761 Tasting Notes

drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
761 tasting notes

This tea was never one of my favorites, but it is well done and the flavor is holding up pretty well! It is tasty especially with a little creamer that mellows out the tart bite of the fruit. I get fruit on the sip and graham crust flavor at the end. The second steeping is less fruit and more graham. It somehow still retains some of the chocolate notes even tho the chocolate chips dissolved in the first steeping. Very well blended, but so far it’s not something I’m in head over heels for.

Side note: I have had the song Shiny from the new Disney Moana movie stuck in my head for two weeks now. It’s so good and I can’t stop listening to it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Memily

I’m that way about You’re Welcome. (AND THANK YOU!)

Dustin

That one is really good too. The whole movie is really good! Has it released in Australia yet? Movies used to come out a month or more later there than in the US. I’m glad that Disney dropped the whole “Princess waiting for a man to save her/make her life begin” story line for this one and the Phil Collins soundtrack obsession. Hearing Phil Collins whiny voice can kill an entire movie for me! I’m going to have to give in and buy the Moana soundtrack soon so I can stop listening to the songs on Youtube.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I’ve been having repeated solitary car karaoke sessions to “How Far I’ll Go” every time i’m alone in my car ;)

Dustin

LOL, I love it! SO many good songs in that movie!

Memily

It doesn’t come out in Australia until the day after Christmas. I had a ticket to a preview screening last weekend but my cat had to be taken to the vet and honestly I strongly considered waiting to take her until after I’d been to the movie. WAH.

Dustin

I wonder why they don’t release it simultaneously in both countries. I would have guessed that it had something to do with a limited amount of reels they were willing to make, but I’ve heard that movies are now digital.
Cats and kids, they are out to ruin all your fun! :)

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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
761 tasting notes

I got distracted while letting this steep and left the bag in too long. I expected to end up with a cup that was far too bitter and ruined, but this tea must be very forgiving because it’s fine. It had been tucked away and hidden for some time in my obnoxiously large tea collection. It is still super strong EG on the sip with the lilikoi on the end. The fruit may be a little faded over time. I tasted it more in the beginning of the cup, but the EG seems to take over the entire experience at the end. Adding sugar half way through the cup… it really doesn’t do much to change the flavors like I was hoping. Oh well, I still really like this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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 :(

Dustin

I was hoping my Butiki stash would stay preserved a bit longer… like forever. Now I’m trying to get through them as fast as possible.
It is down right tragic!

Indigobloom

I went through this one really fast. I wish I’d ordered more. Got another licorice one from a local lady but it isn’t the same. I wish they could be preserved forever too! :/

Nattie

My Butiki teas seem to be holding on for as long as they can – most of them still taste just as they did when I first bought them, only maybe not quite as strong. Every time I see a tasting note like this it makes me panic. I will always miss Butiki. ):

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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
761 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
761 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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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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