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Here’s a unique white tea if I ever tasted one. It tastes like roses and chocolate, a good tea for a special occasion ;)

I personally don’t like rose, natural or added, so it’s not the best tea for me, but I highly recommend it to those who do and to those who usually don’t like white teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

I love bold, breakfast black teas. The kind that don’t have fancy descriptions and a line of connoisseurs lining up to sample them and give their two cents. CTC teas usually hit the mark here. This one certainly is bold, but there’s something funky going on. I think it almost tastes like someone boiled asparagus in the broth. I like asparagus just fine, and I certainly expect it in a green tea, but in my simple hearty black teas. . .eh, not so much. I added some milk and the asparagus flavor only got stronger. Now it’s like cream of asparagus soup! Far out man!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

LOL whoa

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75

I had this tea before, but didn’t log it. It was in one of my earliest Butiki orders. I got more as part of the black Friday promotion.

The dry leaf smells amazing. Brewed, the smell is mostly maple and the flavor is all pecan. It’s a pretty good tea, but it could be better. I wish there was a bit more maple in the flavor too.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I totally have it in mind now to soak a cake in this tea and call it the improved version of plum pudding. :)

The flavor is subtle, but I always found pudding cake flavor to be subtle anyway (though I can’t speak specifically for plum pudding), so the tea is all the more authentic for it. I still might try more leaf next time to see what happens. Subtle flavor works in a cake since it has the texture and weighty mouthfeel to compensate. I think that this tea would be a good as a complement with a holiday dessert, when you don’t want conflict of heavy flavors.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Another tea that I didn’t expect to like. I am not on team leaf-hopper :p

But sometimes I worry that I’ll miss out on an exception if I don’t try some of the teas that I expect not to like.

Anyway, nothing wring with this tea at all, I just don’t like the honey notes (and I insist, as always that they taste more like mushrooms than honey). It’s a 75 for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

It sure is funny how all our palates differ! :)

Shelley_Lorraine

mine are is in a very special league of its own. I don’t see a single rating for this tea below 90. I’ve joked before that I am the lone dissenter on the trendy teas. I feel so unique. yay me!

TastyBrew

Funny! I’ve become obsessed with those little bugs and their teas! To me they add a sweet honey and pumpkin spice flavor. Not mushroom at all. But when I have golden fleece or yu lu yan cha, all I can taste is mushrooms and I don’t enjoy them I can’t get passed it. So I hear you, when things (other than mushrooms) taste like mushrooms, it’s no good at all :-)

greenteafairy

I wasn’t crazy about this tea either and am also squarely not on Team Leafhopper – I don’t get mushroom with these kinds of teas; it’s just that I don’t love honey all that much. This seems to be somewhat of an anomaly, at least here on Steepster, but I’m at peace with my apparently offbeat tastes ; )

Shelley_Lorraine

ah, I take that back, there are a few lower ratings for this tea. I feel not so alone. yay :)

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75

I just revised my rating system and did away with precise points within ranges (see my profile for details). I will be re-rating all teas from older notes as I have time (because I’m too OCD to leave the old ones alone :p )

So this tea, not bad, not bad at all. I’m not much of a beer person, or any alcoholic beverage for that matter. I drink in the rare social setting for appearances and use beer as a functional “supplement” at the goth clubs I used to go to with my husband in Florida (no such fun here in Wyoming :(. . but let me tell you, when Im 40, I’ll still go out when opportunity presents. . no shame! haha!!. .b/c that is what beer is for)

So back to the tea. It definitely has an ale smell about it in the dry leaf and the final brew. The flavor, though, is mostly Vanilla and Rhubarb and this is alright with me! I’ll have to try it with sugar sometime too, b/c I’m not too concerned about where the hops meander off too if I do).

Besides the hops component, I was also afraid of the Keemun base. From what I’ve experienced of straight Keemuns, I don’t like them for being too smoky. But maybe some are moreso than others? Or maybe the flavors here work to tame it. I dunno, but it’s good anyway, so I’m glad that I took a chance.

Finally, semi-ralated to the tea. I got my first glass tea pot! A tiny 12oz one with a metal handle from Teavivre. I had to use my black friday points before they expired, so it was a quick decision. I was worried about the functionality of the swinging detachable handle, but it works if I hold it and the lid taut while pouring. I’d still rather a side handle, but there were no 12oz pots of that design. But enough complaining! I got to set my tea leaves freeeee! and it. was. AWESOME. Like science and art all together in a glass beaker. I’m probably going to brew a lot more tea than usual now until the excitement wears off. . .if it ever does.

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

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75

As I drank this, I kept thinking, gee this really reminds me of something. what is it? And for some reason I didn’t realize that this was lemon flavored. I’m so used to orange in teas that I forgot about lemons! Well, now that I read the description, it seems obvious. duh. It tastes like those really big vegan cookies, the lemon flavor (the only flavor of those that I like). Despite how much I like that cookie, I’m not sure how I feel about it in a tea. It’s a bit weird. . . like soggy cookie.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

LOL soggy cookie

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You’d think by now I’d stop buying non-roasty dark oolongs. I generally don’t like them. But sometimes I just can’t turn down a catchy name.

This one has the familiar heavy apricot or honey sweetness that I dislike, but with the addition of a nutty undertone.

I’m not rating this one because the problem here is me, not the tea :p

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

This green is more sweet the vegetal, but different than other “sweet” greens that I’ve had. I can’t quite explain the difference though. I steeped it according to directions with 160F water for 3 min. There’s a very tiny hint of bitterness, but not bad.

It’s an OK green tea, but I prefer a serious vegetal soup most of the time. I have room for some exceptions for sake of variety, but this one doesn’t quite make the cut.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Nothing new to see here, just relocating the note that was hanging out with the non 2.0 version.

I was distracted while preparing this tea and I didn’t use the recommended 170F water. Oh well. It still smelled delicious! I went all out and ate Keebler rainbow cookies with it and got their crumbs all in the tea. . .hey its my birthday!, I’ll do what I want :D (being healthy is not on my list of things to do ;) )

despite the too-hot water and the Keebler additions, this is an enjoyable cup of tea. It’s a little tiny bit bitter, which Im sure is the water’s fault. I’ll do it right next time, I promise. I’ll be finishing this bag off myself, but I think that the Pumpkin Creme Brulee will be my prefered choice next time I order. I like the spiciness of it more than the creaminess of this one, but it’s a close competition.

JustJames

happy birthday!!!

KittyLovesTea

Happy Birthday :) Hope you have a wonderful day!

Shelley_Lorraine

silly people. . .thats what the “nothing new” comment was for. but im all for a second bday if you wanna send presents! lol The post was originally in the pumpkin milkshake (not 2.0) section and my bday was last month :D

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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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