480 Tasting Notes

95

Just a note to say that I am raising the rating on this one. A definite re-purchase.

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

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65

I just don’t think that rooibos and cherry is a good combination. it’s a guaranteed recipe for cough syrup. There’s nothing particularly unpleasant about the flavor, but it tastes cheap, like kool-aid tea.

Aside from the cherry flavor, rooibos itself isn’t so exciting. The first few times I had a rooibos tea, I thought it was alright, but the more of them I have, the more ‘meh’ they become.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, cherry and rooibos must taste really weird together. :/

Shelley_Lorraine

It seems to be common, though rooibos really adds the the medicinal characteristic.

lauriex3boys

I love this tea iced! I highly recommend it!

Shelley_Lorraine

oh no I hate iced tea of any kind. I also imagine that cold would make it seem even more like a kiddie beverage. I can see the appeal for some, but not for me.

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95

This is more or less what I was expecting from my cup of Crimson Horizon the other day, an audacious cup of black tea. Tasty.

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75

This tea isn’t quite doing it for me. When it was still hot, it had the bite of a raw puerh. As it cools, it gets more buttery and vegetal, but I’m not particularly fond of it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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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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