510 Tasting Notes


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.

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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!

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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!


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


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 :)


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

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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.


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!


I love Sherlock!


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

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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. (#^.^#)

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I saw Terri HarpLady’s recent note for this and decided that I wanted to brew some too. I must’ve used less leave than last time, as it is a bit weak (mostly lacking in the malty department). Nevertheless, this is a very good and naturally sweet black tea. I don’t detect any licorice notes as Terri did, but I can see how the sweetness could possibly be taken as such. I might even notice it too if I brew it with enough leaf next time! Of course, we are all individuals and no tea is the same for everyone :)

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Shelley, it turns out my licorice experience was due to user error, as the brew basket retained the licorice flavor from “So Long, & thanks for all the licorice”. It is soaking as we speak.


Funny, that so easily could have happened to me to as I just brewed that same licorice tea for my husband not long before. Then we’d have everyone confused how two people were tasting the same ‘mistake’ lol.

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I had this tea yesterday evening. It smells so divine in the can, but as is so common with flavor blends, much is lost after brewing. The orange comes through strong enough. I like orange in my tea, so no problem there. The chocolate is my only complaint. I’m finding it difficult to get along with chocolate (vegan or not) in any of my teas. I kept getting the feeling that this tea would be so much better with milk of some sort. Maybe the milk might enhance the chocolate and give it more of a hot cocoa vibe. I haven’t tried milk in my tea and I’m not sure that I want to, but I may try it some time.

I love the orange and the tea base; not getting much marshmallow. If the chocolate was either tastier or not there at all, I’d probably really love this tea.

ETA: my mother says that this tea smells and tastes like a Macy’s department store. . . I don’t get that, but thought I’d put it out there :)

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This tea is much better iced than hot. I had it hot the other day and the berry flavor was too strong. It is also less bitter when cold.

I purchased this tea primarily for my husband. Although it is good, I prefer camellia sinensis or anything that tastes good hot (hot cocoa, good coffee…) Gosh, I haven’t had any hot cocoa in forever! It’s summer now though, my least-liked season and not good with cocoa, which in turn really isn’t good for my health anyway, so it all works out. I do miss being a kid, when I could care less. I should be grateful that I had a health-nut father who wouldn’t let me have any sweet cereals but once a week and even then I was only allowed to sprinkle some on top of something healthy. If it wasn’t for him, I would have had no restraint. Brownies and hot cocoa and fruit loops everyday. Ick, Fruit Loops, I can’t stand the thought anymore. Ok, yeah, I’m seriously rambling now. But I’m done :)

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I was hesitant to try this sample. It’s no secret that I don’t like ginger, but I do love strawberries! The dry leaf smelled more of strawberry than ginger, so I decided it was safe enough.

Im so sad that the ginger comes through much stronger than the strawberry (I’m not picking up the toffee except slightly in the aroma). Strangely though, the ginger isn’t putting me off as much as I would expect. I still don’t like it, but it’s not making me sick (ginger has caused me more gag reflexes than I’d like to remember).

I would have liked to share this sample with my parents as I usually do with the 1-serving Butiki samples (serving in tiny sample cups), but my family is away this week. The are moving a U-haul of stuff up to their storage facility in Bozeman, MT. This is only the beginning. They never sold the house there and have been renting it out (the house that I lived in for 7 years before getting married; the longest I’ve ever lived in one house). My father’s original crazy business plans here never panned out and he’s been telecommuting for the same company he worked for in Bozeman. Needless to say, there’s no reason to stay here and they’ve been wanting to move back for some time. I don’t blame them. I wish I was going back to Bozeman too. I was really hoping they’d stay here another year as my husband and I will be here another year before our plans take us to Seattle. They won’t officially move until late August sometime, but that’s too soon! I hate major changes like this. I know it has to happen sooner or later, but later is always preferred. :(

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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.

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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’ (^.^)

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 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 >-)

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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