556 Tasting Notes

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!

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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.

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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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Mmmmmm… I really wanted this tea this morning. The first sip I took was bitter, but I wanted cream and sugar which round out any sharp edges. I’m not sure what I did to make the first sip bitter, but I’m happily sinking into this cup how it is. Earthy malty chocolate creamy goodness to start my day! I’m already through half this tin and am going to miss it dearly when it is gone.

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

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How is this tea getting better with every steep?! I’m on my third steep right now which is better than the second, which is better than the first! I’m really getting the warm sugar cookie and cinnamon flavors right now and it is pretty amazing. Almond was stronger in the first cup and is blending in on this cup. Figures I would fall hard for this tea once I couldn’t get it anymore! I’ll be thoroughly enjoying the rest of what I have!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

:( Butiki :(

Dustin

I know! :(…

Lariel of Lórien

I will miss the almondy goodness. :(

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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This tea is nice! It is very tropical flavored with mango being predominant. It tastes like some french teas I have had. A little like Mariage Freres’s The A L Opera and a Palais De Thes tea too. It is well rounded, but light on the base notes. It is pretty good without sugar and I bet it would be fantastic cold brewed. There is a little tang from the green tea, but not so much that it makes things unpleasant or my mouth pucker. If I make it through the other teas that I have that are similar, I may turn to this one for a less pricey option!

Thanks for the sample Lupicia!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anna

It’s CRAZY good cold brewed.

Dustin

I’m going to stick the tea bag in a mason jar and put it in the fridge right now. Sold!

Anna

Go, Dustin, go! I’m cold-brewing some of their wild mountain grape oolong (or whatever it’s called) as we speak.

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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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