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456 Tasting Notes

I got a sample of this with my last Butiki Order. It’s pretty much exactly as described. smooth and sweet with fruity dessert notes. I’m enjoying my cup as an afternoon thunderstorm passes over. I sure do wish my cocker would stop running around like crazy and barking at random. . .she completely ruins the ambiance. lol. She runs around, checks all the windows, barks a whole lot, checks the windows again, jumps at me, then waits excited at the back sliding door (as if I would ever think of letting her out, I’ve made that mistake before and what a MESS it was!) My three Cavaliers are just lying about setting such a good example.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

I haven’t yet restocked Thin Mint from the Tea Spot, so I made my own. I had a little bit of Hojicha left from Dens Tea and a bag of Peppermint from Arbor teas. It came out pretty good. The peppermint is a bit brighter than in the Thin Mint blend since I obviously don’t know the exact proportions, but it doesn’t matter. Mint+Hojicha = yum no matter what.

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

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75

I have found amazing green and white teas from Verdant, but I haven’t much enjoyed the black tea selection so far. This one is the best I have come across yet, but it’s far from stellar for me. There’s no nasty mushroom and no musky manliness going on in this one. It’s very smooth, almost oolong-like. I can recognize it’s quality and how it would appeal to others, but it’s not the tea for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75

I finally found a white tea to take the place as my second favorite. Tea Spot’s Monkey Picked is still my number one, but this one is a close second. It leans more to the hay/barley side than Monkey-picked, but it does so in a more elegant way than other whites teas.

I used a rounded tablespoon in a 12oz mug and steeped for 2 minutes. The flavor is mild and comforting. It’s slightly creamy and sweet unlike any other white that I have tried.

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

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85
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
456 tasting notes

I am still in love with the aroma of this tea, but the flavor was a let down today. In the past, I’ve had it with biscuits, whose crumbs likely sweetened it some, or I’ve had it directly after unpleasant teas after which anything will taste better given the contrast. But today, I had it alone, no biscuits and no bad-tea recovery. It smells scrumptious as usual, but the flavor just isn’t all that I wish it was. This is definitely a biscuit or added-sweetener tea more than an on-its-own cuppa for me.

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85

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

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75

A big thanks to greenteafairy for this sample.
My husband gives it a 100.

I like it better than the crimson berry tea that I recently logged, but not as much as plain hibiscus and certainly not as much as ‘real’ tea.

It has a lovely cherry smell, with a tart cranberry flavor. I will have to try it iced sometime too.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Sometimes I forget how much I love this tea after I haven’t had it for a while.

I have tried quite a variety of white teas since I first discovered this one, but none of them come close to the yummy contained in this one.

Creamy and fruity, hay and barley free
Everyone needs to try this tea!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

This sounds really good – adding it to my list. I haven’t had the greatest experiences with white teas so far but would love to change that!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I added this to my shopping list too. Sounds quite yummy!

Shelley_Lorraine

At least the Tea Spot offers affordable sample sizes in case you don’t like it (which should be impossible. . .lol). Don’t forget to try out the pu-erh too when you are ordering from there :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Another company to try stuff from! Oh my! My list is ever growing!

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75

I originally tried this tea before joining Steepster. Since then, my mother has been the only one in possession of any and I forgot whether or not I liked it, so I ordered half an ounce for myself.

I brewed it up this afternoon and decided, on a whim, to check out Sherlock, sitting there in my recommended show list on Netflix. I have seriously no idea at all why I never thought to watch it before. I guess I had this idea that it was going to be a cheesy poor attempt at a Sherlock show (no offense UK, but you do have a penchant for some out-there shows and a strange form of humor. . .ok, so the same could really be said of the US if I think about what is all that is trending here and all that I pretend not to notice. lol).

I loved the Sherlock Holmes movies. Never read any books. I did love detective novels as a kid; the young-adult kind that focus more on the detective stuff and less on the gory creepiness rampant in many of the mature novels. If I didn’t have such an immense dislike for graphic images (even described in words), being a detective would be my dream job. I can’t boast anything near Sherlock-level impressiveness, but I am obnoxiously observant and would rather put it to use rather than annoying the crap out of my family (not in a good way usually; causes lots of stress and arguments.) I’ll just have to make do watching fictional characters live out my dream. sigh

Ok, back to the tea now:
It really is a good tea as far as chocolate blends go. The chocolate doesn’t take over and it doesn’t taste too flat or artificial. Also, it isn’t filmy as Sil mentioned in her own tasting note.

As far as mint blends go, the thin mint (no chocolate, despite the name) is my favorite so far. Even though I like this chocolate mint one fine, i’ll probably be more likely to keep the other in stock regularly.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I like both the show, movies, and stories. I can’t say I’m even remotely observant like Sherlock Holmes though. If aanything, I can be pretty oblivious at times!

greenteafairy

I love Sherlock!

Shelley_Lorraine

How could anyone not love Sherlock? (Unless they had to live with him, haha!).

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75

Finished off my current bag of this tea earlier this evening. It really is quite good, but I don’t know if I’ll be re-stocking anytime soon as I am in a steady relationship with my more vegetal greens atm. (#^.^#)

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

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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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