223 Tasting Notes

drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
223 tasting notes

Thanks to Stephanie for a sample of this one! We saw each other on literally a drive by hand off yesterday. Her puppy is so cute!

The roofers got here this morning before I was even out of bed, so it’s going to be a long day. This tea is helping wake me up! It’s strong and bold and is seriously kicking me in the butt. I am a little too congested to really get the complexity of it, but hopefully the heat of it will help that too.

Stephanie

It is a bold kick in the pants tea for sure :)

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Allow me a tiny first world whine. I only had one cup of tea yesterday!
/whine off

But I saved the leaves in the fridge and resteeped this today. So all is good.

We had fun yesterday, went to that board game tournament and met some new people. It was quite fun/exhausting since we are both pretty introverted. Plus, it was freaking hot outside. By the time we got home we were both so hot and tired that hot tea sounded like torture, so I had a cold Sprecher cream soda instead. Ahhhh.

Today we are going to another board game thing that I found on meet up, and I get to see Stephanie for a quick tea drop (and I get to meet her dog!)

Then it’s supposed to storm so we’ll be home and I will be in my comfy chair.

And tomorrow we are getting a new roof put on.

TheTeaFairy

Tiniest world whine everrrrr….

mj

What board game are you playing today?

Marzipan

Not sure, it’s sort of an open thing, show up and play stuff.

Sarsonator

Sounds like an awesome weekend!!!

Marzipan

Turned out to be Catan and Rolling Through the Ages.

mj

I haven’t played Rolling Through the Ages, but I love Catan!!

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Tea of the morning. Nom nom nom. We are off to a Ticket to Ride tournament because we are geeks. Have a good Saturday!

Sil

WHOOHOO!! sounds fun!

mj

Are you just watching or participating? Have fun!!

boychik

Have fun!

Marzipan

I came in 3rd place

mj

Woot! Nicely done :)

christeana1

What is a ticket to ride tourney?

Marzipan

It’s a board game :)

christeana1

Ahhh:) fun!

Stephanie

Hey I played that one for the first time just a couple of weeks ago! Nice!

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This was one of the samples I apparently ordered in my sleep one night. I did a good job! I didn’t really know much other than “black tea” but if I had to guess, given my limited experience, I would have guessed a Yunnan just from looking at the leaf. I love Yunnans so that’s good! I can’t say that it’s so very different from others that I have had, but it was a very enjoyable cup and obviously a high quality tea.

Stephanie

The Jin Jun Meis that I have tried were super honey tasting!

Dexter

Jin Jun Mei is usually Fujian :))

Marzipan

Oh good, see, I learned something today!

Dexter

I find it really confusing too – for a long time I thought that Yunnans were my favorite style of black teas, then I learned that most of my favorite Yunnans were actually Fujian. If you like Yunnan, you will probably like Fujian too. :))

Marzipan

I have been reading the Harney book to self educate a bit, but I haven’t made it past the white chapter yet ;)

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This tea has been hanging out in my countertop basket for a few weeks, and on a whim I picked it up today.

Thoughts on the packaging: It’s quite adorable! I love the blue and the whimsical pictures. I found myself wondering if someone had to hand tie all of those little strings and what they did to deserve being punished like that. Now, here’s a serious question. I only have these little sample thingies and not full sized packages from them. But are they all packaged this way? Because I was dismayed to find that once I cut the top off of the little zip loc baggie, there went the label with the type of tea. I went ahead and used it all in one steeping since there was no way to put it back with the rest of the sample. And boy howdy, was there a lot of leaf! I also wish there was a recommendation as far as steep length and leaf amount on the tag (it just had temp in C).

So anyway, the tea. I went 3 minutes out of habit, although I was really thinking maybe I should cut it short due to the large amount of leaf. There were quite a few stems in there too, and maybe that’s normal for an Indonesian tea, I don’t know.

But damn, I really liked the end result! I sort of expected it to be just another black tea, but it had a unique flavor profile. I wish I could be better at picking out flavors but I sort of stink at it once we get past the really obvious ones. There are so many people on here who seem to be able to say a tea tastes like a 1972 naugahyde and such, but not me. The best I could come up with was that it tasted maybe a little fruity, but dark fruits, or possibly vegetal. I know, I suck. But the tea was great!

yyz

I really liked this one too!

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I really wasn’t sure about this tea, but I quite like it! I get so used to drinking only heavy black teas that sometimes I have to back up and appreciate something else for what it is.

First off, this is an oolong. Secondly, most of the oolongs I drink are heavily oxidized and I’d put this somewhere in the middle. Third, I usually do oolongs Gong Fu but the tin said 5 minute steep (really?) and nothing else. No temperature, no proportions, nothing. But I figured 5 minutes really needed to be western style, so I did that.

I admit that after a couple of minutes I started to get antsy, but I made myself go with their suggestion.

It’s nice! Not so green, not bitter at all, full flavor (more delicate than I’m used to but still nice). I get more almond than orange, but there were orange peels in the mix so I get it a little bit around the edges. I’m surprised how nice this is.

Thanks again to Cookie for going out of her way to get these Fauchon teas to me.

Stephanie

That sounds wonderful! My fave Fauchon tea is La Naissance, which has almond in it as well.

Cameron B.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one too. When I saw that it was oolong it was definitely an “uh-oh…” but it was great in the end. :)

Marzipan

I’m sort of smacking my lips, it’s embarrassing. :)

Steph, we will be sort of near you Sunday, we are going to a board game thing at the gaming guild on First Ave if you want to run by and pick up your teas.

Cameron B.

I need to try it at 5 minutes. I did 3 for my brew (I don’t have the tin so I just went with it) and I got a lot of orange and not much almond. More almond please! :)

Stephanie

Oh nice! Yeah I might be able to do that, Marzipan. You’ll have to make a list of what you’d like me to bring for you as well. All I remember for sure is Shiva’s Breakfast! :D

Marzipan

It starts at 1, we’ll be there a few hours – but probably not until 7 when it ends. I have so much tea, don’t worry about bringing more ;)

Stephanie

I usually go to my parents for lunch on Sundays. I’ll likely have the dog with me and won’t want to leave her in the car long, but I’ll try to stop by! Yay!!

Marzipan

Text me and I’ll come out to the car and see the dog ;)

Stephanie

Perfect!

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I received this tea as part of an incredibly generous sample from Angel. Thank you so much!

First off, I love these little foil wrapped samples. They would be ideal for travel or for people who want to keep their tea packaged until the last minute. I know the package says not for sale, but I could see this being an item that some people would love to buy.

The dry leaf smelled familiar, a promising and complex smell that has come to mean “Yunnan” to me.

The package suggested a steep of 2 to 3 minutes. I went with 3 out of habit, but in hindsight I wish I had gone with 2. This is a very powerful tea! Strong and a bit malty, it is a perfect breakfast tea for me. It was both my first and second cup today. Usually I steep my first tea twice, but the second cup was still so strong and dark that I left it for a third steep (I haven’t done it yet).

I really enjoyed it! It’s definitely an early in the day tea for me, and I am looking forward to that next steep.

Stephanie

When you purchase samples from their website, they also come in those cute little foil packs :)

Cameron B.

I’ve really gotten accustomed to having a Yunnan as my first tea of the day. Although generally I always try a new one since Nicole sent me so many kinds! :D

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This was the oolong that made me love both oolongs and Gong Fu. I loved the sample I got from Green Terrace and then reordered more, so it probably is going to be a staple.

I had a crappy conference call with the world’s crankiest old man client and it put me in a bad mood, so I shut down work a little early and looked for my zen in the bottom of a teapot. And, it worked! :)

This is starting to be my go to happy tea.

MzPriss

I will be trying mine soon…

Cameron B.

I love this tea! And it was very good when I did it gong fu style. :D

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I got this in a trade from Shadowfall. I actually like it. It’s not a “knock your woks off” (snicker) sort of flavor black tea, but it’s a strong workhorse kick you in the keester first tea of the day.

My cupboard looks to be really out of date, so I think I might completely empty it and start over. I have been really bad about adding things to it. I think it’s sort of denial, like if I don’t add things to the number they don’t really exist. Or something.

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