619 Tasting Notes

drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
619 tasting notes

Taiwanese assam? I don’t think I have ever met these long twisty leaves before! It has a creaminess to it and something else I can’t put my finger on. It is almost floral, but only a tiny bit. There were a few white chocolate chips in my infuser, but I didn’t see any sugar bits which were probably hanging out at the bottom of the bag. Once I add a little sugar I can pick out some white chocolate at the end of the sip, but it isn’t a super bold taste for me. What really shines through for me is the tea base which is pretty tasty. I might try leafing a little heavier on the next cup and giving the bag a little upside down shake.
I dumped out the steeped leaves in my hand to check them out and found a couple chips that hadn’t melted away. They tasted good which was the floral taste I’m getting. I don’t know how my brain registers white chocolate as floral! Lately I have been steeping at 205 when teas say to use boiling and I may have gone wrong with that choice for this tea. I have some adjustments to make for next time!

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

Never had Taiwanese Assam before?!?

Dustin

Not that I know of. I tend to favor dessert blends and have only started to appreciate and explore unflavored teas.

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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Huh, strawberry! I thought I was smelling cherry. The first few sips seemed a little bitter. I can smell the similarity with their other strawberry teas and it has that particular base flavor like their Cookies and Sweet Potato. I think I get a little rose in the aftertaste. When I add sugar, the strawberry really comes out. The creaminess is really nice on the end with the strawberry. I like this, but not enough to run out and buy when I have so much else.

I do appreciate the sample in the Lupicia newsletter!

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

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Wow, I actually get to be the first to write a tasting note on this tea?! Rad!

Waffles?! Seriously?! How do you get waffles into tea?! I clearly taste waffles in this tea! My mind is a little blown. At the beginning of the sip I get waffles. It isn’t until the aftertaste that I’m picking up on the raspberry, but I can’t pick out the chocolate. Maybe it is blending in to create a base note type flavor. This is all without sugar. When I add sugar, it changes a bit. I get raspberry first, then the waffle joins and finally I get the chocolate mingling with the fruit. Adding cream changes it again! I get a slight tartness like what raspberries have with almost a grassy edge, but it’s like the tartness without the flavor I was getting before. The chocolate is muted again, coming out at the back of the sip right behind the waffle that also peeks through at the end. This tea is such a trip! I’m loving the decaf aspect since I desperately want to drink tea in the evening, but sleep is a pretty important thing in my life too. This tea is really well done. Even the Butiki teas that I have tried that I wasn’t wowed by were really well crafted and balanced.

If you can, give this tea a go before it’s gone!

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

I drank this one tonight too. I will have to try sweetening it next time! :)

Ost

Oh my word-I forget how much I love the word rad! No one ever uses it anymore…that one needs to come back around :P

aisling of tea

…I misread “Adding cream changes” as “Adding cream cheese” and I was so SO CONFUSED

…and a little impressed by your ingenuity.

Dustin

I haven’t used the word rad in a long time, it just kinda came out. I bet it is going to make a comeback soon.

Ha! Now I’ll have to try cream cheese in my next cup! I love misreading things.

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Wow! Just wow! This tea has an amazing lemon flavor! It’s like the crisp flavor you get from the peel of the lemon. That is the first thing I taste, then a creamy taste joins in a little later in the sip. It is a very macaroon flavor of lemon and it is hard to describe other than that. Adding sugar doesn’t seem to do much for this tea. I might like this better than lemon chiffon which has been the best tasting lemon tea I have had.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
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I think I’m really liking this tea… which is really good because like a fool I mistakenly bought two ounces of this when I meant to buy one and only one ounce of Dusted Nutmeg, which I meant to buy two of. But enough of how I can’t even get my tea order straight…

I took a few sips before adding sugar and I could taste a really nice smoky flavor, but not much else. Once I added sugar, the banana and maple popped out. First thing I taste is smoky banana, then the smoke gives way to banana, then that gives way to maple with a little smoke lingering in the aftertaste. I love smoked things and I love banana flavoring, but I never thought to put the two together! Now I’m contemplating starting my smoker and trying to smoke slices of maple glazed bananas. This tea is really comforting and is helping me let go of the casting mistake I made in class today. Maybe my subconscious knew better when I was placing this order because I suspect this is going to be a tea that is hard to let go of!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Blue Earl Grey Decaf by Zhi Tea
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I am really enjoying this as a decaf option! I can taste the bergamot, but I swear I’m tasting lavender as well. It tastes like a toned down version of their Violet Femme which is a super strong lavender EG that is also quite delicious. A little cream and sugar is making this a very nice evening dessert like cup.

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

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drank Traktir by Kusmi Tea
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I thought I was in the mood for this tea, but I think I have to REALLY be in the mood for this tea. Not quite hitting the spot today. It is citrusy, smokey and earthy at the same time, which is a really nice and broad spectrum of flavors. I walked away from this cup and found it quite nice cold too when I cam back to it… but I’m still in the mood for something else today. But what?! I’m paralyzed by choice!

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

i have unopened tin of this.

Dustin

Have you tried it before?

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Having this again WAY too late in the day. I couldn’t resist. We’ll see if I regret it come bed time! Third steep FTW again! Third is my favorite cup. It’s like this tea gives it all it’s got on the third steep and is done. It gave out on the fourth steep the other day, but I’ll try again with this serving anyways.

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

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drank Royal Courtesan by Zhi Tea
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Wow, I don’t usually favor oolongs, but this is nice! I read a review that someone posted about it the other day and went into Zhi for a sample today during the East Austin Studio Tour which is this really cool event where artist open up their homes and studios to show and sell their crafts. Zhi is right in the middle of a lot of the action, so it made for an easy detour. The gal that works there said the tea was like honey without the sweetness, but I’m not quite picking up on that. I do get a faint floral taste in a very rich and smooth feeling sip. On the aftertaste I get a hint of spice… maybe cinnamon? It is strong, but subtle enough that I can’t put my finger on it clearly. The tea smells slightly roasted with a hint of a grassy bite that never really ends up biting. This is pretty good for an oolong! Could this be my gateway oolong?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
MzPriss

I love this one. And LOL I discovered it at an Eat Local week at Zhi years ago where they had a guy doing gong fu sessions with it.

Inkling

This sounds absolutely lovely! Adding it to my wish list…

Dustin

MzPriss, did you go out for EAST at all this year? I first discovered Zhi several years ago wandering around during EAST, right after they had opened. Never thought they would make it in that location, but I’m really glad they have! I kind of felt like a creeper for EAST this year because there were several places I went to because I have been fascinated with the house or building for years and really wanted to see the inside. Architecture first, art second!

I over steeped my 2nd cup and drank the rest of it this morning… still delicious and the cinnamon like flavor came on earlier!

MzPriss

I didn’t go this year, but I’ve gone in years past. I also found Zhi right after they opened and like you, I never thought they’d make it. I’m kind of a creeper that way too – I go to lots of things just cause I want to see inside the buildings – I love the garden tour they used to do all over town. Don’t know if they still do that.

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I found a box of this tea for $3 at Ross the other day! Unfortunately, it was the only flavor they had. I would have loved to have seen some of their chocolate black there!

This tea is definitively fruity. The flavors all blend into one and I can’t pick out what types of fruit are in there. There is a little bit of that green bite on the back sides of my tongue at the end of each sip. The overall scent reminds me of a french fruity tea. I think I can pick out the rhubarb now that I have read that it is in there. This tea is nice enough, but not captivating me at the moment. It tastes like a tea that would be delicious cold brewed and sweetened, so I’ll have to try it like that sometime.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 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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