47 Tasting Notes

99

Ah, I am extremely cranky. There is nothing like nursing. They love to short staff so that all the nurses work 60+ hrs a week while sick and patient care goes down the toilet. Apparently they don’t care if people live or die…only if they make money off of it! I hate administrators. No heart.

Anyyway, I woke up cranky, knowing I’d be going into an overnight shift of this, so I brewed a cup of this hoping it would not only wake me up but cheer me up. I’ve never had an Irish Breakfast Tea before. Honestly I ordered it simply because it’s a black tea and has the word Irish in the title. I love everything Irish :). Smells beautiful…like raisins and earth. I already felt myself cheering up.

This was a suprisingly nice black tea, malty and raisiny black tea goodness. I drank the cup slowly letting the caffeine wake me up and put me in a slightly better mood. Now that I remember why the heck I go into work every day to begin with.

So far everything I’ve tried from my order from Butiki teas has been a hit…working its way into my favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

this is were i say “told you so!” :)

Sil

er where. ugh stupid typing. Hope your shift does well tonight!

Finn88

LOL Yes! You were completely right and I do not regret my order at all. Thanks :)

Angrboda

If it’s any consolation, it’s not much different in the lab. “We have no money, so you guys will just have to run faster. Overtime you say? Nooooo, you should avoid that! We have no money, remember?!” We’ve only got two hands…

Angrboda

Oh, and I forget, “Why yes, everything IS indeed very very urgent. Even the stuff that didn’t use to be urgent. URGENTURGENTURGENT! FASTERFASTERFASTER!”

Finn88

Ha yes! I get all panicked when people tell me somethings needed STAT…i think a patient is sick..i get there and the lady needs ice for her water. Hello? What? Haha guess its welcome to the real world?

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98

WHOA! hah! This came as a sample with my Butiki order, and I smelled this tea before I even opened the box. Holy citrus :)

I honestly had no idea what guayasa was so I did a little bit of research as I sipped this. Wow. This packs quite a punch. Citrusy and strong it really wakes you up. I probably would have never bought this before but now I think I have to place a second order and this is only my first sample :(

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha welcome to the best time ever! butiki samples!

Finn88

Oh yes! Im buzzing like a bee over here…steeped this three times already. You guys have got me hooked. Im in love.

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drank The Boy by Custom-Adagio Teas
47 tasting notes

Finally got around to tasting one of the samples that Kallie sent me. I was unsure of trying this as it was a custom blend and I’ve never tried them before. But this was a black tea and had a nice fruity pleasant sent. On first sip I thought it was delicious, but couldn’t figure out what the heck it tasted like! It took me half a cup to realize it was vanilla and berry. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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98

sigh I’ve fallen in love…with a green tea. Who would have thought? Finished the last of my sample, which makes me sad even though my own order should be arriving tomorrow. Yumm.

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drank Lychee Bloom by DAVIDsTEA
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Blech. I usually love David’s Tea and I also usually love fruity teas, but this one is NOT for me. It’s tolerable, but leaves some sort of weird aftertaste in my mouth that won’t seem to go away. Ugh…I feel like I need to brush my teeth about 10 times…

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more

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98

Oh…YUM! I’ve been dying to taste nsome of Butiki Teas, mostly because they seem to have great reviews and they are NJ based, which makes me happy. Thanks to Bonnie, I was able to sample Pistaschio Ice Cream. I love pistachios and ice cream, but wasn’t sure how I would like either of these transferred to a tea. I have fallen in love with black teas as of late, and I thought that I despised green teas. I was wrong! This is absolutely delicious, and there’s hardly any vegetal hint which is what I don’t enjoy too much in green teas.

I think Bonnie just swung me over to ordering from Butiki teas once I’m a little less poor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

oh man yes Finn! do it! Stacy’s teas are fabulous! :)

Finn88

ahhh don’t tell me that! Ha I was on the edge and I think you pushed me over…

Sil

Honestly her flavoured teas are really true to taste…and she’s got some wonderful unflavoured as well. I do know that she’s out of stock of a few teas for a bit so now you can plot and plan for when you get some funds :) She also lets you have 2 samples so you can use those to try things you’re not sure about purchasing :)

Finn88

I couldn’t even wait. I decided on tea over food for the week. Ha I’m on a diet anywaaay? Between your reviews and the samples Bonnie sent…I couldn’t resist. Also had to support a fellow NJ company. NJ seems focused on coffee, so I get excited for a tea company. :)

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
47 tasting notes

The first time I tried this tea in a sample from Bonnie, I had no idea that this was a difficult tea for Verdant to obtain. So, my first cup was consumed without knowing how difficult it would be to get. What a shame! Beautifully flavored tea and as someone before me stated, has the oddly beautiful scent of mushrooms.

After Christmas, I finally had time to get back into my tea collection and enjoy a few cups with my new tea kettle. This one was the first one I decided to try again. There’s nothing like sipping a beautiful cup of tea while watching the snow fall. This tea is delicious and I’m tempted to buy out the remainder of Verdant’s supply, despite the fact that I am poor. Thanks Bonnie for parting with some of yours. Now that I know what I had, I definitely appreciate your sending me some. You’re the best!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Glad you liked it! Tea is to be shared with friends!

Finn88

I really did! You’ve actually really gotten me into a few different black teas. I was always hesitant to buy them without tasting them because I had no idea what sort of tea I liked. I assumed that I only liked flavored tea. You proved me wrong and I am forever grateful for it!

Sil

so glad you’re enjoying black teas Finn! There are some great ones out there with plenty of flavour and subtleties going on :)

Finn88

I really am. My boyfriend is beginning to think I have a tea addiction. ha I even hide some of it when I order it because I know that I have gotten entirely too much. I say at least it’s not soda. It’s healthy and keeps me busy :)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Another sample from Bonnie! I have never tried a Vanilla tea so I was a little hesitant to try it. It was delicious though. Nice, sweet, and creamy. The only downside to me is that it’s decaf. I need caffeine! Otherwise, my second taste of Harney and sons is a hit…would def buy again!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Thanks to Bonnie for the sample! I’ve been away unfortunately for quite a few days now and haven’t had one cup of tea since. A nice package was waiting for me when I got home. I brewed this as per Bonnie’s preferences, at 194 degrees for 4 minutes. First sip, this was wayyy too strong for my liking. It sure woke me up :). I added a little bit of milk and sugar, and it was instantly something I could love. A nice strong black tea. Would definitely buy considering I’ve never tried Harney and Sons before.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am a 25 year old nurse. I began to get into tea after one of my patients recommended it and my sister got me hooked on Teavana.

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