394 Tasting Notes

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
394 tasting notes

I don’t care what the law says. It takes a special kind of monster to start heavy construction at 7:30 in the morning. The third steep of this tea this morning is weaker than I’d like, but it still has that chocolate espresso goodness to ease me into the day. Mmm.

Frolic

They can start at 7:30? That’s barbaric!

It’s 8 here and they’re just starting and that’s bad enough. I too made a cup of Red Queen to help with the transition.

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
394 tasting notes

I won an ounce of this in a game of 20 questions. Thanks Stacy!

I’m only now finally getting around to writing a note for this one. Good thing, since there’s not much left of the original bag. This may be the fastest I’ve ever gone through a tea! I already ordered another ounce.

This blend has become my go-to breakfast tea. The coffee flavor makes it feel like a morning drink. The creamy texture and the chocolate/strawberry notes make it feel indulgent. Like a healthier version of a Starbucks frappelattethingy. The second steep is consistently my favorite – it always tastes like chocolate-covered coffee beans! I’ve tried adding a bit of brown sugar twice. It definitely brings out the chocolate flavor, but the drink ends up tasting too sweet because the tea is pretty sweet on its own.

Bonus – this is the rare black tea that doesn’t make my stomach hurt!

TheTeaFairy

So happy you won :-)

Kaylee

Me too. I never would have ordered this on my own, but it has rapidly become one of my favorites.

Kaylee

Also, thanks! :-)

Stephanie

Love this one!!! So glad you can drink it too :)

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drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
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I know I wrote a review for this one before, but it has disappeared. :-(

I mostly drank this one hot. I don’t remember the details now but I do recall it being citrusy and light. I thought it would be really good iced, so I hot brewed and then refrigerated the last bit of this.

I was wrong. This is not good iced. The citrus works really well when this is hot. Cold, the chamomile comes to the fore and just totally overshadows the citrus. Cold chamomile = blegh.

EDIT: I just found this snippet of a note when I went to delete this tea from my chart: “amazing cold – sweet, citrusy, smooth, refreshing”. I must have really enjoyed this blend as an iced tea at some point. I wonder what went wrong this time? Maybe I’ll pick up a sample with my next order just to play around with. Try to solve the mystery.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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Round, gently sweet sip. Refreshing aftertaste, almost minty. My dad threw out my leaf after two steeps and before I could take any substantive notes. This is one of my pricier teas at over $1 per cup, so I was not super happy about this. It’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but it was annoying. Proper tasting note to follow at some point.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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My life has turned into a comedy of errors. Half my family is mad at me for saying something I didn’t say, and thanks to the time zone difference I won’t be able to sort it out until tomorrow. I’m actually really upset about it on multiple levels, not least of which is the fact that anyone would even believe that I said it. So…tea?

I really like this blend. The summery pineapple flavor is dead on and good for at least three steeps. Sadly, this is the last of it. sipdown. Wah.

TheTeaFairy

Sorry you’re stucked in such an awkward situation…hope it gets resolved soon, sending you good vibes :-)

Cavocorax

Ugh. That sounds really frustarting. And having to wait to sort it out must be making you crazy… Hope it works out tomorrow.

mj

Family drama is the worst! I hope everything gets smoothed out soon.

Kaylee

Thanks for the support folks! I think it’s mostly worked out now.

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I had a pyramid bag of this tea in my travel mug for breakfast. It’s not bad.

The tropical fruit flavor hits right up front in the sip. I got pineapple and mango. There’s no mango or mango flavoring in here, but that’s what I tasted. The fruitiness gently fades into green-tea-ness. I had trouble figuring out how to describe it. Not vegetal, grassy, or seaweedy, but definitely very green. Each sip left my mouth feeling slightly dry. This tea is better as it cools because the tropical flavor lasts longer through the sip. It would probably be good as an iced tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
394 tasting notes

Wah! Sipdown! I really loved this one. Smooth vanilla awesomeness. Thank you Christina!

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93
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
394 tasting notes

Wah! Sad sad sipdown. This is still creamy lemony goodness. Just a lovely caffeine-free dessert blend. Pretty good iced, but I prefer it hot in the evenings. This or the orange & cream is on my ideal rotation list. Alas, I am now out of all the cream/citrus Della Terra blends.

EDIT: On a whim, I added a shot of Irish cream to the rest of the cup. Yum yum yum! The creaminess factor is dialed way up by the booze and the lemon flavor plays beautifully with the creaminess. What a lovely nightcap!

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Polo Club by Mariage Frères
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Good… morning? Between family stuff and (unrelated) SO stuff, I’m working off about 4 hours of sleep today. And I couldn’t sleep in because I have to go to the cemetery. Woohoo.

So I needed to start the day with a tea that can help kick me into gear. A mate should do the trick. This is my first Mariage Freres tea. I have such high expectations built up from their reputation that a) it feels indulgent in a good way to even make this tea and b) I’m afraid of being disappointed.

Wow. I’ve never had a mate like this. The flavor is fruity… blueberry? The scent is roasty, blueberry, strawberry, and vanilla (although that last one only became apparent after I looked at the Steepster page). The texture is smooth and creamy. Sooo surprisingly creamy for a mate. The vanilla notes really come to the fore as the tea cools and I reach the bottom of the cup.

I am so glad that my first MF tea didn’t disappoint. Many thanks to JustJames for sending me some of this!

Flavors: Berries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JustJames

i think it’s quite distinctively different because it’s a green mate, not a roasted. i’ve never had another like it. so glad you like it!

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Pumpkin Milkshake showdown! It’s the original Pumpkin Milkshake versus Milkshake 2.0. Which shall emerge victorious?!

The first steep of the original is creamy, with a lovely pumpkin overlay. The pumpkin is strong, but natural tasting. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the creaminess and really makes the flavor dead on for its name. The second steep (again with some brown crystal sugar) is more vanilla than creamy, with the pumpkin and vanilla holding about equal weight.

The first steep of the 2.0 is woodsy. Like walking through dark forest on a crisp autumn night. My theory is that it’s the base tea coming out, overwhelming the flavoring. It’s fantastic, but not as pumpkin-y or creamy as the original. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the flavoring and tones down the base. Now it tastes more like the original, albeit drier and malty. The driness and malty/woodsy notes really linger long after the sip. In the second steep, the flavor is weaker and the base tea even more dominant. Like the original Milkshake, creaminess gives way to vanilla on the second go-round once a bit of brown crystal sugar is added. The pumpkin fades far, far into the background. More of an idea than a presence really.

Pumpkin Milkshake
steep 1: 180f, 4 mins
steep 2: 194f, 4 mins 30 secs

Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0
steep 1: 170f, 4 mins
steep 2: 180f, 4 mins 30 secs

Cross-posting on both teas’ pages, so apologies for this showing up twice on your dashboard!

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