510 Tasting Notes
Where have I been??! :o
Somewhere buried under a mountain of books and papers! But I have emerged for some time in the rest of the world.
I haven’t had much tea in my cupboard as of late. Relying mostly on my Butiki stash and some teas that my mother sent to me from Montana. This is one of them.
It would almost be a perfect tea if it weren’t for the chamomile. Its not strong, but when you don’t like something, it tends to stand out more. The dry leaf smells strong of spearmint and Anise. Its one of my family’s favorites though, that’s why they sent me some.
In other news: I made my first tea order since Butiki’s closing. It’s really easy to stay on a tea budget when you’re too busy to do anything but write papers :p
Also, so excited! I’m going to the tea dinner that is part of the Rocky Mountain Tea festival in July. \(^^)/
Flavors: Anise, Spearmint, Vanilla
I got this tea in my Butiki mystery box. I pulled it out this morning thinking it was a green tea. Wasn’t quite sure what to make of the “1989” but some oolongs have been aged and what do I know anyway? lol. Then I noted the “boiling water” instruction, and thought, well thats odd, what kinda green tea is this?? :o :o But I carry on with the brewing and the aroma of something familiar fills the air. "Heeey, wait a second! I know that smell. Its, its, yes I know it, its PUERH! how tricksy of them, calling it “suncha” and confusing me."
It has the aroma of a Sheng puerh. Me and Sheng, we’ve had a troubled relationship. We keep trying to make it work, but it never does. So, naturally, I was hesitant to even taste this tea, and contemplated brewing something else right away. But then I remembered how I will soon have no more bags labelled with “Butiki” in my cupboard and decided it would be a tragedy to let any go to waste.
And you know what funky sheng/shu puerh? you aren’t so bad after all. The aroma throws me off just a bit, but you’re quite tasty. Its a shame this will nonetheless have to be a short-term relationship :(
This is currently my favorite black tea and soon there will be no more. No more! what will I do? :o
On a brighter note, I got a late birthday present from my bro (My bday was Nov 22). Cute mug cozy (one of three) Here’s a picture, on a cup of this tea :)
I didn’t have high expectations for my tea forte birthday gifts since it has never been a top rated rand around here. But so far I haven’t been too dissaponted.
This wasn’t fanastic, but I who usually rates flavored teas shamefully low, can at least recommend that people give this one a try.
It smells good. The raisin/rum flavor is a bit overwhelming at first
- almost perfume – like, but it mellowed while drinking. There’s also a bread-y flavor lingering in the background to give it its biscotti name.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Raisins, Rum
My mother and little sister got me a whole bunch of tea forte singe-serve loose tea packets for my birthday that was on Saturday. They are pretty cute :)
This one tastes very much like Harney and Sons “Hot Cinnamon Spice.” I can barely detect the orage. But that’s ok. I LOVE cinnamon tea, especially when its strong.
Oh yeah, Hi Guys!! lol – here I am writing a note as if I havent been away for so long. School has been stressful and time consuming. Ive been drinking lots of tea, but not taking any time for Steepster. Sorry!
My mother sent me some teas from this company. Highly unexpected since she usually doesn’t order her own tea, much less ship samples out. Though, I suspect she purchased it locally somewhere and not online. :)
I’ve never had an Octavia tea (that I can recall). I didn’t have particularly high expectations, but it turned out to be a better pu-erh than I expected. It’s not as sweet as some shu puerhs, but it has a pleasant stone, cold earth, and dirt flavor.
I’m used to Pu-er, in general, being able to handle multiple steeps well. This one only gave me two good steeps, imo. I did one 30sec and one 1min for the first two and they were the best.
Oh my gosh! I love this tea.
But let me begin with some backstory. I don’t like cheesecake. Ive said as much in my last review for a cheesecake themed tea. But I didn’t like that one for other reasons besides cheesecake flavor. This tea I ordered to send in a care package to my parents but didn’t try it for myself. I got a free sample in my most recent order and since my parents already tried it and one of the other samples I definitely want to share with my grandfather, i decided to try the cheesecake for myself.
For the first time I am going to apply the term ‘hug in a cup’ to a tea. this tea. Still not getting cheesecake out if it, maybe just a little if I try to think about it – but mostly its sweet and plumy and perfect without any added sugar.
Seems i like dessert teas that don’t match my real-dessert preferences (I like chocolate but not chocolate teas, hate cheesecake but love this tea).