394 Tasting Notes

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I want to tear into my new BF Butiki teas, but I want a nice cup of this beloved classic even more. I put the salt directly in the brew basket this time, which gave me the lovely savory broth that has eluded me the past few brews. Thank you for making such a brilliant blend, Stacy! I just keep on coming back to it and it is never disappointing.

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Mmmm. The flavor here is dead on. I don’t even know what else to say. It’s just liquid white chocolate. I imagine this would take quite well to milk. The flavor stays the same as the tea cools, so I think it would make a fabulous frozen hot chocolate-style drink in the summer. I picked this up during BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale and I’m glad I did.

JustJames

i am afraid to try this one, lol. white chocolate always makes me feel like i need to shave my tongue.

Kaylee

Hmm. There was some build-up by the end of the cup, similar to that from Della Terra’s cream teas. So if white chocolate already makes you antsy, this might not be a candidate for your top-10-teas list.

JustJames

i’ll just live on the edge through your reviews =0)

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Whoa. This is some seriously dead-on flavor. Creamy caramel goodness, yum! It holds up well to a second steep too. This is making me feel all warm and cozy. Thanks for putting some in my Secret Turkey package, RogersCK!

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BrewTEAlly Sweet kindly sent some of this along as a bonus when I bought a few teas during her stash sale. Thanks!

Meh. There’s a distinct vanilla scent here, but I’m not picking up any vanilla flavor. There’s a creaminess that’s probably attributable to the vanilla, though. It complements the slight astringency of the base tea. As the tea cools, the vanilla flavor comes through more clearly. I’m not picking up any rose scent or flavor to speak of. Overall, this is passable but not worth the risk of hurting my stomach by drinking a black tea.

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BrewTEAlly Sweet kindly sent some of this along as a bonus when I bought a few teas during her stash sale. It’s been on my shopping list for a while, so I was pretty excited to try it a few days ago.

I stuck to package directions (1.5 tsp at 200F for 5 mins) at first and ended up with a nice cinnamon brew reminiscent of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or maybe just cinnamon toast. It really lacked the body that I was expecting from a bready tea that has so often been compared to American Tea Room’s Brioche. It held up to a second steep, but still felt thin.

Today, I used much more leaf (about 2.5 tsp). What a difference! Overleafing is definitely key here. The result was a smooth, full-bodied, sweet, bready, cinnamon-y tea. Nice. It held up well to a second steep, too. Thanks for the taste, BrewTEAlly Sweet!
BrewTEAlly Sweet

My pleasure :)

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drank Darjeeling Green Tea by Chamong
394 tasting notes

My first tasting note for this tea was 9 months ago. I finally stopped hoarding it and finished off the last teabag today. Took me long enough :)

I still quite like this tea. It’s drier and less floral than I remember, but age is probably a factor in that. It’s good for a quick work brew. This goes on the “ideal cupboard constant stock” list for sure.

JustJames

i always find comfort n ‘constant stocks’. =0)

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I got this through BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale. One of my side goals in tea world is to find a good chocolate tea, so this seemed like an interesting candidate.

I love how Verdant blends look – like herbal potpourri. Lots of nice big tea leaves and sizeable bits of flowers, herbs, and spices. This one smells very cinnamon heavy. I got two good steeps out of it. The third one was drinkable, but thin.

I noticed that others have really picked up on the mint here. Me, not so much. The first steep was primarily chamomile and cinnamon, as was the second. Both had a wonderfully full, silky mouthfeel. The second steep was creamier and more chocolatey.

I like this, but not so much that I feel the need to ever have it again. Which is fine, because sipdown!

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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I was sure I’d already written a note for this, but apparently I was wrong. Anyway I’m having this as a bedtime tea and it is quite lovely. As it cools, it tastes just like lime sorbet. Super duper yummy. It’s hard to say whether I like this or the lemon chiffon better.

Sil

It’s really nice cold brewed too!

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Stacy sent this as a sample with one of my previous Butiki orders. Thanks!

This tea is quite nice. The first steep is heavily spinachy, with a touch of sweetness and a smooth, buttery mouthfeel. There’s a pleasant apricot note that comes out at the end of the sip. Citrus notes really pop out in the second steep, leaving a minty fresh aftertaste. I didn’t feel up to a third steep, but I suspect this tea would take it well.

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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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I abandoned this mug after making it and learned that this tea is actually better cold than hot. The citrus flavor really comes out and makes for a nice, refreshing drink. Good for summer, but also a nice accompaniment to a Mediterranean meal any time of year.

Thanks for the taste, oOTeaOo!

EDIT: This yields a nice second steep.

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