482 Tasting Notes

65

I’m not getting quite the depth and boldness that some of the reviewers got from this tea. It’s an ok cup, but nothing spectacular. It could use some sweetener. It seems to have a flavor similar to red dragon pearls from thepuriTea, though not as bold. I remember the dragon pearl tea having a harsh un-sweetness about just as this one does.

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

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65

This is not a good Butiki sample day for me. Starting with just OK and ending with my least liked Butiki tea yet.

The tea smelled cake-y in the bag, but it brewed into something quite different. I can sort of see how it’s supposed to resemble cake, but certainly not birthday cake. Birthday cake is all about the frosting and the sugar and as much “i’ll regret this later” sprinkled in as possible. Of course, I don’t expect a tea to come close to such heart-clogging authenticity, but this one didn’t meet even my realistic expectations.

It tastes like a very nutty unsweetened sponge cake. There are very few nutty teas that I really like and sponge cake is not my favorite sweet or not.

DavidsTea Birthday Cake is still my happy cake tea until I find ‘the one’ (^.^)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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Here I go again, being the party pooper to rate down a popular tea. I have had a lot of fantastic teas from Butiki, but I can’t love all of them!

The honey notes that everyone else is raving about are what I don’t like. I had a Wuyi oolong (from RoT) some time ago that had a similar honey taste and the first couple times I had it, it was awesome. Then all of a sudden I just completely lost my desire for it. This tastes so similar to it that I’d almost think I brewed only a few black leaves in with the wuyi oolong.

The good news is, for all of you looking for a sweet black tea that doesn’t bite back, this fits the bill. I like my blacks to be quite a bit more bold.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
greenteafairy

I’m with you on preferring bold black teas over sweet ones (and especially over ones with strong honey notes). Do you have any you’d particularly recommend?

Shelley_Lorraine

The Premium Taiwanese Assam from Butiki is one of my favorites. I also really liked Butiki’s original Irish breakfast blend, which has since been re-blended. I asked for a sample with my last order, but Stacy must have gotten the sample requests mixed up because I got different samples. Oh well, next time! If you don’t mind a CTC tea the Ajiri Kenyan black tea from Ajiri tea company is pretty good too. I haven’t had a whole lot of black teas yet, so it’s still an exploration for me. Green tea was my first love and greens will still top my list of favorites, but sometimes I really need a good black tea too :)

greenteafairy

Thanks! I’d been eyeing those two from Butiki – definitely on the list for my next order. The Ajiri black looks good too.

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15

I brewed this as my back up tea in case I didn’t like the Cherry Mocha that I just logged (which, I didn’t). Sure, this is a new tea for me so I shouldn’t have been so confident, but I’ve never had a straight black tea that wasn’t at least ok enough. This tea tastes like buttery mushroom “enhanced” Laoshan black. Maybe that is supposed to be sweet potato that I taste, but it’s coming through all wrong. If I had to choose, I’d take Laoshan black over this one.

I think it’s that creamy buttery texture that bothers me most. I was trying to finish my cup, but that texture is making me a bit nauseous.

ETA: how am I really the only one who doesn’t like this? I know I am ‘different’ in many ways from the general populous, but come on… I should be able to find a completely positive reviewed tea and trust that I will like it too. I feel so left out!

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

I haven’t tried this particular tea, but I’ve found myself disliking quite a few popular teas on here. And then I have some favorites that aren’t terribly well-liked (or just don’t get much attention, period). I think I’m a less sensitive taster than a lot of people here, so that may play a role, but it doesn’t explain everything. Anyway, buttery mushroom tea does not sound appealing – I see a lot of reviews describing various teas as having mushroom notes, and it’s often meant as a good thing, but I just can’t see it!

Shelley_Lorraine

I am sensitive to everything, especially textures. I did not like the texture of this one. It technically isn’t supposed to have mushroom notes, but that’s what it seemed to me. I don’t like mushrooms though, so of course it’s a negative for me.

Rie

Maybe you’re a supertaster? :D Apparently, many people who are ‘picky eaters’ are just very sensitive ‘supertasters’ for certain categories of taste. I don’t know much about it, but I’ve heard about it often, with very little rebuttal.

Terri HarpLady

Shelley, you are not alone.
My early steepings of this tea actually made me nauseous (feel free to read my earliest reviews of it). I had initially purchased an oz or so, as my experiences with Verdant’s teas have been wonderful. Then I received more in my TOMC package. It is my least favorite of their teas. Something about it just doesn’t resonate for me, tends to irritate my stomach, & yet, I have continued to sample it from time to time, trying it several different ways, in an effort to keep an open mind. As I recall, my best results have been gongfu style.

Shelley_Lorraine

@Rie: A supertaster, that makes me sound impressive! :) I’ll probably regret admitting this later, but my problem isn’t so impressive as it is autistic. I have the form formerly known as ‘Aspergers.’ I drive myself and my family nuts with the extent of my sensitivities. Taste and smell is indeed my biggest “superpower.” Sometimes I think I can smell better than my dogs.
@Terry HarpLady: Yes, I do see your review now. It was the numbered ratings that I was commenting on; all of them being super high. With so many good teas out there, why should I waste valuable teatime with a finicky one? I don’t want to have to go through an elaborate ceremony, bow to the tea three times, walk around with it on my head and ask it about its feelings today before it produces something decent. :p

Rie

Shelley: The basic fact that you can sense degrees that most of us can not, is super! I hope that regret isn’t caused by what we might think here (‘^’)? we can know you as both having autistic sensivities and impressive sense superpowers, they’re not ‘mutually exclusive’ (is the term?), still knowing the same super-capable ‘you’.

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45

I’ve read many tasting notes describing tea as cough syrup. I have tried many of these same teas and did not agree. This tea, however, couldn’t taste more like cough syrup unless it was a bit more syrup-y in texture. I feel like I should have a cough right now and fear that I might just develop one from the psychological effect. Now, I’ve never particularly disliked the flavor of cough syrup. After all, it’s flavored so that it will taste good (as good as a medicine can), but I’d rather reserve the cheap artificial flavors for when I really am sick.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

So I bought more of this tea even though I wasn’t sure about it before. I primarily wanted to have it so that my parents could sample some because I think they might like it. As for myself, this seems like it will turn into one of those teas that grow more impressive in my memory the longer I’ve been away from it. Even now I’m thinking that I liked it more than I remember thinking that I liked it at the time I had it earlier this evening while watching Merlin. The only reason I brewed it this evening is because I remember liking it more than my previous tasting note would indicate (silly me, this is the whole point if keeping tasting notes!).

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

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95

Yep, it’s for certain. This is my favorite mint tea. I’m going to have to order from The Tea Spot before I had planned because this that I am drinking is the last of it! :(

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I just figured out that I do not like Hazelnut in tea. Many dessert type teas have left me with unpleasant aftertastes and only now have I figured out the common denominator: Hazelnut. Seems so obvious now.

Besides the hazelnut aftertaste, this blend tastes like a basic chai. The chocolate does not stand out.

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

Well at least now you know- no hazelnut.

Shelley_Lorraine

yeah, now I know! but gee, Hazelnut sounds so appealing. So did coconut at first. I like both of these foods. Something about tea messes up my usual preferences.

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65

The name seems to have been changed for this tea. I received a bag labeled “Strawberry Fields” and I thought at first that it was a mistake. But no, the ingredients are exactly the same. The tea is still listed as Love Potion on the website.

I love a good strawberry tea, but vanilla is usually hit or miss for me. This one is somewhere in the middle. It has a nice creamy texture, but I’m not in love with the flavor. (no wonder they had to change the name. . . a love potion that isn’t doing it’s job. haha).

I don’t mean that I dislike it, only that there are other strawberry teas that I like better, so why settle? (unless, of course I have 2oz of it to finish off. . .) Looks like I’ll have to get to know this one better and see if our love doesn’t blossom (yeah, ok, don’t judge me :) )

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

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65

I got a sample of this pu-erh from cheetah pita (thank you!)

It is a pretty good pu-erh. I’ve been putting it off after my experience with the raw pu-erh sample that I got from Misty Peak. Although I have had good sheng in the past, I was still recovering from my most recent experience.

Im only on the third infusion of this one right now, but so far its yielding a very creamy cup with mild mineral notes and bitterness; slight astringency. There are other earthy spice-like flavors too that I can’t place, but they are nice. This is not my favorite sheng pu-erh ever, but it is helping to put me in the mood for pu-erh again.

ETA: I had to write this note quickly because I was running late to pick up my cat from the vet.

After I took some more time to contemplate the flavors notes of this tea, I think I can sort of recognize the olive oil and basil notes that it is advertised to have. Also, now that I think of it, the sheng I’ve tried in the past was aged at least 5 years or longer. Maybe very young or raw pu-erh is what I don’t like as much. Although so much more palatable than the bitter Misty Peak pu-erh that I tried, I just don’t dig mineral flavors.

And since I’m here writing, let me tell you about the cat and the villainous vet’s office. She needed a dental. She needed one last year but we could afford it. She really really really needs it now. We can barely afford it, but I budgeted it in and took her to her appointment today. Her blood work showed that she has a high white blood cell count so the doctor called me 4 hours later (about the time I expect them to say that all went well) and told me they couldn’t do the dental but that they wanted to do more blood tests and xrays to check for cancer. I ended up paying nearly as much as the dental would have cost and walked out with my cat in the same condition as before save an antibiotic shot in case it is an infection. So now Im really wondering why the heck I couldn’t have just gotten the antibiotics and then test her for other stuff if they didn’t have an effect. . .I am so mad. (>.<)

Kittenna

They shouldn’t have done anything to your kitty without your consent, unless you signed a form stating they could. I hope everything turns out well with her… it was always a bit scary when my cats were put under for dental work… one time, my cat ended up having 7 teeth extracted (didn’t bother him a bit in terms of eating though!) And then the last time he went under for a bit of dental work, he ended up having a stroke under anaesthesia, and never recovered (there was also a tumour on his pancreas, and he was diabetic… it was a bad situation.)

Shelley_Lorraine

they had my verbal consent. It is technically my fault for not asking why and just letting the dr. tell me what “needs” to be done. Really, if my cat has cancer that’s something I doubt we can do much for anyway. Therefor, I don’t think waiting two weeks to see if antibiotics lowers the cell count would have caused any harm in the long run. But I asked the Dr. what needs to be done and I just went along with all that she told me. I am so awful thinking straight under pressure and I feel uncomfortable standing up for myself most of the time because I am afraid of coming across as rude (this is what I have my husband for, lawyer in training with no hesitation snapping at anyone for the slightest offense. But, alas, he was not with me this time).

Kittenna

Ahh, I understand. :( I’m the same way with my car… pretty sure I got suckered into services that really didn’t need to be done because I’m far from an expert. I really hope that your cat just has a minor infection, or something easily treatable, which cancer typically is not.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Sorry to hear about what happened at the vet! My cat had to have two teeth extracted at one point and it took a long time for him to come out of the anesthesia. Hopefully it’s just an easily curable infection and nothing more serious.

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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) – Update: I’m going to the University of Colorado in Fall 2014!! yay me!

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 is most often one that I recognize as having significant 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?. . .).

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