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85

Another Butiki sample. This one is pretty good. It tastes similar to the steamed purple green imo; like mildy astringent artichokes.

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This was one of my free Butiki samples from my last order. It was alright, but I didn’t care for the smokiness. I finished my cup but I’d likely pass on a second. I’m not rating this one. It’s a good tea, but not for me.

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85

omg, where have I been?? you’re all wondering right? Im here, Ive been here. Just not posting notes. Ive been sticking very strictly to my tea budget and since I went a bit over the past couple months, I challenged myself to buy no tea during March. And I succeeded! well, almost. I bought this bamboo tea. But Im calling it a health care purchase, for my hair and skin since its so high in Silica. I also bought some supplement capsules from this place. Its like your one stop bamboo product shop :D

Speaking of skin and hair, I’m on a mission to get my really long hair back, the long hair that I cut shortly after moving to Florida and haven’t tried growing out again since I moved away from there. Technically I have “long hair” atm according to cultural standards (its nearly mid back) but Im going for tailbone, and who knows, once I get there I may consider longer, but I kind of like the idea of not sitting on my hair, we’ll see.

How about some more about the tea now? :p The flavor is heavy nutty garden mulch. It’s definitely not like a green tea, probably closer to guayusa but more nutty. I’m not head over wheels for it, but I like it. And I will continue drinking it because hey, who doesn’t want healthy skin and hair? lol

Stephanie

I used to have hair down to my tailbone. Went to shoulder length about a year ago and it is SO MUCH more comfortable! I don’t get compliments on it anymore though :P haha

Shelley_Lorraine

When I first did my big chop, I thought, wow, this is so convenient! it washes and dries so fast! but it wasn’t too long before I remembered all the perks of longer hair. being able to pull it all back without a thousand extra pins, no little pieces flying all over in my face in the wind, being able to use all the fun hair toys that don’t work in short hair and, for some reason, I feel more comfortable when I can feel my hair past my shoulders, its like a security blanket :p oh yeah, can’t forget the nuisance of my husband grumbling about how he preferred the long hair lol

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85

This is one of the very first teas that I tried when I started with loose leaf. I bought several green tea samplers from Arbor teas and from the Tea spot (having drank bagged green tea exclusively before, I wasn’t going to venture too far from my comfort zone). This was all about three weeks before I joined steepster, so most of these teas were never logged here unless I repurchased them later.

This was not one of my favorite green teas. However, it is one of my mother’s favorites. Her birthday is coming up so I ordered some (she doesn’t often order her own tea). 4oz is the first available size up from the sample size (which contains 5 servings), so I got the 4oz and decided to take some of it for myself, because why not? I didn’t remember hating it. I sort of remember that it had a citrus flavor, but I must have confused it with another tea, because it is not citrus at all.

The flavor is extremely mellow. It’s pleasant to drink for the sake of being a hot beverage. Sometimes, thats all I need. I’ve had a few cups since reordering it and I’ve tried 2 and 3 minute steep times as well as adding an extra teaspoon this time around. The flavor is only slightly stronger. It is a good tea when you don’t want to be picky about time and measurements, I suppose.

Besides the lack of strength, theres nothing to dislike about the flavor. It’s sweet, not very grassy (for those that have green-tea issues :) ) and doesn’t seem prone to bitterness. The sweetness is hard to describe exactly but it is different than similar non-grassy greens that I have had before and disliked.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Strange. . . I used same brewing parameters as last time, but I don’t detect the same bitterness. Maybe because its still pretty hot? Sometimes I notice bitter more as tea cools.

Some random comments about the “new” Steepster:
*I can’t put in decimal amounts for teaspoons. My “teaspoon” is one of those perfect cup kind that holds slightly more than your every-day kitchen teaspoon, so I like to say 1.5. . but I can’t. oh well.

*I noticed in the list of tasting note quotes that show up on a tea page, the name displayed below my note is my facebook username, not the one I use for this site (which is my real name). Not that I particularly care, but this may confuse some people who don’t recognize the different names. Anyway, that is all :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Good tea. And I agree about the tsp thing being weird.

Terri HarpLady

I avoid things like the tsp issue by not using that feature, LOL.

As for the FB names, I was wondering why some people had different names posted. I never linked my FB to steepster.

Shelley_Lorraine

but i wanna use the feature!! im too OCD not to and too annoyed that I can’t use it to perfection, :( lol

Shelley_Lorraine

you know im going to start measuring all my tea in grams now, right?

Terri HarpLady

Of course! It’s the only logical solution! ;}

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75

I got a sample of this with my order-before-last but have been putting off drinking it. I requested different samples but mine must have gotten mixed up with someone else’s. I had this puerh before, having requested a sample last year when my family still lived near by. I brought it over to their house and we all sampled a tiny 2oz cup of the tea. My parents liked it, I remember. I wasn’t too impressed, but I never logged it. having this tea in my cupboard again, I wasn’t motivated to brew it. But today, I decided to give it another try. It isn’t so bad really. I don’t love it, but I like it better than I did the first time. It’s very very different from most (shu) puerh. Not as “heavy” to me. Not has fishy either. A lot of puerh-haters might even like it. It’s still earthy, like fresh soil and also has a sweet fruitiness (other reviews suggest plum or prune. . I guess that could be it). I would definitely drink it again, but probably won’t order it for myself.

Flavors: Earth, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Butiki Teas

Oh no, so sorry to hear that you got someone’s samples. If you order from us again (don’t like to be presumptuous), remind me and we will give you 4 samples next time.

Shelley_Lorraine

oh, thats ok! I went ahead and ordered the two teas I wanted to sample when I ordered just before your office closed last time, so Im all set!

Butiki Teas

Glad you were able to try the teas you wanted but still feel free to add extra samples. :)

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95

You know one thing I love about tea? If I get too distracted to drink it right away, I can microwave it and it doesn’t come out all nasty the way coffee does. I can’t stand a cup of microwaved coffee. yuck!

I brewed this tea and proceeded to prepare my mother’s bday gift (inclusive of tea, of course! among other things). I get the package all ready to go and found a box to ship it in and then I take a sip of my tea that was siting nearby, neglected and found it barely warm. So in the microwave it went and it came out good as new! woohoo!
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

So true! Tea always tastes good whether you drink it cold or re-heat it!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, even I occasionally reheat mine…if you must know…lol

Shelley_Lorraine

yes, Terri, I definitely needed to know. How did you know?? :)

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85

I had to get this tea to try it. And I can dig it. I don’t regret that I bought a bag rather than requesting a sample. I’m undecided about repurchasing though.

The leaves are black and the brew is a murky prune color as expected of purple tea. The flavor is vegetal, but not like my most favorite greens. It also has a slight bitterness that could likely get out of control with the wrong parameters. Asparagus is the flavor I pick up the most.

Flavors: Asparagus

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

My Butiki order came in yesterday and this was one of my free samples (though mine is labeled golden paw, not golden lion. . .?.?). I also got a sample of a new oolong (baked anxi something. . .I forgot and I threw out the baggy already), but its not in steepster yet so I’ll review that one later.

This is a pretty good cozy cup of black tea. Not my favorite assam, but still pleasant. I seem to be out of touch with my taste descriptors today, so I can’t describe it very well. Sorry folks
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K S

Shelly_Lorraine how did you type the hands in the air face at the end of the note? That’s kinda cool.

Shelley_Lorraine

i have all my favorite japanese emoticons saved in notes file to copy and paste. Or I could take a long time putting all the japanese characters together. . . lol

And give me back my “e” in my name :p

K S

Glasses, where are my glasses? lol For the longest time when your name popped up I read it as Sweet Lorraine – a 70’s classic from Uriah Heep. So I should get a little pass this once… maybe?

Shelley_Lorraine

haha. I’ve had all sorts of interesting nicknames, but I still want that “e” back, its very important to me :p My littlest sister used to think my name was “Shelley in-the-rain” because I like rainy days, so that made sense to her. My brother, he just called me “Howie” short and sweet and a dude’s name no less. lol.

Butiki Teas

Shelley-The one you had is the latest harvest and its not on our website yet.

Shelley_Lorraine

oh, thanks Stacy! I guess that would explain the name discrepancy. :)

Butiki Teas

You’re welcome. We just go with whatever the estate is calling the tea, to make it easier. With only one exception since one estate had chosen a name that isn’t very good. :)

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100

This tea makes me happy. If I ever can’t get this tea anymore, I would be very very sad. It’s one of my comfort teas. I can’t explain exactly why, it just is. I love the way it looks, with the little twigs mixed in and it tastes so yummy. That is all. Now Im going to go enjoy my tea in a comfortable location. Bye now :)

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) (this will be my 4th degree, but first/only graduate one :) )

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea most often one that I recognize as having significantly notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

Location

Wyoming

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