the rest of it in a pitcher last night and this morning I’m greeted by overwhelming soapy coconut. I can see how cold steeping would be the right move with a younger version of this tea, but it brought out the already present soapy taste of aged coconut. All the other flavors are present and much brighter before the soapynut takes over. The aftertaste is still nice once the soap fades. I have done such a disservice to this tea!!! Argh!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
greenteafairy

Oh no! So disappointing when it turns out that way.

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This tea is strange! I’m not sure how well the two of us get along. I’m not getting all the different notes that others are getting. In part of the sip the taste seems really flat and then further along it seems really heavy and full. I’m somehow getting a hint of seaweed which doesn’t match any of the descriptions others are experiencing. A little bit of hay on the after taste. Sadly I’m not really feeling this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
729 tasting notes

I don’t think I’m even half way through this tin yet. It isn’t a tea that I’m particularly drawn to, especially with so many good options in my cupboard. After reading an article a while back on the horrible living conditions and pay people who work at the tea farms are subjected to (F&M was the only company on the list of buyers from the farms in question in my cupboard), I won’t be buying any of their teas again. From what I can tell from this tea, I won’t be missing out on much anyways. :/

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

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drank Masala Chai by Zhi Tea
729 tasting notes

I have been drinking obscene amounts of this tea lately! It has such a warming feeling, which I think is the cinnamon and ginger. I don’t get a ton of cardamon, it’s there but is hiding in the background. No cloves in this one and it isn’t very spicy (I do love a spicy chai), but makes up for it in how flavorful and well rounded it is. I have been drinking it with a bit of honey and creamer which makes it so delicious and steeping it like I would any other tea. Might try it chai style on the stovetop at some point, but it’s hard to imagine an improvement on how it is now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am nearing the bottom of this tin… finally. That is a mixed emotion “finally”. Sad because it will soon be gone, disappointed that I took so long and let this tea age to a shadow of it’s former self and glad that I was able to enjoy it before it lost all flavor. Most of the experience is in the scent now, leaving little beside the base to taste. Luckily it is a nice malty base, so there is that. It still smells wonderful in the tin, reminding me of how amazing it once was.
I wonder if it would be a good or bad experiment to melt a slice of one of those chocolate oranges in a cup of this…. tempting.

Update: Oh….OH WOW! Yup, melting a slice of orange chocolate is definitely the way to go! Leaves a weird chocolate ring in my cup, but it totally brings back and chocolate orange flavors I remember in this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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What have I done?! I just uncovered this tea hiding behind some tins. I’m not sure how long it has been hiding there, but it was long enough for the coconut to take on the slightly soapy taste that coconut does as it ages. It feels like an abuse of tea, especially a Butiki! Luckily it isn’t too far gone and I can overlook the taste while focusing on the other flavors. I can pick out the banana for sure. It is very aromatic making for a nice aftertaste. It is lighter than I usually prefer, favoring heartier blacks, but still very enjoyable.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

Oh no! Soapy coconut is the worst. Glad you were able to salvage this one, though!

Nattie

Noooo! This is one of my favourites, I’ll have to stop hoarding it before it goes bad.

Memily

Noooooo is THAT what causes coconut to not taste great in tea? Old age!? OMG

Dustin

I’m going to have to drink through this fast. A pitcher of cold brew could do the trick. I hoarded my Three Friends and it is sadly now just a ghost of it’s former self. Yes, Memily… coconut doesn’t have a super long shelf life and gets that soapy taste as it ages. I wonder if it can be prevented by storing it in the freezer without effecting the integrity of the rest of the tea.

Nattie

Aw crap, I hoarded Three Friends too!

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
729 tasting notes

It is a little late for caffeine, but it hasn’t been effecting me as much as usual lately and I have been so tired today. I’m also bored of my non caffeinated options… hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be a bad idea come bedtime!

I’m having this with a little soy creamer. It tastes a little light, but not bad. The almond is coming through as more of a baby powder flavor that I get in a lot of French teas with almond. It is such a weird association, one I wish I didn’t have. The rose lays low in the flavor mix, but is detectable. It is nice, but isn’t really hitting the spot for me at the moment.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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